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Mercedes Gives Closer Look at New S-Class Convertible

Top to come down formally at Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Aug.25, 2015

Mercedes-Benz continues to tease mavens with slight reveals of the new S-Class convertible.

Like a fan dancer doing a slow and carefully choreographed striptease, Mercedes-Benz is slowly lifting the fan to tease the new S-Class Cabriolet it will formally unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show in barely three weeks time.

The German maker has been billing the droptop S-Class as “the first luxury four-seater cabriolet since 1971,” something that might come as a surprise to Bentley which will now get an only slightly less expensive competitor to its exclusive Continental GTC model.

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“After 44 years we can again offer friends of our company an open variant of the S‑Class. The new S-Class Cabriolet symbolizes our passion for individual and timelessly exclusive mobility, which we share with our customers”, remarks Ola Källenius, board member of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales. (more…)

Mercedes AMG C63 Ups Ante in Luxury Performance

Small coupe provides stiff competition for rest of segment.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 putting out 503 horsepower.

Mercedes-Benz gave C-Class AMG aficionados a little glimpse earlier today at what’s to come for the 2017 model with a promise of more information to follow soon. Apparently, the future is now as Mercedes released the specs just hours later.

AMG fans can rest assured that the latest C-Class iteration follows on the high-powered traditions of its predecessors, which have made the C-Class version the best-selling AMG variant in the Mercedes line-up.

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“The new AMG C63 Coupe embodies our conception of progress: It offers impressive longitudinal and lateral dynamics at an extremely high level along with improved fuel economy,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. (more…)

Mercedes Revs Up C-Class with New AMG

German maker puts some oomph in the mix for 2017.

by on Aug.19, 2015

The AMG is expected to be powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 putting out as much as 503 horsepower.

Just about a week after Mercedes-Benz gave everyone a peek at the new C-Class Coupe, it’s whetting appetites even more with a look at the 2017 AMG C63.

The automaker rolled out the new C200 and C300 in California and Michigan last weekend and while the newbies looked sporty, they begged the question: when does the AMG get here.

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Well, as the picture shows, the 18-inch wheels from the coupe get bigger 14-spoke models, plus air intakes, a metallic grille and LED headlights on the front giving the AMG version a very distinctive look. (more…)

Mercedes Planning Convertible S-Class

German maker reveals rendering of new Cabriolet.

by on Aug.15, 2015

Mercedes claims the S-Class Cabriolet would be the first ragtop in its segment since 1971.

Mercedes-Benz will be introducing an all-new convertible version of its big S-Class model, the maker has revealed.

Details are few – to the point of almost non-existent. Along with this rendering of what the S-Class Cabriolet will look like, the German maker claims it will be “the first luxury four-seater cabriolet since 1971,” an apparent reference to a full-size convertible.

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Precise details, including when and where the new ragtop will make its debut haven’t been revealed, but the timing of the announcement would strongly suggest that Mercedes will give the S-Class Cabriolet its first showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. (more…)

Mercedes Offers First Look at New C-Class Coupe

Convertible and AMG performance models to follow.

by on Aug.13, 2015

Mercedes will unveil the new 2017 C-Class Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

One might forgive Mercedes-Benz for being too anxious to wait for the Frankfurt Motor Show next month to pull the covers off the new 2017 C-Class Coupe. So, just in time for two of the year’s biggest automotive events, the Pebble Beach Concours and Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise, the German maker is giving us a good look at the compact two-door.

As with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan that made its debut last year, Mercedes isn’t offering up a minor refresh. This is a major overhaul that delivers a more sporty, high-tech coupe with a decidedly more dynamic design directly aimed at challenging the likes of the BMW 4-Series.

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“Our new C-Class Coupe continues the philosophy of…combin(ing) thrilling design with agile sportiness and modern luxury,” proclaims Thomas Weber, Daimler AG’s director of Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The C-Class Coupe therefore clearly pledges itself to stylish driving enjoyment.” (more…)

BMW, Audi, Mercedes Make Move to Dominate Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Rivals form unusual alliance to acquire Nokia Maps.

by on Aug.03, 2015

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have formed a partnership and purchase Nokia's mapmaking division, HERE.

Automakers have traditionally fought it out over design, performance, features and fuel economy. But, increasingly, they’re battling for technological dominance. And that’s led three erstwhile German rivals to form an unusual alliance that could give them a leg up when autonomous vehicles start to roll into showrooms in the coming decade.

BMW, Audi and Mercedes have teamed up to deliver the winning $2.8 billion bid to buy Nokia’s next-generation mapping business. They beat out rivals in both Silicon Valley and in China who had hoped to purchase the Nokia subsidiary, known as HERE, which is capable of producing much more details maps than those currently used by automotive navigation systems.

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“With the joint acquisition of HERE, we want to secure the independence of this central service for all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and customers in other industries,” said Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche of Daimler AG. (more…)

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.

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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…)