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2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

2016 Acura RDX climbs luxury ladder in loyalty drive

Acura is working on converting entry-level luxe hunters to its cause, and the second step in the strategy that started with the 2016 ILX is this, the 2016 Acura RDX. Revamped and prettified to better match not only Acura's latest design language - glitzy "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps and less plasticky snout included - but the raised expectations of luxury SUV buyers the 2016 RDX gets a new engine, gives economy a bump upwards, smarter all-wheel-drive, and a more capable infotainment system. Meanwhile, there's an even more expensive version at the top end to capitalize on what Acura says is a new breed of drivers.

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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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Breva Génie 03 can measure speed without being a smartwatch

Breva Génie 03 can measure speed without being a smartwatch

Who says you have to be a smartwatch to get some "smart" functions? Some traditional watch makers are definitely not buying the whole smartwatch trend yet and seem to be content to just to add some of those features one way or another. Some are placing transparent displays on top of analog faces while others are hiding the brains inside the strap. Breva has a rather interesting take, putting a makeshift speedometer on a Génie 03 traditional analog watch, without using any digital component.

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Mercedes-Maybach priced up for US luxe-hunters

Mercedes-Maybach priced up for US luxe-hunters

Mercedes-Benz has priced up its Maybach special for the US, slapping a near-$190k sticker on the lengthy luxe-mobile, though final numbers are likely to be considerably higher thanks to an expansive options list. Announced at the LA Auto Show last year, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and its slightly more affordable S 500 sibling are the first of a new mini-brand for the company, again resurrecting the storied premium brand in the same way that Mercedes-AMG has pushed the German marque's sporting ambitions. That's not to say that in looking to luxury, the Maybach is lacking in speed.

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2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

Lexus had already spilled the beans on its 467 HP surprise for the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus GS F, but there's no denying it's an intriguing beast in the metal. Latest to the Japanese company's F SPORT line-up, and spiritual successor to the IS F, the midsized sedan sticks with Lexus' controversial design language - including a vast "spindle" grill, angular LED headlamps, and splashes of carbon fiber to emphasize its sporting ambitions. Those ambitions aren't just on paper, mind: with 389 lb-ft and a 7,300 rpm redline, this Lexus should shift.

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2016 BMW 6 Series boosts M6 and adds customs

2016 BMW 6 Series boosts M6 and adds customs

BMW has brought its new 6 Series range along to Detroit, using the auto show to reveal a sleek sedan, performance drop-top, and a new M6 Coupe. The 2016 6 Series will be available in three body styles, with a four-door Gran Coupe for those who demand usable space in the rear for four, and a more traditional Coupe and Convertible for those who don't so much care for those in the back. However, of the new line-up, it's perhaps the M6 which will get most attention.

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Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

A beautiful Buick? Wonders never cease: while GM's affordable-luxury marque may be better known for appealing to the golf set, its Avenir concept for the Detroit Auto Show is a legitimate stunner. The huge sedan is inspired by the sea, so Buick claims, with calming waves that coast along the side profile, but beyond the marketing hype it's simply a genuinely good-looking car. It's also clearly a modern Buick, with a huge grille, plenty of chrome that manages to not look out of place, and a particularly distinctive rear.

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2016 Buick Cascada drops top with compact convertible

2016 Buick Cascada drops top with compact convertible

If there's one thing Detroit in January needs, it's a new convertible, but GM couldn't resist bringing the new 2016 Buick Cascada drop-top along to the show. The 2+2 has a soft-top, rather than the more fashionable retractable solid roof other convertibles sport, and is a rebadge of the Opel Cascada already available in Europe. That includes an engine perhaps at odds with the US taste for big coast highway cruisers, with a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder under the hood.

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2016 Lexus GS F makes 467HP monster from luxe sedan

2016 Lexus GS F makes 467HP monster from luxe sedan

Lexus originally planned to save the big reveal of its new GS F performance sedan until the Detroit Auto Show next week, but the excitement simply got too much and so the 467 HP beast has broken cover. Latest in the Japanese company's F branded performance line-up, and spiritual successor to the smaller - but no less crazy - IS F that has so charmed us in the past, the 2016 Lexus GS F packs a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and a new unibody construction that promises track-capable stiffness and the sort of handling you might not associate with Toyota's luxury arm.

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Mercedes-Benz F 015 self-driving car in-depth: AI & lasers

Mercedes-Benz F 015 self-driving car in-depth: AI & lasers

Mercedes-Benz teased something big - figuratively and literally - for CES 2015, and the F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous car ticks both boxes. Latest in the German marque’s F line of prototypes and proofs-of-concept, the F 015 is a luxury lounge on wheels, as Mercedes flirts not only with how cars of tomorrow might pilot themselves, but what those inside will do with the extra time they’ve suddenly had handed to them. Strikingly long, with color-changing LED lights on the outside to show if the AI is in charge and four electrically pivoting seats inside, it’s Mercedes’ take on what transport could look like in 2030 and beyond.

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