Chika Kako, Lexus Chief Engineer, Discusses the First-Ever UX

A manga character helped the design team make the right tweaks to the all-new vehicle

When Chika Kako, the first woman chief engineer at Lexus, saw designs for the brand’s all-new UX subcompact crossover, she thought of childhood days spent watching anime cartoons with her brother. The SUV’s rear lights reminded her of Mazinger Z, a hulking manga robot on the small screen in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a good look for an animated character, she …

Test Drive: Bugatti Chiron

From Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to Los Angeles in the luxurious supercar

“I know you won’t believe me until you start to drive, but it’s a very docile car,” Bugatti pro-driver Butch Leitzinger, tells us as we get behind the wheel of the brand new Chiron. Without even starting the engine, the car is a dream—with its devastatingly soft, free-range cattle-upholstered seats. “People expect it to have a bite, but it’s friendly,” Leitzinger continues, “It’s like driving a Bentley around …

Test Drive: Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante Spyder

A study in power, composition, and elegance—to orchestral effect

If you’re in the market for a new best friend, it could be worth checking out the $308,859 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. Like a loyal companion, it builds you up, encourages you to take chances, and convinces you that you’re a better driver than you really are. You feel fantastic when you’re together.  But to Alessandro Farmeschi, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Americans Region, the Huracan …