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Mercedes Add Second Plug-In Hybrid to Line-Up

New C350 hybrid combines fuel efficiency with performance.

by on Jan.12, 2015

The C350 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 130 mph.

As gas prices in the U.S. continue to plummet, Mercedes optimistically debuted its newest plug-in hybrid, the C350, at the Detroit Auto Show.

The German maker’s newest hybrid, following the C300 BlueTEC hybrid in the C-Class, comes as most U.S. automakers are enjoying a sales resurgence of large trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

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However, Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG chairman, noted that there is an other advantage the new hybrid enjoys: it’s fast. The Sedan can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 130 mph and boasts sports-car like handling. (more…)

Mercedes Juices Up GLEs with AMG Variants

GLE 450 and GLE63 get performance upgrades.

by on Jan.11, 2015

The the GLE63 S Coupe, which is powered by an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo laying down 577 hp.

As Mercedes continues to revamp what it calls the vehicles in its line-up, there are still three letters that always garner attention: AMG.

The German automaker is amping up the power on the new 2016 GLE 450 4Matic Coupe by offering it in an AMG Sport variant. The AMG Sport version of the GLE 450 Coupe sports a 3.0-liter V6 engine putting out 362 horsepower and 384 ft-lb of torque managed by a nine-speed transmission.

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“The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is our first sports model, and further highly emotional and performance-oriented models will follow in the near future,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG, in a statement. (more…)

First Look: Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

From concept to coupe.

by on Dec.09, 2014

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Picking up on the design theme first revealed in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe, the Teutonic automaker is giving us a first official look at the all-new GLE Coupe it will introduce at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with the news in recent weeks, Mercedes has decided to confuse – er, clarify – things by restructuring its model nomenclature, a move that primarily impacts its coupe and SUV models. So, GLE is a new name for the old M-Class. And, for 2016, the familiar four-door will now be joined by a coupe.

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Well, make that a coupe-like SUV, the GLE Coupe adopting the sort of rounded roof line we’ve been seeing on recent BMW models such as the X6 while maintaining the convenience of keeping those rear doors. The overall look is more of a tall wagon than a traditional SUV.


Mercedes Launching More Affordable AMG Sport Line

New performance models will offer AWD as standard feature.

by on Dec.01, 2014

The first two AMG Sport models are set to make their debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

It will cost you a modest $29,900 to slip inside the popular Mercedes-Benz CLA, the maker’s entry-level sedan. But should you want to pump up the power and performance, expect to push that price tag up to $47,450 for the AMG-badged CLA45.

But as part of its bid to double sales over the next few years, the German maker is launching an all-new line of performance models that will slot between the “base” Mercedes family and the top-end performance division. To be called AMG Sport, we’ll get a first look at two new models when the Detroit Auto Show rolls into town a little more than a month from now.

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“The new Sport models represent a convincing proposition for our customers: genuine sports car technology becomes accessible, appealing to an even broader-ranging clientele worldwide,” explains Tobias Moers, chairman of the Mercedes-AMG management board. “In the next three years we aim to more than double our total sales for 2013.”


2015 Mercedes C-Class: The Baby Benz Grows Up

German maker aims to raise the bar with new compact model.

by on Jan.13, 2014

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a debut during a Detroit sneak preview Sunday night.

What do you do when there’s a new Baby in the house?  In the case of Mercedes-Benz, what was once the “Baby Benz” is about to grow into a much more sophisticated luxury sedan offering many of the latest, high-tech features found in the German maker’s top-line E- and S-Class models.

The Mercedes C-Class is getting a major makeover for 2015, the updated model making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.  The move comes soon after the addition of a new “entry-level” model, the CLA, which is proving to be the most successful launch ever for the German maker’s U.S. sales subsidiary.

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The 2015 remake of the Mercedes C-Class helps separate the two models and allows them to target different market niches.  That’s good news for buyers of what was original sold as the Baby Benz.  The 2015 model is larger yet lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient and will offer a broad new array of features including the full array of so-called Intelligent Drive technologies only recently added to the E- and S-Class models, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

“We believe this new model will set an absolute benchmark in a very competitive segment,” Cannon told


First Look: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

A good thing in a small package.

by on Jan.07, 2014

The production version of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will debut in Detroit next week.

Mercedes-Benz has set out to rewrite the rules on small, entry-level luxury cars.  Forget the little C-Coupe of a decade back, and the original Baby Benz.  The maker is out to prove that good things can come in small packages – and with the upcoming introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, add the word, “powerful” to your list of superlatives.

The production version of the new Benz crossover’s most powerful model will make its official debut at the North American International Auto Show next week, but Mercedes is offering up an advanced look at the 355-horsepower compact crossover.

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Based on the same basic “architecture” as the new Mercedes CLA coupe-like sedan, the GLA is taking aim at Gen-X and Millennial buyers who put a premium on luxury brands but might otherwise be stuck in a more mainstream segment.  The AMG version, meanwhile, is the most affordable high-performance crossover the Teutonic maker has ever offered.


2015 Mercedes C-Class: The Baby Benz is all Grown Up

Bigger, lighter, lavishly equipped.

by on Dec.16, 2013

The new 2015 remake of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is both larger and lighter.

This Baby has grown up.  After giving us a tease of the new interior of the completely redesign 2015 C-Class a couple months ago, Mercedes-Benz is finally offering a full look – and details – about a car that no longer should be thought about as the “Baby Benz.”

No surprise the 2015 re-make is moving up-market, of course.  Not only are buyers are getting more demanding but Mercedes also had to make room for the now sold-out CLA model which notches in as the brand’s lowest-priced offering at just under $30,000 – if you can find one.

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a larger, decidedly more stylish, sporty and well-equipped offering, with a much-expanded array of both creature comfort and safety features that would have impressed even an S-Class buyer not all that many years ago.


Downsized, Not Down-Market, Mercedes’ New CLA

Concept Style introduced at private press preview, but won't be shown on Mercedes' stand at the Detroit auto show.

by on Jan.13, 2013

Daimler Chairman Deiter Zetsche introduces the Mercedes CLA-Class at a private press preview at the Detroit Auto Show.

The automotive mantra, at least for Americans, has traditionally gone something like this: “bigger is better.” But that’s rapidly changing as motorists begin to downsize – both in mainstream and luxury segments of the market.

So, it seems Mercedes-Benz may have picked the perfect time to introduce the new CLA, the production version of the Concept Style show car it unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show last April. The new CLA250 made its debut Sunday night in advance of the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

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If the name sounds familiar, no surprise, as it is a downsized version of the popular Mercedes CLS, the German maker’s trend-setting Coupe-Like Sedan. The “A” signifies the second-generation Mercedes A-Class, meanwhile, the smallest product line in the marque’s portfolio.


First Look: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, Cabrio

Spicing up the maker’s “bread-and-butter” sedan.

by on Jan.09, 2013

Mercedes will update the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet as well as the mid-range sedan for 2014.

Some products define the breed.  The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of them.  It’s both the best-selling mid-range luxury sedan as well as the top-selling model for Mercedes itself.  No wonder there’s so much interest in the all-new 2014 model coming to the North American International Auto Show next week.

We’ve already been given a sneak peek at what Mercedes’ top American executive, MBUSA CEO Steve Cannon calls the brand’s “bread-and-butter” sedan.  Now, however, the German automaker is trying to spice things up by tossing out a few shots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, as well.

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The maker also hints that, “The bold new styling is combined with sophisticated new assistance systems which are part of Mercedes-Benz “intelligent drive.” These new systems include technology that can help prevent accidents with crossing vehicles or pedestrians as well as an enhanced version of Active Lane Keeping Assist.”


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.