New 'Die Hard' Drives Cars With a Vengeance

As "A Good Day to Die Hard" opens nationally today, near-unanimous criticism doesn't bode well for the fifth installment of the explosive Bruce Willis-fronted film franchise. But from the sound of things, its crashing and burning with critics will be easily drowned out by the film's reported cacophony of car demolition.

Director John Moore told USA Today that in just one epic car-chase sequence — featuring the wisecracking Willis piloting a Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV monster-truck-rally style through Russian traffic in pursuit of bad guys — the production gave the John McClane treatment to dozens of cars at a cost of $11 million.

"There were 132 (cars) that could never be used again," Moore told USA Today.

Other reports add a few BMW 7 Series sedans, a Porsche and a Maybach to the luxury-scrapheap inventory.

"With 'Die Hard' it's about how audacious the action is," Moore told USA Today. "So you have to drive over a Lamborghini. An actual one. And yes, it hurts me. I'm a car fanatic."

Check out the trailer above for a glimpse of the carnage.

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One Less Brand For The 1 Percent

Maybach

Remember Maybach? You wouldn't be remiss for forgetting about Mercedes-Benz’s once-aspiring ultra-luxury brand, resurrected in 2003 to compete better with Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The last 2012 models had starting prices from $376,300 to $1,380,000.

Mercedes confirmed nearly a year ago that it would discontinue the brand sometime in 2013, but the Detroit News is now reporting that the rug has been pulled out from underneath Maybach a bit prematurely.

Mercedes' latest pricing list describes Maybach’s two models — the Type 57 and Type 62 — as being discontinued already. Only 99 Maybachs were sold in the U.S. last year, the Detroit News reports.

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By Colin Bird | August 21, 2012 | Comments (3)

What Are the Top 10 Most Expensive Cars?

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What automaker makes the most expensive cars? Rolls-Royce? Bentley? If that’s your guess then the Occupy protestors probably aren’t complaining about you. For members of the 1% — or probably the 0.1% in this regard — there’s an even more exclusive list of rides, with price tags nearly as long as their nameplates.

To be fair, you’ve probably heard of a couple of these cars. The Bugatti Veyron remains the most expensive car on the market, according to Forbes.com, which compiled the top 10 list. The Bugatti comes in at $2.6 million for the newish 1,200-horsepower Supersport trim. We’ve also looked at the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, which is actually one of the cheapest (at $845,000) and least powerful cars on the list.

By Colin Bird | December 5, 2011 | Comments (4)

Maybach Brand Discontinued

Maybach
Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-luxury Maybach brand will be no more starting in 2013, according to the Detroit News.

While having a century’s worth of history, the Maybach marquee was revived in the U.S. market in 2003 to compete against Rolls-Royce and Bentley. During that time, the brand essentially sold only one model in two lengths: the Type 57 and Type 62. Amenities included a fully reclining rear seat, electrotransparent sunroof, rear refrigerator and standard champagne flutes.

A range-topping $1.38 million convertible variant, the Maybach Landaulet, was recently added to the lineup.

By Colin Bird | November 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

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