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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.

With less than a year left until production begins around the world, the second-generation BMW X1 is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Caught roaming the streets somewhere in Germany by our skilled spy photographers, the 2016 X1 showcases its production headlamps for the very first time.

Although most of the crossover’s front end is still camouflaged, the new headlight configuration suggests the upcoming X1 borrows its front fascia from the bigger BMW SUVs . We expect the new headlamps to connect with the chrome surrounds of the reshaped, taller kidney grille, meaning the X1 will carry a lot of character up front, albeit it will be less muscular when compared to the X5 .

Nonetheless, the next-gen X1 is just an evolution of the current model, so don’t expect any overwhelming changes inside and out except for the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, UKL architecture that underpins the new Mini Cooper and the upcoming BMW 1 Series Active Tourer.

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The Tesla Model X is reportedly about to enter production in late 2014. Finally, right? It’s been a long time coming for the company’s second large-scale production vehicle. The lengthy delays the Model X has suffered from has made us even more interested to see what the production version is going to look like. But Tesla is now accepting reservations for the Model X and has said that deliveries are expected to begin in the fall of next year. Do a little calculating and it does look like those initial reports of production beginning early next year are all true.

This is huge news, especially for those clamoring for Tesla to finally build the Model X after years of testing and development. We’re a part of that group, too, and like everybody else, we’re very interested to see whether the production Model X will mirror the concept, or go in a more conservative direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Tesla Model X.

Confirmed since April 2013, and spotted testing in Germany and Sweden several times since then, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake has hit the Nurburgring track. Still wearing a camouflaged rear end, the shooting brake was caught while being pushed to the limit on the iconic German track. Mercedes engineers are looking to wrap things up before the assembly line fires up, and, as things stand, the sexy compact is quite the nimble machine.

Derived from the CLA — the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class — the CLA Shooting Brake not only inherits the sedan ’s sleek appearance and low drag coefficient, but it looks like it’s getting all the driving dynamics that come with the Mercedes-Benz badge. It’s fast, cuts corners like a sports car and remains planted at high speeds. Granted, this is what customers expect to receive when buying an aerodynamic shooting brake, and the Germans are making sure no one will be disappointed.

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The Porsche Macan has proven to be quite a popular model in the U.S. At least its popular enough that the crossover is already sold out for the year and a wait of more than six months faces every interested buyer of Porsche ’s surprisingly popular SUV. So what to do if you want a Macan and you’re faced with that excruciatingly long wait? Well, how about short-term leases on the Boxster or the Cayman ?

According to Automotive News, that’s the strategy Porsche Cars North America is employing. While customers wait for the arrival of their Macans, they can take advantage of short-term leases on the two Porsche sports cars . At the very least, the open-ended lease eases the wait until the Macan arrives.

The dilemma is serious enough for the company to take this kind of step. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen indicated that a majority of the Macan’s customer base are first-time buyers of the German brand and making them wait so long isn’t a good introduction to the Porsche brand.

With this lease program, customers can still enjoy other Porsche models until their Macan orders are filled. It’s a bold and risky move, but Porsche is banking on customers liking the idea.

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The relaunch of Maybach apparently isn’t going to be limited to just super-luxury sedans. From the looks of it, Mercedes is planning to set Maybach up as a luxury division similar to how AMG has evolved into the company’s performance division. So prepare yourselves for a more versatile Maybach offering that will even expand into SUVs like the GL-Class.

The news comes by way of Motoring, which reported that Mercedes is already tinkering the idea of using Maybach differently when compared to its previous incarnation. So instead of models being badged as an independent Maybach brand, we could see something akin to Mercedes models being treated to uber-luxurious specifications.

Motoring is reporting that the GL-Class will be the first of Mercedes’ existing models to be given the Maybach treatment. The move is seen by some as the company’s response to the increasing number of luxury SUVs that are either in development or are in discussions to be developed soon.

You hear that Bentley , and Rolls-Royce ? That’s Mercedes putting you on notice.

Note: Standard Mercedes GL-Class pictured here.

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Source: Motoring

In 2006, Mercedes realized that some buyers need four doors, but also want the sleek design of a coupe. With this realization, the German automaker released the CLS-Class Coupe, a four-door car with a coupe-like roofline. In 2012, the CLS-Class received a full overhaul and for 2015, the CLS-Class is receiving a new Sport Package.

One package apparently isn’t enough for the Mercedes CLS-Class . Around the same time Mercedes announced the Night Package for its resident luxury sedan, the German automaker also went out and launched the Sport Package for the same model. Why make one awesome package when you can make two, right?

What makes the Sport Package different from the Night Package is the focus put on improving the CLS-Class’ mechanical components. A new Direct Control sports suspension makes an appearance to enhance handling without killing comfort. The package also features a new dual-exhaust system with stainless-steel tailpipes and larger front brake discs paired with "Mercedes-Benz"-stamped calipers.

That’s as far as the upgrades go for the Sport Package. There are also wheel options available, but overall, It’s admittedly a little underwhelming compared to the Night Package. The good news is that the Sport Package is available for all versions of the CLS-Class except the CLS 500 and AMG lines.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS with Sport Package.

Sometimes when you set out to prove something, the proof often times just isn’t enough for some folks. Naysayers and slanderers just eat your lunch. So it seems Hyundai has taken the extra step – or six in this case – to ensure the car-conscious public is well aware of the 2015 Genesis ’ latest convenience safety features.

So to demonstrate the Genesis’ Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist system, Hyundai hired stunt driver Buddy Joe to lead the pack of driverless, yes driverless, Genesis sedans around an oval loop then subject them to a rather sudden stop. But executing the driverless car situation was a little more involved than one might think.

Lined up one after another, the drivers of all six Genesis sedan turned on both the smart cruise control and the lane keeping function before proceeding to exit the vehicle. Yep, the stunt drivers make use of the Genesis’ generous panoramic sunroof by climbing through it, only to jump to a moving semi truck pulled along side.

Without spoiling all the video’s fun, I can say it’s a pretty impressive stunt that seems hard to fake. The cars all followed each other perfectly (though seemingly at slow speeds) until the semi truck slammed on its brakes. Driverless, each car came to a complete stop without nary an issue. Nicely done, Hyundai. I’m impressed.

Click past the jump for a glimpse behind the scenes of Hyundai’s stunt.

Hypermileing is a growing trend these days as folks try to conserve as much fuel and money as possible. But even the best efforts are vain attempts when compared to a driver with a good tool. Turns out, the best tool (most efficient) is the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid . Fitted with a diesel engine, an electric hybrid drive system, and the factory-optional large-capacity fuel tank, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid can drive an amazing 1,223 miles on one tank of fuel.

The feat was accomplished by British automotive journalist Andrew Frankel in a massive undertaking of driving from Tangier in Northern Africa to the United Kingdom. The journey trekked through two continents, four countries, and three time zones in a total of 27 hours of drive time.

Frankel and the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid’s final destination was the Goodwood Festival of Speed , slotted to show off the car’s amazing fuel efficiency and range at the ‘First Glance’ paddock. Even with hitting heavy rain and thick traffic, the car still averaged 73.6 mpg. The larger, 21-gallon fuel tank used is a regular factory option, costing £100, or roughly $170 U.S. dollars as of 7/1/2014, helped ensure the trip would be completed without a single fuel stop.

When Frankel arrived at Goodwood, the fuel readout still showed another 100 miles worth of driving range. If he’d kept driving, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid could have potentially covered 1,323 miles of road without a single stop.

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Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

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The Bentley Mulsanne was unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and launched in the United States for the 2010 model year. Developed as a competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost , the Mulsanne revived a nameplate previously used between 1980 and 1992 and replaced the Bentley Arnage . The Mulsanne remained unchanged since its introduction, with only an equipment update in 2013 and a few special-edition models keeping the luxury sedan somewhat fresh until 2014.

For 2015, the Mulsanne gains its first true facelift in five years, one that brings upgrades in the engine department as well. The venerable, 6.75-liter, V-8 mill is in for a hefty performance bump, while a re-tuned chassis comes to improve handling and responsiveness. A hotter version of the Mulsanne that takes inspiration from the Bentley GT3-R is also in the books, but the Brits are still keeping all the important details in the vault. Click past the jump to learn what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne.

Source: AutoExpress

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