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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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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is one of the models that can be found on the new CPO website.

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Customers looking for certified pre-owned Alfa Romeos no longer need to pay a visit to their dealership, browse the lot, and keep their fingers crossed. The Italian automaker has launched a new version of its certified pre-owned vehicles website.

The new site allows buyers to locate, research, and purchase late-model certified pre-owned Alfas from wherever their smart device will connect to the internet.

Every Alfa Romeo certified pre-owned vehicle passes a certification process followed by a thorough reconditioning process using authentic Mopar parts. The certification process includes a 169-point inspection including a diagnostic review, service and maintenance background verification, and examination of the interior, exterior, undercarriage, unibody and multimedia.

The Alfa Romeo website now has a certified pre-owned vehicles section.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

Certified Alfas are sold with a factory-backed five-year/100,000-mile Maximum Care Warranty that includes a $0 customer deductible that starts the date of the vehicle sale. Buyers can choose to upgrade that to an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Maximum Care Warranties cover over 5,000 mechanical parts.

A CARFAX Vehicle History Report is also included, as is a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM.Twenty-four hour roadside assistance that includes flat tire service, gas delivery, battery-jump assistance, lockout service, towing service and rental car allowance is also part of the package.

As with a new vehicle, multiple financing options are available.

Don't want to shop in person? Alfa Romeo's E-Shop option allows buyers to locate, research and purchase vehicles from home, as well as take advantage of home delivery.

The updated alfaromeousacertified.com website can now also be accessed via the alfaromeousa.com homepage.

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