Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record
More than a few people were disappointed when news broke that Jaguar was ditching plans to build the XE SVR. To (probably) make up for it, the British automaker released the XE 300 SPORT, a special edition version that serves as a nice headline piece ahead of the updated 2019 models. To help drive up the buzz surrounding the XE 300 SPORT, Jaguar brought it to Flevonice, Netherlands, where it could have a go at the world’s longest ice track against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu. Yes, the XE 300 SPORT raced against an Olympian. You’ll never guess who came out on top.
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker’s tip of the spear when it comes to luxury and opulence, offering the very latest in technology, styling, and interior features. With a history that dates back to the early ‘70s, the latest sixth generation for the flagship sedan model (also known as the W222) was introduced back in 2013, which means it’s time for a ground-up redesign. With that in mind, we pulled out the TopSpeed crystal ball, drew up the above-pictured rendering, and wrote up a speculative review on what exactly the next S-Class could be bringing to the table.
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A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production
2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.
A Volvo-AMG S60? It’s Not Entirely Out of the Question…
The days of staying true to one brand have really become a thing of the past. After all, you’ve got BMW and Toyota Teaming up to build the next Z4 and Supra, Nissan and Mercedes teamed up to build the Mercedes X-Class, and Geely is buying up stock like it’s going out of style, with the most recent acquisition making Chairman Li Shufu the largest single shareholder of Daimler. And, that’s why we’re here today – that partnership, according to Manager Magazin, could extend to Daimler buying some stock in Geely and eventually supplying Mercedes Engines to Volvo. So how about it; a Volvo-AMG S60, anyone?
The New Lexus ES Is Coming to Beijing with Sleek Looks and Stunning Grille
Although they ride on different platforms, the Lexus ES and GS are pretty similar. The ES is less than two inches longer, while the GS’ wheelbase is just an inch longer. That’s probably why we’ve heard a few rumors about the GS being discontinued. Now, Lexus has unveiled a couple of teasers for a brand-new ES, which will probably also replace the old GS in the lineup. And it looks really hot.
GM Fired Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Because Sales are Down and He Couldn’t Keep Up With Audi, Mercedes, and BMW
In a move that nobody saw coming, Cadillac has let go of company president Johan de Nysschen after a four-year stint as the main decision-maker for the American automaker. Steve Carlisle, most recently the president and managing director of GM Canada, will step in to take de Nysschen’s place as Caddy’s new president, effective immediately.
Jaguar introduced the F-Pace compact luxury crossover back in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, eventually bringing it stateside in May of 2016. Lauded by critics as both beautiful and opulent (and when equipped with a supercharged V-6, pretty quick too), the F-Pace is the right machine for a segment overflowing with demand. Now, Jag’s first-ever SUV gets the go-faster treatment courtesy of JLR’s performance and customization division, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). Making its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the F-Pace SVR is framed as a combination of sports car performance and practical SUV design, adding two cylinders, loads of extra power, a fresh aesthetic, and a whole lot more over the standard model.
2018 Touring Sciàdipersia
The history of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera stretches all the way back to 1926, with a lengthy hiatus between 1966 and 2008 breaking up an otherwise very impressive resume´ of custom cars and design work. The latest from this Italian powerhouse is called the Sciàdipersia, and as you might have guessed, it’s an utterly bespoke, limited-run sports machine dripping with high-end details.
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GM Offering As Much as $10,000 off the Escalade in Hopes Customers Will Forget About the New Lincoln Navigator
The battle lines are being drawn being General Motors and Ford. In the increasingly competitive SUV market, GM’s Cadillac brand will start offering $10,000 discounts to some current customers. The offer is an attempt to keep them from jumping ship to Ford and its hot-selling Lincoln Navigator SUV.
2019 Audi A6 Avant
After seven years on the market, the seventh-generation Audi A6, also known as the C7, was finally retired in 2018, making way for a much-improved midsize sedan from the Ingolstadt-based automaker. Redesigned to look more modern inside and out and fitted with all the fancy tech that it needs to go against the competition, including semi-autonomous capability. With the A6 sedan unveiled to the world at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi quietly revealed the wagon version, also known as the A6 Avant.
Just like its predecessor, the Avant takes all of its design features and tech from the sedan model. The key difference here is the longer roof and the bigger trunk, which makes the Avant more practical for drivers who haul stuff on a regular basis and an ideal family vacation car. It’s as practical as any midsize wagon out there, but it comes with premium comfort features and the latest safety technology. Does it have what it takes to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 5 Series Touring? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class
Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new A-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and set a new benchmark in the class. Sportier than ever and with features borrowed from the CLS, the new A-Class has the most luxurious interior in this segment and a range of powerful but also fuel-efficient engines. Not surprisingly, the Germans now want to take advantage of the new design and platform by creating another seven models, including a competitor for the BMW X2.
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was first introduced in the early ‘90s as a replacement for the outgoing 190 range of vehicles, offering customers an entry-level compact packed with high-end three-pointed star luxury. In the time since, the C-Class has grown to become Merc’s best-selling nameplate, with a plethora of model variants on the table to entice a swath of different customers. However, those looking for maximum headspace are encouraged to check out the drop-top cabriolet model, which just saw a refresh for the current fourth-generation W205 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Dropping alongside the new hard-top coupe, the latest C-Class Cab gets many of the same upgrades as the four-door and wagon that debuted before it, including a tweaked exterior style, new digital options for the interior, and extra ponies under the hood.
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Lexus Considering New Powertrain Options for the LS Sedan
Lexus recently launched the LS Sedan in Australia and during a press conference, Chief Engineer, Toshio Asahi, confirmed that additional powertrains are on the table. Another unknown executive claimed that the hydrogen powertrain from the LF-LC Concept is heading to production “sooner than you think.” All big news from Toyota’s luxury arm, but what does it all mean?
The Crossover Coupe Nighmare Continues as Lincoln is Plans to Produce its Own Crossover Coupe
While crossovers have been a thing for more than a decades now, the crossover coupe niche isn’t as big, despite BMW having started the trend with the X6 back in 2007. But more and more automakers are joining the market and Lincoln is now the latest manufacturer that wants a piece of the action.
Visual Comparison: 2019 Lexus UX vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Say what you will about Lexus’ penchant for swinging for the fences when it comes to the design of its cars. Some people like them while others don’t. But they draw attention, which, I suppose, is the whole point of it. You’ll likely feel the same about the Lexus UX, which hits dealerships here in the U.S. at the end of the year. When it does, the UX will compete against a number of crossovers, most notably the Mercedes GLA-Class. That said, there’s no better time than today to take a look at the design of both the UX and the GLA-Class to see which one is better.