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  Luxury cars are expensive and come in all shapes: sedan, coupe or convertible. They offer all the comfort, luxury and performance but you will have to pay premium price. German cars like BMW or Mercedes are the first brand that come to our mind but nowadays nearly all car makers offer nice and comfortable models that enter in the luxury car category.

AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact .

Updated 09/24/2014: Mercedes has released all the important details on the new 2015 C63 AMG.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63

General Motors has announced a “strategic realignment” that places Cadillac as a more autonomous branch of the automaker. Cadillac will become its own business unit, yet still ultimately report back to GM. Adding to the autonomy, Cadillac is moving its global headquarters from Detroit to New York City, with the facilities set to open in 2015.

The news comes after Johan de Nysschen’s installation as president of the Cadillac brand in August. This isn’t Nysschen’s first rodeo, however, as he oversaw a similar departure of the Infiniti brand away from Nissan .

GM President Dan Ammann says that with Cadillac’s upward repositioning, “the next logical step is to provide Cadillac more freedom to cultivate the brand in pursuit of further global growth. He continued by saying, “Cadillac’s mission is to reinstate the brand to a preeminent position among global luxury brands, a bold challenge requiring a distinct and focused new organization.”

This trend of premium-brand separation isn’t new. Other luxury brands such as Audi and Maserati have headquarters separated from their respective Volkswagen and Fiat leadership. Even Ford had its premium brands separated, back when it still had control of Land Rover , Jaguar , Aston Martin , and Volvo .

Cadillac’s new headquarters will be located in the Soho area of Manhattan with offices and event spaces. Set to open sometime in 2015, Nysschen and GM still have to determine what personnel will make the move, and which will stay with Cadillac’s technical operations in Detroit.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s expansion plans.

In today’s episode of “Car Company’s Gaining Sanity” it appears that Porsche will not be making a two-door version of its new Macan SUV. A new report from the Australian site Motoring claims that Porsche is in fact working on several new versions of the Macan from a Turbo S and GTS model all the way to a plug-in hybrid version like the Panamera S E-Hyrbid I just drove. This information comes from a spokesman for the brand named Paul Ellis.

According to Ellis, the Macan family will eventually grow to have the same number of members as the larger Cayenne. Despite these plans to grow, Ellis reiterated that there are no plans to drop 4WD and no plans for a two-door like the Range Rover Evoque. "All our SUVs are four-wheel drive," he said. "For me two-wheel drive is not an option.” He also stated “For us the Macan is [already] a coupe. It’s closer to the [BMW] X4 than X3 . Evoque two-door is only 20 per cent [of sales].”

When it comes to those new models, Ellis was not willing to divulge details about the potential Turbo or GTS versions of the small SUV, but he did say that the PHEV version would use the exact same drivetrain that the other E-Hybrid models currently use. That means 416 horsepower, an EV range of around 15 miles and fuel economy that should crest the 30-mpg mark. Sounds pretty awesome.

That is all good news in my book. I am frankly quite tired of all these ridiculous SUVs that are not really SUVs. Porsche, I personally want to thank you for keeping your head on straight and staying away from obnoxious sales fads that water down your brand and performance image.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche Macan.

Source: Motoring

The Audi A3 has been around since 1996, making a name for itself as a compact luxury sedan and hatchback. While the A3 proved to be popular, it would be a decade before the U.S. market got its first example. The 2006 A3 was a part of the vehicle’s second generation, and came powered by the 2.0-liter, TFSI four-cylinder and the 3.2-liter, VR6 quattro. The A3 soldiered on until 2013 when the third generation was introduced. Now in its third year of the third generation, the 2014 A3 still holds true to its original intent of compact luxury. I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the A3 2.0T quattro S tronic, evaluating it livability, luxury, and performance.

My tester cam equipped with several option packages, including the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, the Cold Weather package, and Aluminum Style package. However, even with a built-in infotainment screen, my A3 was missing a backup camera. Also noticeably absent was blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and other now-normal safety features.

While those absences didn’t detract from the A3’s performance and impressive looks, the car did feel oddly lacking, especially considering its $37,195 price tag. The A3 had plenty of redeeming qualities about it, so click on down to continue reading.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi A3

Jaguar’s second-generation XF has been spotted doing some hot-weather testing in Southern Europe, and this time, it’s wearing bodywork that appears to be nearly production-ready. Though it’s wrapped in swirly camo, the XF’s shape is still recognizable.

The second generation will get a revised look, helping move the BMW 5 Series competitor in line with Jag’s newest sedan, the XE . Judging by the spy shots, the XF will get a more upright grille, much like the smaller XE. We expect the XF to get an aggressive front fascia with large openings under each headlight. An integrated spoiler will sit atop the boot while the taillights will likely share much of the same design cues as the XE.

Jaguar seems bent on protecting the XF’s side profile as the doors have a large accent bump just under the door handles. We saw the same thing on the XE as it was testing. Like the XE sedan , we expect the XF to have smooth sheet metal falling from its beltline, bulging out just slightly as it meets the rocker panels, so don’t be fooled by the clever camo.

All this talk about the smaller XE rubbing off on the upcoming XF is for good reason. The XF will ride on an extended version of the XE’s platform. Both the sedan and wagon versions will come, though the wagon isn’t expected to make the U.S. market.

Powering the new XF will be a familiar group of engines, including the turbocharged, 2.0-liter I-4; the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6; and the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. Folks outside the U.S. will get a diesel version as well. A plug-in hybrid will come after its initial launch.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Jaguar XF.

Land Rover’s bringing a special-edition Range Rover Evoque to the 2014 Paris Motor Show . It’s called the Evoque SW1 Special Edition and if there was ever a time that the phrase “special edition” means something, it’s this one. See, there’s something really special about the Evoque SW1, other than it being part of Jaguar and Land Rover’s new “Inspired by Britain” series of models.

The Evoque SW1 is one of the first production models to prominently feature Land Rover’s integrated laser heads-up display. It’s a really cool information display that appears onto the Evoque’s windscreen. I’m still not sure how distracting the display can be, but it does have that novelty factor attached to it.

In addition to the HUD, the Evoque SW1 also features prominent styling cues derived from its British heritage, notably the numerous appearances of the Union Jack throughout the body and cabin of the SUV .

We expect the special-edition model to hit dealerships shortly after making its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. Be on the look out for these special Evoque SUVs and stay tuned for the rest of JLR’s "Inspired by Britain" series.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SW1 Special Edition.

After years, of patent leaks, spy shots, and endless rumors about its feasibility, the Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan may finally become a reality. That’s the sentiment within the ranks at Cadillac after a high-level source told Autoblog that the RWD, flagship, luxury sedan is being developed in time to make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. That’s still a long ways away, so it should give Cadillac enough time to prepare its long-awaited answer to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series .

Autoblog is also reporting certain design elements of the Elmiraj Coupe Concept we saw at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance will make their way to the CT6 sedan. That’s a great way to establish a luxury identity for the CT6, because the Elmiraj is everything we hoped a Cadillac flagship sedan would be. While we don’t expect the CT6 to be identical to the Elmiraj, we’re looking forward to seeing what Cadillac has in store for the model.

If anything, the company needs to be on its A game in developing the CT6. Last we checked, the S-Class, A8, and 7 Series were all heavyweights of the luxury sedan market. The 2015 S-Class, in particular, was a dramatic improvement from its own predecessor, re-validating Mercedes Mercedes ’ place in the pecking order of the segment. Cadillac will definitely have a lot of pressure on its hands, although the Caddy source did tell Autoblog that the company is prepared to embrace the challenge.

At this point, we’re holding our judgment on that one, at least not until we see the CT6 in the flesh in April 2015. You still have time on your hands, Cadillac. You better make the most out of it if the CT6 wants to live up to the hype.

Updated 09/24/2014: Cadillac has revealed that the new, range-topping model will be named the CT6. It will use advanced lightweight materials and new body construction to help enhance fuel economy. Also announced is Cadillac’s plan to change up its naming scheme, making all cars carry the CT prefix followed by a number that indicates its position within the range.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Source: Autoblog

The GS is the second-largest sedan you can buy from Lexus , and it is one of the most luxurious. It comes loaded with all the leather, wood and technology you would expect from the brand, but it comes with something most Lexus models are missing; a touch of anger and performance. Lexus sells the GS with an adjustable sports suspension, an F Sport model and even a hybrid that promises to let you have fun.

Lexus has proven that it can do some great things with the F brand, but I had to laugh at the idea of a fun hybrid from the brand. Low and behold a Starfire Pearl colored GS450h rolled into my driveway for me to beat and cane on for a whole week. After experiencing what Porsche can do with the Panamera Hybrid , I was interested to see if Lexus could make a hybrid that was “fun.”

It has more than 300 horsepower, promises more than 30 mpg, and it looks great to boot. If there was ever going to be a hybrid from the Toyota family that I would enjoy, it would be this one. Let’s jump and in and drop the hammer; it’s time to see what this thing is made of.

Read on to find out more about the 2014 Lexus GS450h

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