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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.

The Chrysler brand has just announced it has received more than 10,000 orders for its brand-new, 2015 200 in the first day the ordering system for the sedan went online. The second day brought another 7,000+ requests from customers and dealers and, according to the company, orders keep pouring in.

Production of the redesigned vehicle had already commenced in mid-March at the company’s plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and full assembly capacity — much-needed given the 200’s pre-delivery success — is expected to be reached through mid-July.

This is great news for Chrysler, who has been struggling to survive with a lineup comprising only four models the past few years. That hasn’t changed and the offer will shrink even further once the old 200 Convertible gets the axe later this year, but the redesigned 200 might just be the pill that precedes the curing process Chrysler had to begin years ago.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chrysler 200.

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There was a well-established manufacturer half a decade before Aston Martin known as Lagonda. With some early success, Lagonda became quite famous in its time till the consequences of World War II caused major struggle to the manufacturer. In 1947, Aston Martin took possession of Lagonda and reserved the name of limited number, ultra-luxurious sedans .

Aston Martin resurrected the hibernating Lagonda name in 1974 at London Motor Show by announcing the “Aston Martin Lagonda V8 ”, of which only seven units were made. The new model revived name received a humdrum response from the market and Aston Martin went back to drawing board with William Tomas. In 1976, Aston Martin lifted the curtains from a striking new concept model which surged the popularity of the Lagonda brand in quick succession. Its redesigned Lagonda received a wild response and orders piled in. With demands breaking through the roof and production rate limited to only one per week, Aston Martin rolled out the first production model in 1979 and three years later, the car finally got cleared for sale in USA.

To make the exceptional design possible Aston Martin’s engineer pushed the V-8 engine as far back as possible and even then more room was required to make the mechanism work. The engineers hatched a new intake system to compensate the space, which restricted the engine output. Tackling the issue, Aston Martin installed larger intake valves after mending the engine’s cylinder walls to meet the expected power delivery.

Aston Martin launched the Lagonda Series 3 in 1986 at New York Motor Show and the Series 4 was unveiled in all-new form in 1986.

Images via Flickr.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1976-1989 Aston Martin Lagonda.

Founded in 1919 by Walter Own Bentley, British luxury automaker Bentley is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Crewe-based manufacturer is rolling out a special-edition Mulsanne that will be sold with in special heritage colors, and with exclusive features inside and out.

Dubbed Mulsanne 95, the limited edition four-door sedan was created with help from the company’s iconic Mulliner division, who will also be in charge with the vehicle’s hand-crafted assembly process.

Three bespoke exterior colors have been conceived specifically for the Mulsanne 95, while a Flying B mascot finished in a dark tint and large, 21-inch five-spoke wheels will further add to the sedan ’s sumptuous appearance. The details are much more intriguing on the inside, where customers will be greeted by luxurious wood veneers and bespoke "Ninety Five" scripts.

But before we take a deeper dive into the Mulsanne 95, we’d like to break the only bad news about it. Only 15 examples of this limousine will be built and all of them will be sold sold in the United Kingdom exclusively. No soup for you, North America!

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne 95.

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Rolls-Royce ’s all-new Phantom is rumored to appear at least three years from now, but the work on the sketches of the extravagant model have already led chief designer Giles Taylor’s team to start dreaming about what the model will look like when it’s all said and done. The new platform for the car, on the other hand, is yet undecided.

Rolls-Royce currently uses exclusive spaceframe chassis to build their vehicles but the think-tank at the parent company BMW is considering a new recipe for the architecture of the second-generation Phantom; one similar to the frame on the BMW i3 and i8 . The futuristic i3 uses carbon-fiber body shells screwed onto an aluminum chassis. This new construction would allow Rolls-Royce to lower manufacturing costs and take advantage of lighter body, which would also improve the efficiency of the car and allow the construction of pillar-less shells with wider range of Phantom models.

Also on the docket for the next generation is a plug-in hybrid Phantom to complement the traditional V-12-powered version. But what about pure electric?

Hybrid and pure-electric concepts are gaining a strong grip on the market, and the rival companies like Audi and Porsche have already indicated strongly that their future luxury models will feature electric-powered versions. On the other hand, BMW is still pondering upon an all-electric vehicle, but it seems unlikely as of now.

The new Phantom will not be a complete makeover visually. The next-generation Phantom will still carry the similar silhouette of the current Phantom with the angled C-pillar, which provides a lot of privacy to the occupants and is one of main ideas behind the Phantom. The all-new Phantom will carry updated front grille, headlamps and air intake.

Image Note: 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom shown here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom.

Source: AutoCar

With 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG is one of the quickest sedans you can buy nowadays. However, the midsize, German four-door is far from reaching its full potential in its standard guise. The sedan is even more capable when an S badge is added to its name, which comes with an additional 27 horsepower and 59 pound-feet for a total output of 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet.

Impressed? You should, because you can’t find that many ponies in a BMW M5 and the Audi S6 is even further behind. But don’t hold your breath just yet, the Germans have spawned an even more powerful iteration of the E-Class , one that boasts incredible power, torque and performance figures rarely seen in a midsize sedan.

The Germans we’re talking about do not reside in Stuttgart, where Mercedes-Benz established its headquarters 88 years ago. Rather, they are located in and conceive their beastly creations in Bottrop. In case it doesn’t ring a bell, we’re talking about Brabus , the company behind the most ludicrous Mercedes-based vehicles ever created.

It’s newest product goes by the name of E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo and it’s a sedan that could smoke some of the most powerful muscle cars available right now, including the lightning-fast Shelby GT500 Super Snake .

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo By Brabus.

The Worthersee event is just around the corner and as early as now, we’re seeing some of the Volkswagen Group’s newest toys. One of them, coming courtesy of Audi , is the A3 clubsport quattro concept, a prototype version of what could end up being the future RS3 model.

It’s no surprise that Audi opted to use Wörthersee to showcase its latest concept car. After all, the German brand used the same event a few years ago to debut the A1 Clubsport Quattro . This year, Audi really isn’t pulling any punches, debuting a sports car that serves as a pretty clear indication of the company’s intentions to bring the pain on rival models.

Audi accomplished that by introducing a model that showcasing a car it says has pushed the limits of power, dynamics, and design, things that you can only do by debuting a concept that people like us will most likely to salivate to see hit the road soon.

Yes, that now includes the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept.

Updated 05/28/2014: Audi released two video showing the new A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept in action. Found the new video in the "Videos" tab. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

The Volkswagen CC may not carry the same level of mainstream recognition as the Passat , but there’s a certain segment of the population that developed a certain level of affinity for the luxury sedan . Well, for those who fall under this category, good news has arrived in the form of a next-generation Volkswagen CC.

MotorTrend sat down and talked with VW of America president Michael Horn and among other topics that were discussed, the future of the next-generation CC was broached. According to Horn, the next-gen CC is already under development and there are talks within the company that the new CC could come in a radically new design that could have similarities with the Audi A7 .

Horn also teased that the new CC could come in more than just one version, which could include a fastback model that will draw comparisons to the A7 Sportback . If anything, using the A7 as a peg for the next-generation CC is as good an indication as any that Volkswagen has some big plans for its luxury sedan.

Other than the expected design overhaul of the CC, Volkswagen is apparently considering building the sedan closer to where a bulk of its models will land. Horn indicated as much, telling MotorTrend that rising production costs could compel the company to shift production in the US or in Mexico.

That’s as much as we know about the Volkswagen CC. At this point, we’re just excited to see that VW has serious intentions of smoothly bringing along the next-generation CC.

Note: Current generation pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen CC.

Source: MotorTrend

Kia Motors represents the truest form of the American dream. Long ago in 1992, Kia immigrated into the U.S. and brought with it little more than the proverbial change in its pocket. The Korean automaker had ambitious dreams of striking it big and making a name for itself within the free 50 states that span the North American continent. Ambition and tenacity would come in handy as the young automaker rolled out products that were less than popular with buyers used to elbow room and reliability.

However, as time marched on, the young automaker grew up. It began making vehicles the car-buying public actually took interest in. Sales began to grow, as did the level of talent within the design and engineering teams. Improved looks and better quality interiors soon started finding their way into Kia’s model lineup, improving year over year. Reliability grew as well, netting some notable awards that further assured potential customers. Soon, Kia Motors and its sister company Hyundai , found themselves unofficially considered a respectable automaker in the land of dreams.

The twins aren’t resting on their laurels, though, as both are rolling out premium products that evenly compete against the vehicular industry stalwarts like Ford , Toyota , Honda , and even Lexus . That brings us to Kia’s latest and greatest product, the 2014 Optima.

The new Optima carries the torch by sporting a slight refresh and reworked interior over the outgoing 2013 model – one that enjoyed incredible sales of over 150,000 units last year alone. Without messing with success, Kia has moved the Optima into the new year with extra levels of refinement and class – something never associated with the automaker just 15 years prior.

Updated 5/15/2014: Kia has announced that the 2015 Optima will feature a few changes to make things a little easier inside the cabin. These changes include the moving of the cruise control buttons into an easier-to-access part of the right spoke of the steering wheel, new brushed bezels on the SX model’s D-shaped steering wheel and white contrast stitching in the SX trim. Additionally, the LX model has optional black cloth upholstery. The biggest change, however, is the addition of the next-generation UVO system as an option on the EX, and SX trims — the SX Limited gets the UVO system as standard. There are also a few color changes and an upgraded windshield on all trim levels.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Kia Optima

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS out in the open, but that doesn’t mean the Germans haven’t been working like crazy on the four-door coupe .

Scheduled to lose its covers at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , alongside its Shooting Brake brother, the facelifted CLS has been spotted once again by our paparazzi, this time wearing very little camouflage over its headlamps and front grille.

We already know that the duct tape is used to hide the new Active Multibeam ILS LED system — a first for Mercedes — and that the new grille will get only one horizontal bar, but it’s good to see new CLS once again before it goes public at the famed British event.

In Mercedes-Benz -related news, our spy photographers have also caught a glimpse of the revised M-Class facelift . The SUV that’s set to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of the year was caught with a covered front fascia but without the piece that was obstructing its front grille on previous occasions .

Make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on the CLS this summer and for more shots of the upcoming M-Class.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Mercedes-Benz CLS and M-Class.

If the Mercedes C-Class wasn’t interesting enough on its own, Mercedes is giving future customers even more reason to consider buying a C-Class down the road. Numerous reports in Germany have indicated that the company is preparing to launch a new, optional package for the C-Class, dubbed the Night Package.

If you’re familiar with the Night Package, you’ve probably heard about it being offered in other Mercedes models, namely the A-Class , B-Class , and CLA-Class . But the package is apparently expanding to now include the C-Class, giving the luxury ride more aesthetic enhancements.

The optimal Night Package will be offered only with the AMG Line trim, but if you can get past that small caveat, you’re going to be a treated to a whole new level of modifications for your beloved C-Class.

The C-Class AMG Line Night Package is expected to be available later in 2014, but the company hasn’t mentioned what the upgrade price will be. We’re sure an announcement on the price will be made soon enough.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with Night Package.


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