Definition of luxury car has changed
The four-cylinder petrol and diesel mills are both, well- refined, adequately quick and are now the only engines on offer, besides the 5.5-litre V8 in the E63 AMG of course. The E-Class was never known to be a spirited car to drive but a few minor updates to the chassis in the refreshed E has given it a bit of dynamic flair. The precise electro-mechanical steering and the slightly stiffer suspension make it a better driver’s car. Turning the E-Class into a complete luxury package are a host of features coming in with the updates. Eight airbags, active bonnet, start-stop, active park assist, attention assist, the list goes on.
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Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, came out on top for the second straight year, with a score of 79. Honda’s Acura was second with 75, followed by Audi with 74. Consumer Reports said of Lexus: “Its models are usually quiet, comfortable, and fuel efficient, and they’re among the most reliable cars made.” Subaru and Toyota tied for the fourth spot. Mazda, Honda, Infiniti, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and BMW rounded out the top 10. Detroit-based manufacturers fared poorly in this ranking, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep tying Ford for worst of the 23 brands listed.
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Electric car Tesla named Consumer Reports’ top auto pick
But having said that, we will never shortchange the product again,” Butler vows. GM continues to spend robustly on vehicles and marketing to keep Cadillac’s luxury image intact. A new, larger XTS sedan was unveiled at the auto show here and will go on sale in the spring. A compact ATS sedan joins Caddy’s limited lineup next year to broaden the product array. Like all luxury makes, it’s also fending off increasingly feature-packed models from more mainstream brands.
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95% of Rolls-Royce cars purchased in 2013 were personalized by their owners
Ghost, by its more informal nature, had a slightly lower Bespoke content outside the Middle East, with 96% of European buyers, 79% of North Americans and 54% of Asian owners individualising their cars. All three models surpassed their revenue targets in 2013 with an overall revenue increase of 30% over 2012. This continuing growth in Bespoke sales in 2013 proves the fact that Rolls-Royce is the home of Bespoke in the luxury world, said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The success of this operation here at Goodwood continues to attract more discerning individuals from all over the world to our marque, and reaffirms our decision to expand our Bespoke offer over the last three years.
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