Honda Launch N-VAN e: Mini-EV in Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is set to commence sales of its new commercial-use mini-EV, the N-VAN e:, in Japan on October 10, 2024

The N-VAN e: is an evolution of the gasoline-powered N-VAN, renowned for its versatility in both commercial and recreational use. This new EV variant retains key features such as a spacious cargo area, a flat low floor, and a high ceiling. Additionally, it includes unique EV benefits like a power output function and a quieter cabin. This marks a significant step for Honda as it expands its EV lineup, starting with the popular commercial-use light van model

Overview of the N-VAN e:

Through the integration of a large-capacity battery, a downsized eAxle, and a centralized layout of high-voltage components, the N-VAN e: achieves a practical range of 245 km (152 miles) in WLTC mode. Charging is efficient with approximately 4.5 hours for normal charging (6.0 kW output) and around 30 minutes for fast charging (50 kW output). The advanced battery cooling and heating system further ensures optimal performance across various temperatures, contributing to shorter charging times and extended range, especially in colder weather.

Model Variants

Honda offers four variants of the N-VAN e: to cater to diverse customer needs:

Honda Launch N-VAN e: Interior Cabin

e: L4: The standard 4-seater model, suitable for a wide range of purposes. It includes a 7-inch LCD meter for displaying various information and comes in several two-tone exterior color options.

e: FUN: Based on the e: L4, this variant is tailored for leisure activities with a stylish design, natural beige interior, and additional features like fast charging capability and LED headlights.

e: G: Designed exclusively for commercial use, this single-seat variant maximizes cargo space by eliminating the passenger seat, increasing interior length by 95 mm and lowering the floor height by 120 mm compared to the e: L4 and e: FUN types.

e: L2: Featuring a front/rear tandem seat configuration on the driver side and a large pillar-less opening on the passenger side, this variant enhances accessibility for loading and unloading.

The e: G and e: L2 models will be available exclusively for lease through the Honda Fleet Sales Division and Honda’s online store, Honda ON.

Safety Features

All N-VAN e: variants come equipped with advanced safety and driver-assistive features as standard. Notably, the N-VAN e: is the first commercial-use light van in the market to offer side curtain airbags for both the driver and front passenger seats. It also introduces the Post-Collision Braking System, a first for mini-vehicles in Japan, to mitigate secondary damage in the event of a collision.

Safety functions available for e: L4/e: FUN:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Collision Mitigation Throttle Control
Rear Collision Mitigation Throttle Control
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Lead Car Departure Notification System
Traffic Sign Recognition
Auto High Beam Headlights
Parking Sensor System (Front/Rear)
Unintended Acceleration Mitigation

Safety functions available for e: G/e: L2:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Auto High Beam Headlights
Parking Sensor System (Rear)
The N-VAN e: supports Honda Total Care, a members-only support service offering features like setting departure times for optimal cabin temperature and battery charging, managing charging schedules to avoid peak electricity prices, and setting maximum charging levels to reduce battery degradation.

Pricing and Availability

The N-VAN e: is priced as follows (including 10% consumption tax):

e: L4: ¥2,699,400 (standard), ¥2,809,400 (with quick charging)
e: FUN: ¥2,919,400 (with quick charging)
e: G: ¥2,439,800 (standard), ¥2,549,800 (with quick charging)
e: L2: ¥2,549,800 (standard), ¥2,659,800 (with quick charging)

These prices are suggested retail prices and may vary based on sales companies. They include a spare tire, standard tools, and a jack, but exclude insurance premiums, registration costs, and optional features.

Honda and Mitsubishi New 50/50 Joint Venture

Honda and Mitsubishi New 50/50 Joint Venture

Honda and Mitsubishi Corporation to Establish New Joint Venture, ALTNA Co., Ltd.

Honda and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) have unveiled plans to form a new 50/50 joint venture company named ALTNA Co., Ltd. (ALTNA), set to launch in July 2024. This initiative stems from a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both companies in October 2023, aiming to develop new business ventures to support the anticipated growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market and the push towards a decarbonized society.

Objectives of Honda and Mitsubishi

The new company, ALTNA, will tackle key challenges in the EV sector and contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society by focusing on:

Optimizing EV Usage Costs: Reducing the financial burden on EV users through innovative business models and services. Enhancing Battery Lifetime Value: Improving resource circulation in Japan by extending the life and utility of EV batteries. Supporting Renewable Energy Integration: Utilizing grid storage batteries to meet the rising demand for renewable energy and enhance grid stability.
By leveraging Honda’s advanced control and connected technologies for EVs and batteries alongside MC’s expertise in power generation and battery storage systems, ALTNA aims to offer new mobility services that lower the total cost of ownership for EV users and create sustainable power supply operations.

ALTNA’s primary business ventures will include:

1. Battery Leasing Business

ALTNA will collaborate with affiliated leasing companies of Honda and Mitsubishi to launch lease plans, starting with the Honda N-VAN e:, a new commercial-use mini-EV set to debut in October 2024. ALTNA will retain ownership of the batteries and continuously monitor their condition throughout the lease period, ensuring high reliability and predicting future battery deterioration.

Honda and Mitsubishi New 50/50 Joint Venture
Honda N-VAN e

Lease Plans:

N-VAN e: Value Plan: A closed-end lease plan offered exclusively through Honda’s online new vehicle store, Honda ON. This plan, available from October 10, 2024, will feature competitive pricing by considering the future repurposing of the batteries.
N-VAN e: Circular Lease Plan: In collaboration with Mitsubishi Auto Leasing Corporation (MALC), this economical closed-end lease plan will include comprehensive customer support through MALC’s EV consultation program, “EV4CHANGE,” addressing challenges from fleet electrification to charging infrastructure setup.

2. Battery Repurposing Business

ALTNA will repurpose end-of-life EV batteries for grid storage, providing supply-demand adjustment capacities to stabilize the grid and promote renewable energy use. The company will ensure the recycling of end-of-life grid storage batteries to support resource circulation-oriented manufacturing.

3. Smart Charging Business

ALTNA will offer EV charging plans that optimize electricity costs by using advanced energy-control technologies to avoid peak-hour charging. This smart charging system will automatically schedule EV charging during off-peak times, reducing costs and promoting the use of surplus renewable energy.

Additionally, ALTNA plans to explore Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) services, allowing EVs to supply electricity back to the grid, enhancing energy efficiency and supporting the electricity market.

Leadership Perspectives

Toshihiro Mibe, Director, President, and Representative Executive Officer of Honda, stated, “With the future popularization of EVs in mind, Honda is committed to establishing a comprehensive EV value chain, from raw material procurement to EV production, and the repurposing and recycling of EV batteries. We are thrilled to partner with MC, which shares our vision of a decarbonized society. By starting with the N-VAN e:, we aim to build a sustainable business foundation that not only focuses on EV sales but also optimizes the entire EV ecosystem.”

Katsuya Nakanishi, Representative Director, President, and CEO of MC, commented, “We are excited to collaborate with Honda, known for its technological excellence and dedication to resource circulation. Our new joint venture will introduce a novel business model that separates vehicle and battery ownership, integrating mobility, energy, services, and data. Through our broad industrial network and expertise, we will strive to achieve a carbon-neutral society by advancing the societal implementation of EVs.”


ALTNA Co., Ltd. represents a significant step towards advancing the EV market and fostering a sustainable, decarbonized future. By combining the strengths of Honda and Mitsubishi Corporation, ALTNA aims to revolutionize the EV landscape with innovative solutions and services that enhance user experience and environmental impact.

TIGGO 8 Pro Max Acquires 5-Star Safety in ANCAP

TIGGO 8 Pro Max Acquires 5-Star Safety in ANCAP

Chery TIGGO 8 Pro Max Achieves Five-Star Safety Rating in ANCAP Assessment

The Chery TIGGO 8 Pro Max achieved the highest honor of a five-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program Launched in Australia in May 2024, this prestigious rating underscores Chery’s unwavering commitment to user safety and technological excellence in the era of intelligent vehicles.

A Legacy of Safety and Innovation

From its inception, the TIGGO 8 Pro Max has prioritized safety as a core element, integrating numerous industry-leading safety technologies. Built on Chery’s self-developed T1X platform, the SUV is renowned for its lightweight, high rigidity, and modular characteristics. The platform’s exceptional body strength and stability are evident, with ultra-high-strength steel making up more than 60% of the vehicle’s body weight. This meticulous design ensures the SUV’s torsional stiffness reaches up to 21,000 Nm/deg, providing unparalleled safety and stability.

Cutting-Edge Safety Features

The TIGGO 8 Pro Max‘s comprehensive safety design is complemented by its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Equipped with multiple L2-level ADAS features, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane keeping assist (LKA), traffic jam assist (TJA), integrated cruise assist (ICA), and lane departure warning (LDW), the SUV offers extensive safety protection in various driving scenarios. These systems enhance driving comfort and ensure every journey is safer and smoother.

In terms of passive safety, the TIGGO 8 Pro Max features a robust restraint system with four pre-tensioned force-limiting seat belts that quickly tighten during a collision to minimize passenger movement and reduce injury. Additionally, the SUV is equipped with ten airbags, including a driver knee airbag, seat center airbag, and second-row side airbags, offering multi-directional safety protection.

Exceptional Engineering for Maximum Protection

The TIGGO 8 Pro Max‘s engineering excellence is further demonstrated through its use of high-strength steel and innovative safety technologies. Key areas, including the cabin, are reinforced with ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel, significantly improving collision resistance.

Moreover, the side curtain airbags feature a 6-second pressure retention technology, maintaining airbag pressure for six seconds after deployment. This advanced technology provides sustained protection for passengers, ensuring a safe environment immediately following a collision.

User-Friendly Safety Enhancements

Beyond its impressive active and passive safety features, the TIGGO 8 Pro Max includes TPMS, friendly enhancements that improve everyday driving safety. Additionally, the cornering lights provide extra illumination when the vehicle turns, enhancing safety during nighttime driving.

Commitment to Safety and Intelligent Driving

Mr. Zhu Shaodong, CEO of Chery Brand, states, “The TIGGO 8 Pro Max embodies our deep commitment to safety and intelligent driving.t embodies our ultimate commitment to user safety and highlights Chery’s expertise in smart vehicle technology. We are confident that with ongoing technological advancements and improved safety features, the TIGGO 8 Pro Max will emerge as a reliable companion for users globally, steering the future of mobility.

The TIGGO 8 Pro Max‘s achievement of a five-star safety rating in the ANCAP assessment is a testament to Chery’s dedication to safety, innovation, and excellence. This high-end SUV not only provides unparalleled safety but also offers a luxurious and intelligent driving experience, making it a leading choice for discerning customers around the globe.

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga Limited Edition Series

Bentley Bentayga Unveils the Extraordinary Journeys Collection by Mulliner – A Bespoke Studio Drawing Inspiration from Travel Destinations Evoking Well-Being, Tranquility, and Adventure

Inspired by Bentley Bentayga’s ‘Extraordinary Journeys’ – a curated global travel experience offering unparalleled road trips with exclusive access to local cuisine, design, architecture, and wellness – this collection epitomizes the fusion of luxury and adventure.

The Extraordinary Journeys Collection by Mulliner reflects Bentley’s commitment to well-being and craftsmanship, offering five unique specifications inspired by some of the world’s most breathtaking locations: New Mexico, Scandinavia, China, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Each of these Bentayga is a testament to Mulliner’s artistry, using materials, colors, finishes, and unique details to infuse the sense of adventure into everyday driving.

A Journey Through Exquisite Craftsmanship and Design

Mulliner’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Parker, expressed, “With this collection, we hope to inspire and invite customers to challenge the notion of what is possible and consider how they may co-create with Mulliner.

The Bentayga Azure, known for its exceptional comfort and spacious interior, is the ideal vehicle for long-distance adventures. The Extraordinary Journeys Collection elevates this experience with bespoke interior shades and topographically embroidered cushions representing the chosen region. The craftsmanship exceeds all expectations, making every journey a luxurious event.

New Mexico: Ruggedness and Reverence

Inspired by the Sangre de Cristo mountains and vivid canyons, the New Mexico Bentayga features Amber over Burnt Oak duo-tone paintwork and body-colored wheels. The interior boasts a palette of Saddle, Camel, and Coral with Copper Stone veneer, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that echoes the ancient rock formations and serene landscapes.

Scandinavia: Natural Beauty and Ecological Sensitivity

The configuration blends Portofino blue exterior paint with Dark Sapphire wheels and a sumptuous interior showcasing Mulliner White main hide, Imperial Blue secondary hide, light blue Stratos accents, and contrasting stitching. Slate Stone open-pore veneer completes the look, inspired by crystal-clear fjords and sustainable architecture found in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

China: Serenity and Relaxation

Embodying tranquility through China, the Bentley Bentayga is adorned with Arabica exterior paint and Pale Brodgar silver wheels. Inside, Linen-colored hide with Burnt Oak, Odyssean tweed accents, Gold Green stone veneer, and Piano Burnt Oak veneer reflect the serene landscapes of the Helan Mountains, the Alashan Gobi, and the Yellow River.

New Zealand: Awe and Tranquility

Bentley Bentayga Limited Edition Series
Bentley Bentayga Limited Edition Series

The interior showcases Portland main hide, secondary Burnt Oak, Highland Hare accents, dark green and bronze contrast stitching, and Jeera Green Stone veneer, transporting occupants to the majestic South Island and its stunning landscapes.

United Kingdom: Tradition and Reflection

Celebrating British heritage and escapism, the UK-inspired Bentayga features Alpine Green satin paint and Grey satin wheels. The interior is dominated by British Racing Green and Cumbrian Green, evoking Bentley’s endurance racing legacy and the picturesque Lake District. This edition follows the UK Extraordinary Journey from Crewe to Scotland’s Cairngorms and The Macallan whiskey distillery.

Conclusion to Bentley Bentayga

The Extraordinary Journeys Collection by Mulliner is more than just a series of luxury SUVs; it is a testament to Bentley‘s dedication to crafting unparalleled travel experiences that enhance well-being and evoke a sense of adventure. Each Bentayga in this collection is a masterpiece, designed to make every journey an extraordinary event, blending the best of bespoke craftsmanship with the spirit of exploration and luxury.

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Tata Nexon India’s No.1 SUV: Tata Motors is extending gratitude to its customers with price benefits up to Rs. 1 lakh

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive manufacturer, proudly celebrates the remarkable achievement of 7 lakh unit sales of its flagship SUV, the Tata Nexon. As the Nexon marks its 7th anniversary, Launched in 2017, the Nexon has become India’s largest-selling SUV for three consecutive years, from 2021 to 2023.

A Legacy of Safety and Excellence

The Tata Nexon set a new benchmark in 2018 as India’s first GNCAP 5-star rated vehicle, raising the safety standards for Indian automobiles. This legacy continued with the new generation Nexon achieving its GNCAP 5-star rating under the enhanced 2022 protocol in February 2024. Additionally, the Nexon.Ev secured the prestigious 5-star rating from Bharat-NCAP this month, reinforcing Tata Motors’ commitment to safety and innovation.

Stellar Performance and Popularity

The Nexon’s impressive performance and growing popularity are evident in its sales trajectory. In just the past two years (2022 and 2023), over 3 lakh units were sold. Available in multiple powertrains—petrol, diesel, and electric—the Nexon has built a loyal fan base, thanks to its class-leading design, segment-best features, and tech-forward experience. The Nexon has won 41 prestigious awards, further cementing its status as a market leader.

Celebrating a Milestone Achievement

To commemorate the 7 lakh sales milestone and its 7th anniversary, Tata Motors is offering exciting price benefits for both existing and new customers. Speaking on this landmark achievement, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Chief Commercial Officer of Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., commented, “Since its debut in 2017, the Nexon has redefined standards in design, safety, comfort, and driving enjoyment.

Over the past seven years, the unwavering support and affection from our expanding customer base have elevated the Nexon to an iconic status within the industry. Offering a diverse range of powertrains and personas, we have ensured that there is a perfect Nexon to meet every evolving need and preference of our customers.

The Journey to 7 Lakh Sales of Tata Nexon

To commemorate this milestone of 7 lakh sales in 7 years and to express our heartfelt gratitude to the ever-growing Nexon family, we are thrilled to offer exciting price benefits to both our current and prospective customers.

1 Lakh: August 2019 (25 months)
2 Lakh: May 2021 (20 months)
3 Lakh: March 2022 (10 months)
4 Lakh: October 2022 (7 months)
5 Lakh: April 2023 (6 months)
6 Lakh: December 2023 (8 months)
7 Lakh: July 2024 (7 months)

Special Celebrations and Offers

All Tata Motors passenger vehicles dealers and showrooms across the country are hosting special events and customer meets to celebrate the Nexon. Customers who have booked and are awaiting delivery of their Nexon, along with those booking afresh or wanting to upgrade their existing Tata Nexon to its new avatar, can avail of benefits up to Rs. 1 lakh, depending on the model and variant. This makes it the perfect time for enthusiasts to get their hands on India’s No. 1 SUV.

Loaded with Cutting-Edge Features

Its modern and premium design language radiates sophistication and dynamism, always making a commanding statement on the road. The enthusiastic response from customers and fans has solidified the Nexon’s position as a true leader in the highly competitive Indian auto industry.

Tata Motors celebration of the Nexon’s 7 lakh sales milestone and its 7th anniversary is a testament to the SUV’s unparalleled success and customer trust. The Nexon continues to set new benchmarks in safety, performance, and customer satisfaction, making it a standout choice in the Indian automotive market.

Audi and Ducati

Audi and Ducati: New Attraction On 4 And 2 Wheels

The Audi e-tron GT quattro and the Ducati Panigale V4 R Experts Revel in Performance

Audi and Ducati: The Audi e-tron GT quattro and the Ducati Panigale V4 R might belong to different worlds, but their captivating performance and design make them stand out in their respective domains. This synergy between Audi and Ducati is on full display at the Audi driving experience center in Neuburg, Germany, where two experts from each brand come together to explore the nuances of these remarkable machines.

Audi e-tron GT quattro:
Power consumption (combined) in kWh/100 km: 21.6–19.6
CO₂ emissions (combined) in g/km: 0
CO₂ emission class: A

A Meeting of Minds and Machines

Jaan-Mattes Reiling, Audi’s Technical Project Manager, and Alessandro Valia, Ducati’s Chief Test Rider, gather at the trackside to discuss the Audi e-tron GT1 prototype and the Ducati Panigale V4 R. The sleek lines and advanced engineering of both the high-performance car and motorcycle spark a lively exchange of ideas and admiration.

The Neuburg facility, often used for motorsport vehicle testing and rollouts, serves as an ideal backdrop for this meeting. Reiling and Valia, both veterans in their fields, are visibly excited by the superior driving performance offered by both the four-wheeled and two-wheeled machines. The electric drive of the e-tron GT1 prototype offers an exhilarating experience, even for seasoned petrolheads like Valia.

Synergizing Innovation: Audi and Ducati

As part of the Volkswagen Group’s Progressive Brand Group, alongside Bentley and Lamborghini, Audi and Ducati leverage shared strengths in technical development, purchasing, and sales. This collaboration allows each brand to focus on their unique selling points, such as Audi’s innovative design and Ducati’s dynamic riding pleasure.

The Panigale V4 R exemplifies Ducati’s commitment to combining raw power with advanced assistance systems. Features like Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, and Ducati Wheelie Control ensure that even the most powerful motorcycles are manageable and safe. Inspired by Audi’s Drift mode, Ducati Slide Control (DSC) enhances the bike’s stability during aggressive maneuvers.

Cutting-Edge Control and Customization

Both Reiling and Valia appreciate the advanced electronic systems that make these high-performance vehicles accessible and enjoyable. The Audi e-tron GT1 prototype’s customizable driving characteristics allow drivers to tailor the car’s performance to their preferences, mirroring the adaptability seen in the Panigale V4 R’s ride modes.

For Valia, the Ducati Panigale V4 R represents the pinnacle of motorcycle engineering, offering various settings to match the rider’s skill level and desired experience. Reiling, typically a four-wheel enthusiast, is equally impressed by the Panigale’s electronic setup and control.

Everyday Usability with Track Performance

Despite their track-ready capabilities, both the Audi e-tron GT1 prototype and the Ducati Panigale V4 R are designed for everyday use. This blend of practicality and performance is a testament to the engineering prowess of both brands. Valia and Reiling agree that these vehicles offer a balanced experience, delivering power smoothly and safely to the road.

Dynamic Design and Unmatched Performance

His admiration for the fully electric sports car echoes the sentiments of many enthusiasts who value both design and performance. Reiling, a self-proclaimed Ducati fan who rides a Ducati 996, finds the Panigale V4 R’s performance to be in a class of its own. Both vehicles are crafted for a first-class experience, whether on the track or the road.

A Shared Passion for Excellence

Audi and Ducati continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible on four and two wheels. The Audi e-tron GT1 prototype and the Ducati Panigale V4 R showcase the brands’ commitment to innovation, performance, and design. As the automotive world moves towards an electric future, these two models exemplify how cutting-edge technology can create unforgettable driving and riding experiences.

This collaboration between Audi and Ducati underscores the power of shared expertise and a mutual passion for excellence, setting a high bar for the future of high-performance vehicles.

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur Rewards as Best Sedan

Robb Report Names Bentley Flying Spur and Bentley Batur by Mulliner In ‘Best of the Best’ Categories: Best Sedan and Best Interior

This year, the Bentley Flying Spur Speed has been named the Best Sedan, while the Bentley Batur by Mulliner has earned the title of Best Interior. Bentley Motors is celebrating two significant accolades from the prestigious Robb Report ‘Best of the Best’ awards for 2024. These awards highlight Bentley’s commitment to excellence in both performance and craftsmanship.

Flying Spur Speed: The Best Sedan

The Bentley Flying Spur Speed, recognized as the Best Sedan in the Automotive category, represents the pinnacle of luxury performance sedans. As the most driving-focused version of the Flying Spur family, it features enhancements that make it a standout in its class. The Flying Spur Speed boasts a 0.4-second improvement in its 0 to 60 mph time, reaching a top speed of 207 mph. This performance is powered by a 626 bhp 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, complemented by advanced technologies such as Electronic All all-wheel steering, Torque Vectoring by Brake, and Bentley Dynamic Ride.

We are thrilled that Robb Report has recognized our iconic and powerful engine, which underscores the two fundamental pillars of our brand: the outstanding performance of the Flying Spur Speed and the exquisite craftsmanship of the Batur,” remarked Mike Rocco, CEO and President of Bentley Americas. “We eagerly anticipate further collaboration and sharing our brand’s excellence with esteemed peers and vibrant categories as we transition into the era of hybridization.

Batur by Mulliner: Best Interior

The Bentley Batur, crafted by Bentley’s bespoke and coachbuilding division Mulliner, has been awarded Best Interior. This accolade acknowledges the car’s exceptional level of customization, sustainable material options, and meticulous attention to detail. The Batur signifies the start of a new design language for Bentley, which will influence the design of future Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).

Limited to just 18 examples, the Batur is equipped with a 750 PS version of the iconic 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, making it the most powerful Bentley to date. Each Batur is co-created with its owner through a bespoke process facilitated by Mulliner’s in-house design team. Using a specially-created visualizer, customers can personalize every aspect of their car, from colour and surface finishes to unique materials like 3D printed solid gold.

Celebrating Craftsmanship and Innovation

These awards come at a significant time as Bentley celebrates the legacy of its W12 engine and its achievements in both performance and craftsmanship. The Flying Spur Speed and the Batur embody Bentley’s commitment to delivering unparalleled luxury and driving experiences.

The Flying Spur Speed and Batur exemplify Bentley’s vision of combining tradition with innovation. The Flying Spur Speed’s enhanced performance features, coupled with the Batur’s revolutionary design and bespoke customization options, showcase Bentley’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of automotive excellence.

Looking Ahead

As Bentley moves towards a future of hybridization and electrification, these accolades from Robb Report underscore the brand’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Bentley continues to invest in its existing and future facilities to ensure they are environmentally sustainable, integrating renewable energy sources, and implementing efficient waste management protocols.

Bentley’s recognition in the Robb Report ‘Best of the Best’ awards reaffirms its status as a leader in luxury automotive manufacturing. With a continued focus on innovation, performance, and craftsmanship, Bentley is poised to set new standards in the industry.

Automobili Pininfarina Battista hyper GT

Automobili Pininfarina Battista Hyper GT

Automobili Pininfarina Takes Centre Stage at Bruce Wayne-Inspired Luxury House in ‘Gotham City’

The pure-electric Automobili Pininfarina Battista hyper GT as its centerpiece, perfectly complementing the sophisticated, tech-savvy environment envisioned for DC’s iconic Dark Knight. An exclusive event, the ‘Wayne Enterprises Experience,’ has brought the luxurious lifestyle of Gotham City billionaire Bruce Wayne to life in a stunning Manhattan townhouse.

A Unique Immersive Experience

The ‘Wayne Enterprises Experience’ is a by-invitation-only event taking place in a seven-story townhouse on West 17th Avenue. Organized by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products and Relevance International, this event showcases a meticulously curated selection of luxury brands from the realms of personal mobility, fashion, technology, and jewelry, all reflecting the opulent lifestyle of Bruce Wayne.

Guests can explore a range of exclusive products, including four specially created versions of the all-electric Battista and B95 hyper Barchetta. These unique models, available in ‘Gotham’ and ‘Dark Knight’ specifications, are on sale to VIP guests. For more information and to reserve one of these exclusive vehicles, visit BruceWayneX.com.

Celebrating Batman’s Legacy

The Wayne Enterprises Experience coincides with DC’s celebration of Batman’s 85th anniversary, honoring one of pop culture’s most enduring characters. Visitors are guided through the event by characters such as Alfred Pennyworth and Lucius Fox, adding an authentic Gotham City touch to the experience.

Paolo Dellacha, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration: “Automobili Pininfarina and Bruce Wayne are the perfect partnership. We have created unique and bespoke versions of Battista and B95 to match his exclusive tastes and needs, showcasing cars that Bruce Wayne would undoubtedly have in his Gotham City garage.”

Exclusive ‘Gotham’ and ‘Dark Knight’ Models

Automobili Pininfarina has crafted two distinct versions of the Battista hyper GT and B95 hyper Barchetta, each named ‘Gotham’ and ‘Dark Knight.’ These models feature unique specifications and are powered by a 120kWh lithium-ion battery, delivering an astonishing 1,900hp. This power enables the vehicles to accelerate from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in less than two seconds, surpassing the speed of a current Formula 1 car.

The designs incorporate Wayne Enterprises-inspired features and technology. For instance, navigation instructions are voiced by Alfred Pennyworth, and the infotainment system greets users with a customized welcome sequence featuring the Wayne Enterprises logo.

Gotham Specification

The ‘Gotham’ design exudes the refined sophistication of Bruce Wayne’s civilian persona. The Battista and B95 models are upholstered in tan leather with bespoke quilting and distinctive stitching. The Battista’s bodywork boasts an Argento Vittorio gloss finish, paired with a Nero Torino Goccia gloss roof, and 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels finished in Prezioso Evoluzione gloss black.

The B95’s wheels mirror the Battista’s design, with a matt black inner and gloss black outer ring, Titan callipers, and brushed aluminum anodized black rim center lock ring completing the look.

Dark Knight Specification

The ‘Dark Knight’ models reflect Bruce Wayne’s use of advanced technology to combat Gotham’s criminal underworld. These vehicles feature black Alcantara and leather upholstery with black and gold duo-tone stitching. The Battista’s exterior is finished in Nero Profondo gloss paint with a Nero Torino Goccia roof, complemented by Glorioso ceramic-polished rims. The B95 matches the Battista’s exterior, also featuring ceramic-polished rims.

Both designs emphasize innovation and Bruce Wayne’s personality, with subtle Wayne Enterprises logos, customized seat embroidery, and features inspired by Alfred Pennyworth.

Automobili Pininfarina stands as a symbol of luxury and innovation in the automotive world, offering an unparalleled driving experience with its meticulously crafted vehicles. Each car is a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence, blending timeless design with the latest technological advancements.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Returns With LMH Hypercars in 2025

Aston Martin set to make a triumphant return to the top class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025 with two Valkyrie AMR-LMH Hypercars

Aston Martin, in collaboration with Heart of Racing, is set to make a triumphant return to the top class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025 with two Valkyrie AMR-LMH Hypercars. This marks a significant milestone for the prestigious British sports car manufacturer as it aims to clinch an outright victory at the legendary race for the first time since 1959.

Commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship

Aston Martin plans to field two Valkyrie AMR-LMH Hypercars in all rounds of the 2025 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), pending the acceptance of their entry. This ambitious move comes in response to a recent regulation change by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which mandates that each manufacturer must enter a minimum of two cars in the Hypercar class from 2025 onwards.

A Proud Legacy of Endurance Racing

Adam Carter, Aston Martin‘s Head of Endurance Motorsport, emphasized the brand’s deep-rooted history in endurance racing, dating back more than 95 years. “We are very proud of our association with this wonderful event,” he stated, highlighting Aston Martin’s enduring commitment to the WEC’s hypercar concept and its ambition to compete at the forefront of international sports car racing.

The Valkyrie AMR-LMH program is progressing on schedule, with extensive development and testing underway. The car’s track debut is anticipated later this summer, followed by a rigorous testing phase ahead of its planned homologation in the autumn.

The Valkyrie AMR-LMH: A Technical Marvel

The race-optimized Valkyrie AMR-LMH boasts a carbon-fiber chassis and a modified version of the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. This power unit, derived from the Valkyrie road car, is being further enhanced to meet the Balance of Performance requirements of the Hypercar class, ensuring it can endure the rigors of top-level long-distance competition. Unlike the road-specification Valkyrie, the race car will not feature the battery-electric hybrid system, focusing instead on pure, unadulterated performance

Recent on-track evaluations at Aston Martin’s Silverstone testing facility and the Portimao circuit in Portugal have demonstrated promising progress, setting the stage for a formidable entry into the 2025 season.

Heart of Racing: A Vital Partnership

Heart of Racing, Aston Martin‘s works partner, has established a UK team headquarters near Silverstone, where the Valkyrie AMR-LMH cars are being constructed in cooperation with Aston Martin Performance Technologies. This partnership is integral to the success of the Valkyrie AMR-LMH program, bringing together expertise and passion for endurance racing.

In addition to their WEC ambitions, Aston Martin and Heart of Racing are committed to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They plan to enter the Valkyrie AMR-LMH in the GTP class of the US-based endurance series, operating from Heart of Racing’s Phoenix headquarters.

Looking Ahead to 2025

Ian James, Heart of Racing Team Principal, expressed excitement about the new direction of the WEC ruleset and the opportunity to field multiple cars in the Hypercar class. “We will be proud to be a part of this class, which has seen a meteoric rise in the past couple of years,” he said, emphasizing the immense challenge ahead and the team’s eagerness to compete at the highest level.

Aston Martin’s comprehensive approach to endurance racing, from gentleman drivers to the pinnacle of the sport, underscores its commitment to excellence.

A Legacy Forged in Competition

Aston Martin‘s storied history at Le Mans is unmatched, with more than 240 drivers having competed in 27 different chassis and engine combinations over the past 95 years. The brand’s DNA is indelibly linked to the essence of competition, making its return to Le Mans in 2025 a highly anticipated and significant event in the world of motorsport.

As the Valkyrie AMR-LMH prepares to take on the world’s best at Le Mans and beyond, Aston Martin and Heart of Racing are poised to write a new chapter in their illustrious racing history.


Mercedes-AMG Unveils Limited-Edition SL 63 4MATIC

Mercedes-AMG Unveils Limited-Edition SL 63 4MATIC+ MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast with a limited production of 100 units

Mercedes-AMG has introduced a new addition to its exclusive MANUFAKTUR special-edition lineup. This limited edition, capped at just 100 units, is based on the impressive SL 63 4MATIC+ model. Featuring the powerful 430 kW (585 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and fully variable all-wheel drive, this special edition is designed to turn heads with its unique style and outstanding performance.

Distinctive Kalahari Gold Magno Exterior of Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4-MATIC

The MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast edition stands out with its striking kalahari gold magno exterior. This unique color accent extends to the interior, creating a cohesive and luxurious appearance. The vehicle is further distinguished by matte-black 21-inch AMG forged wheels with a 10 twin-spoke design, complemented by rims and hub caps in the same kalahari gold magno finish. Black brake callipers adorned with white AMG logos enhance the car’s exclusive look.

Comprehensive Standard Equipment

This special-edition Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ comes with an extensive range of standard equipment, ensuring a premium driving experience. Key packages include:

AMG Night Package Exterior: High-gloss black details such as the front splitter, A-Wing trim, exterior mirror casings, sill cladding trim, and rear-skirt inlays.
AMG Night Package Exterior II: Features like double tailpipe fairings, grille-panel fins, model badge, and the Mercedes star on the rear finished in black chrome.
AMG Aerodynamic Package: Additional flics on the wheel arches, air intakes in the front skirt, side air outlets in the rear skirt, and a diffuser panel, all painted in high-gloss black.

Luxurious Interior Design

Mercedes-AMG Unveils Limited-Edition SL 63 4MATIC Interior

Inside, the MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast edition exudes elegance and comfort. The standard-fit AMG Performance seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather with sophisticated diamond quilting and golden topstitching. The multi-contour seat function and seat cooling feature add to the comfort, making long journeys a pleasure.

The AMG Performance steering wheel, also in Nappa leather, features the same golden topstitching. This attention to detail extends to the deep-pile foot mats, which are adorned with the AMG logo, black leather edging, and golden topstitching. Additionally, the trim element on the front-seat backrest is painted in MANUFAKTUR kalahari gold, matching the exterior.

Exclusive Edition Badge

A special “MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast” edition badge on the center console serves as a reminder of the vehicle’s exclusivity. This badge is a symbol of the unique craftsmanship and attention to detail that defines the MANUFAKTUR series.

Performance and Efficiency

The SL 63 4MATIC+ MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast is not just about looks. It delivers exceptional performance, thanks to its 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. With combined energy consumption of 13.4-13.0 l/100 km and combined CO₂ emissions of 306-296 g/km (CO₂ class: G), it offers a blend of power and efficiency that is hard to match.


The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ MANUFAKTUR Golden Coast is a true masterpiece of automotive engineering and design. With its limited production run, it offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to own a piece of Mercedes-AMG history. Combining striking aesthetics, luxurious features, and powerful performance, this special edition is sure to become a collector’s item and a symbol of exclusivity in the world of high-performance vehicles.