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Audi took the April sales crown, outselling its Teutonic rivals. Good news aside, though, Mercedes and BMW both saw faster sales growth last month.

BMW, Mercedes and Lexus Neck-And-Neck In First Quarter Of 2015

The luxury sales race in the United States is closer than it has ever been. Find out which automaker is leading the luxury market so far in 2015.

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Audi A3 TDI Road Trip, Luxury Car Features We Love

We're almost ready to record Episode #402 of the Autoblog Podcast! You can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening!

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The king is dead - long live the king. Mercedes-Benz is now your new US sales champion in the fiercely competitive luxury market, deposing the champ BMW, which has enjoyed annual supremacy for the past two years.

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Cadillac is often associated with large luxury sedans of a bygone era, but the iconic American automaker calls the XTS the "most technologically advanced production car in the brand's history." We put the Cadillac XTS and its CUE telematics system to the test.

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He says Chinese consumers are not getting service they deserve

An unhappy luxury-car owner known only as Wang made a bold statement to his mechanic and luxury automakers, paying three men to smash his $423,000 Maserati Quattroporte to pieces outside of the Qingdao International Auto Show.

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BMW managed to eke ahead of Audi for the global luxury sales crown in February. According to Bloomberg, BMW saw deliveries swell by 7 percent in February, besting the 3.2 percent jump enjoyed by Audi and giving BMW a 407-unit delivery lead over its rival last month. Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, continued to falter, with the brand selling some 37,229 fewer machines than BMW, whose factories are running at full capacity to keep up with demand. Models like the X1 (shown above) enjoyed a sales increase

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Check it out: according to Silex Power, it's a force of nature," a "fluid form... the pinnacle of technological innovation. It's the epitome of elegance and luxury, a synopsis of the superior class... the most technologically vehicle ever conceived. It's the dawn of a new era in electric mobility – the Chreos.

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The Jaguar XJ_e concept is a plug-in hybrid that will be trotted out at RAC Future Car Challenge in London this November. The Future Car Challenge is just the place to showcase a concept like this, since the event is all about the best of green vehicle technology and covers the gamut from hybrid and electric vehicles to fuel-cell cars. The XJ_e prototype is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine alongside a 69-kilowatt electric motor and a 12.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Fut

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As driverless cars make their way to Nevada and Florida, and possibly California, in state-sanctioned test programs, Google continues to play a big part in collecting the data. It's self-diving Toyota Prius vehicles have clocked in more than 300,000 miles of testing. Google has added another car to its test program – the 2012 Lexus RX450h luxury crossover SUV.

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Officer at crux of case resigned Thursday, could lose pension

Ever been frustrated to be stuck in traffic? Ever want to go 100 mph on a road like Route 80 or the the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway? After all, if you have a super car like a Lamborghini or Ferrari that can easily go 140 mph, you want to air the car out one in a while without worry over speeding tickets.

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2009 Hyundai Equus - Click above for a high-res gallery

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Luxury car sales are off by at least one-third compared to last year's numbers, and the end is probably not in sight. In past recessions, the wealthy have been insulated by their money, but not this time. Real estate and banking are responsible for a large amount of the financial pickle we're in, and as those sectors get walloped by reality, the luxury cars typically purchased by agents, brokers, and bankers are languishing.

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New York Governor David Paterson needs to close a $15.4-billion budget deficit, and has proposed 88 new fees and taxes to do it. One of them is aimed at New York car buyers: a 5% tax on all cars sold for $60,000 or more. Notice the phrasing "sold for," not "MSRP of". That means if you add $8,001 in options to a $52,000 car, then you can add 5% to the final price. Intriguingly, the proposed new luxury tax on yachts doesn't happen until a buyer crosses the $200,000 mark, and not until $500,000 for

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So the Kia VG mule that has kept spy photographers busy the last few weeks has now been given a computer animated face and body. It's a nice looking ride, though has a surprising amount in common with the Hyundai Genesis... which means we also see, well, a lot of other cars in it. But that's not a bad thing, really, because the result is a tasty little creation, especially coming from Kia. The lines are a touch more forceful than those on the Genesis, which goes along with Kia being the sporting

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Picture this, you're stuffing your face full of gourmet food, giving your gullet a real workout, and you look up from your plate just in time to see your Maybach speed by. That last bite sticks in your throat, refusing to budge. Whoever absconded with your über-uglified super S-Class boots your driver out the door while rounding a corner. Now would not be a good time to recall that your €530,000 car is insured for a mere €300,000. Whoops. Vikotor Markov was enjoying a meal at the

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The Car Connection spoke to GM vice chairman Bob Lutz at the Chicago Auto Show who told them a bigger, badder Cadillac built on the new Camaro chassis could be in the works. Lutz said the reason Camaro's expected on-sale date was delayed was so that the platform could be better integrated with future products.

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