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2013 Toronto Auto Show: Luxury at every level

Published February 18, 2013

Exotic wood, grand piano high gloss finishes, leathers you’ve never head of, these are the extreme embellishments of luxury cars. At the Canadian International Auto Show it’s all on display. From the stratospheric value of the Maserati Quattroporte, to the payday loan price of the Cadillac ATS, there’s luxury at every level.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E

There are plenty of improvements to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class fleet. The E lineup is updated with spit, polish and safety. The Coupe, Wagon, and Cabriolet are at the show, with fresh front ends, boosted safety features and better fuel consumption numbers. The scene-stealer is the E 63 AMG with its hand built, autographed engine pumping 550 horsepower, and symphonic noise from the turbo V8.

If the top of the line BMW 7 Series isn’t rarefied enough, check out the new Individual Edition at the Toronto show. Based on the 750i and 750Li models, it’s all about exclusivity. Special paint colours (Tanzanite Blue on stage in Toronto) are lavished on the exterior, inside seats are Merino leather with custom stitching, and fine wood finishes on the trim. It’s high-level satisfaction from stem to stern. The M6 Gran Coupe has its Canadian debut as well.

Audi R8, RS7, A6 TDI

Fast, furious and frugal. Audi has a sumptuous range of luxury cars at CIAS. While the focus is on the radical R8 and the sleek RS7, Audi puts the A6 TDI in the spotlight, right beside the supercars. The A6 has always been admirably restrained in styling. Now with a 3.0-litre diesel engine, it’s showcasing fuel conservation.

Jaguar XFR-S

The Jaguar XFR-S combines lovely luxury with serious sport intent. Carbon-fibre galore, a bold rear wing, and a super-charged V8 are part of the go-fast package. New interior luxuries include Carbon leather, micro-piping and embossed treadplates. It’s custom luxury in a gorgeous package.

Cadillac ATS and XTS

Call it realistic luxury in a compact package. The multi-award winning Cadillac ATS hits the mark for a sporty drive combined with a tailored, refined interior. For enthusiasts, a six-speed manual is an alluring choice. Performance-tweaked rear-wheel or all-wheel drive are available. If you want more real estate, the Cadillac XTS will be on view at the show for comparison. More classic Cadillac, it’s still a slick package with room to stretch out and enjoy the magnetic ride control, and the new command centre called CUE-Cadillac User Experience.

Maserati Quattroporte

Number crunchers at the Toronto show may see that the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is beefier than the outgoing model. But designers worked hard to disguise its new heft. Wider, longer, but still beautiful, a V8 producing 523 horsepower will send the lush sedan smoking.

2014 Kia Cadenza

Round out your day at the show with Kia’s take on budget luxury. Kia enters the luxury sedan market with the Cadenza, and it looks like a promising start. Graceful and distinctive exterior styling, and a handsome interior with a big screen for navigation and entertainment will win fans. The cockpit is driver focused. Options include Nappa leather and a panoramic sunroof. A V6 with 293 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission seems like a sensible choice for everyday driving.

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