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Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has outed a freshly-fettled car from its AMG tuning division, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, following up the LA Auto Show last week with its striking Mercedes-AMG GT S. Putting power and a trunk together, the five-door has a 2-liter BlueDIRECT four-cylinder turbo engine with 360 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60 mph in 4.7s. It's electronically limited to 155 mph, mind, just to stop you from rattling your IKEA purchases to pieces.

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Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Lexus has poured cold water on the idea of a sub-$30k car to expand its appeal in the entry-level luxury space, arguing it has no intentions of following Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and others in courting more price-conscious buyers. "What you'll see is us not heading downstream," Jeff Bracken, US general manager for Lexus, said this week, "but heading upstream," arguing that while there were rich pickings to be had amid those looking to trade-up to a Lexus on a budget, it wouldn't do the brand's overall positioning any good.

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Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Nobody quite does luxury and performance like Bentley. The company's legacy of Bentley Boys, flogging their supercharged cars from road race to road race in the 1920s, has been given the knowing nod by special-edition cars from the marque for decades now, but never quite so comprehensively as the 2015 Mulsanne Speed. Taking the flagship spot at the top of Bentley's range, and doing so with no shortage of style, performance, and better-then-first-class accommodation, it's not only powerful but packs a serious degree of tech behind the several hides-worth of leather. I hid my press badge and pretended there was more than just dust in my wallet to find out more at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Dear Mercedes, Bentley would like to show you what real luxury looks like. The new Mercedes-Maybach may be stunning the LA Auto Show with its interpretation of a private jet for the highway, but just around the corner it was British stalwart Bentley which was demonstrating how opulence is done properly. The brand new Bentley Grand Convertible and recently announced Bentley Mulsanne Speed may espouse the old-school approach of "gentleman's club" luxe, but that's not to say they don't hide their fair share of technology in the process.

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Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Mercedes-Benz promised Germanic excess when it resurrected the Maybach name (again), and it hasn't stinted on that, with the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ramping up the tech, the luxe, and the sheer scale here at the LA Auto Show 2014. Tellingly revealed both in LA and Bejing, the new limo is resolutely targeted at those who are driven rather than who take the wheel themselves, stretched 207mm over the regular long-wheelbase S-Class, and with the majority of that space devoted to the rear-seat passengers and their new, uber-flexible seats.

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Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Coffee is a serious matter to a whole lot of people, but what would persuade you to spend upward of $7,000 on an espresso machine? La Marzocco may already have a huge legacy in professional coffee making, but the company's ambitions aren't ending there. Starting with the coveted GS3, it's launching a new degree of customization while simultaneously hoping to connect directly with coffee fans. I caught up with La Marzocco's marketing chief Scott Callender to find out why the historic brand believes it's the right time to make an official play for the kitchen.

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Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel has just announced the availability of its new wearable MICA, short for My Intelligent Communication Accessory, where Intel and Opening Ceremony try bring up a product that blends technology and fashion. Unequivocally targeted at women who have a penchant for both worlds, MICA flaunts materials that very few smartbands and smartwatches would dare to wear. But it also has a bit of smarts hidden inside as well, though somewhat a bit less than a smartwatch, which still sounds quite OK, at least until you get to the price tag.

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2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

It's never been tougher to be a small, sporty sedan. Luxury buyers are being wooed by the segment above, while the gradual up-speccing of full-sized sedans below is making it harder and harder to stand out. Factor in the growing number of more practical coupes on one side, and nimble sports crossovers squeezing in from the opposite direction, and the risk of being seen as a staid four-door is considerable. Lexus’ answer to that in 2013 was the new IS, a stark departure from the company’s previous playbook, and it’s the 2015 IS 250 that’s been on my drive trying to coerce me from behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, or Audi A3.

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Kevin Rose launches Watchville app, targeting the luxury watch market

Kevin Rose launches Watchville app, targeting the luxury watch market

Serial entrepreneur and founder of the original Digg, Kevin Rose, has just launched a new iOS app that is quite a departure from previous social-targeted platforms, including his latest, Tiiny. Watchville, available for free, acts a news aggregator and atomic clock tool for the extreme luxury wristwatch market. Not just for those who like Rolexes, but collectors who know names like Hublot and Panerai.

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The crazy Lexus LF-LC is going into production

The crazy Lexus LF-LC is going into production

Lexus has confirmed it has production plans for the LF-LC concept, hoping the striking coupe will do more for the brand's reputation than the insanely expensive and rarely-seen LFA supercar. Exactly how much the road-going version of the concept will cost is unclear at this stage, as are details of its drivetrain and when it might hit dealer forecourts, but Lexus is insistent that - though positioned at the luxury end of the scale - it will address a far broader market than its previous flagship folly. That means no woven carbon fiber body and no $375,000 price tag.

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