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August 11, 2019


DreamEDGE to anchor New National Car Project

The latest press release by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has given further details about the much talked about New National Car Project or NNCP. The most important issue cleared has to be the anchor party to move the project, which is Cyberjaya-based DreamEDGE Sdn. Bhd. DreamEDGE will get advanced support from Daihatsu Motor Company, although it...


How old are you? Let me put it another way. Do you remember when Porsche first launched racier, GT3 versions of the 911? You do? Then you’re old, because that was 20 years ago. And before we go any farther, yes, I am old too. It was 1999 when Porsche decided to drop a 911 1.2-inches, add bodywork that improved...

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Does 0-100-0 in a Blistering 10.6 Seconds

As the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 inches closer to production, Ford is beginning to unveil more performance specs. In June, it revealed horsepower numbers for that 5.2-liter supercharged V-8. Now, we finally have a sense of just how capable the car really is. Ford claims the new GT500 is able to sprint from 0-100 mph and back to...

INFINITIís EDITION 30 models include specially trimmed versions of its line of luxury vehicles, featuring unique exterior design treatments and some of the worldís first driver assistance technologies that INFINITI has brought to market.
Infiniti Edition 30 celebrates the automaker's 30th birthday

This year marks Infiniti’s 30th anniversary and, to celebrate the occasion, the luxury automaker is introducing a lineup of special edition models. Infiniti has dubbed its anniversary-celebrating trim EDITION 30 and it’ll be available on the company’s Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60 and QX80 models. All five of the EDITION 30 vehicles will come standard with Infiniti’s electronic driver assist package,...

Novitec’s Tesla Model 3 Is Sporty On The Outside, Luxurious Inside

Besides offering style and performance modifications for exotic brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati and Rolls-Royce, Novitec is also into the business of modifying Teslas. Having already launched tuning packages for the Model S and Model X, the German company has now chosen the Model 3 as its latest project. The enhancements include naked-carbon aerodynamic components, tailor-made 21-inch forged...

Nikola wins DOE fuel-cell development grant

Startup truckmaker Nikola, which plans to build fuel-cell-powered semi trucks in Arizona, won a $1.7 million grant to research improved techniques to assemble fuel-cell membranes, the company announced on Wednesday. The company will partner with Department of Energy scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. The heavy trucks that Nikola is developing require higher power...

Toyota Will Improve Supra's Performance With Every Release, Says Chief Engineer

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that there are more Supras to come in future, and they will get more powerful with every release. It took 17 years for fans to see a new Supra debut but, according to Tada, the car will continue to roll out for years to come. Despite Toyota's reputation as one of the top...

Fiat Will Stick to its Niche While it Waits for Electrification

Fiat doesn't mind that it's a niche brand. At least that's according to Pieter Hogeveen, head marketing executive for Fiat in North America. Since returning Stateside in 2011, Fiat has sold close to 400,000 vehicles. But its annual sales volume has dropped significantly since its reintroduction. That's mainly due to Fiat only selling small cars and a lack of fresh...

Mini celebrates 60 years – and 10 million cars made

Ten million cars deserves a bit of fanfare, so a Mini from each year of production – 60 cars in total – gathered at the Oxford factory for a photocall. The line-up included the first and 10-millionth cars. The Minis then hit the road to meet in Bristol. The historical convoy went from oldest to newest, with the very first...

This Chinese Electric SUV Has a Weird Name and Even Weirder Doors

The fact that the most unlikely thing about the Human Horizons HiPhi 1 isn't its name— which is meant to reference the high-five rather than retro audio equipment—could be regarded as an achievement. This is an electric SUV from a previously unknown startup that claims a range of up to 400 miles and which also features suicide-hinged rear doors, gullwing-opening...

Audi Sport Teases Six New RS Models - Here’s What They Are

While Audi surprised the motoring world with the introduction of the diesel-powered S models some time ago, its Audi Sport GmbH subsidiary shares the first info about the next generation of the RS models. We only have one official photo to go after, but it is enough to disclose what Audi Sport plans to do. The Germans will gift us...

Here Are the BMW—and M—Electric Vehicles Coming by 2023

Anticipating a 30 percent year-over-year increase in EV sales, BMW will offer 25 different electrified vehicles by 2023, two years earlier than originally planned. But electrified does not necessarily mean emissions-free; including the electric Mini and Rolls-Royce Phantom, we expect 12 plug-in hybrids to go along with 13 full EVs. Our sources suggest that among them, the following models are in...

Volkswagen ID.R: new livery revealed ahead of next record attempt

Fresh from breaking the Goodwood Hillclimb record last month, the electric Volkswagen ID.R has welcomed a new livery ahead of its next challenge along the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China. Located over 900 miles southwest of Beijing, the route spans 10 kilometres and 99 hairpins, also featuring an altitude gain of 1,200 metres. The road to 'Heaven's Gate'...

2024 Lamborghini Aventador replacement could have a V8 - report

Those excited for the next-generation Lamborghini Aventador will have to wait until at least 2024 for the V12-powered supercar's replacement, according to a report from Automobile – It’s also not clear whether it’ll even have a V12. Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess, is looking to find efficiencies and increase profits within the Volkswagen Group empire and he’s putting the squeeze on...

Audi Trying To Team Up With Rimac To Build R8 Electric Successor

The Audi R8 is living on borrowed time. In May, Bram Schot, Audi’s chairman of the board of management, questioned if the R8 needed an internal combustion engine moving forward, adding that there is an ongoing discussion about the mid-engine vehicle’s future. A new report from CAR magazine suggests there will be an R8 successor, it’ll be electric, it’ll debut...

BMW's Flagship Safety Car For MotoGP Is An M8

MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle circuit racing; there's no question about it. It's what F1 is to automobile guys, that is, if your idea of entertainment is seeing some of the best riders from around the world pass within inches of each other at 200 miles per hour, all while carefully balancing what's essentially an engine with two wheels....

Lotus reveals new logo as part of brand revamp

The Norfolk-based brand was bought by Chinese firm Geely, which also owns Volvo, in 2017. It has since developed the 1973bhp Evija electric hypercar as the flagship for a major line-up revamp, which will also include the brand’s first SUV. To reflect the changes, Lotus has tweaked the famous roundel that has been used in various forms since Colin Chapman...

Tushek TS 900 H Apex revealed as 937bhp hybrid hypercar

Founded by Slovenian racing driver Aljosa Tushek, the brand’s first model came in 2008 in the form of the Renovatio T500 – a 1090kg, 444bhp V8 supercar. Since then, Tushek has fettled the T500’s platform to add more power and tech to the mix, bringing us to the hybrid TS 900 H Apex of today. As with all of its...

Configure Your Microlino Bubble Car EV and Live the Isetta Lifestyle

While not officially connected to vintage bubble cars, the Microlino is a Swiss electric cabin scooter that evokes the Isetta, with its front-mounted door. The model has already received something like 10,000 orders and you can now also configure one online to make it your own with colors and wheels. In Switzerland, the price list starts at CHF 13,500 or...

Karma SC1 Vision Concept will make first public debut at Pebble Beach Concours

Karma Automobile is bringing its brand-new SC1 Vision Concept to life and is prepared to show it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, set to be the first public showing of the futuristic-looking vehicle. The SC1 Vision Concept is Karma’s vision for the future of motoring, and if the future looks anything like the SC1, we’re in. “The SC1 is...

PSA, Dongfeng To Drop 2 China Auto Plants, Halve Workforce

Peugeot maker PSA Group and partner Dongfeng Group have agreed to cut thousands of jobs in China and drop two of their four shared assembly plants, according to a document seen by Reuters, in a last-ditch bid to curb mounting losses as the world's largest auto market loses steam. Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (DPCA), the carmakers' joint venture based in...

2020 Jaguar F-Pace speeds into new year with special editions, new price

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace gets two new special edition models this year, along with a modest price increase. The British luxury brand detailed the new F-Pace 300 Sport and Checkered Flag editions last week. Along with the two special models, the brand said the crossover will start at $46,225, up from $45,825 for a base 2019 F-Pace. The former of...

Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series Caught Testing With Big Hood Vents

AMG GT, AMG GT S, AMG GT C, AMG GT R, and the limited-run AMG GT R Pro. That’s how many versions of the high-performance coupe Mercedes-AMG is offering, plus roadster versions for all of them with the exception of the Pro. Come 2020, we’ll meet the meanest of them all as next year the folks from Affalterbach will revive...

Kiwi-based Rodin Cars reveals Rodin FZED single-seat racer

Rodin Cars has revealed a new single-seat racer that it says is as fast as a modern Formula 1 car, but without the associated running costs you might expect. The open-wheeled racer has not been designed specifically to adhere to one racing series. Rather, it started life as the Lotus T125 which was originally designed as a ‘customer’ F1 racer,...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - 2015 Rolls Royce Ghost Series II 6.6 RM1,280,000

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II 6.6 Year : 2015/16 ** Full Service RR Malaysia ** Full Spec ** Distronic ** 21” Chrome Alloy Wheel ** Rear Electric Seat ** Rear Entertainment TV ** RR Logo Seat ** HUD ** Lane Assist ** Surrouding Camera ** Power Boot ** Panoramic Roof

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