Alcraft Motor Company, a new British design and engineering business has just announced its arrival. The company says it is dedicated to creating custom vehicles which have a unique sense of British style. The company will focus on developing exterior and interior styling products for brands which originate from the UK, such as Range Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar and Aston Martin.
Despite their slightly OTT emphasis on Britishness – constantly refering to British style, British heritage and British values when you’re trying to launch a brand-new aftermarket tuning company starts to sound a bit sycophantic after a while – the company have roped in some big names to their cause. And to be fair, their first attempt at a modified Range Rover looks better than most.
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Revealed yesterday at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the Porsche Macan is the sixth model in the Porsche range, and the second SUV. It sits below the Cayenne in terms of size and price, and is available with three different drivetrains – depending on the market.
As the top model in the Macan range, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the first time, develops 400 hp and allows the car to accelarate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this drops to 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 165 mph, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 30.7 and 31.7 mpg.
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Starting November 19 (or in other words, tomorrow), Porsche will unveil several world premieres at separate motor shows around the world. The first, and most anticipated, will be the brand-spanking-new Porsche Macan, which will make its debut at the LA Auto Show. It will be accompanied in LA by the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet. Then the 570 horsepower Panamera Turbo S Gran Turismo will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. And finally the Porsche 918 Spyder will make its first formal public appearance almost simultaneously at the LA Show and in Guangzhou, China.
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Lexus is headed to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this month, armed with two headline acts. The ungainly LF-NX SUV concept, and the rather more appealing RC Coupe. The RC Coupe is basically the production-ready version of the LF-CC concept – which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year. Two versions of the RC Coupe will be on display, the RC 350 and the RC 300h.
The Lexus RC Coupe is a stylish two-door luxury sports car with bold styling and a sporty coupe profile. The car has been designed to raise the brand’s profile with a wider audience and customers who are new to Lexus. In short. It’s aimed at younger buyers.
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Hyundai have just recently provided a glimpse of what the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan will look like. The car was previewed at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and will make its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.
“Launched in 2008, Hyundai’s first premium rear-wheel drive sedan Genesis surprised the industry with its outstanding product competitiveness,” said Moon Sik Kwon, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center, in his welcome remarks. “The evolved all-new Genesis is the product of Hyundai’s best resources and capabilities and we strongly believe it will be a game-changer in the market.”
The 2015 Genesis will be the first vehicle in Hyundai’s lineup to feature the company’s new “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0″ styling philosophy. According to Hyundai that means: “Simple and harmonious design with refined fluidic design elements, modern Hyundai look with a singular hexagonal grille, easy-to-understand and pleasant design and rich visuotactile color, material and finishing of the car.”
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Cadillac have just revealed the latest generation of the Cadillac Escalade. Production of the new SUV will begin next spring in Arlington, Texas. The 2015 Escalade is all-new, with new styling, a new interior and a more powerful engine.
“Cadillac’s growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. “The 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs.”
The 2015 product line will consist of the standard Escalade model, as well as the extended-length ESV edition, with offers a 14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase and approximately 20 inches (508 mm) more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and 60 percent more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the standard model.
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At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has presented the concept Coupe version of the range-topping S-Class. The S-Class Coupe concept is an undeniably good-looking piece of machinery, and it’s probably a fairly accurate representation of what the CL-class successor will look like.
“The new S-Class Saloon was received enthusiastically in the market and perfectly lives up to its role as a representative of the power of innovation of Mercedes-Benz,” says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales & Marketing. “On the S-Class Coupé as the traditional top of our product range the designers take advantage of their additional freedom and thus create an automotive masterpiece.”
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Besides having one of the more pretentious names on the motorshow calendar, the Salon Prive motor show in London always has some fairly exquisite machinery on display. This year was no different. Below you’ll find a gallery of some of the more interesting vehicles which made it to the event, which has just wrapped up for another year.
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Bentley has just taken the wraps of the new Continental GT V8 S. It sits somewhere between the W12 powered Continental GT, and the more restrained Continental GT V8. Available as both a coupe and convertible, the new GT V8 S models feature lowered and re-tuned sports suspension, sharper steering, ‘S’-specific styling cues and a slightly more powerful V8 engine.
Commenting on the introduction of the two new S models, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors, said: “The Bentley Continental is the definitive grand tourer. Its effortless performance, generous space, handcrafted luxury and all-wheel drive capability take you on a journey in refined style and comfort. Now, for those customers who want even more drama and excitement, the sharper, sporting edge of the new GT V8 S adds a new dimension to the Continental range.”
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Camal Studio, the Italian design house responsible for creations such as the Fiat 500 Marcia Corta by Camal and numerous bespoke Ferraris, have just revealed their latest creation.
Styled by designer Alessio Minchella and called the Camal “Tributo”, the new car is based on a Maserati GranTurismo. The influences for the Tributo come from a variety of classic Maseratis, including the Ghibli, Bora and Khamsin. Camal Studio say the Tributo is a fresh interpretation of a modern Maserati GT.
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