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WHAT MAKES A Lam­borgh­ini a Lam­borgh­ini? Con­sider th­ese words from Fed­erico Fos­chini, its com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, on what mod­ern cus­tomers re­ally want from the brand. “If we can de­liver de­sign, per­for­mance and emo­tion, then we will meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of our cus­tomers,” he said. “They are our real DNA – and any­thing we launch must de­liver on them.”

THE XF SPORTBRAKE is more beau­ti­ful than its saloon sibling, reck­ons Jaguar de­sign di­rec­tor Ian Cal­lum. He added that it was a dif­fi­cult busi­ness plan to jus­tify the Sportbrake, but said that CEO Ralf Speth “wanted this car to hap­pen”. Cal­lum also ad­mit­ted the Sportbrake was “a bit of an anom­aly” in the US, Jaguar’s big­gest mar­ket. “We hope to con­vince Amer­ica this is a very cool car,” he said. FUEL CELLS PRO­VIDE the clean­est so­lu­tion for the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo, be­cause they gen­er­ate their own power on-board. To that end, Honda will not slow down its devel­op­ment of the tech­nol­ogy, even if the in­fra­struc­ture lags.

LG AND RE­NAULT are work­ing on an in-car in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that can tell you if ser­vice sta­tion toi­lets are out of order. The pair worked to­gether on a con­trol sys­tem for Re­nault’s Sym­bioz con­cept car, which in­cludes tech­nol­ogy that of­fers in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing rest stops. Data pro­vided by ser­vice sta­tions could also tell mo­torists how much park­ing is avail­able and whether they can get their cof­fee fix there.

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