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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

Throbbing red and scented with bespoke perfume, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63's cabin made absolutely clear that, even by Stuttgart's standards, this is no ordinary luxury sedan. Still, to describe the 2018 S-Class as an important car for Mercedes-Benz is to damn it with understatement. What's under its handsome sheet metal doesn't just represent the pinnacle of the automaker's engineering efforts, but in effect sets a roadmap for the rest of its vehicles over the next ten years.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup revealed: Rugged luxury

2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup revealed: Rugged luxury

Mercedes-Benz might not be the first automaker you'd think of adding a pickup truck to its range, but nobody told the brand new Mercedes X-Class that. Unveiled today, the newest addition to the German company's line-up promises not only all the utility and flexibility you'd expect from a pickup, but with the driving dynamics and luxury drivers of vehicles bearing the three-pointed star expect. Unfortunately, there's also some bad news.

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This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

When parents say that having a smartphone is a luxury, they probably don’t mean it the way Vertu does. While definitely not as big as Samsung or Apple, Vertu is famous, or infamous, for its ridiculously expensive, crystal-studded rendition of what has become an everyday tool. That, however, will now become history as Vertu itself becomes history, with the company being liquidated and employees laid off, to partly pay for its ridiculously high accounting deficit.

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Meet the new 2019 Audi A8, a self-driving super-luxury sedan

Meet the new 2019 Audi A8, a self-driving super-luxury sedan

Supercars may be fast, but the cutting-edge of automotive technology is happening in luxury sedans like the new 2019 Audi A8. The fourth-generation of Audi's most luxurious car, the new A8 introduces Audi AI, a vision of smarter mobility including industry-first Level 3 assisted driving that, the automaker says, will eventually see all of its cars intercommunicating.

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Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn't going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California's 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent a few moments considering that the car of the future apparently communicates not with the voice of Mr Feeny from Boy Meets World, but with a glowing green steering wheel instead.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive: Offbeat Italian SUV comes to conquer

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive: Offbeat Italian SUV comes to conquer

When you're Alfa Romeo, and a decent chunk of your appeal is that you're not the mainstream option, building an SUV like the 2018 Stelvio presents a tricky balance to strike. After all, Alfa drivers may not want a predictable car in their garage, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shareholders want mainstream sales. The Giulia sports sedan may have found favor among passionate drivers, but crossovers and SUVs are where the widest wallets are. Alfa Romeo had a choice, therefore, and the Stelvio is the answer, born of the Giulia but out hunting mutineers from the mainstream.

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The 2018 BMW X3 is here… and there’s an M Sport version

The 2018 BMW X3 is here… and there’s an M Sport version

Crossovers and SUVs continue to be the stars of the auto industry, at least when it comes to sales, so there's plenty riding on the 2018 BMW X3. Now in its third generation, BMW's midsize SUV promises more luxury, more technology, and - for the first time in the X3 line-up - an M Performance version. Compared to the old X3, the new SUV gets bolder, chunkier styling.

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Coming 2018, the Jaguar E-PACE is a new compact SUV

Coming 2018, the Jaguar E-PACE is a new compact SUV

Jaguar is adding a new SUV to its line-up, with the Jaguar E-PACE promising both performance and compact dimensions. The smaller sports utility vehicle will join the larger Jaguar F-PACE in the automaker's line-up, following market trends away from sedans and instead toward SUVs and crossovers.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe First Drive: The new benchmark

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe First Drive: The new benchmark

It's tough to stand out on the increasingly crowded forecourt of a Mercedes-Benz dealership, but somehow the 2018 E400 Coupe manages it. Maybe it's not the most aggressive of the German automaker's cars, or the most powerful, or even the most expensive. Yet it's a coupe that draws a direct line back, all the way to 1968, through a rich seam of Mercedes heritage. Go figure, then, that when the company invited me out to British Columbia to try it for myself, this grand tourer turned out to perfectly encapsulate the thoroughly modern Mercedes.

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BMW Concept 8 Series exclusive first drive: Borrowing a priceless prototype

BMW Concept 8 Series exclusive first drive: Borrowing a priceless prototype

I’ve seen countless concept or prototype cars at auto shows and press junkets over the years. Rarely does anyone ever get to drive them, because concept cars are, well, only concepts. One of kind and invariably hand-built, they’re obscenely expensive, too. Their primary purpose in life is to showcase new styling and new technology. Think of them as eye candy aimed to grab attention, from everyone and especially away from the competition.

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2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

Does it matter if all modern cars start to look the same, if your slick new 2017 BMW 530i could easily be mistaken for a 7 Series twice the price? The new entry point to 5 Series ownership isn't cheap, of course, but it's certainly cheaper than you might expect. There are a couple of compromises along the way if affordable Bavarian motoring is your modus operandi, mind.

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Swiss watchmaker H. Moser creates $27k Apple Watch lookalike

Swiss watchmaker H. Moser creates $27k Apple Watch lookalike

If you happen to really like the look and design of the Apple Watch, but are also a tired-and-true fan of traditional mechanical watches, then here's a timepiece that's just for you. Swiss watchmaker H. Moser has announced a new watch that almost perfectly mimics the look of Apple's smartwatch, yet it's 100% mechanical, meaning there's no display, no touch input, and no health or fitness tracking — no 'smarts' of any kind.

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