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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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We don’t want to be mean, but the Mercedes models are missing something very important: their individualism. Basically, if you are not a real car addict it can be pretty difficult to differentiate the classes. Los Angeles-based tuner Misha Designs has found a solution to significantly improve the look of the C-Class to help set it apart.

Its body kit is inspired by the look of the most powerful and aggressive C-Class ever: theC63 AMG Black Series . The best part is that it can be applied to any model from 2008 to 2013.

The kit includes a new front bumper with three larger air intakes, a sportier hood, new front fenders, side skirts and rear fender flares. The rear was also updated with a new bumper, a trunk spoiler and a roof spoiler.

As a final element, Misha Designs also offers a set of 19-inch wheels in a 14-spoke design and painted in gloss black.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Mercedes C-Class by Misha Designs.

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It looks like Volkswagen Group has prepared quite a lineup for this year’s Wörthersee show. Earlier today, we brought you the first details on the Seat Leon Cup Racer , now is time to talk about another concept, this time around it’s from Škoda.

Škoda ’s concept is based on the most recent addition to its lineup: the Rapid . Called Rapid Sport, this new concept sets out to prove the tuning capabilities of the new sedan. The concept is painted in a combination of "Corrida Red" and ’Steel Gray" exterior colors and sits on 19-inch alloy wheels.

Because it’s a "sport" concept, it also receives an aerodynamic kit that adds spoilers and a sporty-looking air intake in the front skirt up, large fenders and massive rocker panels. On the backside, the Škoda gets a large bumper and two integrated tailpipes.

For the interior, Škoda added a sport-type steering wheel, Recaro seats and illuminated door sills.

UPDATE 05/27/13: Skoda has unveiled a fresh batch of photos for the Rapid Sport Concept. Hop on over to the gallery to check them out!
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Škoda Rapid.

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A few months ago, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s intention to develop an optional package that would put Tesla Model S on same level as the McLaren MP4-12C . Quite an interesting decision, but it finally came to life – sort of – with the announcement of a new "Plus" package priced at an extra $6,500.

The new package can only be ordered with the 85-kWh Performance version of the Model S and, according to Tesla, it improves "performance, comfort and efficiency."

The package will add revised suspension dampers and bushings, updated stabilizer bars and tires. The rear tires are 20 mm (0.78 inches) wider and staggered for improved acceleration on low-grip surfaces. Range improves 6 to 12 miles with 21-inch wheels.

Alongside to the new Plus package, Tesla also plans to offer a Plus Retrofit package for current Model S owners. It will be available this summer and will cost $13,500. According to the first details, this new package will "provide the enthusiast driver with a more responsive car and added cornering grip while maintaining excellent ride quality."

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Tesla Model S.

Source: InsideEVs

It’s only been a few months since Mercedes revealed its pocket rocket, the CLA-Class, , and the car is already getting the attention of one of the world’s best Mercedes tuners this side of AMG.

German aftermarket company Brabus has presented its first tuning program for the CLA-Class and while it looks a little too subtle for our liking, we have no doubt that Brabus is still in the process of completing this program.

When it does, we expect nothing less than the stamp of awesomeness that can only come from a Brabus-tuned vehicle.

There’s a lot to like about the CLA-Class, particularly its stature within Benz’s lineup of being the affordable luxury sports sedan that’s geared toward the younger market. To its credit, Mercedes didn’t take any shortcuts in developing the car, giving us a car that looks worthy of the Silver Arrows emblem while also fitting it with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that can produce up to 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

Click past the jump to see what Brabus did to the CLA-Class and read the accompanying press release

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The Qoros 3 made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show . The sedan is a Chinese car that looks to crack the western market.

The new Qoros automotive brand is looking to go International with their cars. Chinese cars do not have a great sales history in Europe or the United States, but the new brand is trying to change all of that.

The first car that will be available for sale is the Qoros 3 Sedan. The compact sedan was designed with marketing to China and Europe in mind. Unlike other cars to have come out of China that have a reputation of being knockoffs, the new car has styling all its own. Beyond what looks like good styling, the company is promising to build a quality car. If the quality can match the styling of the car then Qoros could do for the Chinese car market what Honda did for the Japanese market.

Beyond the compact sedan that is close to production, a 3 hybrid hatchback concept was also presented in Shanghai. A 3 Estate concept was also unveiled at the show, which showed the direction that the young company wants to take their cars.

Hit the jump to read more details about the Qoros 3.

Audi A9

The long awaited Audi A9 has been in limbo for the past couple of years with Audi seemingly taking its time to unveil its new flagship sedan. And that’s after word spread out that the German automaker trademarked the A9 and S9 names last year.

But there appears to be a groundswell of movement in Ingolstadt these days and according to Auto Motor und Sport, the A9 is expected to be launched in 2016.

Circle those calendars, fellas.

The date of the A9’s launch has changed multiple times, but the latest timetable seems to point to a more concrete expectation as to when the luxury sedan finally comes out and smiles to the cameras.

Another interesting tidbit surrounding the A9 involves the platform it’s going to use, which apparently is the same one that will underpin the next-generation Q7 . Now, that’s interesting, considering that the Q7 is a pretty large SUV.

Guess it’ll be interesting to see what the A9 is going to look like, but fortunately, we made a rendering of the luxury sedan (above). Read more about the A9 after the jump.

The Mercedes E-Class is a luxury car normally reserved for suit-wearing, business types who know how to ride around in style. The car itself already sports a sleek and stylish design that underscores the class of its Mercedes badge.

But, and there’s always a but, the Mercedes E-Class isn’t exempt from aftermarket programs, especially if said aftermarket company can build a complementary kit that improves the luxury car’s looks while keeping its design spirit intact.

That’s where German Special Customs come into the picture. We’ve seen these fellas work on Mercedes models before, most recently on the 2013 CLS63 AMG.

This time around, it went to work on the E-Class, fitting it with an aggressive aerodynamic package that includes a plethora of new components, a lot of which were made from carbon fiber.

It certainly goes without saying the end product, judging by the photos GSC released, does remarkable justice to keeping the E-Class’ style going while adding a touch of panache to it.

Click past the jump to see what components GSC added into the Mercedes E-Class

Infiniti LE

Infiniti’s strong sales performance in recent years has given the automaker reason to look forward to bigger things. And apparently, those bigger things equate to a pair of new vehicles added to its lineup.

Talking to Car and Driver, Infiniti’s new president Johan de Nysschen is looking at the possibility of strengthening its lineup with the addition of a new flagship sedan that de Nysschen describes as an "upscale, very emotional, high-performance luxury sedan." Basically, he’s looking at the possibility of developing a flagship sedan that will follow a different formula and not march to the beat of the industry.

So what does that mean, exactly? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, and understandably so because not a lot of people seem to have a clear grasp on what Infiniti is planning to do. The most ideal comparison as far as a unique flagship sedan that didn’t follow a certain design script is the Porsche Panamera . A fastback model has been thrown around, according to Car and Driver, which seems to lend to the suggestion that if and when Infiniti decides to introduce a new flagship sedan to the world, it’s going to take a different approach on its design.

Equally compelling news is consideration being put on also building a high-performance coupe based on the platform of the aforementioned flagship sedan. That’s a pretty exciting development, considering Infiniti is lacking that kind of poster-worthy sports car that other automakers have.

If there’s a chance to introduce a pair of new and exciting models that will take the Japanese automaker to another level, Infiniti should jump at the chance of building on its sales momentum.

Click past the jump to see a couple of Infiniti concepts that have been introduced in recent years

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About two weeks ago, Aston Martin unveiled the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S , which has been announced to race the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month. It looks like the company didn’t want to wait that long and it took the prototype to Nordschleife for a testing session.

The test was completed on Saturday, April 27th when Aston Martin wrote a new page in history, as the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S became the first hydrogen-fueled model to lap the 24 km (14-mile) Nordschleife circuit in Germany with zero CO2 emissions. Behind the wheel was Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ulrich Bez.

After this test, the Hybrid Hydrogenfour-door sedan will also become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event and the first zero CO2 emission car to pace the Nürburgring 24-hour race. The car will compete in the experimental class (E1-XP) after passing rigorous technical and safety tests.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S.

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After teasing it for quite some time now, Lexus has finally unveiled the third generation IS sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new model will be put on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, and in 250 and 350 trim levels. There will also be an F-Sport variant, and Europe and Japan will get an IS 300h version featuring the new Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine combined with a high-torque motor.

The 2014 Lexus IS features the same design language we have already seen in models like GS and LS , including an inverted trapezoidal upper grille and slanted lower grille. Unlike the previous models, which featured a three-projector LED headlamp unit, the new IS receives Lexus’ new powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Both models will be offered with a V-6 engine, one in a 2.5-liter displacement and the other one in 3.5-liter displacement.

Updated 04/29/2013: Lexus announced today prices for the 2014 IS luxury sedan set to arrive at dealerships this summer. Click past the jump to learn more about it.

Updated 11/08/2013: Lexus came with its entire 2014 lineup at the Miami International Auto Show that opens its doors today. The new generation IS luxury sedan is of course included, so, if you happen to be in the neighborhood then you should definitely take a ride at the show.

Updated 06/27/2014: Lexus announced today a series of upgrades for the 2015 IS sedan which will be put on sale later in the summer. For the 2015 model year, IS gains a new pair of LED fog lights for the exterior, while the interior gets numerous cabin enhancements. Check them out after the jump.

Hit the jump to find out more details on the third generation Lexus IS.


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