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March 21, 2020

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The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 is gorgeous

Hands up – who remembers the Mazda RX-Vision Concept? First revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show way back in 2015, it’s a two-door, two-seat sports car very much in the mould of the old RX-7. Oh, and it’s mind-bendingly gorgeous. One of the best-looking concept cars of the last decade, if you ask us. Last we heard of the RX-Vision...

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Formula 1 Is Replacing Its Lost Race Weekends With Virtual Grands Prix

Formula 1 announced today it will replacing its lost race weekends with "virtual" Grands Prix to fill the void caused by the ongoing spread of coronavirus, using its official video game, F1 2019. The races will take place on the same weekends as the original GPs, and be run on the same tracks. They'll also feature real F1 drivers. The...

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Aston Martin hints at more body styles for DBX

SUVs are all the rage right now, even among the ultra-luxury crowd where they account for close to 50 percent of sales at brands like Bentley and Lamborghini. Aston Martin is just about to entry the fray with its handsome DBX, but don't expect the automaker to rush out and launch a second SUV line above or below it. Instead,...

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Is Nissan Getting New Z and Marque Logos?

Nissan might be changing its iconic Z logo for the next-generation sports coupe. The New Nissan Z forum scoped out patent filings in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It has a decidedly old-school vibe, mimicking the one on the 240Z from 1970. It looks fantastic. And it’s about time. We’re about 20 years out from the first new Z in...

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BMW Motorsport is sending 10 works drivers to race online this weekend

Global motorsport has been plunged into chaos, with coronavirus causing almost every competition to be postponed or cancelled. However, BMW Motorsport is not letting its roster of drivers spend the next few weeks with their feet up. Instead, the German company will be fielding 10 drivers in various esports races. It has taken BMW to rebrand Saturday 21st March as...

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The Range Rover is celebrating its golden anniversary

Just about every luxury automaker has an SUV or crossover in their range these days. Who would have thought brands such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, or even Lamborghini would come up with high-riders of their own? But the luxury SUV and crossover market wouldn't be where it is today thanks to one that was launched 50 years ago. That SUV we're...

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Ferrari and Fiat look at helping Italy make ventilators in coronavirus crisis

MILAN, March 19 (Reuters) - Italian carmakers Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler are in talks with the nation's biggest ventilator manufacturer to help to boost production of the life-saving machines that are urgently needed in the coronavirus crisis, company officials said on Thursday. Italy is at the epicentre of the pandemic and its government has embarked on a big expansion of...

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BMW's iNext Is The Next Generation Of Electric Cars

While the world at large is in a holding pattern as the COVID-19 virus is taking center stage in every area of our lives, we have ample time to consider the vehicles that debuted in spite of the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show. One of these is the new BMW i4 Concept, a new sedan/crossover/coupe from the Bavarian automaker...

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Audi Trademarks "R8 Green Hell" in Europe

The Audi R8 mid-engined sports car may gain a special variant that honors the Nürburgring. Well, that's if the German brand's recent trademark for "R8 Green Hell" with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is anything to go by. The R8 is no stranger to the German track colloquially referred to as the "Green Hell." Audi spent time developing the...

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Tesla Bows to Coronavirus Emergency, Will Close Fremont Factory

The company issued the following statement: "We have decided to temporarily suspend production at our factory in Fremont, from end of day March 23, which will allow an orderly shutdown. Basic operations will continue in order to support our vehicle and energy service operations and charging infrastructure, as directed by the local, state, and federal authorities. Our factory in New...

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A Leaked Naming List Tells Us What to Expect from AMG and the Next-Gen Mercedes SL-Class

The Mercedes SL-Class as you know it today entered the market back in 2013, and it’s about time we see a next-gen model. It is, quite honestly, the oldest model in Merc’s lineup right now since the SLC has been discontinued. Way back in 2018, we learned (or heard rumors, rather) that the AMG SL73 could be making a comeback...

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Chevy Corvette C8 Deliveries To Dealers Not Stopping Amid COVID-19

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy and to the automotive industry are pretty evident. Several brands have already announced the closure of manufacturing plants and suspension of production, which would more likely dwindle these brands' sales numbers at the end of this year. One of these companies is General Motors. Together with the other two Detroit-based...

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Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition sells out in the UK

Honda revealed two new Civic Type R derivatives late last month, set to join the lightly refreshed GT model later in 2020. As our current hot hatchback class champion, the stakes are high for these new models not to disappoint, but early signs are very encouraging. The new versions go in two different directions, with the first, called Sportline, maintaining...

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Porsche sales soar in record 2019, decision on hybrid 718 this year

Speaking to Autocar, Porsche boss Oliver Blume also confirmed that the company would launch a ‘very powerful’ hybrid version of the latest, 992-generation 911, and would make a decision this year on a hybrid version of the 718 mid-engined sports car. Blume again confirmed that a pure-EV Macan, which Autocar revealed last year, is on schedule for launch in 2022....

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The New Mercedes-AMG A 45 S Laps the Nurburgring in 7:48 With Semi-Slick Tires

First things first, 4Matic+ is the three-pointed star’s way of saying that the rear end can take it over from the front axle. The drifting ability is complemented by the M139, the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine in serial production. Assembled by one AMG employee from start to finish, the 2.0-liter blunderbuss is much obliged to deliver 421 PS (416...

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Lexus inks the world’s first ‘tattooed car’

Lexus has taken the ‘art car’ to a new level by hiring a London artist to ink what it refers to as the “world’s first tattooed car.” The Japanese brand handed over a Lexus UX 250h to Claudia De Sabe who, with the help of her husband Yutaro, transformed its blank white exterior into a rolling mural featuring a koi...

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The New Ford Focus ST Can Be Boosted To 324bhp Using An App

Just as thunder follows lightning, whenever there’s a new fast Ford, a tuning pack from Mountune will come along soon after. And so it goes with the new Focus ST - for anyone not content with its 275bhp stock output, the Essex-based tuner has a solution dubbed ‘m330’. The only physical modification is a freer-flowing panel air filter. Once that’s...

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Volkswagen E-Bulli marks an electric take on classic bus

Classic cars fitted with electric powertrains aren't exactly a new idea, but Volkswagen's E-Bulli takes things to another level. I say that simply because it's based on a T1 Samba Bus and it's amazing. VW Commercial Vehicles planned to reveal the E-Bulli at the 2020 Techno Classica in Europe, but with the event postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company...

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The Bentley Bacalar went from a sketch to a 650-hp roadster in nine months

Bentley's Mulliner division cemented its status as a modern-day coachbuilder when it unveiled the Bacalar, a two-seater roadster loosely based on the Continental GT. Nearly every part that drivers will see and feel is specific to the model, including the body panels and most of the interior, yet the company created it in just nine months. Mulliner has worked on...

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FORD RANGER: MEET YOUR NEXT-GEN GERMAN COUSIN

In 2019, Ford and Volkswagen announced they will team up for development of their next-generation small pickups. This means the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok should share a platform. VW has gone to release a teaser image of their next Amarok, giving the first official look at the pair of trucks. The image is classic design sketch: massive wheels and...

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24 Hours of Le Mans Delayed Due to Coronavirus Fears

The famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France has been delayed until September 19, 2020, according to an official statement from the organizer of the race, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The postponement is due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, which has at the time of this writing affected Europe severely, causing the suspension of...

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New drop-top Skoda Scala concept teased

Skoda’s team of apprentice designers and engineers are readying their latest project – a roadster version of the Scala hatchback. It’s the seventh student-led concept vehicle the Czech company has produced, and it’s set to be unveiled in June this year. These hand-drawn design sketches offer our first glimpse at the concept’s styling. Judging by the images, the front of...

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World-first in-road charging test for trucks successful, highway speeds next

Initial tests of in-road charging for electric trucks on a stretch of Swedish road have been successful, according to project managers. The scope of testing will now increase, encompassing more vehicles, additional stretches of road, and higher speeds. The project, dubbed "Smartroad Gotland" got underway in November 2019 with the installation of inductive charging equipment on a stretch of road...

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Genesis GV80 to debut 3D digital display technology

As cars continue to evolve how they interact with their exterior surroundings, thanks to the growth of intertwined connectivity, so too will people change the way they interact with cars' interior environments. Now that digital touchscreens and displays — and not just one but multiple — are a new standard, companies are working to craft the optimal blend of helpful...

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KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM53,000 FULL SERVICE HONDA,VTI-L LEATHER SEAT,PARKING SENSOR,HONDA ACCORD 2.0

HONDA ACCORD VTEC VTI-L 2.0 NEW FACELIFT VERSION Tahun Dibuat Manufactured 2013 Year Tahun Terpakai Registered 2013 Year Car Specification : * NEW FACELIFT / VTI-L / FULL LEATHER SEAT *154hp / 189Nm * 5-speed automatic transmission. * Grey Colour Exterior * Black Colour Interior * Front Grille. * Chrome Strips Rear Light * Front Parking Sensors * Steering With...

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