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 |  Jan 28 2011, 10:07 AM

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You know the saying, “as American as apple pie”? Well, in Qatar they say, “as Qatar-ian(?) as a modified SUV.” OK, maybe not, but wealthy Middle-Easterners really know how to blow their oil-soaked money: like on the Invader L60.

Japanese tuning house Invader recently unveiled its new L60 truck at the Qatar Motor Show, based on the massive Lexus LX570. Along with an excessive widebody kit and some massive front-end opening, the truck also gets some obligatory gold wheels (optional) and an aggressive rear diffuser with four exhaust pipes.

A completely custom interior is also a part of the package, and who can forget the supercharged mated to the big V8 engine to help pump out 600-hp.

Invader is planning to bring the L60 to the Geneva Auto Show in March, so we’ll be sure to snap plenty of live pics then.

GALLERY: Lexus LX-based Invader L60

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[Source: Automobile]

 |  Jan 27 2011, 3:16 AM

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While the Geneva Auto Show is capturing all the buzz right now, this week the Qatar Motor Show is the place to be. Alongside several debuts from Volkswagen, Lamborghini has unveiled an all new model.

No, it’s not the highly anticipated successor to the Murcielago. Instead, Lambo unwrapped a new special edition version of the Gallardo. Called the LP560-4 Bicolore, this new version of Lambo’s best-selling model is build specifically for the Euro and Asian markets, with the same trim set to be offered in North America – but on the rear-drive LP550-2 model.

Like the Special Edition first-gen Gallardo, this model gets a gloss black roof, pillars, front air intakes and front spoiler. This contrasts with the standard paint color, which is available several hues: yellow, orange, silver, blue or white. Also outside the newest Lambo gets special titanium-finish wheels, while the interior gets black leather with contrasting stitching that matches the exterior paint.

Under the hood, nothing is new, but do you really need more than 560-hp?

GALLERY: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore

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 |  Jan 25 2011, 1:06 PM

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Ahead of its debut at the Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen has unveiled a a new version of its 1L (1 Liter) car, bringing the company’s goal of delivering a production vehicle that can travel 100 km (62 miles) on a single liter of diesel fuel. The XL1 Prototype, achieves 0.9 l/100 km, or 261-mpg.

Powering the carbon fiber shell is a plug-in diesel hybrid powertrain, using a 2-cylinder TDI motor with 48-hp, mated to a 27-hp electric motor and using a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Volkswagen also says that due to the plug-in hybrid setup, the power contained in the lithium-ion battery pack can propel the car 35 km (roughly 22 miles) emissions free.

It may look like a bizarre concept, but Volkswagen clearly indicates this vehicle as a prototype, highlighting the side-by-side seating, rather than the odd tandem setup in the L1 concept from the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. It even has a near-production interior.

Also of note, VW says it has achieved “significant reductions in productions costs” for carbon fiber reinforced polymer parts (CFRP) allowing this project to move ahead. In the past execs at the German automaker have indicated the car will see production in 2013.

GALLERY: Volkswagen XL1 Prototype

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