Official: Ford Transit customs ready to work for SEMA | Chris Bruce

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Ford Transit Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit

Ford Designed Travel TransitFord’s booth at the SEMA Show this year looks to have two, big themes. The Blue Oval is bringing over a dozen takes on the 2015 Mustang to the event, and it’s now also announcing five customized versions on the 2015 Transit to join the modded pony cars. Each of the vans shows off a different use for the spacious commercial vehicle, from plush luxury to offroad ruggedness.

You probably don’t think of the Transit as hitting the trails, but that’s just what the take on the design from the Vegas Off-Road Experience (pictured above) is for. The company gives people the opportunity to drive a desert race truck, and this custom is meant to drive them to events. It should be able to take on the terrain a little better with off-road wheels and tires and fender flares, but inside passengers get serious luxury thanks to a 60-inch LED TV and video game systems.

Alternatively the blazing red Designed Travel Transit (right) is all about long road trips. The interior features four captain’s chairs with heating, cooling and massage functions, and there’s a 4K 50-inch TV to watch. For a touch of added class, the floor is made from hickory.

Ford Formula DRIFT TransitFormula Drift is going purely for function with its Transit (left). It’s meant to be a support vehicle during competitions, and the interior is packed with fire and safety equipment, plus a Kawasaki Mule support vehicle. The series actually plans to use this custom during events next year.

Detroit Custom Coach wanted a vehicle for VIP travel in the city. It seats eight and features a cocktail bar, wood floor and TVs inside.

Finally, Galpin Auto Sports is displaying its Transit Skyliner yet again. It’s basically the ultimate in luxury cruising with four captain’s chairs, a bar and a 52-inch retractable movie screen with 7.2 surround system. There’s even matching luggage. Scroll down to read all of the details about this quintet of customs in Ford’s official press release.

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Down here in the left-leaning, hard drinking, queso-loving center of Texas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m not talking about the odd game where the Longhorns might just pull off a win — I’m talking about the Formula One United States Grand Prix in Austin.

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Today is Halloween, and we love to trade spooky stories of ghosts and ghost ships to get into the spirit. Today’s ghost ship story, however, is more sad and pathetic than spooky: Soviet Cruiser Murmansk, once a ship that sent shivers down NATO admirals’ spines, wound up an embarrassing rusted-out hulk stuck in a Norwegian fjord in the mid 90s. In many ways this ended up a perfect metaphor for the state of the former Soviet military at the time; as Putin rattles his saber today, it’s easy to forget the prevailing attitude about Russia’s military being a collection of antiquated junk at the time. It’s also easy to forget that the commissioning of these ships was a nightmare scenario for Western naval planners who were wondering if the Soviets were on to something otherwise overlooked.

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Official: Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series to debut in LA for $260k | Noah Joseph

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2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series

Driving a Porsche should feel like a privileged experience. But if you need one with extra space in the back, and have been turned off by the success of the Panamera that has made it ubiquitous, you may be intrigued by Porsche’s latest reveal.

Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Panamera Exclusive Series stands out with some unique touches. It’s based on the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S Executive, which tells you it comes with the 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in top 570-horsepower spec, but also with the extended wheelbase that provides for extra space in the otherwise crowded rear seat. And that’s not all.

Porsche Exclusive has also given this special-edition Panamera a unique two-tone black and brown paintjob, a set of 20-inch Sport Classic wheels painted black, and an interior done up in Nappa leather – two-tone black and brown to compliment the exterior – with dark walnut and piano black trim and a pair of 10.1-inch rear-seat touchscreens.

Porsche will only offer 100 examples worldwide, each individually numbered and equipped with a set of fitted Poltrona Frau leather luggage – all yours for $263,900 (plus $995 destination). That makes it over $63k more than the base price on the Panamera Turbo S Executive that was already the most expensive model Porsche offers this side of the 918 Spyder (pipping even the 911 Turbo S Cabrio) and also one of the most expensive four-doors on the market.

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Official: Land Rover to build Discovery Sport at new Brazilian factory | Noah Joseph

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Land Rover Discovery Sport in Sao Paulo

Looking forward to getting your mitts on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport? Well you should, because it promises to be a markedly better product than the Freelander/LR2 it replaces. Just don’t assume it will necessarily be built in the UK, as just about every Land Rover has in the company’s 66-year history.

The new Discovery Sport (pictured above in Sao Paulo) will, of course, be built in the UK, at the Halewood plant where the Evoque is made and which has in the past handled the Freelander, the Jaguar X-Type and a variety of Fords. But it will also be assembled for local consumption at JLR’s new factory in Changsu, China. And, according to the press release down below, it will also be made for the Latin American market at the new factory being built in Brazil.

The new plant is being built in Itatiaia on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and will come online in 2016. Once it gets up to speed by the end of 2020, it will have the capacity to build 24,000 vehicles each year, ratcheting its workforce up from 400 when it opens to nearly 1,000 when all’s said and done.

The Discovery Sport will be one of the products made there for the local market, but it surely won’t be the only one. As in China, we expect the Evoque will be built there as well, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the new Jaguar XE join it in the near future, either. Don’t expect the Brazilian-made vehicles to be sold in the US, though: those will likely still be imported from the UK… at least, that is, until the facility said to be under consideration for the southern United States opens its doors.

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Report: Hyundai beefs up HB20 R-Spec in Brazil | Noah Joseph

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Hyundai HB20 R-Spec Concept

If you’ve been following the news from the Sao Paulo Motor Show, you’ll likely have seen not only a series of new concept cars, but also a whole mess of production vehicles you never knew existed because they were developed specifically for the Latin American market. One of them is the Hyundai HB20.

Hyundai Brasil makes the HB20 in Sao Paulo for local consumption in three forms: there’s the HB20 hatchback, HB20S sedan and HB20X crossover. It’s the former which it has transformed into the R-Spec concept you see here.

Decked out in matte blue, the HB20 R-Spec concept packs an aggressively upgraded aero kit, extra cooling ducts, 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and an interior with leather trim and striped seats. Even if we don’t know what’s under the hood, it all looks pretty convincing, and makes us wish Hyundai would offer it Stateside as part of the Accent family with which it shares its underpinnings.

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