You can always identify a car lover by looking at the condition of the vehicle. Car enthusiasts love to keep their vehicle in top notch condition regardless of the cost of the vehicle. When such car lovers get to see abandoned or dirty expensive cars, it sure hurts. Here are five such mistreated luxury cars from India that will make any car lover sad! BMW 7-Series Price: Rs. 1.2 Crore to Rs. 2.45 Crore The top-of-the-line luxury saloon from the Bavarian brand BMW is one of the most preferred choices of the celebrities and the industrialists. The 7-Series oozes of luxury and is a dream car of many. Seen here is a new generation BMW 7-Series abandoned at one of the scrapyards in India. The car’s front bumper is missing and it gets a few bricks acting as a jack behind the front left wheel. Yes, it is absolutely cringe-worthy to see the 7-Series in this condition. Audi Q7 Price: ~ Rs. 70 lakhs The Audi Q7 is the flagship SUV of the German brand. It is known for its street-presence … [Read more...] about 5 super expensive luxury cars ABANDONED & left to die!
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Automakers have come a long way from safety features such as seat belts and air bags that are meant to prevent injuries in a crash. Today, manufacturers are adding advanced driver aids that can fend off an accident in the first place. And there's a good chance that your next new car will have them. What's an advanced driver aid? It's kind of like an autonomous sidekick that's ready to step in to help you prevent an imminent collision. Adaptive cruise control, for example, can adjust your cruise speed and following distance with respect to the vehicle ahead of you. It's often paired with automatic emergency braking that applies the brakes when the system senses a collision is about to occur and the driver doesn't react in time. Lane keeping assist, which automatically makes small steering corrections if it senses you drifting out of your lane, and blind-spot monitoring, which lets you know if a vehicle is hovering in your out-of-view rear quarters, are two other key technologies we've … [Read more...] about Edmunds: Advanced driver aids aren’t just for luxury cars
If you’re looking to trade up for something a bit more luxurious but not too pricey, the entry-level luxury class is probably calling your name. As more and more buyers eschew expensive luxury cars, this segment has a lot of growth potential. With that in mind, which one’s right for you? Today’s Thread of the Day, courtesy of forum member Icer, offers these conditions: You have $34,000 to spend on an entry-level luxury car. It can’t be RWD and it can’t come from another segment. Your choices are: the 2010 Lincoln MKZ, the 2009 Lexus ES 350, the 2009 Acura TL or the 2009 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. Which car would you pick, and why? Are these four the best samples of the segment, or is there another car you’d suggest at this price point? Tell us which bargain luxury car could earn a spot in your garage in the comments below. … [Read more...] about Thread Of The Day: Which Entry-Level, FWD-Based Luxury Car is Right For You?
Luxury cars will become more expensive by up to Rs 3 lakh as disappointed automakers such as Mercedes Benz and Audi deciding to pass on increased duties imposed in the Budget today to consumers."The Budget is very disappointing for us. We were hoping for some reduction in taxes for large vehicles instead of hiking it further," Mercedes Benz India Director (Corporate Affairs and HR) Suhas Kadlaskar told PTI.The premium car makers usually bring in advanced technology into the country and this step will be very counter productive, he added."We are going to pass on the additional burden to customers. We have not decided the exact amount yet, but on an average it will vary between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh," Kadlaskar said. … [Read more...] about Luxury cars to become dearer by up to Rs 3 lakh
Volvo India Managing Director Tom von Bonsdorff Swedish luxury car maker Volvo recently announced plans to assemble cars in India and said it would roll-out the first assembled product by the end of 2017. The domestic luxury car market is on a growth path and Volvo Auto India Managing Director Tom von Bonsdorff tells Ajay Modi the company is poised to command a 10 per cent share of the Indian luxury car market in three years. Edited excerpts:How has the company performed during the first half of 2017?It has been a good first half. We are on track to meet the promises we made to headquarter on the volume and network side. We have seen a growth of 10 per cent in sales in the first six months and we expect to exceed 2,000 units in 2017, growing 25 per cent over 2016. We are confident that the festival season will help us report a much higher growth in second half of 2017.How has the goods and services tax (GST) impacted Volvo cars?Most products have seen a decline … [Read more...] about We’re eyeing 10% share of India’s luxury car market by 2020: Volvo India MD
The downturn in the economy isn't just affecting the mainstream automakers. The Wall Street Journal reports luxury car manufacturers are also suffering. (Yes, suffering.) In March, luxury car sales sank 14 percent from last year. "Super luxury" cars such Bentley, Rolls and Maybach were hit the hardest– the uber expensive segment fell 39 percent. Of those models, Bentley was the biggest loser, with a 42 percent loss. Entry level luxury models (BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class) were down by 13 percent. Middle (though not middling) luxury cars (BMW 5-Series, Jaguar S-type, Infiniti M35) were down 20 percent. And upper luxury vehicles (Mercedes E-Class, BMW 6- and 7-Series) dropped 24 percent. It's probably not a very good sign for the rest of us when even the wealthy start economizing on their whips. … [Read more...] about Luxury Cars Sales Hit by Looming Recession
On Thursday, Audi of America president, Johan de Nysschen, will meet with journalists to explore the question “how has the international recession impacted Audi and the luxury segment?” The obvious answer: sinking sales. The not-so-obvious conundrum: what next? How does a luxury brand position itself for survival when class war is breaking out all over? Of course, the professional pundocrats aren’t using “C” word just yet. The euphemism du jour for the “where’s MY bailout” anger that may or may not be sweeping the nation—as taxpayer-owned AIG execs collect their bonuses and Bernie Madoff’s wife shelters in a penthouse funded by her husband’s ill-gotten gains—is “vengeful populism.” Whatever you call it, Audi and its luxury competitors are sitting in the cross-hairs of growing anti-conspicuous consumption. The recession/depression is going to kick the NSFW out of them.Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus and … [Read more...] about Editorial: Off With Their Heads: Luxury Car Brands Under Siege
As the Beijing motor show draws to an end on Monday, the cars on display will be rolled on car carriers and shipped back home. All except for 40 luxury cars with a combined value of $22m. They have been snapped-up at the show, they will remain in China, and their makers can save the money for the long trip home.The most expensive car of the show, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, with a price tag of $5.6m was “snagged on the first day,” says China Daily. According to the paper, “the car is exceptionally rare, with only 300 available worldwide, and it sells for 2.65 million Euros in Europe.” That comes out to $3.5m MSRP in Europe. Mark-up, title and taxes in China must be considerable.The car will actually go back to France first, where it will be “revamped” before it will be shipped back to the customer in China.Maserati sold five of the six cars on display at the show. “Another 10 will be delivered in six to eight weeks, after the cars are … [Read more...] about Chinese Won’t Let 40 Luxury Cars Go Back Home
At last year’s Beijing auto show, a man walked up to the Roll Royce booth with a suitcase full of “Red Maos” – as the 100 yuan note is called in China, the largest note equals $15.40 – and walked away as the owner of a Rolls Royce Phantom. At least that’s what AFP heard. Because of taxes and duties, a Rolls-Royce Phantom started at 6.6 million yuan ($1 million) a year ago. That translated into 66,000 red banknotes.At this year’s Shanghai show, no suitcases were proffered. However, “using connections to enter the show on the media preview day, millionaires bought two Rolls Royce Phantoms, which start at nine million yuan ($1.3 million) and four of the new Ghosts, starting at 5.1 million yuan.” The “connections” came cheap. On media days, there is a booming market for press passes outside of the show.Aston Martin Aston Martin sold one of its super-luxury One-77s for 47 million yuan ($7.22 million.) “We don’t … [Read more...] about Shanghai Auto Show: As Luxury Cars Fly Off The Lot In China, The Government Pulls The Brakes
Increasing signs that reports of the death of luxury cars are greatly exaggerated are emerging from Sindelfingen. To the joy of Daimler stockholders, and to the amazement of pundits who predicted we’ll be driving scooters, Daimler nearly doubled its profit guidance. According to the new reckoning, between €2.5 and €3b should appear below the bottom line as EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) by the end of this year, says Daimler according to Das Autohaus. That came as quite a surprise.A few days before, on Wednesday last week, to be exact, Dr. Z. projected €1.5b at the annual stockholders meeting. Which didn’t make stockholder too happy. Some demanded Zetsche’s head. Dr. Z had to make daring predictions, like Daimler’s sales will grow twice as fast as the industry average. After the meeting, his bean counters went back to their books and found more money. Projected money.The positive prediction is based on “very good results of … [Read more...] about Luxury Cars: “We’re baaack!”