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October 4, 2020

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Yes folks, Hyundai is developing a WALKING CAR

Hyundai is developing a walking car. There’s lot of talk about ‘pushing boundaries’ and shaping ‘the future of mobility’ and so on in the announcement, but ultimately, it boils down to the fact that Hyundai is developing a WALKING CAR. The division tasked with this simply remarkable and entirely excellent endeavour is its ‘New Horizons Studio’, focusing on ‘ultimate mobility...

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Porsche Is Selling New Old Stock Crankcases for 1984-1998 911s

If for whatever reason you need a new crankcase for your air-cooled Porsche 911, you need to go used. That can make full engine rebuilds tricky, but if you're working on a 911 engine made from 1984 to 1998, there are now a handful of new crankcases for sale. You'll just have to call up your local Porsche dealer soon...

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Ferrari's record-breaking V-12-powered race boat is for sale

Mercedes-AMG has its branded Cigarette boats, and Honda builds outboard engines, but no automaker has a watercraft quite like this Ferrari V-12 hydroplane, dubbed Arno XI. Built in the 1950s to chase a speed record, it's now for sale through DuPont Registry. First spotted by Road & Track, the Arno XI was developed in-house by Ferrari in partnership with speedboat...

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Head of Nikola Quits Amid Fraud Allegations

From the height of striking a deal with General Motors to produce its Badger pickup to the lows of fraud probes have lead to the end of the road for Trevor Milton: Nikola’s founder and executive chairman. The New York Times reports that Milton has stepped down from the company after speculation surrounding the company’s technological claims.

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China's Great Wall rebrands as mobility company

It seems more and more automakers are shifting direction to become a mobility company. After Toyota and Hyundai announced their transformation into a mobility solution provider, it seems Great Wall Motors (GWM) will be doing the same. Yes, the same Great Wall that gave us the Haval, the Wingle, and the Coolbear.

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Alieno Reveals Sci-Fi-Inspired Details Of Its 5221-HP Arcanum Hypercar Interior

It’s been more than two years since we last heard about the Alieno Arcanum. When it was first introduced, it piqued the interest of many, as it's over four times more powerful than the tilt-wing Zenvo TSR-S hypercar. But that's the only time we heard of the Alieno or its supercar. Just recently, Alieno broke its silence and revealed details...

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Genesis Just Revealed A Brutal Competitor for the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, now offers three sedans, with sizes ranging from compact to full-size. The Korean brand is adopting a similar strategy to its SUV lineup, which will include two more models in addition to the GV80 midsize. Next on the list is the GV70, and Genesis just unveiled a camouflaged version in its home country. Slotted below the...

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ABT RS4-S Is An Audi RS4 Avant With Extra Oomph

If the lack of Audi RS4 Avant in American didn’t already sting enough, the team over at ABT tuned the refreshed hot wagon into a genuine supercar slaying wagon. The RS4 Avant is an impressive car from the factory, but as ABT discovered, several small tweaks can yield massive results.

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Manual transmission dropped on updated Renault Mégane RS

As part of its wider mid-cycle update Renault has also consolidated the RS range, now offering just the two models with identical 297bhp power figures. As before, RS models fitted with the dual-clutch do see a subtle 15lb ft torque rise over the now defunct manual, with a new peak of 295lb ft. Other features built into the transmission are...

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Lotus wins government funding for new electric car platform

Lotus has secured financial support from the UK government to develop an all-new electric vehicle (EV) platform. The funding will come from the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) following Lotus’s winning application in the Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator competition. Lotus won with its Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture (LEVA), which is planned to serve as “a showcase for pioneering new...

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BMW already prepares M Performance parts for new M3, M4

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the all-new 2021 BMW M3 and M4, the company’s M Performance division has already prepared a range of bespoke enhancement parts and upgrade options for the new sports cars. The range of M Performance parts cover everything from visual accessories to proper performance-enhancing modifications. These have all been designed to align with...

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The Taycan EV Outsold Porsche Sedans, Coupes Last Quarter in the U.S.

It’s not perfect, but as you know from our track test of the Taycan range, the sports EV from Porsche is an outstanding car. It’s so good in the eyes of many that U.S. sales have propelled the Taycan ahead of the 911, 718, and Panamera to the tune of 1,858 units over the three-month period. For reference, the 911...

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Lamborghini teaser suggests it's plotting a topless race car

Lamborghini early October teased an image of its newest prototype whizzing around the track, showing off its most interesting and most apparent feature —the lack of a windshield or roof. Squadra Corse, Lamborghini’s special race car division, shared the image of a camouflaged test car taking a corner around a race track.

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A Pagani Huayra R Is Arriving In November With An All-New N/A Engine

Pagani seems keen to tease its latest car in an incredibly low key way. No press releases, no outlandish social media campaigns - instead, company founder Horacio Pagani used a preview video for the 2020 Autstyle Design Competition to confirm the existence of something very exciting indeed. The car will be a departure for Pagani for two reasons - all...

FILE- This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows the logo of the Tesla model S at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France. The Autopilot system on a Telsa Model S may have helped the California Highway Patrol stop the car after its driver fell asleep on a freeway. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
Tesla update lets vehicles drive through green lights automatically

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is getting a new trick. Autopilot will soon be able to drive through green lights automatically, even if there isn’t another car in front of the vehicle, Electrek reports. As with past Autopilot software rollouts, Tesla is being cautious. “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control” will only allow Teslas to proceed through an intersection without a lead...

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S550 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 WILL NOT SEE ANOTHER YEAR

When Ford first introduced the S550 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R for the 2015 model year, it was clear that the muscle cars weren’t like the special Mustangs that came before them. Their 526 horsepower 5.2L V8 known as VooDoo features a flat-plane crankshaft, which allows the car to rev up to an astonishing 8,250 rpm. Usually a setup you’d...

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Tri-motor Lucid Air already approaching Tesla Model S Plaid lap record

The rivalry between Lucid Motors and Tesla is heating up. Last week, Tesla unveiled the 1,100-horsepower tri-motor Model S Plaid, claiming a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.0 seconds, a quarter-mile time of less than 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph. Lucid was already known to be developing a tri-motor version of its Air sedan, and...

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Acura Teases the Prototype That Teases the New MDX

We may or may not already know what the 2022 Acura MDX looks like thanks to a leak from the RDX's infotainment system, which gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect when Acura pulls the silk off of its best-selling SUV. It leaked the TLX, too, and what we saw ended up being essentially identical to the...

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Honda to exit Formula 1—again

Honda is planning to leave Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season despite just taking its first win of 2020. The Japanese company launched its original F1 campaign in 1964, taking its maiden victory in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. That first foray only lasted until 1968. It would be 15 more years before the brand returned in...

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Chevy Has Added a Few Extremely Neat Easter Eggs to the C8 Corvette's Windshield

It seems Chevy has given the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette a subtle midyear update before the factory prepares to switch over to building 2021 model-year vehicles. Two nifty Easter eggs have appeared on the windshields of a selection of newly delivered C8s; a silhouette of the legendary Zora Arkus-Duntov, and a "Team Corvette" logo accompanied by the car's crossed-flags symbol.

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Jeep Cherokee SUV adds mid-grade Latitude Lux trim for 2021

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee mid-size crossover SUV gets a new well-equipped mid-grade trim, Jeep announced this week. The new Cherokee Latitude Lux slots between the Latitude Plus and off-road ready Trailhawk trims. It comes with the larger and less efficient 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 with a 9-speed automatic transmission, though a 270-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 is available.

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Lamborghini's Best September In History Came In The Middle Of A Pandemic

In the midst of economic uncertainty as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, luxury marque Lamborghini somehow managed to record its best-ever September throughout its 57-year history. That’s not to say it sold a ton of cars—at least not compared to other, more mainstream manufacturers. But Lamborghini’s 738 unit sales makes September 2020 the best September for the company...

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Buick Electra EV concept ain't your grandfather's land yacht

Buick rolled out a surprise concept at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show that kicked off this weekend. This is the Buick Electra concept, and it is nothing like the Electra you may know from the past. While the Electra that comes to mind for most Buick fans is the elongated land yacht from the mid-to-late 20th century, Buick reborn Electra...

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Electric Volvo XC20 SUV planned to sit below XC40

Volvo is pushing ahead with plans for a smaller SUV, potentially badged XC20 - and the company boss has confirmed that it will be one of the first cars based on the new pure-electric platform developed by the Swedish brand’s owner, Geely. The Chinese conglomerate unveiled the EV-specific underpinnings, called Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), at the recent Beijing Auto Show....

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KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM162,000 2017 MINI COOPER S 2.0

Mini Cooper S 2.0 (77) Used Local Spec 2017 British Racing Green MALAYSIA MINI WARRANTY UNTIL 2022

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