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August 25, 2019


Fifth-generation Subaru Forester launched in Malaysia

The new Subaru Forester was launched earlier today, in three variants of Forester 2.0i-L, Forester 2.0i-S, and 2.0i-S Eyesight. The boxer-engined SUV is no longer locally assembled, instead imported from the new Tan Chong Subaru Automotive (Thailand) Limited (TCSAT) factory outside Bangkok. Prices are as below: Subaru Forester 2.0i-L – RM139,788 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S – RM149,788 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight...


Not since Nissan's 2015 Super Bowl ad has a commercial hit us (OK, me) so hard right in the feelings. This new spot is worth it for the collection of T-shirts alone. Audi's new-and-coming-to-the-U.S. RS6 Avant wagon got its first YouTube spot this week and boy does it remind us of what being a car enthusiast is all about. The...

2020 Honda Civic Si Gets a New Fascia and a Shorter Final Drive Ratio

The Civic Si occupies a perfect spot in Honda's lineup. It's a great choice for those who want a fun, compact, reliable vehicle without having to pay inflated Civic Type R money. Honda's just revealed the newly updated Si coupe and sedan for 2020, bringing reshaped looks, interior improvements, and a shorter final drive ratio. As far as the powertrain...

Volocopter unveils fourth-generation VoloCity autonomous air taxi

Volocopter, the self-proclaimed pioneer in urban air mobility, unveiled on Thursday the fourth-generation of its on-demand inner-city air taxi. Called VoloCity, the industry’s newest flying taxi is scheduled to undergo public testing later this year. The VoloCity is a small, electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) designed to get people between Point A and Point B in dense urban areas....

Toyota Supra chief engineer wants to work with Porsche to revive MR2

Did that headline surprise you? During a press drive of the A90 Toyota GR Supra in Sportsland Sugo in Miyagi, Japan, we were able to catch up with the man that led the program: Toyota Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada. Tada-san was the man responsible for building a relationship with BMW to help them engineer the two low-volume cars (Supra and...

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Isn’t Short On Power, But Manhart Gave It 700 HP Anyway

The tuning specialists over at Manhart Racing have just unveiled their latest package for the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe. The kit is for the pre-facelift model and adds a serious amount of extra grunt to the German SUV. Powering the GLC 63 S Coupe is a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 that delivers 510 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of...

2020 Porsche Taycan could beat Tesla to market with vegan interior

Look out, Tesla. Some versions of the upcoming Porsche Taycan electric car are going vegan, too—perhaps before Tesla can get there. Well, for now let’s call it vegan-ish. In a first release of information about the production Taycan interior. Porsche yesterday said that it will offer both an option of tanned Club Leather, using a natural olive-leaf process (OLEA) and...

New Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Won't Go To Europe

The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will reportedly not be heading to Europe due to the continent’s stricter safety and emissions regulations. When we saw the new Mustang GT500 strolling up the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed (and by “strolling”, we mean blasting away at top speed), we took that to mean the GT500 would certainly be sold on...

2020 Chevrolet Bolt Range Is Higher Than an Entry-Level Tesla Model 3

Remember when electric vehicle range anxiety was a thing? Okay, perhaps we're not past that yet, but it's cool how automakers are working to push the distance their all-electric offerings can cover. Case in point: Chevrolet has announced a solid bump in range for the 2020 Bolt. EPA-estimated range for the electric hatchback is now up to 259 miles, a...

Volvo S60 gets 390hp hybrid, Polestar power to follow

Volvo has given the S60 a stocky set of hybrid muscles. Meet the new T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. It’s got 390hp courtesy of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to an 87hp electric motor.The T8’s clever powertrain delivers the best of both worlds. When you’re not getting to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, you could be getting a WLTP-tested 176mpg. Quite...

That Iconic VW Logo Is About to Change, and There's Going to Be a Brand Sound

Volkswagen will have more than its ID. 3 electric hatchback on display at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The German automaker is set to unveil a new logo and design direction. It's partly an attempt to reach new, younger customers and partly to change the conversation from Dieselgate to electric mobility. The company thinks digital branding and grabbing attention...

Watch Out, the Nürburgring Has a New 4-Door and FWD Record Lap King

Nürburgring lap records are a way bigger deal today than they used to be. That’s due to the fact that pretty much every carmaker is heading to Germany sooner or later during R&D and pre-production testing to see whether their new cars can overcome the dynamic challenges the Green Hell poses. Believe it or not, the Nürburgring has seen its...

These Are the Cars in the Museum of Modern Art

Cars are some of the most significant items of industrial design, but do they ever rise to the level of art? New York’s Museum of Modern Art—whose stated mission is to reflect the art of our time—thinks so. For that reason, its permanent design collection includes an eclectic handful of automobiles. MoMA’s interest in automobiles goes back to 1951, when...

Toyota electric vehicles set for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Toyota – the official vehicle fleet operator for Tokyo 2020 – has revealed the fleet of electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles set to be used at the Olympic Games next year. Around 3,700 ‘mobility products’ will be in operation at the Games, 90% of which are expected to be electrified in some capacity. The Japanese company is...

2021 Formula 1 race car revealed

This is what the 2021 Formula 1 cars will look like. Well, imagine it being a little bit bigger and you’ll have it. Formula 1 and their governing body, FIA, have been testing these 50 per cent scale models in a wind tunnel to test the effectiveness of planned design changes. The 2021 regulations have to be finalised by an...

Continental Announces A Fully Integrated Axle Drive Module

Continental will present at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show "the first of its kind" electric axle drive for electric cars, which integrates an electric motor, transmission and inverter. Continental explains that the fully integrated axle drive module with a total weight of less than 80 kg, is 20 kg (or 20%) lighter than a comparable not integrated drive unit. Detailed...

Audi Q4 E-Tron To Offer 25 Ways To Customize Headlights, Taillights

When Audi debuted the Q4 E-Tron at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it made a lot of big promises about range, performance, and livability. However, its biggest promise focused on the Q4 E-Tron’s headlights. Audi plans on offering Q4 E-Tron owners 25 different styles of headlights and taillights to choose from when they start placing orders in 2020. In an...

Donkervoort to unveil hardcore, sub-700kg JD70

The D8 GTO-JD70, as its name suggests, is an evolution of the D8 GTO sports car that was released in 2011. Like the standard D8 GTO, the JD70 will weigh in at less than 700kg and be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre Audi Sport engine with some adjustments. This lightness is apparently due to Donkervoort’s innovative 'Ex-Core' carbonfibre production method....

New Vauxhall Corsa-e to race in e-Rally Cup

Vauxhall has plans to take its new Corsa-e e-rallying, in the freshly created e-Rally series co-organised with the ADAC, in 2020. Called the ADAC e-Rally Cup, the series replaces the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup collaboration that helped introduce fresh talent to rallying. The new series will run in conjunction with selected rounds of the German Rally Championship in 2020, but...

BMW 5 Series Illuminated Grille Priced At $614

Chrome Iconic Glow Kidney Grille. That’s how BMW refers to the illuminated grille option of the G30 in the United States, a $614 upgrade that includes a lot of light-emitting diodes. Integrated into the radiator grille, the LEDs are designed to light up the frame and bars from above. If you want to get the Chrome Iconic Glow Kidney Grille...

Land Rover's next-gen safety tech may employ 3D augmented reality

Jaguar Land Rover is investing in what it thinks could be the next step in safety technology: a 3D virtual reality heads-up display, one that does much more than just show your speedometer on the windshield. The technology is part of JLR’s ‘Smart Cabin’ vision, which seeks to create a personalized space inside the vehicle for driver and passenger. The...

Porsche Invests In Israeli Road Visibility Startup TriEye

Israel's TriEye, whose short-wave-infra-red sensing technology enables vision in adverse weather and night-time conditions, has expanded its funding round to $19 million with an investment from German sports car manufacturer Porsche. TriEye said on Wednesday the additional funds will be used for product development and operations as well as team growth. In May, TriEye announced an early funding round, led...

2020 Ford Ranger FX2 is the Baja pickup ready for cities

On Wednesday, Ford announced that the 2020 Ford Ranger FX2 will be available for order as a $595 upgrade on the mid-size pickup. The package adds off-road tires, front skid plates, an electronically locking rear differential, and chunkier styling. Ford said the FX2 package is available for ordering now and will be delivered later this year. The package is available...

This Might Be Lamborghini's Long-Rumoured Hypercar

If the most recent Lamborghini reveal - limited-run versions of the Huracan and Aventador - left you a little cold, allow us to present something much more significant. Well, we think - if this darkened teaser image is depicting what we suspect it is, the world will soon be seeing one of the most important cars in Sant’Agata Bolognese’s history....

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