Jaguar has released a series of videos showing the making of Jay Lenoâs XJ. Leno, an avowed car enthusiast, thinks very highly of Jaguarâs latest model, ordered his XJ and had it delivered to Los Angeles, California. In the ﬁrst video, the car is made at the Castle Bromwich factory in the Midlands; in the second, the car crosses the Atlantic and Leno collects his purchase.
Leno launched the XJ at its world premiĂšre in London last year.
CitroĂ«n has released images of its new DS4, part of its specialty-car range bearing the hallowed DS initials.
We still havenât been convinced by the looks of the DS3, which is meant to challenge the Mini, though the DS4 does have some funky features to it.
The overall styling is more aggressive than the dull-looking second-generation C4, which is in the âvolumeâ end of this market segment.
There are hidden door handles, Ă la the Alfa 156, while the car measures 4,270 mm long and 1,810 mm wide.
The DS4 cabin features a large windscreen extending into the rooﬂine, something which we ﬁrst saw on the Opel Astra H GTC in the mid-2000s.
The DS4 will be launched with ﬁve engines: two diesel (HDi 110 and HDi 160) and three petrol (VTi 120, THP 155 and THP 200). The petrol engines were developed with BMW, and CitroĂ«n claims carbon dioxide emissions for the most powerful (147 kW, 275 Nm of torque) THP 200 unit at 149 g/km.
We can see the point for this car as Europeâs market becomes more specialized and competitive. Buyers want a small car that is individual. However, it still doesnât grab us, and, as with the DS3, we think there are better ways to honour the legacy of the original CitroĂ«n DS. A car that is genuinely revolutionary would be niceârather than vehicles that are essentially fashion items (even if they do give us an excuse to cover them).
Hennes & Mauritz has released a 23-second video featuring the next top designer with whom it will collaborate. Itâs strictly a teaser and does not show the designerâs face. Any guesses out there?
The collection is released September 9.
The new collection from iconic New Zealand label Icebreaker features a stunning spectrum of nature-inspired garments that transforms world-class technical fabrics and designs into style on the street.
Summer bright hues dominating this season in viola, ember and turquoise are balanced with neutral tones of ﬂax and snow to create wearable city clothes. Many pieces this season also feature a range of brand new motifs for the season. You can choose either from a graceful image of kelp ﬂowing in the ocean, ﬂower buds in the sun or ﬂax ﬂowers.
Each piece is designed with comfort and versatility in mind for the modern urban dweller. Pieces can be worn alone or layered to create stylish looks to take you from the boardroom to the bar.
Standout pieces from the collection, and sure to be summer wardrobe staples, are the Villa dress, Maya Skirt and Butterﬂy Retreat tank for women; for men, the Lancewood Tech T Lite.
For fashion that is fuss-free, on-trend and keep you not only looking cool but feeling cool in merino, check out Icebreaker. The summer collection is available from stores from early October.âSopheak Seng
The Getty Images Gallery is a small gallery just off Oxford Street in London. Although I say small, this in no way refers to the images that it contains within. Gettyâs reputation alone was most likely why, despite the dark, rainy night, it seemed most of the several hundred invited guests all came to its latest exhibition, Love from London.
The images on display are of major ﬁlm stars on set or relaxing in Londonâs major sites and places of interest.
Certainly there is something enigmatic about seeing these stills and casual shots of the classic ﬁlm stars like Lee Marvin, Audrey Hepburn and even younger versions of Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
This exhibition is on until October 9 at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W and is well worth the time to take in. Try for earlier in the day when it may be more quiet and allow time to really take in each photograph.âDouglas Rimington
Peugeot has announced what it calls the ﬁrst diesel âfull hybridâ car, the 3008 Hybrid4 crossover.
To date, production hybrid vehicles have used a petrol engine. By using an already fuel-efﬁcient diesel with 120 kW (163 bhp), the 3008 Hybrid4 manages a combined drive cycle fuel consumption of 3Â·8 l/100 km (74Â·4 mpg [Imperial]) and carbon dioxide emissions of 99 g/km.
Being a crossover on the 308 platform, Peugeot is counting on sales from not just the eco-conscious but buyers who want the apparent security and driving position of a taller car.
The 3008 Hybrid4âs four modes include a Zero Emission Vehicle setting, where the diesel engine only kicks in with sustained acceleration. Otherwise, only the 27 kW (37 bhp) electric motor runs.
Right-hand-drive production has not been conﬁrmed, according to Peugeot New Zealand.