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August 29, 2020

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2020 Honda City RS i-MMD

It has more torque than a S2000 or even an FD2R Civic Type-R for that matter... But it comes in an electrifyingly compact and practical sedan package. Yep, the hype is real with the new Honda City RS i-MMD, for which order books are now open at authorised dealers nationwide. Earlier today, Honda Malaysia granted us special access for a...

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Japan's Toyota-Developed Moon Rover will be Nicknamed "Lunar Cruiser"

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota today announced that their upcoming, jointly developed moon rover will be nicknamed the Lunar Cruiser, borrowing inspiration from Toyota's flagship go-anywhere Land Cruiser. Well, when I say anywhere, I mean anywhere on terrestrial land. The moon requires a completely different car, one with a pressurized cabin and a fuel-cell electric powertrain. That's what...

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C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 reportedly coming with 625 horsepower, 9,000-rpm redline

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has only just arrived but the more hardcore Z06 has already been spotted testing on multiple occasions. Expected for the 2022 model year, the new Corvette Z06 will pack an engine related to the 5.5-liter V-8 fitted to the C8.R race car. The race car's engine is a naturally aspirated unit complete with dual overhead...

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Jim Farley Is Ford’s Next CEO

Having a CEO who vintage races a Ford Cobra and a GT40 has to be a good thing for the enthusiast world, right? We’re about to find out: Ford announced this morning that CEO Jim Hackett is stepping down and Jim Farley is replacing him. The automaker says that Hackett and Farley will work together the next two months “to...

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The perfect Aston Martin for a little James Bond

Thanks to modern technology, they often have a lot of gadgets (phones, tablets, etc.) to play with compared with kids that grew up in the 80s or 90s. Their toys have leveled up, too. What used to be simple Lego bricks can now resemble real-life vehicles or places. Better yet, automakers are also getting more involved with toys now. After...

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Porsche Updates Panamera With New Flagship, Hybrid Version

Porsche is definitely known for its sports cars, but it also offers a range of vehicles for more than two people with the Panamera. Seeking to broaden the appeal of this offering, Porsche has revamped the Panamera to offer greater power with the Turbo S, increased levels of sportiness and comfort, and sharper visual looks. Let's explore the new Panamera...

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Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche’s Nurburgring Cake

Barely a few weeks have passed since the all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera — a car that has yet to make its debut, by the way — usurped the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S as the fastest "executive car" at the Nurburgring. The four-door saloon posted a record-breaking time of 7:29.81, edging out the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe by a...

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Chrysler 300 Lives For 2021, But Only Two Trim Levels Are Left

The Chrysler 300 is the big, aged sedan that refuses to die. The current generation is nearly 10 years old, and its platform has DNA that goes all the way back to 2005. Off-and-on rumors for at least the last two years pegged the 300 for cancellation, and that could well happen. But not today. A new report from Cars...

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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS spied

Porsche has been spied testing the first Cayman GT4 RS – a lighter, harder and faster version of our 2019 evo Car of the Year. It’s expected that the GT4 RS will follow Porsche’s traditional RS recipe of combining lighter components, aggressive aero and an increase in engine power to create what could be the most exciting Cayman yet. The...

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Spyker confirms fresh investment and new models

Russian oligarch and SMP Racing owner Boris Rotenberg and his business partner, Michail Pessis, have taken Spyker into a collaboration with other firms they own, including motorsport firm BR Engineering and design and marketing company Milan Morady. Both have previously owned some of the 265 Spyker cars produced to date. The investment means Spyker will be able to produce the...

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2020 Lister Stealth debuts as Britain’s most powerful SUV

Built by Lister Motor Company and obviously based on the Jaguar F-PACE, the Stealth is a production vehicle in its own right. It features bespoke styling elements and interior appointments, as well as a tuned and tweaked V8 engine. Firstly, the design. The F-PACE is already regarded as one of the best-looking SUVs in its class. But now Lister has...

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New BMW M3 and M4 Not Getting AWD Until the 2022 Model Year

Both the M3 and M4 will make their debut next month. However, a document obtained by Bimmer Post indicates they will still be rear-driven. The xDrive will only become available after it enters production in July 2021. The cars are by no means ruined without AWD, but two extra driven wheels would have made Bimmers unbeatable in this class. The...

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Mercedes-Benz discontinues S-Class coupe and convertible

Mercedes-Benz is in the midst of a complete lineup clear-out, dumping many of its redundant vehicles to focus more on its core lineup. The lastest vehicles to get the axe are the S-Class coupe and convertible — and there won’t be a direct replacement. According to the automaker, neither vehicle will be available after the 2021 model year, but that...

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The V6 Kia Stinger GTS Now Makes More Power And A Nicer Noise

To go with the fresh looks revealed a couple of weeks ago, Kia has confirmed its facelifted Stinger GT-S also comes with a new set of lungs. The range-topping version of the Stinger GT now has an ‘Electronic Variable Exhaust Valve system’, with a butterfly valve which helps produce “a more prominent, deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or...

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer teased yet again with an homage to Detroit

While Jeep seems quite pleased with their "Wagoneer Wednesday" silliness, Fridays seem to be the true payoff for those of us looking for substantial updates on the revival of Jeep's family-hauler nameplate. With the Grand Wagoneer just days away from being formally revealed to the world, Jeep has dropped yet another pair of teaser photos. Just like last week, Jeep...

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BOLLINGER MOTORS UNVEIL CLASS 3 ALL ELECTRIC DELIVER-E VAN

Bollinger Motors isn’t your typical small electric vehicle manufacturer. A single look at their lineup is enough to tell you they aren’t from Silicon Valley, and that the team isn’t chasing performance figures with their efforts. Instead Bollinger builds the only Class 3 electric vehicles on the market, in pickup, SUV, and Chassis Cab form. In an effort to continue...

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Next BMW X1 due in 2022 with imposing new look

BMW’s enormous SUV line-up will be strengthened next year with the unveiling of the third-generation X1, which will be on sale by 2022. The company’s smallest SUV is one of the biggest contributors to its coffers; it accounts for more than 12 per cent of all BMW SUV sales, and it’s second only to the X3 in the brand’s SUV...

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India's Mahindra annouces it will use REE platform for commercial EVs

Indian automaker Mahindra plans to launch commercial electric vehicles using a platform from Israeli startup REE Automotive, the two companies announced via press release Wednesday. REE has developed a skateboard EV platform with virtually all mechanical equipment, apart from the battery pack and its associated cooling and power distribution equipment, housed in the wheel arches, with in-wheel hub motors. The...

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Stunning 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Could be Worth $11 Million—or More

Aston Martin wowed the automotive world with the unveiling of the DB4 GT in late 1959. Based on the brand's DB4 sports car, the GT adopted faired-in headlamps, a shorter wheelbase, and a handful of engine improvements. Whereas the DB4's 3.7-liter straight-six produced approximately 240 hp, the GT's engine made a smidge more than 300 horses. Yet, the GT is...

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While C8 plans remain unchanged, Chevy moves Corvette engineers to EV program

There’s some change in store for the Corvette engineering team. As of September 1, 2020, GM has decreed that those technicians will migrate from the Global Product Programs team to the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles team. Now that everyone’s heart rate is spiking, here’s all the context clues we could pick up, together with some qualifiers that make this news...

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Mercedes Confirms Next-Gen SL-Class Will Be Smaller, Sportier

The Mercedes SL-class is about to change course, with new photos of a prototype showing a sportier direction for the next-generation roadster. Like the AMG GT sports car, the new SL will be a dedicated Mercedes-AMG model rather than a Mercedes-Benz model with AMG derivatives. As such, the upcoming SL appears to be less of a relaxed boulevardier than the...

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2020 Toyota Prius Prime excels at efficiency, little else

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in electric version of Toyota’s bestselling hybrid. It gets 25 miles of quiet electric range, and when that juice runs out it still gets 54 mpg, according to the EPA. The Prius Prime outdoes the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in to reign as fuel-efficiency champ. For now. But with more plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles...

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Volkswagen Decides, Fine, It'll Make The Ninth-Generation Passat

The Volkswagen Passat has been with us since 1973 in eight official generations and a shit ton more facelifts, including one for the American market this year. Still, given the demand for SUVs and VW’s big push into electric vehicles, it wasn’t always clear if Passat would get a ninth generation, or even stick around at all. It seems it...

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FCA's future small cars will ride on a PSA platform

Future small cars from Fiat Chrysler Automobile's house of brands will ride on PSA Group architecture. According to an Automotive News report on Friday, FCA's future small cars will use the French automaker's Common Modular Platform (CMP underpins the new Peugeot 208) as the two march toward a full-out merger. The combined company will be known as Stellantis when the...

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