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Although having similar dimensions to mid-size cars and large family cars, executive cars are engineered and positioned as premium vehicles with better performance and technology amenities. There are also higher development and production costs, as many well-known mid-luxury cars use the longitudinal (usually front engine rear wheel drive layout) engine mounting which affords space for powerful engines such as a V8, instead of the more economical transverse engine layout of mass market cars which are restricted to inline-4 or V6. Executive cars usually have lower sales and production volumes compared to mid-size cars, as base trims with less equipment and smaller engines are not sold in U.S. and Canadian markets. Also due to the problem of steep depreciation, especially concerning cars from less prestigious brands, most executive cars are produced by marques that specialize in larger/more expensive vehicles. Particularly in the United States, the mid-luxury segment is dominated by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, as executive cars from lesser-known manufacturers such as Citroën and Infiniti have not had much success.
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This category is known as the compact executive car in Britain where it specifies both the price range and vehicle dimensions. In the U.S., there is a broader category called entry-level luxury, which includes the bottom vehicles in the line-up of luxury brands as well as the top-of-the-line models of some non-luxury brands. Dimensionally, compact executive cars are smaller than Mid-size cars and sometimes even smaller than compact/Small family cars. Mass market compact cars typically use the economical front wheel drive transverse engine layout, well suited to the inline-4 engine, which also maximizes interior room. Most compact executive cars are rear-wheel drive with longitudinal engines, for improved stability and handling, and in order to accommodate the larger size of higher-performance engines (straight-6, V6, rarely V8), with four-wheel drive often being available. Compact executive cars also tend to have more complicated independent suspensions, sportier transmissions, and high revolution engines that may require premium gasoline. The more complex powertrain and mechanical layouts of compact executive cars comes at increased cost and reduced interior passenger and trunk space. Compact executive cars include the Acura ILX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE, Volvo S60, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q40, Saab 9-3, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class which particularly emphasize sporty handling.
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Photo: Porsche Cars North America, Inc. / U.S. News & World Report › 1 of 16 › See How the Top Luxury Car Brands Rank Car shopping can get a little overwhelming, particularly when considering a new luxury vehicle. There might be a little less competition in the upper echelons of the car market, but higher prices and more features can really complicate the decision-making process. We recently announced the winner of our Best Luxury Brand awards for 2017, a process that takes numerous objective factors (such as safety and reliability data) and subjective factors (such as critics’ reviews) into account. We’re not suggesting you should limit your new vehicle search to these brands, though — there are plenty of other good options on the market, and we’ve written up a quick overview of each luxury brand we review, based on how each manufacturer’s vehicles score in our rankings. Take a look at all the luxury brands we review, wrapping up with the one we’ve named the Best Luxury Car Brand for 2017. Read the 2016 Porsche 911 Full Review See 2016 Porsche 911 Photos See Luxury Sports Cars Rankings
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SUVs from the luxury marques grew at almost 40 percent to more than 430,000 vehicles, excluding SUV-only brands like Hummer and Land Rover, while luxury car sales in the U.S. during 2003 suffered a 1% decline, and non-luxury SUV sales were flat. By 2004, 30 percent of major luxury brands’ U.S. sales are now SUVs. Luxury brands in particular led the development of crossover SUVs (as opposed to body-on-frame SUVs), making it one of the fastest growing segments in the market, as the forecast for 2002 was approximately 240,000 vehicles and that could double by 2006. Research data showed luxury SUV buyers are compared those vehicles to SUVs of mass market brands, and not shopping around luxury cars, thus the SUV is becoming the key to bringing new customers to the luxury dealerships.
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Most people making these lists are similar to those putting shitty comments underneath. No knowledge what-so-f**king-ever about the cars’ features or working and putting random bullshit stuff in their descriptions. For f**ks sake, Maybach Excelero isn’t one of the fastest cars, there are better Aston Martins than the V8 Vantage, Rolls Royces are not high performance cars, Number 2 isn’t a bugatti veyron GT, it is a bugatti Chiron GT and is not road legal or luxurious at all in the inside, no specific mentions of merc models, sunroofs are standard on pretty much all luxury cars, Maserati Granturismo Automatic has one of the worst gear boxes in the world. There is only one thing right on the list that the Panamera is a luxury-cum-performance car.
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The rear-wheel drive with longitudinal engines (FR) is a common layout of luxury cars. European marques like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar have almost never adopted front-wheel drive and retained a lineup mostly or entirely made up of FR cars. Japanese brands such as Lexus and Infiniti also have predominantly FR lineups. The FR layout, while more expensive than the FF, has been retained by these luxury manufacturers as it allows for higher performance engines (particularly the straight-6, V8, and other engine configurations with more cylinders), better handling, and a smoother ride.
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See How the Top Luxury Car Brands Rank Car shopping can get a little overwhelming, particularly when considering a new luxury vehicle. There might be a little less competition in the upper echelons of the car market, but higher prices and more features can really complicate the decision-making process. We recently announced the winner of our Best Luxury Brand awards for 2017, a process that takes numerous objective factors (such as safety and reliability data) and subjective factors (such as critics’ reviews) into account. We’re not suggesting you should limit your new vehicle search to these brands, though — there are plenty of other good options on the market, and we’ve written up a quick overview of each luxury brand we review, based on how each manufacturer’s vehicles score in our rankings. Take a look at all the luxury brands we review, wrapping up with the one we’ve named the Best Luxury Car Brand for 2017. Read the 2016 Porsche 911 Full Review See 2016 Porsche 911 Photos See Luxury Sports Cars Rankings
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So what, specifically, makes some brands more expensive than others? Some brands have a higher incidence of routine maintenance. But some cars tend to have the same problems time and again.
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Though Audi is owned by Volkswagen, Audi vehicles tend to escape the problems that plague VW-branded cars. In fact, Audi cars and SUVs consistently rank at, or near, the top of their respective categories, earning praise from both critics and consumers. Audi’s luxury cars are stylish, powerful, safe, and reasonably reliable. Also, Audi’s entry-level models and trim levels are competitively priced to appeal to a broad customer base.
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Also known as full-size luxury cars, grand saloons, flagship car, or premium large cars, while “Oberklasse” is used in Germany. Many of these are the marque’s showcases for the newest automotive technology. Several nameplates also offer long-wheelbase versions that offer additional rear legroom and amenities. Full-size luxury cars sold in Canada and the U.S. typically have mid-displacement V8 engines, though recently some marques have offered six cylinder powerplants but without much success.
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Bentley and Rolls-Royce have recently moved into more affordable price brackets with new models priced considerably lower than their traditional offerings (Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom and Maserati Quattroporte). These new cars, the Bentley Flying Spur and Continental GT sister cars and Rolls-Royce Ghost, created what Car and Driver described as the “entry-opulent segment”. Bentley, Maybach, and Rolls-Royce vehicles share platforms and derivatives of engines with other luxury brands from their parent auto company, however Rolls-Royce and Bentley are assembled in England (separate from the rest of BMW and Volkswagen Group’s production plants) and this ‘exclusivity’ has helped to make these British marques a sales success. By comparison, Maybachs were built alongside the Mercedes-Benz S-Class which partly explains why they have not fared well in the market and were discontinued in 2012. Furthermore, the Maybach’s brand pedigree was virtually unknown outside of Germany unlike its British rivals which have long enjoyed fame worldwide. A Bentley executive was quoted as saying “that the brand’s exclusivity, history and obsessive luxury help to convince customers that a Bentley is worth the price” which is at least twice that of a flagship luxury car from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Although Rolls-Royce and Bentley have traditionally been considered “as a purveyor of boxy British land yachts”, newer offerings such as the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Bentley Continental GT have “upended the super-premium auto segment, making Bentley for the first time a plausible choice for younger Hollywood and music stars”.
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More expensive and exclusive than mainstream models, luxury cars are about wants rather than needs, and about image rather than utility. If you’re planning an upgrade to a premium car, this buyer’s guide provides details about the 10 most popular* luxury cars in America, including pricing; quality, reliability, and appeal ratings; fuel economy; safety ratings; and cargo volume.*Popularity based on calendar-year sales through July 2016

Published on Mar 16, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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