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Bentley introduces a tweed interior option (and it's about time)

A new tweed interior is available in three Bentley models.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur, Continental GT, and Bentayga will be available with tweed interior options. Some may say that it's about time that the British brand embrace the material that traditionally makes up traditional Scottish and Irish garments. Bentley is offering the cabin styling as part of the buffet offered by their bespoke commissioning division.

The sustainable material will be offered in four contemporary patterns. The tweed being used by is sourced from Lovat Mill, located in Hawick, Scotland. The mill operates a "dry" production facility that has neon adverse impact on the local natural environment. No hazardous dyes are used and 90 percent of the local electricity consumption comes from renewable sources.

Bentley tweed interior The tweed is relegated to door panels.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Bentley buyers can add the finish to the doors of the vehicle. The four color schemes were selected to compliment the wide variety of leather upholstery color options Bentley currently offers. Cheltenham, which features a variety of green colors, offers a more traditional choice for customers whereas Glen Plaid–Tolsta Beach, named after the shores of the rugged Outer Hebrides has a bold check pattern. Charcoal and Sand Herringbone tweeds offer a subtle complement to the basic dark and light interiors.

All four options are made of sustainable materials and showcased in the Mulliner Personal Commissioning Guide. Previously, customers would bring their ideas to Bentley Mulliner and the company would make it work. Now, the Personal Commissioning Guide allows buyers to identify which of Mulliner's capabilities they would like to utilize.

Bentley tweed interior The sophisticated fabric has its roots in the British Isles.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Tweed on the inside of a Bentley is new on a mass production vehicle. Bentley has previously collaborated with Savile Row tailors, Huntsman, to create the limited edition 'Sportsman' Bentayga, utilizing the Peck 62 tweed on the passenger and driver fascias. In the Continental GT Equestrian Edition, Mulliner used diamond quilted tweed fabrics for the door inlays and rear quarter panels. When the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar debuted it featured grey tweed on the sides of the center console, across the instrument panel, and continued to the door interiors.

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An Infiniti Q60 drifts at Yokohama Harbor.

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A new film showcases the drifting capabilities of a heavily modified Infiniti Q60. The coupe currently competes in the domestic top-tier drift championship in Japan even though the sports coupe is not sold there.

Before reaching the docks in Japan, the car was heavily modified having started its journey in America. The car was built to show off renowned restoration specialist Tatsuhiro Shibata's passion for the Infiniti brand.

The video features Shibata and his driver, Koudai Sobagiri putting the The hand-built model to the test and showing off near Infiniti's world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The closed course near Yokohama Harbor served as the set.

"In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (the Infiniti lineup), but they didn't sell any in Japan. So we had to go to the U.S. to find one," Shibata says. "It's simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car."

Tatsuhiro Shibata's Infiniti Q60

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This isn't the first time that Shibata has imported an Infiniti to Japan. His passion has led him to do so for the last decade. Shibata is not directly affiliated with Infiniti.

Following the film, Infiniti plans to release an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film and the Shibata Infiniti Q60. An exclusive story about Shibata's workshop, Sobagiri's path to drifting, and more will be released along with the behind-the-scenes film.

1,000HP INFINITI Q60: Drifting at the Docks www.youtube.com

The release of the film comes as Infiniti is playing catch up with much of their business plans. Amid falling sales and the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for two new models to be introduced had to be push to 2021 including the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and the forthcoming redesigned QX60.

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Toyota's Indiana plant is getting a makeover and adding two models.

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In the middle of a press release regarding an $800 million investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI), Toyota let it slip that two new models will find their place on the production line there - one Toyota and one Lexus.

The two new three-row SUVs are designed with the "active Gen Y American Family in mind". To figure out what they will be, look no further than our list of the new vehicle trademarks that Toyota and Lexus have put forth in the last few months.

The automaker has already filed to trademark the names "Grand Highlander", "TX350", and "TX500h". If you were a gambler, you'd want to put money on at least one of these models being a take on the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept that was presented a few years ago at the North American International Auto Show. That three-row, coupe-like SUV was a touch ahead of the trend in terms of body styling and was very well received by dealers, media, and the public.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was well-received by dealers, media, and the public when it premiered half a decade ago.Photo courtesy of Lexus

There's also the possibility that the forthcoming "Grand Highlander" may be a new Sequoia under a fresh name.

The "TX350" and "TX500h" filing makes it apparent that the vehicle will likely come with the same base engine as the Lexus RX, a 3.5-liter V6, and perhaps get a hybrid variant of the 5.0-liter V8 that's in the forthcoming 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport.

The release also said that the vehicles will have a semi-automated driving system. Lexus Teammate, a system with characteristics similar to what Toyota has described, will come first to the 2022 Lexus LS 500h. It has Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation", according to the automaker.

The announcement from Toyota says that the details of the forthcoming eight-passenger vehicles will be announced "at a later date".

"Over the past 20 years, Toyota has led the way with more electrified vehicles on the road than all automakers combined," said Ted Ogawa, president and CEO of Toyota Motor North America. "This investment and new vehicle line-up will allow us to continue our work with electrification, expand our portfolio to around 70 models globally by 2025, and meet the needs of our customers while we accelerate towards carbon neutrality."

Traditionally it takes 12 to 18 months to build out a factory following an announcement of this nature.

The investment in TMMI will bring 1,400 new jobs to the Princeton, Indiana plant. The factory, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, currently has over 7,200 employees. It's currently the home of the Toyota Sienna, Sequoia, and Highlander.

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