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Lexus owners disappointed with spindle grille

Not everyone can stomach Lexus' new design language. Jeff Bracken, the head of the company's American arm, said he's received phone calls from owners complaining about the brand's spindle grille. "In fact, I'll take phone calls from some of these owners and will literally spend 45 minutes to an hour on the phone with me just expressing how disappointed they are," he told CarBuzz.   

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Lexus dealers want LF-1 Limitless concept in showrooms

American Lexus dealers want to see a crossover like the LF-1 Limitless concept in showrooms. "We couldn't be happier if we turned this into a production vehicle. We clearly have a gap at the high-end premium cross-utility segment," Jeff Bracken, the general manager of Lexus US, said.   

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Lutz: "Buy a Model S while you can"

Bob Lutz told vintage car enthusiasts in Scottsdale, Arizona, to buy a Model S "while they're still available." He loves the electric sedan, but he worries about Tesla running out of cash. "I don't see anything on the horizon that's going to fix that."   

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First 2019 Bullitt Mustang sells at auction

Ford sold the very first 2019 Bullitt Mustang for $300,000. We don't know how much the model costs yet but it's certainly not priced that high. The proceeds from the sale will benefit a charity named Boys Republic that helps troubled teenagers.   

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Resto-modded Range Rover gets CTS-V power

Meet the Range Rover Chieftain, a resto-modded SUV with classic looks and modern guts. The flared fenders and double exhaust pipes hint that power comes from a CTS-V-sourced V8 engine that makes 560 horsepower. Builder Jensen International Automotive also upgraded the chassis.   

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Polestar 2, 3 will get new design

The Polestar 1 looks like a Volvo S90 coupe, partly because it's modeled after a concept the Swedish brand introduced. Company CEO Thomas Ingenlath revealed the company's second and third models (called, aptly, 2 and 3) won't draw inspiration from the Volvo line-up. They'll wear "special Polestar shapes," according to Autocar.   

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Datsun shows first crossover

Datsun is riding the crossover wave. The born-again econobox specialist just introduced the Cross, a high-riding soft-roader previewed by the GO-Cross concept shown in India in 2016.   

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Toyota invests $490M in France

Toyota will invest 400 million euros (about $490 million) in its French factory. The cash injection will be used to upgrade the facility and prepare it to build an additional model based on the brand's TNGA platform. Currently, the factory only builds the Yaris. French website LeBlogAuto speculates the second model will replace the Auris, which we know as the Corolla iM.   

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BMW charging annual fee for CarPlay

BMW will begin charging owners $80 annually for Apple CarPlay when it rolls out its 2019 models. The German brand is the first auto-maker to turn CarPlay into an annual subscription service. Some companies charge a one-time fee for it, while others (like Ford) offer it for free.   

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Ghosn announces second Alpine model

Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn announced Alpine is ready to begin the second phase of its renaissance, which will include a second model to sit alongside the A110. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to what's next. Some rumors claim an A110 convertible while others believe we'll see a Porsche Macan-like SUV.   

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