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One-off Bentley Bentayga Hybrid goes all the way green

Bentley Mullinder, the bespoke arm of the company, has customized a Bentayga Hybrid for a customer from China.

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It may not be easy being green, but it sure looks good. Bentley's bespoke division, Bentley Mulliner, has created a one-off Bentayga Hybrid for a well-off customer from China. The entire vehicle's color scheme was inspired by the color green, the Chinese color of purity, regeneration, harmony, and growth. The shades of green chosen by the customer were inspired by the British countryside in the Lake District.

The exterior of the Bentayga Hybrid is finished in Viridian, a dark emerald hue from the Mulliner Extended paint range that has flecks of amber and gold in its formula. There are light green and blue undertones that are designed to give the paint a sense of depth.

It wears bright-machined 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification Wheels, each of which has the centre pockets of every spoke painted in matching Viridian.

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The bespoke interior includes Cumbrian Green hide, matching piano veneer, and contrasting stitching highlighting the hand craftsmanship throughout the cabin. The shade Cumbrian Green is a modernization and refreshment of the Spruce Green interior fo the past.

A bespoke passenger fascia includes a silver metal overlay with a geometric diamond design that is reminiscent of the EXP 100 GT concept car.

White accents abound in the model. There is contrast carpet binding and contrasting hand stitching on the seats. Over 100 meters of bright white cross-stitched thread features on the interior of the doors, seat backs, and in the piano Cumbrian Green veneer via a unique overlay. The process of hand cross-stitching a Bentayga cabin takes one craftsperson 44 hours to complete.

Luxury features include an illuminated Mulliner treadplate, fully-integrated drinks cooler with frosted glass and soft close door, and bespoke Cumbria Crystal flutes.

Bentley just launched the Bentayga Hybrid, part of the company's longer term Beyond100 strategy that focused on zero emissions and hybrid powertrains.

Bentley is shipping the car off to be displayed at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a smile maker.

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If you're not rich enough to have an automaker completely craft you a one-off from scratch, the next best thing is to take full advantage of the company's vehicle customization options. There's usually a special devision that takes care of this. At Aston Martin, it's Q. Bentley has Mulliner and Porsche offers up their Manufaktur department.

Lambroghini's Ad Personam customization program offers five key areas where customers can make the vehicle they order unique. Specialists assist customers at every step of the process, taking into consideration their demands as craftspeople create the vehicle that's ordered.

The choice of 348 unique colors.

Lamborghini Ad Personam paint colors

Lamborghinis are offered in a wide variety of colors.

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Though not every color is available in every region of the world, there are 348 total options offered to customers. Americans tend to be the most demanding, requesting 20 percent of the custom colors that Ad Personam offers up, followed by customers in Asia Pacifica and EMEA region.

Take the car to the next level with diamond dust paint.

All that glitters isn't always gold. Sometimes it's diamonds. Ad Personam offers Lamborghinis with a new transparent paint that includes micro crystals in the form of diamond dust. This dust undergoes a unique processing technique and is applied to the bodywork of the supercar, giving it an iridescent sheen that changes color according to reflections of the light at that moment.

Add a unique work of art.

Lamborghini's talented upholstery department has seen it all. In addition to the typical orders, they're able to take special requests for unique decorations and embroidery, from the seat logo, hand-stitched rather than hot-embossed, to the initials embroidered inside the passenger compartment.

Some of the most creative options requested by buyers include creating branches and peach blossoms, portraits of the customer or their beloved pet, designs in street art style with the bull, and "splash-effect" color (like in the Aventador S by Skyler Grey), to images of the skyline of their favorite city.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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