luxury

2022 Lucid Air electric luxury sedan may be best car in the world by middle of next year

NEWARK, California — By the middle of 2022, the Lucid Air electric luxury sedan may be the best car in the world.

After a day driving the new EV and another touring Lucid’s Silicon Valley HQ/tech center, I’m convinced the fast, elegant and advanced Air is, like the iPhone, one of those rare products that won’t just succeed: It will change its industry, inspiring customers to demand more, forcing companies to do better.

Also like the original iPhone, which inspired jokes that it could do everything but make a phone call, the Lucid Air didn’t roll out of the factory perfect on Day 1.

I can’t dismiss the Lucid EV’s early-production software glitches. An automaker’s Prime Directive is to produce vehicles that open their doors and drive off on the first attempt, just as a telephone that struggles with audio calls is flawed, no matter how marvelous its other capacities.

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A Mini Recreation With 125 Horsepower and Luxury in Mind

The Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, has 125 horsepower-more than three times the 34 of the original car.


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The original Austin/Morris Mini, which debuted in 1959, remains a desirable classic—with such innovations as a space-saving transverse-mounted engine and front-wheel drive. But as a car you could use today it has some limitations, especially the tiny 850-cc engine that was in the base cars. It produced only 34 horsepower, with a zero-to-60 time of, yes, 27 seconds. It could reach 70 miles per hour, but barely. 

David Brown Automotive is betting that it can capture customers for its “Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition.” Only 60 of these hand-built cars—with the look and feel of an original Mini—will be made, with the build at an 18,000-square-foot facility in Silverstone, England, taking a reported 1,400 hours. The first Oselli, announced in 2019 to coincide with the Mini’s 60th birthday, has

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Best luxury SUV to buy for 2021

Best luxury SUVs: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 is just one of our picks for the best luxury SUVs available right now.


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Sure, you can spend over $100,000 on a luxury SUV, but seriously, you don’t have to. You can spend a more modest amount and still go home with a prestigiously badged SUV. You have options and we want to help you sort through them all. No matter if you’re shopping on the low end of the luxury SUV spectrum or you want to spend mortgage-like amounts of money, we have a choice for you.

Our picks for the best luxury SUVs run from $47,000 to more than five times that amount, so despite being about luxury, this isn’t a list of unobtainium — that said, some of our editors are dreaming.

There’s

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Daimler’s trucks, luxury cars to go their separate ways

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Daimler AG’s corporate headquarters reflected in a window in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, have an extraordinary online meeting Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, on the spinoff of the company’s truck business. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

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Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, on Friday approved the spinoff of the company’s truck division, a move intended to let the world’s largest maker of trucks react faster to change and focus on the new low-emission technologies transforming the automotive industry.

The voting at an online shareholder meeting also means that Stuttgart-based Daimler will rename itself as Mercedes-Benz Group AG as of Feb. 1, 2022.

Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said that “by unlocking the full potential of both companies, we are establishing two undisputed innovation leaders who will set the pace in the transformation of their

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