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Old 11-19-2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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Riding in the lap of luxury" takes on a whole new meaning for luxury cars in 2009. The editors at NADAguides.com, a leading vehicle pricing and information website, today announced their top 5 luxury cars for 2009 based on a variety of factors, including styling, luxury amenities and overall handling.

"Time will tell how negatively the luxury car segment will be impacted after the economic shakeout," said Jeff Glucker, road test editor at NADAguides.com. "From our vantage point, however, what hasn't been negatively impacted is the quality and selection of 2009 luxury cars available to buyers today."

Glucker points out that the recent economic crisis has actually created opportunities for carmakers such as Hyundai - whose 2009 Genesis made the NADAguides.com top 2009 luxury car list - to create inroads with car buyers in market segments where Hyundai isn't typically known.

Following are the NADAguides.com top 5 luxury cars for 2009.

1. 2009 Audi A8 L, starting at $74,050.

The 2009 Audi A8 L made the NADAguides.com luxury car list due to its ultra-luxurious cabin, complete with leather and wood inlays, and plenty of extra legroom for rear passengers, thanks to its extended wheelbase. The A8 L comes equipped with a 450-hp 6.0-liter W12 engine and Audi Quattro AWD, making it extremely responsive on the road. The A8 L features a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system with Audiopilot noise compensation, with which a microphone measures background noise and adjusts the radio volume accordingly, resulting in a more balanced sound. According to the NADAguides.com editors, "this sedan is a must-have for car buyers who want passion, prestige and power in one perfectly-appointed package."

2. 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged, starting at $64,475.


Jaguar has delivered one of the "smoothest cars on the planet," according to NADAguides.com. The 2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged boasts the Jaguar Sequential Shift transmission, with steering wheel-mounted paddles perfectly mated to its supercharged V8, which generates 420-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The XF features ventilated front seats with fan-assisted whole-seat heating and cooling, in addition to single-cushion heating and cooling. Because the XF separates seat and cabin temperature controls, occupants have the option of a warm cabin with a cool seat or vice versa. According to NADAguides.com, "The term luxury and the nameplate Jaguar go hand in hand and the XF showcases this pairing perfectly."

3. 2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class 550, starting at $90,225.

With its exhilarating 382-hp 5.5-liter V8 and its long list of luxury amenities, the 2009 Mercedes S550 represents the latest in automotive technology, according to NADAguides.com. "Equipment you expect to be available in the next five years is probably already installed on the S550," said the editors at NADAguides.com. For 2009, Mercedes upgrades its adaptive cruise control, now called Distronic Plus, which uses two onboard radar systems to distance you from moving vehicles ahead. It offers true stop-and-go functionality by braking the vehicle to a complete stop or automatically adjusting the throttle. The Distronic Plus system also features Blind Spot Assist that provides visual and audio warnings if a vehicle is in your blind spot, as well as Parking Guidance which uses sensors to help you identify parking spaces that can accommodate your car and steering instruction displays to help you park. "Mercedes' flagship sedan is an instant classic. No wonder it dominates luxury car lists year after year," said the editors at NADAguides.com.

4. 2009 Hyundai Genesis, starting at $32,250.

Hyundai is all grown up now, and the 2009 Genesis is here to prove it. With its Lexicon-designed sound system - built by the same company that designs Rolls-Royce systems - its well-appointed interior, a long list of standard equipment and a powerful 4.6-liter V8, Hyundai has "hit a homerun with the 2009 Genesis," according to NADAguides.com. The Genesis went head to head against the Porsche Boxster and the BMW 750i in a zero-to-60 sprint...and beat them both.

5. 2009 Bentley Arnage, starting at $224,900.

"When it comes to luxury cars, Bentley coined the phrase," says NADAguides.com. Unfortunately, the creme de la creme company of the ultra-luxury car world sings a swan song for its Arnage this year. To commemorate, the folks at Crewe have created the Bentley Arnage Final Series model, which will be produced in extremely limited quantities. What won't be limited, however, is the abundant power and prestige of the Arnage Final Series. Every Arnage is hand built to order, so the possibilities for personalization are virtually limitless. Up to 6.2 meters of veneer is used in every Arnage, with each wood set taking approximately 60 hours to complete. "The 2009 Bentley Arnage makes you feel like a king with its gorgeous hand-stitched leather and its wickedly powerful 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V8," said the editors at NADAguides.com.


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Old 11-19-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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I have a feeling I may own a Hyundai of some sort someday...assuming they stay on the current path they're on. Make something sporty, efficient, and useful (Hyundai's answer the Mazdaspeed3?), and I would seriously take a look at it in the future.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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wheres acura?
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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wheres acura?
Especially considering its archrival Bentley is in the list.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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You guys...

Props to Hyundai!

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Old 11-19-2008, 03:20 PM   #6
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i am seriously considering the genesis as my next car. couple of sema genesis looked so sweet - esp that RIDE one.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #7
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wheres acura?
They should try making some proper RWD luxury sport sedans like all their rivals first. Nissan/Infiniti and Toyota/Lexus seemed to have figured that out decades ago...
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:00 PM   #8
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(didn't want to start a whole new thread)

http://jalopnik.com/5124031/consumer...s-lexus-es-350

Consumer Reports: Hyundai Genesis New Top-Rated Upscale Sedan, Bests Lexus ES 350


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Plucky Korean upstart Hyundai has beaten rivals from Saab, Pontiac, Lexus, Toyota, Acura and Lincoln; the Genesis has just been named Consumer Reports’ new top-rated upscale sedan. Who knew Hyundai was the new Lexus?

Evaluated against the Lexus ES 350, Acura TL, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Lincoln MKS, Toyota Avalon, Buick Lucerne and Saab 9-5, the Hyundai Genesis sedan came out on top. Consumer Reports stated, “Its luxurious and spacious interior and
quietness far transcend its relatively modest price."

This backs up Ray’s Hyundai Genesis review, in which he said a lot of stuff about Kimchi, but also that the Genesis easily satisfied the needs of entry-level luxury buyers if they're willing to look past the badge snobbery.
You can go to the link to read the full CR press release.

Either way, this is impressive news for Hyundia.
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:10 AM   #9
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Ya, I just read that issue yesterday. Pretty surprising...
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wheres acura?
acuras' are overpriced Honda's. you can argue about lexus, infiniti and audi, but they are just not the same.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:13 AM   #11
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acuras' are overpriced Honda's. you can argue about lexus, infiniti and audi, but they are just not the same.
I am fully aware of that, I was just taking a stab at Acura since they always claim to be a rival in the ULTRA luxury car market... saying they are trying to level off with Bently, Maybach, etc.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:37 AM   #12
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I am fully aware of that, I was just taking a stab at Acura since they always claim to be a rival in the ULTRA luxury car market... saying they are trying to level off with Bently, Maybach, etc.
When did they ever say that? I'd like to see their quote, that's hilarious.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:22 PM   #13
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When did they ever say that? I'd like to see their quote, that's hilarious.
It was like 6 months or more I believe. They wanted to be come more upscale, but refused to put out a V8 in their cars and from another thread, it seems they've just cancelled all V8 plans completely. It's funny how Hyundai beat them to the punch.... at everything
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It was like 6 months or more I believe. They wanted to be come more upscale, but refused to put out a V8 in their cars and from another thread, it seems they've just cancelled all V8 plans completely. It's funny how Hyundai beat them to the punch.... at everything
I think it's pretty well known that sometime last year Toyota said its number one competitor in the future will be Hyundai. Just around the same time, some Honda exec, in reference to the rise of Hyundai, was quoted as saying, and I paraphrase, "come back when you have competed in F1." Now this would be a cool statement if Honda's current lineup in any way reflected its undeniable past glory in F1. But as is, it really does look like Hyundai is doing everything that people have been asking Honda to do for years.
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When did they ever say that? I'd like to see their quote, that's hilarious.
yeah it was several months back. Looks like they never got that ball rolling... or its rolled backwards and smashed any actual plans they have.



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Old 01-06-2009, 05:14 PM   #16
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It was like 6 months or more I believe. They wanted to be come more upscale, but refused to put out a V8 in their cars and from another thread, it seems they've just cancelled all V8 plans completely. It's funny how Hyundai beat them to the punch.... at everything
That's because talk is cheap....
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Great achievement for the Koreans. Very nice!
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props to Hyundai! amazing.
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one 'H' company is starting to leapfrog the more established 'H' company...at least in this country.

Hyundai really needs to import their i10 and i30 cars to the states, i think they would do well in this environment.
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Incredible. Simply amazing that it made top 5 when you look at the price tags of the competitors.
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Especially considering its archrival Bentley is in the list.
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Incredible. Simply amazing that it made top 5 when you look at the price tags of the competitors. All of them are over double the price.
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acuras' are overpriced Honda's. you can argue about lexus, infiniti and audi, but they are just not the same.
haha funny you should say this.. I have a cousin who seems to just buy cars just to buy them.. anyways he used to have a Lexus LX470 but got rid of it after he found out it was just really a Toyota.. then he got a Audi A8L then he traded in a Audi A4 for a 04 acura MDX but got rid of it after about 3-4 weeks of having it for I dunno what reason.

I just think it's too funny.. but what a waste of money.
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But can they weather the Storm..
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