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Alvin Reyes is SlashGear's automotive and transportation writer. He has been covering the automotive industry for over a decade. His experience includes copywriting for an automotive company and marketing manager for an independent film company. Email

Vazirani Ekonk is possibly the world’s lightest electric car

Vazirani Ekonk is possibly the world’s lightest electric car

Indian electric automaker Vazirani is not as mainstream as Tesla and other legacy EV makers, but what will soon change with the launch of Ekonk performance EV. The Ekonk is a low-drag performance concept that signifies the birth of Vazirani’s assault in the burgeoning EV category. The name ‘Ekonk’ is a derivative from Indian scriptures representing the divine light, “where for the first time design and innovation comes together,” said the company.

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Bently Mulliner to unveil new bespoke collections at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bently Mulliner to unveil new bespoke collections at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bentley Mulliner has curated three new bespoke design collections for its American clientele. The Mulliner Nauticus Collection will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October 27 to 31, 2021. The Nauticus Collection includes four Continental GT V8 Convertible models dressed in a fancy yachting theme.

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2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and Denali AT4X – Setting New Standards

2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and Denali AT4X – Setting New Standards

General Motors recently unveiled two new trim models of its 2022 Sierra 1500 half-ton truck. The all-new Sierra Denali Ultimate is moving the goalpost in the luxury department, making it the most advanced and luxuriously appointed Denali ever. On the other hand, the first-ever Sierra AT4X offers better off-road capabilities with a luxurious twist.

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This Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing by Hot Wheels costs $12,000

This Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing by Hot Wheels costs $12,000

That is not a typo. This Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing costs upwards of $12,000 - $12,908 in today’s exchange rates, to be exact – and is possibly the most expensive Hot Wheels toy car ever made. It’s a lot of money for a 1:64 scale model car, but there’s a catch: It comes with an exclusive IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition, all neatly packaged in a glorious metal toolbox.

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2022 Lexus LC Black Inspiration arrives in the UK with an all-black theme

2022 Lexus LC Black Inspiration arrives in the UK with an all-black theme

Lexus LC fans in the UK are getting a special treat just in time for Halloween. The Japanese premium automaker is launching the Black Inspiration series for the LC 500h hybrid and LC 500 V8 coupe. The changes are remarkably similar to the US-bound Lexus LC Inspiration Series unveiled in January 2021. It has an all-black theme and a few more updates like a sportier rear wing and an updated interior like the US model.

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2022 BMW M135i xDrive appears with new paint colors and improved underpinnings

2022 BMW M135i xDrive appears with new paint colors and improved underpinnings

The 2022 BMW M135i xDrive is getting a couple of mechanical updates and new paint colors to keep up with the new VW Golf R, Audi S3, and the Mercedes-AMG A35. However, the changes are strictly for the range-topping M135i xDrive trim, and we have no word if BMW is also updating the rest of its 1-Series lineup. The latest M135i has yet to receive the full-bore M treatment, but the improvements are enough to make you stop and take a second look.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe becomes the first electrified vehicle to conquer the Rebelle Rally

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe becomes the first electrified vehicle to conquer the Rebelle Rally

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe has placed first and second overall at the recently concluded Rebelle Rally. Motivated by Team 4xEventure (team 129) led by Nena Barlow and Teralin Petereit, the duo took the most points in four of the seven stages to win the plum. It also took home the Bone Stock and Electrified titles while taking five of the top 10 spots and securing the top three positions at the grueling 1,500-mile trek across the deserts of Nevada and California.

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Toyota Mirai RC car draws power from a mini hydrogen fuel cell

Toyota Mirai RC car draws power from a mini hydrogen fuel cell

Toyota UK has come up with something more than just a toy. Fresh from celebrating a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, Toyota has developed a 1:10 scale remote-controlled Mirai that also runs on hydrogen.

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Toyota Tacozilla inspired by 1970s Chinook campervans to debut at SEMA

Toyota Tacozilla inspired by 1970s Chinook campervans to debut at SEMA

We bet you haven’t heard of the Toyota Chinook campervan, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be looking forward to Toyota’s Tacozilla campervan concept at this year’s SEMA show in November. The Toyota Chinook is a collaboration between the Japanese automaker and American wagon maker Chinook RV. The first Toyota Chinooks entered the market in 1973 and were essentially motorhomes with a pop-up roof built on a long-wheelbase Toyota half-ton truck chassis.

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2022 Honda Passport is hitting the rally circuit

2022 Honda Passport is hitting the rally circuit

The 2022 Honda Passport is hitting the rally circuit as the Japanese automaker fortifies its motorsports pedigree. And similar to the Honda HPD Ridgeline that competed at the recently concluded Rebelle Rally, the Passport is going rallying with a team of Honda engineers led by suspension test engineer and driver Chris Sladek and chassis design engineer and co-driver Gabriel Nieves. Both men are from Honda’s North American Auto Development Center in East Liberty, Ohio.

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Gordon Murray GMA T.50 debuts at Goodwood, and it sounds like an F1 car

Gordon Murray GMA T.50 debuts at Goodwood, and it sounds like an F1 car

Gordon Murray’s newest GMA T.50 fan car not only made its first public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It also ran three laps at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, and it sounds like a modern F1 car on steroids. With former racing driver Dario Franchitti behind the wheel, the GMA T.50 is turning out to be the most highly anticipated supercar to date, and it has more to do than just unleashing a ferocious, naturally-aspirated V12 wail.

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2022 Acura Integra will have a six-speed manual stick

2022 Acura Integra will have a six-speed manual stick

The car Gods have spoken, and we were right all along. Acura has confirmed in a teaser video that its newest 2022 Integra will come with a six-speed manual gearbox, a feature that we previously reported should come standard if Acura wishes to lure buyers away from the BMW 2-Series Coupe and Audi A3.

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