Toyota is bringing back the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 ($35,000) for one year only. That's not the worst of it. It will only be solid in Japan. Toyota is doing this to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Land Cruiser. In addition to the traditional closed cab they will also be offering a double-cab pickup version. This re-release will include some modern updates to comply with current safety regulations. The power plant will be a 4.0-liter V6 that makes about 228 horses and 266 lb-ft of torque. No auto is available so you will just need to make do with the five-speed manual. And if you're planning on doing some major off-roading with this bad boy you'll need to get the optional locking front and rear differentials and winch.
The Bolex D16 Cinema Camera ($3300) is the first digital camera to shoot RAW at an affordable price. The feel of the D16 emulates the classic 16mm cameras while providing a stunningly detailed image that gives your videos an amazing organic look. The camera features a Super 16mm sized CCD sensor, 12 stops of dynamic range, 12-bit CinemaDNG raw format recording, 24-bit 96 kHz sound, an internal SSD for buffering and backup, and a 4 hour battery. Outputs include dual CF card slots and USB 3.0. It also has the ability to use interchangeable lenses so you can use standard Bolex C-mount lenses or your own.
The Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angle Motorcycle ($TBA) started off as a Yamaha SR400. The Yamaha is one of Deus Ex Machina's favorite platforms to customize. This particular bike is a slimmed down cafe racer with a cool retro look. Customizations include a Nitrohead's ducktail solo seat and tracker tank, K&N pod filter kit, CV carb, bead blasted engine case, gold brake calipers, and AVON Speedmaster tires. If you want a bike like this shoot them and email on their site.
If you know anything about the Netherlands, you know its people love their bikes. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't ride one on a daily basis. Which is why it's so odd there isn't an 100% Dutch-made bike. Epo is looking to change that with their Dutch-Made Epo Bicycle Concept ($TBA).The issue the Dutch are experiencing are much the same everywhere else, it's just cheaper to have the frames manufactured in other countries and import them. Bob Schiller for Epo believes that if you use different manufacturing techniques, you can lower the price point enough to make in-country manufacturing viable.By using inspiration from the automotive industry, they are using mold pressed metal/aluminum plates for the frames. These type of frames are light, structurally rigid, and can be massed produced in an automated process, reducing much of the cost.If Epo receives enough backing they'll start testing the frame for strength, stiffness and durability, and once ready start production in a few years' time.
BMW's new concept looks like its about ready for prime time. The Concept looks less like a futuristic ride and more like a car thats ready for production. The BMW X4 ($TBA) will fit between the X3 and X5. It is built on the X3 base, but derives its looks from the X6. Which is a great move. I was not thrilled with the X3's design. The X4 looks like it will have some cojones and not like a cheaper version of the X5. If the production vehicle is similar to the concept, the X4 will be 1.3 inches wider and 1.5 inches lower than the X4. The X4 will be debuting at the 2013 shanghai Auto Show and production is expected to start some time in 2014.
I love the simplicity of well designed messenger bags. The Intrepid Journeyman Travel Bag ($300) is beautifully designed and made from materials that will last. Made to fit across the body the shoulder straps are padded and fitted to ensure the bag stays firmly in place and conforms to your body. The bag is only 2.5" thick and can carry a 13" laptop your tablet and smartphone plus all of their accessories. You also have slots for notebooks, pens and sunglasses. The leather is fully vegetable tanned, boot and saddle leather. This bag will only get better looking with time.