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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.

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Jaguar XE

Well what do we have here? Just a few days after Jaguar officially announced its upcoming 3 Series competitor, the Jaguar XE, we have photos of its blasting around in the snow. With an aluminum-intensive construction, we expect the XE to be very quick and agile.

There are very few confirmed details, but we do know that the car will debut as a sedan with a wagon version coming later. There are also rumors of coupe and convertible versions in the works. If Jaguar hopes to truly compete with BMW , Audi and Mercedes , it makes sense it would expand the XE’s body styles.

Engine choices will start with four-cylinder mills, but it should expand to include high-performance models later. The supercharged V-6 from the F-Type is a likely choice for a performance model that will have about 380 horsepower. That is not quite enough power to really compete with the M3 or C63 AMG , so it’s not a stretch to imagine Jaguar would try to stuff its 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood as well.

Styling is also a bit of a mystery, but considering Ian Callum’s past, we expect the XE to be the prettiest car in the segment. Don’t worry about the odd hunchback shape in these photos, its a disguise. If you look carefully at the head-on shot, you can see a small shelf on the roof. This would be where the huge rear buttress pieces are mounted to the car. This is used to hide the true shape of the rear end. Expect a low, swooping rear window that is closer to the larger XF’s design.

The Honda Accord has been around for what seems like forever, and it has undergone more changes that I don’t care to count. After a nice redesign just a year ago, the Accord carries into the 2014 model year with no changes at all. I got my hands on a range-topping Touring version of the 2014 Accord , which had just about every gadget and gizmo imaginable in a mainstream, midsize sedan .

The Accord has long had one of the most boring cabins in its segment, and the redesign takes care of some blandness, but it remains pretty blah. Besides the sleepy design, the Accord Touring’s cabin was very nicely equipped, thank to standard leather, 360-watt audio system, blind-spot camera, Bluetooth and heated seats.

Under the hood, Honda continues with its tried and true 3.5-liter V-6 that nets the sedan just under 300 horsepower. That’s decent power for a midsize sedan, but automakers are now moving toward smaller, turbocharged engines to increase fuel economy, but maintain power output, and Honda is still missing this boat.

So how does the Accord stack up to the likes of the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry?

Read my full Driven review after the jump to find out.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Eau Rouge knocked our socks off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . I mean, with Godzilla guts in a four-door luxury sedan , how can you go wrong? With rumblings about the GT-R-powered luxo-rig heading into the "project" phase, according to Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen, we need to talk about why production must happen and must happen soon.

First of all, Infiniti is finally gaining momentum in the luxury realm that it has never had before. For many years, many luxury buyers turned their noses up at the Infiniti brand as re-badged Nissans , and not on par with BMW , Mercedes and Audi. Now with all of the new goodies rolling out, like the RC F — the entire RC lineup for that matter — the more streamlined naming system, and a distinct line of separation drawn between loaded-out Nissan Nissan s and base-level Infinitis, the brand is primed to make a move against upper-level Bimmers and Mercedes. And the Q50 Eau Rouge is the perfect model to take on the M5 and E63 AMG .

Secondly, you finally have a man in charge in Johan de Nysschen who know what the hell he’s doing with a luxury brand. He’s spoken before about de-Americanizing the Infiniti Infiniti brand, which is precisely what most top-level luxury car buyers want. That’s not a knock on American cars, it’s just that top-level luxury car buyers aren’t shopping at Cadillac Cadillac ... It was this type of out-of-the-box thinking that allowed de Nysschen to turn the Audi brand into a winner, and the Eau Rouge is a model that vastly de-Americanizes the brand and gives Infiniti the halo car it needs to draw fence-riding buyers into dealers.

Third, it also helps the GT-R. Sure, halo cars are often loss-leaders that are only there to generate interest in the brand. But the development of a production-version Q50 Eau Rouge will spread the cost of building the GT-R’s drivetrain over two models, which will lower overall production cost per car. That will drive up profits — or lower loss — for both the Eau Rouge and the GT-R .

Finally, it opens up GT-R performance those of us who have families or don’t want our guts rattled loose by the GT-R’s harsh suspension. Plus, the added luxury will satisfy buyers that need a better-equipped cabin than the GT-R can offer, but still want incredible performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

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Bentley Flying Spur V8

Bentley has always ranked among the upper echelon of luxury automakers with cars the epitomize wealth, success, and even perhaps over indulgence in excess. The same still holds true today, though Bentley may be looking into expanding its customer base with its latest introduction of the 2015 Flying Spur fitted with a V-8 where the massive W-12 normally lives and a rumored baby Bentley.

The V-8 Flying Spur is practically unchanged from its W-12 big brother , save for a handful of cosmetic bits that differentiates the two. Both versions will be on sale together, but prices for the V-8 will likely be considerably less. Why then is Bentley Bentley offering a less exclusive Flying Spur and pandering to a lesser wealthy crowd? Two reasons stick out: making the CAFÉ cut with improved fuel economy and attracting new customers. Granted, the V-8 Flying Spur will be no bargain at roughly $180 - $195,000, but the $20,000 savings over the W-12 does open up the Flying Spur to a few more folks. But will this be good for Bentley’s prestigious image?

Add to that the news that Bentley may be looking at releasing a £100,000 ($166,320) smaller car, and things are starting to get a little odd. Enthusiasts lost their minds when Porsche started releasing other models that fit different niches, though they still remained exclusive on the upper end. Never — save for the Boxster and Cayman — did Porsche cheapen its image, but this baby Bentley is a clear attempt to lower the price of admission to the Bentley brand to attract top-level Mercedes and BMW buyers.

Sure, driving a new S-Class is great, but driving a Bentley is a whole new ballgame that few ever experience.

Click past the jump to see what we think of the cheapening of Bentley.

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

This year’s Geneva Motor Show sure provided a lot of new metal to be covered with automakers from around the world choosing to debut their latest vehicles on the world’s stage. The level of excitement about the show had been building for quite some time and to be honest, many of the vehicles were rather polarizing.

Even designs that were generally liked garnered a few nay-sayers regarding their lack of originality, while other designs only attracted drool and positive feedback. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in this article, the TopSpeed editorial staff cover their top five best cars of the show along with the bottom five bombs.

Don’t forget to check out more of TopSpeed’s Geneva coverage on our Podcast pilot episode. And be sure to pipe up in the comments section telling us your thoughts on our choices.

Click past the jump for our list

Mercedes is rolling out an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission slotted for fitment within the brand’s sedans and wagons, starting with the E 350 BlueTEC . Mercedes says the transmission will not only help conserve fuel, but will decrease in-car NVH levels and reduce exterior noise pollution, while providing smoother shifts at faster intervals than the outgoing seven-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission it replaces.

While its just now becoming available in the E 350 BlueTEC, the 9G-TRONIC will become common across the Mercedes lineup. Expect to see the unit find a home within the S-Class next, followed by C-Class , and possibly the CLA-Class . Engineers designed the transmission to be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive application, and even mild and full-hybrid systems. Basically, the 9G-TRONIC will be Mercedes’ bread-n-butter ‘box.

To meet the wide range of demands, engineers built the transmission to shift quickly and smoothly without any overly-perceivable shift points in its normal mode and sharp, direct shifts when placed in manual — and even more so in S mode. The gearbox is also able to shift over multiple gears for fast acceleration and deceleration. For example, the 9G-TRONIC can shift from 9th gear to 5th gear if the driver floors the accelerator. Conversely, the transmission can seamlessly shift from 3rd gear to 9th gear after a hard acceleration run up an interstate on-ramp.

What this means for performance, both on the track and in between gas stations, is simple: more gears equals lower revs when cruising and therefore increased fuel efficiency while faster shifts mean quicker overall performance numbers.

Click past the jump for more info on the 9G-TRONIC and the E 350 BluTEC

Mercedes C63 AMG

The 2015 C63 AMG is getting closer and closer to its reveal, so as expected, it is now starting it’s starting to lose a little camo. Up front we can now make out the some of the air intakes, though the swirly camouflage is still covering up most of them Around back, however, we can see even more, as the quad tailpipes and diffuser between them are easy to see.

Other than these updates, we can also see that the C63 AMG is going to be a littler wider and lower, giving it a meaner look than last year’s model.

Oddly enough, Mercedes will drop the 6.2-liter, V-8 powerplant in favor of a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo engine, but it’ll maintain the C63 name instead of changing it to C40. The reasoning for this is because Mercedes sees the C63 name as "too valuable" to change.

That’s all fine and good with us, as is the 450 horsepower that the 4.0-liter engine — the same as we’ll see in the AMG GT/SLC — will put down in its standard guise and 500-plus horsepower with the Performance Package.

The 2015 C63 AMG should bow in at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, so stay tuned for more updates.

If ever there were a vehicle to arise from left field, the Quant e-Sportlimousine would be it. Digging in the archives reveals the car’s origins starting in 2003 as the brainchild of the La Vecchia brothers. Several prototypes were built, including one that was seen at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010, but success hadn’t been ultimately achieved. That is, perhaps, until now.

Staring a proprietary battery-powered drivetrain, the e-Sportlimousine makes its debut at the 2014 Geneva show with the intent of revolutionizing the industry. It sounds easier than it likely is, but upon inspection of its nanoFLOWCELL powerplant, it just might have a shot. It’s a 912-horsepower electric car.

The heart of the car utilizes a three-tank system that stores two types of liquid electrolytes — one positively charged, the other negatively. The liquids are circulated through the center tank; a battery-like cell with a membrane separating it into two halves. An electrical charge is generated from that membrane as the two liquids swirl on either side of it. The system generates enough power to propel the car from zero to 62 mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds and over a total range between 248 and 372 miles.

It’s obvious from the pictures the e-Sportlimousine isn’t just a boxy, test-mule science project – no, its quite the looker. The car is a substantially long, measuring 17.2 feet. It’s wide as well, measuring 7.2 feet across and its unique gull-wing doors are nearly 6 feet in length. Needless to say, this is a big car. But can its size be an indicator of how huge its technology will be to the automotive world? Click past the jump for what we know.

Click past the jump to read more about the e-Sportlimousine


The last time we saw a Rolls-Royce Series II model was in 2012, when the luxury car builder released the Phantom Series II a full nine years after the Phantom debuted in 2003. With that timeframe as a point of reference, we would not expect to see a Ghost Series II until about 2019 or 2020.

Well, prepare to be surprised, as Rolls-Royce has revealed the Ghost Series II at the Geneva Auto Show . But just like I said earlier, the revisions are pretty minor relative to more mainstream automakers.

Then again, Rolls-Royce is not your "typical" automaker, as it finds a nice place and doesn’t change much until things get completely stale. Actually, the changes that Rolls Royce made are fairly extensive for a Series II model, so we can;t say that we’re upset with the new Ghost.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

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Named after one of the greatest corners in modern racing, the Q50 Eau Rouge concept is a combination of Infiniti luxury and Red Bull F1 aggression. It previews what Infiniti thinks would be possible if they were given a blank check to create an outrageous sports sedan.

Based on the Q50 sports sedan , the Eau Rouge is a visual overhaul that features materials and design insight from the current F1 World Championship team of Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Much of the exterior design of the Eau Rouge features bespoke components with very few of the body panels shared with its tamer sibling.

Infiniti has stated that they would consider putting an engine with a power output of more than 500 ponies if a car like the Eau Rouge would be put in production. Ladies and Gentleman what you see here is a preview to a GT-R powered Infiniti.

Updated 03/04/2014: Geneva is here and Infiniti has finally lifted the veil from the beast beneath the hood of the Q50 Eau Rouge. Unsurprisingly, it is the same 3.8-liter V-6 found in the GT-R. See more after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti Q50


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