Auto News for Jan. 23 – Let’s set sail!!!


 Subaru said its new XV will make its global debut at the Geneva auto show on March 7th. It is said to be “a compact SUV with a personality packed interior.” And that is all we know, except for the teaser photo.

 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars wants to make a few things clear. It is a completely separate company from Rolls-Royce plc which manufactures power systems for aircraft, ships and land applications. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BMW Group. “As an entirely separate company, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has no involvement whatsoever in issues relating to alleged bribery and subsequent legal settlements reached by Rolls-Royce plc with authorities in various jurisdictions…” the company said. It wanted to “clarify confusion and misreporting (not here) that has arisen in certain media around the world, following recent statements” issued by aircraft related company.


 Don’t know about you, but I did not know that Toyota and Lexus fool around with boats. But the Toyota Marine Department has released graphic pictures of a concept “open sport yacht” powered by twin-high performance Lexus V8’s. It will seat six to eight people, backers said. “This concept for a Lexus Sport Yacht allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime lifestyle,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, executive vice president of Lexus International. Each engine produces 440 horsepower, driving the yacht at speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking. Unfortunately, the company said it has no plans to offer the boat, oh sorry yacht, for sale.




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