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Five lucky people get to pay €2.6 million for the new Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

The exclusive Battista Anniversario celebrates the 90th anniversary of the bespoke coachbuilding company.

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Automobili Pininfarina has debuted a new all-electric luxury supercar celebrating its 90th anniversary. Only Battista Anniversario models will be built and each will start at €2.6 million.

Each Battista Anniversario will be hand-crafted at the home of Pininfarina in Cambiano, Turin, Italy.

"For 90 years, the Pininfarina name has been at the forefront of automotive design and performance, and the Battista perfectly encapsulates these values," said Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina. "This ultimate expression of Battista, the Anniversario, is the distillation of everything that the brand has stood for in the past and which we now strive for in the future, creating a new pinnacle of desirability for electric cars."

Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

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Each of the five models will be finished in a combination of three of the coachbuilder's signature colors, new and old: Bianco Sestriere, the never-seen-before Grigio Antonelliano, Iconica Blu. Each car will take several weeks to paint as the color is applied layer by later by artisans. The body is disassembled and reassembled three times so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted directly onto the body.

"Battista Anniversario features one of the most complex paint finishes in the world," said Luca Borgogno, Chief Design Officer, Automobili Pininfarina. "The process of creating such a finish is akin to a great artist completing an Old Master painting. The result is more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, produces a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty."

Each Battista Anniversario comes equipped with the new Furiosa package, which will be made available on any model in the Battista lineup moving forward. The package includes a evised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser.

To add a touch of specialty to the anniversary model, those parts are finished in a two-tone combination of signature carbon and carbon tinted with Iconica Blu with pinstripe in Bianco Sestriere.

Besides the package, each Batista Anniversario is finished with a bespoke rear wing, rear aero fins, and other unique details. It is 10 kg lighter than the Battista thanks to a new wheels design, which moves to center-lock forge aluminum wheels that are now 21-inches as opposed to the previous model's 20-inchers.

Buyers also get unique seats that are finished in sustainably-crafted black leather and black Alcantara. An engraved chassis plate, headlight engraving, "Anniversario" script on the side wings, black anodized dedication door plaques, "Pininfarina 90"logos, and a specially engraved chassis plate between the seats of the coupe finish the details.

Like the Battista, the car is powered by a 120 kWh battery that is paired with four electric motors that generate 1,900 horsepower. This makes the model quicker than a Formula 1 car, getting from zero to 100 km/h in less than two seconds.

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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The first all-electric Karma Automotive model is set to debut next year.

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Karma Automotive is promising to debut its first all-electric car in 2021. To understand how we got here, it's important to look back a decade.

Fisker Automotive was founded by heralded car designer Henrik Fisker in 2007. For a brief moment in history, it produced the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The first Karma was delivered in 2011 but by 2014, the company was staring down liquidation.

That year, Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing facility were purchased by Wanxiang Group, the largest China-based automotive components company by revenue. Henrik Fisker retried the Fisker trademarks and rights to the Fisker brand. He went on to launch Fisker Inc., a separate company that has big plans for all-electric vehicles, in 2016. Wanxiang Group renamed its vehicle company Karma Automotive.

And now here we are.

Karma Automotive has released an image of the GS as a teaser.

Karma Automotive says that the 2021 debut will be the first public step in a full line, which includes electrification options and leans on technological advancements to set itself apart. The GS Series model will be Karma's first-ever battery electric luxury sedan.

The new models will retain much of the same design as the Revero.

"We are pleased to announce that Karma will now offer our first all-electric vehicle next year as part of the GS series," said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma's CEO. "Cost reductions in the BOM, streamlining our supply chain and standardized production methods also allowed for a new, more attainable pricing structure for the GS lineup allowing for higher market penetration, opening up the market to a larger group of entry level luxury buyers."

Though its looks, range, pricing, and options aren't yet public knowledge, customers can currently reserve their model at http://www.karmaautomotive.com/reserve. All reservations require a fully-refundable $100 deposit.

For years Chinese brands have been looking to break into the U.S. market without much success. Though there are a growing number of Karma dealerships in the U.S., sales of the vehicles are few and far between.

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