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March 15, 2020


2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport now in Malaysia from RM380k

For all the BMW and Merc SUVs that have rolled onto our roads in recent years, it's easy to forget that Land Rover is arguably the original purveyor of premium off-roaders. It's something Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia is hoping to remind affluent SUV buyers with its latest launch to date: the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport R-Dynamic. It's a long...

Formula 1 Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix Have Been Postponed Indefinitely

The worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has had a profound affect on the 2020 Formula 1 season. Yesterday, F1 cancelled this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after a McLaren team member tested positive for COVID-19, leading the team to pull out of the race. Today, the series announced that it is postponing the next two rounds of the championship,...

Zenvo introduces forged carbon to TSR-S hypercar

Denmark's Zenvo is out with an updated version of its TSR-S hypercar. In case you've forgotten, the TSR-S was introduced in 2018 as a new street-legal version of the TSR track car, and it produces 1,177 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque from a mid-mounted 5.8-liter V-8 with a flat-plane, twin-supercharged design. It's also got a wild rear wing that...

The Ram Rebel TRX Will Look Like This

We haven’t heard much news about the Ram Rebel TRX, FCA’s Ford Raptor fighter, since its concept debut in 2016 at the State Fair of Texas. In 2018 we got confirmation that the dirt-crunching truck will go into production, but we didn’t get too much besides that. Today, posited more details that it claims are from FCA insiders. Starting...

Lamborghini halts production due to coronavirus

Lamborghini is the latest car manufacturer to fall victim to the coronavirus. The company has stopped production at its Sant’Agata plant for two weeks, until March 25. The move is part of Volkswagen Group’s plan to limit the impact of coronavirus on its operations. Lamborghini is only the latest case of a coronavirus factory closure. It should come as no...

This is all you need to know about the 2020 Suzuki XL7 crossover

Aside from launching its smallest vehicle to date, Suzuki Philippines has also revealed an all-new (sort of) seven-seater. This is the 2020 Suzuki XL7, and it's ready to take on the likes of the Toyota Rush, Mitsubishi Xpander Cross, and the Honda BR-V. Longer, wider, and taller than the Ertiga, the XL7 offers the same practicality and spaciousness as the...

2021 BMW iX: Everything We Know About The iNext Tesla-Fighting Electric SUV

While Coronavirus prematurely put the brakes on this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it didn’t undermine some of the more eagerly awaited new reveals (albeit via live-streamed presentations). One of those was BMW’s i4 Concept, Munich’s take on a Tesla Model 3-esque battery electric vehicle in a Gran Coupe-fastback format. However, as alluring as the i4 Concept may be, it’s unlikely...

Toyota Says Goodbye To Current-Gen 86 With GT Black Edition

It isn't a secret that Toyota (along with Subaru) is now developing the next-generation Toyota 86 – the GR 86. We don’t know when the next-gen 86 will arrive, but Toyota's latest limited edition of the sports car could be the last hurrah for the current generation. This is the new 2020 Toyota 86 GT Black Limited. The current Toyota...

London Black Cab Gets a Hardworking Plug-In Hybrid Van Version

Chalk this up as a really smart idea: The city of London's iconic black cab, built by LEVC, is getting a commercial van variant. It'll keep the cheeky, neo-retro looks that make the TX (its cab sibling) a local fixture, but the VN5 is longer and has a generous cargo compartment. The VN5's payload specs are impressive. The little van...

Future VW Electric Vehicles Will Send Power Back to the Grid

Volkswagen's transition to electrification continues to yield business opportunities, according to its chief strategist, Michael Jost. In addition to vehicle sales, it has the growing Electrify America charging network, and now it looks like the company is planning to use the batteries in the cars it sells to help power the electrical grid. In an interview quoted by Reuters, Jost...

RUF’s Rodeo Concept Simply Begs For Your Giddy-Up

Every now and then, what we like to call a boutique manufacturer drops a rad concept car with more than just hype in mind. It’s the case of the RUF Rodeo Concept, which we’re absolutely sure was concocted to sample the potential buyer’s interest in an off-road-going sports car that retains the classic Porsche 911 shape we all love and...

New DS 9 E-TENSE plug-in hybrid luxury saloon to rival BMW 530e

The all-new DS 9 luxury saloon was revealed ahead of a planned debut at the now-cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show. At almost five metres long, it has the size and stature to rival cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, as well as plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology for a modest pure-electric range. Initially, the DS 9 E-TENSE line-up...

Porsche Taycan Gets Three Equally Cool Racing Liveries

Porsche might have become quite famous for its iconic sports cars, but the German marque has made quite a name in motorsports as well. The early years of Porsche in motorsports date back to the 1950s where it only had small race cars in its arsenal. As years passed, Porsche developed its motorsport prowess, which came with successful victories in...

Apex AP-0 – new electric sports car debuts in London

The world will gain a new electric sports car in 2022 when the Apex AP-0 enters production. But while recent high-performance electric vehicles have been towards the higher end of the market, with seven-figure price tags, the AP-0 will be priced from a more realistic £150,000, plus local taxes. That price will put the AP-0 among more conventional sports cars...

Rolls-Royce reveals Dawn roadster special edition

Called the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection, the variant is inspired by 1920s roadsters, said Rolls-Royce. The Silver Bullet replaces the standard Dawn’s two back seats with titanium, metallic silver buttresses. The silver colour extends to the rest of the car’s body, harking back to previous Rolls-Royce special cars such as the Silver Dawn, Silver King, Silver Silence and Silver Spectre,...

2020 Jeep Gladiator Now Available With “Truck of the Year” Value Package

The 850RE is $2,000 more than the three-pedal setup, and having said these, let’s get down to business. Mopar Insiders reports that the Gladiator Sport S “Truck of the Year” comes with four additional features. The list starts with the Black hardtop, joined by the Trailer Tow Package, Convenience Group, and Technology Group with the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touchscreen Radio infotainment...

Supercar company founder faces criminal charges for using his own name for brand

Porsche tuning company Gemballa is pressing criminal charges for trademark infringement and fraud against the son of its founder for using his full name to brand his new supercar startup, which will also modify Porsches. Marc Philipp Gemballa planned to launch his new brand, also called Marc Philipp Gemballa, at the Geneva auto show before its cancellation, reports Motor Authority,...

The Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 Is Lifted 911 Madness

If you like the idea of the Ruf Rodeo we looked at earlier this week but thought it seemed a little too sensible, allow us to present an off-road-ready 911 with the lunacy dialled right up. It’s the Avalanche 4x4, and although it exists only in render form right now, it sounds as though there is a will from tuning...

2020 Audi RS Q8 packs speed, svelte looks for 6-figure price

Audi's ready to put a performance SUV in buyers' garages. Between the Audi SQ7, SQ8 and RS Q8, fans of speed and cargo space have quite a few new options. The thing is, the top dog will cost over six figures. The German brand said on Thursday the 2020 RS Q8 will cost $113,995 to start after a $995 destination...

Watch the C8 Corvette's digital redline change after break-in expires

The earliest of adopters of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 have finally taken deliveries of their new mid-engined sports cars. Yet, even once the keys are in their hands, there's still a level of waiting, just of a different sort. The final test of patience is known as the break-in period, for which a car should not be overly taxed until...


According to a report from Automotive News, a new Ford truck was shown to a small group of dealers that will seek opportunity below the midsize segment. It’s said that the truck will be revealed by 2021, and will take on a unibody architecture. The report details that Ford’s top 100 dealers were briefed that the new Ford truck will...

Six Ways to Extend EV Battery Life, Plus Six Things Lithium-Ion Batteries Hate

Our lives are increasingly filled with battery-powered devices, most of which now use lithium-ion batteries, including cell phones, laptops, power tools, and—most pertinent for us—in electric vehicles. Many of us have experienced some level of battery degradation, then, at least in smartphones. But electric cars are a bit more expensive, and losses in capacity or a battery's ability to hold...

New all-electric Porsche Macan SUV on the way

Porsche is applying the finishing touches to an all-new, all-electric version of its best-selling Macan. Since its introduction in 2014, the SUV has been a huge success for the German firm, with just shy of 100,000 examples being sold around the world last year. But after only one generation Porsche will radically overhaul the model, which is due to be...

Goodyear ReCharge regenerating-tire concept aims to cut waste

Goodyear has developed a "self-generating" designed to extend the life of tires, as well as make them more adaptable to different conditions. The Goodyear ReCharge tire concept features a tread that can be replenished using fluid-filled capsules. So instead of replacing the whole tire, only the tread is replaced. In a new as-you-drive approach to the idea of the retread...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM55,000 Land Rover RANGE ROVER 4.2 SPORT V8 37k Miles Only

Model : Land Rover RANGE ROVER 4.2 SPORT V8 Year : 2006/10 True Year Details : - Air Matic - Sunroof - Harman Kardon Sound System - Auto Xenon Headlights - Rain Sensor - Dual Front Electric Leather Seats with Driver Memory - Multifunction Steering Wheel - Drive Mode Select - Parking Sensor - Cruise Control * NO HIDDEN PROCESSING,...

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