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April 4, 2020


Ford Ranger Raptor gains new tech in Malaysia

Local Ford distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has given its 'flagship pickup truck', the Ranger Raptor, a host of updates for 2020. The new features are particularly numerous on the safety front, with a series of first-in-class tech befitting the most expensive truck in its segment. These potentially life-saving features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with vehicle and pedestrian...

McLaren Is Building 150 Fewer Elvas Than Promised to Maintain Exclusivity

When McLaren debuted its open-top Elva supercar, it promised to build just 399 examples, each with a starting MSRP of $1.69 million. But according to McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, the number of Elvas set to be built has been cut to just 249 cars. Why? More exclusivity, apparently. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Flewitt cited buyer feedback...

Mazda marks centennial with special-edition series

Mazda started out life as a cork manufacturer back in 1920 and within a decade was producing a rickshaw of sorts based on a motorcycle platform. The first car from Mazda didn't arrive until 1960. The car was the R360 coupe, whose combination of burgundy and white applied to high-grade models has inspired a collection of modern Mazdas marking the...

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport: Slow, Small but Fun in the Snow

This little runabout was built to serve the proletariat that thinks the Nissan Rogue is just too cool and too big for regular driving. I’m kidding, no one thinks that, but this subcompact crossover market is huge, so why not capitalize? Nissan already had the platform in the Qashqai, so here we are. I’ll start by saying it’s not really...

Lamborghini sales boom as 6 in 10 cars sold is an SUV

New figures from Lamborghini show worldwide sales rocketed 43 percent in 2019 to more than 8,000 super-priced vehicles. Driving this success is the impact of the £160,000 Urus SUV, which clocked up almost 5,000 sales. This means six in 10 new Lamborghinis sold is an SUV. The controversial Urus has divided some supercar enthusiasts, but its impact on the firm’s...

Hyundai establishing mobility innovation lab in South East Asia

Late last year Hyundai announced that they are moving forward by reorganizing themselves into a mobility solutions company. Under the company's Strategy 2025, they outline their plan by providing more vehicle electrification via two core pillars: smart mobility devices, and smart mobility services. With it, Hyundai is looking to provide customers not just vehicles to get them from point A...

GM and Honda co-developing 2 new EVs

General Motors and Honda are partnering to create two new electric vehicles, the automakers announced Thursday. This pair of EVs will be sold under the Honda brand in the United States and Canada, and are expected to go on sale for the 2024 model year. The new EVs will ride on GM's flexible electric vehicle architecture, powered by the company's...

Bugatti Brings Together 3 Legendary Models in Dubai

Leave it to Bugatti to bring together 3 modern day icons of performance in the glittering patch of steel and concrete in the desert of Dubai. The Molsheim, France-based company assembled a dream team of its vaunted supercars for a publicity and photo shoot opportunity in the United Arab Emirates, including sessions at the sparkling Yas Marina Circuit, the site...

Mazda's Past Inspires Its Present With 100th Anniversary Special-Edition Models

It's hard to believe Mazda's been building cars for 100 years. Wait, it hasn't. Then what's all this talk about Mazda's 100th anniversary? Despite only building its first four-wheeled passenger car a mere 60 years ago, Mazda's been in the business of building various things (be it corks or three-wheeled motorcycles) for a grand total of 100 years. No surprise,...

Aston Martin's Classic-Car Division Fixing Health-Care Workers' Cars Free

The top end of the global auto industry has been as deeply affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic as more mainstream manufacturers, with all of Europe's luxury carmakers having halted production. That doesn't mean they aren’t still trying to help, of course. So Lamborghini has begun to produce surgical masks and protective shields in Italy, and in the U.K., both...

Lamborghini Steps Up in Fight Against COVID-19, Starts Production of Face Masks and Shields

Add Lamborghini to the growing list of automakers that have stepped up to help medical frontliners in their fight against the COVID-19 virus. The Italian automaker has started production of face masks and protective shields for health workers at Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy. Lamborghini is targeting a production rate of 1,000 face masks and 200 face shields per day....

Hyundai Extends All Expiring Vehicle Warranties Amid Coronavirus

Hyundai Motor Company has extended the all vehicle warranties that are set to expire during the coronavirus crisis. Even better, the vehicle warranty extension applies to all Hyundai vehicles worldwide, which, according to the company, accounts for more than 1.21 million cars in 175 countries. In the U.S., both 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty will be...

£1.5m Bentley Bacalar revealed in six new designs

Following its reveal last month, the marque’s design team has shown six new interior and exterior designs, showcasing the two-seat roadster’s customisability potential. Designs range from the Brooklands-inspired ‘Clerkenwell’, with new ‘Honey Larch’ veneer and 'Dark Bronze Glass' brightwork, to the ‘Fulton’ with 5000-year-old open-pore Riverwood trim. The Bacalar is based on the MSB-derived underpinnings of the Continental GT, but...

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Volvo engineers team up en masse for coronavirus solutions

The ‘Hack the Crisis’ initiative, involving around 200 Volvo employees from Sweden, the US and China, will be conducted completely online over this weekend. The brand also has the Swedish government, alongside hackathon experts, as partners for the event, which aims to “come up with solutions in three specific areas: to help save lives, communities and companies”. Autocar spoke to...

Electricity From Renewables Is Getting Increasingly Cheaper Than Coal

The United States, for example, relies on natural gas for 38.4 percent of its energy while coal is second with 23.5 percent. Coal-fired power stations, however, are not exactly green to the environment as well as our very own health. Stations that burn coal to generate electricity are responsible for a fifth or so of total carbon-dioxide emissions in the...

BMW wins court case arguing Indian rickshaw company DMW copied name

Luxury Bavarian carmaker BMW last month won its court case against an Indian e-rickshaw manufacturer for using a name it said was too similar to its own. Om Balajee Automobile (India) Private Limited has been selling an e-rickshaw under the name “DMW” since 2013, according to the Hindustan Times, something BMW took umbrage with as soon as it found out...

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Making A Comeback

Ford is almost certainly bringing the Mach 1 moniker back to production almost two decades after its last appearance on a Mustang. Documents posted on specialist forum Mustang6G seem to show plans for a Mustang Mach 1 alongside four- and eight-cylinder versions, plus a Shelby GT500. If the information is accurate, and following existing rumours we think it is, it...

Audi RS3 Nardo edition goes faster, carves corners with more precision

Hey, Audi RS3 owners? There's something you'll want to take a look at -- a little something called the RS3 Nardo edition. Audi revealed the special edition pocket rocket on Friday, which comes exclusively in the company's Nardo Gray color, and even more performance. With the upgrades, this special edition will go 174 mph, or 19 mph more than a...

BMW Motorrad unveils R 18 cruiser with 1.8-liter Big Boxer engine

Today, BMW unveiled the 2021 R 18, a retro-style cruiser that looks nothing like any other BMW motorcycle currently available. Inspired by the BMW R 5 from the '30s, the bike has an open-running driveshaft, a double-loop frame, and a 1.8-liter horizontally opposed two-cylinder engine that's called the Big Boxer. With a relaxed seating position, a "no-frills technology" approach, and...


Still disappointed the Ford F-150 Raptor doesn’t come with a V8? Detroit, Michigan based tuner Mil-Spec Automotive has an answer. Mil-Spec has been around for a few years now, selling painstakingly restored Hummer H1 military SUVs. Their newest model is a heavily modified F-150, and its a worthy competitor to the factory F-150 Raptor. Or something from Roush or Hennessey,...

New Hyundai Prophecy concept hints at future flagship saloon

This is the Hyundai Prophecy. It’s a new, all-electric concept car which showcases a potential range-topping saloon for Hyundai which, if realised, would give the brand a rival for the Tesla Model 3 and the forthcoming BMW i4. The concept also previews the design direction for the company’s future electric models. The Prophecy follows Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, which...

BYD and Toyota detail electric-vehicle joint venture for China

Toyota and BYD have released more details of an electric-vehicle joint venture for the Chinese market, which was announced in November 2019. The two automakers will invest 50-50 in a new company—BYD Toyota EV Technology Co. Ltd—with operations scheduled to start in May. Engineers from Toyota and BYD will work together under the same roof on EV research and development,...

2021 Nissan X-Trail patent images surface, reveal new design

The patent application was lodged on March 12 by the looks of it and then published on March 31. And while there doesn’t seem to be any specific mention of the X-Trail – or the Nissan Rogue as it’s known overseas – all clues certainly point that way. Following in the footsteps of the new Juke and latest Qashqai, the...

This Solar-Powered EV Car Charger Doesn't Need No Stinkin' Grid

What is the size of a standard parking space, provides some overhead protection, and can charge an electric vehicle without needing to be plugged into the electrical grid? That'd be the EV Arc, a clever EV charger from Envision Solar that can be deployed anywhere the sun shines and cars can park. The Arc has been updated for 2020 with...

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