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Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year

Germans take clean sweep of five awards.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, clutches the large World Car Trophy in front of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 was named the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, marking the second time the maker has captured the prestigious honor in recent years.

But there was something for everyone during the morning ceremony – at least if you were a German automaker, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dividing up the four other trophies handed out for 2014.

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“This really represents what Audi does extremely well,” proclaimed Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, as he clutched the large World Car Trophy at the podium. “We couldn’t be prouder to win this award.” (more…)

Mercedes Offers First Hint of New GT Sports Car

“Going into Porsche 911 space.”

by on Apr.16, 2014

A look at the interior of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG sports car due to debut later this year.

Watch your back, Porsche, you’re about to get a challenge from your cross-town rival, Mercedes-Benz.

Hours before the official opening of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes offered small group of reporters and dealers a brief tease of the all-new sports car it plans to launch later this year. And a top executive confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz GT will take direct aim at the segment’s benchmark, the Porsche 911.

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For the moment, there aren’t many details to go on.  Mercedes offered up only a basic sketch of the exterior shape, along with some close-ups of the new GT’s interior, all done up in a seductive red leather.

But Steve Cannon, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, later told TheDetroitBureau.com, “We’re going into space the Porsche 911 has had all to itself for all these years.”

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First Look: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe

“Our ultimate halo car.”

by on Apr.16, 2014

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe is the first model to get the new Curve Tilting Function.

Barely two months after introducing the newest 2-door version of its flagship S-Class line, Mercedes is taking the coupe to an all-new level of performance.

At an evening soiree previewing this week’s New York Auto Show, the German maker pulled the wraps off the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, which Tobias Moers, the CEO of the high-performance unit dubbed “our ultimate halo car.”

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Previously known as the CL line, the renamed 2-doors feature more aggressive styling than their sedan siblings. But they carry over all of the various high-tech features found in the 4-door S-Class – and then some.  The S63 AMG Coupe, for example, is the first model to feature the maker’s new “Curve Tilting Function which “leans into curves like a motorcycle rider or skier,” explained Mercedes AMG boss Moers.

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Daimler Betting Big on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

China could be critical electric vehicle market, says CEO Zetsche.

by on Apr.10, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen car.

Daimler AG’s top executives believe hydrogen fuel cells hold the key to developing a broader range of electric vehicles in the future.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG’s top executive and head of the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Berlin the German automaker is committed to electric vehicle technology.  China, the world’s single largest car market, now has plans for putting millions of EVs on the road by the end of the decade.

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“With our Chinese partner BYD, we have developed an electric vehicle in China for China,” he said. The Denza, which was developed with BYD, will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, he added.  “China plans to have five million electric vehicles on the road by 2020 and we’re ready to help,” Zetsche added.

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Audi Takes Global Luxury Sales Lead

But BMW isn’t ready to concede defeat.

by on Mar.11, 2014

The redesigned Audi TT makes its Geneva debut.

Two months does not a year make, but in a significant breakthrough Audi AG is claiming to hold the lead in the hotly contested global luxury car maket.

The largest of the luxury brands of Volkswagen AG, Audi has been gaining ground on traditional rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz in recent years, and is hoping to solidify its first-place position with a flood of new products planned for the coming year, an assortment of which were previewed at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

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For the first two months of 2014, Audi delivered 242,000 vehicles, giving it a modest 383-unit lead over BMW.  It fell 429 cars short of its Bavarian rival during the same period last year.

And Audi intends to widen the lead, Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said Tuesday at the brand’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, promising that, “We will increase deliveries in all regions of the world, including Europe.”

But Audi’s rivals aren’t ready to concede defeat.

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe Throws an (Active) Curve

Mercedes-Benz infuses top-line 2-door with technology.

by on Mar.04, 2014

The new 2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe premiered at the Geneva Motor Show features all of the active safety technology of the S-Class Sedan.

Fans of all the gadgets that came out with Mercedes’ S-Class Sedan last fall are going to be just as happy with the new S-Class Coupe that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.

If anything, the new two-door is set to match and even exceed the sedan’s level of technical sophistication.

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Thomas Weber, head of corporate of corporate research at Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz Cars development, said the new S-Class coupe comes with “active curve-tilting function.” The vehicle leans into curves much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle’s occupants. On country roads, in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for our customers,” Weber said. (more…)

VW Eyes Heftier Role in Heavy Trucks

Rivalry increases as VW poaches a senior Daimler executive.

by on Feb.25, 2014

VW wants to take complete control of Scania.

As it launches an $8 billion bid for the remaining shares of the Swedish truck maker Scania, Volkswagen AG also has recruited a former top executive from Daimler AG to take over its commercial vehicle business, starting next year.

Andreas Renschler abruptly and unexpectedly quit as head of manufacturing and procurement at the Mercedes-Benz car group last month and will now join VW AG’s board of management as head of its commercial vehicle group on February 1, 2015.

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Renschler’s resignation was considered particularly surprising since he was one of a small group of executives considered as a possible candidate to succeed Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche.

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How Low Can They Go? Competition Heats up for Entry-Lux Buyers

Audi debuting A3 at $29,900 to take on Mercedes CLA.

by on Jan.17, 2014

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 is coming to America in four different versions.

Audi will introduce its completely redesigned 2015 A3 sedan at a starting price of just $29,900, about $4,000 lower than the maker’s current base model, the A4.  That means Audi also will match the price of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, currently one of the hottest products on the U.S. market.

The Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA are part of a wave of new entry-lux vehicles – a list also including makers like Lincoln, Cadillac and Lexus – that are meant to attract buyers who might traditionally opt for mainstream brand offerings but who would like a vehicle with a more upscale cache.

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“We’re seeing buyers we’ve never seen before in our stores,” Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says about the impact of the new CLA coupe-like sedan. The model is perhaps the German maker’s biggest success story in the U.S. ever, with an estimated 80% of its buyers coming from outside the Mercedes brand.

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2015 Mercedes C-Class: The Baby Benz Grows Up

German maker aims to raise the bar with new compact model.

by on Jan.13, 2014

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a debut during a Detroit sneak preview Sunday night.

What do you do when there’s a new Baby in the house?  In the case of Mercedes-Benz, what was once the “Baby Benz” is about to grow into a much more sophisticated luxury sedan offering many of the latest, high-tech features found in the German maker’s top-line E- and S-Class models.

The Mercedes C-Class is getting a major makeover for 2015, the updated model making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.  The move comes soon after the addition of a new “entry-level” model, the CLA, which is proving to be the most successful launch ever for the German maker’s U.S. sales subsidiary.

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The 2015 remake of the Mercedes C-Class helps separate the two models and allows them to target different market niches.  That’s good news for buyers of what was original sold as the Baby Benz.  The 2015 model is larger yet lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient and will offer a broad new array of features including the full array of so-called Intelligent Drive technologies only recently added to the E- and S-Class models, said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.

“We believe this new model will set an absolute benchmark in a very competitive segment,” Cannon told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Sound Off? McLaren, Mercedes Take Wipers High Tech

Lifting military tech that uses sound waves to repel water – even bugs.

by on Dec.31, 2013

A future version of the McLaren P1 just might not need conventional windshield wipers.

They were one of the world’s first automotive options and remain one of the most critical among the safety gear on even the most modern automobiles.  But until recently, little had changed in over a century for the humble windshield wiper.

Oh, perhaps that’s not entirely true.  Over the decades, they’ve gotten bigger.  Manufacturers migrated from mechanical, hand-operated wipers to electric drive, more recently making multi-speed and intermittent wipers all but ubiquitous.

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But several manufacturers are looking for truly high-tech alternatives that could make tomorrow’s wipers some of the most sophisticated devices on your car.

Mercedes-Benz took a big step forward when it introduced its new Magic Vision Control system on the latest version of the SL sports car.  That system eliminates the normally messy windshield wiper sprayer, fluid instead flowing out of the wipers directly onto the windshield.

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