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Honda, Daimler Make Major Forays into Zero Emissions Energy Sourcing

Daimler backing hydrogen, Honda putting its money into solar power.

by on Oct.08, 2014

A Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell vehicle protoype with a Linde hydrogen gas tanker.

Facing increasingly stringent emissions and fuel economy mandates around the world, automakers are looking for clean alternatives, such as electrification and hydrogen. But making the switch isn’t as easy as coming up with a long-range battery or an affordable fuel cell. It also means making available to the public ways to “fill up” with clean sources of energy.

Both Honda and Daimler AG today announced plans to invest millions of dollars in sustainable energy – on top of what they’re already spending to develop clean powertrain technologies. Honda is partnering with U.S. based solar energy company solar city. Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, is, meanwhile, teaming up with Germany’s Linde Group to set up a network of hydrogen fueling stations.

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“There is no question that fuel-cell technology is reaching maturity,” explains Herbert Kohler, Vice President Group Research & Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG. “From 2017, we are planning to bring competitively priced fuel-cell vehicles to market. So now is the time to build a nationwide fuelling infrastructure.”

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Mercedes-Benz Expands California Driverless Car Testing

German maker using naval base to develop technology.

by on Oct.01, 2014

Mercedes secured an autonomous vehicle testing permit in California. It also plans to conduct much of its U.S. testing at a secure facility in southern California.

The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming! Well, actually, they’ve been approved to be here and in California, specifically. Mercedes-Benz is the second automaker – after Audi – to get approved for autonomous vehicle testing in The Golden State.

California has allowed limited use of its roads for automated vehicle testing in recent years, but the laws approved by the state legislature in mid-September were established in 2012 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Actually, the maker has been testing on public roads for much of September, but the company now has secured the use of the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in southern California to test much of its future technology. (more…)

Mercedes Hopes GLA Will Tap into Booming Compact Crossover Market

German maker with find plenty of competition in segment.

by on Sep.29, 2014

Mercedes expects the new GLA to duplicate the success of its CLA sedan, which is a hot seller.

Barely a year after launching its new CLA coupe-like sedan, Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 30,000 to U.S. buyers and, the maker claims, probably would be doing twice that volume if it could get more from its new factory in Hungary.

No wonder the maker’s senior executives are positively jumping for joy as the even newer Mercedes-Benz GLA heads for U.S. showrooms. “The segment is potentially three times as large,” suggested communications chief Rob Moran, during a media drive of the new crossover-utility vehicle in Vermont.

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Crossovers are already beginning to outsell conventional sedans in the U.S. market, and most analysts anticipate the same thing is about to happen in the compact luxury segment. That’s spurring a flood of new offerings, the GLA just one of the latest to join such alternatives as the BMW X1. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Compact crossover among best in crowded segment.

by on Sep.29, 2014

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

What a difference one little letter can make. In many ways, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA models are a lot alike, starting out with the German maker’s basic small car platform. But there are also a surprising number of ways the two models diverge.

The CLA is the compact, coupe-like sedan that Mercedes launched last year, quickly becoming one of the maker’s most successful products ever, demand so far well exceeding supply. The new Mercedes-Benz GLA adopts a more hatchback-style crossover body style that targets an even larger segment of the luxury market.

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But the differences are even more substantial, as we learned during several days of driving the new GLA through northern Vermont just as the leaves began to turn their autumn colors. The year-long delay in bringing the crossover to market appears to have given Mercedes engineers the time they needed to address earlier complaints about the coupe-like CLA’s ride and handling. (more…)

Mercedes Pumps Up Performance with AMG C63

“Power spectrum” runs up to 503 hp.

by on Sep.24, 2014

Mercedes will deliver up to 503 hp with the new AMG C63 - along with 32% better fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz wants to pump you up – at least if you’re looking to buy one of its new C-class models. With the addition of the AMG C63 line next year, you’ll be able to order a package that tips the scales at more than 500 horsepower.

That’s a far cry from the old Baby Benz, but the latest C-Class is larger and far more luxurious than ever, undergoing a number of significant changes for the 2015 model-year, as TheDetroitBureau.com has already reported. The AMG treatment takes it up a significant notch, both in terms of features and performance.

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What Mercedes describes as the “pinnacle” of the C-Class spectrum will be powered by an all-new biturbo 4.0-liter V-8. It’s a derivative of the engine that will be powering the maker’s new AMG GT sports car. Officially set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in little more than a week, the C63 will be offered with a “power spectrum” of choices.

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Mercedes Unleashes its New AMG GT Sports Car

Porsche and Audi have been put on notice.

by on Sep.10, 2014

Mercedes sets out to take on the Porsche 911 Turbo with its new AMG GT S sports car.

Five months after delivering word it would unleash an all-new high-performance sports car, Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers on its new AMG GT S.

The new model comes shortly after the Teutonic maker ended production of its SLS supercar. But the 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S isn’t a direct replacement. At around $120,000 or less than half the price of the SLS, the new 2-seater will be targeting such German competitors as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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“We are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field,” proclaimed Mercedes’ R&D chief Thomas Weber. “This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of.”

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Mercedes Adding C-Class Production to Alabama Plant

Compact SUV coming next year gives maker edge in luxury race.

by on Sep.09, 2014

Workers at the Tuscaloosa Mercedes plant have a reason to rejoice: C-Class production is being added to the plant.

With the race for luxury sales in the U.S. intensifying, Mercedes-Benz is expanding production at the Daimler AG assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by adding production of its new C-Class sedan at the plant.

It is the first of two new products that will be added to the plant’s production lines. A new compact SUV, which the company showed off at the Auto China show in April, will be built at the plant sometime next year.

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Daimer AG Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz sees good prospects in the U.S. market and is expanding the local production capacities in the country. (more…)

What Sort of Car Can You Get for $1 Million?

by on Aug.05, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz Pullman S600 is expected to be almost 8 inches longer than the old Maybach S62.

While it finally pulled the plug on the poor-selling Maybach line, Daimler AG hasn’t entirely abandoned the ultra-premium luxury car market. This image, used in a new patent filing, reportedly shows us what the German maker has in store for when it rolls out the new Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman line.

With prices expected to reach as much as $1 million for an armored version of the stretch limousine, Mercedes once again plans to challenge its two British-based ultra-lux rivals, BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, and the Bentley division of Volkswagen AG.

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The look of the new S600 Pullman won’t come as a shock to potential buyers. It largely follows the lines of the current Mercedes-Benz S600 – though those lines stretch on for quite some distance. The new limousine is expected to measure a whopping 21 feet, nose-to-tail. That would be nearly 8 inches longer than the old Maybach 62.

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Lexus Ascends to Top of Luxury Sales Heap in July

Japanese maker outsells BMW and Mercedes.

by on Aug.05, 2014

Lexus nabbed the luxury sales crown in July. The maker's IS models helped to lead the way with a 24.7% jump.

The battle for the luxury vehicle sales crown has been a two brand clash for the last couple of years: BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, the former champ, Lexus, is back in the game after it outsold the two German makers in July.

Lexus reported sales of 27,333 vehicles during July, while Mercedes-Benz reported 27,192, followed by BMW’s 26,409 units. All three brands also posted sales records for the month as new products, relatively inexpensive financing and economic recovery helped push sales.

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However, with all three brands reporting double-digit increases so far this year, BMW has built a small lead over its rivals, selling a total of 183,791 vehicles, while Mercedes-Benz has sold 178,816 and Lexus has sold 166,022. (more…)

Lexus Won’t Take on the Mercedes CLA or Audi A3

No sub-$30,000 cars, says Japanese brand’s leader.

by on Aug.01, 2014

The Lexus CT200h - the F-Sport version shown here - is the Japanese brand's entry model.

A new generation of low-cost luxury cars from manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have clearly clicked with consumers, generating a flood of new buyers, many of them entering the upscale market for the first time.

But despite that growth in demand, don’t expect to see a sub-$30,000 car coming from Lexus, the highline division of Toyota Motor Co., says the brand’s global chief executive.

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Describing products like the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 as “cheap luxury,” Lexus International boss Mark Templin told Automotive News that for his money, “You can’t build a Lexus with the quality, the durability the reliability, the craftsmanship, the content that we put in a Lexus and sell it profitability under $30,000. You just can’t do it.”

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