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October 19, 2019


2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C uncovered in Sepang

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has given the top shelf of its AMG catalogue an update following the launch of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C in the Sepang International Circuit. Following in the footsteps of newer Mercs, the AMG GT duo have gained new LED light signatures, an updated rear apron with improved aero and even a front camera to...

It Feels Like Jaguar's Making a Point With Its I-Pace Ring Taxi

Sure have been a lot of electric cars at the Nurburgring lately. Porsche EVs, Tesla EVs ... and now this: Jaguar's all-electric I-Pace. But this isn't a prototype out to test the latest track-oriented components or set an EV lap record. The I-Pace is here to work: This week, the automaker announced that the I-Pace will do duty as the...

Hyundai built an 8-seat drift machine

Have you ever thought about drifting a vehicle with seven of your friends along for the ride? Probably not but Hyundai has explored the possibility nevertheless and the result looks like a lot of fun. The Korean automaker tapped its Australian division to build a one-off drift machine for the World Time Attack Challenge racing festival currently on in Sydney,...


Even though Toyota unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan just days ago, it wants the world to know that it's still planning to offer plain old electric cars. Toyota has been a notable EV holdout even as it has dominated the hybrid market. Just ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show the automaker reconfirmed plans to launch three EVs by 2021, Britain's...

Yes, this is the 2020 Toyota Yaris

Just yesterday, leaked photos of the all-new Toyota Yaris made its rounds on the internet. Turns out, it really was the 2020 model that was shown. With the cat out of the bag, it seems that Toyota has decided to make it official rather than delaying the inevitable. So here it is, and it's the European and Japanese-market version that...

It Took Lamborghini Only Five Years To Deliver 14,000 Huracans

Despite the Gallardo being a commercially successful model for Lamborghini, its successor, the Huracan, has proved to be even more popular with customers. The Italian car manufacturer recently confirmed that it has built 14,022 examples of the Huracan in the last five years. By comparison, it took Lamborghini a decade to sell that many examples of the Gallardo before it...

Ram 1500 Warlock Mojave Sand Brings Dark Magic To The Desert

The highly successful Ram 1500 Classic Warlock is getting a desert makeover with a new Mojave Sand Package. Earlier this year, Ram introduced the 1500 Classic Warlock. Based on the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic (which is actually an updated 2018 Ram 1500 based on the previous-gen design), the Classic Warlock took the name of a 1970s pickup and turned it...

Classic Morris marque returns with a futuristic commercial EV concept

When Morris introduced the J-type van in 1948, it took Europe by storm, becoming one of the most ubiquitous delivery vehicles east of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2019, the newly reconstituted Morris Commercial wants to do it again, only with a twist. This is the Morris JE, and as its name suggests, it's a new take on the classic commercial...

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge First Look: The First of Many Volvo EVs to Come

Volvo isn't being shy about it: We need to change our ways to combat climate change issues the world faces today. Cars in particular—including, by Volvo's admission, its own—are primary contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion that pose a massive problem for society today. Rather than take a fatalistic approach and suggest that we end driving entirely, Volvo...

Electric Mini laps the Nurburgring without braking

It takes a certain level of bravery to take to the Nurburgring at all. But one Mini driver has lapped the infamous circuit without even touching the brake pedal. His goal: to test the new electric Mini Cooper SE’s Green Mode regenerative systems. For clarification, we’re not talking about flat-out driving. Rather, the lap required perfectly measured inputs of throttle...

Track-Ready Dodge Challenger ACR Could Be on Its Way

Dodge offers plenty of great new cars, but ever since the Viper ACR disappeared, its lineup has been lacking a hard-core track-oriented machine. What Dodge should do is build an ACR model out of its Challenger, complete with lightweight parts, lots of aero, and big power. And if this Mopar Insiders report is to be believed, we might just get...

Ford’s SEMA-Bound SUV Lineup Will Feature Portable Fridges, Camping Tents, and Video Cameras

The 2019 Ford Escape, 2019 Ford Explorer, and 2019 Ford Expedition are all fresh in the eyes of many, making them ideal candidates to get showcased at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. In keeping with form, that’s exactly what Ford is doing. The Blue Oval is bringing eight custom SUVs to SEMA, including three Escapes, three Explorers, and a pair...

Daniel Craig Designed a "007 Aston Martin DBS" for Nieman Marcus

If you have money to burn, treat yourself to this ultimate in James Bond gadgets: a stunning Aston Martin DBS Superleggera designed by the latest 007, Daniel Craig. There's no word on what Daniel Craig did to "design" this particular car, but the inky-blue beast is being offered in a run of just seven units, and each costs $700,007. Every...

Honda Jazz hybrid teased for Tokyo

The new Honda Jazz hybrid has been teased for the first time, ahead of the car’s debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show on 23 October. The single teaser released so far (above) shows the silhouette of the new car in profile: little appears to have changed compared to the current model, although the bonnet appears to be more distinct...

Saleen GT4 Concept Debuts As A Lightweight Mid-Engine Track Car

Following the impressions that the Saleen 1 supercar has left us n 2017, Saleen Automotive has unveiled a new concept race car that is to compete in GT4 racing series worldwide. Dubbed as the Saleen GT4 Concept Race Car, the new track car is set to resurrect Saleen's reputation in GT racing. The Saleen GT4 Concept is highly based on...

EV conversions slammed by classic car experts

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) has issued a statement, in which it states that it “cannot promote, to owners or regulators, the use of modern EV components to replace a historic vehicle’s drivetrain”. The announcement comes following a recent flurry of electrified classic vehicle unveilings from newly launched independent firms, including Lunaz and Swindon Powertrain, as well as...

BMW 2-series Gran Coupe ready to take on Mercedes-Benz CLA

BMW has revealed a new model it’s calling the 2-series Gran Coupe. Like the new 1-series, the Gran Coupe utilises a front-wheel-drive chassis, which is also loosely based on that of the 2-series Active and Grand Tourers. Confused? You’re not alone, but all you really need to know is that this front- or all-wheel-drive hatchback is in actuality a Mercedes...

2020 Aston Martin DBX Spied Undisguised, Looks Pretty Predictable

Let’s start with the wheels, featuring a dual-spoke design and two-tone finish. Without plastic cladding on the wheel arches, the alloys appear to lost and the DBX looks as if it’s a passenger car redesigned to look like a utility vehicle. Moving over to the rear, Aston Martin really messed up the styling by combining V8 Vantage influences with a...

Ford promises North America’s largest charging network for upcoming SUV

One of the major downsides of EV ownership in North America remains the relative lack of places to top up the battery across the continent. But as Ford approaches the launch of the first of its line of upcoming EV products – the Mustang-inspired ‘Mach-E’ SUV rumoured to be debuting soon – it’s promising to provide Ford drivers with access...

Electric Hummer Could Be Part Of GM's Move Into EV Trucks, SUVs: Sources

General Motors Co plans to build a new family of premium electric pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning in late 2021, possibly reviving the imposing Hummer brand on some of them, several people familiar with the plans said. The so-called BT1 electric truck/SUV program is the centerpiece of a planned $3 billion (2.3 billion pounds) investment...

Toyota extends battery warranty on all new hybrid and electric vehicles

Toyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know-how. On Thursday, Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles on all 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles. Unlike Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, Toyota’s hybrid battery and component warranty...

Mad Nurburgring-Spec Tesla Model S Will Go Into Production, Musk Says

When Tesla hit the Nurburgring with extensively modified versions of the Model S last month, we were left wondering what the hell it all meant. The test mules were unrecognisable from any version of the electric car currently sold, and although CEO Elon Musk confirmed its new triple motor ‘Plaid’ powertrain would make production, that didn’t explain all the other...

Toyota Copen GR Sport is the cutest little convertible you ever did see

A new, pint-sized drop-top is joining Toyota's sprawling lineup. The Copen GR Sport is a two-seat mini-car with a solid, retractable roof and plenty of chassis upgrades. It's cuter than a laundry basket full of puppies and likely not much bigger. This machine is manufactured by Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Toyota and a brand with extensive experience building kei cars...

2019 Vauxhall Corsa
Vauxhall to bring back VXR sub-brand as all-electric range

Vauxhall’s revival of the VXR performance sub-brand will be as an all-electric line, with a variety of bodystyles planned, according to boss Stephen Norman. As well as a hot version of the Corsa-e, arriving first next year, there will be a VXR version of the Vivaro-e electric van in 2020. It’s expected that the VXR branding will be used on...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM328,000 2010 Porsche 911 3.8 CARRERA 4S PDK SRoof 30KMiles

- 30K Miles Only, Brought in Previously as Porsche UK Approved Pre Owned. - 19" Carrera Classis Wheels - Sports Seats - Sunroof - MultiFunction Steering Wheel - Leather Interior Package - PCM - PASM - Bi Xenon Headlights

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