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Jaguar Will Now Sell You a Brand-New XK Straight-Six Engine Block for Your E-Type

Jaguar announced yesterday it will restart production of its legendary XK straight-six, the engine responsible for powering many of its iconic cars from the Fifties and Sixties. Built to the exact specifications as the original, blocks are priced from £14,340 each (around $18,000). According to the British manufacturer, these cast-iron blocks serve as direct replacements for the 3.8-liter XK straight-sixes...

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Alfa Romeo just celebrated its 110th birthday

Alfa Romeo just turned 110 years old. The birthday was officially marked June 24 with the reopening of the Alfa Romeo Museum in Italy after a Covid-19 shutdown. The automaker was founded in 1910 in Milan. The name "Alfa" started out as an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, or Lombardy Automobile Factory. The firm's badge combines the emblem of...

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All-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque lands in Malaysia

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLR Malaysia) sees its line up updated with the arrival of the all-new second generation Range Rover Evoque. As per the current ‘new norm’, the model was launched online via Facebook Live earlier today. Introduced were a base Evoque variant, followed by a sportier – and peppier – Evoque R-Dynamic above it. Both share similar powertrain...

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Dodge and Kia Tie for First in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study; Tesla Comes in Last

A number of Japanese brands have built up reputations for high build quality and reliability dating back decades, but in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the first time ever a domestic brand has achieved the top spot among 31 competitors. Dodge tied with Kia for No. 1 in the study, with Ram not far behind in the...

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BMW and Apple announce car keys on iPhones

BMW is to become the world’s first carmaker to allow Apple iPhone users to use their smartphone as a car key. The new BMW Digital Key will lock and unlock the car – and also start the vehicle. Owners can even electronically share the car key with up to five people. It will also be compatible with the Apple Watch....

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Honda has killed off the Civic sedan… in Japan

The Civic is undoubtedly one of Honda’s most popular models around the world. Available in various body styles, the model continues to be a global success even to this day with the latest 10th-generation model. Ironically, however, in recent years, the Civic’s popularity has experienced a decline in its home country – Japan. In fact, back in 2010, Honda temporarily...

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Ferrari Begins Testing At Mugello Ahead Of 2020 F1 Season

Formula 1’s 2020 season was delayed massively by the outbreak of the Covid-19 Panedmic but it has since been kicked into life with the first 8 races announced, and the series is set to begin on the 5th of July at the Austrian Grand Prix. There will be two races at Austria, back to back, to start the season in...

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The 2021 Ram Rebel TRX Is All Set For a 2020 Summer Launch

Ram has crashed Ford’s party big time. Ford was all set to unveil the fourteenth generation of the F-150, which is arguably the biggest launch of the year when Ram decided to drop a teaser of the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX just hours before the F-150’s debut. The Rebel TRX goes up against the F-150 Raptor, so this strategic timing...

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The Updated Skoda Octavia G-Tec Gets you Over 400-Mile Range For Less Emissions

Skoda has been quite busy lately, with their lineup growing to appeal to those looking for EVs and mild-hybrid technology. While they don't get the same attention stateside, Skoda has been enjoying success in Europe and other parts of the world, where their wide range of products with a ton of conventional and alternative propulsion systems. The new Skoda Octavia...

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2020 Audi S3 Sportback and saloon out in the open

Audi has been spied putting the final touches on its new S3 Sportback and S3 saloon models before launching them later this year. This fourth generation model is unlikely to deviate from the template it created back in 1999, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive and ‘premium’ overtones at its core. Like other Audi S models, the new S3...

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Aston Martin issues new shares in fundraising drive

Aston Martin will issue new shares worth around 20% of its existing capital as part of a series of measures to raise about £245 million to help it recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The struggling British firm lost £119m in the first quarter of this year as lockdown restrictions caused demand for its sports car range to plummet. The latest...

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YikeBike, World’s Smallest Folding Electric Bike, Is Unlike Any Other

June is autoevolution’s Two-Wheeler Month and today we’re honoring another two-wheeler record holder: the world’s smallest and most compact folding electric bicycle, the YikeBike. The YikeBike is less of a traditional bicycle and more of a type of electric mini-farthing. It looks silly both in photos and in motion, it doesn’t have great performance (as compared to current electric bikes)...

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Kia's new shift-by-wire manual lets you change gears in a hybrid

Kia’s developed a new manual gearbox and clutch system for its hybrids that ditches mechanical connections for an electrical one that helps reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, the company said late June. A standard clutch uses either a cable, a mechanical linkage, or a hydraulic connection to engage or disengage the clutch. Kia’s new Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT) system...

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Porsche Announces PDK Option For 718 GTS 4.0, GT4 and Spyder

Porsche will now fit its three halo 718-series models with an automatic dual-clutch transmission, if you like. The option has been added to the 2021 Cayman GT4, Boxster Spyder and the GTS 4.0 models from both series in order to add a technically higher-performance option for buyers focused on faster laps in lieu of driver involvement. It also offers a...

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Mazda3 turbo will officially be a thing in July

You guys asked for it and Mazda is nearly ready to deliver. On Thursday, the Japanese automaker pulled a sneaky and teased what is almost surely the Mazda3 turbo. Remember, rumors really heated up earlier this month after dealer code screenshots allegedly confirmed the turbocharged Mazda3. Mazda didn't have anything to say about the report then, but the automaker went...

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Maserati hand-painted tricolor stripe shows Italian pride — for a price

Italy has gone through a rough time with the coronavirus, but now the country is emerging from the worst of it and is experiencing a renewed sense of national pride. Rome's famous Colosseum is illuminated in the green, white and red of the Italian flag, and Maserati is getting into the spirit as well. The company is offering a narrow...

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The current Ranger Raptor may be a bit of an off-roading halo car abroad, the truck has yet to hit American soil. This is changing for the 2022 model year with the introduction of the new mid-size truck, but there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the off-roader’s powertrain. According to a new report from Car Advice, the 2022...

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New 2020 Kia Carnival MPV revealed

Kia has released the first official images of its fourth-generation Carnival people carrier. The refreshed model will go on sale in Korea towards the end of summer, sporting new SUV-inspired styling. The US and Asian markets will follow, but it won’t come to the UK. Styling changes over the outgoing model are plentiful. Up front, there’s a stylised version of...

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Nvidia will enable Mercedes over-the-air upgrades, future automated-driving functions

Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia are partnering to develop a new computing architecture for future cars. Launching in 2024, this will allow Tesla-style over-the-air (OTA) software upgrades and pave the way for autonomous driving, Mercedes said in a press release Tuesday. In its own announcement, Nvidia was quick to emphasize the impact of this change, saying it would create "software defined vehicles"...

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Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport spotted testing at Nurburgring

The Bugatti Chiron is one of the most powerful production cars in the world. And the new Chiron Pur Sport is labelled as the purest Bugatti ever. It’s designed under the philosophy of ‘form follows performance’, essentially meaning it is the most agile and uncompromising of all Chiron variants. Under the engine cover in the back is an 8.0-litre quad-turbo...

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Lordstown Endurance EV Pickup Aims to Beat Tesla's Cybertruck to Market

Tesla set a high bar for electric pickups when it debuted the Cybertruck last year. Now, the startup company that took over an old General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, aims to give Tesla a run for its money. The Lordstown Endurance debuted today, and if all goes as planned, it will be the first fully electric pickup on the...

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Contrary to the logic your parents likely used to fend off your teenage plea to own a convertible, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reveals that late-model convertibles are no riskier than non-convertibles. In fact, according to IIHS Director of Statistical Services Eric Teoh, who analyzed crash and fatality rates, both crash rates and driver...

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To Denmark by Mini: Driving the 10-millionth Mini to Lego HQ

So here we are, then. Some 60 years after visionary car designer and all-round Autocar hero Sir Alec Issigonis decided it would be a smart idea to mount a four-cylinder engine transversely at the nose of his new compact, fuel-efficient city car, photographer Luc Lacey and I find ourselves looking – somewhat apprehensively, I might add – at a verdant...

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Cadillac’s Lyriq Electric Luxury SUV Will Debut on August 6

In a teaser video, Cadillac has revealed that it will unveil the upcoming Lyric electric luxury SUV on August 6 at 7 p.m. ET. The vehicle will be the first from parent company GM to use the automaker’s new Ultium battery technology. Cadillac states that in addition to seeing the show vehicle, the automaker will also share "the next chapter...

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