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Ferrari F8 Spider and 812 GTS launched in Malaysia

While most automotive companies in Malaysia remain focused on getting the maintenance schedules of their customers back on track, official Ferrari distributor Naza Italia has been busy on the product front with the addition of two new Prancing Horses to its local catalogue. The launch of any new Ferrari is usually big news on its own, especially if it's a...

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24 Hours of Le Mans Organizers Are Holding an Official 24-Hour Sim Race

Organizers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans announced they will be holding a virtual 24-hour race on June 13 and 14, the weekend the real race was originally supposed to take place, following its rescheduling amid coronavirus concerns. Like the real race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will be held over 24 hours, using the PC game...

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Tesla reportedly readying “million-mile” battery with Chinese partner

Tesla is reportedly close to announcing a new battery that promises to last much longer than current batteries, and cost less to produce. Citing sources familiar with the plans, Reuters reported Thursday that Tesla and Chinese battery supplier CATL have developed a low-cost battery capable of lasting a million miles. The breakthrough is reportedly chemical additives and nano-engineered materials that...

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Nissan Will Kill off the Datsun Brand for a Second Time

For a second time in less than 40 years, Nissan could phase out its Datsun brand as a part of its restructuring plan, Bloomberg reports. The automaker was facing strong financial headwinds even before the coronavirus pandemic, ones that worsened immediately following the dramatic ouster of Renault-Nissan president Carlos Ghosn. The cost-cutting efforts are part of a three-year turnaround plan...

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Both Steve McQueen AND Carroll Shelby owned this classic Chrysler

When it comes to the vehicles that could possibly link Carroll Shelby and Steve McQueen, a 1935 Chrysler might not be the first one that springs to mind. A groundbreaking design when new, contemporary customers shunned the radical Airflow design. Time has been kinder to these models, attracting passionate owners and collectors. What made the Airflow range of cars so...

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After brochure leak, Suzuki reveals facelifted 2020 Swift

It seems that Suzuki swiftly responded to the brochure leaks from a few days ago. If you recall, photos of the facelifted Swift circulated online. Now, the automaker has officially revealed the updated small hatchback, and there's complete information now too. From what we saw at that time, the changes seemed limited to cosmetics. As it turns out, the biggest...

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Alleged Fraudster's Leno-Level Car Collection Goes to Auction With no Reserve

Former payroll processing executive Najeeb Khan filed for bankruptcy last summer, after being accused by KeyBank and several ex-clients of committing multi-million-dollar fraud--and racking up over $126 million in liabilities, according to South Bend Tribune. As a result, a court seized Khan's biggest asset: A colossal stash of more than 230 vehicles, which was dubbed the "Elkhart Collection" for its...

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Michael Schumacher is a retired racing driver from Germany. He raced in Formula One for Benetton, Ferrari, and Jordan Grand Prix. He was most famously known for driving for Ferrari, where he spent most of his career. Michael is known as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever in the history of the sport, although he didn't get along...

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Acura Is Killing the RLX

We regret to inform you that Acura is discontinuing its RLX sedan. "No!" you say. "Not the RLX!" Yes, we're afraid so. No more high-revving VTEC four-cylinder and slick manual transmission for you ingrates, because—wait, hold on a moment. We've been informed that we're thinking of the old RSX. The RLX is the sorta-big sedan that's kind of like a...

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Maserati Just Showcased an MC20 Prototype Dedicated to Sir Stirling Moss

The fact that Maserati is working on a new supercar – the MC20 – isn’t a well-kept secret. In fact, Maserati has teased a camouflaged model a couple of times. Now, the company has shown off the prototype once again, this time with unique dedication to none other than Sir Stirling Moss himself. Maserati was supposed to debut the MC20...

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New 2021 Nissan Kicks Debuts With Self-Charging e-Power In Thailand

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in 2016, but it was only after over a year before the subcompact crossover made it into the U.S. market, effectively replacing the quirky Juke. Be that as it may, the Kicks is up for a style update, and the 2021 Nissan Kicks that debuted in Thailand would be our first look at the redesigned...

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This BMW M8 Competition is faster than a McLaren P1

Long-time BMW tuner Manhart Performance has already turned its hand to the M850i, and it’s now worked its magic on the full-fat M8 Competition. As if the standard 617bhp output of its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 wasn’t enough, send your car to Manhart, and it’ll come back with over 800bhp... An increase of 195bhp and 221lb ft of torque bring total...

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Coronavirus and the car world: McLaren could mortgage HQ to raise funds

McLaren is considering mortgaging its Woking factory and collection of historic racing cars in a bid to raise cash, according to reports. Sources told Sky News that McLaren Group – which encompasses both the road car division and Formula 1 team – was considering the plan in a bid to raise up to £275 million to help cashflow during the...

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan X Coupe Is Happening, and Here's What It Will Look Like

Over the past four years (since the new generation came out), the Tiguan has blossomed into a popular model. It's now the best-selling Volkswagen car and comes in multiple flavors. The upcoming facelift will bring more, namely the R performance model and GTE plug-in hybrid. The Tiguan Coupe was nothing but a rumor for many years, but it's become clear...

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class just leaked ahead of its debut

The next-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has leaked on social media, giving us an undisguised look at the upcoming luxury automobile. The range-topping sedan was set to debut later this year, but thanks to Instagram user cochespias, we’re getting a sneak preview of the new vehicle. The 2021 S-Class’ fascia looks like it follows the design language previewed by the redesigned...

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Sainz To Ferrari, Ricciardo To McLaren As F1 Driver Market Goes Mad

That didn’t take long, did it? Only a couple of days ago we were talking about Daniel Ricciardo being one of the most likely candidates to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, but now, McLaren has announced it has signed the Australian on a multi-year deal starting in 2021. He’ll replace the driver considered to be the other top Ferrari prospect,...

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New BMW 5 Series debut is just weeks away

The BMW 5 Series is in for a refresh and the sedan is set to take on a sleeker look, judging by the first image the German automaker showed. Our first look at the tweaked luxury sedan comes from BMW's General Meeting on Thursday and the automaker confirmed we'll see the full thing in under two weeks. Aside from the...

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Pininfarina AutonoMIA is a sim tool for future car interiors

Pininfarina has built a new automotive simulator, and in this case, it will not be used for racing of any type. AutonoMIA, as it is called, will be used to envision and test trending features and future technologies, as the company searches for ways to innovate and push forward. The state of automobiles and how people use them is in...

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The Shelby Cobra is one of those cars that you can’t help but love. Part British roadster and part American muscle, the Cobra is one of most dominant racing cars to ever take on the road courses of the world. If their performance capability wasn’t enough to make them desirable, their gorgeous styling and limited production numbers are. Only 998...

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New 500bhp+ Land Rover Defender V8 caught on camera for the first time

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team is developing a range-topping V8-powered version of the all-new Defender, and these spy shots are what we believe to be our very first look at what could become the Defender SVR, due in showrooms within the next 18 months. From the outside it looks almost identical to previous Defender mules, but one or two...

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Polish EV can split lanes like a motorcycle, keep a wide stance for curves

Lane splitting allows motorcycles to avoid the worst traffic jams, but riding exposed to the elements is not for everyone. Polish firm Triggo claims to offer a best-of-both-worlds solution—an electric vehicle with an enclosed cabin that handles like a motorcycle. The two-seat EV is ostensibly a three-wheeler, but the front wheels can retract, allowing the vehicle to lean into corners...

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Lexus ‘BX’ in the works, based on Toyota Yaris Cross – rumour

We’ve just seen the debut of the all-new Toyota Yaris Cross, which squeezes in below the C-HR to become Toyota’s new compact SUV. Well, it seems Lexus could be planning a similar model to be pitched in the premium compact SUV class. Lexus only recently introduced the UX, which is based on the Toyota C-HR. It is the smallest Lexus...

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Enter Now: Isolation Island Concours d’Elegance Is a Virtual Model-Car Show Open to Everyone

Plenty of car events in 2020 have been postponed or canceled thanks to COVID-19, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's premier classic car assemblages. We'll miss seeing our friends there and plenty of fascinating automobiles, and probably you will, too. But let's face it, the odds of actually owning a Pebble-worthy car to show are slim...

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Lotus shows how performance EVs can use air like no combustion-engined supercar

Whether it uses an electric or a combustion powertrain, a car with mid-engine proportions will always have huge intakes at the front to cool low-temperature radiators and brakes with an energized flow of clean air. In addition, it’ll sport deep front splitters to balance out the rear wing with sufficient amounts of frontal downforce. The underside of the car will...

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