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Mercedes-Benz Bank Changes Business Model

Moves by automakers toward mobility forces bank to rethink operations.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Bank is changing the way it does things to keep pace with the changes in auto financing needs.

Daimler Financial Services subsidiary, the Mercedes-Benz Bank in Germany, is revising its business model to accommodate the changes in mobility, such as subscription services, with which carmakers have begun to experiment.

The Mercedes-Benz Bank now finances one of every two vehicles sold by the automaker in Germany and the bank’s portfolio now totals around 970,000 cars, trucks, vans and buses on the books and grew by 12% in 2017 to 26.9 billion euros.

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“In future, we will also integrate mobility services such as car sharing into our vehicle financing, in addition to making offers specifically for electrically powered vehicles,” One in every two Daimler vehicles in Germany is on the road with a contract from Mercedes-Benz Bank, he added. (more…)

Kia’s K900 Sticking Around – and Here’s a First Look

The “Gravity of Prestige.”

by on Mar.07, 2018

Expect to see the Kia K900 debut at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Reports of the demise of the big Kia K900 luxury sedan? Well, you know what Mark Twain would say: they’ve been greatly exaggerated.

With the overwhelming response to the new Stinger, there’s no question that Kia is putting a lot of emphasis on that sexy new GT model. But company insiders have repeatedly emphasized to that the K900 isn’t going away. And if you needed proof, check out these two renderings of the second-generation sedan that is expected to make a debut appearance in the coming weeks an roll into showrooms by mid-year.

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To further underscore its longevity, consider that the new model was a collaborative development pairing Kia’s global design headquarters in the Seoul suburb of Namyang, along with the automaker’s U.S. design center in Irvine, California.


Smart Joining Forces With Mercedes New EQ Line

Move means smart is only brand with EV and gas options for every model.

by on Mar.06, 2018

The Smart line-up will be converted completely to electric-only models in the next few years.

The battery-electric models from smart will serve as the initial vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz Cars EQ family.

As it is smart is currently the only car manufacturer worldwide to offer its model range in both combustion-engine and all-electric variants. In the U.S. market, smart has already converted to an all-electric strategy to support a sustainable, zero emissions future.

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The smart EQ four two coupe and cabrio are making their world premiere this week at the Geneva Motor Show and will be available in the U.S. market later in 2018. (more…)

Uncovered: Mercedes-AMG Finally Pulls the Wraps Off New GT 4-Door Coupe

Performance meets practicality.

by on Mar.06, 2018

AMG adds another bright shining star to its line-up with the four-door version of its GT.

In recent weeks, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe has been teased more often than an old-time burlesque ecdysiast but, finally, the fan dance is over and we can see it in all its sheet metal glory at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The original GT was one of only a small handful of vehicles specifically developed for the AMG performance division – following the earlier SLR and SLA models. There’s now an assortment of variants, fast, faster and fastest, but with the addition of the four-door package, performance adds an element of practicality.

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“The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe blends the impressive racetrack dynamism of our two-door sports car with maximum suitability for everyday use,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, adding his expectation that it will “attract new customers” who at least occasionally need the added passenger space.


Mercedes Shows Off New C43 Coming to Geneva

The new AMG model carries on legacy of speed and grace.

by on Mar.05, 2018

Mercedes-AMG's new 2019 C43 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The early reveals for the Geneva Motor Show are coming fast and furious now with Mercedes-AMG getting in on the action with its new C43 sedan.

The C-Class is Mercedes most popular model in its long history, at least in terms of total sales, and the new model with its four body variants, three available in the U.S., appears ready to carry on that legacy.

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The new C43 received a variety of updates designed to make it more appealing inside and out. On the exterior, the new AMG radiator grille in a twin-louver design, powerfully sculpted front bumper and the new rear bumper with round twin tailpipe trim elements visibly enhance the new C43 Sedan and give it an even more distinct positioning. (more…)

German Court Ruling Could Mark Beginning of the End for Diesels

Major cities may immediately impact 12 million vehicles.

by on Feb.27, 2018

A new German court ruling legalizing bans on diesel-powered vehicles in city centers isn't likely to affect newer vehicles.

A German court issued a landmark ruling that gives several major cities permission to ban diesel vehicles from their urban centers, a move that could soon be copied by other communities across Europe.

The controversial decision is considered significant at several levels, even though it initially applies only to bans proposed by the heavily polluted cities of Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. The latter community is home to Daimler AG whose Mercedes-Benz subsidiary is heavily reliant on diesel technology for its vehicle line-up. The ruling also comes as an embarrassment for German Chancellor Angele Merkel, who had opposed such a ban.

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For now, the cities only plan to restrict older, more heavily polluting diesel models, but critics of the ban fear it could place a sudden strain on the mass transit systems in the two cities while also impacting the value of as many as 12 million diesel vehicles now in operation in Europe’s largest automotive market. (more…)

Mercedes Moving to Build New Plant in Germany

New plant comes as competitor expands in U.S.

by on Feb.21, 2018

Markus Schäfer, Mercedes board member, marks the groundbreaking of the company's new plant in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Cars broke ground on a new factory on its home ground in Sindelfingen outside of Stuttgart that the automaker claims will be the most modern production center in the world when it opens in 2020.

“Our ‘Factory 56’ will define a new way of building cars. With its ‘Factory 56’, Mercedes-Benz Cars is creating the car plant of the future,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

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“It combines three trend-setting features: It is consistently digital and flexible – and it brings the term ‘green production’ to life. As the inventor of the car, we are reinventing production.” (more…)

New Report: Daimler Software Cheat Beats Emission Tests

German maker cooperating with investigators.

by on Feb.20, 2018

Daimler's claims that its new diesel engine would be able to meet all emissions regulations turned out to be false.

Investigators in the United States are still probing whether Daimler AG cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests.

The investigations apparently follow the lawsuits filed in 2016 by a number of customers, claiming their cars had software made to fool emission tests. The software is similar to Volkswagen’s, according to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

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Mercedes-Benz, Daimler’s principal automotive subsidiary, no longer sells cars powered by diesel engines and has no plans to return diesel-powered vehicles to the U.S. market, senior company executives told last month. (more…)

Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door Caught Blowing in the Wind (Tunnel)

Debut coming at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.15, 2018

The new Mercedes-AMG GT four-door is among the slipperiest sedans money can buy.

Think of them as tattoos, rather than camouflage, for there’s little left to the imagination in these shots of the new Mercedes-AMG GT four-door as it goes through wind tunnel testing ahead of its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The current GT is one of the more wind-slick models on the market, but stretching its length and wheelbase and then adding two more doors threatened to change aero equation massively, so it’s no surprise the German automaker designers have been spending so much time in the tunnel.

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“Final tests will be carried out in the wind tunnel before the new member of the AMG GT family has its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show,” the automaker said in a statement accompanying these images, adding that, “It is already clear that the new family member is also a fine aerodynamic performer.” (more…)

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Getting More Power, More Smarts

Semi-autonomous tech moves over from the S-Class.

by on Feb.14, 2018

The most important of the introductions by Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva Motor Show may be the midcycle refresh of the C-Class.

It’s going to be a busy Geneva Motor Show for Mercedes-Benz, the automaker rolling out an assortment of new models for global or European debuts, including the new four-door AMG GT, the updated S- and G-Class models, the all-new A-Class, and an updated C-Class.

While that compact sedan may only be getting a midcycle refresh it could prove to be the most significant of the introductions considering that the C-Class remains Mercedes’ global best-seller, generating more than 400,000 sales in 2017. Freshening it up will be critical at a time when more and more buyers are shifting from passenger cars to SUVs and CUVs.

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Both the C-Class sedan and wagon models will be updated for 2019, and while exterior and interior changes will be modest, buyers will be tempted with an increase in power, as well as the addition of new semi-autonomous technology lifted from the lofty S-Class and able to handle a limited amount of hands-free driving. (more…)