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Aznom Palladium is a 'surprising' hyper-limousine that can be fully customized

Aznom Automotive has specially crafted the Palladium and are looking to sell just 10 worldwide.

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If you have ever wondered what the love child of a Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Parthenon would look like, turn your gaze to the Aznom Palladium, the world's first hyper-limousine.

Italy-based Aznom Automotive is the first to admit that it is a "surprising and unique" auto and says that it's "ready to fill a rather interesting and exclusive niche".

The carmaker looks to have pushed the Palladium to the extreme. In doing so, they also are striving to create a vehicle that follows in the footsteps of Italian coachbuilders of the past. In doing so, Aznom will offer just 10 of these models for sale, each one able to be completely customized by the buyer.

Aznom Palladium The Aznom Palladium is a truly customizable vehicle. Photo courtesy of Aznom Automotive

"We have produced this vehicle choosing artisanal manufacturing techniques that are almost lost today, such as panel beating and hand-crafting the body of the car, together with other technological solutions engine builders, tanners, panel beaters, designers and engineers who have worked on this project are heirs to a tradition that has made Italian cars famous all around the world," said Aznom's founder Marcello Meregalli.

The Palladium is nearly two meters (over six feet) tall and almost six meters (19 feet) in length. That makes it nearly as long as an adult Brachiosaurus, firmly placing it in the limousine category of vehicles, but not nearly reaching the typical 30 foot length of a limousine in the U.S.

Its length belies its capability. Aznom says that the Palladium is capable of "traversing any terrain" with two- or four-wheel drive (though you'll probably want to keep it away from Moab) with an electronic locking rear differential. It comes standard in rear-wheel drive but can be switched to four-wheel drive mode via a button. The independent front suspensions feature aluminum upper and lower arms while the stabilizer bar has been fitted behind the wheel axis to reduce the car's body roll.

The car comes equipped with a 5.7-liter biturbo engine that delivers 710 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight speed automatic transmissions. Buyers can option the vehicle with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology for more fuel efficiency.

Aznom Palladium

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The Palladium traces its roots back to the Atulux, a luxury sedan based on a Ram Trucks pickup. Though its exterior was not much different than the donor car, the interior was classed up thanks to high-end design and innovations made specially for the model including reclining business class-style seats.

"In truth I've always been passionate about large automobiles like the huge American sedans manufactured from the thirties to the beginning of the seventies," said Meregalli. "Or the incredible Rolls-Royce and Bentleys of those periods. I've always been fascinated by big vehicles, I liked the super large hoods and the imposing stance of those cars.

"I thought about creating something similar for a long time and I even considered a "resto-mod" operation on a vintage Rolls-Royce. Then in 2008 Cadillac unveiled the new presidential limousine for President Barack Obama. This was not a "stretched" vehicle but it had been built with different proportions. Starting from a mega-SUV Cadillac had built a luxury sedan, big and imposing but with the proportions of a classic sedan."

The foundation for the car was designed in 2018. The evolution for its style was entrusted to Studio CAMAL in Torino. Its exterior features horizontal lines that are only broken by the fender at the rear with the front and back of the car framed. The grille features a rectangular perimeter and the car's hood is tilted toward the front. Its rear is imposing and slopes down from the roof while a horizon window allows passengers to catch a glimpse of the outside while relaxing in comfort.

Palladium's main body structure is made of high resistance steel. Aluminum is present, but not en masse. The car's hod and roof are made of carbon fiber while both forward and rear bumpers are made of composite materials.

The car rides on 22-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport 285/45ZR22 tires.

Its interior features large seats as well as drawers and compartments where a driver and passengers may stow items. The front seats have a custom pattern in the seat and back areas. Rear seats recline.

The door panel and the dashboard follow the pattern of materials and colors used in the upholstery, bright and dark leather spaced out by wooden parts and solid aluminum details. Aznom's backlit logo stands out from the instrument panel. The Palladium has Foglizzo leather throughout its interior, including on the ceiling.

Occupants are able to dictate the climate in their area of the cabin via multi-zone controls. The touch display on the driver's door panel allows for the complete control of the interior lights, air conditioning, on-board refrigerator, and the opening and closing of all drawers and compartments including the trunk, windows, and doors. The display on the other door controls the door locking, window, light and accessories concerning the respective side.

The car features a Harman/Kardon sound system and two Microsoft Surface X PRO tablets. A handmade gold and palladium clock is available to sit on the lower central position at the rear of the cabin.

Aznom has given the car six airbags and active and passive driver assist and safety systems including braking assist, hill descent control, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and park assist. A 360-degree camera system is available.

Aznom is also providing owners of the Palladium with a full set of luggage pieces, manufactured with the same leather and stitching as the limousine's interior. A notable piece is the umbrella, signed by Francesco Maglia, historic company manufacturing umbrellas in Milan since 1854.

Pricing for the model has not been announced but is likely to exceed six-figures.

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The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is a fresh edition for the company's lineup.

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One of Toyota's most efficient cars is getting the blackout treatment. Like other Nightshade editions Toyota puts out, the 2022 Prius Nightshade has all the requisite black accents while maintaining its heralded powertrain.

The 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade is available in front- and all-wheel drive. Buyers can add the treatment to Prius L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades. It comes in the buyer's choice of Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, or Silver Metallic paint job. Front-wheel drive models ride on standard 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while AWD-e cars get 15-inchers with black insert and lug nuts.

The exterior of the car also gets black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna.

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade

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Each of the models is powered by the Prius's 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is paired with two electric motors. A continuously variable transmission is standard. All-wheel drive models get an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive versions do a slightly better 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined.

Inside there are standard SofTex-trimmed trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats and a SofTex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console. A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard, as is a six-speaker JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come on every model, as are an auxiliary jack, three USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and one 12-volt outlet.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard and includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, bicyclist detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

All Prius models come with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota's hybrid battery warranty is for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, whichever occurs first. The hybrid system warranty is for eight years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date.

This latest member of the Nightshade family means that there are 11 Nightshade editions in Toyota's stable. The Prius is the first hybrid to get the treatment.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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