You could argue that the passenger seat is largely redundant in a chauffeur-driven vehicle, aside from providing a handy place for the driver to put their packed lunch and newspaper. Volvo is looking to make better use of that space – for the rear-seat passenger at least – by removing the passenger seat and replacing it with a multi-purpose luxury footrest.
Yachts, often being a plaything of the wealthy, are a fertile breeding ground for flamboyant and luxurious new designs
. One such concept is the 55 m (180 ft) X-Easy motor yacht designed by Monaco-based Pastrovich Studio. The X-Easy is designed for the fun, relaxation and wellness of those on-board.
Just when you thought Volvo was done with the long-term launch of its new XC90
, it adds another model to the range. The top-end XC90 Excellence will debut at the Shanghai International Auto Show, and in addition to a list of impressive safety
claims, it will be the "most luxurious vehicle" the Swedish brand says it has ever built.
Developer Kleindienst Group is planning to construct 42 floating properties as part of the Heart of Europe development in Dubai. Technically classified as a boat, the Floating Seahorse offers an entire floor of submerged living, providing clear views of marine life beneath the gentle waves of the Persian Gulf.
With their spindle grilles and edgy styling, Lexus' recent efforts have done a good job of making cars from Toyota's luxury division a stand-out alternative to the Germans. The latest Lexus to be given a working over is the RX SUV, which will take the fight to the BMW X5
, recently-released Mercedes GLE
and Volvo XC90
Jaguar debuted its 2016 XF at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this week, with the premium automaker using the second generation of the four-door luxury sedan to showcase the marque's emphasis on the use of aluminum. When the car launches at the end of the year, Jaguar says all its current and future models models will feature lightweight aluminum construction.
Cadillac is re-entering the high-end luxury market with the new CT6 sedan. Thanks to its new aluminum-intensive Omega platform, Cadillac is claiming its new flagship weighs less than a BMW 5 Series, despite matching the 7 Series for space and size.
Land Rover has tossed out the Autobiography Black
as its flagship car, and at the 2015 New York International Auto Show will replace it with the new Range Rover SVAutobiography. Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the top-of-the-line model is billed as the "most luxurious and powerful series-production Range Rover in the model’s successful 45-year history."
Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released the newest edition in its range of luxury tents which have been created especially for glamping.The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) circular tent that represents an upgrade from its 4 m and 5 m predecessors.
The four-door Panamera may not have sat well with purists when it was introduced in 2009, but it's sold well enough, especially in China, to keep the company happy. So following in the footsteps of various iterations, including the Turbo S
, the S E-Hybrid
and long-wheelbase Exclusive
, Porsche is rolling out three new additions, with more standard equipment and tweaked styling aimed at both the Western and Asian markets.