The 2013 Lexus ES350 Receives More Aggressive Styling, But Maintains Refined Plushness

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In the 2013 model year, Lexus’ all-new Lexus ES350 features innovative and stylish updates to an already world-class luxury interior. Improving on an already popular vehicle, Lexus continues to push the envelope with refined design touches, all while maintaining the model’s signature refined plushness.

The ES350’s comfortable and luxurious interior will make you look forward to road trips and long holiday drives with the family. The rear seat is an on-road oasis, while the longer platform and sleek front seatback design offer class-leading legroom. Passengers will appreciate the generous headroom and rear-window sunshades.

2013 Lexus ES350

For travel, trips to Austin, or even to the grocery store, the Lexus ES350 offers 12-15 cubic feet of storage space, which is enough to accommodate 9 airline carry-on bags, 4 golf bags or 18 standard grocery bags. A redesigned hinge creates a wider opening in the trunk, making loading and unloading easier than ever.

One of our favorite features, the Drive Mode Select, allows you to make the most of your driving experience. In the Eco mode, you’ll be able to conserve fuel and maximize your efficiency, while Sport mode makes your ES350 more responsive. The ability to personalize your driving experience gives the ES350 another luxurious and individualized touch.

The first-ever ES300h offers an outstanding 40 miles-per-gallon that outpaces even subcompact models and the ES300h has earned the stringent SULEV emissions status. The ES300h’s luxurious interior offers a hybrid driving experience no other model can match. What’s even better is no longer do drivers have to sacrifice eco-friendliness and fuel efficiency for luxury and sophistication the Lexus ES300h combines both seamlessly.

Improvements to the Lexus ES350 for the 2013 model year represent an aggressive commitment to luxury and quality. Its luxurious and roomy interior paired with the vehicle’s personalized drivability make the ES350 an easy choice for drivers who seek a sophisticated vehicle that makes eco-stylish driving a reality.


The 2013 Phantom: Rolls Royce is Still The Car of Kings

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Phantom Evolution

Phantom has always been aptly named. Like a spooky apparition it has disappeared and re-appeared numerous times over the last century. Through it all, the executive flagship has proudly displayed the signature Spirit of Ecstasy hood icon—a reassuring detail for every Rolls-Royce diehard.

As the first Rolls produced by German engineers after a century of British ownership, the Phantom defines the upper-crust marque as influenced by the house of BMW. How have they done?

In short, they’ve done a great job. 2013 marks a decade of extraordinary work on an old-world legend that was designed from the ground up to silence any who would threaten its throne. So far it’s worked.

With rear-wheel drive, a nearly 7-liter V12 engine, and upwards of 450 horsepower, you’d think the deluxe sedan was a sports car, but it’s not. The Phantom is more likely to be found dropping off movie stars on the red carpet. At least that’s what comes to mind when you first open her rear carriage doors. You’ll see the elegant 5-passenger cabin, masterfully lined with hand-sewn leathers and an optional overhead fiber optic “universe” of twinkling stars to complement the experience.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

2013: Adjustments to a “Timeless Interpretation”

This year’s car of kings comes with some alterations in style for its Series II incarnation, including lighting changes to the preferred rectangular LED clusters. Adjustments were also made to Phantom’s bumpers and wheels, with expanded paint and polish options for the latter.

There’s no denying it: the Phantom is huge. In light of this fact, Rolls-Royce has made standard the comprehensive camera network that covers the vehicle from five different angles as a navigation aid.

In the interests of improved fuel efficiency, a worthy goal for a V12-powered beast like the Phantom, an eight-speed transmission plus rear differential were incorporated into the car’s drivetrain. The company also dutifully obliged special requests for larger computer screens inside the cabin and an accompanying remote control, which was delivered in chrome.

Phantom, either as sedan, coupe or convertible, already comes with a large number of options, including advanced sound, navigation, and climate systems optimized with the latest technological innovations. The popular Extended Wheelbase (EW) version of the car adds to an already spacious interior and an imposing car length. Customers can order a partition window for passenger privacy as well.

Have an idea for your car that’s not already offered? No problem. Phantom owners can customize their car down to the finest grain under the Bespoke program, which allows requests for custom extras that reflect a driver’s personal automotive style. It’s up to the customer’s imagination.

For many, the prestige of the Phantom will remain a Hollywood dream, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a Phantom, you’ll own one of the most respected and customizable automobiles in the world.


Choosing the Best New Luxury SUV: The Lexus LX

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When purchasing a luxury SUV, there are several things that you absolutely must have. First, you require the power and versatility that a capable SUV should offer. The SUV needs enough cargo space to safely and comfortably transport whatever needs transporting, be it a new piece of furniture or a cooler and fishing gear for a quiet day at the lake. The vehicle needs to have plenty of comfortable seating for the family, and it needs to have cutting edge features and equipment to make every time you drive it as safe and as comfortable as possible. The new Lexus LX 570 offers all of this and more, making it one of the best choices available for a new SUV in 2013.

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The LX 570 skipped a 2012 model, making the 2013 a substantial step up over its 2011 predecessor. Under the hood the LX 570 packs plenty of power, with a 5.7 liter V-8 engine boasting a solid 383 horsepower. The sturdy frame construction makes it a solid off-road vehicle that can tackle rugged terrain or roughed-up back roads without a wink, including an available suspension with height adjustment capabilities to ensure proper clearance over obstacles (or just make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle!). The 570 is rated to tow up to seven thousand pounds – plenty of power to haul a boat to a secluded mountain lake.

Also included is Lexus’ special Crawl Control feature. Crawl Control can be activated at slow speeds, permitting the driver to ignore the accelerator and brake pedals, instead focusing on navigating difficult terrain. The car itself maintains a slow but steady speed, regulating engine output and brake usage to help prevent slippage. Combined with the adaptive variable suspension and active height control, even the roughest boulder-strewn terrain can be conquered.

Of course, the LX is just as competent on the interstate as off. Strong acceleration and passing power mean an easy, comfortable drive wherever you are.

Space is at anything but a premium. Initially, the 570 comfortably seats eight, with power seating for the second and third rows as well as the first. When storage is needed more than seating, the second and third rows both flip and fold away, creating a huge flat-bed cargo space that can comfortably hold anything that fits in the vehicle. When the load is removed, the seats flip back easily and quickly to accommodate passengers.

As for protecting those passengers, not a single safety feature was spared when outfitting the Lexus LX. A staggering ten airbags are included, as well as active head restraints. When off-road settings are enabled, stability control helps keep everything level. Every model of the LX includes a rearview camera for protection when backing up, with a 180-degree front camera being available to provide extra peace of mind approaching low-height dangers from the front. Safety Connect also comes standard with one year of free emergency connection services just in case.

Helping with safety as well as luxury is the Lexus Enform connectivity system that automatically connects Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to the SUV itself, allowing for hands free phone calls and audio so the driver can keep his or her focus on the road. The system also ties in with mobile phone apps like Pandora and Facebook, among others, allowing them to be operated using either voice commands or the beautiful included LCD touch screen.

The luxury features do not stop there. Four-zone climate control lets every occupant feel comfortable. Satellite radio means plenty of programming for those who opt not to use their own music collection. For those who opt in for XM or use your own music playlist, your tunes can be enjoyed using the surround sound system by Mark Levinson, which boasts nineteen individual speakers. Front seats are both heated and ventilated, the second row of seats is heated along with the steering wheel, and Smart Access keyless entry is supported with a quick push-button engine startup.

Kids will be especially big fans of the dual-screen entertainment system. Both back rows are allowed wireless headphones for enjoyment of whatever is playing. The screen also supports dual-sourcing, meaning two different devices can be plugged into the screen at one time – a DVD players and a game console, for instance.

In the end, the Lexus LX 570 offers exactly what is wanted for a luxury off-road SUV: powerful, rugged off-road capabilities with adjustable variable suspension and Crawl Control, strong interstate and city performance and passing power with features like hill-start assist control, and incomparable luxury in the versatile entertainment system and suite of comfort options. If searching for a luxury SUV for 2013, seek no further than the LX 570.

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Celebrating the first arrivals in North America of Quattroporte four-door and recent unveiling of the Ghibli sports sedan, Maserati salutes winning horse and team


139th Kentucky Derby

At the world’s most famous horse race, Maserati celebrated the arrival of the very first examples of the all new Quattroporte reaching the shores of North America and the recent global unveiling of the Ghibli sport sedan. Many of the jockeys, including winner Joel Rosario, carried the famed Maserati name and Trident on their britches, bringing the spirit of the 523 horsepower Maserati V8 to each competitor.

The timing is noteworthy as both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte are designed with All-Wheel-Drive for Maserati performance even when conditions are less than perfect, as it was for the 139th running at Churchill Downs. As a brand with a nearly a century of tradition in competition, Maserati wishes to congratulate the winning horse Orb, Jockey Joel Rosario, Trainer Shug McGaughey and the team behind this victory.


About the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte:

The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for the Trident brand’s upcoming range of new-models, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans. The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. Dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille a clear link is created to both current and historic Maseratis.

The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 523 hp 3.8-litre V8 and a 404 hp/ 3.0-litre V6, both of which are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at their plant in Maranello. All versions come equipped with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF. The V8 is the fastest, most powerful and efficient four-door Maserati has ever built, reaching 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of 191 mph.

The all-new architecture retains the Quattroporte’s exquisite handling with near 50:50 weight distribution, double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

The V6 twin turbo Q4 All-Wheel Drive variant is capable of a top speed of 177mph. The “Q4” system is capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive to a balanced near 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.

New standards of quality in design, development, fabrication and process controls are employed in the facility building the Quattroporte, while traditional hand-crafted design continues inside and out of the Quattroporte’s cabin. Interior luxury leaps forward technically, too, with features like a touch control screen, adjustable pedals, WLAN-based WiFi and an optional 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

In 1963, Maserati established the benchmark for the luxury sports sedan. The new Quattroporte continues to elevate the standard of high quality engineering, supercar performance all within the space, luxury and daily driving ability of a sedan.

Five Reasons Why You Should Consider a Luxury Lexus SUV

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Rising gas prices and a damaged economy caused SUV’s to fall out of favor with many consumers and yet, expert buying guides continue to insist that there are benefits associated with luxury SUV purchases. If you are a fan of superior artisanship and excellent customer service, then there is no need to search further beyond a Lexus.

The birth of luxury vehicles began during the 1920’s and 30’s for the affluent, causing a number of well-known manufacturers to combine indulgent comforts like plush seating with racing performance. However, It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that the concept of luxury SUVs emerged with the addition of premier features on select off-road cars.

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Developers at Toyota started working on Lexus vehicles in the early 80s. The company chair wanted to create a luxury vehicle that appealed to consumers and held its own against European brands. U.S. markets saw the first Lexus vehicle in 1989. In 1996, the company unveiled its first SUV model, the RX.

Some consumer guides attempt to dispel the allure of luxury car purchases, especially during financially turbulent times. found amenities like extended standard warranty and maintenance packages, and complementary loaner cars help luxury vehicle owners keep more money in their pockets along with the status associated with Lexus ownership. If you are on the fence of purchasing a Lexus SUV, we have compiled a short, sweet least of reasons to say yes.

1. Many advanced technologies are available as standard vehicle features.

Lexus SUVs offer technologies that include high definition voice activated navigation systems and driver-customizable vehicle suspensions. Owners enjoy center panel remote touch screen controls for ease of use and safety. Forbes Magazine indicates this level of customization is rare among economy brands. Customers who purchase economy SUVs pay an additional fee for a fraction of the standard features available on Lexus model vehicles.

In short, Lexus provides more bang for your buck during times when expenditures matter the most. The company does offer luxurious package upgrades but aren’t necessary to enjoy the driving experience. Essentially, buyers receive the latest technology without adding to the vehicle’s price tag.

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2. Multiple features make Lexus SUVs some of the safest vehicles on the road.

Forbes said luxury car models provide owners with enhanced safety features. Lexus SUVs feature stability control to minimize the possibility of skidding when tires lose traction. Head-level airbags offer valuable protection from window impact in the event of a crash while a feature known as Auto Crash Notify places immediate calls for help after detecting an accident. Lexus SUVs received high marks in safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

3. Lexus resale values are higher than competing brands. provided a breakdown on the financial benefits of purchasing luxury model vehicles. Experts found that economy cars depreciated faster than luxury models due to overwhelming customer demand in the certified, pre-owned luxury market. Kelley Blue Book said Lexus SUVs resale values exceed those of competing models due to a legacy of outstanding craftsmanship. This means that Lexus owners stand to lose very little in the event they choose to part with their beloved vehicle.

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4. Hybrid models rank first in their class.

U.S. News and World Report lists Lexus hybrid SUVs as a top consumer option. More customers than ever wish to reduce their global footprint without sacrificing aesthetic pleasures. Hybrid science involves storing excess energy generated during operation in an electric motor that allows the car to use less fuel without sacrificing power. Lexus hybrids engines offer a quiet ride while surrounding passengers in traditional automotive indulgences like plush seats and state of the art entertainment systems.

5. No one does customer service like Lexus.

Lexus ranked the highest among luxury brands in a study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates last year. The details appeared in an LA Times article. As early as 2007, Lexus dealerships featured amenities to enhance the service experience for vehicle owners. The Wall Street Journal found establishments with putting greens, concierge services and beauty salons. Creating a decadent environment makes some Lexus owners feel they purchase into a highly selective social club.

Customer service is especially important to Lexus. Dealerships find many owners constantly discuss their favorable brand experiences and frequently encourage others to explore Lexus ownership. Happy customers are loyal customers, and Lexus turned the science into an art form.

In the end, performance, prestige and personalization make many customers life-long fans of Lexus luxury vehicles. From its sedan origins, the company created an internationally recognized SUV line including environmentally friendly hybrid models that do not skimp on creature comforts. Look no further than Lexus for durable, luxurious SUVs.

2013 Cayenne GTS: Porsche Sticks to its Roots

Crossover seems to be the exciting new frontier for every car manufacturer these days, and Porsche has actually managed to superbly blend utility, beauty and power for the enthusiast looking for a family vehicle in the 2013 Cayenne GTS. While this engineering marvel doesn’t come with a manual gearbox, its paddle shift with manual Tiptronic gate in sport mode and Sound Symposer will have you swearing you’re driving a sport coupe as you reach the finish line at the grocery store.

2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS

The Affordable Cayenne Sport

One of the things to love about the new 2013 Cayenne GTS is the fact that it comfortably occupies the middle range between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, both in terms of price range and ponies under the hood. The GTS is nearly a full $27,000 less than its turbocharged twin, yet delivers quite a charge at the starting block. The sporty wagon can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and reaches 100 mph in just 13.3 seconds. The Cayenne S is just a few split seconds slower on the time. This is mainly due to the fact that the GTS and S share the same aggressive 4.8-litre V-8 engine, but the GTS has a 20 horsepower boost over the S for a total of 420 hp. Torque is also more eager with the GTS rearing up at 380 lb-ft compared to 360 lb-ft on the S.

Sport Performance from an SUV?

The Cayenne GTS really distinguishes itself from the S version in its aggressive design and aerodynamics. The GTS chassis sits as low to the ground as EPA regulations will allow and is assisted by dual adjustable air suspension and damper systems. The GTS borrows all-wheel drive torque from the Cayenne Turbo for sport performance on turns and winding roads. As the GTS turns its wheels, torque can be delivered wherever its needed for superior gripping power. In addition, the GTS has a standard torque-vectoring system that adds additional tensioning to rear brakes when steering gets tough.

Exterior Styling

The GTS was designed to resemble its sibling, the Cayenne Turbo, and imitates its front and rear styling, down to the four exhaust pipes and LED lights. The GTS sports its own double winged roof spoiler that adds to the sleekness of this more affordable sporty family Porsche. For people tired of shoe-box style SUVs that lag on the highway, the Porsche Cayenne GTS is the perfect answer.

Porsche’s Prestige Interior

The feisty GTS avoids the six figure price tag of the Cayenne Turbo, yet still delivers a luxury interior with 8-way electronically adjusting leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel gas and brake pedals, Bluetooth connectivity, electric sunblind for the rear windows, and Alcantara wrapped interior components.

Safety on Tap

Safety features on the Cayenne GTS abound. Of course, the Cayenne GTS comes with a heated windshield; daytime running lights; passenger, side and curtain airbags; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is standard, and sensors watch the vehicle’s acceleration, steering and speed. Stability is maintained by electronic braking on each wheel, and the engine is also controlled to provide the correct amount of power for driving conditions.

Emergency braking conditions are also sensed by PSM. It can sense release of the throttle and automatically brings the brake pads closer to the discs. This minimizes braking distance in unexpected situations. For sudden stops, brake assist applies hydraulics to increase brake power on each wheel. PSM also works with adaptive cruise control to detect vehicles ahead. If the distance between the Porsche and another vehicle decreases, PSM automatically readies the brakes for quick application. For off the road or hazardous travel, wheels lock in order to offer better traction on snow or rough terrain.

The Final Word

With the Porsche Cayenne GTS, you get a dynamo that can perform like a roadster on the highway and take you where you need to be in the city with verve and style. The Sound Symposer, unique to the GTS, delivers the excitement of a growling cat under the hood, so executives, after a long day at work, can unwind on their way to pick up the youngster at daycare. As a wise man said, “It’s the little things that count.”

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Volvo Takes Aim: The 2013 Volvo S60 Runs with BMW’s 328xi and Audi’s A4 for Thousands Less

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When Volvo unveiled its new S60 sport sedan, it teased the public by claiming to introduce the “naughtiest Volvo ever.”

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Under the Hood

The secret is that the seductive S60 performs like the proverbial naughty librarian: quiet, smooth in all the right places and equipped with either a 5-cylinder 300 HP turbocharged engine that has more horses than its BMW 328i or Audi A4 rivals. The BMW falls short by 10 HP, and the Audi lags behind by a full 39 fewer ponies. Bottom line: the S60 rivals its Bavarian luxury brethren yet the Swedish rubber hits the road at a much lower price.

In addition, Volvo added some clever transmission tweaks for 2013 to enhance the S60’s performance. It added shiny pistons, a re-engineered crank, a new software package and new overboost for an extra burst of torque when you hit the throttle. The new software enables quicker and more precise shifts and all the improvements add up to a zero to 60 shot of 5.93 seconds.

Comfort and Safety

Birkenstock-like comfort by no means translates into cheap and tacky, but rather transforms into “Scandinavian Chic,” once you enter the privacy of the cabin. Brushed metal and “supremely comfortable seats” which out-perform BMW and Audi as the “segment’s ergonomic benchmark,” communicate a prestige feel. When it comes to the inside cabin feel during the drive, it is quiet as a library except for the tunes you might be rocking on your HiFi sound system.

The infotainment system delivers Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and City Safety is standard. City Safety employs a camera and laser to scan traffic and moving objects in front of the car. This reduces fender benders considerably and pedestrian accidents significantly and tested at 25 percent greater efficacy than BMW and Audi equivalents.

Confident and Smooth Drive

Driving the naughty introvert has its rewards in terms of what one reviewer described as “extremely confident road manners in all driving situations.” This view is attributable perhaps to the S60’s standard computerized torque vectoring that intuitively controls braking on inside wheels and releases power to the outside wheel. Compared to the driving prowess of the Audi A4, one reviewer commented that the Audi was “less predictable and less composed.” Known for its luxury ride, the Volvo handles rough roads smoothly.

Great Value

The Volvo S60 delivers an excellent value, especially in its T5 AWD variant, which will give added traction and control. The Audi A4 Quattro is about $800 dollars higher, and the BMW 328xi costs nearly $5K more than the Volvo. If you compare the German cars to the Volvo, feature for feature, the numbers are even more telling. The Audi costs over $1,000 more and the Bimmer comes in at $4k to $5K higher than the quiet Swedish bombshell.

Ready to see the 2013 Volvo S60 for yourself? Visit Park Place Volvo Dallas, or click here for our current S60 Dallas Inventory.


Which Jaguar Model Is Right for You? What Fits Your Style?

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“Grace… Space… Pace”

Since the 1950s, this slogan has defined Jaguar. For buyers looking for a comfortable, luxury car that’s fun to drive and above all stylish, it’s definitely difficult to beat this English manufacturer. Long famed for high performance luxury cars, the company is reinventing itself with a string of new models to maintain it’s English craftsmanship heritage while pushing the design into the 21st century.

However, the most important question is which one is right for you? The entire lineup is loaded with equipment expected from a modern luxury car ranging from high-end sound systems to panoramic sunroofs, but each model delivers a unique combination of features for everyone from the executive to the driving enthusiast.

The XJ

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The Jaguar XJ’s aluminum space frame chassis of this grand luxury sedan makes the car incredibly light for its size. As a result, the sedan has all the space and comfort of a large luxury sedan, without the characteristic heavy driving feel. Not only will it embarrass many midsize luxury sedans on curvy roads, but it can also accelerate faster than any comparable models on the market.

Although the car has only been on the market since 2010, that hasn’t stopped engineers from making innovative improvements each year, rather than resting on their laurels. This is the first car to get Jaguar’s new supercharged 3.0 liter V6. While other automakers have opted for turbocharging, Jaguar utilizes a supercharger to avoid the telltale turbo-lag. This results an engine that provides smooth power delivery comparable to a V8 with nearly identical performance, along with better fuel economy and front-to-rear weight balance.

The new Instinctive All Wheel Drive system provides better traction in bad weather, while being tuned to improve dry weather performance as well, maintaining the feel and driving dynamics of a rear-wheel-drive car. It even helps the car move faster, putting more power through the front wheels at launch and then to the rear as the weight shifts under acceleration.

The XF

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The Jaguar XF delivers the driving experience and many design features of the XJ in a smaller package, only trading some rear seat and trunk room for even better handling. While many automakers aim to clock the fastest time on the Nurburging, this sedan goes one step further. Last year, proving it’s speed at the 24-Hour Race, the XF took home the trophy.

For the most part, the major differences between the XF variants are the engine options. The base XF get a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, producing 240 horsepower that, thanks to the lightweight chassis, allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Not enough power? The 3.0 liter V6 option produces 340 hp and the supercharged 5.0 liter V8 bumps that power figure to 470 hp. The XFR gets an engine tuned to produce 510 hp with an XFR-S model expected this Spring at 550 hp..

The XK

Jaguar XK Dallas

The Jaguar XK follows a long line of fantastic grand touring cars including legends like the E-type and XK120. Like the XF, the XK is available with a 5.0 liter V8 in standard and supercharged versions, while the XKR delivers more power and better handling.

At the top of the lineup is the XKR-S. It gets a version of the supercharged V8 producing 550 hp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a race suspension to provide supercar-like performance. Since its creation, this car was designed to do a sub-8-minute lap on the Nurburgring. The XKR-S was also planned from the start to retain its ride quality, making it one of the few cars in this class that is still comfortable in real-world conditions. Like the rest of the XK lineup, the XKR-S has a suspension that can be adjusted on the fly to provide more comfort or sharper handling. However it is missing the garishness of most tuner luxury cars; to the casual observer, the only tip-offs to this car’s performance are the small hood inlets and the badging.

If you’re yearning for a convertible, any of the XK trims come available with a drop top. The weight and structural rigidity penalties are very minor, giving all these cars the same performance experience as their hardtop counterparts..

To test drive the Jaguar XJ, XK, or XF in DFW, visit us at Park Place Jaguar Dallas or Park Place Jaguar Plano.


Park Place Volvo Dallas Named to Volvo President’s Club

Volvo Cars of North America named Park Place Volvo a recipient of its prestigious 2012 Volvo President’s Club Award.  The Volvo President’s Club, in its ninth year, acknowledges outstanding performances of the top 10 percent of Volvo retailers nationwide.

Park Place Volvo is one of 25 Volvo President’s Club dealerships that delivered the highest levels against their business objectives in the following areas: customer satisfaction, sales and service quality.

“This award is a testament to Park Place Volvo’s dedication and commitment to its customers,” said John Maloney, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Only a small percentage of Volvo dealers achieve this recognition, and Park Place Volvo has proven they are one of our very best.”

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, ( is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States. For more information please refer to the VCNA media website at:, and follow Volvo’s blog at:

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The 2013 Lexus Line: Features, Additions and Upgrades

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There’s more to the 2013 Lexus lineup than the new spindle grill: Nearly every model has been heavily revised, while the F Sport line has spread to include five models. With their reputation for comfort and unparalleled reliability secured, Lexus has their sights set on their sportier rivals.

2013 Lexus CT

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Just because you need a small, efficient car doesn’t mean you have to forgo luxury. The CT200h combines a hybrid drivetrain with all the features expected from a Lexus. The result is a comfortable, agile hatchback that gets an EPA estimated 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

New this year is the 200h F Sport. It keeps the same drivetrain and fuel efficiency as the standard car, but adds a different wheel/tire combo and a revised suspension for sharper handling.

2013 Lexus IS 

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This small sedan offers a nice compromise between performance and comfort, providing a top-notch interior and agile handling. Buyers can get either the 2.5 liter V6 equipped IS250 or the 3.5 liter V6 equipped IS350 without being forced to choose between equipment: The F Sport package can be added to either version letting buyers choose between better weight balance or better straight line performance, and all wheel drive is also available on both models.

Also, the C hardtop convertible is available with the F Sport package for the first time this year, and all models get the latest version of the Lexus Enform infotainment system.

2013 Lexus ES

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The most popular sedan for the Lexus brand is moving onto a new platform that increases interior space; rear seat passengers will feel the biggest difference thanks to an additional four inches of legroom. The new exterior design not only updates the car’s looks, it reduces drag and increases high-speed stability. Joining the ES350 is the new ES300h hybrid. It combines a 2.5 liter four cylinder with an electric motor to provide excellent fuel economy.

2013 Lexus GS 

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The recently redesigned GS now has a solid lead in the mid-size luxury sports sedan segment. While new features like a massive 12.3 inch infotainment screen are nice, the real show-stopper is the car’s fantastic handling.

The F-Sport model adds the new Lexus Dynamic Handling System. A combination of rear wheel steering, variable ratio power steering and a retuned suspension gives the GS stellar handling right up to the limit without the “electronic nanny” feeling of other high tech cars. The result is a car that not only beats its German competitors on the track, but embarrasses many dedicated “sports cars”.

The GS450h hybrid is aimed squarely at the luxury end of the spectrum, combining the GS350’s V6 with electric power to provide fluid, effortless acceleration.

2013 Lexus LS 

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Lexus’ flagship sedan has been renowned for its refinement and reliability since its introduction twenty years ago. For the first time in the model’s history, the car is adding features to please those who like to drive as well as those who like to be driven.

For those who like to be driven, changes to the sound deadening and wheels make the cabin even quieter. Lexus Climate Concierge controls the air temperature and seat temperature for each passenger, as well as the steering wheel temperature for the driver. Buyers of the long wheelbase “L” version can get the Ottoman Seating Package that adds a Shiatsu-style massage system to the rear seats.

For drivers, the car gets a blind spot monitor and a system that can warn the driver of cross traffic while backing out of a parking space. Variable ratio power steering improves feel, while a new F Sport version finally gives buyers a sporty option. Both it and the standard LS 460 are available in regular and long wheelbase “L” versions.

The 600h L returns, combining a 5.0-liter V8 with an electric powertrain to provide V12 power without V12 fuel economy.

2013 Lexus RX 

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This year, the original luxury crossover gets a new power liftgate and an F Sport trim has been added to sharpen the RX’s handling. Like the LS600h L, the RX450h uses a hybrid powertrain to provide both improved performance and better fuel economy, yet both it and the RX350 provide class leading fuel economy, LED running lights and an updated dash

2013 Lexus LX 

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A combination of the Land Cruiser’s legendary off-road prowess and Lexus’ skill in building luxury combine to create one of the most capable, most luxurious SUVs on the market.

This year sees the addition of a new camera system that lets drivers navigate tight spaces, whether rock crawling or trying to find a parking space, while middle row passengers now have access to a 120-volt outlet. The Easy Access system moves the steering wheel and driver’s seat away from each other when the ignition is off, making it easier to get into and out of the vehicle.

2013 Lexus GX 

2013 Lexus GX DFW

The LX’s little brother brings serious off-road capabilities to a mid-size SUV. A 4.6-liter V8 and body-on-frame chassis let the GX460 tow up to 6,000 lbs., while a power folding third row seat lets owners switch between cargo hauling and people hauling duties with ease.

Regardless of what model you fancy from the Lexus 2013 revamp, each has their strong points. If you want more information on the line-up be sure to visit your favorite Park Place Lexus in Plano and Grapevine to see one of our experts in excellence.