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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

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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.”


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.


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…)

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Looks Back at the Future

Massive coupe offers hint of new life for ultra-premium brand.

by on Aug.19, 2016

That hood seems to stretch to the horizon - which is surprising for an electric vehicle.

Mercedes is going forward into the past with the retro-futuristic concept it has unveiled ahead of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

At a full 18.5 feet, and painted in a vibrant, eye-catching red, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is almost certain to be one of the stand-outs among a collection of show cars assembled for the classic car show. And while there are no plans to put the boast-tailed coupe into production, Mercedes officials hint it could influence models as the maker presses further into the ultra-luxury market.

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While the maker bridles at the term, “retro,” there is no question the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 delves into the brand’s past for its inspiration, said Davis Lee, the senior designer who gets credit for the concept. “Fundamental beauty never changes,” he told, adding that, “This is very true” to Mercedes’ history.


Mercedes Teases New Maybach Coupe Concept

Six-meter show car set to debut at Pebble Beach Concours.

by on Aug.11, 2016

Mercedes is offering just 10 words to describe the huge Maybach coupe concept.

It’s better known as the ultimate classic car show, but the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is bringing out something new from the folks at Mercedes-Benz this month. Make that Mercedes-Maybach, the German maker’s moniker for its most exclusive models.

Not much has happened since Mercedes folded up the tent on its standalone Maybach brand a few years ago. Right now, the super-premium Double-M logo simply adorns some tarted-up versions of the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But if this teaser image is any indication, Maybach has some big plans in the works.

What a Concept!

The pic released through Mercedes’s social media channel reveals a low and impossibly long coupe with a fastback rear that apparently measures six meters, or nearly 20 feet, nose-to-tail. To put that into perspective, the Maybach show car is three feet longer than a Mercedes S-Class Coupe and has four feet on the Bentley Continental GT.


Mercedes Eyeing Market for Electric Vans, Trucks

Mercedes looking to compete with Tesla, Ford and others in segment.

by on Jul.28, 2016

Mercedes expects its next generation Sprinter to be capable of adopting a battery-electric powerplant and autonomous driving features.

The next generation vans from Mercedes-Benz will be capable of supporting both battery electric propulsion and autonomous driving features in the future into a competitive landscape where electrification is destined to play a larger role.

Mercedes isn’t alone in its plans to move into the electric van and truck segment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk surprised some analysts earlier this month when he announced that the electric-vehicle company he founded is now looking to enter the truck market with a battery-powered vehicle.

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Ulf Zillig, head of project VS30, which is developing the replacement for the current generation Sprinter, said the next-generation Sprinter due out in calendar-year 2018 will be about the same dimensions as the current Sprinter, but will have several improvements that will make it easier to drive. (more…)

Mercedes Readies Metris for Major Market Push

Maker offering van for less than $30,000.

by on Jul.27, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its spot in the newly hot midsize van market with a sub-$30k Metris.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to bring out an additional version of the midsized Metris van as its expands its portfolio of vans that can be used to carry passengers, cargo or tools for under $30,000.

The Mercedes-Benz Van line-up in the U.S. now include the Metris Worker, said Mathias Geisen, the head of MBUSA’s van marketing effort, said during a presentation at the Daimler AG van plant in Charleston, S.C., which is now used to re-assemble vans built in Germany.

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Daimler announced last year it intended to build a $500 million assembly plant to make Sprinter vans in the U.S. to take advantage of the expansion of the market for “Euro” vans in the U.S. (more…)