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Mercedes Concept EQ A Teases Long-Range Compact EV

Hatchback likely to challenge Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt.

by on Sep.04, 2017

Mercedes continues its expansion of its EV plans with the debut of the Concept EQ A at Frankfurt.

A year after announcing plans to launch an all-new sub-brand dedicated to battery-electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz will charge into the Frankfurt Motor Show next week with the Concept EQ A, a long-range EV set to go up against the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.

The debut of the Concept EQ A follows the preview of the original Generation EQ Concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show and underscores the breadth of the battery-electric line-up the German maker plans to roll out under the Mercedes-EQ badge. In all, at least 10 BEVs are scheduled to reach market by 2025, according to Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes brand and CEO of parent Daimler AG.

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The production version of the EQA hatchback, meanwhile, will be part of a wave of new small cars Mercedes is planning, including a compact crossover expected to be called the GLB, as well as updated and all-new versions of current models like the Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class models. (more…)

Mercedes Teases Frankfurt Debut of Project One Hypercar

Two-seater will borrow F1 tech to top 1,000 hp.

by on Sep.01, 2017

The AMG Project One will rely on a compact V-6 and four electric motors to reach over 1,000 hp.

How fast is too fast? Is there a limit to the horsepower one needs? We haven’t come close to the limits on either, it seems, and Daimler is set to prove that point with the debut of the eagerly-awaited Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar in just a couple weeks.

Borrowing key powertrain technologies from the German marque’s dominant Formula One program, the limited-edition Project One cars are expected to make in excess of 1,000 horsepower and top out somewhere around 350 kmh, or 217 mph.

The Last Word!

The carefully crafted teaser image released by Mercedes today gives a hint of what the hypercar will look like as it races towards you. One of the most surprising details is the unusual placement of the familiar Mercedes tri-star, almost certainly for aerodynamic benefits. While the Project One may draw from Formula One, the overall look is more like that of a Le Mans prototype. That should be no surprise, of course, as you can’t fit two in an F1 car.

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What a Vision! Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet is a Retro-Futuristic Show-Stopper

It may also offer some hints as to ultra-luxury products to come.

by on Aug.19, 2017

Mercedes continues to push boundaries with the new Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet.

Think you know what an electric vehicle looks like? Then the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet is likely to leave you scratching your head.

The successor to the Vision 6 Coupe, the extreme luxury wing of Mercedes-Benz revealed last year, defies the logic that says tomorrow’s battery-cars are going to have small exterior footprints with large cabins inside, thanks to burying the driveline under the load floor. While there is plenty of interior space, the Maybach concept measures nearly 20 feet, nose to tail, with extra storage space, rather than a powertrain, hidden under that impossibly long hood.

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“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” explains Daimler AG’s design chief, Gorden Wagener. (more…)

Mercedes-Maybach Teases Concept Coming to Pebble Beach

Maker bringing out next iteration of ultimate luxury vehicle.

by on Aug.09, 2017

Mercedes isn't revealing much about the Mercedes-Maybach with the teaser video it released overnight.

For more than a decade, Maybach has been a brand in search of an identity. That led parent Daimler AG to briefly kill off what was originally conceived as a direct challenger to Rolls-Royce. When it came back to life three years ago, it was reined in, repositioned as little more than a fancier version of existing Mercedes-Benz products like the S-Class.

But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Stuttgart automaker has grander plans for what it now calls the Mercedes-Maybach brand.

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We got a good hint of what might come during the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the form of the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 concept. And we’re set to learn even more later this month with the debut of another show car at this year’s Pebble Beach extravaganza. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Parent Daimler Recalling 3m Diesels to Fix Emissions Systems

Porsche CEO says maker may abandon diesel technology.

by on Jul.18, 2017

Mercedes decided not to offer diesel models, like this ML320 BlueTec, in the U.S. for 2017.

Daimler AG plans to spend about $255 million to recall and repair 3 million diesel vehicles that are at the center of a probe looking at whether the automaker rigged them to illegally pass emissions tests.

The automaker has been accused of using a so-called “defeat device,” an approach similar to that used by Volkswagen AG to rig 11 million diesel vehicles sold around the world. The Daimler recall, for now, is limited to models sold in Europe. But an investigation is underway in the U.S., as well, the Environmental Protection Agency stating it is “continuing to evaluate light-duty vehicles from a number of manufacturers.”

Clearing the Air!

Separately, the CEO of Porsche AG said the automaker is considering whether to halt the sale of diesels all together. Porsche shared one of the two rigged diesels produced by its parent Volkswagen in a number of different models.

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Three Large Sedans Earn Top Crash Ratings – But Tesla Model S Falls Short

Small overlap test still a challenge for some manufacturers.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Tesla aces most tests but fell short in the small overlap crash - and the Model S had "poor" headlights.

The Tesla Model S was one of three large sedans to fall short in the latest round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The trade group also reports that three other large models fared extremely well during a series of tests for crash worthiness, earning the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

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The poor performance by the Tesla Model S came amidst a series of problems for the electric vehicle maker, and at a time when CEO Elon Musk had hoped to focus on the upcoming launch of the maker’s first mainstream model, the Model 3. Production and sales are set to begin on Friday.

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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.

The Last Word!

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.

Fuel Up!

“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.

We Strip Off the Disguise!

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…)