The Spymaster was blown away with the intel he received about the Italy-based company’s latest ultra-expensive, limited-production exotic. The unnamed model, which is rumored to look similar to the automaker’s Terzo Millenio concept, will reportedly be priced in the $3-million range. It will come with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a V-12 engine and at […]

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The Spy Guy’s sources have been flooding his email in-basket with info about upcoming models with electric running gear. One of the latest is from Toyota’s premium division, which is reportedly planning to launch an electrified version of the new-for-2019 UX compact utility vehicle. Dubbed the UX300e, the vehicle is rumored to come with solid-state […]

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A recent announcement from parts supplier ZF surprised even The Sleuth. The company confirms that it’s developing a exterior side-impact-airbag system that would deploy from beneath the bodywork if it senses an imminent collision. ZF claims the side airbags would reduce impact velocities and intrusions by more than 30 percent. What’s more, a ZF spokesman […]

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The recently revealed GT-R50 will actually go into production beginning in 2019. Each of the planned 50 models will be priced at — wait for it — $1.2 million. That’s a lot of coin for any Nissan, especially one based on the GT-R Nismo that sells for about one-tenth that amount. Italy-based Italdesign created the […]

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The Sleuth hears that Honda is Toyota’s target as it looks to increase the visibility of the TRD brand. Those initials, which stand for Toyota Racing Development, are currently attached to special-edition Tacoma and Tundra pickups with greater off-road capability. For the 2020 model year, both the Camry and Avalon sedans — yes the Camry […]

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Among the evolving hot categories is the midsize-pickup segment, especially since Ford is bringing back the Ranger nameplate following a long absence. Hyundai teased truck buyers with a Santa Cruz small truck concept in 2015 and now The Sleuth’s sources hear that it — or something quite similar — is definitely production-bound for the 2020 […]

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The announcement of GM plant closures in the United States and Canada also means that several of its four-door cars will cease production. Along with the Chevrolet Impala and Cruze, the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS and CT6, Chevrolet will reportedly drop the Volt plug-in hybrid. On the surface, the Volt’s cancellation seems at odds […]

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The nameplate was retired back in the mid-1990s, but Honda apparently believes in second chances. The five-passenger 2020 Passport resembles the seven-seat Honda Pilot, but the new model is about six inches shorter. Surprisingly — at least to The Sleuth — the Passport gets the Pilot’s 280-horsepower V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission and not the […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) launched its latest crate engine at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev. According to FCA, the supercharged 426-cubic-inch “Hemi” V-8 makes 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque. It’s dubbed the Hellephant (a blending of the elephant nickname for the 1960s’ Hemi engines, and the […]

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A new trend appears to be brewing in the world of drag racing. General Motors’ Bowtie division recently revealed an electric COPO Camaro, called the eCOPO, which swaps out the regular race-prepped V-8 for a pair of BorgWarner electric motors plus an 800-volt battery pack that weighs 700 pounds. The resulting combo makes “more than” […]

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