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 |  May 27 2014, 9:26 AM

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Mercedes is weighing the possibility of introducing a coupe-styled sedan that would sit between the CLA and CLS.

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 |  Feb 21 2014, 12:02 PM

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GM has been working to revive its Cadillac division for a decade and a half. After much hard work and many billions of dollars things are really starting to fall into place instead of falling apart. They’ve transformed the brand from an also-ran into a genuine competitor to German luxury hegemony.

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 |  Jan 28 2014, 9:23 PM

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Kia’s new luxury flagship will set you back by quite a few smackeroos: $60,400 to be exact.

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 |  Nov 20 2013, 8:37 PM

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Acura just debuted the latest version of its RLX on the floor of the 2013 L.A. Auto Show: the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD.

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 |  Oct 30 2013, 10:01 AM

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Is Lexus considering a high-performance LS-F model? The TS650 from the Toyota Motorsport Group hints at such a machine.

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 |  Oct 23 2013, 2:59 PM

Lexis-Infiniti-Not-Recommended-Main-ArtLike it or not Consumer Reports is an extremely influential publication. Buyers pay close attention to the products they recommend, especially when it comes to cars. If a particular vehicle fails to earn the outlet’s accolades you can bet people will shy away. Surprisingly two Japanese luxury sedans failed to make the grade.

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 |  Aug 15 2013, 12:34 PM

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Jaguar announced a mild price hike to most of its flagship XJ sedan line for the 2014 model year.

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 |  Aug 05 2013, 10:06 AM

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Audi has already teased us with its 2015 A8 refresh, that’s set to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now the automaker has revealed that the flagship sedan will see a good amount of upgrades to better compete with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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 |  Jul 12 2013, 10:41 AM

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Hyundai will charge a $1,750 premium for its new 2014 Equus flagship sedan.

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 |  Jun 05 2013, 8:32 AM

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Mercedes officially unveiled its all-new S-Class two weeks ago brimming with high-end technology. Now a new video from the brand is showing some of those systems in action.

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 |  Mar 27 2013, 1:24 PM

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BMW is bringing a diesel-powered 3 Series to the U.S., and it made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show. 

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 |  Aug 08 2012, 10:13 AM

Arriving at dealerships this November, the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo is aimed at entry-level luxury sport sedans, though it might miss the mark in some segments. 

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 |  Jul 16 2012, 12:43 PM

Lexus announced pricing for its 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h models today, which officially confirms the new model year taking a 1.7 percent price cut while also releasing pricing for the first-ever ES 300h.

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 |  May 17 2012, 9:02 AM

If you drive a 2007-08 Acura TL and suddenly it seems harder to steer than it was before, or if smoke starts coming from under the hood, stop driving and call a tow truck because your repairs are probably free.

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 |  Apr 24 2012, 8:32 PM

As we head towards a presidential election, green vehicle subsidies are proving a political hot topic. One of the latest, concerns Fisker Automotive’s $529 U.S. Government loan to help it move forward with vehicle development and production.

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 |  Apr 09 2012, 4:32 PM

Last year, we reported that Volkswagen was considering a second generation successor to the controversial Phaeton and now it looks like those plans might become reality.

Despite being an unmitigated flop in the US and not doing too much better in Europe, VW’s flagship has found a much better reception in China, where long wheelbase sedans are proving a hit with more affluent consumers. In fact this has led to certain manufacturers introducing LWB versions of smaller cars, notably BMW with it’s 3-Series.

Given the relative popularity of the Phaeton in China, as well as VW’s long established presence there, a second generation model makes more business sense now than it did before.

As we previously reported, much of the car’s engineering will be shared with the next generation Audi A8, which will mean some form of aluminum monocoque construction. That said, despite the reduction in mass and smaller displacement engines, likely four and six-cylinder motors, plus the possible option of a Plug-in Hybrid driveline, the new Phaeton will actually be dimensionally larger than the old, with even the short version sporting a 196-inch wheelbase.

The next generation Phaeton is set to bow in 2015 and aimed at the same kind of buyer as its predecessor. It’s “a sedan for the person who’s successful but doesn’t feel the need to show it,” remarked a VW spokesperson. “Volkswagen doesn’t change course between generations of a car. It’s always easier to keep the customers you have than to lose them and go find new ones.”

Whether sticking to the same principles proves a wise move for the second generation Phaeton, remains to be seen. Nonetheless, you can’t help but admire VW for doing so.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

 |  Apr 05 2012, 8:01 AM

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All new for 2013, the Lexus ES has been completely revamped starting with a bold new grille with more angler and fewer curves. The result is more of the new GS from the front and more of the flagship LS from the sides and back.

Powering the new ES is a familiar 3.5-liter V6, although Lexus is now also offering, for the first time, a hybrid engine option. To find out more about the new ES and the ES300h, watch AutoGuide’s first look video from the NY Auto Show below.

GALLERY: 2013 Lexus ES

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 |  Nov 17 2011, 2:50 PM
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We’ve been hearing a lot about Lincoln lately. Ford Motor Company has been pouring lots of money and effort in an attempt to revitalize the storied brand. 7 new or significantly updated models are coming in the next three years and in terms of design, Lincoln is on its way to becoming a full independent operation; a new design center is currently under construction in Dearborn and a dedicated team, headed by Max Wolff, has been assembled, whose task it is to live, breathe, eat and sleep Lincoln.
Now while the fruit of such labors is still a ways off, Lincoln has given us a taste of what’s to come with the updated 2013 MKS sedan, which was officially unveiled at the 2011 LA Auto Show on November 17. On the outside, the car has been given a facelift. You might not be able to tell at a glance, but Lincoln says all sheetmetal forward of the A-pillar is new, lending an appearance that is lower and wider than the 2012 model. The “waterfall” grille effect has been de-emphasized, though the resulting effect is perhaps a tad more elegant than before.
At the rear, the car has also been given a new set of tailights and a redesigned trunk lid and fasica (luggage access is also improved). Inside, the MKS features Bridge of Weir leather seating and a redesigned instrument panel and center stack that “flows” into the rest of the cabin, a design cue we’re told can expected to be found in future Lincoln models. The somewhat controversial MyLincoln Touch system has been updated, the objective being simpler and more intuitive to operate than before, while SYNC gains a live operator assist feature to help users get more out of the voice command system.
Yet the biggest improvements lie underneath the skin; namely vehicle dynamics. For 2013, Lincoln has added Continuously Controlled Damping as standard equipment. This real time system, via multiple sensors, allows suspension settings to be adjusted by up to 500 times per second, designed to provide both optimal ride quality and handling control.
In addition, there’s Lincoln Driver Control which allows the pilot of the 2013 MKS to effectively “alter” the car’s driving characteristics by moving the shifter from “Drive” to “Sport Mode.” This results in improved throttle response, more aggressive shifting, better steering response, as well as adjusting stability and traction control to deliver a more “enhanced driving experience.”
Besides standard and Sport damping settings the CCD system can also be adjusted to a “comfort” setting, should you feel the need to hark back to Lincoln ride quality of yore. Another interesting feature are Lane Keeping Alert and Aid technologies which are designed to provide the driver with a gentle nudge, should the vehicle cross lanes. Think of it as a bit like the vibration you get  from your XBox 360 controller when your car goes off road while playing Forza Motorsport. 4. A quaint little coffee icon also displays on the dash signaling that it’s probably time for you to pull over and nap or get a fresh cup of Joe.
Larger brakes and a more powerful 3.7-liter V6 (now with an expected 300 hp instead of 274) plus aerodynamic tweaks designed to reduce wind noise essentially round out the changes. The 2013 Lincoln MKS is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms sometime early next year, though by then we should also have a better idea of the brand’s new direction. Here in LA were told to expect something significant at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in January, 2012.

Gallery: 2013 Lincoln MKS

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 |  Nov 14 2011, 5:45 PM

According to Mercedes-Benz, the next generation S-Class, when it goes on sale late next year, will strengthen its position as one of the world’s best luxury sedans, retaining not only the luxury and quality buyers expect, but also adding new features and technology to make it even more capable and efficient.

The new S-Class will be built off a version of Mercedes’ modular rear-wheel drive architecture, already used on the current E-Class and will boast greater use of aluminum in order to save weight, including the body  panels and suspension. Speaking of the latter, it will also incorporate Mercedes’ Magic Ride control system, which uses cameras to detect road conditions and alter spring and shock rates in order to maintain a desired level of ride comfort, without sacrificing handling (fast reacting airbags at each corner are designed to eliminate body roll during cornering).

Engines will include a range of diesels, as well as hybrid powertrains and conventional gas engines. In Europe the 250 CDI and 350 CDI diesels will likely remain, joined by S300 and S400 BlueTec hybrids which mate a 2.1-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 oil burning engines respectively with an electric motor. Higher up the scale there will also be S500 V8 gas and S600 V12 models, both designed to meet ultra stringent 2015 EU6 regulations (no word yet on which powertrains will make it to the US, though the V8 and V12s are probably the most likely candidates, at least in the short term).

Further aiding fuel efficiency is a 9-speed automatic transmission, a development of the current 7G-Tronic, though whether it will be standard on all models, especially the lower priced diesels remains to be seen.

Mercedes will offer five different body configurations for the upcoming S-Class, a regular, short wheelbase four-door sedan, two long wheelbase derivatives, including an extra long Pullman, plus a coupe (which replaces the current CL) and a cabrio, marking the first time since the 1971 W111 280 SE 3.5, that Mercedes has offered an open top S-class model.

In terms of styling, the 2013 S-Class is said to break away from the current “Gothic” look in favor of a more “contemporary appearance .” Translated, that likely means a bolder grille, more defined character lines, plus roofline with more pronounced curvature, think CLS meets the F800 Style concept (shown above). Inside, the new S-Class is rumored to set new standards in terms of quality and ergonomics and will likely be considerably cleaner, with a free standing centrally mounted multi-media screen, plus a greater use of more natural materials for trim, such as marine inspired wood and aluminum.

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Sep 13 2011, 1:34 PM
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Making it’s world premier at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2012 Lexus GS450h Hybrid follows its conventional counterpart, first seen at Pebble Beach last month.

One of the most highly anticipated Lexus models in recent time; this latest GS450h aims to build on the foundation laid by its immediate predecessor. Although outwardly similar to the standard GS350; embodying what Lexus calls it’s L-Finesse design philosophy, the new 450h is a full hybrid, in this case sporting a two-motor hybrid system and Atkinson Cycle V-6 gas engine,  the first time this combination has been fitted to a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Fuel economy is claimed to be some 30 percent better than the old GS450h.
Other features of the new GS450h include specific headlamp treatment with the high/low beam LED headlights and turn signals aligned in a single row, plus an energy saving air conditioning system shared with other GS models that includes S-Flow and ‘nanoe’ technologies, the latter designed to ‘clean’ the air onboard when the system is turned on.
Also featured is a second generation Remote Touch Interface that’s linked up to the world’s largest on board multi-display screen, as well as a new Mark Levinson sound system, for those that care about that sort of thing.
Thanks to a re-designed rear suspension setup and repackaged battery; trunk volume has increased on the new GS by some 23 percent versus the outgoing GS and Lexus says the new version was conceived as a more fun to drive luxury hybrid sedan, thanks to changes to the suspension and steering, as well as incorporating a more driver focused cockpit with improved ergonomics and seating.
Gallery: 2012 Lexus GS450H
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 |  Nov 15 2010, 12:00 PM

The BMW 7 Series Composition really tickles our ivories. Developed in partnership with Steinway pianos and BMW Individual (BMW’s bespoke service), the 7 Series Composition comes in a (*groan*) ebony or ivory paint scheme, with a contrasting merino leather interior.

A gold pinstripe, 20″ wheels unique to the composition and lambswool carpeting help give some exclusivity to the Composition. Naturally, the interior trim is rounded out with…piano black trim! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but interestingly, the package can also be ordered on the 7 Series ActiveHybrid.

[Source: BMW]

 |  Oct 07 2010, 6:54 AM

Audi has just announced its U.S. prices for 2011 Audi A8, its luxury flagship sedan and the 2011 Audi R8 V8 sports car, which is coming soon.

“With this 2011 pricing strategy, Audi is determined to hit the sweet spot of performance, technology and value,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “The model year ahead offers great promise for the Audi brand to build on its momentum story in the U.S.”

The all-new Audi A8 will start in price at $78,050, while the Audi R8 4.2 quattro price remains the same as it did in 2010. As for the Audi TT, which is due out in early 2011, this vehicle will start at an affordable $38,300.

Expect a broad range of advanced features in the Audi 8, including the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and the next-generation of the Audi MMI system with the industry exclusive MMI touch technology. It also comes equipped with a touchpad feature with handwriting recognition, which allows your to enter multimedia, navigation and communications commands. Other features include quattro all-wheel-drive technology and aluminum ASF construction to keep weight down.

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 |  Sep 07 2010, 4:16 PM

Stephanie Rice, a 22 year old Australian swimmer who endorses Jaguar products in her home country, was let go after she tweeted a homophobic slur in response to Australia’s victory over South Africa in a rugby match.

Rice, who had been given a Jaguar XF as part of her sponsorship package, will have to return the car to Jaguar. “We made a decision yesterday, and we’ve terminated the agreement with her,” said Mark Eedle, Jaguar Australia’s marketing and PR manager. We will be taking the car that she’s been using back.”

Rice apologized for the comment and deleted it. In a statement on her blog, Rice wrote”I made a comment on Twitter on Saturday night in the excitement of the moment. I did not mean to cause offence and I apologise[sic]. Jaguar stated that Rice was the only athlete they sponsored and they had no further plans to add other sports starts to their roster.

[Source: The Telegraph]