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Rosé all day: Custom Bugatti Chiron Sport given the name 'Alice'

The custom Bugatti Chiron Sport 'Alice' was sold to a customer via a dealer in England.

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All Bugatti customers are able to customize their new car. The list of custom specification possibilities is nearly endless. One client recently pushed the company's Atelier team further than usual with a unique ask.

A husband ordered a Bugatti Chiron Sport for his wife via H.R. Owen Bugatti in England. The buyer worked with H.R. Owen staff on the initial order then traveled with their sales team to the luxury brand's headquarters in Molsheim, France, where Bugatti was founded more than 110 years ago in 1909, for final decisions.

The designers at the Atelier in Molsheim got to work crafting a vehicle that is tailored to the buyer's creative wishes. That started with the exterior. The unique visage, which is finished in Matt Blanc and Silk Rosé, a new color Bugatti designed specifically for the car. It extends from the outer shell and lower body trim to the alloy wheels.

Bugatti Chiron Sport 'Alice'

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This unique 'Alice' car features a two-tone paint job and one-of-a-kind interior.

The color continues to the Chiron Sport1's interior where a mix of leather and Alcantara materials finished in Gris Rafale with the car's name stitched on the Comfort-spec headrest: 'Alice'. The words 'Chiron Sport' are stitched elsewhere in the cabin. The custom 'Alice' logo is also featured on the car's door sills, finished in aluminum and shown in Silk Rosé.

"This is a truly unique Bugatti model, that will always be remembered as a real one-of-a-kind car," said Ken Choo, CEO of H.R. Owen. "We are honored to have played an important part in connecting our customer with this incredible Chiron Sport. The customer came to us with a vision of how they wanted their new Bugatti to look, and we are delighted that the depth and scale of Bugatti's extensive accessories and options catalogue allows for even the most ambitious of designs to be realized. It is incredible to see every Bugatti made in a different way, with the new owner getting chance to stamp their own personal taste on their new car."

The Chiron Sport is different than the Chiron though it may look mostly the same on the outside. It's the Bugatti version of the ultimate supercar offering a firmer chassis and delivering sharper handling and impressive agility. The car is constructed using performance-orientated lightweight ocmponents that are deigned to not impugne on the car's luxury level character. The Chiron Sport is powered by Bugatti's 8.0-liter W16 engine.

The cost? 2.65 million euros ($3.196 million USD).

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The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition is a fresh addition to the company's lineup.

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Double takes aren't always good. In a curious twist, Toyota has decided to give its Highlander SUV bronze accents as part of a special edition model for 2022. The 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition will be positioned between the Hybrid XLE and Hybrid Limited in the company's lineup.

Each 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition gets bronze-colored accents on the exterior and interior, including 18-inch bronze wheels, bronze interior stitching, illuminated bronze door sills, and SofTex-trimmed seats with a fabric insert and bronze stitching. The SUVs also have unique floor and cargo mats.

Toyota will offer the new model with either a Cement or Wind Chill Pearl paint job.

2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition

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The new three-row SUV builds on the Highlander Hybrid XLE and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. It has the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and two electric motors as other Highlander Hybrids. It gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.

It gets hands-free power lift gate, rain-sensing wipers, a digital rearview mirror, 1500-watt power outlet, puddle lamps with the Highlander logo, in-dash ambient lighting, driver seat memory, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, and LED daytime running lights.

Some of the model's equipment is part of revisions to the Highlander product line for 2022 including a height/tilt power-adjustable passenger seat. For 2022, that feature will be standard on Highlander XLE and above trim levels.

Every new Highlander comes standard with Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty. A 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty is also standard. Highlander Hybrid models have their hybrid components covered by a eight-year/100,000-mile warranty and the hybrid battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles. The battery warranty is transferrable between owners.

The 2022 Highlander Bronze Edition also comes with ToyotaCare, which covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.

Pricing for the new SUV has yet to be announced.

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Two new Toyota Tacomas are on their way.

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With a new, next-gen Tacoma still a few years away, Toyota is bringing two new special edition versions of the truck to market for the 2022 model year. The adventure-ready trucks were teased in a split image the Japanese automaker released this week.

The Tacoma debuted in 1995 and in the three generations since then the truck has gained a solid following across the world. The midsize Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling truck in its class. It sells better than most of the full-size truck offerings, including Toyota's Tundra.

Expect these new versions of the truck to have body styling similar to the current version of the truck. Toyota recently sought a trademark for the word "Trailhunter" and the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition might be a naming clue for a new version of the Tacoma.

2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition The 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition goes on sale this year. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Models with "TRD" in their name are traditionally more rugged with the TRD Pro able to scurry up rocks, easily get through mud, and hit the trail in a hurry. It's sold with either a Double or Access cab, depending on trim level, with either a five- or six-foot bed.

Buyers have their choice of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood making up to 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque with the larger power plant. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two- and four-wheel drive are available.

Industry analysts expect the Tacoma to be redesigned for the 2023 model year though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing chip shortage may push those plans back another model year. Ahead of that truck's debut, the new version of the Tundra will debut. Expect to see that model in the next few months with production kicking off shortly thereafter.

An all-electric SUV and two new larger SUVs are also coming down the pipeline as the Toyota brand begins a busy few years.

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