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June 22, 2019



The yearly J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is out, and if you want a trouble-free car (at least for the first 90 days, which is what this study is about), get a Porsche 911! It tops the list with just 58 problems per 100 cars in the first 90 days. As for overall makes, as we’ve been telling you, the...

Michelin introduces Energy XM2+ in Malaysia

Michelin introduced the latest Energy XM2+ tyre to the Malaysian market yesterday, targeting budget-conscious customers with a focus on safety and tyre performance. As one can expect, it was designed to outperform the previous generation, specifically in wet braking, and suitable for small- and mid-size passenger cars. With its full silica rubber compound, Michelin claims that the new Energy XM2+...

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Is Cheaper to Crash

On the eve of the 2019 24 Hours of Nurburgring, Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its updated GT3 race car, with new looks and a whole lot of clever updates underneath the skin. The changes to the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 aren't centered around outright performance, but rather ease of use and cost management. The 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood now...

Electrification not on the table for Porsche's GT cars

Don't expect any of Porsche's upcoming GT cars to sport electrification. Andreas Preuninger, who oversees Porsche's GT division, totally ruled out hybrids and other forms of electrification for the brand's top-tier sports cars. He told Autocar in a report published Friday that cars like the 911 GT3 and GT2 always need to have a connection to the race cars from...

2020 SEAT Leon: We Uncover The Golf’s More Stylish Twin

SEAT isn’t exactly a household name to anyone residing in North America, or even anyone outside of Europe, for that matter. Which is a shame, because the Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen Group produces some fine cars. One such model is the Golf-based Leon compact hatch/wagon, which is a youthful, more affordable alternative to its more well-known stablemate. Like the upcoming...

Mack plans to send electric trucks to the garbage dump

A lot of ink, pixels, and synapses get spent trying to figure out how to make heavy duty electric trucks that can travel 500 to 1,000 miles in a day and get a fast enough recharge before heading back to work. Recent studies have shown a far more effective way to reduce pollution is to supplant short-haul machines that spend...

Waymo To Make Autonomous Taxis For Nissan And Renault Outside USA

Waymo is teaming up with Renault and Nissan to bring their self-driving vehicle technology to France and Japan. The last time we heard from self-driving startup Waymo (which was previously a Google autonomous vehicle secret project) the kind folks of Phoenix, Arizona were expressing their fear of an automated future by trying to hijack Waymo vehicles at gunpoint. Or just...

All-electric Mustang will debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

UK-based Charge Cars has confirmed it will present a fully-electric version of the classic Ford Mustang at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A prototype of the car will be on display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock at the ever-popular event held on the Duke of Richmond’s Chichester, England driveway. Five hundred horses In spite of its battery-based drivetrain, the...

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Is Getting a Trail Package with Legit All-Terrain Tires

Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz put out a massive press release detailing a number of changes to its lineup for 2020, consisting of trim reshufflings, new packages and options, and a few updated models. But there was one item that instantly stood out to us on scanning the document: For 2020, the Mercedes-AMG G63 is getting what the brand is calling...

Lexus’ New Headlamp Technology Can Identify People From Almost 200 Feet Away at Night

Lexus is taking the phrase “cutting-edge technology” to a new level with the introduction of the Bladescan adaptive LED headlights on the 2020 Lexus RX 450h. Prospective buyers of the new SUV in Europe will be the first ones to try out the new lighting technology, which Lexus says is a big improvement from its existing adaptive headlamps. The Bladescan...

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has an Earth-Shattering 760 HP

After months of not knowing, the power figures for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are finally here. The supercharged V8 will put out 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Basically, it’s enough to drag down the moon. Back in January, we learned that the GT500 would have at least 700 horsepower, which would either have put it dead-even...

A Faster Ford GT Is Headed Our Way

A more track-focused Ford GT is coming, according to a teaser image released by its maker. The image shows only a shadowy silhouette of the car, but we can make out a few key details. First are the Ford GT’s signature C-shaped LED accent lights. Second, and what makes clear this variant will improve the car’s capability, is the massive...

Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback: specs, price and release date

Volkswagen has announced that its forthcoming electric hatchback will be called the ID.3, with a special-edition 'ID.3 1st' model marking the car’s launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Initial demand as order books opened has been immense, according to the company: over 15,000 of the 30,000 units earmarked for Europe have already been accounted for, and it's been...


The Pininfarina Battista, the first hypercar from the storied design house, has had its front end redesigned before going into production. Pininfarina says it has evolved the "purity and beauty of front surfaces" in response to aerodynamic testing. The automaker claims the revisions provide a "greater visual connection between front and back". The U-shaped element running between the Battista's headlights...

New Audi SQ8 TDI launched with 429bhp

Audi has launched a new, performance-focused version of its flagship coupe-SUV: the SQ8. Due to arrive in European dealerships later this summer, the German brand’s latest sporty off-roader comes with a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain, a range of chassis revisions and a host of styling and technology upgrades. The new Audi SQ8 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 mild-hybrid...

Tesla Is Outselling Porsche In Western Europe This Year

Model 3 sales alone are high enough to almost outsell all of Porsche. The Jaguar brand will be next to fall. During the first five months of this year Tesla gained many positions on the sales chart as the Model 3 reached really high volumes. While the Model 3 has become the third best selling model in California, in Western...

BMW Expects X3 M To Become The Best-Selling M Car

The X3 M together with its coupe-SUV twin X4 M are the latest performance models to join BMW M’s range. During our first drive of the X3 M, we learned that the SUV is actually a pretty capable machine that’s worthy of the M badge. The Bavarian company has invested a lot into developing the performance SUV and making it...

Official: Aston Martin Valhalla confirmed as next Bond car

Rumours began to circulate earlier this week, with newspapers reporting that an example of the mid-engined hybrid model had been delivered to the Bond studios. The British brand has now confirmed it will feature in the as-yet-unnamed 25th Bond film, due to be released in April 2020. It’s not the only Aston to feature in the film, however. Also confirmed...

The Porsche 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 are finally here

Six naturally aspirated cylinders, a full GT chassis, a manual gearbox. Not the technical specification of a new 911 GT3, but that of the new Porsche 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. Both models mark the introduction of a proper six-cylinder engine into the 718 platform, which until now has packed only four-cylinder turbocharged power. With more than 100bhp per...

Lego “Leaks” 2020 Land Rover Defender 90

It’s not known if Lego Technic will offer a kit for the Defender 110, but nevertheless, take a good look at what’s in the pipeline. Round full-LED headlights and LED auxiliary lighting on the roof rack, a winch in the front bumper, and square fender flares are featured, along with Olive Green paintwork for the exterior. Expected to go on...

Rumour has it Toyota and Lexus will use Mazda’s upcoming straight-six

Back in 2016, Toyota and Mazda reached an agreement to share their technology. Since then, we’ve seen the fruits of the partnership ripen in a joint plant in Alabama, and in vehicles like the 2020 Yaris Hatchback, which borrows a platform from the Mazda2. Now, according to rumours uncovered by Japan’s Best Car magazine, which cites news broken in a...

Lexus's Safety System+ To Be Standard In All Cars In The US From 2020

Collisions that result in injury can often be caused by a delay in a driver's recognition of the situation and his or her ability to react accordingly. In a move to help prevent such accidents before they happen, the Lexus Safety System+ will be a standard feature in all US Lexus vehicles starting with the 2020 model year. Designed to...

FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and alleges FCA knew of the problem and failed to...

2020 Kia Seltos Debuts As New Global Compact SUV

While Europe is anxious to see Kia’s new XCeed slated to debut on June 26, the rest of the world is ready to meet the Seltos. Also a compact crossover, this new global model has been the subject of a painstakingly long teaser campaign that actually started in February 2018 with the SP Concept. A closer-to-production version dubbed the Signature...

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