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September 29, 2019


M Sport Package now available for BMW X3

Today, BMW Malaysia have announced a new M Sport Package option made available for the lone X3 xDrive30i model it offers locally. Aptly, this option lets you spice up the X3 with a number of sporty exterior bits plus a few premium cabin enhancements to match too. With this option, the X3 gets 20-inch Style 669 M lightweight alloy wheels...


One thing we'll have to get used to as the auto industry marches to the future are complicated names, especially the alpha-numeric titles from our German friends. The full name of the latest plug-in hybrid from the Tri-Star brand is: Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4Matic EQ Power. To break it down, yup, it’s a Mercedes. GLC is the brand's X3, Q5...

2019 Tesla Model 3 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The Tesla Model 3 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the first time Tesla has made the list, with top Good ratings in every crash test and a Superior rating for its frontal crash prevention system. Its standard headlights, a category that has stopped other vehicles—including the Chevrolet Bolt EV—from achieving the...

Ram rolls out special editions for its 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups

After a busy 2019, Ram's announcements for the 2020 model year are a bit subdued. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' truck brand is adding new special editions based on its 1500 and Heavy Duty model lines.We already saw in September the 1500 Rebel receive a new Black Appearance Group package, and at this week's State Fair of Texas Ram rolled out the...

2020 Audi RS Q3 is a mean, green 400 HP machine

If you want to go fast but need to be practical at the same time, then Audi might just have what you need. The German marque has just revealed their newest crossover in the form of the RS Q3, and is joined by the sleeker RS Q3 Sportback. Based on the standard Q3 and Q3 Sportback, both RS models get...

2016 Mercedes-AMG F1 Car Sets Unofficial Lap Record At Sonoma Raceway

Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has set an unofficial lap record at Sonoma Raceway in California behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG 2016 Formula 1 racer. The Mexican took to the track during the recent Sonoma Speed Fest in the Mercedes-AMG W07, which is the second most-dominant car in F1 history having won 19 of the 21 races that it...

Bollinger electric off-road trucks head toward production with Detroit reveal

Bollinger Motors has officially revealed what it calls “its next step toward production,” with "beta-prototype" versions of its B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup, in a Thursday evening event near its new Detroit-area headquarters, in Ferndale, Michigan. The prototypes presented are a completely new iteration of the truck’s design, versus the proof-of-concept prototype that was presented previously, and they’ve...

California Cop Had To End 120MPH Chase After His Tesla Battery Nearly Died

Jess Hartman, a California police officer, was forced to put an end to a 120mph pursuit after the battery of his Tesla patrol car ran low, a Fremont Police Department official confirmed. According to the dispatch providers blog, at 11:05 pm on September 21, the Fremont Police Department patrol car identified a Toyota Avalon that had been involved in a...

Koenigsegg Regera Smashes the 0-249-0 MPH World Record

The masterminds at Koenigsegg have once again demonstrated the ferocious capabilities of their carbon-fiber hypercars, sending a Regera from zero to 400 kph (249 mph) and back to zero in record time. First, some background. The Bugatti Chiron—commonly considered something of a fast car—was once measured to accelerate to 400 in 32.6 seconds, and decelerate to a stop in 9.3...

‘Laura’ will tell Skoda drivers where to go

At the rate things are going, in-car digital assistants will require their own union or WhatsApp group. Laura is the latest virtual PA to hit the road, and ‘she’ is coming to a Skoda near you soon. Skoda says Laura has mastered six languages, is quite comfortable with natural voice and doesn’t mind being interrupted. Ask nicely and she’ll even...

Next-Gen Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Be New and Larger Than Ever

For the first time since 2010, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a full redesign, and we have the photographic proof. A camouflaged prototype was caught testing by our spies, and while not much of the design is revealed, we gleaned some new information about the upcoming all-new SUV. Despite the heavy camouflage, we can tell that the new Grand...

Maserati’s Lineup Set to Get a Much-Need Jolt of Life

When you attend auto shows as often as we do, it starts to become obvious what automakers are arrogant, which ones get more attention than they deserve, and which ones are completely lost. Maserati falls into a couple of these categories, and the middle one isn’t one of them. It’s not that the company doesn’t have good-looking cars; it surely...

Official: Second-Gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Are Happening!

After much speculation and hand-wringing about the fate of the 86—especially as Toyota focused its sports-car team on the new Supra—and its Subaru BRZ twin, it has been confirmed that both cars will see a second generation. This comes after a European Toyota executive seemingly let the cat out of the bag earlier this year. This is great news for...

Next MINI to go all-electric in 2022

The next-generation MINI hatch could be launched as an all-electric model, our sister title Auto Express has learned. Due to arrive in 2022, the next MINI could also become smaller, such are the benefits of using an electric powertrain as opposed to an internal combustion engine. “I would love to see MINI move back to the essence of clever use...

Second-Generation Toyota Mirai Confirmed For 2020 Reveal

It’s easy to forget the Toyota Mirai exists. The Japanese automaker previewed the hydrogen-powered with two concepts – one at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and another two years later. It didn’t arrive in the U.S. until late 2015, and overall sales of all hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been abysmal. As of February 2019, there were 6,558 hydrogen fuel...

Mercedes Selling Rare SL Mille Miglia, SLS AMG GT Final Edition

Mercedes is selling two very rare coupes through its All Time Stars service which helps prospective owners purchase classic Mercedes. In its most recent crop of listings, Mercedes is selling an SL Mille Miglia Edition and an SLS AMG GT Final Edition. If you’re not familiar, the Mille Miglia is an open road endurance race that takes place in Italy....

Dacia Duster is Europe's best-selling SUV

The figure reflects the havoc wreaked on the industry by the WLTP emissions standards rolled out in September 2018 more than it suggests motorists are no longer interested in buying new cars, analysts reckon. Companies did their best to get rid of non-WLTP-compliant models before the new norms came into effect, according to JATO Dynamics, hence the unusual spike in...

Alpine to offer hybrid tech in future models

Even a brand dedicated to the production of lightweight, bare-bones sports cars won’t escape the pull of electrification, according to a Renault boss. When and how such technology will be implemented is still under wraps, but will the introduction of a complex electrified powertrain to future Alpine models be quite as disastrous as you might think? Speaking to our sister...

Polestar 2 Configurator Showcases Six Exterior Colors, Optional Performance Pack

We already know how much the Launch Edition costs in every single one of those markets, but the configurator gives us a better understanding of how customizable the car is. Dual-motor AWD and a 78-kWh battery come standard along with a panoramic sunroof and comfort creatures such as USB-C ports. 4.7 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph) is also impressive,...

New Land Rover Defender could get remote control for off-roading

Land Rover’s redesigned 2020 Defender sports some impressive tech, but the automaker isn’t stopping with what’s already included — it’s still whipping up more features that really think outside the box. Literally, Land Rover wants you to be outside its boxy truck when the going gets tough, and is working on new technology to allow drivers to remotely control their...

F1: McLaren To Return To Mercedes Engines From 2021

McLaren will be reunited with Mercedes engines from the 2021 season as the former champions go back to using the German manufacturer's power units in their bid to return to the top. The Woking-based team are currently supplied by Renault, having joined forces with the French company last year. They will see out that deal, which runs until the end...

2020 Dodge Charger starts at $31,390, comes in three widebody models

Dodge's big four-door will start at $31,390 (including destination) for 2020⁠—a $425 increase over the 2019 model. The brand-new Charger Scat Pack Widebody model starts at $47,490 and the screaming SRT Hellcat Widebody starts at $71,140. The Charger lineup got a serious shake-up, but most of the key players are returning for 2020, and while the base model did get...

The 2.0-Litre Subaru EJ20 Flat-Four Has Been Axed

he Subaru EJ20 is no more. The engine, which has been in service since the late 1980s, powered everything from the 1989 Legacy RS to recent Japanese market specials like the 324bhp WRX STI Type RA-R. It even powered race versions. Characterful, responsive and hard-edged, the EJ20 has a unique character defined partly by its 1-3-2-4 firing order and longer...

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