• 2010 Acura RL

    Acura introduced a slightly revised version of its RL flagship sedan for the 2011 model year but there’s no denying that the car is seriously starting to showing its age, having been on the market since 2004. A successor is promised, with reports on its development dating back all the way to 2008, but now we have some official spiel on just exactly what Acura has planned. Speaking with Inside Line, Acura officials confirmed that the replacement for the RL would debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April before going on sale before the end of the year as a 2013 model. While the car...

  • 2003 Opel Insignia Concept
    Opel Working On New Flagship: Report

    The 2003 Opel Insignia Concept, which eventually went on to spawn a sedan and wagon, is possibly the best example of a station wagon with crossover elements that Opel is considering for its new flagship.

  • 2011 Volvo Concept Universe
    Volvo Concept Universe Previews Next-Gen S80 Sedan: 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

    Volvo’s new owner Geely is keen to reposition the Swedish automaker as a ‘Tier 1’ luxury brand able to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, though such a task is much easier said than done. Acura is one such company that’s often stated reaching Tier 1 status as...

  • Infiniti Logo
    Infiniti Needs Halo Flagship Model, Says Sales Chief

    Infiniti’s sales are on the up and up, rising a staggering 27.5 percent last year alone, but if the brand is to be truly recognized as a ‘Tier 1’ luxury make it will need a “high-priced, halo flagship model.” That’s the claim of Infiniti’s North American...

  • 2002 Cadillac Cien concept
    Report: Cadillac May Develop Mid-Engine Sports Car As New Flagship

    News of a flagship model in the works at Cadillac date back several years, with the most recent reports suggesting that a high-end sedan designed to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series is the most likely outcome. Note that this reported sedan is not the production...

  • 2003 Volvo VCC
    Volvo Rules Out Launching Flagship To Take On 7-Series And S-Class

    We’ve heard it all before but rarely have we seen it executed successfully; mid-tier luxury brands attempting to move upmarket and compete with tier 1 brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Acura is one such company that has often stated reaching tier 1 status as its primary goal but has still...

  • 2011 Hyundai Equus

    If you were too easily offended by Hyundai--yes, Hyundai--proclaiming its Genesis sedan could duke it out with the likes of Lexus and Infiniti, boy, are you going to be irked. By late summer, the company’s new flagship, the 2011 Hyundai Equus, will be on sale in the U.S., and according to Hyundai the car will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on "all levels" including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience. Measuring in at a generous 16.9 feet in length, 6.2 feet in width and 4.9 feet in height, the Equus certainly has the luxury sedan...

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