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February 9, 2020


Ducati has a new home in Malaysia

The second largest Ducati showroom in Southeast Asia is now open for business in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, under the distributorship of Naza subsidiary Next Bike. The Ducati Showroom PJ occupies a 16,339sq-ft plot near the entrance of the Naza Automall which faces the Federal Highway, putting it in prime position to woo drivers stuck in weekday traffic into making the...

2020 McLaren IndyCar Revealed With Aero Screen and Papaya Orange Paint

The Arrows McLaren SP IndyCar team has revealed its two new liveries for the 2020 season, sporting a lovely combination of papaya orange, black, and blue. The car represents McLaren's real return to open-wheel racing in the U.S. for the first time since 1979. The cars will be driven by 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O'Ward and 2019 Indy Lights...

2021 Genesis GV80 to feature new turbocharged engines, cutting edge technology

Genesis is finally ready to get serious about the U.S. market with its first luxury crossover SUV, the GV80. On Tuesday in Miami, Florida, the Korean automaker confirmed the 2021 Genesis GV80 will have two new turbocharged engines and detailed some of the luxury SUV's cutting-edge technology. Base GV80s will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that will send...

Toyota Trucks Go All Shades of Gray

Fans of Toyota’s Nightshade editions get more models to choose from as the automaker adds the Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia to its lineup of dark-chrome-clad vehicles. While not quite a total murdered-out look, we definitely take to the overall effect. All Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia Nightshade editions get black leather-trim seating, while outside the cues include black exterior trim, darkened...

Roush Performance Stage 2 Mustang gets major upgrades for 2020

Roush Performance has revealed details of its updated Stage 2 Ford Mustang, featuring numerous updates for 2020. Whilst Roush is known for creating supercharged ‘Stangs, the Stage 2 model is the most powerful naturally aspirated model it sells. An array of updates for the new model year are intended to enhance the usability of this modified Mustang.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave is a dune-busting 4x4

If you've ever wanted to get a fast 4x4, you'd probably go to Ford and pick up a Ranger Raptor, or its bigger brother the F-150 Raptor. Tall, mean, and ready to take on whatever Mother Nature can throw at it, these vehicles were purpose-built to take on tricky and soft terrain at speed. Jeep wants in on that action,...

First Production 2020 SSC Tuatara Appears At Philadelphia Auto Show With 1,750 HP

It took SSC more than a decade to take the Tuatara from concept to production, but the American-made hypercar is finally here, with the first example of the limited 100-unit production run presented at the 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show. Designed by Jason Castriota, whose previous work included the Ferrari 599, Maserati GranTurismo, Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion and other notable projects, it...

Porsche's Legendary 908 Bergspyder Hill Climber Meets Boxster Bergspyder

The legendary Porsche 908 hill climber weighing in at only 850 lbs. still to this day ranks as the lightest race car ever built and campaigned by Porsche. Over 50 years ago the 908 was designed and built with one goal in mind - to get to the top of the hill as fast as humanly possible. And now 50...

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid adds solar roof, challenges Camry Hybrid at 52 mpg

Some healthy competition can do wonders, especially in the numbers-focused green-car arena. The latest 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, revealed at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, is a perfect example. Just two and a half years after the current Toyota Camry Hybrid became the first mid-size sedan to earn a 50-plus mpg rating from the EPA (it's rated at 52...

2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon Stuns at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO—Did you think you were lucky when you took possession of one of the 2017-2019 Ford GT supercars? You were, but now it turns out you would have been even more fortunate had you waited to buy, because the 2020 Ford GT stunned us at the Chicago Auto Show—and it takes the road version of Ford's 24 Hours of Le...

Mercedes-Benz Pops Up with a Weekender Camper

Mercedes-Benz is ready to help Americans explore a slightly smaller version of van life than we're used to these days. Sure, aftermarket Sprinter van conversions are readily available, Mercedes introduced its first modern pop-up camper designed for the U.S. market today at the Chicago auto show. Called the Weekender and based on the Metris, the new van brings European-style van...

The Chevrolet Corvette C8 Now Has an Official Nurburgring Lap Time

After months of waiting and speculating, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 now has an official Nurburgring lap time. There were rumors that the eighth-generation Corvette — it’s also the first-ever mid-engine Corvette — posted a lap time of 7:28.30 around the famous race track, but TheDrive managed to catch the sports car’s alleged lap time — 7:29.9 — in a...

LEVC unveils London taxi-based range-extender electric van

The London EV Company (LEVC) has begun producing prototype models of a zero-emissions-capable light commercial vehicle (LCV) based on the same technology as its LEVC TX electric London taxi. These 'verification prototypes' will be used for testing ahead of full production beginning in the fourth quarter of 2020. They're being built on the same line in the firm's Coventry factory...

Toyota TJ Cruiser Production Version To Debut In May: Report

A production version of the Toyota TJ Cruiser, the boxy half van, half SUV concept previewed back in 2017, is heading for a May debut, according to Japan’s Best Car. A report that Toyota had okayed the TJ for production surfaced last summer. At the time, that report also said the boxy crossover(?) would debut in October, but Halloween came...

Cupra Ateca Limited Edition revealed with optional Abt 345bhp power pack

Cupra, performance offshoot of SEAT, has revealed a limited edition of its Ateca SUV creatively named the Limited Edition. Constituting mostly aesthetic updates, the Cupra Ateca Limited Edition will be limited to just 100 units in the UK, 20 of which will be fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust system. Under the bonnet, the Cupra Ateca is largely unchanged from standard...

Next Kia EV will be large SUV-saloon based on Imagine concept

Kia’s next electric vehicle, to arrive in 2021, will sit above the existing e-Niro and Soul electric models and be based on the Imagine concept, revealed last year. The zero-emission vehicle will have a new nameplate, rather than being a variant of an existing model, in line with Kia’s policy to have standalone models for its electrified cars. The Korean...

2020 BAC Mono Bids Farewell With Bjork-Inspired Special Edition, Gen 2 Incoming

Briggs Automotive Company from Liverpool set up shop in 2009, then the Mono entered production in 2011. Since then, the lightweight single-seat sports car racked up 10 global production car records. The One, however, marks the end of an era for the British interloper with a starting price of £158,950 on-the-road. Limited to three examples for the entire world, the...

New Ford Mustang may arrive 2022, four years earlier than expected

Ford could be releasing its next-generation Mustang a lot sooner than we expected, if we can take at face value a recent job posting listed by the automaker. It seems like a strange place to uncover this sort of vehicle news, but the leak apparently comes courtesy a job posting made on Ford’s LinkedIn page. Ironically, the posting is for...

152kg, 231bhp Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera Arrives With $100k Price Tag

The Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera is a bike dominated by numbers. These three, in particular, stand out: 152kg, 231bhp and $100,000. That’s the weight and power figure for the bike with the Racing Kit fitted, and the expected price tag shown in a recently leaked document. The Racing Kit - which includes a non-road-legal titanium Akrapovič exhaust - gives the...

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SUV gets sleeker looks, more tech

Following in the footsteps of the new two-row Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen has facelifted the big three-row Atlas SUV for the 2021 model year. On the outside VW has brought the big Atlas more in line with its Cross Sport sibling. There's a new three-bar grille that's flanked by standard LED headlights, and the front bumper has been given a...

Race a Type S Concept and an 8-bit 1991 NSX in Acura's new video game

Acura has unveiled a new mobile video game that features a variety of the brand's notable cars from throughout the past three decades. The game is a spin-off of the brand's "Beat That" commercial, and each level is programmed to look how video games looked when the different cars were in production. Players have the option to drive a race...


There wasn’t a whole lot of muscle car news this year at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, but if you looked closely enough on the show floor, you may find something special. For instance, at the Chevrolet display is the 2020 Camaro Shock And Steel Special Edition, in the sheetmetal, finally. And we’ve put together a live photo gallery, just...

the 'elektro frosch' electric tricycle doubles as a micro camper home

berlin-based elektro frosch has created an electric tricycle that transforms into a micro camping home for the solo traveller. technically an L2E (three-wheel moped), the mini motorhome features an extensive camping kit and a roof-top tent that mounts onto the vehicle’s trailer. as part of elektro frosch‘s camping kit, the roof-top tent mounts over a fold-out bed that accommodates two...

Too Much Performance? Toyota Commits To Two Performance Brands In The U.S.

Toyota Racing Development, or TRD, has been Toyota's dominant performance brand in the States for over 40 years. It started out as an engine builder for Toyota's racing efforts, and today it is probably best known for the TRD-branded Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tacoma off-road variants—and, more recently, the sportier TRD versions of the Camry and Avalon. So, if TRD is...

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