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December 14, 2019

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Ford Ranger 2.2 XLT Special Edition announced – RM120,888

Local Ford distributors Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) have announced a new special variant of the Ranger pick up truck. Notably, this special was tailored exclusively for the Malaysian market. Based off the Ranger 2.2 XLT variant, the Special Edition sees this truck brimmed with a few extras. Available exclusively in either black or white, the Ranger 2.2 XLT Special...

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porsche unveils one-off star wars spaceship co-designed with lucasfilm

porsche and lucasfilm have been working together to design a new star wars-themed space ship. the fantasy starship, named tri-wing s-91x pegasus starfighter, will be presented as a detailed model measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length at the december film premiere of star wars: the rise of skywalker in los angeles. it took two months for the respective design...

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Morgan Is Redesigning its Chassis for the First Time in 83 Years

Low-volume British carmaker Morgan announced today it will phase out production of its traditional steel frame in 2020. The frame, which underpins the current 4/4, Plus 4, and V6 Roadster, is a variation on a design that was introduced all the way back in 1936, with Morgan's first four-wheeled vehicle, the 4-4. That means the current models that use this...

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Dodge adds AWD to sporty Charger GT for 2020

Dodge on Thursday added one extra model to its 2020 Charger lineup: the Charger GT AWD. All-wheel drive is only available on the base Charger SXT at present. For 2020, it's also available on the sporty Charger GT for a total price of ‭$36,490‬, including destination. The Charger GT AWD is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 good for 300 horsepower...

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GORDON MURRAY’S NEW F1-INSPIRED T.50 SUPERCAR WILL BE EVERYTHING THE BUGATTI CHIRON ISN'T

Despite its central driving position and naturally aspirated V12, Gordon Murray's upcoming supercar, the T.50, is not meant to be a McLaren F1 reprise. Rather, in attempting to create his ultimate vision of the supercar, Murray has drawn on everything he has learned in his long and varied career— which means, yes, plenty of references to the first road-going McLaren,...

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Chevrolet Corvette C8 is sold out before production even begins

There’s no doubt people all over the world are excited about the new Chevrolet Corvette C8. They have good reasons to be. It is the first ever Corvette model to feature a mid-engine layout. At the same time, it is also quite affordable too with a starting price of only USD 59,995 (Php 3,034,669). As a result, we’re not surprised...

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 Is Your 302 HP Entry Ticket Into AMG SUVs

Alongside the regular powertrains of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA, the automaker also debuts the GLA 35 entry-level AMG model today. Going by the full name of Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC, this performance model is the seventh member of the automaker’s compact family to wear the ’35’ designation, following the A-Class hatch, A-Class sedan, A-Class L sedan for China, CLA Coupe,...

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Nissan GT-R Nismo GT1 Race Car Evolves Into Roadgoing JRM GT23

Usually, race cars aren’t allowed on the road. This is mainly because their specs and features aren’t suitable for road driving. But if you’re craving for a road-legal ultimate race car, world championship winners JRM has something special for you – the new JRM GT23. An engineering company based in the United Kingdom, JRM boasts a 10 year-long history of...

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Xpeng and Nio team up for charging, amid China EV sales slump

Before Tesla actually entered China, the electric automaker Nio had built a reputation as the Tesla of China, for good reason: It built an extensive network of DC fast chargers and energy services—to the degree that, just as with Tesla and its Supercharger network, the company seemed to be building something that other automakers might be interested in. And exactly...

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How Lexus Is Bringing Ancient Craftsmanship to Modern Luxury Cars

AICHI PREFECTURE, Japan—It's hard to remember just what a massive impact Lexus and Infiniti had when they appeared in 1989. Until then, luxury cars were either American (read: dated and chintzy) or European (expensive and faulty), and buying one usually meant a forced familiarity with the dealership's service department. No one at the time thought a credible luxury car was...

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Is that ‘new car smell’ killing you softly?

Many of us love the smell of a new car’s interior. But have you ever stopped to consider what that smell actually is? More importantly, does the ‘new car smell’ pose a risk to your health? Worryingly, the answer to that question is ‘yes’, according to the emissions and efficiency specialists at Emissions Analytics. The British firm argues that a...

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Factory Five's LS V-12–Powered Supercar Looks Menacing

Factory Five Racing, the Massachusetts-based kit car company famous for its replica Shelby Cobras and mid-engine 818, is planning a new supercar for its lineup. Introduced at SEMA earlier this year, it uses a front-engine design packing a gargantuan 9.5-liter LS3-based V-12 engine. In a Facebook Live video published in October, the Factory Five team outlined its plans to replace...

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Ferrari Delays Its EV Plans, But It Has Absolutely Nothing to Do With Financial Stability

In the past, Ferrari expected to have an all-electric vehicle on the market sometime after 2022, and maybe as early as 2023, but now, it looks like it won’t have until at least 2025 if not a little later. It has nothing to do with the brand’s financial situation – Ferrari is actually sitting very pretty right now – but...

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Electric Opel Corsa-e rally car begins testing programme in Germany

The Opel Corsa-e Rally, the world's first series-produced pure-electric rally car, has begun a testing programme at the Dudenhofen Test Centre in Germany, with two examples taking to the track for durability runs. “We have two objectives”, said Opel motorsport director, Jorg Schrott. “Both cars are covering as many miles as possible, in order to gather the maximum amount of...

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BMW i3 To Soldier On Until 2024

It has been a roller coaster ride for the BMW i3. First, it has been confirmed that the Bavarian marque won't push through in producing the vehicle until 2020. It has also been announced that there won't be a direct successor to the i3. However, BMW's new CEO, Oliver Zipse, then confirmed that the i3 will continue to live on...

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VW to build range of hot electric GTX models

Volkswagen is set to use the GTX name on a range of electric-powered ID performance models, high-ranking sources at the German car maker have confirmed to Autocar. The new nomenclature, already trademarked by Volkswagen, has been chosen for a number of ID models, including a production version of the Crozz coupé, which is likely to take the name ID 5...

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2020 McLaren Elva – further details of next Ultimate Series supercar

Further details on the new McLaren Elva have been revealed at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. Joining the P1, Senna and Speedtail at the top of McLaren’s Ultimate Series, the new Elva’s name is derived from Bruce McLaren’s exploits in customer sportscar racing in the 1970s, when Elva manufactured and supported a customer racing version of McLaren’s dominant M1A....

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BMW i8 Production Coming to a Grinding Halt in April 2020

It’s worth remembering that BMW rolled out the i8 at a time when plug-in hybrid performance models were something of a rare breed in the automotive landscape. As the only mid-engined BMW in the lineup, this fellow here can also be rightfully viewed as the halo model of the i brand. Five years on and 20,000 examples of the breed...

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Cadillac is going back to real names for its cars as it switches to EVs

Cadillac is changing its naming scheme back to actual words, ditching the alphanumeric convention that, to some, has felt less-than-personable these past few years. “The rollout of the electric vehicles is the time we’ll start to move back toward naming,” said Cadillac President Steve Carlisle. The name change comes as Cadillac prepares to launch a host of new battery-electric vehicles,...

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BMW finally adds Android Auto

BMW must be angling to be on Santa’s good list. A week after announcing it would no longer charge extra for Apple CarPlay, BMW announced Wednesday that it would finally introduce Android Auto compatibility in its vehicles by July, 2020. BMW’s belated move represented one of the last major automakers to offer Android Auto compatibility. Lexus began offering Android Auto...

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The ABT VW Touareg TDI Is Tuned to Nearly 500bhp And 1000Nm

German tuning house ABT has set about the third-generation VW Touareg, making it more powerful and torquier, plus of course a bit less subtle. The company has developed a new ECU for the V8 TDI. This ABT engine control (AEC) unit bumps power from 416bhp to 493bhp, with torque gains from 664lb ft to a Muscle Beach-ready 715lb ft –...

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CLASSIC CAR DEALERS TAKEN TO COURT OVER £37M FERRARI 250 GTO'S MISSING GEARBOX

TWO CLASSIC car sellers are embroiled in a legal dispute in the High Court, in a case involving one of the world’s most coveted classic racing cars. According to The Times, the former racing driver and classic car retailer Gregor Fisken is suing the American lawyer Bernard Carl, who is accused of breaching his contract of reuniting a 1962 Ferrari...

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC EV won't go on sale in the US until 2021

Mercedes-Benz has been working on building interest in its EQC electric crossover since before it was debuted at CES earlier this year, and now it would seem that US buyers are the victims of Mercedes' success. Specifically, Mercedes is delaying the US release of the EQC by a year -- pushing it back to 2021-- because of massive interest in...

Formula One F1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 1, 2019   Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a trophy after winning the race    REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Ferrari say Lewis Hamilton has had 'social' meetings with chairman John Elkann

MARANELLO, Italy - Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari chairman John Elkann have met socially but talk of a move for the six-time Formula 1 world champion is premature, according to chief executive Louis Camilleri. "I think it has been public that Lewis has had conversations with our chairman," Camilleri told reporters invited to a lunch at the Italian team's Maranello factory....

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