By most accounts, Maybach managed to move less than 300 units in all of 2006. These are low numbers even for an ultra-exclusive personal limo manufacturer. We can personally attest to the Maybach sedan being a very fine road car that is sumptuous and coddling, while simultaneously being capable of amazing alacrity when given the spur. Sure, it couldn't quite keep up with its corporate cousin CLK DTM, but it will more than hold its own against a Silver Spur or Phantom. But even a good car can get a bit stale, and although the line was expanded with the "S" models, the 57 and 62 won't personally guarantee the marque's future. As much as we'd love to see the Exelero reach production (so would The Governator), it's far more likely we'll be seeing a cabrio/landoulet version of the current sedan, and possibly an SUV, as well.
CAR Magazine, in fact, is reporting that the 57 and 62 sedans will go topless, with a power cloth top dropping to expose that huge passenger compartment. They also predict that a version of the corporate Mercedes-Benz GL will get a Maybachover to create the ultimate SUV. Picture a new nose and tail and those Concorde-like seats inside. They guess that these models could quintuple Maybach output by adding 25-50 ragtops and up to 1,500 Sport Utes. We see the cabrio as a must-have in light of the debut of the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, even if Mercedes brings the Ocean Drive to fruition. The SUV seems like less of a necessity, but with a possible Bentley SUV in the future, this would make sense, too.
Loza Maléombho has been described as “African street chic fashion.” The label is a high street fashion brand founded in 2009 and based in New York City. While suggesting contemporary clothing to a fashion forward and international woman it is a mixture of modern and trendy silhouettes with an ethnic and tribal edge in textile. Loza Maléombho as a brand stands for the idea that Fashion could make a radical change in the West African job market and believes that health and education provide for better economic development. Therefore, not only will a percentage of benefit provide for schools and hospitals in W. African countries, it will also create jobs by installing local factories and workshops for the production.
Brazilian born and of Ivorian and Central African origins, Loza Maléombho was raised in Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire (W. Africa.) At age 14 and still ignorant of Fashion design as a profession, she found interest in designing dresses for her mother aunts and sisters and put together fashion competitions for her cousins. It wasn’t until 2000, that she moved to the United States. In 2006 she graduated from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia then moved to New York city with a mission to gain fashion experience - Now she is launching her label.
Here is a sneak peek of the designer’s latest lookbook. The full collection will be unleashed after NY Fashion Week in September.
View Loza Maléombho’s Origin Statement Video and Behind the Scenes from their 2009 Lookbook below
Today's home in Palm Beach, Florida has the exterior facade of some of the older homes in the area but this villa on Everglades Island is new. The recently completed 7,814 sq.ft. home has a Spanish tile roof, Gothic arches and Moorish windows aping the style of Addison Mizner. This home has five bedrooms, an elevator, generator and is wired with a Lutron control system. The covered loggia looks out over the pool and patios on the water where there is a large boat dock with lift. The interior doesn't quite follow through on the grace promised by the exterior facade but it does have many of the features that today's buyers are looking and is dressed up in that particularly heavy and self-consciously ornate style that some South Florida mansions seem to favor. It is listed at an ambitious $17.5 million.
The Sooloos Sound System actually consists of a range of storage, audio and control products. The picture above feature’s the Sooloos “Control:One” Touchscreen panel that lets you select songs to play on your Sooloos Sound System.
To store songs imported into Sooloos from your CDs or PC, you’ll have to purchase the “Twinstore”, a liquid cooled and ultra quiet 1 Terabyte mirrored RAID storage system. Playback of music is achieved via “sources” which are basically digital-analog converters that allow the system to interact with analog speaker systems such as your Infinite Wisdom Grande speaker set. Sources can be installed anywhere you need your music played.
The Sooloos System can also be controlled via a PC, iPhone or even your web browser. You can order a system with all your music preloaded inside, and if you wish to purchase more CDs through Sooloos, they will send you your CDs plus a specially-encoded disc that allows your new music to be downloaded into your Sooloos system in a matter of minutes.
Maranello has finally revealed the mid-engined V8 replacement for the Ferrari F430. The all-new Ferrari 458 Italia won't be shown in public until September's Frankfurt Motor Show, but the official details were released early this morning. A new direct-injected 4.5-liter V8 ups the ante underhood, pumping out 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. The redline? A screaming 9,000 rpm. Eighty percent of the F458 Italia's torque is now available at a low 3,250 rpm, thanks in all likelihood to the new engine's 12.5:1 compression ratio.
Acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 3.4 seconds, and this will be the first volume production Ferrari V8 to top the 200 mph barrier, with a top whack of 202 mph
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