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Mercedes Tackles Zero-Emissions Driving with the F-Cell

New fuel-cell, battery electric hybrid makes its debut.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new fuel-cell, battery-electric hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Like many other European automakers, Mercedes-Benz is making a substantive push toward electrifying its line-up in the wake of multiple problems with diesel engines.

Much of Mercedes efforts have focused on straight battery-electrics, the automaker is looking at other zero-emission alternatives. That effort has culminated in the GLC F-Cell, a fuel-cell/plug-in hybrid the company debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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One of the major advantages of this option is that the interplay between battery and fuel cell, along with short refueling times, is everyday practicality and long-distance motoring. With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the preproduction model produces enough energy for a range of up to 437 km or about 280 miles in the NEDC. (more…)

Smart Vision EQ Concept Foresees Future as an All-Electric Brand

Smart will go all-electric in U.S., Europe by 2020, with other markets to follow.

by on Sep.12, 2017

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche introduces the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With its butterfly doors, a complete lack of steering wheel and other controls, and a lithium-ion battery pack tucked neatly below the floor, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept that made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Monday night is designed to give us a glimpse of the future. But that may not be nearly as far off as it might seem.

By most forecasts, we’re likely to see the first real autonomous vehicles start rolling into showrooms by 2020, and several automakers are promising to build their first completely driverless models before mid-decade.

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As for Smart, “by the end of this decade,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the Smart brand’s parent, Daimler AG, “we will switch the Smart brand in Europe and the U.S. to completely electric drive, and the rest of the world will follow.” (more…)

Mercedes-AMG Project One Takes F1 Onto the Streets

Mercedes-AMG's new hypercar is a 1,000-hp beast.

by on Sep.11, 2017

Mercedes-AMG's Project One Hypercar gets its Frankfurt intro with Dieter Zetsche, left, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

As a three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton knows fast. And he did little to hide his excitement as he drove the new Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar out for its world debut at a Frankfurt Motor Show preview Monday night.

While Project One might look a little more than a classic Le Mans prototype than the F1 Silver Arrow Hamilton is used to driving, he noted they have a lot in common under the sheet metal and carbon fiber. That starts with a modified version of the Formula One Series’ Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, that will provide “more than” 1,000 horsepower when the hypercar hits the street in another couple years.

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“It’s all about adrenaline,” declared Dieter Zetsche, head of the Mercedes brand and CEO of its parent company, Daimler AG, as he let the statistics roll off his tongue. Only the second model developed entirely in-house by AMG, the Project One car will launch from 0 to 200 kmh, or 125 mph, in less than six seconds, with a top speed currently rated at “over 350 kmh,” or just over 217 mph. (more…)

Mercedes Reveals S-Class Coupe, Cabriolet Ahead of Frankfurt

Two-door models take technology to new levels.

by on Sep.04, 2017

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets modest exterior changes but lots of new technology.

We’ve already gotten a good look at the mid-cycle update of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and so, just in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker is lifting the veils off two refreshed S-Class variants.

As with the 2018 sedan, the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet undergo relatively modest exterior updates – with the exception of cutting-edge OLED taillights unique to the two-door models. But they now add a range of new infotainment, driver assistance and safety gear that will be shared with the refreshed S-Class sedan.

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The outgoing S-Class was a technical tour de force when it debuted just three years ago, introducing a range of features, including the ability to drive hands-free, albeit for short stretches of time on limited access highways. The new S-Class takes things a step further with a long list of new features that include:

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.

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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.”

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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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