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Mercedes May Enter U.S. Pickup Market, After All

If so, American production is likely, says senior Mercedes exec.

by on Feb.24, 2017

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz will roll its Concept X truck into the Geneva Motor Show early next month, the prototype for its all-new X-Class pickup.

Developed on a platform provided by alliance partner Nissan, the midsize X-Class was intended for markets in Europe, South Africa, Australia and South America, but Mercedes has, until now, said it had no intention of bringing the new truck to the world’s largest pickup market, the United States. But it appears to be rethinking that decision.

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“In the past year the (U.S.) mid-sized truck market has come back a bit,” Volker Mornhingweg, head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, at a Friday news conference. Pointing to the success of two revived General Motors models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Mornhinweg said, “We are watching developments very closely, and we will take a decision at the appropriate time.”


Mercedes to Drop New E-Class Convertible, Four AMG Models in Geneva

34 models and a VR look at others to come.

by on Feb.23, 2017

Mercedes plans to unveil 34 new models during the Geneva Motor Show using virtual reality, including this new C-Class cabriolet.

For those who want to look a few years into the future, Mercedes-Benz plans to turn to virtual reality at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The German automaker says it will use a customized VR system to let media and other show-goers see what it’s planning for the new Mercedes-EQ battery-electric sub-brand.

But there’ll be plenty of sheet metal on the Swiss show stand, as well. In fact, Mercedes will have a tough time squeezing everything into its short news conference in Geneva, as it rolls out an assortment of 34 different concept and production models, ranging from the Concept X-Class to the limited-edition Maybach G650 Landaulet utility vehicle.

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Also on tap: four all-new AMG models, as well as the latest-generation E-Class Cabriolet. The midsize convertible will line up along the latest-generation sedan, wagon and coupe models to complete the new E-Class line-up. (more…)

Mercedes Goes to Extremes With Maybach G650 Landaulet

Too bad you can’t have one (unless you’ve got a home abroad).

by on Feb.13, 2017

The new 2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet: the latest in luxury off-roading.

What happens when you go to the extremes twice over in one mud-chewing machine? That’s what Daimler has in mind with the new Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

Start out with the German maker’s most rugged off-roader, the fabled G-wagen, outfit it with a 630-horsepower V-12, and then load it up with the sort of exotic luxury features you’d expect to find in a more mundane Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman.

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The open-top Landaulet becomes the fifth model in the reborn Maybach brand – not including the Vision 6 concept car unveiled last summer. Unfortunately for Americans, even if you’ve got deep enough pockets, you won’t be able to order one State-side. You’ll have to check with Mercedes to see what other country it’s going to be available in when the G650 rolls out later this year. (more…)

Record Sales for Mercedes Mean Big Profits for Daimler

But outlook is cautious for 2017.

by on Feb.02, 2017

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche with a concept version of the Generation-EQ battery-car.

With Mercedes-Benz capturing the crown as the world’s best-selling luxury car brand last year, parent Daimler AG now has another reason to celebrate.

The German company saw its fourth-quarter net earnings surge by 18%, to 2.2 billion euros, or $2.4 billion, up from 1.9 billion euros the year before. For the full year, Daimler reported a profit of 8.7 billion euros, or $9.4 billion, a slight year-over-year improvement.

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The upturn demonstrated that Daimler is on track as it broadens its scope with new technologies and new lines of business, declared CEO Dieter Zetsche. “Those who wish to shape the future of the automobile at the forefront of the automotive industry need both financial strength and innovative skill,” Zetsche said in a statement. “In 2016, we demonstrated that the combination of these two factors at Daimler is stronger now than ever before.”


Mercedes Adding 603-hp Wagon to New E-Class Line-Up

2018 Mercedes-AMG e63 S wagon is faster but more fuel-efficient.

by on Feb.01, 2017

The new E-wagon delivers power through a performance version of the 4Matic AWD system.

Only weeks after giving the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe its first public showing at the North American International Auto Show, the German maker is giving us a sneak peek of yet another intriguing variant: an AMG wagon that will offer not just plenty of cargo space but the power to get you where it needs to go in a hurry.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon will punch out 603 horsepower from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 – and it will put that power down through all four wheels to ensure maximum launch and grip, it revealed today.

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The new AMG power wagon will be both quicker than its predecessor – able to launch from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds – but also more fuel efficient. But final U.S. EPA numbers are not yet available.

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AMG, Maybach, Buoying Mercedes as it Takes Global Luxury Lead

Is an all-electric AMG in the cards?

by on Jan.16, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG GT R takes on winter's worst in the latest expansion of the Forza racing game.

Once rare, Daimler’s AMG division seems intent on turning out high-performance versions of just about every possible Mercedes-Benz model – sometimes two or more, as it demonstrated at the Detroit Auto Show with the launch of several new Mercedes-AMG GT variants.

The latest AMG models are not just faster than ever, they’re flying out of showrooms at a record pace, with little indication of any slowdown in sight as the brand that began in a German garage marks its 50th anniversary.

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AMG isn’t the only brand-within-a-brand success story for Daimler. If anything, however, Maybach may be an even bigger surprise, having come back from the dead just two years ago as the marque for Mercedes’ most exclusive models. The reincarnated brand is now selling more cars in China each month than it did worldwide in its previous life.


Mercedes Takes Wraps off New GLA Line-up

German maker's new compact utes come at right time.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 is as fast as it looks, clocking 0-to-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The small sport-utility market is red hot these days, especially the luxury segment, making the timing of Mercedes-Benz North American debut of its newly redesigned GLA line-up in Detroit just about perfect.

Introduced in 2013, the GLA group gets an exterior makeover that gives it better aerodynamics and a sportier look, executives noted. The series comes in three versions: GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic and the GLA45.

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The GLA 250 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine putting out 208 horsepower and 258 ft-lb of torque. However, the GLA 45 also gets a 2.0-liter inline four with a turbo, but it’s handcrafted by the folks at AMG. The result? 375 hp and 350 ft-lb of torque. (more…)

Mercedes Takes Wraps off New E-Class Coupe

Maker shows off new two-door.

by on Dec.13, 2016

Mercedes-Benz new 2018 E-Class Coupe joins the rest of the E-Class family for next year.

A day before Mercedes-Benz was set to debut its new E-Class Coupe – and a day after a brochure about the new two-door was leaked – the German automaker is taking the new model out from hiding.

Much like has already been chronicled, the new E-Class Coupe isn’t a dramatic departure from its C- and S-Class coupe cousins with very similar styling language. It’s also clear it is a sibling to the already introduced E-Class sedan and wagon.

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“With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E-Class Coupe appeals equally to the heart and mind. It combines contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with spirit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure,” said Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, in a statement. (more…)

Mercedes Teases 2018 E-Class Coupe

Belgian website reveals details from leaked brochure.

by on Dec.12, 2016

Mercedes teased the debut of its new E-Class Coupe with a short video; however, a leaked version of a brochure may provide a better look.

If the teaser that Mercedes-Benz released today hyping the unveiling of the 2018 E-Class Coupe is any indication, it won’t be a dramatic departure from its C- and S-Class cousins.

Much like its aforementioned family members, the E-Class couple looks shorter than the four-door model, which isn’t really a surprise. The coupe is set to be unveiled on Dec. 14.

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The front of the E-Class isn’t a radical change from its predecessor and the interior shot makes it appear to look very similar to the other Benzes mentioned here. However, the rear gets a change from the last model to keep it more in line with the styling on the new C- and S-Class coupes. (more…)

Luxury SUVs Outselling Sedans for the First Time

Redefining luxury.

by on Dec.12, 2016

Mercedes' C-Class sedan was the top selling luxury sedan in the U.S. this year, and Mercedes was the top selling luxury brand.

Barring an unforeseen December setback, Mercedes-Benz will top the U.S. luxury market this year. And its C-Class will top the sedan sales chart, as well.

But that’s not the victory it might seem, at least when it comes to the C-Class. So far this year, SUVs, not sedans, have been dominating the American vehicle luxury market, the Lexus RX outselling the Mercedes C-Class by about 35%.

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“Low gas prices, changing consumer tastes and attractive new vehicles are creating the perfect environment for luxury SUV sales to grow,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis for research firm Edmunds. “Given that luxury brand loyalty rates are typically higher than for volume brands, this trend has the potential to affect this vehicle segment for years to come.” (more…)