While 115 cars made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick list this year, just six of them were new additions (or reappearances) in the luxury categories.
Mercedes-Benz’s M Class is a new addition for 2012, having skipped 2011. The previous 2009-2010 models had made the list, but the 2011 model didn’t, despite earning top marks of “good” in front and side impact crash tests.
Next is the BMW X3, which rejoins the list after being left off since 2009, though like the M-Class, intervening year models also scored “good” in all tests. The Acura MDX also sees the same result, once again a Top Safety Pick after being off the list since 2009.
Luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has released the LINK smartphone in time for the holiday season. However, only the well-heeled can afford to fill Christmas stockings with this high-tech beauty which has a starting price of $6400!
According to TAG, each LINK smartphone is “carefully constructed using expert watchmaking techniques and technological components.” It comes in full calfskin leather and two “sportier” versions in red or black carbon leather with textured surfaces that are hand stitched in “contrasting red or light grey.”
French luxury brand Chanel introduces a cotton pad to remove makeup. At $20 per pack, the pads cost as much as the cosmetics the luxury brand is also known for.
According to the brand’s website, Chanel’s Le Coton pads boast of a Japanese-design, handpicked Egyptian cotton and an inner filling “comprised of lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers.” Emblazoned on each cotton pad is the Chanel logo.
Korean mobile phone maker Samsung collaborates with top fashion label, Hugo Boss, to come up with a designer edition of the Galaxy Ace. The polished look Hugo Boss is known for has been applied to the cover of the Android-based smartphone giving it a matte black finish. Emblazoned on the front panel is the fashion brand’s famous logo.
Hugo Boss wallpapers and playlist have also been pre-loaded to the device so users can personalize the phone even further to suit their individual style. The home screen also features the brand’s icon, providing easy access to its website.