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Daimler Investing Around $8 Bil on “Green” Powertrains by 2018.

New, 300-mile electric Mercedes set to debut at Paris Motor Show.

by on Jun.13, 2016

Mercedes plans to launch a new hydrogen car with a plug-in battery system to boost mileage.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG will invest more than seven billion euros, or $8 billion, on green powertrains over the next two years – about half of its total R&D budget — the automaker said today.

That effort will include a mix of different technologies, including fuel-cell vehicles and clean diesels, as well as various battery drive systems. The maker said that “all” of its vehicle lines will be “electrified” by 2020, with sales of such models expected to be in the “six figures” by then, according to Daimler R&D chief Thomas Weber.

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“We will electrify all Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series step by step,” said Weber,the executive last week announcing that a prototype of a new models capable of 500 kilometers, or about 310 miles per charge, will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October.


Daimler Launches Internal Probe of Diesel Cheating Claims

EPA, Justice Dept. seeking automaker’s input.

by on Apr.22, 2016

Mercedes added a new four-cylinder diesel with the launch of the E250 BlueTec.

Facing two lawsuits and a query from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice Daimler AG has launched an internal investigation into what the government says are “possible indications of irregularities” with the certification of diesels sold by the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brands.

The move comes even as Volkswagen is attempting to push forward with a proposed settlement of its own diesel emissions problems. VW has told a federal judge in California that the company wants to repurchase about 500,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. using software designed to cheat on emissions tests, while also offering owners financial compensation.

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Daimler, meanwhile, is already facing two class action lawsuits filed by a Seattle firm on behalf of owners who claim their vehicles are not compliant with U.S. emissions standards. Those suits are based on research performed in Europe.


Mercedes Hit With New Class-Action Lawsuit Over Diesels

Additional tests reveal “defeat device,” law firm claims.

by on Apr.08, 2016

In 2012, Mercedes launched its first diesel model in the U.S. in nearly two decades.

Already facing a lawsuit claiming it cheated on diesel emissions tests, Mercedes-Benz has been served a second class-action lawsuit claiming that it used a so-called “defeat device” to get around U.S. regulations.

The new suit was filed by Hagens Berman, the same Seattle law firm that first levied a complaint against the German automaker back in February. That’s a claim reminiscent of the charges filed against Volkswagen AG last September by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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“The fact that Mercedes passed the dynamometer test in all tests, but failed the real world test, is suggestive that like VW, Mercedes is implementing a ‘defeat device’,” the law firm said in a complaint filed in the U.S> District Court of New Jersey.


Mercedes Expands C-Class Line-up with New AMG C63 Cabrio

New ragtop puts capper on C-Class portfolio.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet is not only open air, it's fast topping out at 174 mph.

Mercedes continued its roll out new C-Class pairings with the folks at AMG with the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet which made its debut at the New York Auto Show today.

“The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Extensive know-how from motorsport and the passion of the AMG engineers, designers and product managers form the basis for an emotional driving experience with the new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet, the company added. (more…)

Uber Reportedly Buying 100,000 Mercedes S-Class Sedans

Move could help ride-sharing service challenge black limo services.

by on Mar.18, 2016

It's not clear how Uber would distribute the S-Class sedans to its network of contract drivers.

Ride-sharing service Uber has reportedly placed an order for at least 100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans.

Neither Uber nor Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG responded to a request for comment, and it’s not quite clear how soon the vehicles will be delivered, but according to Germany’s Manager Magazin, it is a “long-term” order.

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Also unclear is how the luxury sedans would be used by the world’s largest ride-sharing service. Until now, Uber drivers have been required to provide their own vehicles.


Midsize Mercedes GLC Gets the AMG Treatment

Twin-turbo ute can top 60 in under five seconds.

by on Mar.17, 2016

The GLC get a twin-turbo V-6.

It’s going to be a high octane New York Auto Show for Mercedes-Benz. The German maker is bringing an array of new models to the Big Apple this month, with a number of them getting the AMG treatment. That includes the latest version of the midsize GLC sport-utility vehicle.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 will get a big boost from a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that will punch out 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That’s backed up with a sportier suspension, adaptive damping and a variety of aerodynamic body tweaks.

“With the new GLC 43 4MATIC we are offering an AMG model in the mid-size SUV segment for the first time. The new SUV from Affalterbach marks the pinnacle of the GLC product range and in the AMG portfolio it closes the gap between the GLA and GLE”, says AMG CEO Tobias Moers.

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With the current, strong market for performance, Mercedes likely couldn’t have had better timing as it rolls out new AMG versions of its E-Class, CLA and, now, the GLC. That’s likely to yield even bigger demand after the performance subsidiary’s record sales performance in 2015.


First Look: 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA45

Facelifts inside and out.

by on Mar.16, 2016

The most significant updates to the 2017 CLA45 are designed to improve aerodynamics.

It can be risky to mess with success, and few models in Mercedes-Benz history have come out of the gate faster than the compact CLA. But in today’s competitive luxury market, it can be even more of a risk to rest on your laurels for too long.

So, the German maker is taking steps to enhance the CLA and sportier Mercedes-AMG for 2017 without starting all over again. Think of it as a subtle facelift, rather than a full makeover.

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“For the 2017 model year, the sporty, expressive design of the CLA is now further honed,” says Mercedes, with “new front and rear bumpers as well as new light-alloy wheel designs.” The CLA45, meanwhile, “now features even more dynamic styling and a further upgraded interior.” (more…)

Mercedes Teaming with Nissan-Renault on One-Ton Pickup

Daimler, Renault-Nissan continue expansion of partnership.

by on Mar.15, 2016

Mercedes is expected to build its new one-ton pickup based on the Nissan NP300 Navara sold in Europe, Australia and other markets.

Is the luxury pickup truck segment really a “segment?” Apparently so as Mercedes-Benz appears to be moving into the market with a truck it’ll produce in concert with Renault-Nissan, based on the concept drawing the maker floated around last April.

Mercedes-Benz’s Volker Mornhinweg, who heads up the maker’s van operations, told Auto Express that the yet-to-be-named truck may make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. The new truck is born from an existing Nissan truck, the NP300 Navara, that it produces for Europe, Australia and other markets.

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The new truck could be called the X-Class, according to some reports, but with all of the recent revisions to the Mercedes nomenclature, the GLX might be a possibility as well. (more…)

Mercedes Ramps Up Performance With E43 AMG

AMG light package set to debut in New York later this month.

by on Mar.11, 2016

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 will make its first appearance at this month's NY Auto Show.

We’ve barely had time to consider the mainstream versions of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class but the German maker is already rolling out the first of what will be several AMG editions.

Part of a new line-up of what might be dubbed “AMG Light” offerings, the 396-horsepower 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 puts a premium not only on safety but an extensive array of new safety technologies. That’s in keeping with the strategy of launching breakthroughs with the big S-Class and then going even further with each subsequent model that follows.

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“The new AMG E43 offers impressive driving dynamics coupled with cutting-edge efficiency. Twin turbocharging, features adopted from motorsport and characteristic AMG design immediately indicate to our customers that the new E-Class from AMG offers pure Driving Performance coupled with cutting-edge technology and intense emotion,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.


First Look: 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

Expanding the reach for AMG wannabes.

by on Feb.24, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 punching out 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Daimler AG is yet again expanding its performance car line-up, and with the addition of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe, it is also bringing the sub-brand into a more affordable niche than the current AMG C63 model.

Though not as radically upgraded, the new C43 coupe nonetheless boasts some impressive numbers, its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 punching out 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque – enough to get you from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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As with any model wearing the AMG badge, of course, the 2017 C43 boasts a number of body, suspension and chassis revisions designed to improve handling and ride, as well as straight-line acceleration. The C43 also gets one thing missing from its more powerful sibling. Unlike the C63, it also gets the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. (more…)