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Major Automakers Team Up on Ultra-Fast EV Charging Project

System could deliver 300+ miles range in 10 minutes.

by on Dec.01, 2016

A Level 4 charger could give a long-range vehicle a "fill-up" in 10 minutes or less.

Another barrier to electrification is about to fall, thanks to a new coalition pairing BMW, Daimler, Ford and the various Volkswagen AG brands.

The automakers have signed a preliminary agreement that would begin rolling out a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe – setting the stage for the adoption of similar Level 4 technology in the U.S., as well. The chargers will deliver 350 kilowatts of direct current, or roughly 2.5 times the jolt of the Superchargers Tesla is deploying across much of North America.

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The new system would leapfrog other Level 3 chargers just beginning to come online in many parts of the world. More importantly, they would allow a vehicle like the new, 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt (or the European version sold through Opel) to get a full charge in 10 minutes or less.

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Mercedes-Maybach S650: Luxury Al Fresco

Giving Bentley and Rolls-Royce a run for your money.

by on Nov.16, 2016

The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is described as the “ultimate in open-air exclusivity.”

Daimler AG’s reborn premium luxury brand has been offering some tantalizing glimpses of its future, starting with the Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept, the nearly 19-foot retro-futuristic battery-electric vehicle revealed during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last summer.

Now, it’s rolling into the Los Angeles Auto Show with another tempting model, the maker describing the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet as the “ultimate in open-air exclusivity.” But the convertible isn’t just another show car, a grand total of 300 set to be produced, 75 of them for the U.S. market, and 12 of those are already claimed.

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Like the stretched sedan that marked the return of the Maybach name – also at the L.A. Auto Show in 2014 – the new ragtop is based on an upgraded version of the familiar S-Class. But it gets a number of details that will signal to those you pass that this isn’t just another Mercedes-Benz, starting with the Double-M Maybach emblem on the fender – and even projected from the car’s puddle lamps. (more…)

Chevrolet Bolt Lauded as Motor Trend Car of the Year

Ford Super Duty, Mercedes GLC take Truck, SUV honors.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Pam Fletcher, GM's electric vehicle chief, and North American President Alan Batey hold the Motor Trend Car of the Year trophy.

It hasn’t even reached showrooms yet, but the Chevrolet Bolt has landed a big victory, the new battery-electric vehicle being named the Motor Trend Car of the Year.

The widely followed award could give General Motors’ first mainstream, long-range BEV a leg up on competitors – including Tesla – at a time when plug-based vehicles are only beginning to show signs of momentum in a market largely motivated by cheap gasoline.

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Separately, the enthusiast publication also named the new Mercedes-Benz GLC its SUV of the Year, while the newly redesigned Ford Super Duty picked up a trophy as Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year during a ceremony marking the start of the annual Los Angeles Motor Show.

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Mercedes-Benz Taps Bremen Facility for EQ Project

Company picks location, but not date for EQ production.

by on Oct.28, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche announced that the Generation EQ will be built at the maker's plant in Bremen, Germany.

Daimler AG rolled out is new electric car brand, EQ, last month in Paris and it was assumed the idea would gestate for a bit.

However, Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz Group are moving ahead with the plans by announcing the implementation of the next step in its EV strategy by announcing the first production version of EQ will be built at its plant in Bremen, Germany.

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The announcement did leave Mercedes-Benz, which operates the Bremen complex, some wiggle room as the maker said only that the first EQ will roll off the assembly line by the “end of this decade.” (more…)

Strong Sales Boost Bottom Line for Daimler

“We are pursuing the right strategy,” says CEO Zetsche.

by on Oct.21, 2016

Daimler CEO Diester Zetsche reveals the Generation EQ concept car at the Paris Motor Show.

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has scored a home run with luxury buyers – and with investors, demand for the new midsize model helping parent Daimler AG deliver a 13% increase in earnings for the third quarter.

Sales of the 2017 E-Class, as well as Mercedes’ expanding line-up of SUVs, helped offset a slump in Daimler’s truck business, the German maker handily exceeding analysts’ expectations for the July-September quarter.

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Earnings for the period hit 2.73 billion euros, or $2.97 billion, up from 2.42 billion euros during the third quarter of 2015. Revenues rose 4%, to 38.6 billion euros, or $42.4 billion. On a unit basis, sales of passenger cars rose 11%, to 565,564. (more…)

AMG Working on F1-Inspired Hypercar

AMG R50 could be on the road within two years.

by on Oct.04, 2016

Mercedes and AMG won't be left out of the hypercar game. The maker revealed a hint of its entry dubbed the R50.

For those who think the Mercedes-AMG GT or one of its variants isn’t quite fast enough, there’s reason to hope for the future.

The high-performance arm of Mercedes-Benz is working up something that will kick things up several notches, confirming long-standing rumors of a hypercar borrowing much of its basic technology from the German automaker’s dominant Formula One program.

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Known internally as the R50, AMG gave some clues as to what’s coming at the Paris Motor Show. For one thing, it won’t be just for weekend warriors who want to pretend their F1 drivers and head for a day on the track. It will be a road car “you could drive every day,” according to AMG Chief Executive Tobias Moers. (more…)

Mercedes Generation EQ Concept Moves Battery Power “into the Fast Lane”

Show car introduces new battery-based EQ brand.

by on Sep.29, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche helps reveal the Generation EQ concept vehicle in Paris.

Anyone who thinks battery power is just for a select niche of techies and greenies might come away with a very different opinion after touring this year’s Paris Motor Show. And if the message still doesn’t come across, just ask Daimler AG Chairman and CEO Dieter Zetsche, who assured a media audience that the Mercedes-Benz brand is moving electric vehicles “into the fast lane.”

The automaker previously committed to putting 10 plug-in hybrids and several pure battery-electric models into production over the next several years. But the Mercedes Generation EQ concept making its debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile takes things a step further. It will launch an all-new electrified brand, dubbed EQ, to challenge the likes of America’s Tesla and arch-rival BMW’s “i” brand. Future products will be badged “Mercedes-EQ, Zetsche told TheDetroitBureau.com

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“The emission-free automobile is the future,” said Zetsche. “And our new EQ brand goes far beyond electric vehicles. EQ stands for a comprehensive ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations.”

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Mercedes Upping the Ante with Two More GT Models

GT and GT C Roadsters set to debut at Paris Motor Show.

by on Sep.15, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG GT and GT C Roadsters will publicly debut later this month.

For those who like their performance cars al fresco, Mercedes-Benz is offering a pair of new options.

Following up on the recent introduction of the AMG GT R, the German maker plans to bring new open-top variants to the Paris Motor Show later this month, the 469-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the 550-horsepower GT C Roadster.

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Both models eschew the hardtop convertible approach Mercedes has adopted with other roadsters, such as the SL and SLC, in favor of simpler – and lighter – ragtops. That said, you can go from a sealed environment to full, open air in just 11 seconds, at speeds up to 30 miles an hour, according to the maker.

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Mercedes Teases New AMG GT Convertible

Automaker unleashing flood of GT variants.

by on Sep.12, 2016

Mercedes released a teaser video of what appears to be the Mercedes-AMG GT C convertible ahead of the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes is whetting the appetites of AMG fans in the weeks leading into the Paris Motor Show, releasing a video teaser of what looks to be a roadster version of its Mercedes-AMG GT coupe.

The video, which is no doubt one of many that the German automaker will be dropping during the next several weeks, offered no details about the beast in waiting, but the dark film footage and plenty of scuttlebutt does reveal a few tidbits.

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The model is likely to feature a folding soft top instead of a hard top in an effort to save weight. It’s powered by a variant of the 456 horsepower, 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 that roars under the hood of its coupe sibling, although no figures are available. (more…)

GLC43 Coupe: Putting the Sport in Sport-Ute

Set to debut at Paris Motor Show.

by on Sep.02, 2016

The new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe puts the "sport" back into sport-utility vehicle.

The funny thing about utility vehicles is that most don’t have much sport in them; they’re all too often little more than stylish substitutes for a minivan.

Not so the new Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe. The latest in the German maker’s fast-expanding line-up is also the newest to adopt its 362-horsepower twin-turbo V-6. That’s the same 3.0-liter engine you’ll find in models like the SLC43 Roadster and C43 sedan.

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“The new GLC43 Coupe is characterized by a high level of agility and sporty driving dynamics,” boasts Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its expressive design and high everyday practicality, the Coupe is able to appeal to new target audiences.” (more…)