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January 18, 2020


The Artega Karo-Isetta is a modern-day Bubble Car remake

What’s that? You’ve not been keeping up with the microcar-based battle that has rocked the German legal system for the past year or so? Shocking. What on earth have you been doing with your life instead? A quick recap then for those who haven’t been paying attention… Back in 2015, Swiss scooter company Micro-Mobility decided it would build a modern...

The New Volkswagen GTI Is Reportedly Coming in March With Up to 287 HP

Volkswagen recently unveiled its all-new Mk 8 Golf hatchback, so you know what that means, right? Yep, a new high-performance GTI is on the way. According to a report from U.K. publication Autocar, it'll make its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March, and pack up to 287 horsepower. Autocar reports the new GTI will come in...

Morgan Plus 4 celebrates 70 years, leaves production with gold special edition

Morgan is 111 years old, and for more than half of its existence it's made a vehicle on a version of the same chassis. The steel chassis have underpinned the Morgan Plus 4 since 1950 and now it's finally headed out to pasture. To mark the occasion, the automaker unveiled the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition on Wednesday. Seventy years...

Team KLRegistry @ RLIR2020

The fantastic Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2020 has come to an end and boy what an adventure it was. After defending the IRC title for 5 consecutive years from 2015 to 2019, the longest on record, this year’s IRC1 title has gone to Team Japan.

Fiat-Chrysler and iPhone Maker Will do EVs Together

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Apple’s main iPhone maker Foxconn are planning a joint venture to build EVs and develop connected vehicles, FCA confirmed to Bloomberg. Indeed, FCA has been busy: Just last month, the company reached its $50 billion deal with PSA Group, and now says it is talking to Foxconn parent Hon Hai about a possible 50-50 joint venture...


CARLOS Ghosn, the former chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance who recently fled house arrest in Japan while facing charges of financial irregularities, has held an extraordinary press conference in which he attempted to clear his name. Ghosn’s speech was streamed live online and attended by key media organisations from around the world, and focused on four key areas:...

The Ferris Bueller Ferrari is up for sale

You could own one of the most famous Ferraris in the world. It might be a replica, but it’s the 250 GT replica that co-starred in the cult 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The car is up for auction at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale on January 18. This is the first of three replicas built by Modena Design and Development...

Mercedes-Benz is world's top-selling luxury marque for 2019

Mercedes-Benz is number terms of worldwide sales, that is. For the fourth year in a row, Mercedes-Benz is the world's top selling luxury automaker, edging out its rivals BMW and Audi. So just how many new Mercedes-Benzes found a new home in 2019? Excluding heavy-duty commercial vehicle sales, the three-pointed star shifted 2,339,562 cars and crossovers last year. In...

Paul Walker’s Nissan 370Z From Fast & Furious Becomes The Most Expensive 370Z Ever Sold In Auction

If you think about it, it’s not that surprising that a Nissan 370Z that was previously owned by Paul Walker and made an appearance in the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious movies became the most expensive 370Z sold ever in an auction. The 2009 Nissan 370Z in question was sold for $105,600 at the recent 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale...

Startup Laffite Unveils LS3 Powered X-Road Off-Road Supercar

High performance automotive startup Laffite Supercars is owned by Bruno and Laetitia Laffite, specializing in both automobile design and concept cars. They've recently rolled out one of their latest creations in a unique market segment - the on-road/off-road ready supercar. Their aptly name X-Road comes with up to 720 hp on tap from a modified LS3 engine with wild looks...

Kia makes $25B shift toward more electric vehicles: 11 new EVs by 2025

Hyundai’s Kia Motors unit is in many respects a separate automaker from Hyundai, with its own design and manufacturing facilities. Now, Kia is getting specific about its goals for going electric. With an announcement Wednesday, coinciding with an investor day, Kia released a slew of details about the company’s future intent for electric vehicles and mobility ventures, under something called...

2020 Audi S4 Is Slightly Prettier Than Before, and Slightly Less Expensive (!)

Audi is updating it entire A4 lineup for 2020, and that includes the entry-luxury nameplate's sporty S4 variant. The 2020 Audi S4 features the same potent turbocharged V-6 engine under its hood as before, so the task of keeping the sedan fresh falls to the more expressive exterior design and the sharper infotainment system stuffed into its dashboard. Given how...

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS Have Flat-Six Power Once Again

While the turbocharged flat-four in the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman helps them accelerate harder than the previous six-cylinder cars, we still miss the flat-six that it replaced. So we were ecstatic to learn about the new GTS 4.0 versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman that will be powered by a naturally aspirated flat-six once again. Porsche says this...

Nissan’s Ariya-derived EV Will Be as Fast or Faster Than a Z Car

Remember Nissan’s Ariya concept car? Well, you’d better, because it is slated to deliver a downpour of electric performance that might even put the Nissan 370Z to shame. This new bit of information comes from Nissan’s very own senior global design Vice President Alfonso Albaisa, who admitted to Green Car Reports that ‘the real version of the Ariya is fast...

Ford S-MAX Hybrid and Ford Galaxy Hybrid announced

Ford is to reveal hybrid versions of its S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs, as part of its plan to launch 14 electrified models by the end of the year. To support this plan, the company will make a €42 million (£35.8 million) investment in its Valencia factory in Spain. The two electrified MPVs will go on sale in early 2021, using...

2021 Chevy Equinox Facelift Photos Allegedly Leak

Heavily camouflaged test mules spotted last year show the 2021 Chevy Equinox is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. Much of the crossover’s design has been hidden beneath swirly, black-and-white paint, though photos making the rounds on Chinese media – possibly originating with China's XCar – may show the production version. A tweet with a trio of alleged Equinox images...

Tesla previews small electric car for China

Tesla has shown a design sketch of a small car for China and revealed that it's looking to set up a design and research facility in the country. The American electric vehicle (EV) maker posted the image of a compact hatchback with Model 3-inspired styling via its official account on WeChat – China's biggest social media network. The announcement was...

Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition launched to mark end of production

The new Flying Spur will take the place of the Mulsanne as Bentley’s flagship model when production comes to a close in Spring, spelling the end for the marque’s 6.75-litre V8. To mark the occasion, Bentley has revealed a limited-edition variant, paying homage to the power plant set to meet its end in its 60th year. Based on the Mulsanne...

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible Now Available to Order

Even though Bowling Green hasn’t started production yet, the coupe is already sold out for the 2020 model year. Customers who have missed out don’t need to worry because the convertible body style is now available to order at U.S. dealerships, starting at $67,495. In other words, the retractable hardtop adds $7,500 to the sticker price. Chevrolet lists three trim...

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage gets a fresh look and more driver's aids

Mitsubishi’s little runabout is finally getting a revamp. Very much a mid-model refresh, the rejigged Mirage will go on sale here in Canada in late summer as a 2021 model and will be Mitsubishi’s featured model at le Salon International de l’Auto de Montréal. Those expecting a complete redesign don’t really understand the Mirage’s cheap and cheerful appeal and Mitsubishi...

BMW M Sold More Cars Than Mercedes-AMG In 2019 Amid New Model Assault

Last year was a rather good one for M Division. BMW‘s maker of enormously powerful cars of all shapes an sizes saw its sales surge by 32.2 per cent to 135,829, a record for the sub-brand. What’s particularly interesting about that number is it’s a few thousand more than the amount of cars Mercedes-AMG managed to flog over the same...

Nissan Z's future penciled in with retro design cues, up to 500 HP

The future of the Nissan Z has been hard to predict in recent years. Rumors pointed to the nameplate's end once again, or even a performance crossover to replace it. I'm happy to report this doesn't appear to be the case. According to Autoblog, sources who've seen the next-generation Z say it's going to please a lot of fans. Nissan...

Macro image of a one ounce Palladium bar
Critical catalytic converter metal shortages send prices soaring

A long-term supply deficit has led prices of the metal, used mainly in catalytic converters to curb harmful emissions, to double over the last year. In the futures market, prices indicate buyers fear a lack of ready supply. Before this rally began, palladium prices had never exceeded $1,100. Already record-high prices have been driven up by 25% in just two...

AUDI unveils AI:ME concept with 'garden roof' at CES 2020

at the 2020 consumer electronics show (CES), AUDI offered a first real look at its concept vision futuristic autonomous car, the AI:ME. designed to offer drivers a ‘third living space’, the cabin comes complete with an array of intuitive features and a nature-inspired pergola roof. the AI:ME learns from its user and their habits and uses intelligent functions combined with...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM338,000 2008 Porsche 997 Turbo 3.6 Ceramic Brakes

Well Kept, good driving condition, pasm, sports seats, sports chrono, ceramic brakes.

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