Performance means different things to different people. When it comes to vehicles, the concept commonly refers to superior driving dynamics on a paved road or track. This makes it easy to forget that trucks and SUVs that can scramble across unimproved terrain equally deserve inclusion in the pantheon of performance vehicles.
Lexus is introducing an all-new generation of its range-topping LS sedan. It’s a car that steadfastly embodies the virtues that got the brand where it is today, with a sumptuous, roomy and quiet cabin, ample power and great reliability. But in the stratosphere of premium luxury where ownership or lease terms seldom outlive the factory warranty, long-term dependability may not be quite as important as having the latest style and tech. According to Brian Bolain, General Manager of Lexus marketing, research shows that luxury buyers are looking for something different. LS Chief Engineer Toshio Asahi adds, “We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
Genesis revealed its luxury compact 2019 G70 sedan in Seoul this week, and I had a front row seat for the festivities. Following introductions of an array of executives with exotic names and luxury-brand pedigrees (Bentley, Lamborghini, Mercedes are all mentioned in the intros), the BMW 3 Series fighter was unveiled.
Already boasting enthusiast-approved dynamics and award-winning safety, the 2017 Cadillac CTS is updated with new design elements and more technology. The list of changes includes addressing long-standing criticism of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system. The next-generation system is now faster, more intuitive, better designed, and offers individual profile settings. But will it be enough to entice consumers?
Clearly, Jaguar is firing on all of its proverbial cylinders, as evidenced by the automaker’s non-stop assault on the most popular segments of the luxury marketplace. And among the company’s new models, the F-Pace SUV has proven to be the most successful of them all, thanks to Americans who are ravenous for them.