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Going Topless, Mercedes Pulls Covers off New S-Class Cabriolet

Top can be operated at speeds up to 37 mph.

by on Sep.02, 2015

The new S550 will be the first Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in 45 years.

After offering up a few teaser images, Mercedes-Benz is finally revealing the new ragtop version of the big S-Class, the fourth variant of its flagship line set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in barely two weeks’ time.

The launch of the 2016 S-Class Cabriolet will mark the first flagship convertible from Mercedes since 1971, and in keeping with its position in the line-up, the German maker says the new model will be one of the most lavishly equipped in the S-Class family.

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“Two years after its launch, the S-Class family is complete,” proclaimed Thomas Weber the Daimler AG board member in charge of passenger car development for Mercedes-Benz.

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Mercedes Announces S-Class Pricing, Teases S-Coupe

Sedan delivering more content for less cash – while Coupe Concept hints at next-gen CL.

by on Sep.09, 2013

Mercedes will give a first glimpse of the big coupe concept at its Frankfurt stand on Tuesday.

It’s a concept most motorists can appreciate, even if the price of admission is beyond the reach of all but the most select of buyers. Mercedes is dropping the base cost of its new 2014 S-Class line by nearly 3% even as it significantly expands the content level of the big sedan update.

Mercedes is making a lot of S-Class news this week, it turns out, the maker also bringing a new Coupe Concept version to the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2-door expected to soon reappear in production trim as the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CL.

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Facing increased competition from both German and Asian manufacturers, Mercedes clearly intends to flex its muscles in the premium luxury segment with S-Class sedan which it first previewed over the summer.  As TheDetroitBureau.com noted in its review, the 2014 remake is a technical tour de force with everything from near-autonomous driving capabilities to the hot stone-style massaging rear seat.

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First Look: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA

German maker enters the growing compact crossover segment.

by on Aug.14, 2013

The new GLA will be the fifth - and smallest - crossover/ute in the Mercedes family.

Mercedes-Benz is adding yet another option to its alphanumeric soup of product offerings – this time with a crossover complement to the new compact CLA model.

No surprise, then, that the new utility vehicle will be dubbed the Mercedes-Benz GLA, a name the maker has done little to conceal in recent weeks. It’s the latest in a growing list of spin-offs from the maker’s new compact vehicle architecture.

No surprise, the GLA shares many of the same styling details we’ve already seen on both the new CLA model coming to the U.S. later this year and the A-Class offered in much of the rest of the world, including the grille and headlamp layout, the crisp silhouette angles and the horizontal taillamp design.

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A concept version of the new soft-roader first appeared at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year. Set to make a formal appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the production version of the Mercedes GLA will carry a 2015 designation and become the smallest of the German maker’s expanding line-up of crossover/utility vehicles notes Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Reveals New S63 AMG 4Matic

Pulse-pounding comfort.

by on Jul.17, 2013

The 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S.

So what happens if you try to improve on the “ultimate” premium luxury sedan, a term one hears from the folks at Mercedes-Benz when discussing the new 2014 S-Class?  The answer appears to be the upcoming Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic.

Churning out 577 horsepower, enough the launch the Teutonic tank from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, the S63 AMG model adds yet another level of performance and technical sophistication to a new-for’-14 S-Class that already boasts some serious cajones.

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Meanwhile, the addition of the 4Matic designation highlights the German maker’s recent announcement that virtually all of its future AMG models will come standard with all-wheel-drive — the rare exceptions including the Mercedes-Benz SL roadster and SLS supercar.

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Mercedes Planning S-Class Plug-in

“Greenest” S-Class model to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Jul.09, 2013

Mercedes will bring the new S-Class Plug-in Hybrid to showrooms during the second half of 2014.

The all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is still not in showrooms but the German maker is already working up new versions of the flagship sedan that will include not only a stretch model but also what is being billed as the “greenest” S-Class ever, a new plug-in hybrid that is set to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The extended-range model will join an expanded range of new clean, high-mileage S-Class offerings, including diesel, conventional hybrid power and Mercedes’ first diesel-electric model, the S300 BlueTec Hybrid.

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While the maker has yet to reveal specific details, it’s expected the new Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid will use a powertrain similar to that in the Vision S500 Plug-in Hybrid concept.  That would mean something on the order of 15 to 20 miles using battery power alone but, according to a report by the British Autocar, something in the range of 78 mpg using the European combined driving cycle.

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Economic Turmoil? Where? Not at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Despite worries of a global double-dip recession, biennial German show draws the crowds.

by on Sep.27, 2011

The Ford Evos was one of an estimated 100 new cars, crossovers and concepts to make a debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

With one of the biggest displays of new cars, crossovers and concept vehicles ever, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show saw public attendance surge by 10%, according to the show’s organizers, suggesting the auto industry’s future is brighter than the turmoil in the financial markets might suggest.

The Frankfurt show, which describes itself as the world’s “most important mobility trade fair” opened on September 15 and closed its gates 10 days later, with a preliminary count of 928,000 paying visitors, organizers reported.

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“This stream of visitors demonstrates that for many people the fascination exerted by cars continues unabated” proclaimed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, in a statement summing up the show.

“In these times of turbulence on the finance markets, the IAA has sent out strong signals of stability in manufacturing and of automotive growth. For the politicians, here it has become visible and comprehensible, just how strong the manufacturing sector is, and the innovative drive for the future that characterizes this industry,” Wissman added.

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First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Small cars are big in luxury.

by on Sep.15, 2011

Mercedes-Benz is betting the new version of its B-Class will help it gain ground in the market for small luxury cars.

Small cars are big these days, as the posters for the Frankfurt Motor Show declare.  And while that’s probably no surprise among mainstream brands like Volkswagen, which focused much of its news conference on the micro-sized Up! line, even luxury makers are getting into the downsizing game.

This year’s big European auto show brings out a variety of models designed to show that luxury doesn’t have to be measured by the pounds and inches – er, kilograms and meters – though many of the offerings on display, such as the Audi A2, are glimpses of products yet to come.  Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, says the time is now with the remake of its compact B-Class people-mover.

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Adopting an all-new chassis and a significantly refined look, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is one of roughly a half-dozen new small car models the German luxury icon is planning to bring to market in the next year or so.

The B-Car will start rolling into showrooms by autumn, in fact.  And Mercedes will have a lot riding on it as the maker’s earlier take on the compact luxury class generated only moderate sales, at best when compared to rivals like BMW and Audi.

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