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Drivers Cool to Idea of Autonomous Vehicles

Survey shows they definitely want a steering wheel in a self-driver.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Drivers may be unsure of how much autonomous technology they want in their cars, but over 96% want a steering wheel and brake and gas pedals.

Self-driving cars may be the future, but if a recent survey by University of Michigan researchers is any indication, it’s not the near future: just a little over 15% of drivers want an autonomous vehicle.

The survey, which was conducted by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, polled 505 people and found that 43.8% didn’t want any form of autonomous technology in their vehicles while 40.6% were comfortable some level of self-driving tech.

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However, there was a nearly unanimous response to one question that doesn’t bode well for Google and its vehicles: 96.2% of respondents want a steering wheel, brake and gas pedal in their vehicle no matter the level of autonomy. (more…)

First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan

E-Class loyalists rejoice.

by on Jun.13, 2013

The ninth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Clas debuts with the introduction of the E350 sedan and wagon.

When it comes to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, familiarity breeds anything but contempt.  By far the most popular midsize luxury sedan in the market – indeed, in just about any market in the world – the midsize Mercedes has good reason to claim an intensely loyal following.

Traditionally, while it may not have been the sportiest sedan in its segment, or the most stylish, it offers a mix of performance, features and grounded, Teutonic design that turned heads and led buyers to open their wallets, generation after generation.

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And now, the German maker is hoping to maintain its standing with an all-new ninth-generation E-Class that takes a step beyond the simple update many had expected.  To get a better feel for just how much things have changed, we spent a day driving the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan which, along with the E-wagon, is the first of a wide range of variants we’ll be seeing over the coming months.

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Mercedes-Benz Betting Big on New E-Class

A new face, lots of new features.

by on Jun.13, 2013

Mercedes will offer a wide range of body styles and powertrains as the 2014 E-Class line-up rolls out.

There was a tie when luxury buyers had just a handful of models and brands to choose from. These days, “product proliferation” is the game, manufacturers flooding the market with a wide range of offerings filling just about every possible premium niche.

Yet, a handful of models maintain an outsize presence, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class being one of the best examples.  It remains one of the most popular luxury models in the U.S. and routinely accounts for 20% of the German maker’s sales here.  That’s all the more significant as the current E-Class wraps up its final months on the market by helping Mercedes nudge past rivals BMW and Lexus to take the sales lead in the critical U.S. market.

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“It’s really the bread-and-butter model for Mercedes-Benz,” says Bart Herring, chief of product management for Mercedes-Benz USA.

And the maker hopes to keep it that way. But with competition getting ever tougher, Mercedes has to work hard to stay on top – which means rolling out an all-new version of the E-class for 2014.

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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.”

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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.

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Mercedes Cedes Luxury Sales Lead to BMW

German maker sees victory in defeat.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Mercedes-Bez US CEO Steve Cannon.

With barely two weeks left in the year, Mercedes-Benz is ceding victory to rival BMW in the luxury car sales sweepstakes.

But there’s victory in that loss, contends Mercedes’ top American executive as he notes the maker still had its best year ever in the U.S. market and is looking to do even better when an assortment of critical new products reach showrooms in 2013.

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“I don’t think we’ll win the race this year,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S., adding that he felt “no pressure” from his bosses in Stuttgart to engage in the sort of last-minute deal-making that has marked the race for luxury sales supremacy in recent years.

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Mercedes Adding 11 New Models to US Line-Up

Another 19 to get updates, replacements.

by on Oct.26, 2012

Mercedes' product blitz will see the small CLA coupe-like-sedan come to the U.S.

Mercedes-Benz is about to deliver a heaping bowl of alphanumeric soup.  Once known for just a handful of iconic products like the E-, S- and SL-Class models, the maker has rapidly added offerings to its global line-up in recent years. And while a few of those won’t make it across the Atlantic, a senior executive says U.S. motorists will soon see 11 new product offerings.

That’s on top of the planned update or replacement of 19 other Mercedes products currently in American showrooms, according to Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

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That’s a significantly broader range of new products than the executive had promised just a few months ago and appears to reflect a variety of factors not limited to the overall expansion of the Mercedes global line-up.

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First Look: Mercedes E-Class Convertible

Beehive hairdos make a comeback in Detroit?

by on Jan.12, 2010

A claimed first, the Aircap electric wind deflector.

Mercedes-Benz launched the new E-Class Cabriolet with much pizzazz and a fashion look from the past.

The car rolled on the stage with three female passengers – all with “beehive” hairdos once the height of fashion in the sixties.

With this demonstration the Germans wanted to draw attention to the fact that the new convertible is equipped with what is claimed to be a world first, the Aircap electric wind deflector.

It pops up from the top of the windshield frame by the touch of a button and greatly reduces turbulence in the interior. Mercedes says it also “creates a pool of warm air.” The system consists of a wind deflector with a net that extends to some 2.5 inches and another deflector between the rear head rests.

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This latest development “enhances” the Airscarf, which Mercedes patented earlier and functions like a scar to keep the head and neck warm. It is integrated into the back rests of the front seats and lets warm air flow through outlets in the head restraints. For the E-Class Cabriolet, the system has been updated with adjustable outlet vents.

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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.

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Preview: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Coupe

New name, better car.

by on May.10, 2009

New name gets a new car.  The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is decidedly more than just a replacement for the old CLK.

New name gets a new car. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is decidedly more than just a replacement for the old CLK.

There’s a frequent debate, within automotive circles, over how to name new cars.  Go with catchy, easy-to-remember monikers, like Mustang and Firebird or no-nonsense alphanumerics, such as 335i, M35S or E550.

No one has embraced the latter format more totally than Mercedes-Benz, as its line-up has grown from a select few – the old E-Class, S- and SL offerings – to a veritable alphanumeric soup of offerings, Cs and Bs, SLKs, GLKs and, well, we’re struggling to keep track of them all.

So, it was a particularly pleasant bit of news when the German maker announced plans to simplify its nomenclature, if just by a wee bit, with the launch of the 2010 E-Class Coupe, a model formerly known as the CLK.  But names alone don’t make a car.  Luckily, now that the chrome badge is out of the way, we can focus our attention on the coupe itself, and after spending a couple days in Las Vegas, testing out both the new 2-door, and its sedan sibling, we’re pleased to reveal that Mercedes has come up with a pair of winners.  (more…)