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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.

We’ve always thought of the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV as being former CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez’s pet project. But now that Bez is out of the management picture over at Aston, it looks like the Lagonda SUV is heading out with him.

Aston Martin Director of Design Marek Reichman recently talked to Pistonheads about the state of the company in the post-Bez era and the discussion brought about an update on the state of the long-awaited SUV.

If you’ve been waiting for the release of the model, maybe now’s the best time to turn away. With Bez out as CEO, the Lagonda SUV is no more.

“That was a different time,” Reichmann told Pistonheads. “It was Ulrich’s time. And now we’re in a very, very different time, with a different plan and with a different projection of what that brand should become.”

Part of that plan is retaining the Lagonda brand. But instead of building it as an SUV, Aston is now setting its sights on turning the Lagonda into its own exclusive marque.

That means more attention to exclusivity and less on the idea of mass production, which was something that Aston initially planned for the Lagonda SUV .

Click past the jump to read more about Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.

Source: PistonHeads

The A8 has been the flagship model of the entire Audi range since its arrival back in 1994. Now in its third generation, the A8 continues to carry the “Four Rings” flag to greater and greater heights. Word has it that the A8 is getting a new engine that will make good use of the company’s new 3.0-liter, V-6, e-tron drivetrain.

Auto Express is reporting that the A8 will be the first recipient of a new e-tron hybrid system combined with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel mill. This system is similar to the one Audi dropped into the A3 e-tron Sportback , albeit with a more powerful V-6 to complement the electric motor.

Audi technical boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to Auto Express that this new setup will be used on the automaker’s larger models with the A8 getting first dibs on it.

It’s another huge step in the company’s quest to produce more sustainable vehicles in the future. Having an electric motor to complement the V-6 should make the A8 more fuel efficient without compromising its already stout performance numbers.

The new A8 e-tron is expected to carry 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an all-electric range of 30 miles. The range is similar to other luxury hybrid models on the market, including the Panamera S-E Hybrid and its 22-mile, EV-only range.

Expect the A8 to be the first model to receive the 3.0-liter e-tron powertrain with the A6 and the Q7 and others following suit at a later date.

It’s an exciting time for Audi as it ventures into new territory with its bigger models. If the A8 e-tron succeeds, look for the company to set its sights on expanding the engine’s reach into other models sooner than later.

Note: Standard Audi A8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi A8 e-tron.

Source: AutoExpress

The Avalon has long been the king of the Toyota lineup. It was the largest and most luxurious thing car you could buy from the company without having a Lexus badge on the nose. Now moving into its fourth generation with an all-new design and platform shared with the Lexus ES , Toyota promises best-ever levels of comfort and refinement from the 2014 Avalon. With the freshly available hybrid drivetrain option, the Avalon is also one of the most fuel efficient models in its class as well.

With a price of more than $40k, the new Avalon is also one of the most expensive sedans Toyota has ever created. With the redesign and hybrid powerplant, does this new Avalon still have what it takes to compete in the land of large luxury land barges? Does the new higher price tag put it too close to Lexus territory to justify a purchase? After a few days and several hundred miles, I think I have an answer. Head past the jump to find out what I thought.

Continue reading for our full review of the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Looks like we’ve got some up-close and personal spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class , thanks to an emboldened shooter in Stuttgart, Germany. The pair of videos show some rather telling details of the coupe-like SUV as the videographer encircles the vehicle.

Up front, we see a huge Mercedes star with large chrome bars emanating sideways toward the nearly covered LED headlights. A rather aggressive front bumper indicates the MLC’s sporty nature. Rising up from those headlights is a striking beltline that curves dramatically upward to meet the high rear end and low roofline contour. The side windows are smaller than a traditional SUVs’ as the roof is very rounded. Down low, flat side steps run between the wheel wells for ease of entry and exit.

On the back, the rear window seems nearly flat as it leads from the roof down to the trunk lid. Three-dimensional taillights can be seen, despite Mercedes’ best attempts with swirly camo. The right-hand-side fuel-filler door can also be seen. Twin chrome exhausts tips are just barely visible along the rear bumper’s lower fascia.

And speaking of those exhaust tips, at about 20 seconds into the 50-second video, you can hear what almost sounds like a turbo four-cylinder as the MLC accelerates off. Sadly, there are too many other ambient noises around to get a clear sound of what powers the upcoming Mercedes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes MLC.

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The trendy and gorgeous Audi A7 is receiving a facelift for 2015, and with it comes a new 3.0 TDI Ultra model that pushes the turbo-diesel to new heights of efficiency and cleanliness. Introduced in 2012 to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class , the A7 was an immediate hit. Combining arguably the best styling in the segment, a sumptuous interior, and excellent performance, it’s no wonder this car was so well-received. It wasn’t just consumers who were impressed; the A7 won several awards, including the Automobile Magazine 2012 Car of the Year Award. Autoweek featured the A7 in its "Best of the Best" feature, and, in general The A7 has been at or near the top in virtually every comparison test since its arrival on the U.S. scene.

The TDI version, introduced here just this year, has also been praised. In a recent road test of the 2014 Audi A7 TDI, Car and Driver exclaimed themselves "drunk on diesel." They were particularly enamored with the TDI’s endless 428 pound-feet of torque and excellent efficiency, with a 30 mpg combined rating.

Not one to rest on its laurels, however, Audi is giving the A7 TDI a new Ultra version to help reduce consumption and emissions even more.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ultra.

The Infiniti Q60 actually began its life as the G37 . But the company decided to adopt a new naming strategy in 2012, dropping its old nomenclature in favor of a new ’Q ’ prefix for its coupes, sedans, and convertibles. That’s how the Q60 came to have its new name. The model is actually offered in both coupe and convertible configurations, offering customers a choice of enjoying the model with the top closed or tucked comfortably near the trunk.

Naturally, new strategies also comes with new expectations. That’s what Infiniti had to overcome with the launch of the 2014 Q60 Convertible. For the most part, Infiniti has a model that can really make a name for itself in an extremely competitive market segment.

The Q60 Convertible still has some work to do if it wants to catch some mainstream love, but the good news is that Infiniti gave it a nice head start.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible.

The Aston Martin Vantage is the smallest car in the current Aston range and it was created to be a more entertaining sports car with a cheaper price point when compared to the GT cars like the DB9 . The car was lauded for its looks and handling abilities, but many felt the standard V-8 lacked the proper grunt for a car like this. Aston Martin rose to the challenge and created the V12 Vantage by cramming the 12-cyliiunder engine from the DB9 into the engine bay of the smaller car. Just last year, Aston turned up the wick even farther with a faster, lighter, and more exciting V12 Vantage S model. The big issue with the V12 Vantage S is that is only available in hardtop form, not the seductive roadster. Until now, anyways.

That’s right, Aston has just announced a drop-top version of the V12 Vantage S, and it is as amazing as it sounds.

Functionally the new V12 Vantage S Roadster is identical to its hard-top sibling. That means powerful V-12 engine, reduced weight, increased torque, and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

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Diesels are very popular these days. They perform well, with stump-pulling torque, and are vastly more efficient than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Whereas a few decades ago a diesel engine would be written off as a smokey, slow oil-burners, these days the demand is very high, and former negative diesel traits have all been eliminated due to the advanced technology of today.

Perhaps the most impressive diesel offerings come from the German manufacturers. BMW , Audi , and Mercedes all offer several diesel engines that are every bit as desirable — if not more — as their respective gasoline versions.

Audi has an innovative new spin on the turbo-diesel with itsA6 . It is still a mono-turbo setup, but with an electric turbo chiming in to help out at lower revs. This innovative design will virtually eliminate turbo lag and provide even more oomph off the line than diesels are already famous for.

How does it work?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi A6 TDI Concept.

Hold off on those plans to buy the whimsical-sounding Porsche Pajun . You’re likely not going to see the model until at least 2019, so says a reported overhaul of the automaker’s roll-out product plans, known as the Porsche Product Strategy 2018.

CAR is reporting that a significant turning of the tide within Porsche stemming from the scrapping of the company’s future intentions and the Pajun is one of the unwitting victims of this drastic change of heart.

Porsche Product Strategy 2018 Initial called for the Pajun to be launched within the next four years. That timetable is still a little stretched, but at least it was concrete enough to justify the wait.

But with CAR saying that the Volkswagen Group is trying to scale down its investments in future products for supposed business reasons, all those plans under Porsche Product Strategy 2018 are now being set aside.

Initially, the Pajun was part of those plans. But with this new directive coming down from the mothership, the timetable for the model’s launch has been moved further into the future. The earliest date being thrown around is 2019, but even that appears to be an optimistic view of things.

So there’s a possibility that we won’t even see the production Pajun for another 10 years. That may be a glass-half-empty way of looking at this development, but when it comes to long-term timetables like this, it’s best to not keep your hopes up.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Pajun.

Source: CAR

Luxury automakers love leasing cars, as they make a little money, the buyer gets a complete tax write-off and the company gets a well-maintained car back at the end of the contract. For July 2014, Maserati is giving U.S. customers a new reason to love the Ghibli , as it is offering an enticing lease deal: a three-year lease at a cost of just $799 a month. That’s an incredible deal for a car that carries a $71k MSRP.

The Ghibli is an attractive ride from front to back that’s complemented by a luxurious interior, a powerful engine, and yes, high fuel efficiency. In a lot of ways, it really is the complete package. And with this offer, it is apparent that Maserati is pushing the model hard.

This lease deal affords the leasee 10,000 miles per year and requires $5,249 at signing. Both requirements are rather acceptable for a short-term lease like this.

The promotion is available until July 31, 2014. That’s a little over two weeks from now so it’s probably a good idea to see if you can afford to take up Maserati’s offer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Ghibli and see how this lease stacks up to others.


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