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August 9, 2020


Can the RM403k Jaguar E-Pace disrupt Malaysia's premium SUV market?

Malaysian drivers can be creatures of habit whose purchasing habits are often tied to age-old brand associations and perceptions. It is why Japanese cars continue to outsell their Korean rivals in spite of the changing landscape in other parts of the world. The German makes continue to dominate higher up the food chain. But Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) seems...

Racing Point Fined and Docked Points After Brake Ducts Found to Be Illegal

FIA stewards today upheld a protest launched by Renault questioning the legality of Racing Point's Formula 1 car for the 2020 season—specifically for the car's brake duct design. As a result, Racing Point have forfeited 15 world championship points and have been fined €400,000 (around $471,000). The protest—which alleged the brake ducts were a direct copy from last year's Mercedes,...

VLF Force 1 V10 supercar, 1 of 5 built, is up for grabs

A few years ago, a company co-founded by Bob Lutz unveiled a supercar based on the Dodge Viper and featuring styling by Henrik Fisker. It was called the Force 1 V10, and just five were made by VLF based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Now one of those five cars can be yours as it's listed for sale in Gooding &...

The Hertz 185K Bankruptcy Selloff Is Peanuts

As expected, the Hertz rental company is about to flood the used car market with 200,000 Chevrolet Impalas, Nissan Versas and Toyota Corollas. There are probably a few juicier cars in there, too. As the rental giant navigates its bankruptcy it will shed almost half its fleet to repay the $650 million to creditors. The deal still needs to be...

All-new Suzuki Celerio hatchback coming soon

It's difficult to believe that the current-generation Suzuki Celerio is already five years old. If you count the year it was first shown, Suzuki's bite-sized hatchback will turn six later this year. That makes it ripe for a redesign, don't you think? Turns out, Suzuki had the same idea because it looks like they're getting ready to release it. Indian...

Bentley Brings Back Pre-War Blower Continuation Series

Bentley announced a new continuation series of the pre-war Blower model, the first new version of the classic 1929 vehicle that was raced by Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin. Joining the likes of Aston Martin, another British car company that has recently begun producing a continuation series of the famous James Bond DB5 sports car, Bentley's new project will result in...

Jeep’s First EV Will Subcompact SUV That Is Smaller Than the Renegade

Jeep recently unveiled its first hybrid vehicles based on the Compass and Renegade SUVs, but the FCA-owned brand is also working on an all-electric hauler. Recent intel claims that the upcoming crossover will be even smaller than the Renegade and that it will benefit from technology by PSA, following the recently announced merger between FCA and the French group that...

Hyundai Elantra GT, Elantra GT N Line Dead In The U.S.

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is here, or at least several details of its exterior styling have been revealed prior to a full-blown launch for the upcoming model year. But its imminent arrival in the U.S. market isn't without casualties. In an official release, Hyundai bares its 2021 model range that involves several carryovers and of course, some interesting...

McLaren GT pumped to 697bhp by Novitec

A mid-mounted flat-plane crank V8, dihedral doors and a carbonfibre monocoque aren't the ingredients of a typical grand tourer. Now, to confuse matters further, Novitec has enhanced the performance, lowered the ride height and added more carbonfibre to the McLaren GT... In standard form the GT’s twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 produces 611bhp and 465lb ft of torque, but Novitec is able...

New Bentley Bentayga Speed to be unveiled next week

Bentley has confirmed that the facelifted Speed variant of its Bentayga SUV will touch down next Wednesday (12 August) and released official images of a camouflaged prototype. The outgoing Bentayga Speed is the fastest production SUV on sale, with its 190mph top speed giving it a 0.5mph edge over the Lamborghini Urus. It has only been on sale for around...

G80 BMW M3 Shows Ginormous Kidney Grille in New Spy Photos

The M3 never had it easy. From the very first generation, BMW set out to create the best-handling car in the segment, and ever since, a lot of contenders have tried to steal the Bavarian land missile’s crown. More than three decades after the E30 rolled out, BMW is set to shake things up again with the G80 generation, based...

Made-in-China Harley-Davidson could be coming soon

Is the world ready for a Chinese-built Harley-Davidson? Hell, is Donald Trump? Everyone, of course, remembers how the U.S. president famously inserted himself into Milwaukee’s efforts to build its overseas operations by threatening to tax HD “like never before” if it moved production abroad. Now comes word that Harley is actually looking to build a small displacement bike in China....

This Is The Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR And You Want One

Believe it or not, there is a market for making Porsche‘s heavily track-focused GT RS cars even more serious. Manthey-Racing - a motorsport firm now majority-owned by Porsche - has made a name for itself fiddling with such motors, perhaps most famously with the GT2 RS MR which clocked an astonishing 6min 40sec Nurburgring lap. Now, Manthey is back with...

New Kia Sonet SUV is somehow even smaller than Seltos

Markets may have taken to the three-row Kia Telluride like moths to a solitary porch light, but just as buyers are hungering for something larger, there are many markets that are on the hunt for ever-smaller utility vehicles. Kia already has the diminutive Seltos in its lineup, but a few global markets are about to get something even smaller. Kia...

Bentley will now sell you a model Continental GT for over $9,000

Bentley just announced a 1:8 scale Continental GT model car that costs £6,995. That’s $9,123 for a toy. But really, is the cost all that bad? A 1:1 scale Bentley Continental GT V8 (you know, the real thing) has a base price of about $220,000. One-eighth of that is a whopping $27,500. Bentley is surely leaving some money on the...


Sometimes General Motors just likes to drop hints to see if we’re all paying attention. Over the weekend Chevrolet and the Corvette Racing team campaigned at Road America for the fourth IMSA race of the season, securing their third win in a row. And with the 4-mile road course absent of spectators, Chevy lined up the 2021 Corvette Stingray R...

BMW 545e xDrive PHEV launched with 33-mile electric range

BMW has launched a new, more powerful plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series badged the 545e xDrive. When it goes on sale in the UK later this year, prices will start from £54,945. The BMW 545e xDrive shares the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the recently launched X5 xDrive45e SUV, which comprises a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, an...

CATL battery partnership targeting 435-mile range for Mercedes EQS electric car

Mercedes-Benz will source batteries from Chinese firm CATL for its upcoming EQS electric car. Scheduled to launch in certain markets next year, the electric luxury sedan is targeting a range of 435 miles, as measured on the European WLTP testing cycle. It's unlikely that will equate to more than 400 miles on the tougher U.S. EPA testing cycles. Given previous...

All-new Ford Puma ST performance SUV previewed

If Ford can get the Puma ST onto the market before Hyundai launches the Kona N, which it looks like it will, the Puma ST will become the first proper performance-spec compact SUV. How exciting is that? Well, before you scoff, the SUV market, and in particular the small and compact SUV market is hugely popular at the moment. In...

Suzuki Jimny Black Bison Edition Is Ready to Take On Jeep

Along with the Ford Ranger Raptor, the Suzuki Jimny is one of the most desirable off-road vehicles we don't get here in the U.S. And while the Jimny is typically known for its spartan rugged charm, the folks at Japanese outfitter Wald International have made the little 4x4 flashier with additional off-road design cues and a posh interior. Up front,...

Rolls-Royce seeks street cred with California hot rodders

Rolls-Royce has sent its Cullinan Black Badge out under the cover of night to join the hot rod community, as you can see in this short video. Why? Because apparently Rolls-Royce believes that, like its own customers, hot rodders “take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms.” We’d have like to have seen the Long Beach, California...

BMW Reportedly Working on 1000-HP Electric M5

BMW's next-generation M5 sedan will come in two versions: electric or plug-in hybrid, the U.K.'s Car Magazine reports. The electric M5 will use three electric motors, producing around 1000 horsepower, and the hybrid will use a twin-turbo V-8 making around 750 horsepower, according to the report. BMW's goal is to have 25 electric vehicles in its lineup by 2023.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq sings a new tune for GM's electric car program

Cadillac debuted the 2023 Lyric electric crossover SUV on Thursday, heralding a new direction and design language for GM's luxury brand. The five-seat mid-size crossover aims for an estimated 300-mile range, and takes the lead in transitioning Cadillac to an all-electric vehicle brand by the end of the decade. The Lyriq show car presented Thursday will be at least 80%...

Of Course Mercedes Won't Agree to the New Redistribution of the F1 Wealth

Every few years, The Powers That Be in Formula One sit down to redraw the rules of competition and the prize money distribution. Known as the Concorde Agreement, this little document has caused a fuss ever since the first agreement was signed in 1981. And with the newest iteration coming up in 2021, it’s no surprise that some of the...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM72,000 2004 Jaguar XJ6 3.0 Luxury

REMARKS: 2004 Jaguar XJ6 3.0 Luxury For Sale Good Cond., Neat Original Interior, Imported New, 1 Owner, Twin Electic Seats, 4 Zone Climate Control, Done 122k kms MAKE: Jaguar MODEL: XJ6 3.0 EXTERIOR: Ruby Metallic INTERIOR: Black YEAR: 2004 ENGINE: Configuration: V-6 Displacement: 2967 cc Power: 235 hp @ 6800 rpm Torque: 293 nm @ 4100 rpm Gear Box: 6...

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