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Mercedes-Benz Maybach Haute Voiture concept brings high fashion to the car

Haute Couture, the offering of exclusive, custom-fitted items of clothing by the world’s leading fashion brands, tends to be the domain of discerning buyers wielding unlimited checkbooks.

Mercedes-Benz Maybach in the future may cater to these same buyers with highly customized versions of its cars boasting the latest fashion trends, and on Wednesday rolled out the Haute Voiture concept to give a taste of what’s possible. It previews a production model to be offered in limited numbers in early 2023.

The concept is based on the Maybach S-Class sedan and features in its cabin colors, materials and prints popular in the world of high-end fashion. These elements aren’t just applied in the typical fashion, such as linings for the seats or dash, but in small, unexpected details dotting the entire cabin. Examples include the strong contrasting colors and patterns used throughout—a concept that even extends to the infotainment system whose

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2023 Audi RS 5 gains Competition Package option with 180-mph top speed

Audi’s RS 5 already offers plenty of performance straight out of the box, but for 2023 the hardcore coupe and hatchback can be ordered with a Competition Package that boosts performance even further while adding extra style.

The available package brings multiple tweaks including adjustable coil-over suspension able to lower the ride height by 10 millimeters, front and rear sway bars, and a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes. The removal of noise insulation around the firewall also brings more of the engine noise into the cabin and helps drop the curb weight by 18 pounds.

Engineers also dialed up the performance of the transmission by reducing shift times, and improved the accuracy of the steering system by introducing a fixed steering ratio of 13.1:1. The control software of the all-wheel-drive system was also tweaked to deliver more power to the rear wheels.

Stopping power was improved with new carbon-ceramic

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Motor insurance price falls to lowest level since 2015

The amount paid by motorists for insurance fell to its lowest level in more than six years in the first quarter of 2022, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Prices for new policies have increased but renewals have decreased after an insurance shake-up earlier this year.

The average price paid for comprehensive motor insurance in the first quarter of the year was £416.

This was a 5% drop over the year compared with the first quarter of 2021.

The latest average premium is the lowest since the third quarter of 2015, the ABI said.

Its tracker looks at the prices consumers pay for their cover rather than the prices they are quoted.

A shake-up of insurance pricing at the start of the year ended a “loyalty premium” paid by customers.

New rules mean motor and home insurers are required to offer renewing customers a price that is no

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2023 Land Rover Defender 130 debuts May 31, promises seating for 8

The Land Rover Defender is set to spawn a third body style shortly in the form of the stretched Defender 130.

Shown for the first time in a teaser shot released on Wednesday, the new Defender 130 will make its world debut on May 31 and is confirmed to reach the U.S. as a 2023 model.

The Defender 130 will boast seating for up to eight, spread over three rows, with two seats in the first row and three seats in each of the second and third rows.

We know from spy shots of prototypes that the Defender 130 will match the 119-inch wheelbase of the Defender 110. The extra length will come from a stretched rear that is expected to bring the overall length of the vehicle to just over 200 inches. The Defender 110 also has three rows, but the third row in this body style sports only

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