日本品牌《Daihatsu》在2019年7月發表了採用全新DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture) 平台並找來日本人氣明星大泉洋代言的新世代《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》，日前《Daihatsu》也替推出屆滿一年的《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》在當地進行了最新的產品改良工程。
根據《Daihatsu》原廠所發表的產品資訊指出，誕生於2003年的《Daihatsu Tanto》問世後在擅長輕自動車產品的《Daihatsu》深厚功力與種種巧思應用下，包括便利的無B柱「Miracle Open Door」車門以及雙側滑門等，都成為引領日本各家輕自動車爭相仿效的指標設計。
而在2019年7月正式發表的現行第四代《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》再採用全新DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture) 平台為基礎下不僅空間機能再度進化，Smart Assist安全科技的加持更是獲得了來自市場的熱烈迴響，讓新車在日本推出首月便創下接單上看37,000張的出色成績。
在推出一年多後於2020年12月1日在日本市場正式發表的最新《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》針對前者追加了Ice Green x Shining White Pearl、White x Blue MiG Pink Metallic、White x Fire Quartz Red Metallic、White x Laser Blue Crystal Shine等四款雙色塗裝選擇，不僅帶來更為豐富的視覺效果相信也將對女性買家更具魅力。另一方面，原本便訴求個性風格的《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》也同步追加了Style Selection車型，藉由專屬樣式鋁圈與鍍鉻水箱護罩展現出眾氣勢。
除了在外觀部份帶來新意，經過此次產品升級後的《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》也比照甫於2020年6月發表的《Daihatsu Taft》針對Smart Assist安全科技進行強化，追加包括夜間行人辨識與車道偏離警示等功能將帶來更為完善的行車安全防護，目前《Daihatsu》原廠已經針對《Daihatsu Tanto》、《Daihatsu Tanto Custom》開出介於124萬3,000至214萬5,000日幣的建議售價。
The Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series is one of the German automaker’s most acclaimed limited-edition performance models and we’ve just stumbled across a low-mileage example that’s looking for a new home.
This CLK63 AMG Black Series was originally delivered to Mercedes of Beverly Hills and acquired by the seller four years ago. Despite how thrilling this thing is to drive, it has less than 9,500 miles (15,288 km) on the clock and is being sold with a clean Carfax report.
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The car is painted in Arctic White and sits on the factory 19-inch wheels with Nitto Invo tires measuring 265/30 at the front and 285/30 at the rear. The Bring A Trailer auction states that the paint is in excellent condition but does note some road rash on parts of the rear fender flares.
The cabin has bucket sports seats clad in black leather and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The seller notes that they have only driven the car roughly 100 miles (160 km) in the last four years but have started it regularly to ensure it still runs smoothly. In August, the 507 hp 6.2-liter V8 engine was serviced with new spark plugs, brake fluid, coolant, and a new air filter.
Mercedes built only 500 examples of the CLK63 AMG Black Series, so if you’re looking for a rare AMG model that could prove to be a collector’s item in the years to come, this could be it.
Acura is looking to reclaim its reputation for building some of the most excellent handling premium (or at least, near premium) cars on the market. Names like Integra, Vigor and Legend are lost on young kids unless they love Ludacris.
Most Acuras, as of late, are barely an improvement over their Honda counterparts. Complicated dual-screen infotainment systems and beak-like grilles have not helped its cause either.
When the Japanese company unveiled the Type-S concept last year, it was like a beacon of hope for the Acura faithful. Not only did it mark the return of the fabled Type-S moniker, but it seemed like a modern sports sedan that looked ready to go toe-to-toe with the best of the competition. I hadn’t paid much attention to it or the production-spec TLX until recently. The striking design caught my eye when driving past the local Acura dealership and my eyes lasered in on one specific body panel: the front fender.
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More specifically, I noticed the distance between the dashboard cowl and the front axle. The dash-to axle-ratio of the new TLX writes a check that the chassis can’t cash. Typically a long dash-to-axle would indicate a longitudinally-mounted, rear-wheel-drive platform. This gives the TLX an athletic stance of a proper performance car. All the best luxury compact sports sedans on the market ride on RWD platforms. Acura has always stuck with the front-wheel-drive formula, offering their SH-AWD as an option. The new TLX is no different.
Was this design choice made to fool the average consumer? Probably not, as most buyers would never even notice it – at least not purposely. Transverse-mounted, front-wheel-drive cars tend to have short stubby noses. Subconsciously, this design trick lends a more appealing design to the TLX even to those who don’t know or care what lies beneath.
And what has Acura to say about all this? We asked a company representative who told us that “the TLX’s long dash to axle ratio was very deliberate, and a ‘win’ the designers were thrilled with” as “it gives the TLX beautiful rear drive proportions and stance”.
“It also allowed space to package both engines that will be offered – the current 2.0T and the upcoming 3.0T V6 that needs significantly more space” the spokesperson explained. “And while I’m mentioning proportions, we also added double wishbone suspension which is a more compact suspension ‘package’ so allowed us to lower the hood line. Double wishbone also has significant handling benefits obviously.”
All the sports sedans
The TLX has stout rear-wheel-drive competition from pure-premium to near-premium models all over the globe. German stalwarts include the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class while other Asian offerings are the Infiniti Q50 and Genesis G70; the Cadillac CT5 is the sole American. Can the Acura hold up against the rest? First reviews show that even with power heading primarily to the wrong front wheels, the TLX is every bit the sports sedan as its challengers. The one to wait for is, of course, the twin-turbo V6-powered Type-S. Arriving next spring, the Type-S will be the true testament of their performance-driven intentions.See how the new Acura TLX’s profile compares to the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and the Genesis G70 sedans
As it turns out, you can build a proper sports sedan without rear-wheel-drive (I never thought I would write that sentence). I haven’t had a chance to get behind the wheel yet, but I have driven the previous TLX A-Spec, and it could hold its own. If the early reviews are any indication, the new TLX will cement Acura’s place in building great driver’s cars again.
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