|[#1] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
See the complete luxury vehicle theft report - https://www.nicb.org/File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/Luxury-Vehicle-Thefts-ForeCAST_FINAL.pdf
The most-stolen list:
1. Mercedes-Benz C Class
2. BMW 3 Series
3. Infiniti G
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5. Cadillac CTS
6. BMW 5 Series
7. Lincoln MKZ
8. Acura TSX
9. Lexus IS
10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
|[#2] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
Never think/feel C or 3 are Luxury at all.
|[#3] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
|[#4] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
響美國既C仔3系, 就算係BASE MODEL都算係有唔少OPTION野
而且有INFINITI G, 有LEXUS IS, 有ACURA TSX, 有CTS
|[#5] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
"Never think/feel C or 3 are Luxury at all."
大哥,你揸部部都二三佰球一部,我地啲小市民咪只有當C or 3 係 Luxury 囉
|[#6] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
maybe it's talking about amg or m series...
|[#7] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
有人話 E 仔都未算係 luxury.
What's a luxury car?
The Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ and Mercedes-Benz C-class represent luxury brands, but one wonders if consumers consider them genuine luxury cars. Autoweek readers do not.
A Mercedes S-class certainly qualifies as a luxury car, though some argue that an E-class doesn't make the cut. So where, precisely, is the line drawn? Nobody buys a Ferrari because they want a luxury car, but luxury is part of the proposition, and that realization is one of Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo's great contributions. Then there is the $2.4-million, 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which lacks side-impact airbags and barely provides room for a briefcase, much less a suitcase. Is it a luxury car?
Depends on who you ask. Our survey of 5,000 Autoweek readers provides insight, but it stops short of a precise definition of luxury. Indeed, there is no universally accepted definition when it comes to cars or goods of any sort. We'd do as well to rephrase late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and his observation on obscenity: We know luxury when we see it. “In [my] 20 years involved with luxury goods of all types, the definition has moved in all different directions,” says David Arnold, senior vice president and group publisher of Robb Report, which bills itself as “the global luxury resource.” “It's a very difficult definition to substantiate, because it applies differently depending on where people sit in the economic food chain.
“I've never been particularly satisfied with the label ' luxury' . . . unless it's qualified with something like 'high' or 'fine' luxury. The only acceptable definition of luxury goods might be goods that are limited in manufacture and distribution.”
The concept of luxury is as old as civilization itself, and thousands of years later, we're still pondering what it means. Webster defines luxury as “something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary,” or “an indulgence that provides pleasure, satisfaction or ease.” Neither works in the auto-motive sense, unless we consider a Toyota Yaris a luxury car.
The English word's root is the Latin “luxus,” describing “soft living, indulgence or opulence.” The connotation hasn't always been good. In archaic English, the word for luxury is “lechery.”
Clearly, there is a social component to luxury. Some of us—maybe most of us—wear Armani, carry Hermès bags or drive S-class sedans to impress our friends and associates as much as ourselves. Academics have described luxury as an absence of vulgarity, and luxury goods as those that provide extra pleasure by flattering all senses at once. That could get us somewhere in the automotive context.
If we know it when we see it, then we see, hear, feel and smell luxury in a Bentley Mulsanne. Its old-school cam-in-block V8 delivers 752 imperiously smooth lb-ft of torque. Each Mulsanne requires 12 weeks to build, and buyers choose from 114 standard paint colors, 24 hide colors and types, 21 carpet options and nine wood veneers. At a build rate of 700-800 per year, it was sold out for two years when it debuted in 2010.
And if the Mulsanne is unequivocal luxury when it comes to cars, then Bentley's Andy Lewis, platform manager for the Mulsanne line, might be able to help us with what luxury means.
“It's a lot of things,” says Lewis. “The acquisition and ownership experience are as important as the product. I'd describe the Mulsanne as the strongest and purest essence of the Bentley brand. It offers the most bespoke choices, like a tailored suit. Crucially, I think, it delivers on the idea that I arrive where I'm going feeling more comfortable and invigorated than when I left.”
Brand is inextricable from luxury. Asked what nonautomotive brands convey luxury, Autoweek readers ranked Apple second, behind Rolex. Arnold admires Apple design and function, but he doesn't consider its products luxury goods. And while Apple's management probably won't mind if we think of its products in that light, the company's marketing approach suggests Apple doesn't consider itself a luxury brand, either. On the other hand, Mercedes' Maybach line was absolutely a luxury brand, with products, service and exclusivity to support the point. Yet, the revived Maybach was ultimately a marketing fabrication. It failed.
“Brand and trust are intertwined, and trust is a key element of luxury,” says Arnold. “We trust that a luxury good is the best quality. Before the crash [in 2008], many, many brands positioned themselves as luxury. Most disappeared when conspicuous consumption was out of fashion. Familiar brands like Cartier or Hermès passed through.”
The trusted survived, and trust certainly allows the C-class to be cast as a luxury car. Readers ranked Mercedes third among automotive brands that convey luxury, behind Rolls-Royce and Bentley, even if other responses suggest they don't consider the C-class a true luxury car. More exclusive cars like the S65 AMG and the SLS throw substantial weight into shaping Mercedes' image.
In the chicken-and-the-egg context of brand and luxury, Bentley's Lewis notes that “the brand is only as good as the product.”
“It all comes from the product,” he says. “Our customers are very demanding. They have long experience with ours and other luxury brands. If after a week in a Mulsanne they couldn't tell what justified the price premium compared to an S-class, we'd fail.”
Luxury is not technology. The 2013 Ford Taurus Limited drips technology: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic and collision alert, back-up camera and parking aids, full voice command, heated seats—or, just about everything in an S-class. The Taurus is luxurious in some sense and costs $42,000 with the EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but it isn't a luxury car.
Ranking 10 attributes that define luxury, readers put features seventh (with 7 percent of the weight) and amenities last (2 percent). More important is managing or integrating technology.
One reader noted that luxury “isn't so many dials, gauges, buttons that overwhelm you. It soothes your senses.”
Bentley gets that.
“We seek an appropriate balance in space and time,” says Lewis. “We try to keep all systems at eye level when crafting a cabin. We work very hard to be discrete, so nothing is overwhelming.”
Government regulation and consumer expectations can work against luxury. At the very least, they complicate things. Safety requirements can constrain cabin design. Ever-higher demands for efficiency don't go well with 6,000 pounds of mass and 752 lb-ft of torque.
“Efficiency and safety are foundations,” Lewis says. “They are not luxury requirements, but we embrace the challenge of synchronizing the two. I can't emphasize enough the element of balance in luxury, and that includes balancing diverse demands.”
There's money to be made in luxury products to be sure—in cars, watches, fragrances, scotch or fashion. Estimates pegged luxury-good sales at $200 billion worldwide in 2010. Per-unit profit is higher than mainstream goods, but so is cost, and branding in particular doesn't come cheaply. Advertising for most luxury brands runs up to 15 percent of revenue, and more accounting for sponsorship and event promotion.
Perhaps, ultimately, it comes back to economics. Luxury is a blend of many ingredients—some less tangible than others—that includes quality, function, beauty and trust.
Yet, the same might be said of successful mainstream products, including a Ford Taurus. To luxury we must add other elements, and the first might be rarity.
Readers ranked exclusivity seventh in the list of 10 attributes of luxury. To Robb Report's Arnold, however, exclusivity might be the defining trait.
“ Luxury in automobiles is price-driven more than most goods,” he contends. “What separates a luxury vehicle as much as anything is that it's not a vehicle everyone can drive.”
We can probably agree that luxury cannot become the new normal, as some alleged marketing wizards have posited. At 800 per year, the Bentley Mulsanne will never be “normal.”
If we could strip away the logo, the licensing, the conceit and the pride, and we're left with a product that is compelling, distinctive, stylish and pleasing to use, do we have genuine luxury?
Only if it's suitably rare.
最後修改時間: 2013-08-09 15:04:26
|[#8] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
原全冇睇低C or 3. 我平生第一部車就是9x年C仔。拍檔那時揸325。各有各好。但真的唔多覺有幾豪華。D大Benz, 大0或以上，賓利，RR就算豪華啦。
|[#9] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
其實都睇係咩人睇姐，+x哥可能都覺得bently, lambo 唔夠Iux架
|[#10] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
|[#11] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
講真，C class 同3系真系唔入流
|[#12] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
|[#13] Which luxury cars are stolen most often? (US)
It's pretty true that these two cars are ranked on top of the most stolen list. 因為我地好鐘意泊佢地係地盆，俾人偷易如反掌！
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