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The Sin R1 supercar is the craziest thing ever to come out of Bulgaria

When Bulgaria comes to mind (assuming it does at all), supercars and motor racing aren’t usually the thoughts that follow. Fun fact: The country is best known for producing almost all the rose oil consumed in the world. However, a Bulgarian supercar named the Sin R1 has quietly stepped forward over the last few years, […]

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Millenials are ruining traditional automotive marketing

In the scramble to stay relevant to digital natives more interested in smartphones than cars, automakers must be prepared to take more risks when positioning their brands and not shy away from edgy subject matter, a top BMW executive said. Speaking to attendees at the Automotive News Europe Congress here, Hildegard Wortmann said it was […]

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Opel and Vauxhall join Groupe PSA – Birth of a European Champion

The sale of Opel Automobile GmbH with its brands Opel and Vauxhall by General Motors to Groupe PSA has been finalized now. “It is a historic day,” said Opel Automobile GmbH CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We are proud to join Groupe PSA and are now opening a new chapter in our history after 88 years with […]

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Borgward bringing a modern Isabella to the Frankfurt auto show?

Revived German automaker Borgward is planning something special for September’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The automaker recently released a teaser image for a Frankfurt-bound concept car which is believed to be a low-slung, sporty coupe. Along with the teaser, Borgward released the tag line: “She is back!” This suggests that we’re likely to be treated […]

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The Mercedes X-Class pickup hits the market in Europe this year.

 THREE VERSIONS OF THE MERCEDES TRUCK ARE HEADING FOR EUROPE, SOUTH AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA Mercedes-Benz introduced its new X-Class pickup truck on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa. The non-U.S.-bound luxury pickup will see duty in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia and will sticker for about $43,000, converted from euros. The […]

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Zarooq off-road supercar standstorms its way toward production

Emirati-Monégasque newcomer Zarooq Motors previewed its SandRaceroff-road supercar back in late 2015. It was awesome. Or it seemed like it could be awesome … assuming it ever showed up again. Well, here it is not two years later, and we’re seeing it again. In fact, Zarooq says that it’s ready for production and will launch […]

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2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback reveals its sleek silhouette

Following the reveal of the i30 and i30 Tourer, and finally the i30 N hot hatchback, Hyundai has debuted the final variant of i30: the 2018 i30 Fastback. Note, the 3-door Hyundai i30 does not return from the previous generation—the i30 Fastback serves as its successor. And a sleek successor it is. Hyundai says the […]

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Report: Porsche faces German probe for diesel fraud and false advertising

Prosecutors in Germany have expanded the diesel fraud probe to Porsche, Reuters reports, after several raids of Audi facilities earlier this spring. The Stuttgart’s prosecutor’s office indicated employees at Porsche’s U.S. subsidiary were also under investigation, which is focusing on possible fraud and false advertising in the U.S. and in Germany. The expansion of the […]

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Hyundai plotting Fiesta ST rival?

 Hyundai’s performance car offensive will include a pocket-sized hot hatch aimed directly at the Ford Fiesta ST, according to a recent report. The company’s smallest N-badged model will be based on the i20, which is positioned near the bottom of the Hyundai lineup in Europe. British magazine Auto Express has learned the car will receive […]

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Lotus production may head to China after Geely buys stake

Lotus may become the latest western marque to shift some production to China, Bloomberg reports, after China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group announced plans to purchase stakes in Malaysian automaker Proton’s U.K. holdings. The Chinese automaker, which also owns Volvo, has reached an agreement to buy 51 percent of Lotus and 49.9 percent of Proton in […]

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Second electric car for Audi’s production network

Audi is expanding its model portfolio with a new e-tron-model. Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback will start at Audi Brussels (Belgium) in 2019. That Audi plant will therefore be responsible for producing a second fully electric model. The Audi e-tron electric SUV will drive off the assembly line there as of 2018. In addition […]

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Pininfarina to develop modular platform for Iran’s national automaker

Iran’s national automaker, Iran Khodro, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with nine leading automotive firms to help develop a modular platform to underpin a new generation of cars for its IKCO brand. The list includes firms specializing in engines, transmissions, chassis systems and manufacturing, as well as Italian design firm Pininfarina. Iran’s Amirkabir and […]

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General Motors to pull out of South Africa

General Motors on Thursday made major announcements concerning its operations in India and South Africa. The automaker confirmed that it will cease sales in India by the end of 2017, though it will still continue to manufacture cars there for export. A long time ago! Stefan Jacoby, who heads GM’s unit for emerging markets, said […]

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FORD APPROVED SHELBYS NOW IN SA

Shelby’s full range of high performance Mustangs is now available in South Africa in an extensive range of Ford Motor Company approved performance and aesthetic upgrades.The products of the legendary US tuning company set up by the late, great Carroll Shelby whose mighty Cobras toppled Ferrari at Le Mans, Shelby today specialises in bespoke aftermarket conversions on new Ford Mustangs. Shelby South […]

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Ferrari Doesn’t Want to Build an F1-Powered Hypercar

If you want a road car with an F1-derived V6, you’ll have to buy a Mercedes. Capitalizing on its recent F1 success, Mercedes-AMG will soon debut a 1000-plus-hp hybrid hypercar powered by a V6 engine derived from its 1.6-liter F1 unit. This stands in sharp contrast with the Ferrari LaFerrari, which uses a 6.3-liter V12 […]

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First drive: The 2018 McLaren 720S leaps toward excellence — and sticks the landing

If you haven’t already done so, take a minute and really look at the McLaren 720S — in person, if you can find one, but photos will do for now. It’s long, low, wide: everything a supercar should be. But even on the surface there’s a lot going on, and much of it is subtle. […]

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JAGUAR F-PACE VOTED 2017 BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN THE WORLD

F-PACE wins two titles at 2017 World Car Awards Jaguar’s first performance SUV takes 2017 World Car of the Year title Also wins World Car Design of the Year prize The F-PACE is Jaguar’s fastest selling global model Jaguar is Europe’s fastest-growing car brand  The Jaguar F-PACE is officially the best and most beautiful car […]

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What’s going to happen to all those VW TDI diesels?

 The question of what to do with diesel Volkswagen vehicles that the automaker has purchased back has plagued the company from the early months of the TDI crisis, as it became clear regulators would force VW to buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles. VW is using a number of large sites around the country […]

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The Audi RS5 aims straight for the BMW M4 and AMG C63

A more aggressive design comes with more aggressive performance If an automaker is going to raid the corporate parts bin, they should take a page from Audi and its new RS5 coupe, which debuted at this year’s Geneva motor show. Previously powered by a 4.2-liter V8, the new coupe has Porsche power under the hood […]

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Paris Motorshow: Renault hoping for a sporting revival

Renault is both dipping into its memory banks and looking forward to an all-electric future as it uses the Geneva motor show to remind us all that, aside from diesel Meganes, the family Fluences and new Captur crossovers, it has long been a truly sporting brand. Brought out of long-term stasis (there hasn’t been a […]

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Opel/Vauxall join PSA

 General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and PSA Group (Paris:UG) today announced an agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at €1.3 Bn and €0.9 Bn, respectively.   With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of €17.7 Bn in 2016 , […]

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Lamborghini delivers first of 40 Centenarios

The first example of Lamborghini’s latest limited edition supercar, the Aventador-based Centenario, has been delivered to its owner, a collector from the United Arab Emirates. He’s gone with a coupe but Lamborghini has also shown a Centenario Roadster. Photos taken during the delivery were posted by Czech website Autoforum and reveal that the first car […]

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Maximum velocity: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 hits 198 mph

Chevrolet has taken the 2017 Camaro ZL1, equipped with the 10-speed automatic, to Germany to test its maximum velocity. No, they didn’t rocket around the Nürburgring again. Instead, the automaker hit the country’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground to find out the ZL1’s top speed. They recorded an average of 198 mph on the 7.6-mile […]

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The next-gen Ford Fiesta ST is 1.5 liters of fury

 The upcoming Ford Fiesta replacement evolves the already stellar ST When Ford showed off the next-generation Fiesta, the company was tight-lipped about the subcompact’s performance version. Now, ahead of the Geneva motor show, Ford has finally shed light on what we should expect with the future Fiesta ST. The upcoming hot hatch will have a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder under its […]

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The Ford GT Competition Series is your race-ready supercar

Ford takes even more weight out of the Ford GT for its Competition Series In an effort to make the already race-proven Ford GT even more track-ready, Ford is set to offer its supercar in a Competition Series. The additional Ford GT trim is supposed to make it more suitable for folks who identify as “hardcore track enthusiasts.” […]

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Nissan previews BladeGlider before Geneva motor show debut

New electric cars need consular and diplomatic staff, led by ambassadors, preferably with diplomatic immunity. And Margot Robbie has just been named ambassador for Nissan’s electric vehicles. Her official ride (still missing the required diplomatic license plates) is the fully electric Nissan BladeGlide, which she has just taken for a spin around Monaco Grand Prix […]

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Ferrari 812 Superfast is a quicker, sexier F12berlinetta

Maranello’s most powerful road-going V12 is coming to the Geneva auto show Ferrari’s Geneva show stand is getting a big boost with the unveiling of the 812 Superfast, a car replacing both the F12berlinetta coupe and TDF.According to Ferrari, the 812 is the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever and celebrates 70 years since […]

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Lightweight Pagani Huayra Roadster arrives to warp your brain

Pagani has decided that Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to reveal its latest Huayra to the world. (Smart move considering that it’s one of the most beautiful cars ever created.) This is the Pagani Huayra Roadster, and it’s taken seven years to get here (America). While the coupe was launched in 2011, it […]

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One Man. One Nissan GT-R.

Spirit of the Takumi is alive and well at South African NHPCs  The new 2017 Nissan GT-R represents the company’s pinnacle of engineering and Japanese automotive expertise with only five master craftsmen certified to hand-build each GT-R engine.Nissan extends this bespoke approach to the care and servicing of every GT-R through its global network of […]

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The Mini Countryman Gets the Inevitable John Cooper Works Treatment

Back in October, Mini introduced the redesigned, larger Countryman. The added size gave it a bit more cargo room, bringing it in line with other subcompact CUVs. If you’re looking for that utility with a little more sporting flair, now there’s a John Cooper Works version of the Countryman. High-performance cute-ute? Overgrown hot-hatch? We’re not […]

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At 216 mph, the Ford GT is the fastest car ever from the Blue Oval

*    Assisted by fully active dynamic systems, all-new Ford GT achieves top speed of 216 mph – the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle •    Strong power-to-weight ratio coupled with the most advanced active suspension system in the segment gives Ford GT the edge in lap times versus          the    competition •    Fully active dynamic […]

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Toyota considering new high-performance sub-brand following WRC return

Toyota is considering creating a new sub-brand for high performance cars following its much-anticipated return to the World Rally Championship.The manufacturer’s motorsport wing, Gazoo Racing, is already responsible for overseeing its efforts in the World Endurance Championship and will also build the cars for next year’s WRC season, Toyota’s first in 17 years. With all […]

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RN30 concept previews Hyundai’s first ‘N’ performance car

Hyundai established a standalone performance division in 2015 to develop cars leveraging knowhow from its various motorsport programs, namely its World Rally Championship efforts.The division is called Hyundai N and the first product will be a hotted-up version of the new i30 hatchback. The i30 is the latest member of Hyundai’s Elantra range and the […]

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New Toyota Supra: engine, specs, release date

  The high-performance Toyota Supra will return in 2018, boasting hybrid technology derived from that used by Toyota’s Le Mans race car.The Supra will be the product of a joint venture between Toyota and BMW, a project that’ll also spawn the next-generation BMW Z4. It’s understood that the co-operation between the two carmakers extends to […]

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Nissan and BMW switch on first joint coastal EV charging stations

 Nissan South Africa and BMW Group South Africa have added momentum to Cape Town’s green revolution with the introduction of their first joint electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging stations in the Western Cape. The three charging stations are located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and are […]

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Report: VW to drop 40 models in restructure

The Volkswagen Group, still reeling from the fallout of last year’s revelation of its diesel emissions cheating, on Thursday released the first details on an overarching strategy aimed at moving past the scandal and transforming the company into a leader in sustainable mobility. One of the biggest challenges in the new strategy, titled Together – […]

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte: Here’s your new luxe Italian sedan

New trim, tech and aero could make this the best Quattroporte to date For 2017 the Maserati Quattroporte will get a slew of new technologies, redesigned bumpers and an electrically adjustable Air Shutter placed in the grille. The new shutter, when combined with the redesigned bumpers and undercar aero, reportedly decreases the luxury sedan’s coefficient […]