Top Luxury Car Brands

by Kimberly Wylie

Luxury automobiles are the pinnacle of automotive styling, comfort, technology and quality. Automotive manufacturers—such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz—hoping to compete in this market segment have to set themselves above the production limits of traditional manufacturers.


Inside a Mercedes-Benz S Class vehicle

German auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG, has been a leading luxury car brand for decades. Founded in 1881, the company has mastered offering a variety of styling options, such as the traditional styling of the C-Class or the ultra-sporty styling of the F800 saloon. Mercedes vehicles are traditionally richly appointed and feature state-of-the art technologies to improve ride, handling, safety and performance—all at a level of quality many other manufacturers strive for. Daimler AG 70546 Stuttgart Germany 011-49-711-17-0

BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

The BMW 328i Luxury model on display

German auto manufacturer Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW, also known as Bavarian Motor Works in English) was founded in 1916 as an aircraft manufacturer. Following World War I, the company refocused its efforts towards the automotive market. The company produces a variety of luxury vehicles to meet the needs of discerning consumers. The company's 1 Series models offer an entry into the luxury market for many buyers. Its 5 Series security models offer all of the comfort, styling and handling expected in a luxury-class car, with the added security features of the best armored cars available. BMW's Z4 is a sporty, roadster luxury entrant into the market, offering comfort and speed. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft 80788 Munich Germany 011-49-89-382-0

Rolls-Royce Motorcars

Interior of Rolls-Royce Phantom vehicle

In addition to its BMW line of vehicles, BMW is the parent company to renowned luxury auto manufacturer, Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce offers three luxury car lines: Ghost, Phantom and Goodwood. These vehicles reflect the classic design lines of Rolls-Royce, despite the continued innovations in automotive technology the cars embody. Attention to detail is a trademark of this manufacturer, such as the book matching of veneers in its Phantom line to produce a mirror image of the woodwork in the vehicle. Many of its woodworkers come from the fine cabinetry and boat industry. In addition, only grade-A leather is used in Rolls-Royce vehicles to avoid stretch marks or scars in the leather. Each piece is inspected by high-quality optical instruments to spot any imperfections. The process of upholstering the interior of a Rolls-Royce takes more than two weeks to ensure it's of the highest quality. Rolls-Royce Motorcars Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft 80788 Munich Germany 011-49-89-382-0


About the Author

Kimberly Wylie has been a professional, full-time freelance writer for nearly a decade. She is the author of the book "Hiring the Right Candidate" and has written for several online and print publications. A gifted wordsmith, her work has included everything from movie scripts to patent documentation.

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