Today is Labor Day here in the States which is both the day on which we celebrate the joys of gainful employment and bemoan the end of summer. Considering the first of those aspects – employment, which means to involve or use – we want to take the opportunity today to consider luxury cars that have employed the platforms of far cheaper cars. I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.
Luxury cars are typically bought by people of means, which in turn means that they are, by nature, limited in their sales potential. That means that many manufacturers build their high-end rides on more plebeian bases to spread the development and production costs down to the have-nots. That have given us Cadillacs based on Chevy Cavaliers, Rolls Royces with a lot of BMW 7-series in their DNA, and Bentleys that, if you scratch the surface of will reveal a lot of Volkswagen.
It’s not a bad strategy – having the poors pay for a slice of the well-to-do’s cars – and sometimes it results in a pretty good ride that almost completely hides its proletarian roots. Those are the ones we’re looking for this Labor Day, what are the best luxury cars derived from cheap cars?