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February 2, 2020


The Alpine A110 SportsX is tremendous and we need one

Welcome to the best thing we’ve seen so far this year – a higher-riding, wider Alpine A110 inspired by the rally cars of the company’s past. Unfortunately the SportsX is not a third A110 derivative, to be sold alongside the standard car and stiffer, lower, more focussed A110S. It’s what the company calls a ‘styling exercise’ – a car cooked-up...

How Aston Martin Will Change After Lawrence Stroll's Investment

In 2019, Aston Martin's first full year being publicly traded, the company had a rough go. Its share prices tanked on low profits and weak demand for the Vantage, and it was left needing to raise a lot of money to get the all-important DBX SUV—which will be built in a new Welsh factory—into production. Today, the company announced that...

“Fast and Furious 9” trailer features explosions, NOS, and tons of horsepower

The first trailer for “Fast and Furious 9” released Friday is full of the explosions, nitrous boosts, and unrealistic stunts fans of the franchise demand from their movies. Vin Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto, has moved to a farm, working on a tractor with his son Brian, who was introduced as a baby in the previous film. He's a toddler in...

Maserati Ghibli PHEV Kicks off Italian Marque's Electrification Push

The Maserati Ghibli has been on sale for seven years now in its current form, but in a few months the Italian automaker is expected to reveal a plug-in hybrid version of its midsize sedan, Automotive News Europe reports. The plug-in hybrid Ghibli is scheduled to debut at the Beijing auto show the third week of April before sales start...


AN ALL-NEW fourth generation SEAT Leon hatchback has been unveiled and, unsurprisingly it shares a lot of the new technology and powertrains with its best-selling sister car, the VW Golf. But while the new Golf features subtle exterior design changes, the new Leon has a much bolder look when compared to the previous model. It has been four years in...

New £82,900 Lotus Evora GT410 is ‘exceptional value’

The new Lotus Evora GT410 costs £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport. And at £82,900, it represents ‘exceptional value for money‘. Not our words, but the words of a Lotus press release. Everything is relative, right? Lotus says it has designed the entry-level Evora GT410 ‘to be a more usable everyday car’. To this end, the Evora GT410 comes with...

The Hummer is coming back as a 1,000 HP electric SUV

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that General Motors (GM) was supposedly planning to bring back the Hummer as an all-electric vehicle (EV). In addition, the automaker will supposedly get help from NBA superstar LeBron James in order to market the vehicle. Now, the auto giant has officially confirmed that the Hummer will return under the company's GMC brand,...

Racing Point To Be Rebranded As Aston Martin F1 Team In 2021

It’s been 18 months since current Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll took over the Force India F1 team, changing its name in the process. Now, a consortium led by Stroll invested $240 million in Aston Martin, taking a 16.7% stake in the British carmaker. The result of this deal, as far as the Formula 1 landscape is concerned, is that...

"Baby Defender" Might Join Land Rover Product Line

Rumors of a smaller Land Rover that would fit below the Defender and serve as the brand’s entry-level vehicle have been swirling around for a while, with no confirmation yet from the company. It is understood that there is certainly an opportunity in Land Rover’s current lineup and the executives at Jaguar Land Rover have surely noticed this and will...

Does the Toyota Mirai tease a sportier direction for the next Prius?

The design of the current-generation of the Toyota Prius, which went on sale in 2016, closely echoes that of the hydrogen fuel-cell Mirai, which arrived less than a year earlier. So with the new 2021 Toyota Mirai making a transformation to a fabulous-looking, nicely proportioned sporty rear-wheel-drive sedan layout, will the Prius follow suit? That’s a question we asked Mirai...

This 1971 Datsun 240Z Just Sold for $310,000 (!)

The collector-car scene has been evolving for years now, with Gen X and millennial buyers' childhood hero cars more frequently bringing larger and larger sale prices as muscle cars and '60s classics trend downward, but this may be one of the loudest "OK, Boomer" moments to date in the vintage vehicle world. A completely stock, 21,000-mile 1971 Datsun 240Z has...

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Costs More, Gets More Stuff

We feel grateful every time the Mazda MX-5 Miata lives to see a new model year. This charming roadster isn't a hot seller, but it's one of our favorite cars, so we're happy to see it receive some updates for 2020. New exterior and interior colors are on offer and there's a bit more standard equipment, meaning that the price...

The Third Genesis SUV Will Be All-Electric

Most carmakers are still afraid of going full-electric on their lineups. And for good reason: EVs still have some work to do to gain credibility and until that happens, brands will play it safe in harnessing the power of electricity. That is, they’ll use it in today’s hottest car body shape: the crossover/SUV. The rationale behind this move is simple....

Volkswagen eR1 electric performance Golf concept unveiled

Volkswagen has revealed a high-performance electric Golf concept that uses the drivetrain from the record-breaking ID.R hillclimb car. The 'eR1' concept is described as “an ambassador for future performance cars for Volkswagen R” and sees the ID.R’s drivetrain fitted to the body of a Volkswagen Golf TCR racing car. It was used in private testing to develop the ID.R’s technology...

Ford Tweaked The Transit Diesel To Run On Cooking Oil Waste

While most people seem to be concerned with the long term benefits of electric and hydrogen options, let's not forget that there are some other pretty ingenious solutions to powering the engines that run our vehicles. Remember how health experts have always dismissed grease and any waste products from cooking oil as a big no-no for those looking to stay...

Ecurie Ecosse LM69 revealed in homage to the Jaguar XJ13

The Jaguar XJ13 is a near-mythological racer in Jaguar’s history that never actually materialised after its birth in 1966. It was both Jaguar’s first mid-engined race car and featured its first V12 engine, and yet never had the chance to prove itself in competition or on the road. Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse, with the expertise of Neville Swales on...

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Volkswagen ID R targets F1 car lap record

The 671bhp electric racer has set course records at Pikes Peak, the Nurburgring, Goodwood and Tianmen mountain in China, and Volkswagen Motorsport boss Sven Smeets says a second-generation version is currently in development, based on the information gathered by the project so far. Before that car arrives, VW has committed to a number of outings with the current machine, including...

Scoob! Mystery Machine Is Real, Comes Powered by a Chevy V8 Engine

For die hard fans of the animated franchise, there’s no separating Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby. You can’t separate them from one another, and you can’t separate them from the van that takes them places, the infamous Mystery Machine. This command and control center in the fight against the not-so-supernatural has been portrayed in several ways down the years....

Carmakers brace for crisis as coronavirus wreaks havoc in China

Forget about clinging to hopes that China, the world’s largest car market, will recover from its unprecedented two-year slump anytime soon. Though concrete estimates on the financial toll of the coronavirus outbreak are still scarce, signs are emerging the final cost will far outweigh that of the 2003 SARS epidemic, when China’s auto market was one-sixth the size it is...

The Dodge Durango SRT's Main Change For 2020 Is...Racing Stripes

Dodge clearly doesn’t think a whole lot needs to be changed on its Durango SRT. We get why - what’s not to love about a three-row SUV with a 469bhp N/A V8 and a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds? And what Dodge has added makes us want one even more. The main change for 2020 is - tapping into our...

Tesla Model Y shown in all its production-bound glory

The entry-level Tesla crossover SUV, the Model Y, is nearly here. Ahead of the first customer deliveries, planned for this March, Tesla confirmed during its fourth-quarter investor call that production has already begun. As a teaser, buried deep in the shareholder documents was this photo, which shows avid fans who've reserved a Model Y what they're in for. The good...

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Chevy strips carbon fiber aero package from 2020 Corvette orders

Chevrolet put three ground effects kits on the options sheet for the 2020 Corvette. Two of them are late availability, meaning they still can't be ordered: RPO Code 5V8 in a black hue called Carbon Flash for $3,850, and RPO 5VJ, in body color, for $695. Customers ordering their new Corvettes last year could order RPO Code 5VM, which added...


Yes, yes, it’s been leaked already with grainy photos, but there’s still much more to learn upon the official debut. Cadillac has announced that the next-generation Escalade will debut on February 4, with a little help from Oscar-winning director Spike Lee. The acclaimed director, which already has a relationship with Cadillac, will introduce the all-new SUV in Hollywood at the...

bentley prepares special edition continental GT for the 2020 GP ice race in austria

british luxury car brand bentley motors prepares a special edition ice race continental GT W12 for the 2020 GP ice race in zell am see, austria. fully kitted with custom racing seats, LED bar headlights, a bespoke roof ski rack, and studded pirelli scorpion ice zero 2 tires, the two-door grand tourer is designed to pay homage to its record-breaking...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM219,500 2012 BMW M5 4.4 V8

REMARKS: 2012 BMW M5 4.4 V8 For Sale Mint Conditon, NeatInterior, Japan Specs, Twin Electric Memory Seats, Multi Function Steering, IDrive, Reverse Camera, Full Leather And Alcantara, MSports Steering, 4 Zone Climate Control. Sunroof, Carbon Rear Boot Lip, Carbon Front Splitter, Carbon Rear Diffuser, Accident Free, Done 61k kms MAKE: BMW MODEL: E60 M5 EXTERIOR: Alpine White INTERIOR: Red YEAR:...

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