NEW YORK — Demand for sport utility vehicles in the United States is booming, but the number of new models vying for a share of that market is growing even faster, threatening the fat profits automakers have enjoyed. At the New York Auto show this week, automakers will unveil another flock of SUVs ranging from a revamped Toyota RAV4, Toyota Motor Corp's top-selling model in 2017, to flashy new luxury Cadillac and Lincoln SUVs. Premium brands such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's Maserati that once dealt exclusively in low-slung sports cars are getting into the game. "I think everyone has read the same tea leaves - right now there seems to be insatiable demand," said General Motors Co's Johan de Nysschen, referring to SUVs and crossovers. De Nysschen, the head of GM's Cadillac luxury division, spoke to Reuters on Wednesday while standing next to the brand's new XT4 crossover model. "Everyone is going into these segments with compelling new entries," he said, "and that means there … [Read more...] about 90 SUV/crossovers? And another 90 luxury models? How many are too many?
Even after four generations and a quarter of a century since the launch of the original model, the new Audi A8 50 TDI Quattro is still the challenger of the establishment, going against the Mercedes S-Class. FIRST COMPARISON TEST. Never let her see how hard you try. Only when the audience understands power, brilliance or state-bearing grandeur, it all seems sovereign. Yes, this is about the eternal war between the A8 and S-Class, and to understand what the two contenders are, we need to understand where the two cars are coming from. The Mercedes namely from nowhere, it was always there. Since the rich, the beautiful, the powerful belong to the circles that a Mercedes moves – a status that every S-Class inherits and that you can not develop. It is developing. At Audi they try to break this mold since the first A8 from 1994 to compensate for the alleged deficit in the status with Vorsprung durch Technik. So the fourth generation of the A8 drives up a lot of … [Read more...] about New Audi A8 50 TDI Quattro vs. Mercedes S 350 d: Diesel engines in the luxury class
The Stuttgart-based grand brand is intensely working on a new generation of its monstrous GLS, set to keep its head up in the segment of the super luxurious premium SUVs. Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and probably Aston Martin’s Lagonda SUV will be waiting for it. It has already been four years since talks about a Maybach GLS surfaced. Autocar Magazine now reveals that the dream will finally materialize. Mercedes is planning on revealing the concept of the SUV in April, at the Beijing Motor Show. Under the name of Maybach 9, the GLS-based concept will get all the specific exclusive Maybach treatment, inspired from the latest Mercedes-Maybach S-Class just unveiled in Geneva. A radiator grille with vertical slats, a two-tone paint scheme and the double-M logo on the pillars will be a few of the exterior elements adorning the Maybach 9. The Maybach GLS will make its way off the assembly line in November 2018, right on time for the Los Angeels Motor Show, with sales ready … [Read more...] about Maybach 9 is the ultra-luxury GLS concept to premiere in April
There are many appealing aspects of luxury cars, including the prestige of ownership, the superior craftsmanship and exceptional performance. However, for prospective buyers, the main detriment with luxury models concerns their hefty price tags. To this end, the experts at AxleGeeks, a transportation research site powered by Graphiq, developed a list of the 10 most affordable luxury cars. They created this list by examining the prices of the 2016 base models made by luxury brands, then sorted them in descending order of price, from least to most affordable. #10. 2016 Audi Q3 Premium Plus Price: $33,700Horsepower: 200Combined Gas Mileage: 24 mpgTrunk Space: 16.7 cubic feet #9. 2016 Cadillac ATS Standard Price: $33,215Horsepower: 202Combined Gas Mileage: 27 mpgTrunk Space: 10.4 cubic feet #8. 2016 BMW 3 Series 320i Price: $33,150Horsepower: 180Combined Gas Mileage: 29 mpgTrunk Space: 13 cubic feet #7. 2016 BMW 2 Series 228i Coupe Price: $32,850Horsepower: 240Combined Gas … [Read more...] about The 10 Most Affordable Luxury Cars
So, did you enjoy Baselworld this year? Yes? No? Do you even know what Baselworld is? If not, I’ll fill you in: It’s the luxury watch industry’s equivalent of the Geneva Motor Show. I didn’t attend it myself, because I don’t have that kind of disposable income, but I know a few people who did, including one R&T staffer, and they all had an absolutely wonderful time. I suspect that at least part of their enjoyment came from being surrounded by people who share their love for mechanical watches. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below In the era of the smartphone and smartwatch, owning and wearing something like a Vacheron Constantin or a Grand Seiko is pretty much a horribly expensive act of deliberate anachronism. It’s unlikely that your friends and family will understand it, much less approve of it. This past weekend I wore a Weiss American Issue Field manual-wind watch for my NASA races. At one point I was struck by the realization that my … [Read more...] about It’s Time For a New Luxury Car Brand—Or a Revived Old One