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Forget Hybrids and Hydrogen Cars; Some Just Have to Have a V-12

Mercedes shifts line, boosts 12-cylinder production.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Daimler has moved production of its V-12 engines to Mannheim to boost production.

Facing tough new mileage and emissions standards, automakers have been shifting to smaller and more environmentally friendly powertrains. The V-8s that once dominated the American highway have become more and more uncommon as even performance cars switch to downsized turbo and hybrid alternatives.

Yet, some buyers just aren’t ready to switch, and that’s led to a bit of a renaissance for one type of engine environmentalists would clearly love to see vanish in the junkyard. Demand has been so strong, in fact, that Daimler AG has moved its V-12 engine line to a new plant in order to boost production.

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“Supplying our customers as fast as possible is highly important to us,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We do not have any possibilities for expansion in Affalterbach at present, so we have decided to transfer the assembly of the twelve-cylinder engines to the Daimler site in Mannheim.”


UAW Teams Up With Germany’s IG Metall

Push on to organize VW, BMW, Mercedes plants in U.S.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The UAW gets the nod from the NLRB to hold a new election at VW's Tennessee plant.

The United Auto Workers Union and the powerful German trade union IG Metall are forming a joint project to explore new models of employee representation in the United States.

The UAW also announced the National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a representation election for December 3 among skilled trades workers at the Volkswagen of America plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Roughly 200 workers will be eligible to vote.  The union lost a representation election in February, 2014, but that ballot included both production workers and skilled trades.


Mercedes Drops the Covers on the 2017 SL Roadster

The emphasis is on high-tech dynamics.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop is more likely to stir up a positive review than its predecessor.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has long been known for its emphasis on green technology, and models like the new Toyota Prius will be putting in appearances this year. But the show has something of a split personality, the other side of the coin best defined by the debut of the newly updated Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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And with its folding hardtop, Active Body Control and new five-mode transmission system, the German maker is playing up the roadster as “an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use,” according to Ola Kallenius, the Daimler AG board member overseeing Mercedes car sales and marketing. (more…)

Mercedes Makes Move to Top with 2017 GLS Model

German maker carving out space in competitive full-size segment.

by on Nov.04, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d is the only diesel-powered offering in the its U.S. full-size ute line-up.

The competition at the top of the full-size luxury utility segment just got a little more heated as Mercedes-Benz continues with the makeover of its crossover portfolio with its new top-of-the-mark GLS model.

Sales of luxury vehicles have been stellar for much of 2015 and luxe utes are enjoying stunning results in recent years, as evidenced by the influx of new models across the size spectrum. However, with the new GLS series, the maker’s new seven-passenger ute is more makeover than do-over.

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It retains its same boxy-yet-modern exterior design that conveys strength and power; however, the rest of the vehicle has gotten a much-needed 21st Century upgrade buyers have been clamoring for in recent years. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo is a “Connected Lounge” on Wheels

Rethinking the luxury car for the new megacity.

by on Oct.28, 2015

The Mercedes' Vision Tokyo is a five-seat concept vehicle that it describes as a “connected lounge.”

Technology isn’t the only thing reshaping the automobile. One only has to get stuck in Tokyo traffic to see the challenges posed by modern megacities.

Mercedes-Benz has been searching for ways to reshape tomorrow’s luxury cars with high-tech concepts like the F 015 that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Now, it’s pulling the wraps off the Vision Tokyo, a five-seat concept vehicle that it describes as a “connected lounge.”

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Capable of driving autonomously, and fitted with the latest in infotainment and other technologies, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo seems a potentially appropriate solution for a tech-crazy city that is barely as big as Paris but serves as home to four times as many people. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Teases Concept Van for Tokyo Motor Show

“Luxurious, autonomous and progressive.”

by on Oct.27, 2015

Mercedes pushes to extremes with a concept van coming to this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

In a market all-but owned by Japanese domestic manufacturers, foreign makers have largely ignored the Tokyo Motor Show in recent years. But Mercedes-Benz has decided to weigh in this time with a concept vehicle it calls, “a vision for future generations.”

A quick look at the accompanying teaser would suggest it’s just a minivan, but knowing Mercedes, we can expect a lot more than just a roomy interior, and will likely see the German maker pick up some of the themes it has touched on in recent times with other concepts such as the F 015 Luxury in Motion and the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, or IAA, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

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That is likely to translate into some intriguing new technologies, perhaps in terms of autonomous driving, but the Tokyo concept might also feature an advanced infotainment system, as well as an alternative powertrain.


Is Your Diesel Dirty? And Other Key Questions About the VW Cheating Scandal

10 questions on the VW diesel crisis and auto industry cheating.

by on Sep.25, 2015

BMW disputes reports its X3 model -- shown here at its debut -- doesn't meet emissions rules.

Both BMW and Daimler AG, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, have issued formal statements insisting they did not cheat on diesel emissions tests, unlike German rival Volkswagen and its Audi brand.

VW now has acknowledged that 11 million vehicles – including 482,000 sold in the U.S. – were secretly fitted with software designed to help them pass emissions tests. Otherwise, the vehicles delivered increased performance and better mileage but also produced up to 40 times the permissible level of noxious emissions.

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Are other automakers cheating? And why would they? What about you, if you’re a diesel owner or still thinking about buying one? Here are some key questions and answers.


Mercedes Orders $1.3 Bil Expansion of US Plant

Alabama SUV plant growing to meet demand.

by on Sep.24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant is going to get a chance at 2 million SUVs as the maker is expanding capacity there.

Mercedes-Benz is expanding production of sport utility vehicles in the U.S. and will create 300 new jobs over the next couple of years at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to meet rising customer demand for the utility vehicle in the luxury market.

“In the next years we’ll invest $1.3 billion into the expansion of our SUV production and turn the Mercedes-Benz plant Tuscaloosa into a high-tech location,” says Markus Schäfer, member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

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“In this way we can produce the next SUV generations even more flexibly, efficiently and in proven top quality,” he said. (more…)

Daimler, Renault/Nissan Could be Open to Alliance with Fiat Chrysler

Six years in, Daimler and Renault/Nissan continue to expand their partnership.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan's Carlos Ghosn brief reporters on their growing alliance during a meeting in Frankfurt.

Increasingly frustrated in his bid to merger with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne might consider an alternative in his bid for better economies of scale.

At a media briefing called to discuss the results of their own, six-year partnership, Daimler AG Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said they would be open to the possibilities of adding FCA to their successful alliance.

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“Any single opportunity we have in front of us…we will entertain,” said Renault/Nissan’s Ghosn.


Mercedes Captures Attention with C-Class Coupe in Frankfurt

German maker looking to draw younger buyers.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The new Mercedes C-Class coupe combines good looks, comfort and performance.

Mercedes continues its run of revitalization with the introduction of the new C-Class coupe aimed at drawing younger buyers with the lure of good looks and performance at a price point that may move some into the luxury segment a little sooner than planned.

There are some similarities between the coupe and the sedan, the German maker’s design clearly leaves no doubt that the coupe is a different animal than its four-door counterpart. It’s lower to the ground to give it a more athletic look and feel.

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The C-pillar extends further back before it dramatically slopes down into the rear of the car to accentuate the look that almost akin to prowling. Now while the new look outside screams sports car, the interior gravitates toward the best offerings of the sedan, Mercedes notes. (more…)