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Updated 2021 MINI Countryman John Cooper Works retains spirited drive, gets new features

The MINI Countryman John Cooper Works has been updated for the 2021 model year.

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For the new model year, the 2021 MINI Countryman John Cooper Works delivers an engaging drive but adds convenience features to make modern life behind the wheel easier.

The JCW model has a new grille with hexagonal contours ad a slim, one-piece chrome surround. The car's tailpipes have been enlarged to 95 mm in diameter.

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It now has standard LED headlights and foglight, and the car's taillights have gotten a new design. Buyers can upgrade to adaptive LED headlights with variable light distribution. The lights provide a bendable adaptive effects that can vary depending on traffic or weather conditions. For example, in urban traffic and when visibility is limited due to the weather conditions, the side area of the road is illuminated more intensely by adding the dimmed turning light. When driving on roadway, MINI says that it is possible to selectively increase the range of the high beam.

MINI will offer the model in two new body colors - White Silver metallic and Sage Green metallic. Piano Black Exterior features include the headlamp surrounds, rear lights, radiator grille, door handles, and model lettering on the luggage compartment lid. This replaces the chrome finished elements that were standard on the 2020 model.

The MINI continues to get its power from a 306-horsepower twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. The power plant achieves 332 pound-feet of torque and can get from zero to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds.

The Countryman JCW has a sport exhaust system, a suspension and dampening features that are have been honed by the company's racing experts. Dynamic Stability Control, electromechanical steering, a sports brake system, four-piston fixed caliper disc brakes on the front wheels, and single-piston floating-caliper disc brakes in the rear are standard. Buyers can add an adaptive chassis.

It rides on 18-inch JCW light-alloy wheels with Chili Red-painted brake calipers.

The Countryman is the most spacious MINI. It has four doors and can seat five. A new 5.0-inch digital dash sits behind the steering wheel. The car's infotainment system can stream via Bluetooth, has a hands-free telephone system, and USB port. Navigation is standard while wireless charging and a second USB port are available.

MIIN has made the vehicle able to be configured with access to MINI Connected services.

Pricing and U.S. on-sale dates are not yet available.

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Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Hyundai, has announced the formation of a new unit - New Horizons Studio. The new venture is focused on the development of what Hyundai calls Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs).

New Horizons Studio is part of Hyundai's larger focus on the future of mobility. Unit workers will work to envision vehicles that wander with "unprecedented mobility". These products will focus on target customers that have unconventional travel needs whether it be to access places they have never been or adapt their mobility limitations to their surroundings.

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New Horizons Studio is led by Vice President Dr. John Suh, who has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group since 2011. He served as founding director of Hyundai Ventures, and then led Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) as its founding director based in Silicon Valley. He brings over 35 years of expertise in the automotive and emerging technology sectors, including roles at Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC; formerly, Xerox PARC), and General Motors Company.

"We aim to create the world's first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle," said Dr. Suh.

Dr. Ernestine Fu will move to New Horizons Studio as Director of Product Management. She has led research on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions at Stanford University's Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, as well as scaled emerging technology companies for over nine years as a venture capital partner at Alsop Louie Partners.

The Hyundai Elevate is the first vehicle being developed by the Studio. It debuted at CES 2019 and does not rely solely on wheels to makes it way across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. The unit sees the Elevate as being able to respond in emergency situations like natural disasters or assist with persons who do not have access to an ADA ramp.

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The Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule adds new interior and exterior color choices for buyers.

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Expressions in color and trim meet at the Urus Graphite Capsule, a collection of SUVs produced by super luxury automaker Lamborghini. The Urus itself sits at the intersection of performance and practicality, and is the best-selling model in the Lamborghini lineup.

The Urus Graphite Capsule lets buyers push the limit in a pick-and-choose fashion. Lamborghini will offer the Urus Graphite Capsule in four new exterior matte colors including white Bianco Monocerus, black Nero Noctis, and grey Grigio Nimbus and Grigio Keres. The lower parts of the car, the front, rear, and side sills, are all finished in the color.

Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule

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From there, buyers are able to choose from four tiny accent colors: orange Arancio Leonis and Arancio Dryope, yellow Giallo Taurus, and green Verde Scandal. Those accent colors are shown on the front splitter, door inserts, and rear spoiler.

The cabin of the Urus sports the same traditional design the SUV has had during this, its initial generation. The Urus Graphite Capsule check box adds dark, anodized aluminium trim on the dashboard and door panels, with new matt-finish carbon fiber inserts. The buyer's choice of exterior colors are carried over to the inside where upholstery is contrast stitched. Q-citura stitching and the embroidered Lamborghini logo reside on the headrests.

The ventilated Alcantara seats are an exclusive option only available on the Urus Graphite Capsule and the recently launched Pearl Capsule.

"The new Graphite Capsule endorses the inimitable versatility of the Lamborghini Urus as the original Super SUV: its color and styling is as adaptable and versatile as its presence in every high-performance and lifestyle environment." said Automobili Lamborghini Chief Commercial Officer Giovanni Perosino. "The inherent design of the Lamborghini Urus, with the DNA of our super sports heritage, lends itself to virtually limitless potential for personalizing color and trim. The Urus Graphite Capsule is the latest collection to offer our growing clientele the opportunity to stamp their individuality and way of life on their Lamborghini."

The Urus Graphite Capsule is available on Urus model year 2021. It has a starting MSRP of $218,009 in the U.S.

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