TOTD: Which Entry-Level Luxury Four-Door Would You Choose?
You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Last Slide Next Slide Mercedes-Benz, BMW top the list The Mercedes-Benz C Class, shown here as a 2013 C250, is the most stolen luxury car, a report finds (Photo: Joe Bruzek / Cars.com) A study finds that the Mercedes-Benz C Class is the most stolen luxury car The Mercedes E Class and S Class also make the Top 10 list Most luxury cars are stolen in California SHARE 393 CONNECT 69 TWEET 27 COMMENTEMAILMORE When it comes to stealing luxury cars, Mercedes-Benz has proven to be the top choice among thieves, according to a new report. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most stolen luxury car, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports. And two of its brand stablemates are on the list as well: the E-Class is in fourth place and the S-Class is in 10th place. The study is based on thefts entered in the National Crime Information Center database. BMW shows up in second place with its 3 series, and again sixth place with the 5 Series in the study, which looks at thefts of 2010 to 2012 model year cars across the country.
Full Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/07/30/most-stolen-luxury-cars/2598657/
Now, a tough new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given a black eye to a number of luxury and near-luxury automakers. Of 11 models tested, eight flunked a new test which is designed to mimic the most dangerous sort of frontal crash — when a vehicle strikes another car or an object, such as a tree, with just a small portion of the front bumper. Virtually all new cars in recent years have earned good ratings from the privately funded IIHS’ crash tests, as automakers have worked to improve safety. So the IIHS created the new tougher test which is known as the “small overlap” impact. “Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year,” Institute president Adrian Lund said.
Full Article: http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/14/autos/luxury-cars-crash-test/index.html
Acura, Honda’s luxury car brand, could be headed our way!
Without the Verano’s optional $795 navigation system, both cars can be purchased for around $30,000, and similarly equipped. Both have four-cylinder engines; a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo for the Verano and a 201-hp 2.4-liter for ILX. Both also have six-speed manuals, but we chose the Verano for all the amenities it offers for its price, while we appreciated the ILX for its driving dynamics. The Lexus CT 200h may start out as the most expensive of this bunch at $32,960 including destination, but it’s a hybrid. Standard equipment includes goodies such as heated side mirrors, a sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe upholstery, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
Full Article: http://wot.motortrend.com/totd-which-entry-level-luxury-four-door-would-you-choose-420351.html
Luxury cars flunk new tougher crash test
Hironori Kanayama, President, Honda Cars India, recently told Autocar India, We are not concentrating on premium cars at the moment. But once this segment starts to grow and mature, Honda will consider bringing its luxury brand Acura here. Honda feels that the premium car market is fast growing in the country and there sure lies a lot of unexplored potential for the carmaker in segments above that of the Accord. It may be noted that while luxury car markers are surely having a good time in our car market, there lie challenges such as having to bring the vehicles through the CBU route, which make the entire business quite unfeasible. Also, low volumes dont really justify high initial investment for CKD assembly plant. These are the same reasons which have prevented Toyota from bringing Lexus, its luxury car brand, to India.
Full Article: http://www.motoroids.com/news/acura-hondas-luxury-car-brand-headed-way/