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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…)

Mercedes Reveals Track-Ready AMG GT3

"Credible proof of our ambition to lead."

by on Feb.26, 2015

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will start racing in 2016.

Expect to see some serious track-ready sheet metal make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next week, including a track-only offering from Aston Martin, and a dual street and track Cayman GT4 from Porsche.

So, how could Mercedes-Benz be left out of that high-performance pack? It can’t…or won’t, it turns out. Look for the Teutonic maker to bring its own track model to Geneva’s PALExpo convention center in the form of the AMG GT3.

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“We are entering a hard-fought and hotly competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3,” declares Tobias Moers, the performance brand’s chairman. “You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you’re beating the very best in the game.

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Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Ups the Luxury Quotient

At more than 21 feet and $570,000, the ultra-premium limousine targets the world’s most exclusive buyers.

by on Feb.18, 2015

The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, set to make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, boasts some impressive numbers.

For those who don’t think the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is quite luxurious enough, the German maker is rolling out an even more exclusive model, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Mercedes’ most elite products ever.

The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, set to make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, boasts some impressive numbers. For one thing, it measures a full 6.50 meters – or 21.3 feet for the metrically challenged, with the wheelbase coming in at 14.5 feet.

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And even if you have a garage big enough to handle it, the price tag might give you pause, starting at 500,000 Euros, or $566,922. Add some armor and a bit of customized detailing and you could be pressing upwards of $1 million. That puts the new Pullman into the same league as the other members of the ultra-premium automotive markets, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Oh, and to put things into perspective, the Pullman is about 18 inches longer than the Rolls Phantom. (more…)

Newest Mercedes-AMG May Float Your Boat

Cigarette Racing hints at GT S-inspired concept.

by on Jan.30, 2015

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are teaming up to introduce a new concept at the Miami International Boat Show next month.

The Mercedes-AMG product setting hearts aflutter may not be the new AMG GT S, but it’s marine twin that will make its debut in Miami in two weeks.

Courtesy of a partnership with Cigarette Racing Team, many of Mercedes’ AMG beasts have equally powerful marine cousins. In the case next week, it will unveil its 50-foot long Maurader GT S concept at the Miami International Boat Show.

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While the GT S, which is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG after the SLS AMG, boasts a 4.0-liter M178 twin-turbo V8 develops 510 horsepower with 479 lb-ft of torque. Details about the power of the matching boat are sketchy, but based on past examples, it’s safe to assume the Maurader GT S will put out more than 2,000 hp and hitting the 100 mph barrier. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Taps AM General to Build R-Class SUV

Alabama plant runs out of production capacity.

by on Jan.28, 2015

Mercedes-Benz is shifting R-Class production to AM General's plant in northern Indiana.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International’s problem is AM General LLC’s gain. The German automaker is out of manufacturing space at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant so it’s tapping AM General to build the R-Class Grand Tourer at its plant in northern Indiana not far from Chicago.

Mercedes-Benz said booming sales have forced it to reorganize production of its sport utility vehicles and it plans to expand production capacity in the U.S. by utilizing the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, just outside of South Bend.

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The Mishawaka plant will join the production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, freeing up capacities at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which will then be used for the M-Class, the GL-Class and the new GLE Coupe due this summer. (more…)

Mercedes Add Second Plug-In Hybrid to Line-Up

New C350 hybrid combines fuel efficiency with performance.

by on Jan.12, 2015

The C350 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 130 mph.

As gas prices in the U.S. continue to plummet, Mercedes optimistically debuted its newest plug-in hybrid, the C350, at the Detroit Auto Show.

The German maker’s newest hybrid, following the C300 BlueTEC hybrid in the C-Class, comes as most U.S. automakers are enjoying a sales resurgence of large trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

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However, Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG chairman, noted that there is an other advantage the new hybrid enjoys: it’s fast. The Sedan can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 130 mph and boasts sports-car like handling. (more…)

Mercedes Juices Up GLEs with AMG Variants

GLE 450 and GLE63 get performance upgrades.

by on Jan.11, 2015

The the GLE63 S Coupe, which is powered by an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo laying down 577 hp.

As Mercedes continues to revamp what it calls the vehicles in its line-up, there are still three letters that always garner attention: AMG.

The German automaker is amping up the power on the new 2016 GLE 450 4Matic Coupe by offering it in an AMG Sport variant. The AMG Sport version of the GLE 450 Coupe sports a 3.0-liter V6 engine putting out 362 horsepower and 384 ft-lb of torque managed by a nine-speed transmission.

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“The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is our first sports model, and further highly emotional and performance-oriented models will follow in the near future,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG, in a statement. (more…)

Mercedes Reveals Far-Reaching Autonomous Concept

First look: Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion.

by on Jan.06, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept attempts to redefine the future of transportation.

Looking more like something that’s rolled off the set of a science fiction film than anything on the road today, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car is intended to give us a glimpse of a very different future.

Powered by a pair of electric motors, the autonomous prototype making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is designed to show how tomorrow’s cars could be cleaner, safer – and transform themselves into living rooms on wheels.

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Measuring just an inch shorter than today’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and riding on a platform with a wheelbase nearly as long as a full-size pickup, the bubble-shaped F 015 is intended to be a “forerunner of a mobility revolution,” the maker suggests.

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