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January 4, 2020


Proton closes 2019 on a high

Proton is starting 2020 with plenty of smiles across the board after announcing positive sales figures for 2019, which saw 100,821 cars sold in the past 12 months. This marks the first time Proton has sold more than 100,000 cars in a calendar year since 2015; it is also the highest annual volume achieved by the national outfit in five...

Dodge Sold a Total of Five New Vipers in 2019

Somehow, in 2019, a small handful of new Dodge Vipers managed to find themselves welcoming homes. Yep, that's right. Five still-new Vipers were sold off lots last year, according to sales data from Fiat Chrysler. It's just one snake that won't die without a fight, apparently. The fifth-generation Viper, if you'll remember correctly, went out of production on August 16,...

Aston Martin takes to the skies with ACH130 helicopter

Aston Martin is the latest automaker to lend its name to a vehicle designed for the sky. The British firm on Friday revealed the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter at a ceremony in Courchevel in the French Alps. The “ACH” in the name indicates that the helicopter comes from Airbus Corporate Helicopters; Aston Martin and Airbus formed a partnership in...


If it seems like everything is slowly turning into an SUV these days, it's because everything is slowly turning into an SUV. Mini, the one automaker still with some models in its lineup that are not SUVs, could soon gain a second SUV with the redesign of the next-generation Clubman, Autocar reports. Mini design boss Oliver Heilmer indicated to Autocar...

Here's what the next-generation Kia Sorento will be like

Like many manufacturers, Kia has dipped their toes in electrification. There have been hybrids, as well as plug-in hybrids from the brand after all. But one thing is still missing from their range, which is an electrically-assisted mid-sized crossover. That's about to change soon. Kia Europe's chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, has said that they will have one soon. He...

New Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD Brings Back The Driving Fun

A year on from the debut of the re-styled and re-engineered Huracan EVO and Lamborghini has officially presented a new rear-wheel drive derivative, aptly named the Huracan EVO Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD). Not the dandiest of names, especially for an Italian supercar, but Lamborghini promises to “put the driver at the center of the driving experience”, much like its predecessors, the...

BMW's IFE.20 Formula E-Racer Made With Textile Fiber Parts

The opening round of Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship proved to be a great beginning for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and the BMW iFE.20 electric race car. The Diriyah E-Prix in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia saw Alexander Sims – pilot of #27 BMW iFE.20 – currently leading the driver standings. But beneath all this, BMW...

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
For the 2020s, Honda aims to favor hybrids over EVs

Honda has said that it wants electrified vehicles to make up two-thirds of its global sales by 2030. That goal is nothing new; it was announced back in 2016. What is new is that Honda plans to emphasize hybrids (and perhaps plug-in hybrids) over electric vehicles, well into the next decade. Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo, in a recent interview with...

The First 992 Porsche 911 Special Edition Is Here, and It's Rad

If you don't know the name Jacky Ickx, it's about time you learn. The Belgian won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an incredible six times—four with Porsche—in addition to his impressive career in Formula 1 and a win at the Dakar Rally. He's won races in legendary cars like the Ford GT40, the Mercedes G-wagen, and the original Porsche...

British racing driver helping raise money for Australian firefighters

British racing driver Abbie Eaton has helped raise more than £1,500 to help those affected by the terrifying bushfires in Australia. Eaton, who has qualified for the all-female W Series single-seater championship in 2020, used her birthday to make a plea for charitable donations. Tweeting a link for crowdfunding website JustGiving to her 71,000 Twitter followers, Eaton managed to rack...

Toyota RAV4 Topples Prius as Toyota's Best-Selling Hybrid

The RAV4 has already surpassed the Camry as Toyota's best-selling model, and now its hybrid variant has dethroned another iconic Toyota top seller: the Prius. Through 2019, the RAV4 hybrid sold more units than the entire Toyota Prius lineup, and by a wide margin, at 92,525 units to 69,718 units. This makes the RAV4 hybrid Toyota's best-selling hybrid overall, and...

Watch a McLaren Speedtail Take on an F-35 Fighter Jet in New Top Gear Trailer

Apart from all those drool-worthy cars of all shapes and sizes, 2020 will also bring us a new series of Top Gear. Which means, hopefully, that Chris Harris and the gang will be back with even more wit on BBC Two. Until that happens, we’re fed a one-minute trailer that offers a sneak peek at what’s in store for Top...

Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid: details, specs and prices

The new Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid will make its public debut at the 2020 Brussels Motor Show on 10 January, with first deliveries of the plug-in hybrid SUV set to take place this summer. Priced from £35,340, the C5 Aircross PHEV will feature a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery capable of delivering up to 31 miles of electric-only, zero-emissions range. Two trims...

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Production Comes To An End

As with a lot of cars recently, some names have met the end of the road. BMW has ended the production of one of its niche model, the 3 Series Gran Turismo. According to a report by Autocar, the cross between the 3 Series sedan and Touring trims is now out of BMW's price list for 2020. This means that...

The history of radio-controlled car legend Tamiya

Tamiya was the first company to make radio-controlled models that were easy to assemble but a world away from being simplistic. For countless thousands it ignited an enduring love of cars and machines and sparked a worldwide cult following. Since the 1960s, Tamiya has made its name through the quality of its static plastic and radio control (R/C) scale kits...

McLaren Senna LM bespoke commission channels F1 GTR LM

The McLaren Senna could never be accused of being soft, but its fierce track focus hasn’t stopped customers asking for yet more intense variants of the turbocharged supercar. One such example is this Senna ‘LM’, a bespoke commission by McLaren Glasgow that channels models such as the F1 GTR LM of the past in its final specification and design. Despite...

Stripped 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 Owned by Paul Walker Can Be Had at Auction

As announced since October 2019, this event was selected by the people now in charge of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker’s collection of cars as the best place for a sale to remember. A great number of cars once owned by the late Hollywood star will go under the hammer, including a very special Nissan. We’re talking about a...

Modern Chrysler concept car resurrects divisive 'Airflow' name

Chrysler’s never been shy about reaching into its archives for vehicle names, and it’s just announced that its newest design concept – due to be unveiled shortly at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – is called the Airflow Vision Concept. It’s a nod to the company’s radically aerodynamic model that turned a lot of heads at its...

Former Nissan Boss Carlos Ghosn Has Escaped From Japan

Carlos Ghosn, released on strict bail conditions by the Japanese courts as he awaited trial for alleged vast fraud while boss of Nissan, has escaped the country in mysterious circumstances - and reemerged in Lebanon. The Lebanese citizen reportedly escaped by private jet, landing first in Turkey and then in his final destination, which holds no extradition treaty with Japan....


DOMAGOJ Dukec has a very thick skin, and it’s just as well. Having worked in the BMW design team for nine years, the Frankfurt-born Croat was promoted to head of design in April 2019 and is overseeing a key point in the brand’s aesthetic journey, presenting more cars to fit an ever-increasing number of niches. His take on it could...

Segway S-Pod is a maneuverable egg you can sit in

Here come the quirky CES 2020 machines. Today, Segway presented what it calls the S-Pod. It definitely looks like someone carved out an egg and slapped some wheels on it, but there's much more to it than that. In Segway speak, the S-Pod is a "first-class smart transporting pod" that it thinks airports, theme parks and other venues will take...

Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck PHEV headed to production, looking for a home in the U.S.

Austria's Rosenbauer Group, the world's largest maker of fire trucks, has developed a range-extended electric fire truck simply called the Concept Fire Truck (CFT) that's on its way to production and operation. It's also close to appearing in America. It was first revealed in 2016 for Rosenbauer's 150th anniversary and has a 350-kW dual-motor electric drivetrain. Rosenbauer hasn't released the...

VW outfits new Golf with digital cockpit

Volkswagen engineered its latest Golf to be its most technologically advanced model to date. The exterior is familiar, but inside the compact hatchback has a fully digital instrument cluster that can be configured by using its multifunction steering wheel. "The real revolution is in the interior," said Nicole Hempe, the Golf's product marketing manager. "With the Innovision Cockpit, analog dials...

amalgam collection creates one-off edition of bugatti veyron 16.4 grand sport vitesse

premium car model maker amalgam collection unveils a unique one-off edition of the bugatti veyron 16.4 grand sport vitesse. approved by bugatti designer and artist etienne salome, the 1:8 model is finished in white and comes with a signed plaque, certificate and an original hand sketch of the super car. handcrafted and finished with precision, the miniature bugatti showcases the...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The week - RM118,000 2010 BMW X6 4.4 xDrive50i Ori 25k Miles True Year

- Sunroof - Push Start Button - Surround View Camera - Park Distance Control - Auto Xenon Headlights - Rain Sensor - Dual Front Electric Leather Seats with Driver Memory - Multifunction Steering Wheel with Gear Shift Paddles - Power Operated Rear Boot - BMW iDrive System - Disc Changer - Brake Hold - Cruise Control

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