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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Looks Back at the Future

Massive coupe offers hint of new life for ultra-premium brand.

by on Aug.19, 2016

That hood seems to stretch to the horizon - which is surprising for an electric vehicle.

Mercedes is going forward into the past with the retro-futuristic concept it has unveiled ahead of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

At a full 18.5 feet, and painted in a vibrant, eye-catching red, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is almost certain to be one of the stand-outs among a collection of show cars assembled for the classic car show. And while there are no plans to put the boast-tailed coupe into production, Mercedes officials hint it could influence models as the maker presses further into the ultra-luxury market.

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While the maker bridles at the term, “retro,” there is no question the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 delves into the brand’s past for its inspiration, said Davis Lee, the senior designer who gets credit for the concept. “Fundamental beauty never changes,” he told TheDetroitBureau.com, adding that, “This is very true” to Mercedes’ history.

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Mercedes Teases New Maybach Coupe Concept

Six-meter show car set to debut at Pebble Beach Concours.

by on Aug.11, 2016

Mercedes is offering just 10 words to describe the huge Maybach coupe concept.

It’s better known as the ultimate classic car show, but the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is bringing out something new from the folks at Mercedes-Benz this month. Make that Mercedes-Maybach, the German maker’s moniker for its most exclusive models.

Not much has happened since Mercedes folded up the tent on its standalone Maybach brand a few years ago. Right now, the super-premium Double-M logo simply adorns some tarted-up versions of the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But if this teaser image is any indication, Maybach has some big plans in the works.

What a Concept!

The pic released through Mercedes’s social media channel reveals a low and impossibly long coupe with a fastback rear that apparently measures six meters, or nearly 20 feet, nose-to-tail. To put that into perspective, the Maybach show car is three feet longer than a Mercedes S-Class Coupe and has four feet on the Bentley Continental GT.

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Mercedes Eyeing Market for Electric Vans, Trucks

Mercedes looking to compete with Tesla, Ford and others in segment.

by on Jul.28, 2016

Mercedes expects its next generation Sprinter to be capable of adopting a battery-electric powerplant and autonomous driving features.

The next generation vans from Mercedes-Benz will be capable of supporting both battery electric propulsion and autonomous driving features in the future into a competitive landscape where electrification is destined to play a larger role.

Mercedes isn’t alone in its plans to move into the electric van and truck segment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk surprised some analysts earlier this month when he announced that the electric-vehicle company he founded is now looking to enter the truck market with a battery-powered vehicle.

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Ulf Zillig, head of project VS30, which is developing the replacement for the current generation Sprinter, said the next-generation Sprinter due out in calendar-year 2018 will be about the same dimensions as the current Sprinter, but will have several improvements that will make it easier to drive. (more…)

Mercedes Readies Metris for Major Market Push

Maker offering van for less than $30,000.

by on Jul.27, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its spot in the newly hot midsize van market with a sub-$30k Metris.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to bring out an additional version of the midsized Metris van as its expands its portfolio of vans that can be used to carry passengers, cargo or tools for under $30,000.

The Mercedes-Benz Van line-up in the U.S. now include the Metris Worker, said Mathias Geisen, the head of MBUSA’s van marketing effort, said during a presentation at the Daimler AG van plant in Charleston, S.C., which is now used to re-assemble vans built in Germany.

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Daimler announced last year it intended to build a $500 million assembly plant to make Sprinter vans in the U.S. to take advantage of the expansion of the market for “Euro” vans in the U.S. (more…)

Diversity of Daimler AG Board Growing

Company puts Seeger in charge Mercedes-Benz marketing and sales.

by on Jul.22, 2016

Daimler AG Chief Dieter Zetsche is working to find the next generation of Daimler executives, ideally a more diverse group of leaders.

Daimler AG’s top board appointed Britta Seeger to the company’s board of management, responsible for marketing and sales at Mercedes-Benz cars to replace Ola Kallenius.

The 46-year old Seeger, one of the few women to hold a senior executive post within Daimler AG, is one of a group of younger executives being groomed by Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO, for leadership roles with in the German industrial giant.

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Seeger’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2017. She is currently head of Mercedes-Benz operations in Turkey and previously was in charge of Mercedes-Benz operations in South Korea. (more…)

Forget Leather and Wood; Automakers Struggling to Redefine Luxury

Focus shifts to the “total customer experience.”

by on Jul.21, 2016

Lincoln will increase its suite of customers services with the launch of the new Continental.

Leather, wood, a big engine and lots of chrome. Those have been the traditional signatures of a luxury car. But what happens when you can add those same features to an entry-level sedan? That’s a question high-line brands have been struggling to deal with as they face increasing competition from more mainstream manufacturers.

That new reality is forcing luxury marques to shift focus a bit. You’ll still find massaging leather seats on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, open-pore wood on a BMW 7-Series, and a choice of high-performance engines for your next Audi. But you’re likely also to find a variety of new features and services designed, among other things, to simplify and speed up the car buying and service processes.

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What a Luxury!

“Because so many things that used to be considered luxury are now available across the line, the only way to differentiate yourself as a luxury manufacturer is to make the total ownership experience painless and seamless,” said Joe Phillippi, senior analyst with AutoTrends Consulting.

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BMW Delaying Launch of 2017 U.S. Diesels

Latest maker hit by fallout from VW diesel emissions cheating scandal.

by on Jul.19, 2016

BMW will delay the launch of its variously diesel models in the U.S. due to added testing.

Even as Volkswagen continues to face new problems related to its cheating on diesel emissions testing, other automakers are facing collateral damage.

The latest to be hit is BMW, the automaker confirming that it will delay the launch of its 2017 diesel models because U.S. regulators want to be sure they comply with federal emissions standards.

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While the maker said there has been “no indication” that its oil burners don’t meet federal rules, the testing process has been delayed, according to various media sources, which will mean that models such as the 2017 BMW 328d sedan and xDrive35d won’t reach showrooms at the same time as the rest of the ’17 line-up.

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Mercedes Planning to Tackle Tesla with Electric Performance Sedan

Maker confirms long-range, high-performance electric sedan.

by on Jul.11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will reveal a concept version of a long-range performance battery sedan in Paris.

Not all that long ago, Tesla and Daimler AG listed each other as partners, the battery-maker’s CEO Elon Musk going so far as to credit the German company with helping keep it in business at a time when Tesla was short of cash.

But that relationship is about to turn into a rivalry. Several reports have suggested Daimler’ Mercedes-Benz brand is working on a high-performance, long-range battery-electric sedan that could take on the California EV maker, and the Germans have now confirmed that plan, with a concept vehicle set to make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

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Using a “highly efficient lithium ion battery supplied by Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE combined with the intelligent Mercedes-Benz operation strategy allows purely battery-driven ranges of up to 500 km (or about 312 miles) for the first time,” says a statement from Mercedes.

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First Look: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Green Hell from Stuttgart.

by on Jun.27, 2016

A bright green bat out of hell, the GT R.

Ever since Mercedes-Benz rolled out the GT sports car a couple years back, we’ve been expecting a few variants, the typical modus operandi for the Schwabian automaker. Now, it seems, we’ll soon be getting a flood of them, including the recently introduced GT S, a “base” model due next year and, shortly after that, the Mercedes-AMG GT R that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England over the weekend.

Able to launch from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.5 seconds – about 0.2 seconds faster than the 2016 GT S model – you might be tempted to call it a bat out of hell. So, appropriately enough, Mercedes is introducing the new GT R with a new paint scheme called Green Hell Magno.

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Beyond that blinding hue, you’ll be able to distinguish the new Mercedes-AMG GT R from other versions of the two-seater thanks to new, widebody trim that adds about two inches in width to the more mundane versions of the GT.

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Daimler Investing Around $8 Bil on “Green” Powertrains by 2018.

New, 300-mile electric Mercedes set to debut at Paris Motor Show.

by on Jun.13, 2016

Mercedes plans to launch a new hydrogen car with a plug-in battery system to boost mileage.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG will invest more than seven billion euros, or $8 billion, on green powertrains over the next two years – about half of its total R&D budget — the automaker said today.

That effort will include a mix of different technologies, including fuel-cell vehicles and clean diesels, as well as various battery drive systems. The maker said that “all” of its vehicle lines will be “electrified” by 2020, with sales of such models expected to be in the “six figures” by then, according to Daimler R&D chief Thomas Weber.

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“We will electrify all Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series step by step,” said Weber,the executive last week announcing that a prototype of a new models capable of 500 kilometers, or about 310 miles per charge, will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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