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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Concept Gets Green Light

New production model gets only few tweaks from concept.

by on Apr.22, 2015

Mercedes officials confirmed in Shanghai that the GLC Coupe Concept will go into production.

Right after the Mercedes GLC Coupe Concept made its world debut at Auto Shanghai, officials revealed it would hit the streets.

Thomas Weber, Daimler AG’s board member responsible for Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development, confirmed that the dynamically styled SUV will go into production. The concept car is a “near-production-standard” study that transfers the styling of the GLE Coupe into the midsize segment and shows the design of upcoming SUV generations.

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Weber declined to say when the concept would hit showrooms because “first of all there will be the world premiere for the GLC (in June), followed by the GLS.” (more…)

Mercedes Marks Best Month in its History

Luxury marque sets records in most major world markets.

by on Apr.08, 2015

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With a flood of new products coming to showrooms, and strong demand building in key markets such as the U.S., Europe and China, Mercedes-Benz set an all-time monthly sales record last month.

The luxury arm of Germany’s Daimler AG said it met demand for 183,467 vehicles in March, a strong 15.7% increase from the same month a year before.  Mercedes says it also had its best first quarter ever.

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“These successful results are due in no small part to the product offensive we continued to drive forward in March,” declared Ola Källenius, the Daimler board member responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.

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Mercedes-Benz Pulls Hat Trick at World Car of the Year Awards

Maker takes three trophies and lands a finalist in every other category.

by on Apr.02, 2015

Mercedes' PR Chief Christoph Horn, center, accepts the World Car of the Year award for the Mercedes C-Class.

Mercedes-Benz dominated the competition during the World Car of the Year ceremonies at the New York International Auto Show.

“Mercedes pulled off a hat trick,” said Peter Lyons, co-chairman of the global awards program, after he handed out the last of five trophies during ceremonies at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center. That included the coveted honor of being named World Car of the Year for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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“I am speechless,” said the German maker’s global PR chief Christoph Horn, as he stared out at a large audience of journalists and executives from competing manufacturers. “One doesn’t think it could get better” than taking one, then a second trophy, “but it did,” said Horn as he took the biggest of the awards. (more…)

Daimler Extends Zetsche’s CEO Deal to 2019

Revival of Mercedes silences critics.

by on Apr.02, 2015

Dieter Zetsche will remain in place as Daimler AG CEO through 2019 after a three-year contract extension.

The Daimler AG Board of Supervisors plans to extend the contract of the company’s chief executive officer, Dieter Zetsche, through 2019.

Manfred Bischoff, chairman of the board of supervisors, told shareholders that Zetsche’s contract would be extended for another three years. Zetsche’s current contract expires at the end of 2016. The announcement drew few comments, pro or con, from the more than 5,000 shareholders, who gathered in Berlin for the company’s annual meeting.

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Zetsche, who has never been wildly popular with Daimer’s often-critical shareholders, has served as Daimler CEO since 2006 when he took over the company from Juergen Schrempp, the architect of the ill-fated merger with Chrysler, which Zetsche dissolved in 2007. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Uses Internet to Pave Path to Sales

German maker taking advantage of new economy.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, tells shareholders about Mercedes' plans for selling vehicles over the Internet.

Mercedes-Benz is edging into selling cars on the internet, Daimler AG Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche told shareholders during the maker’s annual meeting in Berlin, highlighting the automaker’s forward-looking approach to new challenges and technology.

“For a long time, people believed that you couldn’t sell cars on the internet. After all, a car is different than a book. But nowadays many people are even meeting future husbands and wives online – so why not their new car,” Zetsche said.

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Consequently, Mercedes has launched pilot projects in Hamburg and Warsaw, that allows the automaker, through its online store, to enter into a dialogue with people who had previously had little or no contact with a Mercedes dealership, he said. (more…)

Cadillac to Debut CT6 Plug-in Hybrid in Shanghai

Pllug-ins planned “across spectrum of Cadillac cars.”

by on Apr.01, 2015

The new Cadillac CT6 will follow its NY debut with a rollout in China of a plug-in version.

Cadillac will follow this week’s debut of the CT6, with news that its new flagship sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

But the PHEV system set to officially debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month won’t be the anemic system found in Caddy’s compact current plug-in model, the compact ELR. It will deliver similar performance to the new twin-turbo V-6 being offered in the CT6. And that system will eventually be used in a variety of other Cadillac models, the brand’s global boss told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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“We’re going to roll out plug-in hybrid technology across the spectrum of Cadillac cars,” promised Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. As a result, “we won’t need a car like the ELR.”

Though Cadillac officials were reluctant to go into extensive detail about the CT6 plug-in hybrid, hoping to maintain some secrets to reveal at the Shanghai show, TheDetroitBureau.com was able to pry loose some of the more critical information.

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Mercedes-Benz Jumping into Pickup Truck Market

Maker looks to capitalize on premium truck segment.

by on Mar.30, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to get into the luxury pickup truck segment in the next two years.

After watching the prices for new pickup trucks in the U.S. climb into the luxury stratosphere of more than $50,000 in recent years, Mercedes-Benz is looking to get into the pickup truck market.

Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into the promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer, the German auto giant announced.

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The announcement by Daimler AG underscores the rising interest in the pickup truck market by Asian and European carmakers. (more…)

Mercedes Planning to Launch 10 New Plug-Ins by 2017

German maker will launch new PHEV every four months.

by on Mar.18, 2015

Thew new Mercedes-Benz C350e will debut this month as the maker's second plug-in hybrid.

Just weeks after revealing a new plug-in hybrid prototype at the Geneva Motor Show, the Concept V-ision e, Mercedes-Benz says it plans to add 10 new PHEVs to its line-up by 2017, a pace that will see one of the new models roll out, on average, every four months.

The German maker launched its first barely a year ago, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, and it will follow it this month with the addition of the new Mercedes C350e. By the time the strategic initiative is completed, Mercedes will offer a plug-based version of virtually all of its major product lines.

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“Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile,” said Thomas Weber, the Mercedes board member overseeing R&D.

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Mercedes-Benz Planning $500 mil US Van Plant

South Carolina facility to handle Sprinter, Metris models.

by on Mar.06, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has traditionally been big with contractors, but is gaining demand from the growth of e-commerce.

Mercedes-Benz will invest about $500 million to open a new commercial van plant in the suburbs of Charleston, South Carolina, creating more than 1,300 new jobs in the process.

The facility will handle both the big Sprinter van and the smaller Mercedes-Benz Metris model announced earlier in the week. Company officials told TheDetroitBureau.com that the investment was triggered by a surge in the U.S. van market which reflects the overall rebound of the American economy and, in particular, the boom in e-commerce.

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“The e-commerce business has really grown tremendously…and shows much bigger opportunities in the future” for van sales, said Volker Mornhingweg, the head of the German maker’s truck operations.

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Mercedes-Benz Introducing U.S. to the Metris

German maker jumps into the compact cargo van segment.

by on Mar.04, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to jump into the growing cargo van segment in the U.S. with its new Metris model.

Mercedes is set to become the latest maker to enter the fast-growing U.S. compact cargo van segment – and like rivals such as Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the German maker will turn to a European design.

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is the new U.S. name for the Vito van sold in other parts of the world – and the downsized sibling of the big Mercedes Sprinter van that has been available to commercial buyers for a few years now.

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It targets a niche that a growing number of manufacturers have been successfully exploiting with products such as the Nissan NV200 and the latest-generation Ford Transit Connect. (more…)