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Curren$y : Chevrolet El Camino : Stars And Cars
"Rearview clear view, memories of paid dues, confined to a runway, thuderstorms came through, but look what it came to, something that amazes you, soon as you quit hating & hear with I gotta say to you."

Birth Name : Shante Scott Franklin
Birth Date : April 4, 1981
Birth Location : New Orleans, Louisiana
Instruments : Voice
Genres : Rap, Hip-hop
Occupation : Rapper
Years Active : 2002-Present
Labels : Jet Life Recordings, Warner Bros. Records (current) No Limit Records, Cash Money Records, Young Money Entertainment, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam (former)

Louisiana born, Curren$y is an American rapper signed to Jet Life Recordings, Warner Brothers and a former member of 504 Boyz.

The 32-year-old is a huge car fan and has a special place in his heart for Chevys. Unlike most rappers or celebrities, Curren$y likes to browse eBay for potential cars to work on, like his El Camino which needed interior work.

Pictured below, this 1979 Chevy El Camino obviously means a great deal to the rapper as it appears in three of his music videos: ”Twistin’ Stank”, “King Kong” and “Daze of Thunder”.

1979 Chevrolet El Camino
Price : Varies around $20,000

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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo : Concept Cars
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo : Concept Cars

I’ll say this for the Bugatti Veyron: it was an unparalleled masterwork of engineering, but not an especially pretty one. Sure, a Veyron will catch your eye if you know what it is (or what it costs), but it’s no classic beauty. Now we see the approach Bugatti is taking to future designs, and pretty’s not the word I’d use there either.

How about brutal, shocking, visceral, or terrifying? That’s how I’d describe this, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo. While it may seem like another Gran Turismo-exclusive video game car, it’s notable for two reasons: one, they actually built a live display car, and two, it previews what we can expect from future Bugattis.

Here’s what the company said about the concept, due at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week:

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo virtual concept previews the design language that the brand has developed for the next chapter of its history following the end of the Veyron era.

“Bugatti’s design DNA has reached a new stage in its evolution,” says Achim Anscheidt, head of the Bugatti design team. “Given the nature of the project, our concept car for Vision Gran Turismo is overstated and pushes performance to the limits, but its progressive design language will clearly show the direction that Bugatti’s design will take in the coming years.” Bugatti Chiron much? I’d be okay with that. I love this vastly more aggressive approach to design we see in this virtual race car. At last, the looks of the Bugatti match its astronomical power output.

No word yet on the virtual car’s “specs”; they only say it uses a W16 engine and all-wheel drive, naturally. But I like what I see here and I need more of it. Here are some shots of the show car and the in-game version. What do you think?

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Nissan Gripz : Concept Cars
Nissan Gripz : Concept Cars

With exterior design by the manufacturer’s team in Paddington and an interior created by their colleagues in Tokyo, the Gripz is billed as “a radical new type of sports car” by Nissan.

As outlined by Autocar last month, the firm intends to gauge reaction to the idea of a sports crossover, but it has already decided to expand the remit of the Z sub-brand to include vehicles that are more ‘everyday’ than the existing 370Z.

The Gripz draws inspiration from two main sources: the classic Datsun 240Z rally car that won the East African Safari Rally in 1971 and sports bicycles that are used as commuter tools during the week but enjoyed at the weekend.

The ‘z’ in Gripz is a direct nod to the Z brand. Visual cues include a distinctive kink in the window line near the C-pillar and a carbonfibre bonnet that apes the black finish on the rally car’s engine cover. A simple three-spoke steering wheel looks like it could have featured on the rally car, although it is adorned with bicycle-influenced graphics.

The Gripz is slightly shorter than a Juke, at 4100mm, and its roofline is 65mm lower. The concept is considerably wider, by 135mm, and its wheelbase is 50mm longer. The front end of the car incorporates many of Nissan’s latest styling cues, including the strong ‘V’ below the prominent badge in the grille and boomerang headlights that are influenced by both the Juke and the 370Z.

The side stance is unmistakably that of a sports car, with references to the stance of the 350Z and 370Z, albeit jacked up on 22in wheels. The cabin appears to have been pulled towards the back, while the roof rails - a mix of body-coloured material and a contrasting metal finish - taper down towards the car’s rear.The rear treatment includes deep scallops in the bodywork, boomerang tail-lights and, in another nod to the 240Z, an unusual carbonfibre element that incorporates a lip spoiler.

The concept uses a version of Nissan’s PureDrive Hybrid system, with a petrol engine acting as a range extender to keep the batteries charged and electric motors driving all four wheels. A production model would be based on Nissan’s forthcoming CMF AB platform - set to be used by the next Micra and Juke - and wouldbe front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with a turbocharged petrol engine.

The cabin is deliberately industrial, because Nissan’s designers in Tokyo wanted it to reflect the functionality of a sports bicycle. There are just a handful of materials on show, including artificial leather, carbonfibre and coloured metal with a mixture of gloss and anodised finishes.

Some of the leather patches are designed to be removed or changed for personalisation or if the owner wants even more of a bare cabin look. The layout is a 2+2, with two deeply scalloped rear seats cut into what looks like a single-piece panel.

A pair of carbonfibre spoilers at the end of the roofline give a modest boost to head room for the rear passengers, although they also house the hinges for the hatchback. The concept does without side mirrors, instead using cameras mounted in the ‘gills’ on the front wings.

Nissan says the Gripz is a design study, but the brief for the design contest was to consider how the firm “can continue to lead the B-crossover market” and a 2+2 sports crossover - positioned alongside or slightly above the Juke in the line-up and carrying the fabled Z badge - is very likely to make production.

Philippe Klein, Nissan’s product planning chief, told Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show: “The concept is an exploration, to see different trends in the market. With crossovers and SUVs we’ve strengths already. We see people still looking for a dynamic sports car. Fuel economy also, and alternative drive. All these topics. [The concept] explores the best way to combine all these."

Klein did however say that the 370Z remains a success and Nissan had “no urgency” for a replacement, although he did say that “standard evolution is not best for this kind of product”. “We won’t see a 390Z or 400Z,” he said, as it “doesn’t make a lot of sense” in the current market.

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2014 Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique : Photos
2014 Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique : Photos

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2016 Honda NSX Coming This Spring : News
2016 Honda NSX Coming This Spring : News

It has been confirmed that following a delay, production of the 2016 Honda NSX will start during spring in the United States next year. Shortly after production kicks off, deliveries will commence around the world.

Senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe Philip Ross also confirmed that trial production of the Japanese hybrid supercar has started at the company’s plant in Raymond, Ohio. Production of the car was initially delayed by six months due to Honda changing its engine layout in the midst of development.

Powering the car is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to an electric motor at the rear. A nine-speed dual-clutch transmission then sends power to the ground. In an effort to ensure this powertrain package remains as cool as possible, three individual radiators are featured. One of them is found at the front of the 2016 Honda NSX while the other two hide behind the side air intakes. To improve efficiency, the front radiator is tilted forwards by 25 degrees.

When the new NSX reaches the market, it will compete against the likes of the McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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Seat Leon Cross Sport : Concept Cars
Seat Leon Cross Sport : Concept Cars

These are the first official photos of Seat’s Leon Cross Sport Concept, which will debut tomorrow at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As you can see from the photos, this is hardly a concept car and more a pre-production model based on the Leon SC three-door hatch. The Leon Cross Sport is said to explore a combination between the performance of the Leon Cupra and the versatility of the Leon X-Perience.

That’s because the Leon Cross Sport is powered by the Leon Cupra’s 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, slightly uprated to 300PS and 380Nm of torque.

Since the engine sends power to all four wheels via a latest-generation Haldex AWD system and a DSG transmission, the Leon Cross Sport is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

In terms of styling, the Leon Cross Sport features black body elements on the bumpers, door sills and wheel arches which, combined with the 41mm higher ride height, give it a more rugged appearance. The interior features orange details that echo the car’s body color.

Expect more details in the coming hours when Seat will go official with the Leon Cross Sport.

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1939 Lincoln Zephyr : Classic Cars
1939 Lincoln Zephyr : Classic Cars

Feature car at the SEMA show in Las Vegas also appeared on TV shows Rides and Steel Dreams and invited to Rodeo Drive and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. From the Richard Hubbard Collection. Details: Has appeared in many magazines, displayed at SEMA show in Las Vegas and TV appearences on Rides and Steel Dreams. Built with the best of everything. Beautiful pearl white exterior and tan ultra-leather interior. It has a Corvette 350cid Tuned Port engine, 700R4 automatic, Ford rear end, air ride, remote doors and trunk, power seat, power windows, Dakota instruments and Vintage Air.

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Land Rover's "Warm Blanket" Research : News
Land Rover's "Warm Blanket" Research : News

In a recent press release, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled that it is looking into ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the current heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems used in modern vehicles. According to JLR’s Director of Research and Technology, Dr. Wolfgang Epple, current HVAC systems can draw as much as 10 kW from the battery of electric vehicles, which can reduce electric range by up to 40 percent. Gasoline-powered vehicles also suffer from range loss, as air-conditioning can consume enough energy to reduce drive range by up to 20 percent.

Jaguar Land Rover has been researching how to heat or cool an air bubble inside the vehicle as opposed conditioning the entire cabin space. This would mean that compartments like the glove box and center console wouldn’t be conditioned by the HVAC system. Other areas like trunk space, areas under the seat, and even the area surrounding unused seats would also remain unconditioned. The air inside these so-called “air bubbles” would be passed through a special filter that would make the air quality better than that of the air outside the vehicle.

Another future innovation we may see from JLR is something they call the “Warm Air Blanket.” Instead of heating the air inside a vehicle, JLR wants to directly heat or cool each occupant directly. By using infrared panels strategically and invisibly placed around the vehicle, the skin of each occupant can be warmed instead of the air inside the cabin. The sensation of warmth would be almost immediate because of how quickly and efficiently the infrared panels work. The panels would be hidden inside the sun visors, glove box and center console doors, and on the floor around the transmission tunnel. Early tests results have apparently shown that this technology alone can reduce the energy consumption of a vehicle’s HVAC system by 50 percent.

Other ideas include using infrared reflective (IRR) glass to prevent heating of the cabin by the sun’s rays, and by directing a flow of warm or cool air through porous surfaces in the seats. Since the direct effect of heating or cooling would be felt by vehicle occupants, it wouldn’t be necessary to operate the HVAC system constantly to maintain comfort. All of this is only part of what JLR is working on to reduce the energy consumption of all vehicles, and the emissions output of gasoline-powered vehicles. Read on to see what other innovations JLR has been working on.

The overall weight of a vehicle is critical to how much energy it takes to get it moving down the road. According to Dr. Epple, JLR engineers already lead the world in the development of lightweight vehicle bodies. Now those engineers have moved on to finding a way to reducing weight inside the vehicle as well. Everything has been taken into consideration — from the material seats are made out of all the way down to the copper wiring used to carry electricity from one component to another.

If you were to crack open one of those new curved televisions, you wouldn’t see a bunch of wiring scattered around the case. You would see wafer-thin printed electronic circuits – one of the innovations that allow TVs to be so thin and lightweight compared to their older counterparts.

JLR has been researching whether or not it is feasible to use these printed circuits in place of most of the copper wiring inside a vehicle. The printed circuits would decrease the overall weight of the vehicle and would cut down on the space needed for electrical circuits. This alternative could be used for instruments inside the vehicle, lighting, heating and displays, and all of the switches inside the vehicle.

The other major innovation JLR is working on is called the Carbio Project. It is a project to expand the use of carbon fiber by making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly. By combining layers of carbon fiber and flax with cashew resin oil, JLR has done just that.

The combination brings the benefits of carbon fiber (lightweight and strength) with the low cost and sustainability of flax. Manufacturing cost is the same, but material cost of production is decreased by 33 percent. In addition to the lower cost, Carbio is half the weight of steel and a quarter the weight of aluminum. Components built with Carbio also require less sound-damping material, which means even more reduction of weight in the long run.

This research and development by JLR is huge for the future development of battery-powered, electric vehicles . Most all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles outside of Tesla models have a very short all-electric range. By dropping the weight of interior components and the draw from climate control, manufacturers will be able to extend all-electric range. This will be a huge advantage for manufacturers who haven’t developed battery technology that can compete with the likes of Tesla. Just image what kind of range we can see from electric cars like Tesla’s 2015 Tesla Model S or 2016 Tesla Model X , or Mercedes future Model S fighter , if this kind of technology and weight reduction really can help to increase range on such a dramatic level. I’m looking forward to seeing where JLR goes with all of this research.

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Built For Bond - Aston Martin DB10 : Videos

Built For Bond - Aston Martin DB10 : Videos

007 will once again drive an Aston Martin in the forthcoming James Bond film Spectre.

On this occasion it will be the stunning Aston Martin DB10 - a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by Aston Martin's design and engineering teams.

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2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer : Current Models
2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer : Current Models

General Motors' Germany-based Opel division is showing the Astra station wagon at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Called Sports Tourer in Opel-speak, the wagon is identical to the recently-introduced Astra hatchback from the tip of the front bumper to the base of the A-pillar. Beyond that, it gains a much longer rear overhang an upright hatch and horizontal LED tail lamps. The hatchback's floating roof has not been retained, but the wagon features an elegant curved strip of chrome trim that gives it a less utilitarian look than the outgoing model.

Trunk space checks in at over 57 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. To put that figure into perspective, the Volkswagen Tiguan offers 56 cubes with two occupants on board.

Passengers benefit from Opel's latest IntelliLink infotainment system, which offers a built-in 4G LTE hot spot and is now compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other creature comforts include front seats with a massaging function and heated outboard rear seats, two firsts in the nameplate's long history. Additionally, the Astra ushers in the European version of GM's OnStar service.

Mechanically, the Sports Tourer is identical to the regular Astra. That means it's offered with either a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel mill rated at either 90, 110 or 136 horsepower, with a 105-horsepower turbo three or with a mid-level turbocharged 1.4-liter gas-burner that makes 145 ponies.

All engines send power to the front wheels via a manual transmission, and a few can be linked to an automatic gearbox at an extra cost.

The Astra Sports Tourer will go on sale across Europe in the coming months. Like nearly all Opels, the wagon will be sold with a Vauxhall emblem in the United Kingdom.

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2014 KTM X-BOW GT : Photos
2014 KTM X-BOW GT : Photos

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2018 Porsche Mission E : Concept Cars
2018 Porsche Mission E : Concept Cars

Perhaps no German prestige carmaker was more rattled than Porsche by the sudden appearance of electric-car startup Tesla Motors.

With the sports-car brand having just launched its first sedan, the Panamera, the arrival of the Tesla Model S in 2012 offered an alternative take on a large luxury sedan: one offering stunning performance not from a huge V-8 but from electric power.

Now we can see a first draft of how Porsche plans to fight back.

The sleek, mid-size four-door Mission E sedan concept looks as much like an elongated 911 sports coupe as it does the hump-backed Panamera--and it's moved solely by a 600-horsepower battery-electric powertrain.

Porsche will debut the car officially today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it displayed the Mission E last night at an event for invited press. It says it will decide by December whether to put it into production.

The concept is evidence that Porsche plans to offer a second sedan, one smaller than the Panamera--and has Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] directly in its sights as it does so.

Powered by a battery pack of unspecified capacity, the Mission E uses two electric motors--one per axle--for an all-wheel-drive system that distributes torque to each wheel as necessary to maximize power delivery without wheel slip.

All-wheel steering adds to the torque vectoring for even sharper roadholding, and Porsche says it will do 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds--and can lap the famed Nürburgring circuit in less than 8 minutes.

Range is estimated at 310 miles, though that figure is likely based on the NEDC cycle used in Europe; a comparable EPA range for the U.S. would likely be around 20 or 25 percent lower.

Porsche also claims the Mission E can be recharged to 80-percent capacity in just 15 minutes, using an 800-Volt charging system.

Such a system doesn't exist today--even from Tesla--leaving open the question of how such fast recharging would be accomplished in real life.

The body of the Mission E is a mix of steel, aluminum, and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), with rear-hinged "carriage doors" giving access to the rear seats without requiring a middle pillar.

The battery pack--like that of a Tesla Model S--is located under the floorpan from axle to axle, side to side, giving it a very low center of gravity.

The Porsche concept has just four seats, but the lack of a driveshaft tunnel gives the interior a more open feel. A production version would be more likely to offer a three-passenger back seat.

The Mission E's dashboard is the most futuristic part of the concept, with a holographic display extending to the front passenger area that portrays individual apps for climate control, navigation, or infotainment systems.

These are stacked in "virtual space" and arranged in a three-dimensional array, allowing users not only to select each one but to control them using hand gestures.

This "motion control" is detected by a collection of sensors that interpret each gesture: A grasping gesture means select, while pulling means alter the setting.

More traditional drivers or passengers who prefer not to wave their hands in the air can control the same functions on a touchscreen display and get more detailed information in deeper menus.

Like several concept cars before it, the Mission E dispenses with protruding door mirrors, replacing them with camera-based displays at the lower corners of the windshield.

The cameras themselves are mounted in the front fenders, producing far less aerodynamic drag than old-fashioned mirrors on doors--though Porsche will have to think through the effects of heavy rain and snow on the lenses.

The displays can also superimpose safety information and other relevant data on the rear-view images.

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2016 Renault Megane : Current Models
2016 Renault Megane : Current Models

Renault is going in all guns blazing with its new Megane, hoping to upstage the latest Vauxhall Astra at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. We've got all the details of the fourth-generation family hatch, which gets a stylish new look and a big step up in interior quality.

Sharing a curvy front-end design with the recently revealed Renault Talisman saloon and estate, the Megane gets distinctive C-shaped LED headlamp design, the now-familiar oversized badge from the Clio and Captur, while the rising waistline give and slimmer rear window profile complete the look along the flanks.

The rear-end is also inspired by the Clio and new Kadjar, but the bold stretched tail lamps are distinctly different to what we've seen before. Like the new Audi TT, these will remain lit both at night and during the day, with top-spec models boasting sharp LED light signatures.

The new Megane is 25mm lower than the previous model, as well as being 47mm wider at the front and 39mm wider at the rear. It makes the car look much sportier and more purposeful than before, and should help it compete with design-focused competitors like the SEAT Leon and Audi A3. The wheelbase is 28mm longer, too, which will make the car more spacious for both front and rear passengers.

Lead designer Laurens Van Den Acker told Auto Express he wanted the new Megane to be “aspirational”, with the brand benchmarking its new family hatchback against high-quality rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308.

A variety of setups are expected to be offered inside, with the entry-level car making do with a conventional dot-matrix central display and higher spec cars getting a choice of seven or nine-inch portrait touchscreens – as well as a segment-first head-up display. Graphic-style digital dials are also expected to remain, along with polished aluminium steering wheel paddles for the optional automatic gearbox.

“This is a serious segment”, Van Den Acker told us. “The new Megane should be seen as a D-segment sibling rather than the Clio’s brother.”

Renault has openly acknowledged that quality was one of the main criticisms of the current car, and will hope to build on the success of its Clio and Captur with its all-new family hatch.

Isabelle Marchand, director of perceived quality at Renault told us: “We wanted to place the new Megane at a very high level of quality. Quality starts at the beginning – it cannot be an afterthought.

“We started with the Clio and each model is a step-by-step progression. The Megane project has been on-going for more than three years.”

In addition to the expected Expression and Dynamique models, Renault has confirmed it will launch the new Megane with a sportier GT trim. The blue car in the pictures takes its inspiration from hot Renaultsport Meganes, with 18-inch alloy wheels, a honeycomb grille and body-hugging sports seats, but will be made available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines instead of the current RS’s 271bhp 2.0-litre turbo.

Speaking engines, we expect the outgoing petrol and dCi diesel units to receive some major tweaks, although all-new units could also be on the cards. Later on, a hot Renaultsport version will arrive, with up to 300bhp from a turbocharged petrol engine. Three-door coupe and more practical Sport Tourer estate versions will join the range some time during 2016.

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1976 Ferrari 308 GTB : Classic Cars
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB : Classic Cars

The Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti-built 308 GTB continues to be recognized as one of the finest modern road cars from Ferrari. Introduced at Paris in 1975, the gorgeous 308 replaced the Dino 246 and, soon thereafter, the 308 GT4. The first 300 cars were bodied in fiberglass, and the remainder of production was in steel.

A transverse mid-mounted, all-alloy four-cam V-8 engine mounting a quartet of Weber carbs powered the sophisticated 308 and initially produced 240 hp in US-spec tune. With its fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the 308 was extremely well balanced, as confirmed by a recent Classic & Sports Car road test celebrating its “delicious accuracy,” driver-friendly interior and sonorous V-8 engine. These sentiments were also expressed in a recent Octane cover story entitled “Mid-Engined Masterpiece.” The 308 also enjoyed an eight-year run on the 1980s TV series Magnum, P.I., reinforcing its enduring popularity.

240 bhp, 2,927 cc transverse mid-mounted V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, four Weber 40 DCNF twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1".

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Jaguar F-PACE Shoots The Loop : Videos

Jaguar F-PACE Shoots The Loop : Videos

Watch the all-new F-PACE defy gravity in a Guinness world record-breaking 360 degree loop. As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, our new performance SUV was driven with daring precision by Legendary Stunt Driver Terry Grant, showcasing its lightweight design, agility, sports car speed and performance. This is F-PACE.

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More News About The Mercedes Pickup : News
More News About The Mercedes Pickup : News

The Mercedes-Benz pickup truck that isn't a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup, Automotive News Europe reports.

The latest Nissan Navara NP300 one-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show this week, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup that will be sold in a number of markets under the Mercedes-Benz badge. Renault also previewed a version in the form of the Renault Alaskan concept.

The Mercedes-Benz pickup will be a product of Daimler's technology-sharing alliance with Renault Nissan, with the latter offering the Navara in a number of markets. North America received a version of the Navara as the Nissan Frontier in 1997, though it's prudent to point out that it differed from other versions of the Navara, each of which was tweaked and renamed for just about every market.

"The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets," Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche said earlier in the year. "We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value."

Mercedes-Benz, for its part, has been dropping hints about the upcoming pickup, with MB vans head Volker Mornhinweg at one point stating that it wouldn't be a "fat cowboy truck for North America."

Still, Stuttgart is promising an upscale, luxury interior, so we can expect it to be priced north of the Nissan and Renault versions. As for powerplants, they are expected to differ by market, though the Mercedes-Benz version is expected to use its own engines, including diesels. There are certainly more than enough to choose from in the automaker's global parts bin.

Aside from the questions of what engines will power it and whether or not its seats will have a massaging function, the most pressing question for us is whether it will be offered in the U.S.

If it were to be offered in the U.S., it would have to be built here due to the chicken tax, and so far the only two plants that have been confirmed to produce the three trucks are located in Argentina and Spain. The plant in Spain is the one that'll produce the Mercedes-Benz truck for the European market, with production expected to start in 2018.

Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated a greater willingness to offer vans in the U.S. with the arrival of the Metris as the most affordable model in the lineup, but we've yet to see them extend that to trucks.

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2016 Toyota Prius : Current Models
2016 Toyota Prius : Current Models

When it comes to the 2016 Prius, Toyota faces an interesting challenge. As of now, hybrid sales are down, directly related to the lower gas prices. However, Toyota's Prius family, which includes the Prius, larger Prius v, smaller Prius c and the Prius Plug-in, is by far the top dog in the hybrid market. So far this year, Toyota has sold more than 125,000 Prius models in the U.S. -- down about 18 percent from this time last year -- and in the 20-plus years the Prius has been on sale, more than 3.5 million have been sold worldwide. The Prius may be the most popular hybrid, but Toyota must find a way attract more mainstream customers. Toyota recently unveiled its all-new 2016 Prius, and while the company hasn't revealed everything about the new car, here's what we know so far:

One of the things that attracted buyers to the first three generations of Prius was its unique styling. That continues here: The new Prius looks notably different from any other earlier iteration. It has a sharper, more angular nose, and the car's profile no longer has the utilitarian lines of a pure hatchback, even though it still is one. The car's rear-end styling may be the most controversial, with swept-up side body lines that finish with tall, curving vertical taillights below. This is totally new for the Prius, and aligns its styling with that of the Mirai hydrogen-powered car.

While the new Prius boasts new styling, it will continue to be efficient and practical. Toyota hasn't announced fuel-economy numbers, but it expects mpg to be about 10 percent better than in the current model. Not only does the company anticipate the Prius will have the best fuel economy available in a non-plug-in, but there also will be an Eco model that delivers even better mpg. The new Prius is still a hatchback, but it's now on a new, larger platform, called Toyota's New Global Architecture, which should allow a little more room for people and cargo.

The new Prius sits lower and has a more rigid body, a combination that could make the Prius more fun to drive than past models. The 2016 Prius will also have a new double-wishbone suspension to improve cornering. Because the fourth-generation Prius is larger than the model it replaces, the new cabin should prove roomier as a result. Not only that, but the materials are a step up from those in the previous model, and the completely redesigned interior is fresh and attractive. The new wraparound dash layout uses controls and displays that make it easy to monitor the hybrid system, use Entune connectivity and adjust temperature.

In addition to the more rigid structure, the Prius will also be one of Toyota's first models to offer Toyota Safety Sense. TSS includes lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. Toyota hasn't announced pricing, but we expect that will be announced, as well as information about the updates to the hybrid system, the engine and fuel economy, when we get closer to the Prius' on-sale date, said to be in early 2016.

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Millionth Corvette Restored From Sinkhole : News
Millionth Corvette Restored From Sinkhole : News

The 1 millionth Chevrolet Corvette ever produced has been restored to its original glory more than a year and a half after plummeting into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

General Motors Co. on Thursday unveiled the white 1992 convertible at the Bowling Green museum, where it returns as part of a permanent exhibit. The restoration took more than four months and 1,200 man-hours, according to the Detroit-based automaker.

“As the one and only 1 millionth Corvette, its preservation was important to us as the designers of the vehicle — and as Corvette enthusiasts,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, in a statement.

The car was heavily damaged on Feb. 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum’s Skydome area.

The milestone sports car is the second sinkhole-damaged Corvette that the company has restored. The first was a 2009 Corvette ZR1 prototype known as the Blue Devil. The National Corvette Museum will oversee the restoration of a third car, a 1962 Corvette.

The other five Corvettes will remain in their as-recovered state to preserve the historical significance of the cars. They will become part of a future sinkhole-themed display at the museum.

Besides being the 1 millionth Corvette, officials said the car was particularly unique because hundreds of employees who assembled the vehicle signed its components.

“I look at it and I think about how the car was assembled, and people signing it during the assembly process,” Welburn said earlier this year at the company’s Warren Tech Center, where the restoration took place. “It’s not like they just finished the car and signed the hood. They were signing it as it was being assembled. That’s cool.”

Only three signed components couldn’t be saved, but were reproduced in an attempt to keep the car historically accurate down to the last signature. For two components, the team had the autographs scanned, reproduced as transfers and placed on the replacement parts. However, the other component was too damaged to save or even accurately scan, so the team worked with the museum to secure a new signature of the employee.

Among the parts replaced were the hood, front fascia and the lower panels between the front wheels and doors, as well as a number of ancillary supporting components under the hood. The replacements came from a vehicle of the same vintage and color, ensuring authenticity of the parts and materials involved with the restoration.

The other sinkhole-damaged Corvettes include a 1984 PPG Pace Car; 1993 40th-Anniversary Ruby Red Corvette; 1993 ZR-1 Spyder; 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette; and 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette.

GM originally said it would try to restore all eight Corvettes that fell into the 45-foot wide and 60-foot long hole. But museum officials later determined only three could be restored.

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2017 Bentley Bentayga : Concept Cars
2017 Bentley Bentayga : Concept Cars

It’s all over but the driving at this point. With this whole Bentayga thing, Bentley has teased us with the unceasing tenacity of Elisabeth Báthory under a bad moon. It started with the EXP 9 F concept unveiled at the Geneva auto show back in 2012. The conventional wisdom was that there was certainly a hole in the market large enough for Bentley to park an SUV in, but the reaction to what Crewe came up with was mixed, to put it rather charitably. And instead of the EXP 9 F’s vaguely Mulsanne-ish demeanor, we now have the Conti-fied new Bentayga.

To put it bluntly, we’re not entirely sure if the Bentayga is an aesthetic improvement over the EXP 9 F. The artist’s conception we ran earlier this year was close to spot-on, save for the production vehicle’s haloed headlamp washers. We like the fact that it has pop-out headlamp washers. As children of the ’70s and ’80s, pop-up or –out anything on the nose of a car strikes our fancy. We’re just not sure if Bentley’s implementation is what we were after when we fell asleep, hoping to dream of something, anything, to succeed the Cizeta V16T in oddball lights-and-actuators glory.

Mechanical Fanciness
Washers aside, Bentley has packed the Bentayga to the rafters with bells and whistles. Courtesy of the company’s Drive Dynamics Mode and its optional Responsive Off-Road Setting, up to eight drive modes can be activated. Whether they actually will be probably has something to do with whether you’re a dune-hooning sheik or merely Newport Beach chic. Responsive Off-Road mode allows you to pick the surface closest to the one you’re currently motoring on. It’s accompanied by a handy display of pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, altitude, and direction. Perfect for those, “Hey! Earl of March! Hold my Lagavulin!” moments.

Bentley’s Dynamic Ride system uses a 48-volt system to adjust the air suspension to offer various heights—the ute can be lowered while standing at the tailgate—and Hill Descent Control makes traversing steep grades one-touch simple.

While diesel and hybrid options are on the horizon—and we wouldn’t be surprised to see an eventual V-8–powered Bentayga—at launch, power comes exclusively from the Volkswagen Group’s W-12 engine, routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Tuned in this application to crank out 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque, the updated W-12 now features cylinder deactivation. Bentley claims the Bentayga will hit 60 in four seconds flat and press on to 187 mph. Be on the lookout for undercover cops.

Crewe will happily point out to you that these numbers make it the most powerful and fastest SUV on the planet. We wonder, however, how long that might stand, especially given Bentley’s speedy, luxurious VW Group relatives. After all, the Lamborghini Urus is on the way, and would it do to have Sant’Agata’s hot, hot heat tempered by its cool, Brit cousin? And might not Zuffenhausen go to Weissach and say, “You must engineer harder, for the Cayenne Turbo S cannot be trumped by others within our group!” Future Porsche Cayenne GT2, anybody? Just because.

As Always, the Most Opulence Is Inside
What will not be trumped, however, is the Bentayga’s interior. We had a chance to sit in it, and the innards are good enough to make one forget the exterior aesthetics. Fifteen veneered pieces of wood trim go into the cabin, and customers can choose among seven different varieties of dead tree to accent one of 15 shades of naturally tanned bull hide. The leather covers 22-way adjustable front chairs with massage functionality, as well as 18-way adjustable rear seats in the four-place models. A rear bench also is available. And if you’re inclined to enjoy an especially lovely sunset or an impromptu shooting match, a folding “event seat” is available, upholstered to match your Bentayga’s interior and easily stowed in the boot.

Bentley’s extra-care Mulliner division offers a host of further customizations at the buyer’s request. As of launch, the opulence includes a “hamper set,” with custom Linley china, utensils and crystal, a fridge, and a storage area for dry goods. Sections of it can be removed and used for seats for impromptu al fresco dining. That, friends, is one heck of a pic-a-nic basket.

But perhaps the best interior option—in fact, it is very likely the best option, period—is the Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock. Featuring a mechanical movement, the Mulliner Tourbillon is actually wound by the car. Oh, your Mercedes has an IWC timepiece? Is it machined from either white or rose gold? Does it have eight diamond indexes on the face? Might we ask you one last thing? Does your automobile wind your freaking clock? Chump, we heard our footman mention that there’s a sale at Kohl’s. You’d best be on your way.

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Car : 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost
Author : Chris Chan

Whenever anyone thinks about America and the automobile industry, one of the first things that should pop-up into mind is the pickup truck: an automobile that is synonymously iconic to our culture like the small roadster is to Great Britain or the executive saloon is to Germany. And when anyone thinks of a pickup truck, the ultimate buy word in the segment would arguably be the proverbial Ford F150. That should be a given considering that the Dearborn-based manufacturer invented the automobile when they produced the “Ford Model T Runabout with a Pickup Body” in 1925. Not to mention, the F150 is indubitably one of automotive history’s most iconic automobiles, racking up some astonishing accolades such as America’s best-selling vehicle for 24-years and best-selling truck for 34.

That said, the Ford F150 can be considered the car that ‘built’ America, much like how Jeremy Clarkson showed the world that the Ford Transit had “built” Great Britain. No matter where you go, you’ll always find some generation and some sort of variant of the Ford F150 running about doing all things utilitarian. I can go on and on about the F150’s prominence, but that would be similar to me rambling on about how famous Mr. Henry Ford is himself—gee, thanks Captain Obvious.

But truth be told, I have very little personal experience with pickups for my short time on Earth. The first and last pickup truck that I had comprehensively driven in-depth was a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 5.9L Magnum V8. And even though the Ram was uncomfortable, brash and tiresome to drive—on top of abysmal fuel economy that never went north of 15 mpg—the Ram’s commanding view of the road made it interestingly fun to drive and its practicality was hard to trump, considering that the Ram helped me move back and forth between college and home.

Afterwards, the last pickup I ever drove entirely prior to this review was a 2005 Ford F150 King Ranch SuperCrew, complete with the top-of-the-line 5.4L Triton V8 during my time working at a used car dealer. Other than that though, pickup trucks never really appealed to my taste for refined and fun-driving performance and luxury cars. And that was due to their sacrifice for utilitarianism in place of luxury and driving pleasure. In other words, I felt one would be socially awkward pulling up to a fancy function in a workhorse pickup truck rather than a stately executive saloon. (Read More)

Car : Nissan Juke
Author : Jan Gleitsmann

If I were to create a nickname for the Nissan Juke-R, I would have call it ‘Hellboy’, as a tribute to its hellish GT-R powertrain and its fresh, young presence as a compact SUV. In May, Nissan Germany gave myself and 10 other German car bloggers the opportunity to drive the Nissan JUKE-R (and the Nissan GT-R) on the streets of a small town close to Cologne, Germany.

Nissan took us to an old, but refurbished, industrial plant. While the shuttle was passing the gate of the areal, I could see a noir-matte Nissan Juke inside a little hall that looked slightly different from the standard looking Juke that I had seen so far. After a meet and greet, I walked straight to that hall to say ‘hello’ to hellboy, but much to my disappointment, it was gone. Waiting for the other bloggers to return, I heard this continuous growling thunder approaching from a distance well before I could see the car.

Beside the chassis, everything has been modified in terms of performance. Like the GT-R, the Juke-R comes with 4wd, and the engine and transmission are taken from the 2010 Nissan GT-R, which means you get to enjoy the power from a 3.8 Liter Twin-Turbo V6 with 485-hp. In order to stuff that engine under the hood of the Juke, some not so important parts like the air conditioner were done away with – but hey, at least you have power windows. Rear passenger seating was also sacrificed, leaving behind only space, and a sealed up sheet of metal that used to be a passenger door.

When you first climb inside the Juke-R, it feels like you’ve ended up in a racecar, as you are surrounded by its FIA roll cage. As for seats, the model comes with OMP-racing seats with Schroth 6pt racing belts. The Nissan Juke-R is in a class all its own, and it is pure fun to drive. As one of the very few people who have been fortunate enough to drive it, I can tell you that overall, this is one awesome driving experience. (Read More)

Car : 2012 Buick Verano
Author : Omar Rana

On the outside, the 2012 Buick Verano basically carries over most of the sheet metal from the Opel Astra sedan offered in Europe. Sitting on a wheelbase that measures 105.7 inches with a length of 183.9 inches, a width of 71.4 and a height of 58.4, the Buick Verano is just a tad bit bigger here and there when compared to the body of the Cruze.

Styling wise, the Buick Verano doesn’t take your breath away, but it’s something that wouldn’t make you feel insignificant when cruising around town. It has a nice elegant stance with Buick’s signature overuse of chrome.What about the shoes? The Buick Verano rides on standard 18-inch forged alloy silver-finish wheels but buyers can opt for  premium 18-inch forged alloy, split-spoke wheels in Manoogian Silver finish the 1ST models.

Whether you’re driving at high-speeds or just around the city, the Verano’s interior provides a very quiet and comfortable feeling. Standard and optional interior features on the Verano include push-button start, dual-zone climate control, 6-way power driver seat, heated leather steering wheel, heated seats and steering wheel audio controls. Standard technological features include Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, USB iPod connectivity, rearview camera, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which integrates Pandora and Stitcher and is controlled through a 7-inch LED high-res touchscreen. Navigation and a Bose audio system are available as an option.

So is the Buick Verano a variable option in the compact luxury sedan segment. Definitely, yes – especially when you consider the massive list of standard features with a starting price tag of just $22,585.The cars that it competes with (or cars that Buick is gunning after) start over the $30,000 mark. Even the top-end 2012 Buick Verano with all the bells and whistles starts at $25,965. Will the young affluent crowd rush into to dealerships to buy one? I’m going to leave that one up to Buick’s marketing time. (Read More)

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1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe : Classic Cars
1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe : Classic Cars

In the early 1950s, Briggs S. Cunningham built racecars at his West Palm Beach factory. His goal was to produce an American racecar that could compete in the famous LeMans.

In 1952, he built a road car based on his C-2R racer and called it the C-3. The C-3, a two-door hardtop, is powered by an overhead-valve 331 cubic-inch, 220 horsepower, Chrysler engine. The car was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and bodied by Vignale Carrozzeria. The car weighed 2,800 lbs., sold for $10,000 to $11,442, and could attain a top speed of 138 mph. They had a tubular steel chassis and an independent front suspension and a complex De Dion-type rear. Less than 30 of these vehicles were produced.

There were just three Cunningham C-2Rs built and raced by Team Cunningham in 1951. All three Cunningham C-2Rs competed at Le Mans and continued to race with success in the US throughout 1951, driven by Phil Walters, John Fitch and Cunningham himself before being refitted as road cars and sold through Roger Barlow's International Motors in Los Angeles.

In 1951, Cunningham introduced the road-going C-3 model. This example, chassis number 5206X, is the only Cunningham C-3 coupe constructed entirely in Cunningham's West Palm Beach workshop. It is also the only example that was envisioned by Briggs for racing and touring. The chassis is recorded in Cunningham production records as 'Work Order 6' and was the sixth Cunningham sports car constructed. The chassis is nearly identical to the C-2 competition cars with the addition of a roll bar built into the chassis. It was originally given the same independent front suspension and De Dion rear end as the competition cars. Under the bonnet, the 331 cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi engine was fitted with the competition modifications that included four Zenith carburetors on the Cunningam log manifold which gave it 220 horsepower. There is a Cadillac three-speed manual transmission and two-speed rear axle - the same setup as the competition C-2Rs.

While still under construction, the car was sold to Cunningham friend Carl Kiekhaefer. When completed, the car was painted Brewster Green with a pleated leather bench seat, dash and two-tone door panels covered in tan. It was equipped with a radio as well as the same full instrumentation, full bumpers and modified grille as refitted to the competition C-2s prior to their sale.

Kiekhafer retained the car for only a short time, as it was not a very accommodating road-going car. The car was returned to the Cunningham shop in exchange for the first Vignale-bodied C-3 completed, which was also numbered s/n 5206.

The second owner of this car was George Schrafft of Boston and Florida. Before the car was delivered, it was fitted with a number of factory modifications which included replacing the bench seat with racing-style bucket seats. The De Dion rear end was exchanged for a live rear axle, and the original magnesium disc wheels were substituted with gear-drive wire wheels.

The car remained in Schrafft's care until 1958, when it was sold to Henry Desormeau who owned the car for 41 years. It was eventually given a restoration that included repainting it in the classic Cunningham colors of white with blue stripes. The work was completed shortly before Desormeau passed away in 1999.

Since there are two Cunningham vehicles with the 5206 serial number, a suffix 'X' was later assigned to this C-3 West Palm Beach coupe to differentiate the two cars.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Monterey, CA sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $675,000 - $875,000. Bidding reached $550,000, but was not enough to satisfy the car's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.

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2015 Renault Alaskan : Concept Cars
2015 Renault Alaskan : Concept Cars

Renault , of all automakers, has just released a new midsize pickup truck concept called the Alaskan. This marks the first time Renault has targeted the upmarket scene with a pickup and is slated to preview a production pickup that will be a global player. What’s more, this could very well be the first real glimpse of what the 2020 Mercedes-Benz new global pickup could look like.

Wait, Mercedes ? Yep Mercedes. Don’t forget Renault and Nissan have their global alliance together and Mercedes has already announced it will build its first pickup in conjunction with Nissan. What makes this rumor even more plausible is just how similar the Alaskan Concept looks to the first Mercedes rendering of its pickup. The speculation is a stretch, for sure, but the possibility is there nonetheless. (Be sure to check out the photo comparison below.)

Regardless of the Mercedes tie-in, Renault’s newest concept shows off a more luxurious side to the brand’s bustling commercial truck lineup. The automaker stresses its new pickup is for “business and leisure use, plus everyday motoring.” This is a big departure from Renault’s more utilitarian workhorses that populate its commercial fleet.

The Alaskan concept is only a concept, but Renault says the Alaskan is a direct foretaste of a production-ready pickup. The yet-unnamed pickup will fight for sales in nearly every global market save for North America – that is, unless its underpinnings cross the pond via Mercedes or as the next-generation Nissan Frontier .

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2016 Rolls Royce Dawn : Current Models

Rolls-Royce has taken the wrapping off of its latest model today, the 2016 Dawn convertible, and it's done so in an unusual fashion.

The plutocrat's auto maker didn't stage the premiere of its stunning new four-seat drophead at one of the world's auto shows, or even at a splashy lifestyle event in some exclusive resort. It unveiled the car online, in front of an invitation-only digital audience of owners, potential buyers and media. While an Internet reveal is hardly a new idea, it's a first for the luxury auto maker, and it's because Rolls is eager to reach its buyers where they are, which is increasingly mobile and far-flung around the globe.

It's also because Rolls-Royce buyers are now far younger than you'd expect. According to company spokesman Gerry Spahn, the average age of a Rolls owner is in their mid-40s, an impressively shocking turn for a brand once thought to be the exclusive preserve of aging, pipe-smoking tycoons. And it's not just Hollywood glitterati and big-shot athletes changing Rolls' demographics -- there's an increasing number of real estate moguls and construction company owners getting behind the wheel, along with a burgeoning female population.

So, what will these new-money, younger buyers be getting if they slip inside the Dawn for an estimated starting price in the low $300,000s? A peerlessly appointed four-seat convertible powered by Rolls' 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine, giving 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.

In the run-up to the model's unveiling, there's been a tendency to think of the Dawn as merely a droptop version of the company's existing Wraith coupe, and indeed, there's a great deal of sharing under the skin. But Rolls maintains the Dawn is a different animal altogether, and is quick to point out that the its body panels are 80 percent new, with styling that's a bit softer and more restrained than the Wraith, going so far as to dub it the "sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built." Beyond sheet metal changes, designers have even gone to such lengths as to discreetly recess Rolls' iconic grille and extend the lower front bumper to lend the Dawn a subtly different appearance.

Interestingly, Rolls says that despite having a fabric top that raises and lowers, the Dawn is as quiet inside as its Wraith coupe. As the latter provides of the most serene experiences in motoring, that's an incredible claim. One might've assumed that a folding hardtop would've been chosen for the best sound absorption and security properties, but a soft top was selected "for reasons of aesthetics, romance and brand appropriateness." (The company maintains its owners are fond of hearing the soft pitter-patter of rain that one can only be heard with a fabric roof).

It also likely helps that such tops are generally lighter in weight, less complex to engineer, and easier to package when stowed without compromising a car's lines or interior comfort. Regardless of the rationale, Rolls boasts the Dawn is the quietest convertible ever made, with an ultra-hushed folding mechanism known as the "Silent Ballet" that can stow the roof in 22 seconds at speeds up to 32 mph

In touting the Dawn's four full-size seats that the company says can happily accommodate six-footers, the British automaker couldn't resist taking a swipe at other high-priced convertibles, remarking in media materials that the segment is "populated exclusively by open-top cars that Rolls-Royce would consider compromised and 'anti-social'." (That snapping sound you hear is the backside of a butter-soft white leather driving glove to the face of the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, ostensibly the Dawn's main competition.)

Although the model name "Dawn" stretches back to the 1950s, given its surprisingly young buying audience, Rolls now understands that real luxury is increasingly no longer just about book-matched wood veneers and aromatic, insect-bite-free leather -- it's about technology.

To that end, the Dawn's new 10.25-inch infotainment screen is operated via the latest version of the Spirit of Ecstasy controller, a multi-way joystick that the merely rich will probably recognize as a reskinned version of BMW's iDrive, complete with a finger-swipe gesture pad that Rolls points out can interpret Arabic and Mandarin (a subtle nod to key markets for this new model).

The Dawn also receives a number of other high-tech bits developed with parent company BMW, including a night-vision system that detects the heat signatures of pedestrians and animals; radar-based cruise control with start/stop; adaptive anti-dazzle LED headlamps; and a GPS-enabled eight-speed automatic transmission that anticipates the road ahead for optimal gear shifts.

The first 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn models should reach buyers by April or May of next spring, but if you don't already have one on order, you're out of luck for the foreseeable future -- the company tells CNET that the model's first year production run is already spoken for.

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Flying Prius Coming? : News
Flying Prius Coming? : News

Toyota has had a patent published which appears to show a wing system for a potential flying version of its popular Prius hybrid.

Looking like something more akin to a 19th century quadruplane, the patent has some novel ideas, with the wings using a rotating cam-like linkage to unfold the wings and stow them for driving.

For regular use, the wings stay folded flat against the roof, but can then be deployed in varying amounts, presumably to increase or decrease lift generated to make the car fly.

The patent abstract states: “Typically, a body of a land vehicle is relatively short to facilitate parking and road manoeuvrability, whereas a body of an aircraft is relatively long to facilitate flight stability and control authority.

“In one conventional roadable aircraft, each wing folds upward at a root and downward in a mid-span location to stow against the fuselage in land mode.”

Although Toyota notes that a conventional design is generally effective, it increases both weight and complexity and makes the vehicle much harder to use on the road as a conventional car.

The stacked wing design of its latest patent, it claims, can generate lift similar to a regular aeroplane wing, but makes it much easier to use on the road and to park in regular spaces and garages.

Although the exact dimensions of the wings haven’t been revealed, the patent appears to suggest that the wingspan is no wider than the car’s body itself, while propulsion details are similarly vague.

Will we be seeing a flying Prius on the road and in the skies anytime soon? It seems unlikely, but then there was a time when patents for motorised horseless carriages seemed unlikely too…

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