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 |  Dec 05 2010, 8:03 AM

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Well here’s something different. If you just so happen have to be stuck with a minivan, you might as well get a luxurious one that looks cool, right? Mercedes-Benz recently released the Viano Van in Europe and German tuning house A.R.T. is releasing a Viano tuning program for early next year.

The tuning program transforms the exterior of the van from mundane soccer mom to sexy soccer mom. The front lip features additional LED lights, while the side skirts and rear skirt adds a sense of sportiness to the van’s look. Making it even more aggressive is a roof spoiler and A.R.T.’s quad-tipped exhaust system.

A.R.T. also offers a lowering kit for the minivan, giving the vehicle the stance it needs for the 18-inch or 19-inch monoART1 or monoART2 wheels.

A.R.T. is also offering performance upgrades depending on which model Viano you have. The 3.0L V6 CDI receives an ECU upgrade, pushing horsepower to 268-hp and torque to 391 ft-lbs. The 3.5L V6 receives more engine mods, including cylinder head port and polishing, more aggressive cams and a new air filter. This package bumps horsepower to 327-hp with 299 ft-lbs of torque.

On the inside, A.R.T. offers a new steering wheel and accents with any combination of leather, wood and/or carbon fiber. And to keep all those kids in the van entertained? A.R.T. will be more than happy to install a multimedia DVD system, additional monitors, Playstation, business equipment and more. We’re guessing a ton of iPads wouldn’t be out of reach for A.R.T.

GALLERY: A.R.T. Mercedes-Benz Viano Tuner

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[Source: eMercedesBenz]

 |  Nov 02 2010, 12:07 PM

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Looking like a luxurious RV inside and a pimp Vegas stretched limo outside, Toyota couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue than the annual SEMA Show to unveil its Sienna Swagger Wagon Supreme.

The stretched Sienna takes Toyota’s new ‘Swagger Wagon’ to the extreme, after their viral music video of the stock van garnered over 7 million views on YouTube.

Keeping true to the van’s motto “always for kids, now for parents too” the van has been stretched by four feet and includes a custom acrylic roof to bring plenty of natural sunlight into the cabin. Toyota insists it’s daily drivable thanks to an air suspension that allows anywhere from 2.5-inches to 6.5-inches of ground clearance. Outside, it rolls on 20-inch KMC wheels and includes some very custom bodywork with shaved door handles, a custom rear spoiler and some chrome exhaust tips. Plus, it’s been coated in a beautiful Blue Swagger Opal paint.

Inside the spacious cabin gets swiveling captain’s chairs, a massaging chair and a hideaway table. Plus the interior can be transformed from classy to kid-friendly thanks to seat cushions that are leather-coated on one side, with bright colors on the other. But that’s not all, the Swagger Wagon Supreme also gets cherry veneer cabinets, with a glass-front fridge, and a countertop section. And to make the space more livable, the floor was lowered to allow for easy walk-in. And that floor – coated in Brazilian cherry hardwood.

Let’s not forget the entertainment system either (what minivan would be complete without one). The Sienna gets a 23-inch HP TouchSmart computer, Xbox 360 and a wild JBL audio system with 1,700 watts of power.

Toyota has announced that along with the SEMA Show, it will bring the new Swagger Wagon Supreme to the LA, Detroit and Chicago auto shows.

GALLERY: Toyota Sienna Swagger Wagon Supreme

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GALLERY: Toyota Sienna Swagger Wagon Supreme at SEMA

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Official release and a short AutoGuide video after the jump:

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