For the Lincoln MKZ, designers took the notion of “elegant simplicity” as their point of departure – and arrived at a luxury sedan whose integration of lines and curves is stunning. Design cues become individual pieces of art, like the pedestal mirrors that add a jewel-like touch. Continue reading Most class in its class New Lincoln MKZ
The first luxury brand to introduce a hybrid vehicle nearly 10 years ago, Lexus continues its hybrid leadership by offering five models powered by the innovative Hybrid Synergy Drive. The latest addition, the ES 300h, debuted for 2013 as the first-ever ES hybrid. Continue reading 2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Luxury Sedan Receives 40 mpg EPA Estimated Combined Fuel Economy
A handful of fully electric Tesla Model S Signature Performance sedans were presented to their owners at the company’s factory on June 22, each priced around $100,000. The luxury sedans were fitted with the most powerful battery pack available from the start-up automaker, rated at 85 kilowatt-hours, roughly the equivalent of 362 horsepower.
Scheduled to launch in 2012, the Audi A8 hybrid combines the best of two worlds. Its gasoline engine – a 2.0 TFSI – and an electric motor develop peak output of 180 kW (245 hp) and 480 Nm (345.03 lb-ft) of torque for short periods of time. The luxury sedan can travel up to a speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph) on electric power alone, and covers around three kilometers (1.86 miles) with zero local emissions at a speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph). In the standard test cycle, it consumes less than 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.75 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 148 grams per km (238.18 g/mile). Please note that these are provisional figures.
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I got the chance last week to drive Hyundai’s coming $60,000 luxury sedan, the Equus, here in the Hudson River Valley.
First of all, yes, Hyundai is entering the luxury market — six words you never thought you’d see in a sentence. Even more surreal was the presentation Derek Joyce, manager of product planning for Hyundai, made to a handful of journalists before the drive. Mr. Joyce, who has worked on the Equus for two years, compared the new flagship sedan to the Mercedes-Benz S550, Lexus LS 460L and Audi A8L.
Continue reading A Brief Drive in the 2011 Hyundai Equus Raises a Small Gripe