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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.

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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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California Dreaming – or Detroit Cruising?

Woodward Dream Cruise and Pebble Beach Concours bookend a classic car weekend.

by on Aug.15, 2015

A classic Chevy Nova with its shaker hood up takes a break from cruising Woodward Ave. All photos by Len Katz unless otherwise noted.

There’ll be plenty of thunder in Detroit today, even though the skies are only partly cloudy. The rumbles are coming from the city’s main drag, Woodward Avenue, where as many as 1.5 million people, and tens of thousands of muscle cars, hot rods and exotics stage are out for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

On the other side of the Continent, the crowds will be building all over the Monterey Peninsula for a weekend of excitement wrapped around the tony Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, considered by classic car fanciers the crowning event of the year.

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The Dream Cruise and the Concours highlight two very different aspects of the automotive world – and underscore the fact that America’s love affair with the automobile has hardly diminished. But what’s a gearhead to do – unless you have a private jet ready to whisk you from one to the other?

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BMW Makes the M4 Concept Official

Performance coupe concept makes formal debut.

by on Aug.16, 2013

BMW makes it official as it reveals the new M4 Concept Coupe during a Pebble Beach preview.

As we’ve been seeing with great frequency of late, there are no secrets on the Internet. It’s something BMW and its fans were reminded of when details of the new Concept M4 began leaking out this week, well ahead of the planned preview in Pebble Beach.

Well, BMW has finally made it official, and here’s some more about the BMW Concept M4 and the production model to follow.

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As TheDetroitBureau.com earlier noted, the appearance of the 2-door performance model comes as a bit of a surprise so quickly after the June debut of the new BMW 4-Series.

Normally, the Bavarian maker likes to keep us waiting for the M-variant of an all-new model line. Expect to now see the production version of the M4 in a matter of months, perhaps at the upcoming Frankfurt or LA auto shows.

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2012 Pebble Beach Concours: The World’s Most Exclusive Traffic Jam

From swan cars to Saoutchiks.

by on Aug.20, 2012

Paul and Judy Andrews with their best-in-show 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo.

There’s some small comfort in creeping along in traffic knowing that the car ahead is a 250 mph Bugatti Veyron worth $1.4 million while the one in your rearview mirror is a lovingly restored Talbot-Lago that could easily command several times as much money.

So it goes as you creep around California’s Monterey Peninsula during the annual Pebble Beach Concours weekend.  What began as a one-day car show, 62 years ago, has now become a week of events aiming to appeal to every motoring taste and budget, from the low-brow Tour d’Lemons, a tongue-in-cheek gathering of some of the worst cars ever built, to the Historics where some of the most legendary classic race cars in the world come back to life at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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But the capstone is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a gathering of rare and exotic sheet metal generally considered to be the single most elegant collection of classic automobiles assembled anywhere in the world each year.

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Who Owns America’s Ugliest Car

One lemon could produce some very sweet lemonade.

by on Jun.14, 2012

Is this America's "Sweetest Lemon"?

We’ve all seen the rusted out, dinged up lemons, paint peeling, bumpers missing and bumpers hanging on with a bungee cord.  But which of these is really America’s ugliest automobile?  That’s what the folks from Haggerty Insurance want to find out – and the winner among those losers could be in for a sweet surprise as part of the second annual “Search for America’s Sweetest Lemons.”

The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the year’s most exclusive automotive event, the Monterey Classic Car Week in California’s tony Pebble Beach.

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The winning car will come along for the ride, there to be celebrated alongside rarities like a Bugatti Royale and some equally rare gems.  Appropriately, the winner of the Sweetest Lemons contest will serve as Grand Marshal of the Concours d’LeMons, now being renamed Hagerty’s Tour of Lemons.

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In Search of the Best: 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

"Great people...and the best cars in the world."

by on Aug.22, 2011

Peter Mullins' Voisin Aerodyn takes Best-in-Show.

Parked on the lawn, the motor of his 1934 Avian Voisin C-25 Aerodyne idling, Peter Mullin had no idea what to expect.  The next couple minutes might bring the biggest surprise of his life or the biggest disappointment.

There was no question he’d delivered a showstopper with the French sedan he’d entered into the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  It took a full three years to restore the Voisin – “And I had already been planning it for seven years,” he recalled.  But there were two other striking examples of pre-war automotive elegance sitting alongside, anyone of which might grab the most coveted trophy in the world of classic cars.

Suddenly, like angels calling, the trumpets began their fanfare, fireworks bursting into the air as Mullin got the signal he was hoping for.  Yet it wasn’t until he had the Aerodyne parked on the center stage that the long-time collector finally allowed the reality to set in. After 30 years of trying, he had just won the Concours’ Best-in-Show.

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“I just can’t believe it,” Mullins repeated, still in shock, confetti now covering the dark grey and black Voisin, which was one of only six C-25s built by French aeronautical pioneer Gabriel Voisin after he decided to switch to automotive manufacturing in the wake of World War I.  “I thought I’d finished third.  This is the most rewarding thing that ever happened to me in the car world,” said Mullin.

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Cruise In All Weekend!

Extensive coverage to follow all weekend from the Woodward Dream Cruise and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance!

by on Aug.19, 2011

Photo by Len Katz.It’s going to be a busy weekend for car fans! The annual Woodward Dream Cruise is expected to bring out more than 1 million muscle car mavens as 10s of thousands of ‘Cudas, Goats and ‘Stangs – along with the odd Ferrari and Triumph — spend the weekend showing their stuff off along Detroit’s Boulevard of Automotive Dreams.

The West Coast weighs in with another classic car show, this one drawing some of the world’s most well-preserved Packards, Bugattis, Duesenbergs and Talbot-Lagos to the 19th hole at the tony Pebble Beach Resort.

TheDetroitBureau.com will be covering both the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise and the ’11 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will file ongoing reports all weekend — so keep coming back for more, along with our regular coverage of the automotive world.

Rain Can’t Dampen Woodward Dream Cruise

Bringing back memories as hundreds of thousands line rain-soaked Woodward Ave.

by on Aug.21, 2010

Who wouldn't want to own the fastest car on Woodward Avenue, says Harold Sullivan, now owner of the 650-hp Plymouth Silver Bullet.

In the days when he’d be out doing some late-night cruising, Harold Sullivan would use Brylcreem to slick back his hair.  On this grey and gloomy Detroit afternoon, however, it’s the steady drizzle that’s soaked back his thinning mane.  But like a million others who’ve turned out for the 16th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, Sullivan barely seems to notice the weather.

The on-and-off rain has done little to dampen the yearly event, the world’s largest gathering of muscle cars, hot rods and classic cruisers.  It’s bumper-to-bumper on both sides of 8-lane Woodward Avenue from the northern terminus of the Dream Cruise, in Pontiac, Michigan, all the way back to the notorious 8 Mile Road border of the City of Detroit.

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And the crowds have packed the shoulders of “the Avenue,” as well, some squeezing under tents and umbrellas, others simply ignoring the weather as best they can.

“I love cars and I like getting wet,” explains 12 year-old Donnie Myers, of Royal Oak, as he gives a thumbs-up to a passing Pontiac GTO.

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First Drive: Jaguar XJ Supersport and XK175

New Jags get 510-horsepower supercharged V8s introduced last year.

by on Aug.18, 2010

Jaguar's limited-edition XKR175 is powered by the supercharged 510-horsepower 5.0-liter V8.

Celebrating its diamond jubilee during the car-crazy weekend wrapped around the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in central California, Jaguar Cars introduced not one but two special editions, the XJ Supersport sedan and the XKR175 coupe, both powered by the most powerful V8 engines the company has ever produced, with chassis modifications and décor to match.

The heart of the XJ Supersport is a supercharged V8 that Jaguar introduced for 2010. It generates 510 horsepower and 461 foot-pounds of torque. Significantly, the new model marks a shift away from previous Jaguar nomenclature, where top-performance models were marked with the –R designation, as with the XF-R and XK-R models.

The Supersport’s 4-cam 32-valve engine is mated to a fully electronically controlled ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The console-mounted shifter knob includes a Sport setting, and the console has a checkered-flag button that, when pushed, changes engine, transmission, traction control, and suspension settings for maximum performance. It also changes the entire gauge cluster from white to red.

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The Supersport comes loaded to the gills with leather, wood, luxury items and special appearance items, including red center caps on its alloy wheels and a Supersport fender badge. The Supersport package includes 20-inch Mataiva wheels and high-performance tires, automatic cruise control with forward alert, adaptive dynamics, continuously variable shock absorbers, and a different emergency brake assist calibration. The Supersport, with its aluminum-intensive body construction, weighs only 4281 pounds, and the slick body measures a drag coefficient of only 0.29 in the wind tunnel.

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