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The cheapest Merc C-Class in Malaysia now packs 204hp and AMG components

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has updated the most accessible model in its range of “limousines”, the C200. This renewal of sorts for 2020 picks up where the 2018 facelift left off, with the cheapest offering in the locally-assembled W205 C-Class range gaining more power, matching AMG styling and sports suspension, plus an upgrade on the tech front. Under the hood of the...

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GM Has 12 New EVs Coming, Including an Escalade-Inspired SUV

General Motors released its annual sustainability report, detailing the automaker's progress on electrification, sustainable manufacturing, and mobility programs. Most interesting was the company's EV portfolio section, which laid out 12 new EVs that the company will launch by 2023. General Motors released its annual sustainability report, detailing the automaker's progress on electrification, sustainable manufacturing, and mobility programs. Most interesting was...

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Trademark filings hint at electric versions of more VW classics, including the Thing and Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen recently teamed up with a company by the name of eClassics to convert some much-loved classics to battery-electric power. The first was 2019's electric conversion of the original Beetle, dubbed the e-Beetle. It was followed this year by an electric conversion of the original Microbus, dubbed the e-Bulli (Bulli is the nickname for the Microbus in VW's home market).

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Maserati Ghibli Gets a Mild Hybrid Setup, Mild Design Tweaks

The Ghibli sedan is seven years old at this point, but this doesn't mean Maserati has stopped updating it. Quite to the contrary, it has just introduced a very mild hybrid system to the smaller of its two sedans, giving the Ghibli a small battery, an additional electric supercharger for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 48-volt alternator. The result...

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Yoshihiko Matsuo, designer of original Nissan Fairlady Z, Datsun 240Z passes away

The Nissan Z-Car is an icon in its own right. For over 50 years, the sports coupe has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide. But one could argue that the Z Car story wouldn't have continued if the first-generation hadn't been styled the way it was. That was all thanks to one man named Yoshihiko Matsuo.

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New Toyota Corolla Apex Shows Its Sporty Side

Toyota just announced its new sporty version of the Toyota Corolla, the Apex Edition aimed at the enthusiast who is looking for a reliable and affordable racing experience. Toyota opened a public statement defining the new Corolla Apex edition as a "head-turning, corner-carving affordable sports sedan". The idea behind this car is to exploit all the Toyota Corolla potential, improving...

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Hyperion Just Teased the Hydrogen-Powered XP-1 And We’re Stoked

It’s been six months since we’ve talked about Hyperion and its hydrogen-powered XP-1 hypercar. If you don’t recall, Hyperion is an energy company that was founded back in 2011 and four years later released a teaser image that hinted it was getting into the car game. Well, the debut of that very car is finally on the horizon, and in...

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Goodwood Speedweek Announced In Place Of Festival Of Speed, Revival

The Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival are two of the most anticipated motoring events of the year. In 2019, we've seen some notable occurrences in West Sussex, such as the record-breaking run of the VW I.D. R, the U.K. debut of the Taycan prototype, and F1-engine Porsche 911, and flat-out run Hillclimb of the Cullinan, to name some...

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2020 Porsche 911 Turbo revealed – non-S model arrives with 572bhp

The new 992-generation 911 Turbo S has been grabbing headlines with its 641bhp power figure and constant drag battle wins for a few months now, so in order not to lose that wave of good press Porsche has revealed the lesser 911 Turbo in both coupe and Cabriolet forms. In non-S form, the 911 Turbo shares the same basic drivetrain...

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Renault Zoe van revealed as practical small EV with 245-mile range

The Renault Zoe Van will join the firm’s fleet of electric commercial vehicles later this year. Created by applying modest modifications to the Zoe road car – most notably opaque rear windows and the removal of the rear seats to form a flat load area – the Zoe Van will be powered by the same 52kWh battery pack and 107bhp...

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BBS Is Bankrupt Again, “Extensive Restructuring” Underway

After going public in 1980, the peeps at BBS adopted an aggressive expansion plan that resulted in the opening of a branch in Japan, one in the United States, and a further one in Italy. To understand how much money went into globalizing the brand, remember that the Benetton Renault driven by Michael Schumacher to his second world title featured...

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Buy It! 22B or not 22B? That's the $500,000 question posed by this Subaru

In the late ’90s, the Subaru Impreza 22B represented a turbocharged widebody love letter to the company’s 40th anniversary and its third straight manufacturer’s title in the World Rally Championship. Now, a group in England is selling what is surely one of the lowest mileage examples remaining on this planet. Having covered only 271 miles from new, this car was...

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The Base Audi R8 Quattro Has Been Dropped From The Range

Audi USA is calling time on the entry-level version of the R8 quattro. The 562bhp mid-engined supercar will be dropped from the range across the pond, but not without the occasion being marked. A limited-edition model - production of which is capped at 30 units - has been created as a run-out special, featuring various bits and pieces normally reserved...

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Honda discontinues manual transmission in Accord sedan

Honestly, we're a little surprised this didn't happen sooner. Manual transmissions are less and less popular with new car buyers these days, especially in mainstream models like the Honda Accord. To that end, the Accord officially loses its stick-shift option, according to a document Honda sent Roadshow on Friday. Honda says it stopped building manual transmission-equipped Accords last December; the...

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Ken Miles' 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R sells for $3.85 million

Attention Ford, Shelby and Mustang enthusiasts, Mecum has another enormously historic car headed to auction. It's a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, and it was raced by Ken Miles, the very person highlighted in last year's "Ford v. Ferrari" film. It's coming to Mecum's big Indianapolis auction. The car has the code 5R002, and it has even more claims to...

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The Ford Bronco is launching with one target firmly in its sights: the Jeep Wrangler. Because of that, they end up in about the same place: an SUV with extreme off-road capability, great style, and everyday usability. But they go about that end goal with some pretty significant differences. One of the biggest is the front suspension and axle design....

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New tarmac-spec Ariel Nomad R launched with 335bhp

Ariel has launched a new version of the Nomad off-roader with more power and a tarmac-spec chassis setup, called Nomad R. Just five examples will be built, all by hand and by one engineer. It has a starting price of £64,500 (excluding VAT), which is roughly £30,000 more than the standard Nomad. Unlike the standard model, which features a 2.4-litre...

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VW built a proving ground for fast-charging in the Arizona heat

Volkswagen built its Arizona Proving Grounds for hot-weather testing of new cars. Now the automaker is subjecting charging stations to the Arizona heat as well. A 50-space charging site was recently added to the Maricopa, Arizona, facility, VW said in a press release Wednesday. This will allow for charging electric cars in temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the automaker...

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2021 Range Rover Sport revealed, debuts SVR Carbon Edition

Coinciding with the unveiling of the 2021 Range Rover this week, Land Rover has also introduced an MY2021 update for its Range Rover Sport lineup. The updated includes a new range-topping SVR Carbon Edition. Only mild changes have been made to the exterior, with a new SV Premium Palette paint colour range being launched to boost potential exclusivity. Satin finishes...

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Nearly Be More Screen Than Car

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short, has had a wobbly reception. It's Mercedes' newest infotainment setup and is packed to bursting with a ton of features and pizazz, but it's slightly more convoluted than competing systems from other luxury automakers. (Many of which, we should point out, have plenty of infotainment issues of their own—we're looking at you,...

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Spied: Next-gen BMW 2 Series Coupe

Attention, those who loath BMW’s front-drive-based 2 Series Gran Coupe: BMW’s successor to the current 2 Series Coupe will remain a rear-drive two-door with enthusiasts in mind. Our spy shooters captured several camouflaged coupes outside a logistics center in Munich. There are multiple prototypes visible here, one with plain-Jane silver wheels and unpainted brake calipers and another sporting larger, gloss-black...

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2021 Audi A7 Gets a More Powerful 362-HP Plug-In-Hybrid Version

Audi revealed early last year that it was going to add a plug-in-hybrid option to several of its vehicles in the U.S.—including the Q5 and A8—but it had kept us waiting on the A7. The German automaker has now divulged that the plug-in-hybrid A7 will be a 2021 model in the U.S., and it'll qualify for federal tax subsidies. The...

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2021 Hyundai Palisade adds luxury-leaning Calligraphy trim

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade three-row crossover SUV enters its second year with greater ambitions, topped with a new Calligraphy trim, the automaker announced Monday. The Palisade now comes in SE, SEL, Limited, and Calligraphy trims. Calligraphy picks up where Limited leaves off and comes standard with all-wheel drive, hill descent control, exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, a distinct lower front bumper,...

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Nissan's New Logo Is Sharp And Simple

Nissan revealed a new logo during its 2021 Ariya electric crossover showcase. It’s lighter and sharper than the current/outgoing embossed “NISSAN” hamburger, and I think it’s a big improvement. (It was never actually a hamburger, by the way. “Nissan’s logo has stayed true to a belief held by its founder Yoshisuke Aikawa, ‘Shisei tenjitsu o tsuranuku,’ which he interpreted to...

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