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Flagship Caddy Bows In New York With Three Engines, RWD Or AWD, And Tons Of Luxury

The Cadillac CT6 is finally making its official debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show as the flagship model in the luxury brand's lineup. The lightweight, aluminum-intensive sedan offers three engines, rear- or all-wheel drive and a host of opulent equipment inside to lure buyers.

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The Bentley Bentayga SUV will add plug-in hybrid and diesel variants in 2017, a year after the W12-powered model launches around the world.

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Cadillac will add a small sedan and a compact crossover to its lineup in the next several years as part of an ambitious product blitz that will remake its lineup.

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The 2016 Lincoln MKX crossver gets a major upgrade, with new EcoBoost power, more safety features and a fresh look.

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With the debut of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the Italian company's US lineup has officially doubled. It brings roofless joy to the already-beautiful 4C Coupe, as well as a soft-cloth top, an available carbon fiber roll-hoop "halo," four new wheel designs, an Alpine sound system and an optional Akrapovic center-mounted exhaust.

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BMW has reclaimed the luxury-sales crown from Mercedes by a margin of 9,347 cars. Mercedes ruled 2013, but last year BMW sold 339,738 units – a 9.8-percent increase year-on-year – while Mercedes saw its sales go up by 5.7 percent to 330,391 units.

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This month, Audi said it will boost spending by two billion euros ($2.5B US) over the next five years, for a total outlay of 24 billion euros from 2014 to 2019. Something like 70 percent of those billions will be spent on new models, technology like "connectivity and lightweight construction," and factory expansion at its plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.

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Now there's an attention-grabbing headline, eh? Although the answer to the riddle - pickup trucks and SUVs - might be somehow deflating, the numbers involved deserve a going over. According to TrueCar's figures (click on the table to enlarge), six of the year's ten best-selling vehicles in the US that sell for a transaction price above $50,000 are body-on-frame, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the only foreigner to crack the top five.

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Audi A3 TDI Road Trip, Luxury Car Features We Love

Episode #402 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Brandon Turkus talk about the Audi A3 TDI Challenge and luxury car features we not-so-secretly love. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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The Hyper-Fast, Hyper-Frugal, and Hyper-French

Don't let the shiny objects detract from the serious side of the show. Sales, fuel economy and regulations are part of the conversation.

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"The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars." – Johan de Nysschen

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In Which Molsheim Courts Us Like We Are Captains Of Industry

Let's say you're rich. Filthy rich – you've got cars in garages of homes you can't remember you own, rich.

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It's not particularly unusual to see cheap cars in China, or those with designs stolen from foreign competitors, but increasingly the best-selling vehicles there would be very recognizable to just about any auto enthusiast. There appears to be one fact of life whether looking at car buyers in Sacramento, Stuttgart or Shanghai: People who can afford to buy premium cars often look first at the Germans.

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A limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom is something of an oxymoron. The company only sold 3,630 cars last year, and even fewer of those were its flagship Phantom. However, that isn't keeping the company from regularly revealing even more limited editions of its already hyper-exclusive cars. This is precisely the case with the new Phantom Drophead Coupé Bespoke Waterspeed Collection, a forthcoming model limited to 35 examples.

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Several studies have found the nicer your car the less moral your character

Luxury cars were once considered a sign of refinement and expensive tastes, but several recent studies are painting a darker picture of the good life.

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The L Word is not just a Showtime series that went off the air a few years back. It can also be code for "luxury," a term the folks at Tesla Motors don't seem to overuse when it comes to the Model S battery-electric vehicle. The California-based company considers its sole production model a performance vehicle, Automotive News says, citing a statement by Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla's vice president of business development, at a presentation to the Electrification Coalition. O'Connell said the Mode

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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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What's Happening To This Once-Exclusive Segment?

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If there's a recession afoot, no one told the bidders at Saturday's RM Auctions sale. A total of 13 cars went home to new owners for $1 million or more, including a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF at $6.71 million. The '56 was hardly the star of the evening, however, as 1962 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spyder fell under the gavel at $8.58 million. The Italian automaker only built 37 250 GT SWB Spyders with covered headlights, and this particular example has the benefit of be

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