If Honda can build an airplane, why can’t Porsche put its name on a boat? Not just any boat of course, but what is called in the trade a superyacht in cooperation with Dynamiq, a builder of floating stuff for the super rich. There are options galore such as $40,000 for a set of throw pillows and ten grand more for six sets of Egyptian cotton bedding with matching towels.
It will welcome six aboard the all-aluminum 115 foot long yacht with a top speed of 21 knots. Only seven of the GT 115 model will be constructed and “motor 1” reports that one has already been spoken for. Base price is only $13 million. Well after all, the inside features Saddle Brown and Luxor beige leather with carbon fiber details, and expansive surfaces of Sahara Noir marble. The furniture and decoration were developed in association with the Italian designer brand Minotti. Backers say the boat takes “the spirit of high performance sports car styling to the high seas.”
Nissan has offered a picture of the headlight styling in its next generation LEAF that will make its debut later this year. The picture is said to be the first in a series of photos and information briefs scheduled this summer.
BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have agreed to reimburse owners for losses incurred in the Takata airbag recall. The automakers have jointly agreed to provide a total of approximately $553 million. This would include reimbursement for rental cars, child care while their vehicle is being repaired and any lost wages. A court must approve the settlement. It also requires the automakers to step up their efforts to get more owners to bring their vehicles in for repairs. A recent study said only one third, or even less, have done so.
Audi is presenting a fully integrated Android operating system in the Audi Q8 sport concept at this year’s Google I/O, adding services such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant. The Android platform opens up development potential for future in-car app, connectivity and entertainment advancements. The Google I/O gathering is being held in Mountain View, California.
Bloomberg is reporting that Aston Martin is considering an initial public offering of shares in London as soon as next year.
Volkswagen’s CEO says his successor is likely to come from within the company. Matthias Mueller’s contract is not up until the middle of 2020.