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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The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition – lower case letters intentional – is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.
The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.
The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser.
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The Jaguar F-Type is one of the most naturally handsome cars on the market. Whether you go for the convertible or the hardtop, both of them are lookers. Amazingly enough though, even if you add another set of doors, it still looks just as good. That important research was done by Hungarian photoshopper X-Tomi. Who crafted the 5-door F-Type using just the power of his mind. And a computer.
Unsurprisingly, the 5-door Jaguar F-Type has a very similar profile to other luxury 5-door (or 4-door) coupes; like the Audi A7 and the Mercedes CLS. There’s also a hint of Tesla Model S coming through too.
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For the 2015 ATS, Cadillac have developed a limited edition “Crimson Sport Edition”. unfortunately the upgrades are purely cosmetic, and consist of a new lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Other exterior changes include 18-inch dark-silver painted alloy wheels, and of course the unique crimson red metallic paint.
On the inside the Cadillac ATS Crimson Sport Edition features four different color combinations to choose from: Red with black accents, Caramel with black accents, Light Platinum with black accents, or all black. Additionally the Crimson Sport Edition includes a heated steering wheel in microfiber suede, a microfiber suede shift lever and heated front seats.
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BMW is clearly on a rampage at the moment, as are a number of other manufacturers, to fill every possible niche market. And the BMW X4 is just the latest proof of their intent.
It’s smaller and cheaper than the similarly shaped X6, more expensive and less practical than the X3 on which it is based, and it doesn’t really have much in common with the X3′s larger clone, the X5. The X4 is aimed at buyers who… Oh forget it. Who knows anymore? Customers walking into the showroom will either like it or they won’t. BMW is just making sure they have every base covered.
In terms of size, the X4 is 0.6 inches (14 mm) longer than the X3, and 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower. The coupe-like roof line means it looks a little more sporty, but that comes at the expense of space and practicality. Rear seat passengers will notice the difference more than those in the front, and cargo space – with the rear seats upright – is reduced by about a third when compared to the X3.
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