July 20, 2014 |
Once again, we are reminded that the Korean automaker Hyundai, like its corporate sibling, Kia, is a pretty quick study. A case in point is the redesigned 2015 Genesis, the second coming of its luxury sedan. The first-generation Genesis, which debuted in 2009, offered a lot of features for the buck, and pretty much went downhill from there. The styling lurked somewhere between bland and generic, and the ride and handling were even more forgettable. Enter the renaissance redesign for 2015, an automotive quantum leap.
July 29, 2013 |
With its redesigned flagship, the 2014 S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is doing what it habitually does: reinventing the luxury sedan. There is a ton of fresh technology in this car that, history tells us, will emulate the Republican trickle-down theory and eventually become available in less expensive Mercedes models - and the rest of the industry. (An example: Electronic stability control was Mercedes' idea. It is now found in nearly every new car on the road.) To show off some of that new hardware and software, Mercedes built an automotive answer to the flight simulator at the site of a recent regional press introduction for the S-Class.
December 2, 1994 |
It's been a while since I've been this ambivalent about a new, $55,000 luxury sedan, especially one as good as the redesigned Lexus LS 400. When it comes to the engineering and manufacturing excellence that goes into an LS 400, I'm as big a fan as anyone. But they really should have done something more with the car's body when they restyled it for 1995. Like others in the motor press, I was expecting a more dramatic departure from the bland, undistinguished styling of the previous car. What Lexus provided was a mild re-skinning that did little to help individuate the LS 400. Yes, the new body is a bit more sculpted and athletic-looking than its predecessor, but it is still a design without distinction - and that's the Achilles' heel of this fine automobile.
May 31, 2015 |
Three-way luxury battle: 2015 Cadillac CTS 2.0T Performance Collection vs. Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD vs. 2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 AWD. This week: Infiniti Q50S. Price: $47,955 as tested ($45,450 base price, plus $1,400 for Navigation package and $200 for a temporary spare tire). Marketer's pitch: "Not all reflexes are biological. Some are digital. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "many standard high-tech electronic and safety features . . . muscular V-6 engine; roomy trunk" but not the lack of "a frugal four-cylinder engine; disappointing handling when pushed.
January 20, 1995 |
If Buick were a country instead of an automaker, we could refer to it in travelogue terms: "Buick, land of contrasts, where yesterday meets tomorrow. " Tomorrow at Buick is the Riviera, a low-end luxury coupe that features the most original and exciting body styling to come along in this decade. Yesterday is cars like the Park Avenue, which is an older automobile aimed at an older clientele. The Park Avenue, Buick's large, front-drive luxury sedan, is not an unattractive car. Like the women in Rubens' paintings, it is nicely proportioned in a full-figured way. But, I'm not sure that voluptuous look flies anymore.
January 7, 1994 |
The Buick Park Avenue Ultra is obviously not one of those domestic luxury cars that have been given a sporty look and suspension in an effort to woo the yupadoos who buy imported sport sedans. Rather, it is an unabashed traditional luxury sedan aimed at a mature audience. Lots of room, a great ride, mucho hedonism and the silence of the lambs are what we're peddling here, gentle people. And just to make sure that sales mission isn't misunderstood, Buick has tossed in a number of traditional styling cues, including an exceptional use of chrome, bumper guards and simulated-wood interior trim.
August 21, 1987 |
Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald, the Democratic candidate for the Sixth District Senate seat, has been driving a 1987 luxury sedan temporarily given to her by the owner of a Ford dealership that leases police vehicles to Cherry Hill Township. Greenwald said yesterday that Thomas Hatzis, the owner of Winner Ford in Cherry Hill, lent her the car "for a few weeks" while she decided which new car she intended to buy. She said she did not receive any special treatment from the dealership.
March 20, 1992 |
You and I obviously made some defective career choices. We should have gotten work with Mazda as automobile designers. This became apparent to me when I learned how Mazda's design manager went about styling the new 929 luxury sedan. Shunji Tanaka didn't just sit down at his drawing board and come up with a body design for the Mazda flagship. He did a lot of rather appealing research first. His research consisted of traveling around the world, visiting art museums and galleries in order to enhance his understanding of Western and Eastern culture and design.
February 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Rick Santorum grew wealthy over his four years working as a corporate consultant and media commentator after leaving the Senate in 2006, his newly released federal tax returns show. He made more than $3.6 million and drove an Audi luxury sedan - details that could be at odds with his effort to attract blue-collar voters in the GOP's forthcoming presidential primary in Michigan. Santorum, 53, has presented himself in the Republican primaries as a social conservative and a Washington outsider, stressing his family's coal-mining background and his appeal to religious and working-class voters.
March 29, 1987 |
Jim Randle, the appropriately low-key Englishman in charge of Jaguar engineering, steps to the side of the little stage in front of the banquet room. The curtain parts, revealing the new 1988 Jaguar XJ6. The luxury sedan is perched on a revolving disc and set against a rose backdrop that evokes the desert surrounding this rambling resort hotel. The $40,000 automobile's polished chrome and superb maroon finish wink and glisten in the soft track lighting. In the front row of folding chairs, Sir John Egan, the chief executive who was knighted for doing for Jaguar what Lee Iaccoca did for Chrysler, peers intently at the new car as if seeing it for the first time.