Super Luxury Vehicles

5 Things you don't know about the Bentley Bentayga

It's one of the most expensive vehicles in the world but few can spell its name.

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The Bentley Bentayga is one of the most expensive SUVs in the world. Aside from not knowing how to spell it properly (who can blame you?), here are five other things you didn't know about the model.

It's named after a rugged peak and a portmanteau.

Bentley isn't willing to stick with one story about how the SUV got its name. The first is that it was named after the Roque Benntayga, a sacred rock in in the Canary Islands. The other is that it is a portmanteau of the words Bentley and Taiga. Taiga is the world's largest biome.

The "Bentayga" name has two origins;[7] one comes from "Roque Bentayga",[8][9] an emblematic highland rock situated in massif central Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands; the other one comes from a portmanteau of Bentley and Taiga, the world's largest transcontinental snow forest.

Development of the SUV took it to five continents.

Bentley Betayga

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The development of the Bentayga was the most exhaustive program in Bentley history. It took engineers, designers, and product planners to adventures on five continents. Test drivers put the model through its paces in the dirt and gravel of South Africa; the dunes of Dubai; the muddy fields of Cheshire, England; and the -30°C air North Cape, Norway to searing 50°C desert heat.

The model has stops at three plants before it's finally assembled.

Bentley Betayga

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Initially, the Bentayga started its life at Volkswagen's Bratislava, Slovakia plant before moving to England. Now, the SUV is manufactured at VW's Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany. From there, the models are moved to Paintbox Banbury in England before reaching final assembly in Crewe, England at Bentley's home factory.

Each model takes over 100 hours to complete on a dedicated production line. A team of 230 craftspeople work on the models, assembling each Bentayga by hand.

Just 608 First Edition models were made.

Bentley Betayga

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Why 608? The number was picked for a reason. That's how much metric horsepower the car's 12-cylinder engine produces.

The Bentayga Special Edition featured black inserts in its 22-inch wheels, Union Jack badging, carbon-fiber accents, and illuminated door sills on the exterior. The cabin came equipped with a brushed metal version of the British flag on the passenger dash panel, unique contrast stitching, embroidered "Diamond within Diamond" quilted seats, and unique ambient lighting.

Each model also came with a Breitling watch. Buyers could pick between three different options. When new, the Bentayga First Edition retailed for $297,400 all-in.

Bentley has made 200,000 Bentaygas.

The super luxury automaker celebrated the 20,000th Bentley Bentayga rolling off the line in Crewe on June 4, just four years after the model's debut.

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New performance SUV

Hyundai announces pricing for 2022 Kona N

The Kona N is price right at $35,425.

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Hyundai is hard at work developing new electric vehicles, and has released some truly interesting electric concepts in recent months. However, the automaker’s efforts in the electric world haven’t stopped it from rolling out fun-to-drive and affordable performance vehicles under its N brand. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the latest vehicle in the series. The Kona N will go on sale soon with a reasonable starting price of $35,425, which includes a $1,225 destination charge.

2022 Hyundai Kona N One well-equipped model will be available.Hyundai

The Kona N joins Hyundai’s high-performance stable that also includes the Veloster N and Elantra N, though the latter hasn’t yet hit the streets. The hot crossover gets the same output numbers from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the Elantra N: 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster gets 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That rowdy four-banger is paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai’s full-on N cars get plenty of other go-fast bits to keep them planted in corners and stable at higher speeds. The Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential, an active sport exhaust system, electronically controlled suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Aggressive wheels and tires help keep the Kona N planted in corners.Hyundai

Hyundai generally knocks it out of the park with value, and the Kona N is no exception. Its modest price tag buys a generous helping of advanced driver aids in addition to its exciting specs. Standard features include forward collision warnings, lane keep assist, lane following assist, driver attention warnings, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a safe exit warning system.

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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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