Tag Archives: Luxury

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S hit with recall for faulty front passenger seat

A tremendously powerful super sedan, it would take a heroic driving effort to push the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63S to its performance limits. If you're the front-seat passenger in one, however, you can exceed the manufacturer's intended limit of seat adjustability. The E63S is being recalled for that seemingly odd reason. On Sept. 11, the National Highway...

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2019 Kia K900 first drive review: Tighter and more European

Stepping out of the Archer Hotel in Napa Valley's morning light, it's hard to remember the lineup of gleaming white and black cars aren't German. They are South Korean Kias, and they are sharp. The first-generation K900 was head-scratcher with a price starting in the $50,000 range and an available 5.0-liter V-8 it seemed out of place in...

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BMW 3-Series GT: A niche too far?

BMW was one of the first automakers of the modern era to start exploring new niches when it launched vehicles like the original X6 and 5-Series Gran Turismo. While some of those niches have proven popular with buyers, others haven't fared so well. One in particular not doing so well is BMW's Gran Turismos, which were introduced to lure buyers looking for a...

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Polestar 1 reaches pre-production stage

The well-documented development of the Polestar 1 continues with the announcement Thursday that the high-performance hybrid coupe is now in the pre-production stage. This is the stage where final testing and certification and registration processes take place. Polestar said the first batch of 34 pre-production prototypes will be used for crash tests...

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2019 Lexus RC debuts in Paris with sharper look

The Lexus RC is a worthy option in the entry-level luxury coupe segment. It combines excellent build quality with solid performance, although it isn't quite at the same dynamic level as its German rivals. Following an introduction for 2015, the RC is now at the midway point in its life cycle and has been given an update to keep it looking and feeling fresh...

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2019 Porsche Macan brings new look to 2018 Paris auto show

Like the Cayenne before it, the Macan has been a huge hit for Porsche. It's the marque's most popular model, with more than 97,000 delivered in 2017 alone. Having been introduced for 2015, the Macan is now at the midway point in its life cycle, and to keep sales brimming Porsche has given the small SUV a substantial update. Porsche unveiled the...

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Aston Martin shares start trading at $24, value company at $5.6B

Talk of Aston Martin going public by way of an initial public offering (IPO) dates back as far as the brand's 2008 sale by Ford to a consortium led by Prodrive founder David Richards, but the company finally took the plunge on Wednesday with its shares listing on the London Stock Exchange at a price of $24.60 under the ticker symbol AML. Only 25...

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2019 Acura ILX brings brand’s new design language, $2,200 price cut

Acura's ILX enters the 2019 model year with a fresh set of clothes, representing the second time the compact luxury sport sedan has been updated since its 2013 debut. The latest tweaks inject the ILX with some much-needed aggression and adds the corporate “diamond pentagon” grille that we first saw on the Acura Precision concept unveiled in 2016...

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2019 Audi Q3 bows with sporty look, high-tech cabin

Sales of compact crossover SUVs are booming and Audi is set to have one of the strongest offerings next year in the form of a redesigned Q3. The new Q3 was unveiled Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show and is expected to reach U.S. showrooms in the first half of 2019, bringing with it a sharp new look, increased proportions, and loads of tech in the cabin...

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2019 Audi SQ2 crossover debuts with 296 horsepower

Audi's smallest crossover in the United States is the Q3 but overseas there's a slightly smaller Q2 on sale. The vehicle made its debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show and on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show a sporty version was added to the lineup: the SQ2. As expected, the mechanical package of the SQ2 is similar to what we find in the latest...

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