XENATEC Cruserio: How the Other Half Drives

XENATEC Group GmbH & Co KG, located in Weinsberg, Germany, specializes in designing and building special vehicles for its VIP clients (e.g. armored vehicles), as well as building prototype and test vehicles for several German car manufacturers.

XENATEC Group GmbH & Co KG, located in Weinsberg, Germany, specializes in designing and building special vehicles for its VIP clients (e.g. armored vehicles), as well as building prototype and test vehicles for several German car manufacturers. The former Special Purpose Vehicles Division of ThyssenKrupp Drauz Nothelfer, XENATEC’s location is near the birthplace of Wilhelm Maybach, so it is fitting that the company is showing the Cruserio in Geneva this week, a car based on the Maybach 57 S.

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The car was developed by XENATEC designer Fredrik Burchhardt. It has a special matte-finish paint, hand applied in several layers, then offset with a silver color along its flanks.

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Inside, there is an extensive use of buffalo hide that is non-dyed so it shows its mid-brown color. Nappa leather is also deployed, for the headliner, for example.

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Here’s something that sets bespoke cars apart even from conventional luxury vehicles: While conventional lux cars often use Alcantara for things like headliners and trim, in this car they’re using it in the footwells.