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December 22, 2019

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Jaguar Land Rover has bought Bowler

Yes, that Bowler. The company behind the wild, um, Wildcat, and a lightly deranged 440bhp supercharged Defender. And other amazing toys, of course. It’s been taken over by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division, but the ties go much further back: Bowler and Land Rover formed a ‘brand partnership’ back in 2012, resulting in the Defender Challenge by Bowler race series....

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more power, more aggression: new porsche macan GTS announced

for 2020, the new porsche macan GTS has been revealed as their sportiest edition yet. it completes the german car manufacturer’s macan series, which comprises a range of compact yet highly sporty SUVs. the porsche macan GTS enhances a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine that delivers 375 hp (280 kW) and a max toque of 520 nM. this, along with a...

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Fiat Chrysler and Owner of Peugeot Confirm $50 Billion Merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA, the French parent company that owns automakers Peugeot and Citroen, have come to a merger agreement, the companies announced in a press release on December 18th. It will be a 50-50 merger that, when complete, will establish the new joint company as the fourth-largest automaker in the world. This deal puts Fiat, Dodge, Ram,...

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AMG may have to cut back on some of its more powerful models due to emissions regs

Stricter emissions regulations in Europe may see some of our most cherished nameplates disappear or turn into hybrids. Otherwise, the companies building them could end up paying millions in fines. Starting in 2021, automakers operating in Europe will need to reduce their fleet average CO2 emissions to 95 grams per kilometer, or pay fines based on how many grams over...

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2020 XC60 INSCRIPTION DOES EVERYTHING YOU WANT FROM A VOLVO SUV—IF YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT MENU

So far this year, Volvo’s best-sellers are, in order, the XC90, XC60 and XC40 crossovers. The XC60, a slightly smaller, nimbler and quicker people hauler than the XC90, comes in right on its big brother’s tail. Volvo’s XC60s all use a 2.0-liter turbo-four in front-drive T5, all-wheel-drive T6, and T8 plug-in hybrid flavors. Why does my tester, the T6, have...

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You can now order TRD parts for the 2020 Toyota Yaris

It has only been a few months since the all-new Toyota Yaris made its global debut. However, it seems TRD already has parts available for the new hatchback. Toyota’s in-house tuning division has just revealed the new parts lineup available for 2020 Yaris.

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Israeli Start-Up Uses Over-The-Air Car Updates For ‘Self-Healing’

A small Israeli start-up by the name of Aurora Labs has developed an innovative software suite for what it describes as a ‘self-healing car.’ With the rise of electric, autonomous, and connected cars, the number of passenger vehicles available with over-the-air updates continues to grow. Aurora Labs has taken this one step further by developing a system that is able...

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Electric Corvette Sets Top-Speed Record

If you are a Corvette fan, but are also into saving the environment or just don’t like to use dead dinosaurs as your propulsion source, a Maryland-based company has just the right car to fulfill your fantasies. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to electrify that last sporting bastion of American Iron, the Corvette, and Genovation...

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2020 Jeep Wrangler diesel rated 25 MPG, plug-in hybrid on the way

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel is the model that serious Jeep enthusiasts have been wanting for decades. Suddenly those considering the iconic model have a bevy of choices. There’s never been a diesel Wrangler, and it’s out at dealerships about now. There’s never been a plug-in hybrid Wrangler either, and that’s due sometime later next year. The EcoDiesel, which...

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition: A Repeat We’re Happy To See

We should be cynical. We should be jaded. We should absolutely not expend one single drip of adrenaline getting excited over Ford's unoriginal idea to apply traditional Shelby paint schemes to the new Mustang GT350 and GT350R Heritage Editions. But damn, damn, damn, do they look good. And yeah, we're excited. The Heritage Edition celebrates the 55th anniversary of Ken...

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Porsche: the last 991 is finally built

Even though the current ‘992’ Porsche 911 has been with us for more than a year, the previous 991 remained in production, albeit only the very special versions. The final 991 to be made is a Speedster, a limited model that pays homage to Porsche’s 70-year heritage, and is based on the GT3. This Speedster is the last of 233,540...

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Amazon Buying So Many Commercial Vans, It's a Boom for Mercedes, FCA, and Ford

If you think you've been seeing more of those dark-gray Amazon delivery vans on the roads recently, you're not wrong. But they're delivering more than packages. As the vans head out, they're also delivering for the auto industry. After all, someone had to buy the vans in the first place. It's no surprise that the 13th-largest company in the world...

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These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley’s Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift

If you’re still in a quagmire over what to get your car-loving friends and family for Christmas, Bentley has a few options on the table, all of which are of the 1:43 scale toy variety. The British automaker is launching a new line of 1:43 scale toy models featuring some of the most desirable Bentleys you can find in the...

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Mercedes eVito electric van 2020: details, pictures and on-sale date

Mercedes is gearing up for the launch of an 'eVito' electric version of its Vito medium-sized van in 2020. With a zero-emissions version of the larger Sprinter – known as the eSprinter – also in the works, the German brand is aiming to offer a fully electric version of its entire van range. Numerous manufacturers are developing fully electric vans...

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BMW M5 Tuned To 850 HP With Simple Software Flash

When the BMW M5 F90 debuted in 2017 it elevated the high-performance full-size luxury sedan game to an entirely new level. With AWD, for the first time in an M5, and a 617 horsepower twin-turbo V8 the F90 was a new performance benchmark. But, what happens when you add 230 horsepower for an even 850? Well, the results are staggering....

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Volkswagen to launch 34 new models in 2020

The company will launch the ID 3 in the summer, and Volkswagen says it will “soon be followed” by what it refers to as the ID Next. That is the mid-size SUV that was revealed in concept form as the ID Crozz, and is likely to use the ID 4 moniker when it reaches production. It is set to be...

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Lexus confirms new twin-turbo V8 for future production cars

Last year saw a new Toyota Supra, early next year we’ll see a real, new-generation WRC homologation special in the GR Yaris, and now Toyota’s confirmed a new twin-turbocharged V8 engine will find its home in a future performance road car – things are certainly looking up for Toyota. The car that this engine will likely feature in is the...

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2020 Shelby Bold Edition Super Snake Limited to 30 Units

Bold Edition is how the pumped-up pony in the photo gallery is called, and Carroll would be proud of it for all the right reasons. Limited to 30 units out of a total of 500 examples of the Super Snake, the Bold Edition will be revealed in the flesh in January in Scottsdale, AZ. Offered as a fastback coupe or...

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BMW's 2021 electric ix3 will boast 286 hp and 354-km range

BMW’s upcoming ix3 electric crossover will offer 286 horsepower and an estimated 354 km of battery range per charge when it goes on sale in Canada in 2020, the automaker said mid-December. The SUV will be the first in a long line of new EVs launched by the brand next decade, and will essentially be an electric version of its...

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The only prescription is more Challenger

There is an unusual but growing affliction among certain Americans who suffer from too much of a good thing, commonly known as “Dodge Challenger Fatigue.” Those affected by Dodge Challenger Fatigue no longer notice the gorgeous muscle car and can no longer distinguish the dozens of variants that have rolled out since the timeless retro-bod was relaunched for 2008. From...

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The Toyota GR Yaris Will Be Manual, With 4WD And Up To 275bhp

Those cars had to have the same key performance upgrades used on the rally cars, whether it was magnesium engine internals, forged bits that would withstand 9000rpm or trick suspension dampers. The GR Yaris - first teased as the Yaris GR-4 - looks to be going all-in to this brilliant old idea, despite there being no obligation under today’s rules....

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NEW TESLA SUPERCHARGER GOES LIVE IN UK, CAN ADD 75 MILES IN JUST FIVE MINUTES

TESLA has launched its first ‘V3’ Superchargers in the UK, offering British owners of its electric cars the ability to recharge their vehicles at up to 250kW — equal to 75 miles of range added every five minutes, or a rate of 1,000 miles per hour. The batch of eight V3 points are located at Tesla’s new Park Royal charging...

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Cutesy Honda CES concept shows self-driving cars don't mean giving up control

The thought of giving up control in the car, frankly, scares people. Honda sees this, and it hopes to calm those nerves with what it calls the Augmented Driving Concept. Shown on Thursday ahead of its debut at CES 2020, the concept car looks a bit like a cross between a Honda E electric car and a convertible. It wears...

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Ferrari spills more details on the new Roma

The Ferrari Roma saw its grand release just over a month ago in Italy. At the time, Ferrari was rather stingy with details. We were given a few key facts and figures, but there was even more that we were left wondering about. That’s now changed, as Ferrari has provided much more info about its newest two-door GT car. We...

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TOYOTA VOXY 2.0 ZG KIRAMEKI - UnRegistered - Year Made 2016 - JAPAN SPEC - LOCAL AP SPECIFICATION - KEYLESS ENTRY - PUSH START BUTTON - MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING - BLACK INTERIOR - 7 SEATER - 2 POWER DOORS - AUTO START/STOP - TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM - PRE-CRASH SYSTEM - LANE DEPARTURE SYSTEM - PARKING DISTANCE CONTROL WITH REVERSE CAMERA -...

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