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Let's be honest - it looks disgusting and old.
I guess that way of thinking (people assuming it's cheap) is the reason they put squeaky leather seats on global luxury models (the default seat material choice).

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I'm not crazy about Leather ... it's just that the MegaToyletta's upholstery looks weird: kinda fuzzy + the "color" (gray is Not technically a color)
just looks like they're not even trying

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I guess that way of thinking (people assuming it's cheap) is the reason they put squeaky leather seats on global luxury models (the default seat material choice).
There are some nice looking fabrics out there (Range Rover is starting to put some on their models, and we saw some in the Cadillac Escala concept that I actually really liked), but the stuff in that Toyota just looks cheap......looks like that mouse fur type stuff that used to make up standard cloth seats 10 years ago.
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NetCarShow: 2018 Audi A7 Sportback // FiN thread
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Show car design comes to production: the interior
The interior fuses design and technology in a unique way. The interior of the new Audi A7 Sportback dazzles with its futuristic lounge atmosphere... ...Four key values characterize the interior concept: progressiveness, sportiness, intuitiveness and sophistication. All colors, upholstery materials and inlays underscore the new aesthetic, from the base version to the design selection, the S line sport package and the particularly sophisticated Valcona leather. The optional contour ambient lighting package traces the contours and subtly highlights the space...

...Audi offers an optional head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield. MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display...
...The optional voice control in the new Audi A7 Sportback makes operation even more convenient. With MMI navigation plus, the natural speech dialogue system processes questions and commands in two ways - with information stored onboard and at the same time with detailed knowledge from the cloud.

Fully connected for more convenience and safety: infotainment and connect features
With its comprehensive connectivity, the Audi A7 is perfectly equipped for long-distance touring. It offers customers more convenience, safety and customization options. The Gran Turismo features the same infotainment and connectivity range as the Audi A8. Up to seven drivers can store their preferred settings in individual user profiles. As many as 400 parameters can be personalized...

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Interior design
...transfers the show-car design of the PROLOGUE studies to volume production ... The defining design theme, which transfers the show car DNA into the interior of the A7, is reduction - reduction as a design tool...
...clean design language combines muscular taut surfaces with clear, almost crystalline contours. The pronounced driver orientation underscores the Gran Turismo's sporty character. All the design motifs are logically connected. Driver and front passenger experience a large space in which the architecture fuses seamlessly with the new operating concept. Two large touch displays replace the numerous buttons and controls...

...the "black-panel architecture" which faces the driver and into which the top MMI touch response display is integrated fully and almost seamlessly. A narrow decorative trim together with the quattro badge lends structure. This corporeal sculpture is surrounded by an aluminum-look frame. As a result, form and function fuse in the interior of the new Audi A7 in a unique way...
...On the center console, all the other buttons have been arranged with meticulous attention to detail into logical control units, such as the standard-fit shift-by-wire lever. This arrangement emphasizes the interior's sportiness. The head-up display, which Audi supplies as an option, is fitted almost invisibly into the surface of the instrument panel...

...A wide range of seat options is available, aimed at the very sporty and the comfortable side of the Gran Turismo spectrum. The sleekly styled, contoured seats stand out with their superb workmanship. One innovation is the laser-controlled perforation of the seat leather - a powerful example of how Audi harmonizes technology and aesthetics.

Color and trim
In the new A7 Sportback, Audi provides a wide range of upholstery materials, inlays and interior colors to choose from. They underscore the futuristic technology atmosphere in the four-door coupé and stand for a new, contemporary type of sporty luxury. With the fine wood inlays, the natural open-pore finish contrasts enticingly with the interior's reduced, cool look.

The range is structured in various levels of equipment: standard, design selection and S line sport package. The standard equipment includes five interior colors: black, okapi brown, granite gray/pearl beige and metropolis gray. They represent an elegant, sporty or technical look. The design selection comes with a two-tier structure; the top level provides the colors sard brown and juniper gray. The likewise two-tier S line sport package features the color rotor gray in the top-of-the-line version. With the top levels, contrasting stitching adds highlights, while the design selection includes piping.

Effect cloth in combination with artificial leather is the basic upholstery; upscale options include a combination of leather and artificial leather as well as Milano leather. The two most sophisticated upholstery materials - pearl Nappa/Alcantara and Valcona leather - are reserved for the optional sport seats and S sport seats with their rhombus patterns.

The customized contour seats are exclusively available with Valcona leather (optionally with perforation),** a high-quality leather that is not embossed mechanically. A minimal lacquer coat is applied to the hide structure, allowing the leather to breathe. In addition, Audi offers several equipment packages with artificial and full leather.

The large inlays in the new Audi A7 Sportback on the instrument panel, on the center-tunnel console and in the door panels come as standard with a graphite gray fine paint finish. Optional inlays also come in aluminum fragment and in fine grain ash, natural gray brown and walnut natural veneers. The design selection also includes fine grain birch, natural agate gray, while the S line sport package offers the option of matt brushed aluminum, dark. The Audi 'exclusive' range provides a (much-much) wide(r) range of options for customers looking to add an even more customized look to their car.

The finish in the new Audi A7 Sportback is consummate precision. The materials have been selected with the utmost care, with a handmade quality finish. The joints are even and tight, just a few tenths of a millimeter wide in certain areas...

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** imho, the "extensive" options will have even MORE extensive pricing...
...bet Fully-loaded is well into 6-digit$ for the equivalent of the MKZ-replacement
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I definitely prefer that wool over the cloth that's offered today. It's much softer. I don't like today's scratchy fabric.
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Work on Aston Martin residential tower gets underway
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- Sean Szymkowski - Oct 24, 2017

...the brand is diversifying its business into a new area: residential real estate.

Construction of the Aston Martin Residences in Miami began this month and the luxury condos and apartments will be ready for occupancy in 2021, the British automaker said Oct. 18...

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Work on Aston Martin residential tower gets underway
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- Sean Szymkowski - Oct 24, 2017

...the brand is diversifying its business into a new area: residential real estate.

Construction of the Aston Martin Residences in Miami began this month and the luxury condos and apartments will be ready for occupancy in 2021, the British automaker said Oct. 18...
Hmmm....no I didn't.

I know about the Porsche Tower with the elevators for your car (it takes you to your own garage on your floor/connected to your unit), but hadn't heard about the Aston Martin one.
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Rolls-Royce wants even more bespoke cars, options
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- Sean Szymkowski - Oct 27, 2017


For many, a Rolls-Royce simply isn't attainable (but WE don't count!). However, for the wealthy who make up the über-luxury brand's target market, it appears the current stable of opulent options and dashing cars won't do. No, in the future, Rolls-Royce wants to move to even more bespoke cars and options.

That's what Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told Car and Driver during the launch of the new Phantom. He envisions the future luxury market as one in which cars and options will be even more tailored to individual buyers (to putdown all those pitiful 'millionaires').

"People in this segment want to have something extremely special, something significantly different from what their friend has," he said.

Rolls-Royce previously expressed interest in tasking its Bespoke division with creating more one-off projects, specifically after the Sweptail made a splash. It's rumored the car sold for . $12.8 Million ,
which would make it the most-expensive "new" car ever purchased. However, Müller-Ötvös said building more bespoke cars is easier said than done.

The legal requirements to meet *homologation*rules* and the length of time to build the special cars are both daunting, per the Rolls-Royce chief. Still, he called the Sweptail a "successful" project and said he immediately had phone calls from customers who said they want to be part of the next bespoke project.

The hardships surrounding the executive's goal to move Rolls-Royce further into the luxury stratosphere might be lessened with the Phantom's new aluminum spaceframe architecture: the Architecture of Luxury. Müller-Ötvös said the platform is more flexible and could provide designers and engineers the opportunity to 3D print various components and even body pieces. He even called 3D printing a long-term goal.

Whether these bespoke creations adhere to the brand's eventual switch to pure battery-electric cars remains to be seen, but what powers the cars shouldn't stand in the way of the design without and the luxury within.


*** WTHeck does homologation have to do with cars that will never race??

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not from/for true-Lux but...

The neat little features every new car should bloody have by now
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...Safety aside (which we’ve talked about a lot in the past), here are all the neat little features we reckon should be standard by now, years after they first surfaced.
• Rear air vents
• Rear-view camera, no sensors at the front (particularly on large cars)
• Dipping side mirrors when reversing (particularly on top-spec or premium cars)
• Automatic folding mirrors
• Keyless entry or start (although I’m told some people prefer traditional ignition, considering it a safer approach)
• Automatic lights or wipers
• Radar cruise control
• CarPlay/Android, or only as a $cost option (particularly in premium cars)
• A decent spot dedicated to phone and keys
• Head-up display...
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- Daytime Running Lamps and LED lights
- Parking sensors as standard
- A proper volume knob
- re: 3 blinks (or if your car is ADJUSTABLE - five or seven)((Like my Kia KOUP))
- A full size spare wheel / spare wheel and jack / ...
- Blind spot assistant, automatic headlight/wipers and climate control
- Sunvisors that actual cover the corner of the windscreen
- Grab handles on doors
- Hold lock/unlock for 3 seconds and all windows and sunroof do up or down
- Fast induction phone charging
- Built-in dash cams (front, rear and sides) that connect to the mobile/cloud
- HLs come on with the wipers
- Machine guns behind the fog lights (HOW ABOUT FOGLIGHTS STD!?)
- Temperature gauge on the instrument cluster
- Automatic headlights that cover every level of headlight function
- Decent all round visibility...
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Range Rover Will Add a Fancy-pants ‘Coupe’ to Its Lineup
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- Matt Posky - January 24, 2018

...yada yada...
...Limited to no more than 999 examples, the model pays tribute to Land Rover’s original two-door Range Rover for the company’s 70th birthday...
...The SV Coupé will be based upon the Land Rover luxury sub-brand’s primer model, the Range Rover. More specifically, it will share some DNA with the Range Rover SVAutobiography — which, at $177,200, is Rover’s most expensive model.
So it’s a two-door premium SUV using the architecture of the Range Rover that is likely to borrow the 557-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine from the SV...
..."The Range Rover SV Coupé is a highly compelling design with peerless refinement and uncompromised sophistication from its breathtaking exterior proportions to its sumptuous, beautifully appointed, interior,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s head of design. “This is a vehicle that will resonate on an emotional level."
Thus far, the automaker was only willing to share a bird’s-eye view of the interior. However, the vehicle will make its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show this March.

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