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January 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Pay attention to the concept sedan Nissan rolled out Monday afternoon at the Detroit Auto Show. You may see it again soon. The car, officially dubbed the Sports Sedan Concept, is a strong indication of what the next Maxima sedan will look like when it debuts in production form later this spring. “The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level,” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's vice president and chief creative officer, said in a statement.
January 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mercedes-Benz showed off the next-generation C-Class at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. The 2015 C-Class will be roomier than the current model and offer more safety features and amenities. Mercedes is growing the car and adding features because it is no longer the luxury brand's entry-level vehicle. That role has fallen to the smaller CLA, a just-released sedan starting at about $30,000, roughly 20% less expensive than the expected starting price of the new C. “It's not uncommon for lower-priced models to slowly move upmarket and get replaced by all-new, entry-level models,” said Karl Brauer, an analyst at auto information company Kelley Blue Book.
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
The bottom-of-the-line Benz always faces a tough question: Is it a real Mercedes? That's a compliment to the venerable German brand's standard-setting build quality. But the question also speaks to the oxymoron inherent in a budget Benz, and the challenge of delivering a bonafide Mercedes for the price of a Ford or a Honda. Such are the hurdles facing the CLA, a compact sport sedan seeking to set a new standard for affordable luxury and tap into a broad customer base of up-and-comers.
December 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
These are happy days for the fun side of Chevrolet, as 2013 has been a very good year for the performance division of General Motors' everyman brand. The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette went on sale in August to critical and consumer acclaim. The topless version of the C7 started shipping to customers this week, and a fire-breathing Z06 model will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Through November, sales of the Corvette are up 228 percent over the same period in 2012.
November 18, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Irvine man was sentenced Friday to 21 years to life in prison after being convicted of murder for drunkenly crashing his truck into a car and killing a teenage girl, the Orange County district attorney announced. Austin Jeffrey Farley, 28, had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood on May 29, 2011, when he ran a red light turning left at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, crashing into a Mercedes-Benz sedan carrying a father, his daughter and three of her friends, the Daily Pilot reported .  Ashton Sweet, 14, was sitting in the left rear seat of the sedan and died about four hours after the crash from brain swelling, a skull fracture and other trauma caused by the impact.
October 25, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Houston, we have a price war. Audi announced Thursday that its all-new 2015 A3 sedan will start at $30,795 when it goes on sale next spring. That's only a hiccup less than the $30,825 base price of Mercedes' recently launched CLA sedan. Both include destination. These models represent uncharted territory for the two luxury brands in the U.S. The CLA is an all-new model for Mercedes, while the A3 was previously sold in the U.S. as a hatchback. PHOTOS: Audi's 2015 A3 sedan With the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class growing in size and price, both brands had a hole in their lineup that was crucial to fill with an entry-level model aimed at younger buyers.
October 10, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Jerry Hirsch
A Los Angeles County jury handed Toyota Motor Corp. a significant legal victory Thursday, clearing it of responsibility in a 2009 crash of a Camry that accelerated out of control, killing the driver. But in a surprising twist, the jury also handed down a $10-million verdict against a codefendant who was driving a second vehicle that broadsided the sedan, setting the gruesome accident in motion. After six days of deliberation, jurors rejected the theory that Toyota had a hand in the death of Noriko Uno. She was killed in Upland after her Camry suddenly accelerated, hitting a telephone pole and a tree, nearly cutting the vehicle in half.
September 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
September 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW is recalling 134,100 5-series sports sedans in the U.S. because of an electrical flaw that could cause the tail lights to fail. The recall affects 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. Over time, the connection with the bulb can corrode, causing increased electrical resistance and damage to the area. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of the light's function including brake, turn and reverse signals. The problem is showing up in about 15% of the cars.
September 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The Mercedes-Benz CL coupe is dead. Long live the S-Class coupe. Mercedes used the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut an all-new S-Class coupe concept. The car previews a two-door production version of the S-Class that will debut in early 2014 and will go on sale later in the year. Previously, the two-door coupe at the top of Mercedes' lineup was known as the CL, but for this latest generation of car, the automaker pulled it back under the S-Class umbrella to simplify the brand's lineup for customers.
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