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February 29, 2020


Honda Civic facelift finally breaks cover in Malaysia

Malaysia’s favorite C-segment car has finally received its long-awaited facelift. Launched earlier today alongside the new 10th-gen Honda Accord (more on that by clicking here), the 10th-gen Honda Civic, which captured a 72 percent segment share last year, now features Honda Sensing, LaneWatch and bigger wheels, among other new bits. The product line-up is largely unchanged from before, with the...

The Chevy Impala Is Dead

The Chevrolet Impala has ended production. The final Impala, a Premier model in Cajun Red Tintcoat, rolled off the line February 27th, 2020. The current Impala has been around since the 2014 model year, and the Impala name has been present in Chevy dealerships on and off for over half a century, with the first being introduced in the late...

Ford built a Ranger with an F-150 Raptor engine to go racing

Ford's South African division together with help from Neil Woolridge Motorsport has built a ripper of a Ranger. Shown here is a racing truck developed to take part in the 2020 South African Cross Country Series under the guidance of the Ford Castrol Cross Country Team. It will compete in the Production Vehicle category, though there's nothing stock about this...

Geneva Show Canceled; Coronavirus to Blame

Geneva motor show organizers said the event has been canceled after Switzerland’s federal heath minister, Alain Berset, announced events involving more than 1,000 people were prohibited effective immediately and would stay in place until at least March 15. “We regret to announce the 2020 Geneva motor show will be canceled. This is force majeure,” a Palexpo show venue spokesman said....

New Mini Electric offers 5,000 miles of free electricity

Mini is partnering with green electricity supplier Ovo Energy to offer 5,000 miles of free power to its customers. The bundle is available for Mini Electric buyers who switch to the Ovo Energy ‘EV Everywhere’ package. The tariff uses 100 percent renewable electricity. Those ‘free miles’ come via an £11 discount off the owner’s monthly electricity bill for a year....

Brabus turns the Mercedes G63 into an 800 HP pick-up truck

Brabus has sure built some crazy high-powered machines over the past few years. However, their latest model might just be their wildest yet. The German tuner has just converted the Mercedes-AMG G63 SUV into a pickup truck. Did we mention that it also packs an 800 horsepower engine under the hood and even has a landing pad for your drone?...

VW To Pay $910 Million To German Consumers Over Dieselgate

he fallout from Dieselgate continues as Volkswagen and the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) have reached a €830 ($910 / £709) million settlement over the company’s dirty diesels. Under the terms of the deal, approximately 260,000 consumers will be eligible to receive a compensation package that ranges from €1,350 ($1,480 / £1,153) to €6,257 ($6,858 / £5,346) – depending...

Ex-Lamborghini Tester Thrashes Drako GTE EV Hypercar

In his nearly 40 year career as the lead test driver for Automobili Lamborghini, Valentino Balboni has racked up more performance miles in supercars than almost anyone else around. He has tamed just about every raging bull model from the storied Italian automaker and is therefore in a supremely capable position to render his opinion about an up and coming...

DS Aero Sport Lounge concept electric car is so very avante-garde

DS is positioned as the luxury brand of the French PSA Group, and while its cars tend to use combine more design flair with mechanical pieces borrowed from mass-market Peugeot and Citroën models, the latest concept car from the brand is an exception. The DS Aero Sport Lounge concept, announced Wednesday, combines the brand's design flair with an electric powertrain...

Here Is a Ridiculously Lightweight Track-Only Supercar From a Motorcycle Manufacturer

More than 12 years ago, Austrian motorcycle builder KTM launched its first-ever car, the KTM X-Bow (pronounced "crossbow"). Since then, the X-Bow has quietly offered track junkies a lightweight, hyper-minimalist—and Audi-powered—option. But if you thought the X-Bow was just a one-off experiment to see if the Graz-based bikemaker could build a car, think again. The brand recently unveiled its new...

Volvo Follows Tesla's Lead on EVs by Building Its Own Batteries

Volvo is going electric. So is every other automaker. Compliance vehicles have morphed into huge initiatives, bold promises, and enormous investments. Volvo going electric isn't surprising or novel, but as a relatively small player in the automotive world, it's interesting to see Volvo following the lead of the biggest EV makers on the planet. Currently, the battery packs in Volvo's...

2021 Ford Bronco Engine and Specifications

The Ford Bronco is all an off-road enthusiast can talk about these days. There is a lot of news out there about it that have given us enough detail to speculate and talk about. Recently, we learned that the 2021 Bronco will be launched much earlier than the expected date. We also got to know that it will come with...

New Citroen ami is a Renault Twizy rival for £17 per month

This is the Citroen ami – a brand-new electric quadricycle based on the AMI ONE concept, first seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It can charge from a domestic plug in three hours, and has a total range of 43 miles. But the headline figure is the price. While it hasn't been decided whether the car will be available...

2021 Mercedes E-Class Teaser Shows Off A Lot

It doesn’t appear the cancelation of the Geneva Motor Show is slowing down automakers. Hours after the announcement came that there’d be no Geneva show amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Mercedes dropped another teaser for the refreshed E-Class. It was supposed to arrive under the bright auto show lights, but that’s not the case anymore. The new teaser shows off glimpses...

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 revealed to rival Audi RSQ3

Increased ride height, more weight and compact SUV styling make the GLA a less desirable alternative to its A-class sibling for most, but Mercedes-AMG has applied its range-topping 45 treatment for 2020, putting in in line with Ingolstadt’s RSQ3. Powered by the same 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as in the current A45, the standard GLA45 produces 381bhp and 350lb ft of...

Citroen confirms electric hatchback and Spacetourer for 2020

Product boss Laurence Hansen said the zero-emissions hatchback will have “assertive styling” and offer the ultimate Citroën Advanced Comfort. Alongside the electric model, petrol and diesel variants will also be offered. The model is set to be more conventional in styling than the C4 Cactus and slightly higher-riding, bridging the gap between traditional hatchbacks and SUVs. Hansen said: “We will...

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Gives Panamera Blue Wheels, SportDesign Package

The list of Exclusive Manufaktur modifications starts with the sports exhaust system, enabling the twin-turbo V8 to sing the song of its people loud and proud. There’s a setting for keeping the volume low, which should come in handy when driving in quieter, residential areas. As for eye-catching upgrades, the SportDesign package gives the car a more aggressive appearance as...

At long last, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI has arrived

Listen up, VW Golf GTI fans! Volkswagen has released deets and images of the eighth-generation GTI ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week. And we know you’re immediately going to scroll down to the photos anyway, so here they are right up front. Keep reading for the details. For the eighth time around the GTI block since its birth...

Honda Is Putting S2000 Parts Back Into Production

Yet another Japanese manufacturer is doing its bit to help old cars live on. Following on from Toyota putting A70 and A80 Supra parts back into production and Nissan remaking bits and pieces for various Skylines, Honda has thrown its hat into the ring. The company has announced that it’ll be bringing out a new S2000 parts catalogue this June,...

Subaru Crosstrek to get powerful new engine, report says

The Subaru Crosstrek is a fine and dandy piece of transportation, but if there's one thing owners aren't thrilled about, it's a lack of power. Never fear, because the Japanese automaker heard those worries loud and clear, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll. Speaking at a National Automobile Dealers Association meeting, Doll reportedly said the Crosstrek will soon...

Hybrid Ferrari prototype suggests another electrified model besides SF90

Even though its first hybrid, the LaFerrari, was launched several years ago, Ferrari is still new to the hybrid game. That's why the Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid was such a big deal. Well, that and the fact it's the company's most powerful car yet. It looks like Ferrari isn't stopping with a flagship supercar, at least based on the...


Since the Corvette’s inception back in 1953, it has been the affordable sports car for America. Elsewhere, however, the only option was to drive a high hand drive car in a left hand drive market, or pay for an expensive conversion. Its forbidden fruit nature changes with the C8. Chevy has released a photo of the interior of the right-hand-drive...

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Shadow Edition: Like Many Popular 'Night' Editions, Only More Expensive

Meet the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Shadow Edition, a black-trim variant of Aston's two-door grand touring coupe and convertible that, sadly, is not an ode to our neighbor's very-good dog named Shadow. Like our K9 pal of the same name, the DB11 Shadow Edition is a mean-looking son-of-a-gun that's also a total sweetheart. With its black-painted grille, 20-inch wheels, and...

New sporty Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Edition uncovered

Volkswagen has revealed the Arteon R-Line Edition. Orders are open now, with production for the sporty trim level of the Passat’s coupe-like relation limited to just 1,000 units, with prices starting from £36,850. As with other VW models dressed in the R-Line trim, the Arteon gets a range of cosmetic upgrades to separate it from the lesser models. Most notably...

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