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Mercedes-Benz Pulls Controversial, Self-Driving E-Class Ad

“You have to evaluate the environment,” especially after Tesla crash, says spox.

by on Jul.29, 2016

In "The Future," a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class (r) catches up with an autonomous F 015 concept.

Mercedes-Benz is pulling out of rotation a controversial ad for the new 2017 E-Class sedan that, critics contend, implies that the vehicle can be driven autonomously.

The issue has become particularly sensitive in the wake of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S sedan in Florida on May 9th. The vehicle was being operated in Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode and, some evidence suggests, 40-year-old Joshua Brown may have been watching a video rather than remaining positioned to take control of the battery sedan in the event of a malfunction.

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“The intent was never to suggest this was (an autonomous vehicle), but that this is the latest of the building blocks” that will eventually lead to self-driving technology, said Mercedes spokesperson Donna Boland, when asked about the video ad dubbed “The Future.”


Feds Investigate Reports of Mercedes E-Class Fuel Leaks

As many as 250,000 luxury sedans involved.

by on Mar.19, 2013

The problem may have been caused by a previous recall "fix."

As many as 250,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury cars are being targeted by an expanded federal safety probe.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working with the German maker to see if fuel might leak from the upper part of the gas tank in the luxury cars – a problem that might inadvertently have been caused by repairs made during a previous recall.

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NHTSA and Mercedes have so far received about 533 complaints from owners claiming to smell a strong odor of gasoline, usually after refueling.

“We are taking this topic seriously and are cooperating with NHTSA,” Mercedes said in a statement. “Neither we nor NHTSA have received any reports of fire, accidents, or injury.”


Next-Gen Cadillac CTS Debut Planned for NY Show

New sedan will be bigger, more lavish, more expensive.

by on Feb.11, 2013

The next-generation Cadillac CTS will be moved more up-market from the 2013 model shown here.

The next new entry into the expanding Cadillac line-up will make its debut at next month’s New York Auto Show, officials with the General Motors division have confirmed.

The unveiling of the next-generation Caddy CTS will follow the January introduction of the ELR plug-in at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and last year’s addition of the compact Cadillac ATS and high-line XTS models.

While the car coming to New York will replace one of Caddy’s current models, the 2014 Cadillac CTS could certainly be described as an expansion of the line-up as it is expected to be bigger, more lavish and more expensive that the outgoing sedan, taking more direct aim at the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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“We are positioning that car as a step up, so there will be a marketing challenge to reposition that car,” Bob Ferguson, the new head of Cadillac, said during an interview with the Detroit Free Press. He was one of several executives with General Motors’ flagship brand to attend the annual National Automobile Dealers Association conference in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.


New Corvette Among More than 50 Previews Scheduled for Detroit Auto Show

Event to deliver scores of new products -- and some "fantasies in chrome."

by on Dec.17, 2012

The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette will be one of the big draws at this year's show. Image courtesy Car & Driver.

From the all-new C7 Chevrolet Corvette to the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Detroit Auto Show is hoping to deliver something new for everyone when it opens its doors next month.

Formally known as the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the event has developed a reputation as the most important car show in the U.S. and one of the five must-see shows worldwide. And it intends to maintain that status with an estimated 53 to 56 new products scheduled to debut on the floor of newly expanded Detroit’s Cobo Center.

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“Somewhere between 80% to 90% of them will be worldwide introductions,” says Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, or DADA, the trade group that runs the annual show.

Manufacturers are scheduled to reveal a broad range of products — from minicars to full-size vans and pickups – during the event, the 25th since the once-modest Detroit Auto Show took on the “international” designation.


First Look: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

An all-new taker on the maker’s “bread-and-butter” car.

by on Dec.14, 2012

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

It’s going to be a busy year for Mercedes-Benz. Coming off a year of record sales, the German maker hopes to keep momentum going as it launches three critical new products into the American market.

That list covers all extremes of the passenger car segment.  At one end is the all-new, coupe-like sedan, the downsized CLA, while at the other we’ll see a complete remake of the flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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But perhaps most significant will be the all-new take on the Mercedes E-Class, a model US CEO Steve Cannon accurately describes as the brand’s “bread-and-butter car.”

Though the official preview won’t take place for another month, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class scheduled for introduction at the Detroit Auto Show, the maker has lifted the covers and offered up this first full look at the redesigned sedan.


Daimler on the Mend?

An unexpected upturn at the Mercedes car and truck brands?

by on Oct.19, 2009

The old Mercedes CLK morphs into the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe for 2010.

The 2010 E-Class is receiving a solid reception and helping revive Daimler's financial fortunes.

Less appears to be more for Daimler AG.

The German maker, parent to Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach, among other operations, has disclosed partial financial information indicating third-quarter operating profits and sales were lower than a year ago but better than anticipated, particularly since top-line revenue dropped 18%.

Industry analysts were particularly upbeat on the news, suggesting that the solid reception for the latest-generation Mercedes E-Class sedans and coupes could trigger a much-needed turnaround.  Of course they could just be peddling stock in a depressed company.

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The company said its cash flow was better than expected during the third quarter.  Daimler, like other automakers, has seen its reserves and resources drained by the global recession.