Toyota looks to turn new compact SUV into global flagship

The automaker will switch existing lines over to C-HR production rather than expand overall capacity. It is expected to spend tens of billions of yen on dies and other necessary equipment. -Nikkei Asian Review

Crackdown on souped-up engines, exhausts

From next month, owners caught modifying these parts more than once will have to send their vehicles for official inspections more often. -ST

Toyota Kikai is a mechanical curio in a digital age

Tokyo is notable for the number of concept cars on display as Japanese automakers one-up each other in the forward-thinking department. -BBC Autos

Italy's Ciclotte, stationary bike for the 21st Century

Its single carbon fibre wheel surrounds a clever eletromagnetic resistance mechanism that replicates the feel of a racing bicycle. -BBC Autos

Stuart Parr unleashes 26 Italian thoroughbreds

The peripatetic industrial designer has amassed a remarkable collection of Italian motorbikes from the 1970s, now on display in New York. -BBC Autos

Erba Cycles raises grass-fed steers

Levere - a long-time cycling aficionado and the founder of Erba Cycles - produces handmade bikes that are as stylish as they are eco-friendly. -BBC Autos

Aston Martin Racing goes technicolor for Le Mans

Painted by German abstract expressionist Tobias Rehberger, the V8-powered coupe joins a roster of endurance racing cars that acted as muses for avant-gardists. -BBC Autos

Xoupir: Charles Bombardier's 'magic bus'

Roof-mounted, flexible solar panels would power the on-board WiMax station, providing ultra-fast wifi to bus riders and any commuters or residents within a mile radius. -BBC Autos

A flight of fancy: Mercedes-Benz takes to the skies

The German luxury carmaker partners with Lufthansa for a seductive cabin-design project. -BBC Autos

The mutant machines of Mad Max

As moviegoers meet Max Rockatansky once again, we take a closer look at the outrageous mechanised stars of Fury Road. -BBC Autos

Rolls-Royce: Fashion plate?

Deeply traditional brand gets couture makeover. -BBC Autos