2009 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

2009 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG
2009 Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG - Mercedes Benz Luxury Coupe - Automobile Magazine
A huge, luxurious, and expensive coupe makes quite an extravagant statement, and one that’s AMG-fortified makes it even more emphatically.

The CL coupe stands out as something unique in the automotive firmament. No other manufacturer builds a coupe off its top-line luxury sedan; BMW‘s 6-series comes closest, but it’s not really close at all. The CL is more a kindred spirit to a Bentley Continental GT or even a Brooklands. A huge, luxurious, and expensive coupe makes quite an extravagant statement, and one that’s AMG-fortified makes it even more emphatically. The awesome, 6.2-liter V-8, which we know from so many AMG models, provides jet-thrust acceleration accompanied by a stock-car sound track, an utterly charming combination – especially for those with their own oil well.

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2009 Volkswagen CC, 2009 Nissan Maxima, 2009 Mazda 6 – Midsize Sedan Comparison

2009 Volkswagen CC, 2009 Nissan Maxima, 2009 Mazda 6 – Midsize Sedan Comparison
2009 Volkswagen CC, 2009 Nissan Maxima, 2009 Mazda 6 - Midsize Sedan Comparison - Automobile Magazine
Busting out of the thundering herd, the Volkswagen CC, Nissan Maxima, and Mazda 6 stand apart from the mid-size multitudes.

Many are the mid-size sedan offerings, and most are sold in large numbers. Naturally, whenever a product is produced in great quantities, its very popularity will cause a subset of its audience to seek an alternative. Something a bit sportier, or more luxurious, or more stylish. The Volkswagen CC, the Nissan Maxima, and the Mazda 6 all hail from mainstream automakers, yet all three address this desire for something more in a mid-size car.

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US: A day of contrition and sceptism as Big Three beg

This time, they left the corporate jets at home and drove for hours all the way from Detroit to the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. General Motors’ Rick Wagoner brought the production Chevy Malibu hybrid and prototype Volt (and R&D chief Lawrence Burns), Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli stepped out of a prototype electric Jeep and Ford’s Alan Mulally came in a hybrid Escape. Then, as the Senate Banking Committee hearing came to order, they ate humble pie and encountered sceptism. Halfway through the hearings, there’s still no guarantee Congress will agree to bail the Big Three out.

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