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Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker's new electric car will make its official debut at CES 2018, with the Fisker EMotion promising not only zero-emissions but full autonomous driving. Preorders of the car began in June, with Fisker taking a $2,000 deposit for what's expected to be a $129k EV by the time it actually launches. However, so far potential owners have had to take a lot on faith.

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Movado Connect is the latest expensive Android Wear smartwatch

Movado Connect is the latest expensive Android Wear smartwatch

It’s almost ironic how smartphone OEMs have taken a backseat when it comes to smartwatches while fashion and accessory makers have taken the wheel. Then again, it is also makes sense considering how smartwatches are still more watch than smart device in consumers’ minds. Swiss watch maker Movado has had a couple of smartwatch products for quite some time now but, back in March, it announced its first Android Wear product. Now five months later, the Movado Connect is finally available for purchase. That is, if you can afford it.

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10 Odd items from Vertu’s luxury liquidation auction

10 Odd items from Vertu’s luxury liquidation auction

So-called "luxury" smartphone maker Vertu is liquidating all of their "luxury" pieces of hardware this week. After a baffling amount of years in business, Vertu finally collapsed under its own weight in June of this year. Now it's time to look at all the weird stuff they had in their offices and say "why, why did you think this was a good idea, why?"

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2018 Acura RLX gets new safety tech and a nose job

2018 Acura RLX gets new safety tech and a nose job

Acura's 2018 RLX is the next in line to receive the automaker's distinctive new grille, with the refreshed luxury sedan also getting performance changes under the sheet metal. The largest sedan in Acura's line-up, the RLX will now be offered in just two variations, cutting the number of options buyers need to consider. The two powertrains will give the choice of either gas or gas-hybrid.

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2018 Range Rover Velar First Drive: The Midsize SUV to beat

2018 Range Rover Velar First Drive: The Midsize SUV to beat

Velar is an very old name for a very modern Range Rover. Automakers mining their history for neglected nameplates isn't new, of course, but all the same few spend so long in the cold as Velar did. Used, nearly five decades ago, on the first "hiding in plain sight" prototype Range Rovers, the badge is back to usher in a very British reinvention of the midsize luxury SUV. No small challenge ahead, then, as Land Rover explained when it invited me out to Norway to experience the 2018 Velar in action.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 Sedan Review: Borrowed excellence

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 Sedan Review: Borrowed excellence

Deja-vu. That's the first thing I felt behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC sedan, and not just because it had only been a matter of weeks since I drove its E400 Coupe sibling. No, what's striking about the E300 is just how much of the S-Class experience it offers.

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV appears in new spy photos

Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV appears in new spy photos

Rolls-Royce is keeping busy lately, notably by unveiling the new eighth-generation Phantom for 2018, but the luxury car maker is continuing to make progress on its upcoming SUV, the Cullinan. A new series of spy photos have turned up, offering the first look at the Cullinan since the prototype shown back in December. With a debut coming sometime in 2018, it looks like Rolls-Royce's first "all-terrain, high-sided vehicle" will soon be ready to challenge the rest of the luxury SUVs on the market.

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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII gives opulence a high-tech reboot

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII gives opulence a high-tech reboot

A new Rolls-Royce is something special, but a new Rolls-Royce Phantom is something rare. Having debuted back in 1925, until now only seven generations of car have borne the nameplate. Now, with the arrival of the new 2018 Phantom, there's an eighth generation, and it promises to be the most luxurious, the most powerful, and the most cosseting of any to-date.

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Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes expects its Level 4/5 autonomous cars to be on the road as soon as 2020, but for now the automaker's vehicles are being purposefully held back from becoming too self-sufficient. That's the state of play according to according to Ola Källenius, at least, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Speaking at the launch of the company's most advanced model in Zurich, Switzerland, he described the two strategies that are running in parallel to allow drivers to kick back even though they're at the wheel.

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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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