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  A sedan car is a four-door vehicle, with a separate hood covering the engine in the front, and a separate trunk for luggage at the rear — the achetypical 3-box car. However, other variations of the body style exist as well, including two-door and hatchback/fastback models.

Being a Formula One world champion comes with many privileges. Take Sebastian Vettel for instance, who has won four F1 drivers’ championship with Red Bull Racing . Not only does he get to drive and help develop the newest Infiniti vehicles as the company’s Director of Performance, he also has access to some of the most exclusive motorsport events. Most recently, the German became the first driver to lap the brand-new Formula One track in Sochi, Russia.

The Sochi Autodrom course has just been completed ahead of its maiden F1 race on October 12th, 2014, and Vettel has been assigned with running the first full lap. But don’t expect to see him take on the 3.6-mile track in his Renault -powered Red Bull race car , as the German was handed an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid for that mission. A little disappointing given the track’s race-oriented purpose, but at least we get to see a 369-horsepower hybrid being put through its paces in an unusual scenario.

Sochi Autodrom will host round 16 of the 2014 Formula One season on October 12th. The Russian race will be followed by the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, hit the play button above to watch Vettel hoon the Q50 at full throttle and share his thoughts on this new race track.

Click past the jump to see the remaining 2014 Formula One schedule.

While everybody seems to be all caught up with the Q50 Eau Rouge , Infiniti is preparing another vehicle that’s expected to steal some shine away from the sports sedan. I mean that in a good way, of course. The model in question is called the Q80 Inspiration and not surprisingly, it’s headed to the Paris Motor Show .

The Japanese automaker is promising the world with the Q80 Inspiration, describing it as the peak of its model lineup. Those are big words for a company that’s been aggressively trying to reinvent itself as a premium brand capable of giving its German rivals a serious run for their money.

If the Q80 Inspiration lives up to its hype, then you better believe that Infiniti will get the attention of BMW , Audi , and Mercedes .

The Q80 Inspiration has been scheduled to make its debut on October 2, 3:30 p.m. local time in Paris. That’s 9:30 a.m. EDT on the East Coast.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

This is the new Infiniti Q70, just announced at the New York Auto Show , and at first blush you may not peg it as a new or refreshed model. To be honest, not much has changed since it was still called the M Sedan . There have been some visual changes to distinguish the new 2015 model from the current 2014 version, but by and large this is the same swoopy and fluidic sedan Infiniti has been selling since 2010.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I think the Q70 is one of the best looking cars in the class.

The big news for the 2015 car is the addition of new technology and the announcement of a long wheelbase Q70L, specifically created to cater to the booming Chinese markets. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy the idea of extra rear legroom, the Q70L will be coming to the U.S. and other important Infiniti markets. This isn’t a China exclusive like so many long wheelbase models tend to be these days.

Updated 09/02/2014: Infiniti announced prices for the 2015 Q70 set to be put on sale later in September. Prices will range from $49,850 for the Q70 3.7 version and up to $67,050 for the Q70L 5.6 AWD version. Details after the jump.

To find out about all the changes coming to the freshly announced 2015 Q70 and Q70L hit the jump.

Toyota is turning up the fun factor with the heavily refreshed 2015 Camry, making it more exciting to drive, quieter inside, and more appealing to look at. A new interior includes better materials and even a handy wireless phone charger in the center console. This update comes only two years after the Camry’s last refresh, but in its quest to excite customers with a more upmarket sedan, Toyota is staying poised on its toes, jabbing at the competition.

Though much of the car’s underpinnings are not new, the car will have a fresh feel and character. Revised suspension components make the Camry a better handler while upgraded insulation keeps NVH levels to a minimum. Outside, every body panel except for the roof has been replaced in a effort to liven up the Camry’s demeanor.

While the Camry gets a new look, the greasy bits under the hood will carry over. The 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter V-6 return, as does the six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid trim carries over as well, utilizing the same Atkinson Cycle 2.5-liter I-4 mated to an E-CVT. All three engines are good performers and get impressive fuel economy numbers, though none of them will be setting lap time records or leaving burnout marks up Interstate on-ramps.

The Camry might not be setting records around a racetrack, but it sure has set plenty of sales records, leading the pack as the best selling sedan for the last 12 years. Toyota has sold nearly a million Camrys in the last two years alone. So is messing with success worth it? Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2015 Camry and decide for yourself.

Updated 09/02/2014: Toyota announced prices for the 2015 Camry set to be put on sale in late September. Prices will range from $22,970 for the LE trim and up to $29,980 for the Hybrid XLE version. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump for the low down on the 2015 Toyota Camry

Introduced in 2000, the first-generation Kia Optima was essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonata. Only minor exterior styling details and equipment packages set it apart from its Hyundai sibling. The sedan arrived in U.S. dealerships for the 2001 model year with a V-6 engine under the hood. A redesigned, second-gen model was launched in 2005. The new Optima differed further from the Hyundai Hyundai Sonata it was based on. The vehicle was slightly larger and received a wide range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines. The Kia Optima Kia Optima was revamped yet again for the 2011 model year. Now sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai i40 Hyundai i40 , the third-gen Optima saw the introduction of Kia’s new design language, which included the already familiar "tiger nose" front grille and "ice cube" LED headlamps. A huge success for Kia, the third-gen Optima will retire after the 2015 model year to make way for a redesigned sedan.

A fourth-generation Optima is already being tested in Germany, according to our spy photographers, who have supplied us with a preliminary set of photos. Naturally, the mid-size sedan is camouflaged to the teeth, leaving very few details for us to ogle at. Read on to find out what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Kia Optima.

Jaguar has launched a new teaser for the XE , ahead of the compact sedan’s official unveiling on September 8th, 2014. Much like the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s interior teaser video , which ties the company’s future with that of the space program, the new XE footage revolves around the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team. In fact, the XE only makes a brief appearance in the video, being shown as it is transported by helicopter during the final seconds. The vehicle is too far away in the distance, which means we’ll have to settle for the teaser photo Jaguar released earlier in 2014.

As a brief reminder, the XE was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series, but it will also be Britain’s main weapon against the likes of the Mercedes Mercedes -Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. With most of its body structure and chassis made from aluminum, the XE is expected to be lightest sedan in its segment and deliver class-leading fuel economy in its most frugal trim. Power will come from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family and will include both gasoline and diesel powerplants. A high-performance version motivated by the familiar supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 mill is also in the books.

The first model to be unveiled will be the XE S, with the rest of the lineup to break cover during the Paris Motor Show in October 2014. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the compact sedan next week.

So this is what the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan looks like. It doesn’t look like a typical Aston Martin that much I can see. But more surprisingly, the Lagonda’s first public appearance came as a collaboration with luxury airline Oman Air.

The two companies announced a partnership that basically gives the Middle Eastern airline a free publicity tie up with the British automaker’s new top-of-the-range, luxury four-door super-saloon designed exclusively for the Middle East market. So if you happen to travel in that part of the world, prepare yourself to see a lot of Lagonda-Oman Air billboards.

It’s a stroke of marketing savvy for both companies. Aston Martin gets a top quality airline on its side and Oman Air rakes in whatever interest - and they’re sure to be many - the limited edition Lagonda Sedan will generate in a market that has no shortage of deep-pocketed customers.

As part of their partnership, Aston Martin is sending a Lagonda prototype to do some test runs in Muscat as part of its early testing program, allowing the vehicle to get a good read on the environmental conditions in that region. Don’t be surprised if some of the beautiful people of Oman snap some quality photos of the Lagonda mule. You might even see some of them in these pages at some point in the future.

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

It appears Bentley’s Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on the drawing board. This comes after the project was killed by Bentley’s then-new CEO Wolfgang Schreiber back in 2012. Originally debuted to a small number of customers at the Concours d’Elegance a few months prior, the project went cold when Bentley’s former CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer left the company.

With Duerheimer gone, Schreiber told journalists “we will not do that car,” saying there was “just regional demand” and that it lacked a strong business case. Well the turn of fates has Duerheimer, the father of the Mulsanne Convertible Concept, returning as CEO of Bentley just two years after his leaving.

“When I returned, I was a bit irritated by the fact that no work had been done on this project in two years, Duerheimer said, later reassuring Automotive News that the project was “back on track.”

During his absence at Bentley, Duerheimer spent time as Audi’s Chief of Research and Development, along with a short period at Volkswagen coordinating all its motorsports activities.

Duerheimer is convinced the Mulsanne Convertible will be a strong competitor to the upcoming convertible versions of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Benz S-Class . Still at this point we don’t know much about the Mulsanne’s pricing or future availability. But with Wolfgang Duerheimer back at the helm, his brainchild will assuredly make it to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

Things are looking rather grim for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution , as the automaker says 2015 will be the Evo’s last year in production. Though it is sad to see it go, Mitsubishi is giving the cult-classic rally car a proper send-off, though, with extra horsepower and other performance goodies bundled in a ‘Super Action Model.’

A report from Automotive News says the Evo MR trim will bite the dust in December, followed by the GSR further into 2015. Mitsubishi will also stop carrying the Recaro racing seats, but there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. It’s said that between 2,000 and 2,500 Evos are scheduled for production for the 2015 model year.

Things aren’t all bad new for Evo fans. Mitsubishi is adding a few features to the car for its last year, including a new Premium Package that comes with HID headlights, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, the FAST-key entry system, heated leather seats, sunroof, a new gloss-black front console box, and extra sound deadening. The MR Model is getting that same sound system and keyless entry package, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic windshield wipers, automatic headlights, the gloss-black center console, and a few exterior color-keyed pieces. All Evos get revised side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The Lancer Evolution’s death makes way for a redesigned Lancer sedan for the 2016 model year. It is possible the rally-ready Evolution trim could make a comeback, but Mitsu is remaining mum on the topic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

As is the norm with modern car production, slowly but surely we are eking out the details of an upcoming model, thanks to a collection of leaks and spy shots. The latest prey for our spy shooters lenses is the all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series . Every time we have seen this car before it has been under some very heavy camo, but now we at least have a pretty clear picture of the new headlamp treatment.

And to be honest, they look like they were swiped straight from the sexy new i8 .

It may not seem like that big of a reveal to some, but by seeing that the headlamps are following the new, and much more modern look of the i Series cars, BMW could be hinting that the new body style will be even more modern as well. I, for one, wouldn’t be upset to see a new and more exciting design direction for BMW’s standard model line.

Other than the new headlamps, there is precious little to gain from these photos. The car is still covered stem to stern in a disorienting wrap that goes so far as to even cover the rear-seat windows. We still even have the ugly aftermarket round rear lights instead of proper taillamps. Make no mistake; this car is still deep in the testing and refinement stage.

As always, keep your eyes locked here at TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to hand over every detail on BMW’s upcoming luxo-barge as we get them.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 7 Series


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