Luxury Cars

Big Things That Float: Part I

Posted in Educational, General, Luxury Cars, Other Rides, Recreational Vehicles, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | October 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Splash Tours

There is just something cool about a vehicle that can take you to your local mall one minute, then across your cities local waterway the next. This is the Splashtours bus, an amphibious vehicle that has the capability to motor you around via land or sea. Located in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands the amphi-bus provides up to 43 people a new and exciting way to see the city. Now granted you will have to make some compromises if you choose to go this route. For instance, there is no toilet aboard this bus, nor is it handicap accessible. However if you have a strong bladder and all your limbs are working properly then this is a floating experience that is sure to provide you with a good time.

Source: Splashtours.com

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Maybach Guard: The Ultimate Armored Limo

Posted in Expensive Cars, Luxury Cars, Maybach by Kurt Ernst | March 11th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Maybach

The richest man in the world is Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu, who made his estimated $74 billion in telecommunications. I’m not sure where Mr. Helu lives, but I know this: sooner or later, he has to exit his secure compound and head out with the unwashed masses. When he does so, he’s now got a new choice of armored transportation befitting his net worth: Maybach has announced an armored version of their 62, called the Maybach Guard. Like the Maybach 62, the Maybach Guard offers a near-endless level of customization to suit an owners tastes. Unlike other armored limousines, the Maybach Guard isn’t a heavy, waddling pig at speed. In fact, Maybach is quick to point out that the specially developed armor plating adds just 893 pounds to the car and has no effect on handling. Even acceleration remains impressive, with 62 miles per hour coming up from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds. It’s the world’s fastest armored limo, too, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Read More…

Spyker To Sell Luxury Sports Car Business

Posted in auto industry, Luxury Cars, News, Saab, Spyker by Kurt Ernst | February 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Autoblog reports that boutique supercar builder Spyker is in dialogue to sell their luxury sports car business to an English coachbuilder based in Coventry. Per a memorandum of understanding between the two companies, CPP Global Holdings will buy the Spyker luxury sports car business (which includes the C8 Aileron and “all future models”) for 32 million Euros, the bulk of which is to be paid over the next six years. The sale does not include Saab, which was purchased by Spyker last year, and both parties see the MOU as having substantial long term benefits. Read More…

Mercedes’ Latest CLS Ad: Zen In Fifty Two Seconds

Posted in Luxury Cars, Mercedes Benz, Videos by Kurt Ernst | January 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Mercedes Benz CLS

I have two theories about human behavior: the first is that everyone, no matter how much integrity they have, has their price. The second is that life has grown too cumbersome for most of us, and we’d be happier, healthier and more productive if we were living in a cabin in the woods. This ad seems to take both into consideration, proving my first theory while completely negating my second one. On the other hand, maybe you haven’t achieved Zen if you’re willing to flush a pastoral lifestyle of hunting, gathering and solitary reflection in favor of the daily grind and a $74,000 sedan. Hit the video below and decide for yourself. Read More…

Buick To Introduce Verano Sedan In Detroit

Posted in Buick, Cars, Compact Cars, Detroit Auto Show, Featured, General, Luxury Cars, NAIAS, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | January 6th, 2011 | 2 Responses |
2012 Buick Verano

The 2012 Buick Verano. Photo: © GM Corp.

Buick is set to show their third new model in two years at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. The Verano is Buick’s entry into the compact luxury segment (although I have a hard time writing “Buick” and “compact” in the same sentence), and will slot into their product line below the recently launched Regal sedan. John Schwegman, Buick’s VP of marketing, sums up their reason for launching a compact sedan as follows: “Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology. It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus.”

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Audi Sets Sales Record In 2010

Posted in Audi, Car Buying, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | January 5th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |
2010 Audi Q5

Audi's best seller, the Q5. Image: Audi of America

Despite the fact that many of us are feeling the pinch of unemployment, underemployment or questionable job security, there’s clearly a segment of the population unconcerned over personal financial issues. While car sales were up in 2010 after a disastrous 2009, luxury car sales are way up. BMW sold 220,113 vehicles last year, an increase of 12% over 2009. Mercedes Benz sold 225,007 vehicles in the U.S. last year, an increase of 18%. Audi, on the other hand had a record year in 2010, with sales of 101,629 vehicles and growth of 23% compared to 2009. Audi’s sales even grew 10% beyond their previous best year, 2007, when the company sold 93,506 vehicles.

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2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Domestic Review, Featured, Ford, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | December 20th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

2011 Lincoln MKS

Thumbs Up: V8 power, V6 fuel economy; great interior

Thumbs Down: Front end styling is an acquired taste

Buy This Car If: You want a domestic luxury sedan with V8 power and V6 fuel economy

Ford’s on a roll these days, and it seem like each new product they launch is somehow better than their other recent introductions. For any manufacturer, that’s a good problem to have, and Ford has racked up their share of product awards over the past few years. There’s been some confusion with the blue oval brand as well, since they’ve decided to kill off mid-range brand Mercury to focus on products from Ford and Lincoln. Lincoln, however, has a demographic similar to Buick; when it comes time to shop for a car or SUV, Lincoln dealers aren’t exactly pulling in the “under 40” crowd.

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Hyundai Sells First 2011 Equus In The U.S.

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Featured, Hyundai, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | December 10th, 2010 | 13 Responses |

2011 Hyundai Equus

Rick Case Hyundai, a dealership in Weston, Florida, has become the first Hyundai dealership in the U.S. to sell a 2011 Hyundai Equus, their new flagship sedan. More significant, the car sold on the very day it was delivered to the dealership, answering the question, “will people buy luxury cars from Hyndai?” Well appointed, solidly built and stylish, the Equus sells for thousands to tens of thousands less than competitive products from Lexus or Mercedes Benz. The Equus Signature, what amounts to their base model, sells for $58,000 while the Equus Ultimate stickers for $64,500.

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Audi Rolls Out The 2012 A6

Posted in Audi, Car Buying, Cars, Featured, Luxury Cars, New Cars by Kurt Ernst | December 3rd, 2010 | 1 Response |
2012 Audi A6

Photo: Audi AG

Audi has their sights set on Mercedes Benz and BMW, and has publicly declared that they intend to be the number one luxury brand by 2015. Their mid-range A6 is key to achieving that goal, so Audi took the redesign of their executive sedan very seriously. The previous generation, launched in 2004 and refreshed in 2008, became one of Audi’s best sellers; the successor had to maintain Audi’s reputation for style and performance, but still draw new buyers away from other luxury brands.

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A Virtual Range Rover Evoque, Driven By Ghosts

Posted in Car Buying, Cross Over Vehicle, Land Rover, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Range Rover, SUV by Kurt Ernst | December 2nd, 2010 | 1 Response |

We’ve already told you all there is to know about the Range Rover Evoque (here and here), which won’t be on the streets for another ten months or so. That didn’t stop Range Rover from creating the above video, which appears to show a virtual Evoque being virtually driven through virtual streets, by ghosts. You do get a good sense of what the Evoque looks like on the road, and you also get a decent look at the Evoque’s well appointed interior and panoramic roof.

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