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Regal Rides

Need a company vehicle that will impress clients? Look no further.

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This story appears in the November 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Three exceptional European 2004 business sedans include Audi's A8 L, Jaguar's XJ Vanden Plas and Volvo's S80. Audi's superb new $68,500 flagship is built on a long wheelbase for a luxuriously stretched-out interior and exceptional riding comfort. Sophisticated and classically styled, with innovations including a multimedia interface to handle functions and controls, permanent all-wheel drive, six-speed Tiptronic transmission and an adaptive air suspension system, the A8 L debuts with a V-8 engine boasting 330 horse-power and 317 pound-feet of torque. The interior is pure elegance with leather, wood trim and an impressively large rear passenger compartment. And at 17.7 cubic feet, even the trunk is roomy.

The 2004 XJ model lineup, which includes the Vanden Plas, celebrates a makeover, with a new air suspension and a redesign for a taller, wider and roomier car all around. With a base price of $68,330, the Vanden Plas is a stately luxury four-door sporting a V-8 engine with 294 horsepower. High-quality luxury touches abound, from piping on the leather seats to DVD systems both front and back (optional). Rain-sensing wipers, optional parking-distance control, an electric moon roof and a 16.4 cubic-foot trunk combine for a car that outranks many in its class.

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