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2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon

Two new engines, updated appearances, and updated safety tech for 2019

Kia Motors Europe is giving the Optima and Optima Sportswagon a mild mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. The cars will go on display at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show March 6 and will go on sale in Europe starting in the third quarter of 2018.

While the visual modifications are light, the 2019 Optima Sportswagon adds two new engines to its current lineup. These are designed to expand the Optima’s range and appeal, on top of the current plug-in hybrid powertrain and the sporty GT variant.

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Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

Video of the Day: I Needed a Chainsaw to Extract My Stolen Mercedes ML55 AMG

It’s bad enough that someone stole this man’s Mercedes. To make matters worse, it was found wedged in a mini-jungle, requiring a chainsaw to extract. Now, that sucks. Check out the video below.

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Bentley to Unveil "Exciting" New Model at the Geneva Motor Show

Bentley to Unveil "Exciting" New Model at the Geneva Motor Show

What could it be?

British automaker Bentley just revealed its lineup for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it seems we will be seeing a new model make its global debut in March. The firm had nothing to say about this "exciting new model," but it did mention that it will be showcased alongside the recently introduced Continental GT, Bentayga V8, and new leathers and veneers from the Mulliner division. So what could it be?

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The Rules are Set in Stone - Electric Cars Must Make Noise at Low Speeds by 2020

The Rules are Set in Stone - Electric Cars Must Make Noise at Low Speeds by 2020

It’s not in the spirit of EVs, but it is important for road safety

Electric cars are known for being quiet on the road. But, is there such a thing as being too quiet? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinks so, and after years of developing rules to address the issue, the NHTSA has finally come out with specific guidelines regarding this particular predicament. Beginning in 2020, all electric cars are required to create a minimum amount of sound at low speeds for the specific purpose of alerting pedestrians and cyclists of their presence.

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Video: Carberry Motorcycles have a solution for all those vibrating Enfields

Video: Carberry Motorcycles have a solution for all those vibrating Enfields

Carberry Motorcycles has been the new kid on the block for the custom scene in the country. The company that was the brainchild of an Australian chap, Paul Carberry, started ‘Dream Engines and Modifications (DEM)’ which started production in 2016 at Bhilai, Chattisgarh. These guys have something special for all of your Royal Enfield lovers out there apart from their first production bike.

A custom made ‘vibration reduction plate’ designed to support and stabilize the right-hand side of the crankshaft. The plate fits in all Royal Enfield machines having a UCE construction. This plate will reduce vibrations usually found on all Enfields at speeds of 35 – 55 mph. It is available for just ₹ 3,000 ($ 45) and is easy to install.

Check out how to install the product in the video below:

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Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

We don’t expect anything less from the noted BMW tuner

As is the case every year, Alpina is headed to the Geneva Motor Show with a fresh tune of a new BMW model. This year, the new X3 gets the honor of the German tuner’s time, and once again, Alpina didn’t disappoint. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Alpina XD3. It’s a handful in more ways than one, which is typically the case when it’s Alpina we’re talking about. After all, this is the same tuner that gave us the B4 Biturbo, the B7 xDrive, and most recently, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition.

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What if BMW makes a mid-segment supersports?

What if BMW makes a mid-segment supersports?

This is how they might look if it becomes a reality

The current S1000RR held the throne of being the most proficient machine in the liter class superbike segment in terms of technical prowess and the entire package for a long time now. But the German maker hasn’t had any footfall in the mid-segment supersport arena because they pretty much did not give a damn.

But imagining them do it is going to bring a lot of sleepless nights to the Japanese players who have taken the top slots to the throne in the 600 cc segment. There are no official word or snippets from anywhere suggesting this might happen, but this did not stop our friend Nicolas Petit to sketch a few potent machines that can come out of the Beemer factory gates.

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Ferrari Allowed Dealers to Roll Back Odometers on Used Cars

Ferrari Allowed Dealers to Roll Back Odometers on Used Cars

Latest automotive scandal puts Maranello under scrutiny

"Dieselgate" is arguably the largest scandal that hit the automotive industry since the engine-powered car was invented, but it’s not the only one. Recently, Suzuki and Mitsubishi admitted that they cheated on fuel economy ratings, while a report uncovered that German automakers Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz tested diesel engines on monkeys caged in gas chambers. Now, a higher profile automaker joined the list of companies that cheated their customers: Ferrari. Specifically, the Maranello-based brand allowed its dealers to roll back odometers on used cars, a scandal uncovered by a lawsuit from a longtime Ferrari salesperson.

The lawsuit was filed in Palm Beach, Florida last year by Robert "Bud" Root, and accused Ferrari of authorizing the use of a diagnostic tool to roll back customer’s odometers so that they can sell their cars for higher prices. Root, who claims that Ferrari fired him for both age discrimination reasons and for unveiling the odometer rollbacks, said that the rollback scheme was systematic, as the use of Ferrari’s DEIS Tester required online authorization from the Italian company. The lawsuit also included references to a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari owned by Stephen McMillian, which had its odometer rolled back to zero in 2015.

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Aston Martin CEO Hints at a Special Surprise for the Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin CEO Hints at a Special Surprise for the Geneva Motor Show

Let the speculation run wild on what these two surprises are

Aston Martin will be in attendance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s not going there with the usual cadre of models that we’ve already seen. On the contrary, the British automaker is lining up an epic roster of showcase models, including what CEO Andy Palmer describes as “one or two surprises.” We don’t know what these two surprises are, but since it came from Palmer himself, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that we could be in for a quite a treat when we stop by Aston’s booth in Geneva.

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The Hyundai Kona EV Offers Almost as Much Torque as a 997-Gen Porsche 911 GT3!

The Hyundai Kona EV Offers Almost as Much Torque as a 997-Gen Porsche 911 GT3!

Hyundai now has an EV ace up its sleeve

The Hyundai Kona Electric is serious business. Not only does it have impressive modern looks, it also has performance credentials to back up its design. Aesthetics notwithstanding, the Kona Electric’s biggest attraction is its performance capability, which amounts to as much as 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

It’s the customized, off-road Discovery that you want for all your on- and off-road adventures!

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McLaren's Future Ultimate Series Cars Will Get Proper Names; Super and Sports Series Will Continue Numerical Legacy

McLaren’s Future Ultimate Series Cars Will Get Proper Names; Super and Sports Series Will Continue Numerical Legacy

It’s a long time in the making, but it’s still a welcome change

McLaren is adopting a name switch with its Ultimate Series models. Beginning with the Senna supercar, all future McLaren models under the Ultimate Series line will be given actual names. This new naming strategy will be strictly limited to this line, though, as future models under the Sports and Super Series banners will continue to be named alphanumerically.

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