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First Look: 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes reinterprets maker's military-based classic.

by on Dec.14, 2017

The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets a makeover for the 2018 model year.

Daimler AG has updated its G-Class sport utility vehicle, which like the Jeep Wrangler, began its life more than 40 years ago as a military vehicle but is now one of the most coveted vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz model line.

The G-Class or Geländewagen or G-Wagen as its now known was developed as cross-country vehicle for use in remote places such as the desert or Arctic region is a midsized, boxy style SUV that is built for Daimler by Magna-Steyr in Graz, Austria.

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The redesign, which is described as the most extensive in the vehicle’s long history and includes a more spacious cabin, maintains the ute’s iconic elements to give the G-Class its unique appearance such as distinctive door handles, exterior protective strip, exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights. (more…)

Mercedes Gives a Glimpse of New CLS

A hard act to follow.

by on Nov.20, 2017

A first teaser shot reveals some notable changes to the nose of the next Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Few cars have had a bigger impact on automotive design than the original Mercedes-Benz CLS which introduced the concept of coupe-like sedans that seemingly every automaker has now copied.

First launched for the 2005 model-year, Mercedes took a cautious approach with the gen-2 CLS, opting for evolution over revolution. Now, an all-new remake will be making its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, and we’ve gotten two teaser images offering some hints of what to expect.

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We’ve done a little work with Photoshop to pull some details out of the shadows and reveal a bit more about the face of the Mercedes-Benz CLS. But what you see is what we got in terms of the interior detail shot. And if that’s any indication of what to expect, it’s likely the CLS cabin where we’ll be some of the most dramatic updates to the new CLS.

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Mercedes-Benz Adding Russian Suppliers for New Plant

Moscovia plant looking to get up and running.

by on Nov.13, 2017

Daimler and Russian officials show off the model for the new Mercedes-Benz plant just outside Moscow.

With the company’s plans to expand production in Russia now rolling forward, Mercedes-Benz is looking for more Russian-based suppliers as it moves to expand its industrial base inside the country.

“We will produce our best sellers for the regional market at the new Mercedes-Benz Moscovia plant on a fully flexible basis. To do so, we count on local partners that provide us with top quality and innovations,” noted Klaus Zehender, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

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“Thus we are following our general localization strategy to buy materials, where our production operations are based,” Zehender said during a supplier event Mercedes-Benz hosted in Moscow last week. (more…)

When it Comes to Jobs, Automakers Give – and Take Away

Industry announces plans for 12,000 jobs long-term, but cutbacks costing thousands now.

by on Sep.25, 2017

Mercedes is one of the automakers getting set to expand U.S. operations and create new jobs.

If you’re looking for a job at an auto assembly plant, hang tight, there will be thousands of new openings over the next several years. But for now, you might want to look elsewhere.

The auto industry was one of the sparks that helped set fire to the U.S. economy after the Great Recession, and since just the beginning of the year, manufacturers ranging BMW to Volvo have announced plans to add at least 12,000 new jobs as they add new U.S. assembly plants or expand existing ones.

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Mercedes Moves Closer to Launch of New SUV Family

Alabama plant will build part of the battery-based family in future.

by on Sep.22, 2017

Mercedes will build its EQC, an SUV-style electric vehicle for the 2019 model year.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t ready just yet to say when it will bring out the EV version of a sport-utility vehicle under the EQ brand, which was first unveiled a year ago at the Paris Auto Show.

Markus Schaefer, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, declined to tell reporters during a press conference at the Mercedes-Benz plant outside Tuscaloosa, when the plant would build its first electric vehicle.

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Major automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, General Motors and Ford are all lining up to build new EVs, but the market outlook for the vehicles still remains uncertain despite pressure from national and local governments around the world, which are concerned about pollution from vehicles in major urban centers. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Brings 3 New S-Class Models to Frankfurt

Coupe, Cabriolet and Plug-in Hybrid join maker’s top-end line-up.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes took the covers off all three iterations of its new S-Class at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Buyers looking for a premium luxury model will find Mercedes-Benz rolling out three new options at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker now offering more versions of its big S-Class family than ever before.

The new-for-2018 variants include updates of the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models, as well as the new S 560e Plug-in Hybrid. It’s the first Mercedes offering to wear the new EQ badge, part of an entirely new line-up of electrified vehicles the company plans to roll out over the coming decade.

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“By 2022, we will electrify the entire Mercedes line-up,” brand boss Dieter Zetsche promised during a news conference marking the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Some product lines will offer conventional hybrid options, others a plug-in, such as the S 560e. Still others will be available in pure battery-electric form, and some will offer buyers multiple electrified drivetrains. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ A Puts Big Battery Pack in a Small Hatchback

“We are serious about electric mobility,” says CEO Zetsche.

by on Sep.12, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ A is the luxury brand's move toward an all-electric line-up.

By the middle of the coming decade, expect to see some form of battery-based option for every vehicle in the vast Mercedes-Benz line-up, brand boss Dieter Zetsche announced Monday night. And the German automaker is offering a clear indication of the options that strategy will take at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The German maker’s stand features products as diverse as the new GLC F-Cell, an SUV that combines both a hydrogen fuel-cell system with in plug-in lithium-ion battery pack, and the new AMG Project One, a 1,000 horsepower hypercar using a four-motor plug-in hybrid system based on Formula One’s KERS technology. Both models are debuting in Frankfurt this week.

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While all of the traditional Mercedes models will be offered with electrified options, the company also plans to launch an entirely new sub-brand, dubbed Mercedes-EQ, which will deliver 10 pure battery-electric models by the middle of the coming decade. That is likely to include a version of the Concept EQ A hatchback also making its Frankfurt debut. (more…)

Mercedes Tackles Zero-Emissions Driving with the F-Cell

New fuel-cell, battery electric hybrid makes its debut.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new fuel-cell, battery-electric hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Like many other European automakers, Mercedes-Benz is making a substantive push toward electrifying its line-up in the wake of multiple problems with diesel engines.

Much of Mercedes efforts have focused on straight battery-electrics, the automaker is looking at other zero-emission alternatives. That effort has culminated in the GLC F-Cell, a fuel-cell/plug-in hybrid the company debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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One of the major advantages of this option is that the interplay between battery and fuel cell, along with short refueling times, is everyday practicality and long-distance motoring. With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437 km or about 280 miles in the NEDC. (more…)

Smart Vision EQ Concept Foresees Future as an All-Electric Brand

Smart will go all-electric in U.S., Europe by 2020, with other markets to follow.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche introduces the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With its butterfly doors, a complete lack of steering wheel and other controls, and a lithium-ion battery pack tucked neatly below the floor, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept that made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Monday night is designed to give us a glimpse of the future. But that may not be nearly as far off as it might seem.

By most forecasts, we’re likely to see the first real autonomous vehicles start rolling into showrooms by 2020, and several automakers are promising to build their first completely driverless models before mid-decade.

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As for Smart, “by the end of this decade,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the Smart brand’s parent, Daimler AG, “we will switch the Smart brand in Europe and the U.S. to completely electric drive, and the rest of the world will follow.” (more…)

Mercedes-AMG Project One Takes F1 Onto the Streets

Mercedes-AMG's new hypercar is a 1,000-hp beast.

by on Sep.11, 2017

Mercedes-AMG's Project One Hypercar gets its Frankfurt intro with Dieter Zetsche, left, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

As a three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton knows fast. And he did little to hide his excitement as he drove the new Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar out for its world debut at a Frankfurt Motor Show preview Monday night.

While Project One might look a little more than a classic Le Mans prototype than the F1 Silver Arrow Hamilton is used to driving, he noted they have a lot in common under the sheet metal and carbon fiber. That starts with a modified version of the Formula One Series’ Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, that will provide “more than” 1,000 horsepower when the hypercar hits the street in another couple years.

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“It’s all about adrenaline,” declared Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes brand and CEO of its parent company, Daimler AG, as he let the statistics roll off his tongue. Only the second model developed entirely in-house by AMG, the Project One car will launch from 0 to 200 kmh, or 125 mph, in less than six seconds, with a top speed currently rated at “over 350 kmh,” or just over 217 mph. (more…)