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Mercedes Lurches Toward Autonomy with New E-Class

German maker aims to relieve stress of driving.

by on Jul.10, 2015

Soon the Mercedes E-Class will come with an updated driver-assistance system that makes the vehicle nearly autonomous.

Drivers of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class due out next spring will be able to travel at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, using the car’s automated driving features, according to technical papers released by Daimler AG, which emphasized the the new driver assistance features in the car will increase the comfort and relieve stress.

Based on an enhanced version of the Intelligent Drive system, which Mercedes-Benz has rolled out on the current E-Class and the new S-Class, the new system prepared for the 2017 E-Class will come with a Distance Pilot Distronic function. It automatically maintains the correct distance from vehicles in front of it by adjusting the car’s higher desired speed to that of a slower-moving vehicle ahead before accelerating back up to the desired speed once the way ahead is clear again – it can also follow traffic ahead in its lane at speeds from 0 to 120 mph, Mercedes-Benz said in the information it released to the press.

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Despite active longitudinal and lateral guidance with significantly enhanced steering assistance, which gives the vehicle the ability to essentially drive itself in short spurts, the next level Intelligent Drive remains a semi-automated system in which the driver’s hands still need to be on the steering wheel. (more…)

First Look: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Replacement for old GLK is bigger, lighter, more lavish.

by on Jun.17, 2015

This sketch show the design direction for the Mercedes-Benz GLC: a new sport-ute coming for 2016.

Mercedes-Benz is offering up a first look at its second-generation GLC sport-utility vehicle. To add a bit of confusion, the 2016 model is a renamed version of what had been known as the Mercedes GLK.

The automaker recently decided to try to make sense out of an expanding line-up of crossovers and conventional sport-utility vehicles by realigning its naming system from small to large.

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The new GLC picks up on the basic design cues first seen in the form of the GLC Coupe showcar that made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show last April. That concept vehicle was intended to give a “foretaste” of the new design language Mercedes will use for a variety of upcoming utility vehicles, hinted styling chief Gordon Wagener. (more…)

Mazda or Scion or Fiat? Alliances Are Changing the Face of the Auto Industry

Automakers partner up to cut costs, expand product lines.

by on May.28, 2015

The new Mazda Miata was developed as part of a joint venture with Fiat.

When the new iA comes to Scion showrooms later this year, it will mark the first time Toyota’s youth-oriented brand has offered a sedan.

To bring it to market, Scion sought out some help, largely repurposing a 4-door model developed by smaller Japanese automaker Mazda. Toyota also will use the subcompact Mazda2 as the starting point for the next version of its small Yaris model – which will be assembled at a new Mazda plant in Mexico.

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Confused? You’re not alone.  It takes more than just a scorecard to keep up with the convoluted alliances in today’s increasingly competitive auto industry. Hoping to add more models to their line-ups while at the same time driving down costs, traditional competitors are finding advantages to working together.


Daimler Partnership May Lead to Wireless EV Charging

Company teams with Qualcomm to develop new technologies.

by on May.27, 2015

A new partnership with Qualcomm aims to develop electric vehicle charging technologies as well as other connected car projects.

Luxury vehicles often get the latest technology first and Mercedes is looking to burnish its reputation as a tech leader through a new partnership that may ultimately develop an electric vehicle that charges wirelessly.

Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., are partnering on connected car projects ranging from Internet connectivity to charging technologies.

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“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers,” said Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. (more…)

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

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.

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.


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

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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, was able to pry loose some of the more critical information.