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83 and Counting, Mercedes Flooding Market with New Models

New small cars, electric vehicles among those heading to market.

by on Jun.16, 2017

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe.

A handful of reporters got the chance to check out the newest addition to the Mercedes-Benz line-up this week, slaloming through the winding mountain roads north of Vancouver, British Columbia in the 2018 E-400 Coupe. But even as the media drive was underway, Mercedes confirmed yet another version of the midsize mainstay was on its way, the completely redesigned E-Class Cabriolet.

By the time both the E-Class coupe and convertible reach showrooms in the coming months, Mercedes will have a whopping 83 different products on sale in the U.S., and there are a number of additional products available for buyers abroad that don’t make it to the States, such as the little A-Class line and the big R-Class people-mover.

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But Mercedes isn’t about to relax. If anything, it is ramping up its product assault with an array of offerings now in various stages of development, including its first pickup and an assortment of battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, that will be sold through a new sub-brand, Mercedes-EQ.

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AMG Quite Literally Uncovers New Project One Hypercar

From track to street with F1-derived 1,020 hp gas-electric drivetrain.

by on May.30, 2017

AMG's F1-derived driveline pairs a 748-hp 1.6-liter turbo V-6 with four electric motors.

When AMG said it was going to uncover its new Project One hypercar at the 24-hour race at Nurburgring over the weekend, it wasn’t kidding.

The Mercedes-Benz performance arm rolled out the platform for the 1,020-horsepower monster, sans body. But it offered a good look at how AMG plans to take Formula One technology from track to street, a move that will not only deliver neck-snapping performance but also give Project One owners bragging rights for operating the cleanest hypercar on the road.

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“We are the first to make pure bred F1 technology roadworthy,” said AMG Chairman Tobias Moers, during the Project One preview, adding that the hypercar “shifts up the boundaries of what is technically feasible.”

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Zetsche Offers New Look at Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz CLA

Dr. Z puts on the camouflage.

by on May.17, 2017

Dr. Z grabs a selfie along with the slightly disguised, next-gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has a lot riding on the little CLA. The little sedan proved to be one of the biggest hits in the maker’s history when it made its debut four years ago. And with a new version in the works, we’ve been scrambling to get some idea of what it will look like.

We got our first hint at the Shanghai Motor Show last month when Mercedes rolled out the Concept A, a rather thinly disguised version of the next-gen A-Class model that shares its underpinnings with the CLA, GLA sport-ute and other compact Benz models.

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Now, we’re getting another look at this downsized family thanks to Dieter Zetsche, the mustachioed CEO of Daimler AG and head of the Mercedes brand, who, in words and pics and words posted on LinkedIn, is sharing his experience driving the new small car family.

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BMW Upping Production to 3M Units by 2020

Move comes as it looks to reclaim top luxury sales spot.

by on May.09, 2017

BMW CEO Harald Krueger plans to tell shareholders that the company is looking to reclaim its "rightful" place atop the luxury sales heap.

BMW AG expects to put more of its vehicles on the roads in the next few years. The German maker plans to raise its annual production to 3 million vehicles by 2020 — a 27% increase over last year’s numbers.

President Donald Trump is likely to be happy with the news, sort of. North American production will be on the rise moving from 410,000 units to 750,000 by 2020, according to German newspaper Hadelsblatt.

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However, some of that will come from Mexico while other parts of the increase will come from the maker’s plant in South Carolina. Trump has been haranguing automakers foreign and domestic to build more vehicles in the U.S. or face some sort of punitive action — which has not happened yet. (more…)

Daimler Cautions it Could Be Target for Diesel Penalties and Recalls

Warning comes days after court approves $2.8b VW diesel fine.

by on Apr.26, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec is one a number of different Daimler diesels.

Daimler AG is finding itself in the crosshairs and wondering whether it could be the next target in a crackdown on diesel emissions scams.

The automaker today issued an advisory that it could face penalties, which could mean fines and recalls, as regulators in the U.S. and abroad look to see if the German luxury maker violated rules covering its various diesel models. Authorities have been taking a close look at claims made by a number of manufacturers in the wake of revelations that Volkswagen used a so-called “defeat device” to illegally pass U.S. diesel emissions tests.

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“In light of the ongoing governmental information requests, inquiries and investigations, and our own internal investigation, it cannot be ruled out that the authorities might reach the conclusion that Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have similar functionalities,” Daimler said in its newly released quarterly report.

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Mercedes Expanding Car-Sharing Options

Maker expands program after successful trial period.

by on Apr.25, 2017

Perhaps the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C230 is available in the maker's new car-sharing platform, Croove.

Mercedes-Benz is expanding the trial of a new platform for sharing private cars, following the success of a pilot program in Munich that was launched four months ago.

The Croove platform allows subscribers to use a smart phone app or the Croove website to find a private vehicle that meets their specifications and price expectations.

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The service is not tied to rental stations in fixed locations and can be certain of being given the exact model of car requested. It is also separate and distinct from the fleets of shared vehicles belonging to Car2Go service operated by Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz parent company. (more…)

Concept A Sedan Debuts in Shanghai: a Hint of New Small Cars to Come?

“The time of the crease is over,” says design chief Wagener.

by on Apr.18, 2017

The Concept A Sedan reveals what is expected to be a new Mercedes-Benz design language.

Small is big at Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker planning to add three more compact models to its line-up in the “near future,” and the Concept A sedan making its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this week offers some hints of what’s to come.

The concept sedan is a far cry from the ungainly, microvan-like A-Class model that first rolled off the assembly line in 1997. The overall shape has far more in common with the coupe-like Mercedes-Benz CLS and CLA models, though the aggressive nose picks up some of its cues from the Mercedes-AMG GT.

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The Shanghai show car introduces what Mercedes is calling its “Aesthetics A” design language, something that expresses more of a “sensual purity” than existing models. And that suggests that what we’re seeing here will begin to influence not just the next generation of Mercedes small cars, but larger, higher-end models, as well.

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New 2018 Mercedes S-Class Adds Even More Autonomous Tech

2018 flagship debuts at Shanghai Motor Show.

by on Apr.18, 2017

The Mercedes S-Class gets its first update since the latest model was revealed in 2013.

What do you do when you dominate the competition? In the case of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the answer is to keep things fresh. And that means an update of the big sedan is making its debut this week at the Shanghai Motor Show.

At first glance, there are no big surprises, the exterior and interior updates modest, at most. As with the current version of the Teutonic sedan, the emphasis is on technology, with the 2018 Mercedes S-Class introducing the latest suite Intelligent Drive and advanced driver assistance systems.

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“The development of the new S-Class was extremely extensive. With a whole series of new features and functions, the S-Class remains a technological pioneer,” said Ola Källenius, the head of R&D for the Mercedes brand, ahead of the S-Class debut in Shanghai.

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Mercedes Keeps Riding the SUV Boom with AMG Offerings

New GLC63 S Coupe runs 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.

by on Apr.12, 2017

Mercedes unveiled its new GLC63 S Coupe at the NYIAS. The AMG-tuned model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Sport utility vehicles now account for more than 30% of the vehicles sold by Mercedes-Benz worldwide and the German luxury car brand is preparing to expand its SUV offerings with a pair of unique vehicles from its AMG performance brand.

Brita Seeger, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and marketing, noted during a presentation at the New York International Auto Show that during the past four years Mercedes-Benz had completely renewed C-, E- and S-Class lines “with amazing new design and technology.

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Mercedes-Benz has also renewed its SUV portfolio, which has helped boost Mercedes to four consecutive years of stronger sales. (more…)

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Ushers in Era of Muscle Trucks

Wave of SUV buyers seeking performance they had in sedans, coupes.

by on Apr.06, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST with a model of its optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8.

General Motors is upping the performance quotient with the debut of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Short for Rally Sport Truck, it will target buyers who want the sort of power from a full-size SUV that they might normally expect from a muscle sedan or coupe.

Some manufacturers are content with cosmetic updates, and the RST does, indeed, add some sporty visual flourishes, like its gloss-black grille and mirror caps. But it’s what’s under the hood that’s likely to matter most to Tahoe buyers. The new version of the big ute offers an optional Performance Package that features a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 capable of launching from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds.

Muscle Up!

“Customers are shifting over to crossovers and SUVs” in record numbers, said Sandor Pizar, the Chevy Truck marketing manager, during the Tahoe RST’s debut, “and a portion of them want performance.”

Chevrolet is by no means the only Detroit automaker betting there’s a market for muscle trucks.

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