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May 2, 2020


Apparently this swoopy Chinese EV can do 705km on a charge

Welcome to an EV that can apparently travel a very, very long way between charges. Xpeng, a five-year old company headquartered in Guangzhou, China, claims the longest-range version of its new P7 can drive 438 miles – or nearly 705km – on a single charge of its 80.9kWh battery. Yikes. Admittedly that’s using the largely inaccurate NEDC test Europe ditched...

You Can Buy Alfa Romeo's 540-HP Giulia GTA With a Historic Racing Livery

The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm are the most hardcore Alfas in years. They offer reduced weight, more power, and better aero compared to the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio. Opt for the GTAm and you even get a roll bar, rear-seat delete, and carbon fiber bucket seats. These Giulias are clearly built for serious track work and racing. Now, they...

Bentley has carbon fiber styling packs for the Continental GT, Bentayga

Bentley has new carbon fiber styling packs for both the Continental GT and Bentayga, and they're not just for show as they've been developed using lessons learned from the development of carbon fiber components for motorsports—such as 2018's Bentayga Pikes Peak run and the previous-generation Continental GT3 program. Known as the Styling Specification, the packs include a new front splitter,...

VW Will Gradually Restart Production in Europe Next Week

Volkswagen plants in Europe, which have been shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, will slowly resume production starting next Monday, April 20. The automaker's plants in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, will resume production first, while plants in Spain, Russia, Portugal and the U.S. will follow a week later on April 27. This includes the automaker's main U.S....

CAR NEWS Audi extends new car warranties by three months

The extension applies worldwide to all cars produced in Europe, Brazil, Mexico or India. Specifically, it applies to warranties due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020. Warranties will be extended by three months after the original date of expiry, at the latest on 31 August 2020. Mileage restrictions remain unchanged. Audi says that in the case...

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe enters final round of testing

Lately the Bavarian automaker has been busy doing the final rounds of testing for the all-new 4 Series at the company's Research and Innovation Center in Munich. The car itself is covered in a camouflage livery, but the engineers are fast-tracking their latest findings and tests in order to fine-tune the upcoming two-door. Remember when BMW revealed the Concept 4...

Modern touchscreens now available for classic Porsches

Classic Porsches have a reputation for everyday usability, and that can now extend to multimedia connectivity. New versions of the Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) multimedia system have been launched, benefitting from upgraded features. It means even an original Porsche 911 from the 1960s could now benefit from digital radio and integrated navigation options. Porsche offers two versions, with the...

Kia's New Dedicated EV Confirmed For 2021 U.S. Rollout

After teasing us with a bevy of electric concepts, Kia let its mid to long-term schemes be known with its so-called Plan S, which calls for – among others -- electrification of its lineup. Just recently, its North American arm divulged some juicy plans for the U.S. market, including a new dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV). Let's take a look....

2020 Audi e-tron Sportback Offers Improved Range, Costs Extra

The Audi e-tron gets a boost in range for 2020, as the new Sportback model is EPA-rated at 218 miles, up from 204 miles for the 2019 e-tron. This is due to an increase in the amount of usable battery capacity and other efficiency improvements. We also now know that the e-tron Sportback model with its swoopier roofline starts a...

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower

A new report claims Volkswagen is hard at work to produce a Golf R hot hatch based on the Mk8 Golf. The 2023 Golf R will supposedly have to do battle against the likes of Mercedes-AMG A45, Honda Civic Type R, and Hyundai i30 N with underpinnings from the newly-launched Mk8 Golf GTI. The Mercedes-AMG A 45 is more powerful...

2021 Acura TLX Possibly Leaked In Patent Images

We have a solid idea of what the second-generation 2021 Acura TLX will look like when it arrives. Acura previewed the car last summer with the Type S Concept. Shortly after the concept’s reveal, our spy photographers caught the sedan out testing, which was similar in proportions and shape to the concept. Now, possibly leaked patent images appear to show...

Ken Block’s Hoonifox – 1980s Mustang blends DTM with Miami Vice

Whether for rallying or as part of his series of Gymkhana videos, Block has amassed a real mix of fast Fords, each customised to its own tastes. And it looks like another could be on the way, with Block revealing designs for what he’s calling the “Hoonifox”. Based on a “Foxbody” Ford Mustang from the 1980s, the Hoonifox is for...

Hot new Ford Puma ST confirmed for 2020 unveiling

The image gives little away as to how the Puma ST will be told apart from the standard car, but the wheels are of a similar design to those of the Fiesta ST, with which it will likely share its powertrain. This 1.5-cylinder three-cylinder engine puts out 197bhp and 214lb ft, enough to send the hot supermini from 0-62mph in...

2020 Indian FTR 1200 Carbon Revealed, Is All About Great Looks

The Carbon is based on the FTR 1200 that was first shown three years ago, and it is meant as a tribute to the FTR750, a flat track racing motorcycle that managed to win three Grand National Titles in a row. Its main attribute is, of course, the extensive use of carbon fiber. This material has been generously spread all...

Bentley's plan to build 12 new 1929 Blowers upsets collectors like Ralph Lauren

Bentley’s plan to create a run of 12 new continuation cars replicating its 1929 Tim Birkin-raced “Blower” Bentleys has apparently upset the owners of the original cars, including Ralph Lauren, according to new reports. Several wealthy car collectors jointly sent a letter regarding their concerns to company head Adrian Hallmark, noting they thought the replicas would “dilute that special admiration...

McLaren Is Recalling 2763 Cars For Possible Fire Risk, Senna Included

Thousands of McLaren supercars have just been recalled for potential fire risk. A recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be going out to owners of “certain” examples of the 2016-2020 720S, 2017-2019 570GT, 2020 GT and even the 2019 Senna hypercar. 2763 cars are potentially affected. It’s down to an NVH (noise, vibration and harshness)...

Lamborghini set to reveal new model, restart production next week

Lamborghini is ready to come roaring back after halting production and operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic hitting Italy. The supercar maker said on Thursday it plans to reveal a new vehicle on May 7, just three days after it officially restarts production at its factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The company kept pretty quiet about what to expect...

Toyota Prius 20th Anniversary Edition coming for 2021

This week, Toyota celebrated selling more than 15 million hybrids worldwide since 1997, 5 million of them in the past three years. It really began in 1993, when Toyota decided to develop a car that would be kinder on the environment. The car those engineers created, codenamed 890T, debuted at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, an event bearing the theme,...


While it may have seemed like a wild idea a decade ago, manufacturers are starting to pump out their own take on what an electric pickup truck should be. With automakers such as Ford, General Motors, Rivian and Tesla all slated to release EV trucks in the coming model years, no one is quite sure who is going to define...

Cheaper version of electric Peugeot e-208 could be on the way

The Peugeot e-208 could soon gain a lower range variant with a smaller price tag, potentially dropping the electric supermini’s base-price below £22,000. The French brand is actively considering customer demand and could implement the update in time for the e-208’s mid-cycle facelift. Peugeot’s brand manager for electric vehicles, Anne-Lise Richards, told our sister title, DrivingElectric: “The more comfortable customers...

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: What to expect from its mpg-boosting solar roof

Those who live in sunny climates—especially warm ones—see the shady spots in a parking lot as the hot commodity. But if more cars gain what the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has—a Solar Roof System that can actually boost all-electric miles and gas mileage—frugal drivers might instead start hunting down sun-drenched spots for their potential to boost efficiency. Earlier this year,...

Toyota hybrid global sales surpass 15 million

The Japanese brand started producing and selling hybrid vehicles back in 1997, with the original Toyota Prius. Fast forward to today and pretty much every passenger car model is available with a hybrid option. In the past couple of years in particular Toyota has really ramped up hybrid availability, with the Corolla hybrid now a core powertrain option, along with...

992-Generation Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S Get TechArt Power Boost

German tuner TechArt is back with new ways to upgrade your Porsche 911—this time the newest 992-generation Carrera S and Carrera 4S models. It has a new power package that unlocks an extra 80 horsepower from the 911s, plus an exhaust system that amps up their flat-six engines' volume. The TechArt Powerkit brings the total output of 911 Carrera S...

Gale Halderman, who sketched the original Mustang, dies at 87

Gale Halderman, an automotive artist who was the first to sketch the original Ford Mustang, wasn’t as well-known or commended as Lee Iacocca, but automotive historians know he had plenty to do with the design of the iconic pony car. Halderman died of liver cancer on April 30. He was 87. “Gale Halderman was truly one of the unsung heroes...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM199,500 2014 Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 2.0 Turbo

1 Owner UK Recon, Done25k kms, Very Neat Interior, Accident Free, Moon Roof,

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