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Plug-Ins You Won’t Have to Plug In?

Wireless charging set to simplify operation for owners.

by on Mar.20, 2017

A schematic illustration of how the Mercedes-Benz S550e can charge up wirelessly.

In the not-too-distant future, your plug-in may not need to be plugged in.

When the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550e makes its debut later this year, the plug-in hybrid will not need to be tethered to a charging station to top off its batteries, at least not if an owner has access to use the new Halo systems developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm. All they’ll need to do is position the big Benz sedan over an inductive mat.

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Similar technology is already becoming commonplace for cellphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Edge. And a number of automakers, including Honda, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, are building wireless phone charging mats into their vehicles. But the next step is to amp up the technology so it can wirelessly charge plug-based vehicles.

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Mercedes Lifts the Veil on New E-Class Cabriolet

Fifth model in new midsize line-up.

by on Mar.02, 2017

The new E-Class Cabriolet will feature a 329-hp twin-turbo V-6 in the U.S. market.

Like an old-fashioned fan dancer, Mercedes-Benz has been giving us a slow tease of the new 2018 E-Class Cabriolet set to make its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

We’re finally getting the full story on the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Convertible, and there are a number of positive selling points: the ragtop not only growing longer and wider than its predecessor, but getting a twin-turbo V-6 that can be used to power all four wheels for the first time.

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And, as you’d expect from Mercedes, the midsize cabriolet will now adopt a wide range of safety, comfort and convenience technologies first seen on the bigger S-Class and upgraded with last year’s makeover of the E-Class sedan.

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Daimler Drives Deeper into Car-, Ride-Sharing

German maker’s Mercedes brand ties up with Uber, Car2Go.

by on Jan.31, 2017

A subscriber orders a car through the Uber app.

Use the ride-sharing app on your smartphone and you’re likely to have a driver pull up in some basic econobox. Sign up for one of the car-sharing services and you’ll usually find a similarly no-frills model waiting as you rent by the hour.

But Mercedes-Benz wants to take things a bit upscale as it announces new deals with Uber, the largest American ride-sharing service, and short-term rental company Car2Go.

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Automakers from around the world have been rushing to find new ways to expand into new mobility services ventures. General Motors, for one, went so far as to invest $500 million into Uber’s prime competitor, Lyft, last year. But the new Mercedes-Benz deals could give reason for upscale motorists to try out ride and car-sharing alternatives.

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Mercedes Planning Flood of New Compact Models

Maker still debating which will come to the U.S. market.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The newly updated Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic made its debut in Detroit Sunday night.

Few automakers have added more new models in shorter order than Mercedes-Benz, the German company take aim at virtually every possible market niche.

But Mercedes officials think there’s still a few gaps in the line-up, notably at the lower end of the spectrum, and that means we could see a sizable increase in compact and smaller offerings, though not all the additions will make it across the Atlantic.

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“Our compact car family will grow from five to eight members in the near future,” said Britta Seeger, the board member who was recently appointed head of Mercedes-Benz global marketing and sales, during an appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Daimler Elevates Wagener to Company’s Board

Top designer ascends to new board post.

by on Nov.10, 2016

Daimler promoted Gorden Wagener to chief design officer and added him to the company's board.

Daimler AG has elevated the role of design inside the company by creating the post of chief design officer and naming 48-year-old Gorden Wagener to fill the post and a seat on the company’s board of management.

The creation of the new board-level post will strengthen the significant and responsibility of design for the company products and designs, Daimler said as it announced the new post.

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Wagener has been at the helm of the globally operating Design unit of Daimler AG since mid-2008 and with his international team he is responsible for the design of all the company’s brands and products. (more…)

For Mercedes-Benz “X-Class” Marks the Spot

U.S. version of concept pickup “under consideration.”

by on Oct.25, 2016

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

With a little help from its friends, Mercedes-Benz is about to get into the pickup truck business.

At a news conference in Sweden on Tuesday, the German automaker pulled the wraps off the Concept X-Class, a thinly disguised version of the truck it will put into production late next year. The truck will initially be offered in Europe and Australia, as well as parts of Africa and South America. But the maker dropped hints it may reverse its previous position and eventually bring the X-Class to the U.S., as well.

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“With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and had of its Mercedes-Benz brand, during the Stockholm preview.

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Second Daimler Plant to Yield 400% Increase in Battery Production

Factory will play critical role in launch of new Mercedes-EQ models.

by on Oct.24, 2016

Daimler's new plant will cost the maker about 500 million euros but quadruple battery output.

Daimler AG has broken ground in the German town of Kamenz for a second battery plant, a move that should yield a 400% increase in its capacity to produce lithium-ion packs for a wave of new electric vehicles now under development.

During last month’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler revealed the new Generation EQ concept vehicle, a production version of which will serve as the anchor of an all-new new sub-brand, Mercedes-EQ. The maker also revealed electrified versions of all the current Smart brand models.

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“By 2025, our passenger car product portfolio will contain more than ten fully electric vehicles,” said Thomas Weber, the Daimler board member overseeing R&D and Mercedes car development. “At the same time, we are continuously pushing our plug-in-hybrid offensive and the introduction of 48-volt-systems,” and the batteries that will be produced at the new plant, as well as the original factory in Kamenz, will become “an integral part” of that product roll-out.”

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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.”

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Mercedes Breaks Ground for First US Van Assembly Plant

Other plans, including an electric Sprinter, may be in the works.

by on Jul.28, 2016

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has traditionally been big with contractors, but is gaining demand from e-commerce.

While Daimler AG may best be known for luxurious passenger vehicles like the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the SL roadster, there’s another side to the maker’s ledger sheet. It also lays claims to being the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, about 850,000 of them last year alone.

And it’s bound and determined to grow that business, starting with the U.S. market. It will clearly help when, in a few years, it will be able to start producing the big Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van from a plant going up on the north side of Charleston, South Carolina. That will end the costly dependence on bringing partially assembled bodies in from Germany and then finish them in Charleston.

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The lower costs could help make Mercedes more competitive in what has turned out to be a fast-growing U.S. market for European-style vans. But the maker is also looking at other ways to boost sales. The factory will be flexible enough to assemble the smaller Mercedes Metris van. And the maker is looking at other options, including possible battery-electric versions of those vans.

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Mercedes Planning to Tackle Tesla with Electric Performance Sedan

Maker confirms long-range, high-performance electric sedan.

by on Jul.11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will reveal a concept version of a long-range performance battery sedan in Paris.

Not all that long ago, Tesla and Daimler AG listed each other as partners, the battery-maker’s CEO Elon Musk going so far as to credit the German company with helping keep it in business at a time when Tesla was short of cash.

But that relationship is about to turn into a rivalry. Several reports have suggested Daimler’ Mercedes-Benz brand is working on a high-performance, long-range battery-electric sedan that could take on the California EV maker, and the Germans have now confirmed that plan, with a concept vehicle set to make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

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Using a “highly efficient lithium ion battery supplied by Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE combined with the intelligent Mercedes-Benz operation strategy allows purely battery-driven ranges of up to 500 km (or about 312 miles) for the first time,” says a statement from Mercedes.

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