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Ferrari shows California with unique upholstery at Goodwood

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Order up a new Ferrari and you can get it just about any way you want it. That's what the company's Tailor Made program is all about. And it's showcasing some of the possibilities at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with the unique cabrio you see here.

This one-of-a-kind Ferrari California T has been done up in a special blue and white livery. Its three-layer Bianco Italia paintjob is overlaid with a pair of offset blue stripes, complimented by a set of 20-inch alloys in blue and silver. The interior is similarly done up in blue and white, but it's the material with which that's done that's the most interesting bit

Maranello has upholstered and trimmed the interior of this particular California with a new high-tech material called Mycro Prestige. It's less than a millimeter thick and weighs only a third of what the leather would, but it's flameproof and water resistant while being porous and breathable. Sort of like Alcantara, but more advanced. more...

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June's used-car sales picture

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  After quite a strong May for used-vehicle sales (at least among franchised dealers), how is June shaping up? That’s the question a couple industry observers are looking at as the month winds down. is estimating June used-car sales (across all channels: franchised and independent dealers, plus private-party figures) will reach 2.98 million. This would result in a used SAAR of 37.2 million; last month, Edmunds pinpointed used sales at 3.07 million with a SAAR of 37.4 million. ... More ...

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Luxury diesel models good sell for cost-conscious shoppers

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Though diesel vehicles might not be the easiest sell these days, the latest results from Vincentric’s first Canadian Diesel Analysis might give dealers some talking points when trying to convince shoppers of the benefits of these units.

According to the results of the analysis released today, the company found that 12 out of 34 diesel vehicles, or 35 percent, had lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest gasoline counterparts. more ...

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