With the 2014 Paris Motor Show just around the corner, the pre-show unveilings are coming thick and fast now. Not to be left out, Infiniti will be showing up with a curvaceous four-door sedan concept called the Q80 Inspiration.
The luxury four-seater has an extremely elegant and sculpted feel about it. Infiniti say the Q80 Inspiration is a “sensual interpretation of the Infiniti brand”. The designers have worked hard to make the concept as sleek as possible. There are no side mirrors, and the windows and roof seem to flow almost seamlessly into the bodywork.
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Jaguar has made no secret of the XE. In fact they’ve been shouting about if for many months now. But at a Jaguar-hosted, star-studded event in London the car was finally unveiled.
At first glance it looks like Jaguar made a mistake and accidentally pulled the covers off an updated XF. But if you take out a tape measure and a magnifying glass then it becomes clearer this is in fact a new model. The Jaguar XE is a sports orientated saloon designed to do battle with the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. It’s a rear-driver, which is a huge plus point, and from launch a high performance XE S model will be available powered by a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 developing 340 horsepower.
Like the slightly larger XF, the new XE is a handsome car. Not exciting, dramatic or eye-catching, just quietly confident in its own solid proportions. The XE S gets a slightly more sporty appearance, including larger front intakes, chrome side vents, a small rear spoiler and optional 20-inch wheels.
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Zagato have been creating special limited edition and one-off Aston Martins since the 1960s. They always tend to go down well with both wealthy collectors and the average automotive enthusiast. Part of the popularity of the Zagato modified Astons might come from the mere fact it’s a fusion of two world-class brands. Or it could be because they’re usually pretty crazy.
The Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake by Zagato is no exception. It’s based on the same styling ideas introduced on the DBS Coupe Centennial and the DB9 Spyder by Zagato, both introduced last summer. The underlying platform is an Aston Martin Virage – a model which was discontinued in 2012 – and powering the car is a 6.0 litre V12 with 490 horsepower.
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Audi has given the entire A6 range a slight makeover for 2015. The changes include minor revisions to the exterior styling, some miniscule updates to the interior and a few engine upgrades. The A6 sedan and Avant, as well as the Allroad quattro and the higher performance S6 and RS 6 models are all affected by the changes.
The 2015 upgrades are all pretty small, and if you weren’t a fan of the A6 before, then nothing here is going to change your mind. Likewise, if you were a fan of the A6, then there’s nothing to put you off.
The principle exterior changes include new headlights and tail lights and almost imperceptible revisions to the front grille and bumpers. On the inside new colors are available, including Flint Gray for the A6 and Salsa Red for the S6. The front seats now come with optional ventilation and massage. There are also upgrades and improvements to the infotainment system, air conditioning system (which is now four-zone instead of dual-zone), and safety systems – like adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist.
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Volvo is currently undergoing a massive overhaul. With recent concept’s like the Volvo Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe and the Concept Estate they’ve already proved that they are more than capable of making extremely handsome cars when they want to. However at the same time they also haven’t lost sight of what made them different from other manufacturers in the first place, their mission of putting safety above all other considerations. The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is the first of a new-generation Volvos which has the best of both worlds.
The 2015 Volvo XC90 is completely new from top to bottom and front to back. It arrives after months of speculation, and is the result of three years of development, and part of a massive $11 billion investment in Volvo’s future. Based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology, the new XC90 shows the future of Volvo cars.
In terms of appearance, fans of the three recent Volvo concepts might be a little disappointed with the exterior design. It’s nice and sensible, but really pretty boring. The designers really could have done a bit more to inject some pizzazz into the bodywork, especially those giant slab-like sides. On the other hand it does have quite a nice face, and the headlights are particularly appealing with their “Thor’s Hammer” driving lights.
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Aston Martin has today confirmed what most automotive industry analysts and news outlets already knew, that the Lagonda name is coming back, and that it’ll be mounted on the back of an all-new ultra luxurious super saloon.
The Aston Martin Lagonda saloon will be based on the company’s versatile VH architecture which underpins their current lineup of vehicles – excluding the One-77. The car will be produced in a limited series, and rather frustratingly, it will be exclusively offered in only the Middle East market – or more specifically the United Arab Emirates. Whether Aston Martin decide the other markets are worthy of receiving the car in the future is yet to be decided.
The car will be offered for sale by invitation only, ensuring that only the wealthiest and discerning of
plutocrats car collectors can take ownership of the new Lagonda.
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Jaguar’s upcoming all-new car, the XE sports saloon, will make its world debut on September 8th at a special event in London. Ahead of its unveiling Jaguar has released more details about the car, in particular the suspension and steering systems.
Jaguar say the new XE will feature levels of innovation new to the segment, as well as utilizing lightweight construction methods and the latest generation of Ingenium engines.
The Jaguar XE will be built around an all-aluminium monocoque chassis, and include a front suspension setup derived from that used on the F-Type. The rear suspension is an integral link system which has been tuned to offer both dynamic ability and comfort. For the steering system jaguar has opted for an electric power assist setup.
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Mercedes-Benz have today published all the details regarding their top-of-the-range model in the S-Class Coupe series. Called the S 65 AMG Coupe, the V-12 powered car is visually almost identical to the V8-powered S 63 AMG Coupe model. The tell-tale signs of the additional four cylinders, are a revised front grille, exclusive 20-inch diameter multi-spoke wheels, a larger rear diffuser, and of course the obligatory “V12 Biturbo” badging on the front fenders.
Powering the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe is a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, the same unit used in the S 65 AMG Sedan. It pushes out 630 horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. The transmission is an AMG SpeedShift PLUS 7G-Tronic semi-automatic with three modes; Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual. The car’s top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph, while the 0-62 mph run is completed in just 4.1 seconds.
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The names Aston Martin and Lagonda have been intertwined since 1947, when Aston Martin purchased the rival British company. For the next few decades Aston Martin continued to produce a limited number of Lagonda-badged models, culminating in the imposing and very boxy Aston Martin Lagonda sedan which debuted in 1976 and carried on being produced right up until 1989. However it’s been over 20 years since the Lagonda name has been used by the company. Well that’s all changing now.
It’s been known for a while now that Aston Martin is reviving the Lagonda name. In fact the company made an official announcement regarding the return of the Lagonda name in 2011. The Lagonda brand will primarily be used to help facilitate the company moving into new markets, like China and Russia, and also new vehicle classes like large luxury sedans and SUVs.
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BMW chose the 2014 Beijing Auto Show to unveil their latest concept vehicle. Called the BMW Vision Future Luxury, the concept is a super luxurious, technologically advanced vehicle designed to provide a hint at what future flagship cars from the company might look like. Hint: The next 7-Series.
The BMW Vision Future Luxury concept is long, wide and surprisingly low-slung. It certainly has a presence about it. And in a good way. Not like the fugly current 7-Series. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of exterior design. Interestingly BMW say the shape of the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept was ultimately decided the old-school way, with clay models, not computers.
Up front the BMW Vision Future Luxury has of course the trademark BMW kidney grilles. However these have been enlarged significantly, while at the same time the headlights have shrunk down to little slit-like eyes.
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