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The entry-level luxury segment doesn’t get the attention of some of the various other segments, such as the luxury sports sedan category. Yet, attention from car lovers matters about as much to sales as one cloud on a sunny day. Photos on the covers of magazines are all well and good, but sales numbers are what really count.

The reason for this is the fact that companies don’t make a whole lot of money selling a few thousand super expensive machines with plush seats, loads of technology, and a massive motor. Sort of like Rolex and Timex, as one makes a better product, but the latter is far wealthier. So, with so many different automakers trying to soak up the sales of the entry-level luxury game, one would think that sales would be spread, but they’re not. One vehicle has maintained dominance over the herd, theLexus ES .

In the past decade, Toyota has created 600,000 of these sedans in the U.S alone, with another 650,000 in the rest of the world. What makes this even better for the Japanese automaker is the lack of incentives that go along with the ES. These things are selling straight up.

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With a history of only three years, theInfiniti EX is entering the 2011 model year with a new 7-Speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, and other refinements. The 2011 Infiniti will be offered in four models: EX35 RWD, EX35 AWD, EX35 RWD Journey and EX35 AWD Journey, with prices ranging from $34,150 to $37,750.

Under the hood there is a VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 297 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque and mated to a new 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), and Adaptive Shift Control. This new transmission replaced the old 5-speed tranny and offers improved fuel economy.

Also new for 2011 is a new white color scheme for gauges and LCD instrument display and three new exterior colors: Arctic Blue, Midnight Garnet, and Graphite Shadow. Other features include standard 18-inch wheels and tires, RearView Monitor, premium audio system, power-up folding 2nd row seat, Lane Departure Prevention system (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

Press release after the jump.

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Not long after the debut of the all-new BMW X3 in Paris , BMW has announced the suggested retail pricing for the sporty SUV.

The entry level 240-horsepower X3 xDrive28i will be priced at $37,625, and arrives in dealer showrooms by the end of this year. The turbocharged, 300-horsepower X3 xDrive35i will have an MSRP of $41,925. Both prices include $875 Destination & Handling fees and feature the standard 8-speed automatic transmission along with BMW’s acclaimed xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The 2011 models will also have a significant increase in all round value compared to their 2010 predecessor by sporting more standard equipment, including Bluetooth connectivity, iPod/USB interface, anti-theft alarm system, and - on the X3 xDrive35i - standard BMW Xenon Adaptive Headlights.

Produced exclusively at BMW’s newly upgraded Spartanburg, S.C. factory, the new X3 will be supported by a state-of-the-art ordering and manufacturing system. Customers will be able to make changes to their vehicle order up until six days prior to the start of production.

Source: BMW USA
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Nissan Murano

Nissan US have announced the asking price for the second generation Murano SUV. They are currently on sale in the various options and equipment levels as designated below, however, all are equipped with the same 260 BHP detuned 3.5 liter V6 from the 370Z and Xtronic CVT auto transmission. Our choice would be the diesel which, unfortunately, is not available in the US due to the poor gas mileage from the thirsty V6. Invest in a FWD model, if you’re not going off road, with the SV spec package. This package includes all that you really need without the novelties that you’ll get bored of, but will still be paying for.

As a little refresher, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a new grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights. It also comes with a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.

Pricing starts from $28,500 USD to around $39,140 USD depending on how many ticks you make in the options list.

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Source: Nissan USA

Not much has changed for the Nissan Maxima since last year, so this little update will be short and sweet. For starters, in 2011 Nissan offers a new rolled edge tailpipe finisher, new smoked headlights (Sport models), new dark chrome grille (Sport models), and unique shiny gray interior stitching (Sport models). Nissan is also offering two new exterior colors; Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver.

The 2011 Maxima will come standard with many little perks including a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather (XM subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive.

Prices haven’t changed all that much either. Last year the Maxima’s price began at about $30,460. This year the 2011 Nissan Maxima’s prices start at $30,810 for the S version and at $33,530 for the SV version, both on sale now. Both models are powered by a 290-HP 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes. Paddle shifters are also available.

Press release after the jump.

Nissan today announced prices and details on the 2011 Armada large SUV. For 2011 Armada will be offered in three well-equipped models, Armada SV, Armada SL and Armada Platinum with prices starting at $37,910.

The 2011 Armada will be powered by a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine that delivers a total of 317 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame and comfortable double-wishbone suspension.

Depending on each model, the 2011 Armada will be offered as standard equipment with overhead console with multi-storage capacity, Dual Zone Automatic A/C, power windows and door locks, power adjustable pedals, Nissan Intelligent Key, leather-appointed seating, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, premium Bose® audio system with 11 speakers and subwoofer, power-folding 60/40-split 3rd row seat and auto-leveling rear air suspension, heated front seats and steering wheel, power rear liftgate, moonroof, DVD Family Entertainment System and Nissan Navigation system.

Press release after the jump.

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The Honda Accord has been the Iron Man of the midsize sedan market for generations. Now, with the great Accord name on the back, Honda has created an all-new version of the family sedan. Meet the Accord Crosstour, which adds a touch of modern versatility and a premium ride to the Accord lineup.

The Crosstour is Honda’s take on the swoopy five-door coupe-like crossover that seems to be making its rounds in the automotive world. So, is the new Crosstour good enough to be called an Accord?

If you think this design is new then you would be quite mistaken. The 2010 Accord Crosstour is just another five-door utility in the market. BMW has the X6 , Toyota has the Venza , and Acura has the ZDX.

Amazingly, despite being nearly the same company, the Acura ZDX is not at all similar to the Crosstour. The ZDX is based on a truck chassis, while the Crosstour is pure Accord.

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Since the debut of the Lancer Evolution back in 2006, we have seen the popularity of Mitsubishi’s all wheel drive sports sedan increase, however, it has always maintained the original 4 door sedan platform. This has allowed other automakers, like Subaru and Mazda , the opportunity to introduce a sport back version of their popular sport sedans with very good results. Last year, we saw the introduction of the Evolution MR and were intrigued when a rumor about a sport back version of the Lancer was in the works. With the success of the Lancer RALLIART edition last year, it was only logical for Mitsubishi to develop a Sport back version of the affordable sport sedan to compete in a market that is currently dominated by other Japanese automakers. The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer RALLIART Sport back edition features a combination of the ever popular Lancer sedan and the Lancer Evolution, bridging the gap between the track and the daily driven roads.

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When Lexus unveiled the IS C in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show they had in mind models like Audi A5 Cabrio, BMW BMW 3-series Convertible, but also Volvo Volvo C70. And it seems they desire was a success, as the model easily combines the award-winning design of the IS sports saloon with outstanding open-top engineering ingenuity.

The IS Convertible is offered in two different versions: IS250 and IS350. The IS250C is powered by the same engine as the sedan version: the 2.5-liter V6 delivering 205 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The IS350 is powered by a 3,6 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 hp.

The IS 250C uses the front double wishbone and multink rear suspension format from the IS sedan range to give, which means it should have the same spirited drive as the sedan. Lexus says there are significant chassis revisions to handle the structural differences that comes with the loss of the roof.

The 2010 IS250C has a MSRP of $39,440 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C with a six-speed automatic transmission will be $40,610. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $44,890.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out our review of the IS250C by clicking here !

Press release after the jump.

Lexus’ entry level model, ES350 , enters the 2010 model year with a few exterior styling upgrades like a front bumper with redesigned lower air intakes and integrated fog lamps as well as a new grill and surround for the front end, while the sides are dressed up with new chrome moldings and for 2010, the ES will be available in a few new exterior colors.

Under the hood of the entry level luxury car, Lexus has placed a similar version of their class leading 3.5 Liter V6, which in this case delivers a maximum output of 272 HP at 6,200 rpm and a peak of 254 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. Due to the sedan’s front wheel drive layout, the transverse mounted V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission for more fuel efficient shifts.

The 2010 ES350 rides on a newly designed set of split five spoke 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the new color options include: Truffle Mica, Peridot Mica, Satin Cashmere Metallic and Cerulean Blue Metallic. On the inside, the Lexus ES350 is upgraded with new steering wheel controls, more trim options than before as well as new infotainment packages that include a new hard disc drive (HDD) navigation system.

UPDATE 10/26/2010: Check out our review of the Lexus ES350 by clicking here !

Press release after the jump.

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