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Old 30th September 2013, 16:02   #1
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This is a term often used in the automotive world. A flagship vehicle is the one considered to be at the top of an automotive manufacturer's line up. This vehicle is usually the most expensive and prestigious the marque has to offer.

A flagship is the vehicle that automotive marques would want CEOs and residents of organizations, governments and dignitaries to purchase as their top personal transport. These vehicles can easily facilitate executive style transportation.

Some automotive companies may have more than one flagship as the title may be given to the top vehicle in each body style, for example
a flagship sedan
a flagship coupe
or a flagship sport utility vehicle
the flagship SUV may be a crossover

The full size sedan is usually the main flagship of the manufacturer and classic examples are the Lexus LS, the Mercedes Benz S Class, the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8.

Across the globe I found this:

Acura Legend
Acura RL
Acura RLX
Alfa Romeo 2600
Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi A8
Audi V8

Bentley Arnage
Bentley Azure
Bentley Mulsanne (2010)
BMW 7 Series
BMW 7 Series (E23)
BMW 7 Series (E32)
Buick LaCrosse
Buick Lucerne
Buick Roadmaster

Cadillac Brougham
Cadillac Fleetwood
Cadillac STS
Cadillac STS-V
Citroen C6
Citroen DS5

Daimler Sovereign

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Ferrari F12berlinetta
Ferrari F50

Holden Caprice
Honda Legend
Hongqi HQE
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Grandeur

Infiniti Q45

Jaguar XJ
Jaguar XJ (X300)
Jaguar XJ (X308)
Jaguar XJ (XJ40)

Kia Cadenza
Kia K9
Kia Opirus

Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Miura
Lamborghini Murciélago
Lancia Flaminia
Lancia Gamma
Lancia Kappa
Lexus LS
Lexus LS (XF40)
Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Town Car

Maserati Quattroporte
Maybach 57 and 62
Maybach Zeppelin
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz W126
Mercedes-Benz W140
Mercedes-Benz W220
Mercedes-Benz W221
Mercury Grand Marquis
Mitsubishi Dignity
Mitsubishi Proudia

Nash Ambassador
Nissan Cima
Nissan President

Opel Omega
Opel Senator

Peugeot 604
Porsche 911

Range Rover
Range Rover (L322)
Range Rover (L405)
Range Rover (P38A)
Range Rover Classic
Renault Vel Satis
Rolls-Royce Corniche (2000)
Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)

Skoda Superb

Toyota Avalon
Toyota Century
Toyota Cressida
Toyota Crown Majesta

Volkswagen Phaeton
Volvo S80


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Flagship_vehicles

Just like cars I have similar enthusiasm towards mobile phones which I follow keenly and each year we have a flagship model available. Say for example: Samsung's flagship model as of now is S4, Apple - Iphone 5s, LG - G2, HTC - HTC One and so on... And we know which mobile is flagship for whom but similar stress misses out in cars (at-least in India).

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Good one. Enthusiasm shown by electronic and mobile Manufacturers who bring their flagship models to India, is rarely seen in auto industry. Primary reason being price, tax structure, market maturity and affordability.
Simple example : while buying a flagship phone, rarely people ask about build quality or battery backup. On other hand, while buying a car, most of them consider the kmpl and maintenance costs.

I too wish that some of our manufacturers bring their globally successful models to India soon, and provide us more value for money.
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