Amid the e-mails and letters I get from readers, the cost of new cars is a recurring theme. They – like so many other things – are getting more and more expensive.

As much as all costs have risen in recent years, cars now come with more and more kit as standard – some demanded by consumers, some by legislators – and then there’s the added cost of electrification.

There’s also the march of mainstream brands and newcomers towards the premium end of the market, where the margins (and profits) are much greater.

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Has Lexus Finally Reached Premium Automaker Status?

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