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Lexus LC 500 gives virtuoso performance in ‘Exit Music’ short film

While a great symphony orchestra deserves a concert hall stage, a concrete car park provides the ideal acoustic platform for a virtuoso performance by the Lexus LC 500 in Exit Music, a new short film celebrating the thrilling sound of the muscular coupe’s V8 engine.

True to its commitment to deli…

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Is All About Risk and Reward

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, California — A niche vehicle at its inception 25 years ago but now practically an entire industry unto itself, the Toyota RAV4’s 2019 redesign sees it take a dramatic turn for the rugged. But rather than being a wanton risk, the change enhances the RAV4’s stature as Toyota’s bes…

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2019 WSBK season sees Kawasaki Racing Team ready to defend fifth consecutive championship win

With four-time World Superbike Championship winner Jonathan Rea leading the charge, Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) is geared up for the 2019 race season. With the first round of WSBK being held in Australia next month, both Rea and team mate Leon Haslam will be conducting on final test in Jerez, Spain …

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Miss Out on the Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6? One’s Headed to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

It takes more to stand out today than ever before. Where you may once have been able to made do with a standard Mercedes G-Class or even an uprated AMG version in the past, now you need something truly different to pique the interest of your Instagram followers. And what better way to do it than wit…

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McLaren confirms another record year in 2018

McLaren has announced its eighth consecutive year of increasing sales since its formation in 2010, going against a general industry downturn for 2018.

The Woking-based brand sold 4806 new cars last year, representing a 43.9% jump from the 3340 cars sold in 2017. News of McLaren’s success comes as th…

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Technology drives massive change in the supply chain

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GM Thailand not involved in US plant closures, layoffs

The plan by General Motors to close five North American assembly plants next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs as part of a major restructuring programme does not involve its operations in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports.

The restructuring plan, which will involve plants making slow-selling or end…

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Nissan: Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2019 Frontier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2019 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. The starting MSRP of $18,9901 is unchanged from 2018, continuing Frontier's reign as "America's most affordable pickup2." Frontier has also been …

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Audi Q8 to Start at $68,395 in America

Audi of America has announced pricing for the 2019 Q8. The 5-seat Q7 variant will start at $67,400 (plus $995 destination) in Premium trim.

Premium Plus, meanwhile, will start at $71,400 while the Prestige trim is set to start at $76,550.

All three trims will be powered by Audi’s 3.0-liter turbochar…

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Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid 2018 review

Toyota’s efforts to add interest to the styling of its cars takes another step forward with the all-new, fifth-generation RAV4 SUV, which is certainly more distinctive than its bland predecessor. Some of the polygon-inspired sculpting about this latest RAV4’s flanks might look strange, but the ove…

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Genesis, a Brand That Barely Exists in Terms of Sales, Begins a Slow Ascent

As we explained earlier this year, the fledgling Genesis brand is going through puberty. The brand’s constantly evolving dealer strategy is now set in stone, or what passes for it in the world of Genesis, but the process of separating the brand from its Hyundai parent won’t take place overnight. …

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Lambretta scooters enter Thailand – from RM11k

Legendary Italian scooter brand Lambretta has entered the Thailand market with two models, the 2019 Lambretta V200 at 99,500 Thai baht (RM12,658) and the 2019 Lambretta V125 which goes for 86,900 Thai baht (RM11,055). After being launched in Italy in June, Lambretta scooters are imported into Thail…

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How the Japanese legal system could treat Ghosn next week

Tokyo's main detention center where Ghosn is being detained. Photo credit: REUTERS

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FuelSmart, Part 2

This article was first published in 2009.

Last week in FuelSmart Part 1 we introduced a revolutionary DIY fuel saving device. And unlike most other devices that claim to greatly improve fuel economy, there’s no shonky science behind this one. It works best in m…

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BaT Auction: 2006 Audi S4 25quattro

This 2006 Audi S4 25quattro is one of 250 created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Quattro all-wheel drive in the US. The car is finished in Avus Silver over a black and grey leather interior and powered by a 4.2-liter V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Service foll…

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That Self Driving Car You THINK You Want Could Eventually Kill You By Making You Fat And Lazy

More than 37,000 over the course of 2017—what would statistically be considered a ‘good year.’ Big tech has a solution: Have the cars drive themselves, free of the distractions, drunkenness, and other human foibles. Flood the roads with autonomous vehicles, and watch collision …

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Are You Training Customers to Blackmail You for Service?

If you hold a management position in the retail automotive industry, you’ve probably had a customer attempt to leverage something to get what they want. Whether it was an unreasonable request, or simply a last-ditch effort to get a perceived wrong made right, many of you will have run into this…

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2020 Toyota Supra Order Books Open, Deliveries to Commence Next Fall

European customers interested in buying the 2020 Toyota Supra can now pre-order the vehicle online, the Japanese automaker has revealed.

To reserve one of the first 900 examples of the Supra for Europe, customers must fill in a registration form, select their preferred dealer and pay a 1,000 euro …

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Driving the Looney Tunes Aston Martin V8 Cygnet

The original Cygnet isn’t a proper Aston Martin—it’s simply a leather-clad Toyota (Scion) iQ. The British marque’s version of the front-wheel-drive city car theoretically satisfied the urban needs of European Aston Martin customers while helping lower the company fleet’s carbon emissions.

B…

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Partenariat entre Blue2BGreen et Amice Energies

De nouvelles formations avec une diffusion plus vaste de l’offre, et une extension des compétences justifiée par la place particulière que s’apprête à prendre la mobilité électrique dans le système énergétique français et les bâtiments : tels sont les bénéfices du rapprochement des sociét…

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