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This is the digital instrument cluster in the upcoming Nissan Rogue Sport, Infiniti QX60

A new digital instrument cluster has a home in the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Photo courtesy of Visteon

Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are getting new instrument clusters as their next-generation designs begin to come to fruition as part of a number of new model rollouts happening over the next year and a half. The fully digital design is made by Visteon, a Tier 1 supplier devoted exclusively to cockpit electronics.

The 12.3-inch screen, currently in the 2021 Nissan Rogue, will be coming to the upcoming Nissan X-Trail (not sold in the U.S.), Nissan Qashqai (known in the U.S. as the Rogue Sport), and Infiniti QX60.

It's a customizable display that displays a digital speedometer and tachometer. It also has "next-level" navigation with high-definition maps, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) visualization features, and in-vehicle infotainment elements including music and album art.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument cluster The 12.3-inch cluster features all the vital information needed to pilot the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The cluster breaks new ground for Visteon. It is the first one that's fully reconfigurable and that is capable of 60 frames per second for the gauge pointer. It's also the first gauge cluster to utilize CGI Studio as the graphics toolchain and "is the standard-bearer for implementing graphical user interface (GUI) dimming" according to a release.

The 2021 Rogue is on sale this month. It is a complete redesign of one of themost popular SUVs in the country. Its starting price is just $160 higher than that of the outgoing model. In addition to the gauge cluster, the Rogue is loaded with a host of family-friendly features.

Nissan has already bumped up the safety technology level in its existing vehicles, announcing last month that it will have 10 cars, trucks, and SUVs with standard Safety Shield 360 technology for the 2021 model year.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument cluster The cluster is one of two new screens in the Rogue.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The redesigned Infiniti QX60 will debut soon. In September, the QX60 Monograph debuted giving a look at what can be expected from the exterior of the new SUV. AutomotiveMap has already seen renderings of the exterior and interior of the vehicle. We spill the tea on those here.

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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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Polestar currently operates four showrooms in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

Polestar, an electric performance car brand, will be opening 15 new sales locations in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Called Polestar Spaces, the showrooms are more in line with what Tesla offers and less like a traditional auto dealership.

Each Polestar Space features minimalist Scandinavian-like design, pulling together the heritage of the company with a modern sales environment. Each location is staffed by non-commissioned Polestar Specialists. Test drives can be coordinated on-site or at home.

In the next few months, locations in Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Seattle; South Florida; and Washington D.C. will open. Those new showrooms will be established in connection with established retailer groups in the area. Additional information regarding the D.C. and Florida locations is expected soon.

2021 Polestar 2 The fastback Polestar 2 is a head-turner. Photo courtesy of Polestar

The second-half of 2021 will welcome the opening of additional showrooms in Atlanta; Central and South New Jersey; Connecticut; Dallas; Detroit; Minneapolis; Phoenix; and Orange County, California.

Specific showroom details are available at Polestar.com/Spaces.

"In 2019 we stated our goal of servicing 85% of the addressable EV market within a year of the Polestar 2 launch," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. "With these 2021 appointments, we will accomplish that and more- especially with our free pickup and delivery servicing within 150 miles of a brick-and-mortar Polestar location."

Polestar Spaces are already open in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and Manhattan, plus two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Corte Madera and Santa Clara).

The automaker currently offers the Polestar 2 for sale in the U.S. AutomotiveMap recently had the opportunity to test drive the car for review.

It was recently confirmed that the Polestar Precept concept is headed to production. The concept version of the car is noted for its sustainable materials and minimalist design.

Additionally, Polestar and Koenigsegg are working on a project.

Further markets for expansion will be announced later in 2021.

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