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S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Revealed

S-Class Cabriolet

 has released images of the S-Class Cabriolet ahead of its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the automaker’s first open-top four-seat flagship since 1971’s 280 SE Cabriolet.

The car is overflowing with features designed to quite literally cosset the driver and passengers — such as individual ‘air scarves’ that blow warm air around passengers’ necks, all-around double-glazed windows and integrated wind and noise deflectors. Unless it’s raining, an owner will be hard pressed to tell whether the roof is up or down.

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabrio 2015

The company hasn’t just taken the car’s hardtop sibling – the S-Class Coupé – and started cutting, even if in silhouette they’re almost identical.

The convertible has been re-engineered with strong yet light aluminum and magnesium to ensure rigidity and road-holding without extra weight. The floor has also been given an aerodynamic overhaul so that performance levels roof up or down are on par with the coupé.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Everything about the car is state-of-the-art in terms of safety, performance or comfort, from the acoustically optimized three-layer roof to the Thermotronic climate control system that uses sensors to automatically maintain cabin temperature with the roof down and can even stop things like exhaust fumes from other vehicles annoying your nostrils.

But all of this is necessary if the S Class is to attract Bentley or Rolls-Royce convertible clients to its wares.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

And the company is taking no chances. As well as the S 500 model — which boasts a 449bhp V8 under its hood, Mercedes will also be taking the wraps off a much sportier S 63 AMG version.

It will boast a bi-turbo 577bhp V8 engine, a 3.9 second 0-100km/h time, and carbon ceramic brakes so it stops as quickly as it goes.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe 2015

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Revealed

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe 2015

The Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupé is an effortless blend of aesthetics, performance and next-generation active safety technology.

The C Class sedan, on which the new car is based, is already the most refined and technologically advanced car in its segment and with the new variation, Mercedes is now throwing a little aggression into the mix.

The coupe is sportier, sits lower — 15mm lower to be precise — and its higher waistline gives it a clearly different stance. As does the fact that it’s actually longer and wider than the outgoing coupé.

These larger dimensions mean that despite the sharply sloping roof, passengers won’t feel too cramped, even in the back.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe interior

Inside, the front seats have been developed specifically for the new model. They have a sporty feel and boast integrated headrests and seat belt feeders. In the back, there are two individual seats rather than the three found in the rear of the sedan.

Under the hood there is an initial choice of four four-cylinder petrol and two four-cylinder diesel engines, the pick of which is the 245hp C 300.

But a V6 and potentially a V8 AMG engine are also expected to join the mix in 2016, for those who want something even sportier still.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe rear view

As well as powerplants, the list of semi-autonomous and active driver safety systems offers a huge choice. The car can be specified with Distronic Plus that can essentially take over the driving and steering in stop-and-go congestion situations, maintain a safe distance between vehicles when traveling at speed, keep the car in lane and watch out for traffic at junctions and intersections.

Standard safety systems include Attention Assist, which keeps a watchful eye over the driver to make sure he or she isn’t feeling drowsy and inattentive, plus an autonomous braking system that can increase braking force if a collision is imminent or brake entirely autonomously if the driver fails to react. The system can work at speeds of up to 200kph at lower speeds can also mitigate rear-end shunts.

Sir Stirling Moss

Mercedes will honor Sir Stirling Moss at Pebble Beach

Sir Stirling Moss

To mark the 60th anniversary of the racing driver’s incredible Mille Miglia triumph, Mercedes Benz will be celebrating all things Stirling Moss at this year’s event.

In 1955, driving a Mercedes 300 SLR, Moss set a record time — averaging 157.65km/h — over the Italian 1000-mile road race, a feat which to this day has never been bettered.

But as well as leaving his mark on the race, in 1955, Sir Stirling helped Mercedes-Benz to truly leave its mark on the world of motorsports.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR sports racing car

In that season’s Formula One championship, he won the British Grand Prix, and eventually came second overall in the driver’s championship — pipped to the title by his Mercedes teammate, Juan Manuel Fangio.

While in sportscar racing Moss clinched the Tourist Trophy and Targa Florio alongside his Mille Miglia victory to help secure the World Sports Car Championship for Mercedes. In other words, 1955 is still to this day, Mercedes-Benz’s most successful in year in motor racing.

“Our presence at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is especially in honor of Sir Stirling Moss,” said Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centre.

Mercedes-Benz W 196 R

“We’ll be there with two original vehicles from 1955 — the 300 SLR, in which the now 85-year-old racing driver won that year’s Mille Miglia, and the successful W 196 R Formula One racing car.”

As an honored guest, Sir Stirling will open the field for the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance on Thursday, August 13 in a 300SL Gullwing, while for the main event, the Concours d’Elegance itself, which is held on Sunday, August 16, Mercedes will be entering Moss’s 1955 300SLR, alongside the Formula One championship W 196R racing car from the same year.

Mercedes-Benz C 111 experimental vehicle

However, also being dusted off and shipped out for the event is a Mercedes-Benz C 111, its gullwing door concept car from 1970 that got the crowds so excited that they started placing orders for it.

Although it went from having a Wankle Rotary engine to a production V8 and also went through many minor styling adjustments, the C 111 never made it to production and remained an experimental vehicle, much to many supercar fans’ disappointment.

Mercedes-Benz 600 limousines

Artcurial to offer the limousines of Maria Callas at auction

Mercedes-Benz 600 limousines

On Monday, July 20, auction house Artcurial is putting up for sale a collection of 11 cars from the estate of a friend of the Callas family, including two limousines that belonged to the famous opera singer herself.

Offered without reserve, these two Mercedes-Benz 600 limousines, from 1966 and 1971, are estimated at between €60,000 and €100,000.

First presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Mercedes 600 aimed to break into the luxury market until then dominated by Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

The idea was also to seduce the stars of show business, as was the case with Maria Callas. The Mercedes 600 was celebrated for combining power (250hp), technology (a complex 150-bar (2,176 psi)) hydraulic pressure system powered the automobile’s windows, seats, sun-roof, trunk lid and automatically closing doors) and comfort (adjustable air suspension delivered excellent ride quality and sure handling over any road surface).

The “Succession d’un ami de Maria Callas” auction will take place on Monday, July 20, at 5pm in the salon Belle époque at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco. For more info, go to artcurial.com.

 

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach rolling out the door in China

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is selling almost as many Maybach cars in China each month as it used to sell worldwide in a year, when it targeted the super-rich with a stand-alone model.

Chinese buyers are snapping up about 500 a month of the ultra-luxury variant of the Mercedes S-Class, which starts at about 1.44 million yuan ($230,000) in China. That compares to a peak of 600 Maybach cars in 2003, which at the time cost more than $350,000.

Daimler revived Maybach as a Mercedes sub-brand this year to chase the wealthiest buyers, people who otherwise might have considered a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley.

The Mercedes-Maybach adds legroom and opulent options such as hand-made silver-plated champagne goblets to the standard S-Class.

The effort appears to be working. Mercedes started selling Maybach in China in February as part of a push to catch up with BMW and Audi in the world’s largest auto market, which is suffering a slowdown.

Mercedes sales rose 20 percent last month, driven not just by Maybach but also by its compact cars and sport utility vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Style Lufthansa Technik VIP cabin

Mercedes And Lufthansa To Develop VIP Cabin

Mercedes-Benz Style Lufthansa Technik VIP cabin

Mercedes-Benz Style has partnered with German airline Lufthansa to create conceptual VIP cabins for short- and medium-haul flights.

The VIP aircraft cabin concept, on show this week at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2015 in Geneva, takes a very architectural approach to luxury.

Working in conjunction with Luftansa Technik — the airline’s VIP and government airline servicing and design division, Mercedes-Benz Style (the car company’s recently formed industrial design arm) has transferred its skills for fashioning luxury car cabins to aircraft interiors.

Mercedes Lufthansa Technik VIP cabin

Focused on literally breaking down walls and clear right-angled delineations between the floor and ceiling, the cabin is designed so that it feels organic and flows like a spiral. It is an effect achieved via heavily contrasting colors and premium materials plus smart ambient lighting chosen to emphasize the sense of space.

“It was an inspiring challenge to transfer our design philosophy of sensual purity into the area of aeronautical engineering,” said Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “Sensual surfaces and clear forms, combined with intelligent high-tech features and perfectly shaped modern luxury are the characteristic features of Mercedes-Benz design.”

Mercedes Style Lufthansa Technik VIP cabin

The furniture appears to blend into the cabin’s floor and walls, and windows are shielded by ‘floating’ black panels that can turn from opaque to transparent — or be used as a display — on command.

The two companies have also taken a modular approach, meaning that the design can be extended with further sections for larger aircraft.

Mercedes Pickup

Mercedes confirms their pickup will be built by Nissan

Mercedes Pickup

Nissan, Renault and Mercedes-Benz have revealed that they will jointly develop a new mid-size pick-up truck.

The companies have worked in partnership for a number of years and already share a number of commercial vehicle platforms. For example, the cheerful Renault Kangoo van-derived MPV can also be bought in certain countries, including the UK, as the Mercedes Citan instead.

MERCEDES REVIVES THE MAYBACH NAME (AGAIN!)

Nissan’s expertise extends to the pick-up truck segment where globally it is the world’s second largest producer. Since 1933, the company has sold over 14 million one-ton pick-ups, therefore it seems like a perfect fit.

Nissan is currently developing the next generation of its own NP300 pick-up truck and it’s understood that it will share a number of platform features with the Mercedes but will be engineered by Daimler to “meet the specific needs of its customers.”

However, by sharing the costs of development, the partnership is also going to enable Renault to launch its first pick-up truck too.

The French company promises that the finished vehicle, due to go on sale in 2016, will follow its own design philosophy.

The new car, which is expected to debut within the next three years will be sold initially in Europe, Australia and South Africa.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2015

Mercedes-Benz C-Class wins ‘World Car of the Year’

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2015

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has won the 2015 World Car Awards, with the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mustang its fellow finalists.

World Car Awards jurors praised the C-Class for its “all-new aluminum/steel hybrid platform and updated rear-drive powertrains that delivers levels of refinement, luxury, safety, ride and handling that challenge best-in-class.”

Seventy-five automotive journalists from 22 countries comprised the international jury panel, with their decision announced at the New York International Auto Show on April 2.

Volkswagen’s Passat won European Car of the Year in early March.

The Mercedes-Benz group accumulated several other accolades at the 2015 WCAs — World Luxury Car (Mercedes-Benz S Coupé) and World Performance Car (Mercedes AMG GT) — with World Car Design of the Year going to the Citroën C4 Cactus and World Green Car awarded to BMW’s hybrid sports performance vehicle, the i8.

Mercedes SL 417 Mille Miglia

Mercedes debuts limited edition Mille Miglia SL

mercedes SL Mille Miglia 417

To mark the 60th anniversary of its remarkable win at the legendary Italian endurance-racing event, Mercedes has decided to celebrate with a special version of its current SL roadster.

The Mille Miglia is so called because the course is roughly one thousand miles (1597km to be exact) and is still held every year in Italy along the main road from Brescia to Rome and back again.

Today it’s a classic car event, a celebration of the automotive, but in the 1950s it was just as much a proving ground for cars and drivers of the period as the Nurburgring is today, but with much better scenery and food.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia

The new Mercedes-Benz SL Mille Miglia 417, of which just 500 examples are going to be built, is inspired by the production SL from 1955 which, at the hands of American private driver John Fitch and co-driver Kurt Gessl, set off at 4:17 AM and completed the course — Brescia to Rome and back again — in 11 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, winning the production car class in the process.

So that it stands out from a standard SL, the special edition’s exterior is finished in magnetite black metallic paint with contrasting red accents on the chin and rear spoilers.

The car also sits on special black AMG alloy wheels that cover the bright-red-calipered brakes.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia

Inside the contrasting theme continues. The car gets AMG line carbon-framed leather seats with red and black leather trim.

The dashboard and interior panels are finished in carbon black and even the floor mats are embroidered with “1000 Miglia”. The finishing touch is a red and black nappa leather wrapped sports steering wheel.

If potential owners would prefer something a little less restrained than magnetite black, a glossier black and an equally glossy or matte white exterior finish are also available as options.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia

Under the hood there are also two options. The SL can be specified with a 328bhp twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 or with a twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre, 449bhp V8 unit instead.

The SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417” will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be available to order from April 7.

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Luxury car brand sales hit record levels in 2014

mercedes benz bmw logo

German automakers BMW and Mercedes said Friday they attained record sales in 2014, their fourth in a row, driven by rising demand in all regions.

 said in a statement it delivered more than two million vehicles to customers in 2014, “the company’s fourth record year in a row.”

It said it sold a total 2.118 million BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles, 7.9% more than the year before.

“I am delighted that we achieved our target of selling more than two million vehicles in 2014, a new record for the BMW group. We have seen good growth throughout the year, well spread across all major sales regions,” said the group’s sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson.

“We are now looking forward to building on these successes in 2015.”

Separately, , which is owned by Daimler, also posted the “best-ever sales in the company’s history.”

Sales of Mercedes-Benz rose by 12.9% to 1.65 million, its fourth straight year of record demand.

“Mercedes-Benz is on a course of success. The best sales in our company’s history show that our product offensive is bearing fruit,” said chief executive Dieter Zetsche.

He attributed the group’s success “in particular to our compact cars, the new C-Class and the S-Class.”

But the group managed to increase grow unit sales in all core markets, Zetsche said. “In 2015, we will continue our product offensive in the SUV (sports utility vehicle) segment,” the CEO added.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept unveiled

German automaker Daimler on Monday showed its vision of the driverless car, a prototype vehicle that allows four passengers to face each other as the vehicle finds its way.

“In the future, the car brings access to the single most important luxury goods of the 21st century: private space and quality time,” said Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche, as he unveiled the self-driving Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan F 015 at a keynote at the CES in Las Vegas.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Vehicles, he said, “will be exclusive cocoons on wheels that enable people to do exactly what they want.”

The futuristic designed car with a sweeping curved form factor still has a steering wheel, unlike the Google driverless vehicle, but the driver’s seat and front passenger seat can pivot to allow the vehicle to become a “private retreat,” according to Daimler.

“This is what we believe will be next in the terms of the car’s design, concept and communication,” Zetsche said.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 interior

The prototype was to take a driver along the Las Vegas Strip later Monday before being put on display at the huge tech show set to open Tuesday.

mercedes benz F015

The show is devoting an increasing amount of space to automotive technology, including vehicles that offer some autonomy and greater connectivity.

Fall-Winter 2015 campaign by Mercedes-Benz

Dree Hemingway and Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes-Benz

Fall-Winter 2015 campaign by Mercedes-Benz

Model Dree Hemingway is among the new faces of , along with the F1 pilots Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The trio front the Mercedes-Benz Fall-Winter 2015 fashion campaign, which highlights the car maker’s sponsorship of fashion weeks in Paris, London, Milan, Beijing, Moscow and Berlin.

Outfitted by Hugo Boss, Dree Hemingway, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were shot by photographer Collier Schorr next to the Mercedes C111 and the new Mercedes-AMG GT.

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While the former car is a well-known prototype developed in the 1970s, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-person sports coupe with a new 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine.

Premiered at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the GT boasts 462hp in the standard edition, while the GT S version offers up to 510hp, enabling a top speed of 310km/h and 0 to 100km/h acceleration in 3.8 seconds.

Sophisticated design details are found throughout the interior, including a center console calling to mind a V8 engine with its two rows of buttons, which enable control of all the car’s functions. The dashboard includes a built-in touch screen.

At the same time, the sports seats, Performance steering wheel and instrument cluster all confirm that this is also a car for thrill-seekers.

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With the campaign, Mercedes celebrates not only its fashion sponsorship but also its F1 pilots, who led the German manufacturer to its first World Championship victory in 2014. Lewis Hamilton claimed the title, coming in just ahead of his team member Nico Rosberg.

The two drivers share the spotlight in the campaign with Dree Hemingway, writer Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter.

Watch a video on the making of the campaign:

Mercedes Maybach S 600

Mercedes Revives the Maybach Name (Again!)

Mercedes Maybach S 600

Mercedes is reviving Maybach as a sub-brand, much like its AMG performance unit, to regain a foothold among the ultra-rich.

The Maybach branding is now no longer an entire separate brand, but rather just a model of a Mercedes-Benz S600,

Unveiled simultaneously in LA and Guangzhou, China, the car stretches 5.4 meters from nose to tail. It is seriously long. But then it needs to be because the Maybach is all about being driven, not about driving.

Mercedes expects every Maybach it sells to be chauffeur-driven and everything that makes this car special, exclusive and appealing is focused on the rear-seat occupants.

It might have a 6-liter bi-turbo V12 engine under its hood, but none of that roar will penetrate the cabin.

Mercedes claims that for rear-seat passengers, the car is the quietest in the world. And that is crucial!

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Mercedes Maybach S 600 interior

The average owner will be using the car as a place to conduct on-the-fly meetings, get some work done and get some rest. Productivity is enhanced by foldaway tables and rear-passenger multimedia screens and a wi-fi hotspot.

Communication is simplified thanks to special voice amplification technology so that you’ll never need to raise your voice in order to be heard, whether instructing the driver or chatting to a fellow passenger.

Adding to the sense of calm and comfort are rear seats that wouldn’t look out of place in Business Class on a long-haul flight.

They don’t just recline, they do so with calf support and each element of the seat can be adjusted individually.

When it’s time to catch up on sleep, the front passenger seat can be moved forward and folded up so that the rear seat can recline almost flat.

But that’s just the start. The Maybach has its own specially created interior perfume for fragrancing the cabin and the bar carries two silver-plated handcrafted champagne flutes.

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Mercedes Maybach S600

The interior is awash with leather and wood as standard but just like a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley can be personalized to suit individual tastes.

The Maybach will go on sale in February and Mercedes expects most models to be ordered by US and Chinese clients.

car cabin of the future

Inside the car of the future with Mercedes

car cabin of the future

 believes that when autonomous vehicles become the norm the car will become a living room on wheels.

At its Sunnyvale research and development center in California, Mercedes is currently offering a virtual reality sneak peek of what it believes the car cabin of the future will look like.

The company will be building a real-life concept that will be unveiled at the 2015 CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas in January.

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But at a special event timed to coincide with the LA Auto Show, invited guests are being offered the chance to slip on an Oculus Rift headset and virtually immerse themselves.

“We are convinced that autonomous driving will be a central factor on the way to comfortable, accident-free driving,” says Prof. Dr Herbert Kohler, Head of Corporate Research & Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer for Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler AG.

“At the same time, it opens up new ways in which people can make the best use of their time on the road.”

Kohler adds: “The time spent in the car acquires a totally new quality. This is in keeping with the growing desire for privacy and individuality in a crowded and hectic urban environment.”

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Key to Mercedes’s concept is special variable seating. Four lounge chairs that offer a taste of home and that can turn and pivot so that as, around a dining table, occupants can sit and face one another.

This freedom of movement, as well as feeling more homely, will give travelers the freedom and space to work or relax or simply make eye contact while in conversation.

Mercedes-Benz Surf Boards

Mercedes introduces their new… surf board!

Mercedes-Benz Surf Boards

Joining forces with world-class Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara,  is producing two surfboards designed for riding the big waves and McNamara plans to take them to the Portuguese coast.

The series, called MBoard, started in 2013 the first time McNamara and Mercedes-Benz collaborated on a project, which resulted in four boards and a telemetry system, which clocked McNamara at 62.4 km/hr surfing in Nazaré, Portugal.

The first of the new boards is made from cork supplied by the world’s largest cork producer, Portugese company Corticeira Amorim. It’s completed and already in McNamara’s hands.

Next up is a board made of aviation foam that McNamara transported from California to Germany for Mercedes-Benz to use to create the board.

Mercedes Surf Boards

The material is special because the board will not need stringers, the longitudinal reinforcements marking the seam in construction.

This way, according to McNamara, the board will be able to handle the powerful forces of the biggest waves while offering flexibility in them.

The boards were made exclusively for McNamara and there are currently no plans to make them available to the public.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Mercedes rolls out luxury ‘glamper’

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Called the Marco Polo, this compact camper van, designed with Westphalia, offers the feeling of an exclusive lounge, doubling up on the idyllic seclusion of a weekend in the wilderness.

This glamper contains everything you need to survive for weeks far away from maddening urbanites, including a kitchenette, complete with two gas burners, a sink and refrigerator.

Kitchenette appliances are covered in easy-clean, impact resistant glass to reduce chore time and protect your glamper from the consequences of roughing it.

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Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo bed

The split backrest can turn into a single or double bed (2.03 m by 1.13 m) within seconds and at the touch of a button. An automatic inflation system detects the need for a sitting or sleeping position.

The glass-fiber reinforced pop-up roof features a luxury double bed made of a high quality foam mattress that means your body isn’t roughing it even if you’re out in the wild. When not in use, the rooftop bed can be stowed vertically, creating standing room in the interior.

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Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Other features include a wardrobe with sliding doors at the rear section of the passenger compartment.

The Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo camper van was released in Germany this summer and is rolling out this month in other European countries.

The rescue sticker from Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz sticker that could save your life

The rescue sticker from Mercedes-Benz

 is officially rolling out a brilliantly simple system that will help fire, police and ambulance crews access critical information about a car when arriving on the scene of an accident.

Called Rescue Assist, the stickers are placed inside the fuel filler cap and inside the door frame on the opposite side to the fuel-cap; they carry QR codes designed to be read by any enabled smartphone or tablet.

It will help identify the exact model of car, where its airbags, batteries and high voltage cables are located and the optimum points for cutting the vehicle open and safely extracting occupants if the accident is serious.

Mercedes-Benz Rescue Card

The QR stickers are located behind the fuel filler cap and on the inside of the door frame on the opposing side of the vehicle.

The idea is that if a car rolls as the result of an accident, whether it comes to rest on one of its sides or on its roof, the sticker can still be scanned and the relevant information obtained quickly.

On average the QR codes save about two minutes at the point at which the emergency services first arrive on the scene.

Mercedes-Benz Rescue Assist

Mercedes-Benz plans to create Rescue Assist QR codes for all Mercedes vehicles as far back as 1990 and existing owners will be able to get the stickers added to their cars free of charge.

Mercedes-Benz has also decided not to patent the QR stickers in the hope that the technology will be adopted across the automotive industry.

Mercedes AMG GT

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT revealed (pictures)

Mercedes AMG GT

Compact, agile, eco-friendly yet powerful and practical to boot, the Mercedes-AMG GT has its sights set on wowing not just the Porsche 911 faithful but potential Lamborghini, Aston Martin and even McLaren clients.

Unveiled to the world’s motoring press at a special event on Tuesday night, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a replacement for the company’s outgoing SLS AMG, a car that was all about conspicuous performance.

And although the Mercedes-AMG GT and its predecessor clearly share some DNA, it has been built with a focus on lifestyle rather than just good or striking looks and on offering a serious alternative to a host of similarly attractive serious drivers’ cars.

“The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purest form,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG.

“Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence.”

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

But will beauty and intelligence be enough for the car to break into a market dominated by the Porsche 911 Turbo, which offers blistering performance, bulletproof build quality and sufficient levels of comfort, practicality and exclusivity to work as an almost everyday car?

On paper, the answer is ‘yes’. The range-topping ‘S’ variant can go from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.8 seconds, and onto a top speed just shy of 200mph (320km/h), thanks to an all-new biturbo hand-assembled V8 engine, yet it is capable of returning 30mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 219 g/km.

And it should be a joy to drive at any speed whether in a straight line or negotiating a hairpin turn, thanks to almost 50/50 weight distribution, a new suspension set-up which includes clever dampers that can step in to stop the car’s body rolling, and an electronic differential.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT interior

Mercedes claims that the new tech should also make the car predictable and even well behaved when on the limit.

In terms of practicality, it has a proper hatchback trunk so there’s 350 liters of space for luggage, and it comes with a host of cutting-edge driver aid technologies including semi-autonomous systems — such as parking assist, collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking.

And then, of course, there’s the cabin: the styling is heavily influenced by aviation and the space offers levels of comfort and an infotainment system that frankly none of its competitors can match.

The cockpit of the future Mercedes AMG GT

If the Mercedes-AMG GT can deliver on the road what it promises on paper, then it is a car that is going to give Porsche a serious headache.

However, Mercedes isn’t the only company looking to challenge the 911 or the 911 Turbo. McLaren is getting ready to reveal the P13 and Aston Martin is busy developing a new two-seat super coupé, while the second-generation Audi R8 could launch before the end of 2014 too.

All of which means that in 2015, supercar customers with €140,000 ($175,000) to spend, are going to be spoiled for choice.

Brabus Business Lounge Sprinter

Brabus Turns a Mercedes Sprinter Into a Business Lounge

Brabus Business Lounge Sprinter

German tuning company Brabus took the wraps off its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based Business Lounge at the 2014 Moscow motor show.

Officially unveiled on Thursday, the Brabus Business Lounge is, as the name suggests, a luxury work and relaxation space on wheels.

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Brabus’ Business Lounge gets an innovative communications concept which integrates the passengers’ notebook or tablet computers into the media center of the vehicle regardless of the technical platform.

Brabus Business Lounge Sprinter seats

The contents are displayed on the big 42-inch Full HD LCD screen integrated into the bulkhead behind the driver’s cab.

When it’s time to pack away the notebooks, there’s also an integrated PlayStation 4 and access to a host of movies and HD TV content.

In the main cabin there are two rows of business class-style seats trimmed in leather facing off against each other.

Brabus-tuned Mercedes Sprinter van

Each of these four seats can be electrically reclined, and features three memory settings, heating, cooling, massaging, adjustable lumbar support, and a small monochrome touchscreen (below) to control it all.

The seats have retractable tables, and in the center console between each pair of chairs are a refrigerator and coffee maker.

All up, the Business Lounge can seat up to eight people: four in the business-class seats, two more in more regular seating near the rear barn doors, and two in the sealed off driver’s cabin.

Brabus Business Lounge

2700 colour LEDs have been integrated into the ceiling headliner and these can be configured to play one of 12 animations, including starry night, fluffy white clouds moving across a blue sky, fireworks or something psychedelic.

Brabus will build each Business Lounge model to the client’s exact specifications, including the types and tone of leather for each seat and whether six or four chairs are preferred in the passenger space.

Brabus Business Lounge coffee machine

So far, no pricing has been revealed for the Brabus Business Lounge. In the U.S., a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger van starts at $41,010.

Mercedes S600 Guard

Mercedes launches armor-plated S Class

Mercedes S600 Guard

The S600 Guard offers everything that you would expect from a flagship Mercedes — a glorious V12 engine and levels of comfort that would challenge Rolls-Royce — but when it comes to safety, it’s in a class of its own.

That’s because while most new cars can survive a rear-end shunt, the Guard has been built to withstand bullets, grenades and even mines.

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The latest addition to ‘s line of special protection vehicles, the car boasts a fully armored underside and special glass thick enough to absorb rifle fire or deflect shrapnel.

In fact the glass in the side windows is so heavy that Mercedes has had to use hydraulics rather than electric motors to raise and lower them.

Mercedes S600 Guard interior

If the car’s shell is somehow breached, it has its own emergency fresh air system plus integrated fire extinguishers to prevent smoke or fumes from penetrating the cabin. Then there’s the self-healing fuel tank and run-flat tires that will keep the car rolling for miles even if punctured.

Yet despite meeting the highest possible VR9 rating for ballistic protection and meeting the ERV2010 and the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation regulations for resistance to explosive charges, it looks just like a normal S600 rather than like a tank. And it drives like one, too.

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Admittedly it’s slower than a standard S600 with a top speed limited to 130mph and needs much bigger brakes to bring that extra weight to a smooth but rapid halt. But those are the only compromises.

It is packed with all of the latest technological driver aids from active cruise control and collision avoidance to smart lane keeping and a night vision camera for driving in little or no light.

Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard

It has a special heating system that ensures any surface within the cabin that an occupant might come into contact with is never icy cold to the touch.

Mercedes won’t reveal the price of the S600 Guard, nor will it reveal some of the vehicle’s finer details, such as its weight or fuel consumption.

However, a standard S600L costs around €170,000 and the cost of the armoring procedure is believed to add a further €200,000 to the price tag.

And if size is an issue, Mercedes also offers a Guard version of its more compact E-Class executive sedan and of its M-Class and G-Class SUVs.