A new Lexus F model has been previewed ahead of its debut at the Detroit motor show in January.
In a statement, Lexus says the model has been "engineered from scratch" and "promises to deliver performance synonymous with Lexus' heritage of F-designated performance vehicles."
Although Lexus says the model is "not neccessarily" related to the RC coupť shown in Tokyo earlier this year, it has been suggested this new concept will be an F-badged version of the car.
The RC coupť was shown at the Tokyo motor show in two forms, with the RC300h hybrid, which mates an electric motor with a 2.5-litre engine, taking centre stage. The RC350, powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine, was also shown.
At the time, Lexus told Autocar that a more performance-orientated, LFA-like version of the concept would be seen in the new year. Such a model would be destined to take on the new BMW M4, which arrives at around the same time.
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These are the first pictures of the 2014 Overfinch Range Rover. The Leeds-based firm will build just 100 units a year.
Overfinch claims its interpretation of the new Range Rover is the ?world?s most luxurious SUV?.
New bodywork, including front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a roof spoiler are constructed from hand-laid carbonfibre, which Overfinch says is ?in keeping with the Range Rover?s new weight-saving ethos?.
The new front bumper houses Land Rover?s park sensors and cameras. Lacquered carbonfibre can be seen inside each of the cooling apertures.
A huge range of customisation options allows the customer to combine a range of carbonfibre and paint finishes.
The cabin can be trimmed in a range of leather and hand-finished veneer options, and two seat designs are offered with differing stitching patterns.
Overfinch boss, Kevin Sloane, said: ?The designs and attention to detail of the all-new Overfinch Range Rover continue to build on our 40-year-old history of enhancing Land Rover vehicles.
?We have created unique, distinctive aspects for the current model - such as hand-laid carbonfibre body styling that simply cannot be found in any other Range Rover.
?Our niche clientele demands this level of attention to detail and it is a perfect example of British craftsmanship at its very best.?
Overfinch says prices are entirely dependant on specification and the range or custom options chosen.
This is the CitroŽn DS 5LS, the French company?s new Chinese market flagship model.
It goes on sale in April next year and will not be sold outside of China, although it might eventually find its way to other Asian markets.
The DS 5LS is a 4.7m-long luxury saloon and is based on the same C4-derived platform as the DS5 hatchback, and is built in the same Shenzen plant, on the border with Hong Kong. The company says the car will compete with the new Audi A3 saloon and VW?s best-selling local Sagitar saloon.
In China, DS is a distinct brand from CitroŽn and the current DS3, 4 and 5 models are sold through 50 ?DS Stores?, which are located in the country?s 40 largest cities. Although CitroŽn was one of the first western marques to establish itself in China, the brand is now inevitably associated with the huge number of CitroŽn taxis in the country.
The exterior of the DS 5LS is the first showing of the DS brand?s new corporate ?DS Wings? nose, which CitroŽn says was inspired by the ?two chrome wings that connected the headlamps of the original, 1955, DS?.
CitroŽn says the car has the longest (2.71m) wheelbase in the C-sector and much of the emphasis is being placed on the car?s interior. CitroŽn says the cabin uses ?luxurious, authentic materials such as metal, wood and semi-aniline leather?.
There are four trim levels, with the entry-level ?1? model having a cloth-trimmed interior and ?2? and ?3? having black leather. The top model gets the semi-aniline leather trim.
CitroŽn claims that the standard of this leather trim ? which is also used on the dashboard ? has only previous been found in the cabins of ?luxury brands?. The seats of the top-range model are faced with the ?watch bracelet? design seen on previous DS models.
Equipment options include an air ioniser (for purifying China?s notorious polluted atmosphere) an audio system that includes a Denon hi-fi and surround sound processor, massaging front seats, ?airline style? headrests and rear seats ?inclined at a 29-degree angle?. Keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, a touchscreen monitor and DVD player.
At launch there will be three petrol engines available. A normally aspirated 136bhp VTi unit (coupled to a manual transmission) and two twin-scroll turbocharged THP units good for 160bhp and 200bhp. Both of these are coupled to a six-speed autobox.
During 2014, CitroŽn says that a DS SUV will be launched in China, inspired by the Wild Rubis concept.
Another model will follow in 2015, which is expected to be a fully fledged DS luxury saloon, which was previewed by the Numero 9 concept car. By later in 2015, CitroŽn expects to be selling a total of 200,000 DS models annually across the four China-built cars.
Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz have formally launched their new technical partnership, having first signed a letter of intent in July.
The principle benefit of the deal for Aston Martin is access to AMG's technical resources, allowing it to develop a bespoke range of V8 engines to power its next-generation models.
In return, Daimler will receive five per cent of the non-voting shares in Aston Martin and an observer status on the company's board of directors.
In a statement today, the two companies said they plan to expand the agreement to cover sharing electronic components, and "will investigate additional areas of operation" in the future.
One area of expansion already discussed involves the two companies sharing vehicle platforms. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez said the deal could work in the same way as VW Group's operations, which has allowed Porsche to use the Volkswagen Touareg platform to create the Cayenne.
Such a move could also lead to the revival of Aston Martin's Lagonda SUV concept. The Lagonda was first seen at the Geneva motor show in 2009, but was moved to the back burner because a suitable vehicle platform could not be found. Bez has already confirmed that work has resumed on the full-size SUV, which could be seen as early as 2017.
A statement from Aston Martin read: "Our company is this year celebrating its centenary, and the partnership agreed today underpins prospects for Aston Martin?s bright, vibrant and dynamic second century in the sports car business.?
?This strategic collaboration for Aston Martin will, in our next generation of luxury sports cars, offer our customers increased performance and efficiency whilst retaining the unique character and style of an Aston Martin.?
Mercedes boss Tobias Moers said the agreement was "a real win-win" situation for both companies.
The new US-specification Honda Fit will gets its worldwide debut at the Detroit motor show in January.
The Fit, which will be launched in late 2014 as a 2015 car in the US, will come to the UK sometime in 2015 as the new Honda Jazz. Honda says the third-generation Fit offers increased performance and efficiency thanks to an all-new, longer platform and a new powertrain, dubbed 'Earth Dreams Technology'.
Offered with both conventional engines and as a hybrid, our first drive in the new Jazz revealed that drivers of the old model will find much to like about the new one.
In European specification, the new Jazz is likely to come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 105bhp. A 1.5-litre engine is also likely in the Hybrid, generating a combined 133bhp and matched to a seven-speed double clutch transmission.
Honda will also show a new Acura TLX prototype for the American market. Set to replace the outgoing TL and TSX models, the new sports saloon will come with two new direct-injection engines, mated to an "all-new advanced transmission" and will be available in both two- and all-wheel-drive formats.
Honda says the new model will be styled to present "the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport [saloon] chassis and powertrain beneath".
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