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October 13, 2019


All-new 2019 Toyota Corolla launched – from RM128,888

As rivals Mazda and Honda have already ramp up their respective C-segment entries, it’s now Toyota’s turn to crank up the heat in this segment. Today, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) did just that with the introduction of the new Corolla. Now in its 12th generation form, the new Corolla shares the same bones as the new Camry. To...

Lotus Will Get Engines From Geely In the Future

Lotus began using Toyota engines with the Elise in 2004, and continues to do so to this day. That could change, however. Today, Lotus parent company Geely announced its intention to merge its internal-combustion engine development with Volvo to free up the Swedish brand to develop electric powertrains. In a press release, Geely said the internal-combustion and hybrid powertrains it's...

Ford reveals Ranger, Transit projects for SEMA

Ford announced Thursday that it will exhibit more than 50 vehicles at the annual SEMA automotive aftermarket show this year, making its display the largest of any OEM on the show floor. To tease the contents of its booth, Ford sent out images of eight Ranger and Transit projects that will be in attendance. Since the Ranger pickup is new,...


If there has been a trend with the Mini range since its acquisition and relaunch by BMW, it's that its models have been getting progressively larger, culminating in the Mini Countryman SUV. That trend is about to change in a curious way: Mini will make some models smaller, while also bringing back another name from its past: the Traveller. Autocar...

This is it: Isuzu D-Max is all-new for 2020

After eight years in the market, the current generation Isuzu D-Max is all set for retirement. In its place is this, the third-generation model, and it's set to kick off the hotly contested pickup class in the next decade. It’s also worth pointing out that the 2020 D-Max will also spawn a Mazda-badged version in the near future. By the...

Lexus’ Hybrid Models Get An Extended Battery Warranty For 2020MY

Just like parent company Toyota, Lexus is also extending the warranty for the battery of its hybrid cars for the 2020 model year, from the current 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first. The battery warranty extension applies to all new 2020 Lexus hybrid models while all other hybrid-related components remain covered under the company’s Hybrid System...

Boeing And Porsche Joins Forces To Create Flying Electric Car

Boeing and Porsche announced Thursday they are joining forces to "explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace," through "a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle." The American aircraft giant and German automaker have not revealed any details about how much money or resources the two companies would invest in the project,...

2021 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car revealed in concept form—as a sport sedan!

Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell sedan has been revealed in concept form, ahead of its complete redesign for the 2021 model year. And it finally looks the part. Up until now, Toyota’s technology flagship has packed some sexy sustainability credentials, with fully baked fuel-cell tech (asterisks to the infrastructure, which isn’t yet fully baked). But the flip side has been a gawky,...

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport First Look: German for Passport

Two for the cost of one. It's Volkswagen's new doubling-up strategy to get more variants per platform to give customers more choice, and it costs VW less to do so. The first test is the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport midsize crossover, a five-passenger version of the larger seven-seat Atlas. It's the same tactic Honda used with the Passport, which is...

The world’s most expensive car add-ons

For many of us, spending extra cash on a bigger set of wheels can cause a financial headache. In the grand scheme of things – and the world of expensive optional extras – such things barely scratch the surface. Here, we run through the craziest of options, and tell you what you could have bought instead…

Here's the Chevy Silverado ZR2 before It Goes on Sale

Thanks to Chevrolet's official winks, nods, and elbow jabs, you’re looking at a prototype of the most extreme Silverado testing in the Nevada desert. It's most definitely what will become the Silverado ZR2. As it did in 2017 before launching the Colorado ZR2 Bison a year later, Chevy is back with Hall Racing, a local team that competes across Nevada’s...

The Kinetik 07 Is Said to Offer Trans-dimensional Driving Dynamics

Fresh from the wild land of Bulgaria comes the Kinetik 07, a two-seater, road-legal, track car that’s not only electric but rides on top of Caterham underpinnings. Right now, the Kinetik 07 is merely a prototype, but it was revealed among a group of potential investors and could, one day, be Bulgaria’s first zero-emission sports car. The dynamic of the...

GM's ISV Army Truck Is the Baddest-Ass Chevy Colorado ZR2

Think the new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the midsize pickup truck's hard-core off-road trim, is impressive? Updated for '21, its primary change from before include less styling—seriously, Chevy just straight-up made most of the front end part of the grille or intake. Underneath, it still has the same lifted suspension, beefy tires, and 4x4 equipment to chase goats up rocky...

Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: PHEV SUV to join range in 2020

Toyota is to add a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 SUV to its range in 2020, the Japanese brand has announced. In a short statement, the brand confirms this will be "the most powerful RAV4 yet" and unsurprisingly promises greater electric driving range and stronger acceleration than the standard, non-plug-in RAV4 Hybrid. A single image (above) of the car...

VW Group Reportedly Interested In Selling Lamborghini

It looks like the Volkswagen Group has been heavily considering options on what to do with the Italian high-performance automaker. With the VW Group moving towards a complete overhaul by 2030 and with a goal of doubling its market value, there's a lot of talk about the idea of a fruitful future for brands like VW, Skoda, Seat, Audi, Porsche,...

Hardcore McLaren 620R confirmed, first spy shots emerge

McLaren has confirmed to Autocar that it will be building a road-going GT4 racing car based on the 600LT, dubbed 620R. Spotted testing for the first time, the 620R features a design linked to that of last year’s ultra-exclusive 570S MSO X, with an aerodynamic package clearly adapted from that of McLaren’s racing programme. Alongside a prominent rear spoiler and...

Official Volkswagen Golf Mk8 sketches revealed before October debut

It’s been years of speculation, guessing games, disguised prototypes and drip feeds from Volkswagen’s higher-ups, but finally one of the industry’s most important new cars, the all-new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, will be revealed in just a few weeks’ time. Aside from being one of Volkswagen’s biggest sellers, it’s also a massive profit generator – an increasingly crucial component of the...

The Fastest Sedan In the World Joins the Dark Side

The blacked-out treatment starts with the Flying B hood ornament, followed by the bezels of the headlights and taillights, fender vents, window trim, door handles, and exhaust finishers. 21-inch wheels come standard but 22s are also available if you want to stand out furthermore. “Sportier persona” and “even more powerful road presence” is how Bentley describes the Blackline Specification. From...

Dubai's now using supercars to build its ambulance fleet, too

Apparently Dubai is running out of things to do with all its supercars, because now it’s turning the darn things into ambulances. It seems like a skit out of Top Gear — we can’t help but think of Jeremy Clarkson piloting a Porsche 944 to the aid of some poor schmuck with a severed artery, but the vehicles Dubai’s adding...

Next-Gen Skoda Rapid Teased

Skoda Auto might have replaced the Rapid range with the Scala in Europe and several other markets, but the company will continue to have the Skoda Rapid nameplate in select markets like Russia and China. Expected to unveil the next-gen Skoda Rapid sometime in late 2019, the carmaker has now released the first official teaser image for the new-gen model....

Audi earns two more Top Safety Picks for Q3 and A7

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Audi two more coveted safety awards, giving the 2019 A7 Sportback its Top Safety Pick nod and the redesigned 2019 Q3 crossover its much-sought-after Top Safety Pick+ recognition. Both awards come with asterisks, however: they were bestowed only upon models equipped with LED projector headlights, rather than the standard LED reflectors. The...

A New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Is Coming

Soon, you’ll be able to order your Aston Martin Vantage with a lot more headroom. The British company has released a set of images showing a very lightly disguised Vantage Roadster “engineering car,” which previews a production version arriving Spring 2020. Beyond that, Aston Martin is keeping shtum, although it isn’t hard to work out what the Vantage Roadster will...

Toyota LQ self-driving concept car is at your command

It wouldn't be the biennial Tokyo Motor Show without some seriously wild concept cars, and Toyota is here to deliver. As a followup to 2017's Concept-i, the Japanese automaker debuted the Toyota LQ ahead of the auto show later this month. Unlike the Concept-i, the LQ appears far more grounded in its approach -- and it will be ready for...

Dyson pulls plug on electric car project as it’s ‘not commercially viable’

In a statement released today, company founder Sir James Dyson said the decision had been made as a result of the project not being commercially viable. However, Sir James was quick to point out that most of the people losing their jobs as a result of the decision would be able to redeployed elsewhere since there were ‘sufficient vacancies to...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM95,000 2009 Audi S4 S Line Quattro 3.0 V6

Good Condition, Neat Interior, Imported New, S-Line, Quattro, Audi MMi, B&O Surround Sound, Sports Seats, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Done 95k kms, MAKE: Audi MODEL: B8 S4 EXTERIOR: White INTERIOR: White/ Black YEAR: 2009

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