A trio of Audis drove home with safety accolades from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earlier this week.
Not so long ago, luxury cars were defined primarily by the features they offered. During this era, coddling amenities such as ventilated seats and heated steering wheels were available only in premium models. Luxury brands led the way in safety, as well, and for many years, they were pretty much the only game in town if you hoped to equip your vehicle with key driver-assistive technology.
Volvo station wagons are, and have been, cool without even trying. Arguments can be made whether the original PV445 Duett met the standard when it was new, but it sure is today. Its successor, the 140, the original “brick,” most certainly did. After all, it established the squared-off design parameters for Volvo wagons for the next four decades.
Genesis is now a three-sedan luxury brand in a world voracious for SUVs. The long-awaited 2019 Genesis G70, an entry-level sport sedan sharing its platform and powertrains with the arguably more compelling 2018 Kia Stinger, debuted overnight in Seoul at a “festival” attended by 15,000 people and headlined by Gwen Stefani.
Nearly two decades have passed since the first RX went on sale, riding a ripple of enthusiasm for crossover SUVs that has since transformed into a towering tidal wave. Fast-forward to today, and the RX faces an onslaught of competitors from nearly every premium automaker. Nevertheless, it not only leads its segment in terms of sales, but it is also the most popular luxury model in America.
In days gone by, pretty much the only things that came to mind when people thought of Volvo vehicles were outstanding safety content and boxy sheet metal. There’s nothing wrong with either of these attributes, but Volvo is a luxury brand, and the best luxury vehicles pique your desire by offering features and amenities that help you transcend the mundane.