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Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition pays homage to longstanding boat racing partnership

A new Mercedes model is fashioned in the same vein as a newly customized Cigarette boat.

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The Miami International Boat Show is upon us and among the Honda-powered pontoons and sleek cigarette boats is a one-of-a-kind Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition that is paired with a 59-foot Tirranna AMG Edition boat. AMG Performance Studio in Affalterbach gave the G63 the same design principles as the boat.

"Mercedes-AMG stands for Performance Luxury. The Tirranna AMG Edition is the perfect transfer of this principle to a boat: Its dynamic and at the same time deeply sensual proportions embody athletic beauty. In its powerful, clean look, the boldness of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 can be experienced," said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition & Tirranna AMG Edition

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The latest in a highly exclusive line of special edition boats, the 59' Tirranna AMG Edition sets new standards in terms of performance and design, striking the perfect balance between a luxury yacht and a performance- oriented super console. Despite its 59' length and 14' beam, the Tirranna AMG Edition is extremely agile and optimized for high performance.

When designing their new performance flagship, the Cigarette Racing Team engineers focused their attention on every detail, for example by utilizing lightweight construction in key locations: Its raked hardtop is made completely of carbon fiber, reducing the vertical center of gravity for better handling, while carbon fiber also features throughout its superstructure, with carbon-capped stringers and a carbon-fiber transom. The hull and deck are vacuum infused using a highly optimized composite laminate schedule with PVC coring. The instrument panel is a nano-coated solid surface that is anti-reflective and heat-resistant, which also features titanium fasteners.

The striking design of the 59' Tirranna AMG Edition as well as the Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition is the result of close collaboration between the Cigarette Racing Team, the Mercedes-AMG design team and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG.

While the boat shines on the water, the G 63 shines on land. It has exclusive design finishes and special detailing, which can only be found on this specific model. The all-wheel drive SUV is powered by a 577 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and has been hand crafted specially to celebrate the debut of the new boat.

"Since 2007, we've shared our passion for performance with the Cigarette Racing Team. For the first time ever we followed a holistic design approach for both – the car and the boat," said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "The Mercedes-AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition is even more individualized than any other car before within our successful cooperation. The exterior and interior of this one of a kind G-Class Edition was tailor-made in our Performance Studio in Affalterbach underlining the high-performance appearance of the Mercedes-AMG G 63."

Starting with a black metallic exterior, designers added a unique golden designed AMG diamond pattern. It rides on new 22-inch Mercedes-AMG cross- spoke forged wheels are highlighted with gold accents at the wheel center caps and at the rim flange. It also has AMG Night Package elements, a dark chrome AMG specific radiator grille and bulbar, side entry boards in matte black, and glossy black vehicle logos.

The model's interior is upholstered in macchiato beige and dark blue two-tone exclusive nappa leather. Its AMG performance steering wheel is carbon fiber with dark blue nappa leather. These two sets of design choices echo those found in the boat. The SUV has unique floor mats and the iconic G-Class grab handle with distinctive Cigarette lettering.

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VinFast will soon launch in the United States.

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The automotive business is a tough place to cut your teeth as a company. So many have tried and failed to break through with new vehicles, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Electric vehicles seem to present a perfect opportunity for companies of all types to jump in with a new product. Such is the case with VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker. The company launched two new crossovers at the LA Auto Show yesterday, both of which are heading to the United States.

VinFast EVs Two models will debut at first, but the company plans on expanding here.VinFast

The VinFast VF e35 features up to 301 miles of range on a charge, while the full-size three-row VF e36 can travel up to 422 miles on a charge. Both vehicles come with a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty. VinFast says that its launch strategy in the United States wraps in charging stations, as the company realizes that they are a necessary part of EV adoption. In Vietnam, VinFast is in the process of building 40,000 charging stations to bolster adoption.

VinFast EVs VinFast will eventually build a factory in the United States.VinFast

Here, the automaker will build dozens of company-branded stores to sell its vehicles, similar to the approach taken by Tesla. VinFast's plan is to position itself as an exclusive product in the EV space, and to help it expand in the U.S., the company plans to build a factory in 2024. Part of its launch will also involve several special events across the country to introduce the brand and its vehicles.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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