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February 23, 2020


Yay! Peugeot has made a pick-up

This is the Peugeot Landtrek, and it makes us sad. For we will likely never get our mitts upon one. It’s a thoroughly developed pick-up truck: based on the Changan Kaicheng F70 from China, but with an impressive amount of Peugeotfication applied. From pictures alone it appears a more convincing identity change than the Nissan Navara to Mercedes X-Class project....

Mercedes-AMG's "Dual-Axis Steering" Will Be Allowed in F1 in 2020

Formula 1 teams will go through great lengths to subvert rules and regulations to gain even the slightest advantage. This latest feature, spotted on Lewis Hamilton's 2020 Mercedes-AMG Petronas W11 on day two of testing in Barcelona, appears to allow the driver to manually adjust the front wheel's toe while on the move. It's the wildest innovation we've seen in...

2021 Volvo S90 and V90 receive updates including mild-hybrid tech

Volvo's current 90 series of sedans and wagons has reached the midway point in its lifecycle and to keep things fresh the automaker has introduced a round of updates. The changes largely mirror those introduced last year on the 2020 XC90 and affect both the aesthetics and mechanicals of the vehicles. The big news is the availability of mild-hybrid technology...

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Is Bonkers

600. That is how many Limited Edition Honda Civic Type Rs are coming to the U.S. Honda plans to build 1,000 in total—200 go to Japan, 100 for Europe and the last 100 for Canada. What exactly is the Limited Edition? It is a phoenix yellow-painted (similar color to the late '90s Integra Type R) Civic Type R that weighs...

Czinger 21C revealed: next-level hypercar revs to 11,000rpm

After weeks of teasing, Czinger has revealed the full specificaion of its 21C hypercar, due to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. One of the biggest mysteries around this new hypercar was exactly what powers it. In teaser videos, it didn’t sound like your average turbocharged small-block V8, or an exotic Italian V12. It had the tone of a...

Lotus' new high-tech factory ready to build Evija hypercar

Seven months ago, Lotus revealed their all-electric hypercar called the 'Evija' to the world. It has 2,000 PS, 1,700 Nm of torque, a top speed of over 340 km/h, and a claimed maximum range of 250 km. To prove that the Evija can do all that, Lotus demonstrated just how quick (and quiet) it was when they let it loose...

Bugatti’s Never-Before-Seen Secret Concept Hypercars Revealed

Like most automakers, from, well, the dawn of the modern auto industry, Bugatti develops experimental vehicles and prototypes to explore anything from future design directions to possible additions to their range, most of which, remain hidden, not only from public view, but knowledge too. But every once in a blue moon, they share with us these secret exploratory plans that...

Porsche 934 Race Car Might Grab $1.6 Million At Auction

On March 6, this 1976 Porsche 934 race car will hit the auction block on the beaches of Amelia Island. The stunning India Red vehicle is likely to catch an impressive sum with estimates pointing towards a sale price of up to $1.6 million. The vehicle will be on sale at Gooding & Company's Amelia Island auction. The 934 is...

Jaguar Land Rover reveals electric "concept platform" for future urban mobility

Jaguar Land Rover may be know for the sleek F-Type sports car and rugged Range Rover SUV, but the British automaker's latest concept car is something completely different. The Project Vector "concept platform" is an electric box on wheels that Jaguar Land Rover hails as the "future of urban mobility." This isn't just a one-off show vehicle. Jaguar Land Rover...

GM's Holden Brand Is Dead: Australia Loses "Australia’s Own Car"

Mark Reuss is widely credited for helping save Australia's only indigenous auto marque when he served as president and managing director for Holden Limited from February 2008 to July 2009. Reuss returned to Michigan from Australia, just as parent General Motors was entering bankruptcy, and eventually was named the global corporation's president. Eventually he brought over Australian designer Michael Simcoe,...

Hyundai Develops Transmission That Uses Maps and Radar to Shift Gears

Hyundai and Kia have announced that they have created a transmission that uses mapping data and front-facing sensors to determine when to change gears. The automakers are calling it the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift transmission. It selects the gear that works best with upcoming driving conditions instead of just relying on speed and acceleration like a traditional...

Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus - What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, Musk said that Tesla will focus on its technologies instead of rolling out new products, and it looks like we’re already seeing glimpses of it. Tesla updated the Model S and Model X offerings and now offer better-than-before range figures. The Model S now delivers an estimated EPA range of 390 miles on a single charge, whereas...

New Cupra Leon gets eHybrid plug-in hybrid option

SEAT's spinoff brand Cupra has taken the wraps off its high-performance take on the new Leon family hatchback and estate – and for the first time ever, it'll boast plug-in hybrid power. But rather than the model making a wholesale switch to an electrified powertrain, the plug-in hybrid setup will be just one of several engine options for the latest...

2020 Corvette C8 Has A Flying Car Mode

Thanks to the influx of technology into today’s cars, they’re smarter than ever. Cars know which wheels are losing traction and can adjust power output accordingly. In the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8, advancements in technology can let the car know when it’s airborne. Coined “Flying Car Mode” by Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan, the Corvette knows when all...

197bhp Ford Puma ST SUV spotted testing

The Ford Fiesta ST is one of our favourite hot hatches on sale today, with just shy of £20,000 affording buyers a highly entertaining machine. Now, it seems the blue oval’s applying the same formula to the all-new Puma SUV, and we’ve spotted it testing ahead of its reveal. Seen on the roads of southern Europe, the almost disguise-free test...

New Maserati MC20: 2020 sports car named

The firm said it will be a "natural evolution" of the limited-run MC12 supercar – the last model to wear the Maserati Corse badge – and has confirmed that it will "return to the world of racing", with the MC20. In November, Maserati started testing the powertrain for the car on public roads in a test mule. The Italian firm...

Inconspicuous 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 73 Hybrid Prototype Hides Over 800 HP

The concept car was the first AMG to feature a hybrid setup, pairing a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with an electric motor jammed somewhere between the engine and the rear axle. Thanks to a maximum output of 816 metric horsepower, the model could apparently accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in under 3 seconds. Fast forward to 2020 and...

'Consumer Reports' ranks Porsche most reliable, Fiat last

This time, the industry boffins at Consumer Reports are supporting the typecast that expensive German cars are reliable machines. CR bases this assertion on its own testing and surveys of its membership base. In constructing its report card, the group aggregates an average of the overall score for each model tested from a particular brand. That score is based on...

New, 473bhp BMW M4 Spotted Hiding Its Gargantuan Grille

Here’s an early look at the next BMW M4. Test mules have been spotted doing the rounds in the Arctic a couple of months after the regular 4er took its turn, and despite extreme camouflage there are definitely some talking points. The first thing you should notice is just how similar the lines and shapes are to those of the...

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible totally sweats the details

Bentley has fancy plans for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show with the latest vehicle from its in-house bespoke coachbuilder, Mulliner. Feast your eyes on the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, which houses a hand-built interior with 400,000 interior stitches and even a Breitling watch. The British luxury division showed its new luxury convertible on Wednesday and detailed all the finer...

China's car sales plunge 92% due to coronavirus

BEIJING — Retail sales of passenger cars in China crumbled 92% on an annual basis in the first 16 days of February, according to China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), as the coronavirus outbreak slammed the brakes on businesses across the country. China's passenger vehicle sales recorded 4,909 units in the first 16 days, down from 59,930 vehicles in the same...


In the world of aftermarket automotive performance, some companies have become synonymous with a certain vehicle that they tinker with. For the folks at Plymouth, Michigan-based tuning house Roush Performance, that vehicle is the Ford Mustang. The two have been linked ever since founder Jack Roush took his Mustang racing back in 1970, producing some of the coolest cars money...

Meet BMW's Sweet New Diesel-Powered 3 Series M Wagon

Once again the United States is BMW's bridesmaid and not its bride, as the German automaker is bringing a handful of 3 Series models to the Geneva show that are—of course—not earmarked for U.S. sale. That's not to say they're not worth knowing about, though, and arguably the most lustworthy of the pack is the M340d. Available in both sedan...

New hybrid Toyota B-SUV baby crossover bound for Geneva

Toyota has confirmed it will showcase its new ‘B-segment SUV’ at the 2020 Geneva motor show. That’s industry shorthand for a rival to the new Ford Puma and Nissan Juke, or junior crossovers to slot beneath the C-HR in its swelling and increasingly electrified SUV line-up. Little is known so far, with no name, full phtographs or specs yet available....

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM330,000 1990 Porsche 964 Cabriolet

REMARKS: 1990 Porsche 964 Cabriolet For Sale Good Condition, Custom Mint Interior, Cup Alloys, Refreshed Engine, RS Front Airducts, RS Style Steering, Retrograde Gear Lever, Tear Drop Mirrors, Done 100k Miles MAKE: Porsche MODEL: 964 Cabriolet EXTERIOR: Silver INTERIOR: Red YEAR: 1990

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