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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.

Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe Front

The Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe is here

Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe Front

Mercedes has revealed the new version of its S-Class Coupe, the S65 AMG.

Thanks to its twin turbo V12 engine with 630hp, combined with a Speedshift seven-speed automatic transmission, the new coupe can go from 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h.

In terms of efficiency, the  S65 AMG Coupe consumes 23.7 liters of fuel per 100km, which translates into CO2 emissions of 279g/km.

Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe

The S65 AMG Coupe offers a wealth of driver assistance features under the heading of the Intelligent Drive system.

This suite of technologies includes everything from night vision assistance to Bas Plus assisted emergency braking and driver fatigue alerts.

The car is also equipped with systems designed to avoid accidents, detect pedestrians and alert the driver in the case of lane departure.

2015 Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe interior

Perhaps the most impressive technology on the new coupe, however, is Magic Body Control, an active suspension system that actually detects road conditions and adapts the suspension configuration accordingly.

The car is even capable of leaning into the curves of the road to reduce the effects of transversal acceleration on the passengers.

Activated at speeds of between 30 and 180km/h, the technology is designed to contribute both to the comfort and safety of the vehicle’s passengers.

2015 Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe back

Other updates on the S65 AMG Coupe include its new 20-inch wheels. The interior includes heated and ventilated seats in Napa leather, as well as a head-up display for the driver’s convenience.

The first models are expected to ship in September 2014. Prices for the German market will start at €244,000.

2015 Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe

Mercedes Benz sculpture Goodwood Festival 2014

Mercedes-Benz Sculpture Unveiled at Goodwood

Mercedes Benz sculpture Goodwood Festival 2014

A 160-tonne steel sculpture depicting two classic Mercedes racing cars soaring through the sky made an appearance last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

The brainchild of artist Gerry Judah, the structure soared in an arc 26 meters over Goodwood House.

The London-based creative was commissioned to produce the piece to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of the brand’s trademark silver color, which led to its cars being given the nickname “the silver arrows.”

Mercedes Benz sculpture by gerry judah

The sculpture features one classic and one modern Mercedes track model racing one another towards the ground.

The first car is a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W25, which won the race at its first outing at the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife, starting the tradition for the company’s works cars to always be in silver.

Mercedes Benz sculpture Goodwood Festival

The second is the AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s F1 W04, raced in 15 Grand Prix events in 2013 by Lewis Hamilton and winner at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Judah called the project a “tremendous opportunity” which “pushed the limits of what is possible with size and complexity in engineering.”

Airstream Autobahn

Mercedes & Airstream introduce the Autobahn luxury van

Airstream Autobahn

Airstream, maker of the iconic silver-bullet travel trailers, has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to elevate the lowly van into something worthy of a VIP.

The result, the Airstream Autobahn, can seat eight (including the driver) in supreme levels of comfort and offer enough space to kick back and relax, or get on with some last-minute work.

The interior, which  says was inspired by a private jet’s cabin, balances minimalism and luxury for an enhanced sense of personal space, even when all eight reclining leather chairs are taken.

Each seat offers individual controls for the air conditioning and lighting, plus a power socket and USB port as well as a functional desk.

Airstream Autobahn interior

When it’s time for a break, there’s a 32-inch TV, an Apple TV that supports streaming from iPhones and iPads, a Blu-ray player and dual refrigerators.

The vehicle comes packed with a host of technological driver aids that are usually reserved for Mercedes-Benz road cars, such as collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist and front and rear parking assist.

Mercedes Benz Museum

Bonhams to auction 40 iconic Mercedes this July

Mercedes Benz Museum

Some of the most remarkable models in the German car manufacturer’s history will go on the auction block on July 12, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Although the complete sales catalog is not yet available, a few cars have been announced, including a 1909 Mercedes with 35hp. This antique model is expected to draw between €480,000 and €680,000 ($935,000) at auction.

35hp Mercedes from 1909

This exceptional auction marks the start of a new partnership between Bonhams and Mercedes. “We share an idea with Bonhams: Both of us stand for unique and authentic vehicles,” said Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic at Daimler AG. “We regard classic vehicles as a key heritage for society. And valuing authenticity plays an important role in this.”

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

On July 12, 2013, during an auction outside of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams set a new record with the sale of the Mercedes W196 piloted by Juan-Manuel Fangio to victory in the 1954 F1 World Championships. The car sold for £19.6 million ($3.3 million).

The Mercedes-Benz Museum houses over 1,500 artefacts, including 160 cars, in a 16,500 square meter exhibition space.

Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart

Watch: Mercedes teases new GT

The new range-topping, AMG-tuned supercar will replace the current SLS when it launches this September.

The new car will “thrill with breathtaking design and supreme agility” and that inside and out will boast cutting-edge design, materials and technology.

Sleeker and with a lower center of gravity than the SLS, the AMG GT does indeed look nimble and more sculpted for slicing through the air at high speed, but there will be no clear idea of what the finished car looks like until its official reveal at the Paris motor show in September.

Mercedes-AMG GT cockpit

Although the car’s exterior is still somewhat of a secret, we do know what the interior will look like thanks to previously published images.

Mercedes has confirmed that power for the car will come from a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of pumping out at least 500bhp.

And, in order to maintain the excitement in the months leading up to the reveal, Mercedes plans to dripfeed fans and motoring journalists alike performance data, such as top speed and acceleration as well as other pertinent specifications over the coming weeks.

Mercedes-Benz SL 400

New Mercedes SL 400 replaces SL 350

Mercedes-Benz SL 400

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the SL 400, the new model designed to replace the SL 350 in the brand’s line-up.

The Mercedes SL 400 is equipped with a twin turbo V6 engine with 333hp, compared to 306hp on the SL 350.

The roadster accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 250km/h. Average fuel consumption is 7.3L/100km, or the equivalent of 172g of CO2 emissions per kilometer.

Unlike on the SL 350, the Frontbass audio system and the Magic Vision Control smart windshield wiper system both come standard on the SL 400.

Prices for this new model start from 97,282 euros in Germany.

Carlsson CS50 Versailles

This Mercedes Is Covered in Real Gold

Carlsson CS50 Versailles

For lovers of luxury and bling-bling, German tuning specialist Carlsson is offering an eyeful at the Geneva Motor Show this week, displaying the world’s first gold-covered car.

Several thousand sheets of gold leaf were needed to cover the Versailles-inspired special edition Mercedes S-class presented at the show.

The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class was used as the model for the new limited edition CS50 Versailles Edition of Carlsson,

Carlsson CS50 Versailles interior

Carlsson said it is only planning to produce 25 of the over-the-top luxury vehicles, each customised to fit the tastes of their buyers.

Ten of the Carlsson CS50 Versailles, named after the Palace of Versailles, have already been reserved, said the company, which is targeting in particular ultra-rich buyers in Asia and the Middle East.

About half of the car’s exterior is covered in pure gold, and the precious metal is also omnipresent inside the vehicle, covering the steering wheel, part of the dashboard and a range of knobs, buttons and details.

mercedes s class gold interior

And the luxury does not stop there. The seats are fitted with Nappa leather and the floorboards covered with soft sheepskin carpeting.

It took some 200 man-hours to cover the car with gold leaf, using special squirrel hair brushes, before the delicate metal sheets were sealed with a clear coat to keep them in place, Carlsson said.

Priced at 359,000 euros ($498,000), the Carlsson CS50 Versailles on display in Geneva is among the priciest vehicles at this year’s show.

Carlsson CS50 Versailles edition

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe unveiled

What seemed like nothing more than a promising luxury sports concept vehicle at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show will be launching as a fully fledged production car at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe is a two-door version of the brand’s full-size S sedan and replaces the CL in Mercedes’ lineup.

Under the hood power and performance are derived from a 4.6-liter V8 biturbo engine, good for 455hp and immense levels of torque.

S coupe

Keeping the car’s occupants completely cossetted no matter how tricky the driving gets is a new ‘curve tilting function’, a world-first in a production car.

It means that the S-Class Coupé actively leans into bends, which not only improve the driving line but also dramatically reduces lateral acceleration and the g-force felt by those traveling in the car.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe interior

This new feature is an addition to the Magic Body Control — essentially a suspension system with eyes — that debuted on the sedan version of the S-Class. It monitors the road ahead and automatically adjusts the ride and shock absorber settings to suit ahead of time.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe steering wheel

Other features aimed at comfort and affability include a reworked, curving instrument panel and dashboard fascia that uses TFT screens rather than dials and buttons and the inclusion of a panoramic glass roof.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500 top view

Mercedes will be taking the wraps off the S-Class Coupé March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. A price or release date is yet to be revealed.

Mercedes debuts new V-Class van

Mercedes’ new MPV, the V-Class, offers seating for up to eight and a host of practical features but without scrimping on luxury or performance.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

As such, it could be the perfect vehicle not just for pulling up outside a family-friendly resort hotel, but also for arriving at a red carpet event.

The reason is that despite its huge size — the vehicle will be available in two wheelbases, the biggest of which measures 5370mm — the German car company has tried every design trick in the book to ensure that the MPV doesn’t just look like a converted van.

However, like a van, the V-Class should be seen as an empty shell that each customer can customize to suit his or her needs.

The seats are trimmed with leather as standard, while all of the gadgets and driver aids and infotainment elements associated with the company’s executive cars are also present in the V-Class.

Before customization, the car comes with 4 individual rear seats in 2 rows which can be moved forward and back to improve access and increase trunk space. A foldaway table between the first row of rear seats is also available.

2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

For drivers with more seating needs, the car can be specified with 2 rows of 3 rear seats. They can be fitted so that all rear passengers face each other.

Mercedes hopes that the car will be capable of ticking all of the boxes, whether the V-Class is specified by a driver with a large family, a young couple with an active lifestyle — there’s plenty of room in the back for a couple of mountain bikes — or a chauffeur.

Getting in or out of the car regardless of seating arrangements is made simpler thanks to a sliding rear passenger door, while access to luggage and storage space is equally optimized thanks to the rear tailgate’s clever design.

The whole tailgate can be opened for full access, or just the rear windshield portion when space behind the car is tight — say when parked nose to tail in a side street.

When it officially goes on sale in 2015, the V-Class will be available with a choice of two engines — 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with two-stage turbocharging; and a sportier, more potent BlueTec 3-liter V6 turbodiesel.

maybach beijing

Mercedes bringing back the Maybach

Gangster rappers and royalty rejoice — two years after the brand was axed due to poor sales, the ultra-luxury limousine marque is making a return.

maybach beijing

The new ultra-luxury cars will be ultra-long-wheelbase versions of the company’s new flagship S Class model and will take the comfort up to 11. The cars will have larger, rectangular rear doors for effortless ingress and egress, and the rear compartment will contain every creature comfort needed to work or recline in comfort while someone else takes care of the driving.

When Mercedes first revived the Maybach luxury brand, in 2002, it did so with two cars — the long wheelbase Maybach 57 and even longer wheelbase 62, which were meant to be Mercedes’s even more luxurious answers to a resurgent Rolls-Royce.

Based on an older S Class platform, they were devised to offer rear seat passengers an experience equivalent to flying business class — fully reclining leather seats, panoramic glass roof, a wine chiller and slide-out solid wood picnic tables.

Despite finding a cult following within the rap community, the marque bombed so badly that Mercedes’s parent company, Daimler, was forced to pull the plug in 2011.

But they didn’t fail because they were too expensive, they failed because they were built on an already out-of-date platform which couldn’t offer any of the advanced driver or passenger features that were on all of Mercedes’s new cars at every price point form city car to executive sedan.

This time around it looks as if it has learned its lesson. The current S Class is the most technologically advanced car currently available and one of the best big cars to drive. Therefore, anything that makes it even more comfortable will make it even more desirable.

According to Autoweek, this time around the cars are expected to cost $250,000-$300,000 before customization or bespoke treatments — in other words roughly the same as a Rolls Royce or Bentley.

The new Maybach is expected to launch some time in 2014 and could make a surprise debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show this March.

 

Mercedes S600

Mercedes-Benz S600 launched

The car is brimming with so much active safety technology that it can pretty much drive itself, but giving the S600 full autonomy would rob owners of its greatest feature — its 6-liter, bi-turbo V12 engine.

Mercedes S600

And what an engine it is. Bigger and more powerful than the V12 that graced the outgoing model — 530 hp, 830 Nm of torque and a 0-62 mph (100kph) time of just 4.6 seconds — yet lighter and more fuel efficient. It will guarantee exactly the right levels of performance on tap at exactly the right time, whatever the prevailing road conditions.

But thanks to its Magic Body Control suspension the car shouldn’t roll in the corners or feel anything other than smooth for the rear-seat passengers.

Mercedes Benz S600 interior

Further ensuring a comfortable ride is something called Road Surface Scan that alters the car’s set-up to suit the driving surface — silky tarmac or cobblestones or concrete.

The car has a host of systems, from Collision Prevention Assist Plus to Active Lane Keeping Assist that work together to keep the car safe from front and rear-end collisions, to help drivers avoid obstacles, and track the movement of other vehicles around the car.

Mercedes-Benz S600

In fact, it has so many active safety and driver assist features that it is just one or two regulatory changes away from being able to taking over the driving completely.

It knows which lane it’s in, is aware of cars joining the road from slip lanes and can brake in such a way that it stops short of the vehicle in front but at just the right speed to make sure the car following also has enough time to stop too, without crashing.

But that is the S-Class’s reason for being. It is not only Mercedes-Benz’s flagship car, each new imagining of the luxury executive sedan serves as the pinnacle of what is possible in terms of automotive technology at any given moment and gives consumers a taste of what they can expect to find in their cars in the near future.

Mercedes-Benz S600 Interior

The first car with rear seatbelts? The S-Class. The first car with anti-lock brakes? The S-Class. First airbag? First parking sensors? First active collision avoidance system? The list goes on and on and with the latest addition the list is no even longer still.

Inside, it’s the same story. Two displays have been integrated into the dashboard that offer digital representations of the dials but can also display other crucial or necessary driver information.

Mercedes S600 controller

The infotainment system has also been upgraded to feature a new controller that will be immediately familiar and intuitive to anyone who owns a smartphone that uses finger taps, gestures and even handwriting recognition. Or, simply talk and the car will respond to vocal commands.

Then there’s the full-color head-up display that projects the car’s speed, and navigation information onto the windshield — directly within the driver’s field of vision to minimize potential distraction.

Mercedes S600 driver display

The Mercedes Benz S600 will be available to order in the US and Europe from March and can be specified with the standard or extended limousine wheelbase.

Mercedes C-Class sedan

Mercedes unleashes more luxurious C-Class

Mercedes Benz unveiled Sunday a larger, much better-appointed version of its best selling C-Class model to further distinguish it after introducing the cheaper CLA last year as its new “entry level” car.

Mercedes C-Class sedan

The car that has made Mercedes the leading luxury car maker in the United States was the starter Benz for years. But the company has given it a makeover that raises its class and promises a new life in the mid-range of the luxury market.

Mercedes Chairman Dieter Zetsche said the company has taken some of the high-level styling and functions of the pricier E and S-Class cars and added them to the C-Class, including driver assistance systems — partly autonomous driving — and the Airmatic suspension technology.

The car has also lost 220 pounds (100 kilograms) helped by the use of lightweight materials.

“We believe this star will rock the mid-sized segment” of the market, Zetsche said at the launch, on the occasion of the annual Detroit auto show.

The C-Class has been Mercedes’ most popular model in the U.S. and around the world for several years, and helped lock the company’s lead over its rivals BMW, Audi and Cadillac in the US market.

Zetsche said the CLA has been a “breakthrough car” enjoying “overwhelming demand,” allowing the company to migrate the C-Class up a notch in market segment.

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

The world’s priciest vintage cars

What a difference a year makes. Only 12 months ago the list was a mix of marques from Bugatti to Rolls-Royce, but this year the list has seen more movement than the pop charts with four new entries and seven of the top 10 places being occupied by Ferraris.

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29.65 million

When this car came up for auction, no one even dared hazard a guess as to an estimate. And that’s understandable, as this Mercedes is more than a car, as a vehicle driven by Fangio, it is a piece of automotive history and one that won Formula One races. There’s some dispute as to whether it should make the list, because it is not road legal, however, there’s no doubting that at $29,650,095 (€22,701,864) it is the most expensive classic car ever sold at auction.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB

2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti – $27.5 million 

Why did this car cost so much? Because if one enterprising US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, hadn’t taken Enzo – that’s Enzo Ferrari – to one side and had a whisper in his ear, telling the genius where he was going wrong, it would never have been built.

Chinetti suggested that Ferrari make a convertible version of the 275 GTB/4 to make it easier to sell to his customers, and the N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti was born. Only 10 were ever made and when this car sold for $27,500,000 in August, the proceeds went to charity.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

3. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype – $16.39 million

In third place is the first of two Testa Rossas: this one sold at auction in 2011 for $16.39 million thanks to its incredible racing pedigree. What’s more it is actually the prototype model on which all subsequent Red Heads (Testa Rossa means red head in Italian) were based. The car was painstakingly restored after it crashed on the track and burst into flames.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti $14.3 million

Next up is the third car to make it into the list in 2013, in fact this 250 LM only just made the cut as the auction was held in November. At $14.3 million it broke all previous records for its model but like all of the Ferraris at the upper end of the list, the premium paid is down to the importance of the car in terms of Ferrari’s history, legend and mythology. This was the first mid-engined V12 the company ever produced and inspired a new design language.

1953 Ferrari 340 375 MM Berlinetta Competizione

5. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12.8 million

Another Ferrari and another car sold within the last 12 months. Until the 250 LM went under the hammer, it also held the distinction of being the most expensive closed-in Berlinetta Ferrari ever to sell at auction. However, one thing that it still holds onto is its success on the track. It is still to this day one of the most important cars in Ferrari’s racing history.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $12.4 million 

The second Testa Rossa and, back in 2009 when it went under the hammer, it was the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction. This one managed to win Le Mans three times.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

7. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster $11.77 million 

Finally, something other than a Ferrari. But, like the car in first place, this is also a Mercedes but a very different one at that. An example of this incredibly elegant, but rather sporty in its day, open-top cruiser once belonged to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

He sold it at auction for a then-record of $6.3 million in 2007 only for another of the 26 remaining examples to fall under the hammer at last year’s Pebble Beach, fetching $11.7 million.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

8. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $11.2 million 

In eighth place, yes, another Ferrari and a very handsome one at that. The California models were so called because they were aimed at Californians, who wanted to cruise the boulevards with the top down, but then floor the accelerator and tear it up in the mountains. The price paid for this long wheel base model may well have been influenced by the value of the car now sitting in 10th place.

1968 Ford GT40

9. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car $11 million

The Ford GT40 was one of the greatest sportscars in history. Built to beat Ferrari, it did just that – just not in this list. What makes this example even more important is that as well as a racing pedigree, its former owner was none other than Steve McQueen. It might be pretty low down in the chart but it is still at $11 million it the most expensive American car ever to go under the hammer.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder $10.89 million 

In last place is one of the most attractive cars that Ferrari ever built and, like the GT40, it’s a car with a famous former owner – James Coburn. What’s more, when this car was sold in 2008 it made the headlines because it was the most expensive car to sell at auction. The successful bidder, UK TV and radio broadcaster, Chris Evans revealed that he bought it because he fell in love with it, and that he had only intended to buy a couple of Ferrari posters at the sale, but got carried away.

Georgia May Jagger Mercedes-Benz

Georgia May Jagger for Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a campaign presenting the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, starring Georgia May Jagger and shot by renowned fashion photographer Serge Leblon and directed by David Carette.

With the tagline, “Always restless,” the two-minute clip sees Jagger lazing on a sunroof in a dark, neon-lit cityscape with a couple of pals, before deciding to get a move on; “Let’s go somewhere else,” says the model daughter of Sir Mick and Texan fashion legend Jerry Hall.

Fashion editor Nicoletta Santoro dressed the stars of the film, and put Georgia in a stunning palm-print mini skirt worn underneath a clear perspex coat with a pair of silver heels shining like the metallic car.

Georgia May Jagger Mercedes-Benz

Of course you have to wait until the end for the surrealist touch provided by the giant panda in the driving seat, but we think it’s a fun touch. Previous Mercedes-Benz campaigns have featured supermodels Joan Smalls (who was shot by Mario Testino) and Karlie Kloss.

The GLA, the latest compact crossover from Mercedes was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year and is slated to hit dealerships from spring 2014.

2015 Mercedes GLA

Production begins on Mercedes GLA crossover

The latest compact SUV from Mercedes, the GLA, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year and slated to hit dealerships from spring 2014, has gone into production at the Mercedes plant in Rastatt.

The future crossover will be available in four versions, ranging in power from 136hp (GLA 200 CDI 4MATIC) to 211hp (GLA 250 4MATIC). The most eco-friendly model in the line will be the Mercedes GLA 200 CDI, with its 136hp diesel engine and average CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

2015 Mercedes GLA

The most powerful model, meanwhile, is the Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC, which can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5s and reach a top speed of 235km/h. The latter model’s fuel consumption averages out at 7.1L/100km, which translates into CO2 emissions of 151g/km.

The Mercedes GLA will have the latest version of Mercedes’s branded all-wheel drive system, 4MATIC, designed to distribute power effectively among the wheels. It also includes a collision-prevention system to avoid crashes at speeds of over 7km/h, a rear park assist feature, and the option to automatically cap the vehicle’s top speed at 200km/h.

Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC

The Mercedes GLA is the latest arrival in the increasingly competitive market for entry-level, compact SUVs or crossovers. The new Mercedes line will be competing with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 lines.

The Mercedes-Benz Class S 400

Mercedes S Class is China Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz Class S 400

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class scooped the top honor at the inaugural award ceremony held during the Guangzhou Auto Show.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was chosen from the initial entry list, the shortlist of seven, and the three finalists: the Land Rover Range Rover, the Chang’an Ford Mondeo, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Of receiving the ceremony’s top honor, President of Mercedes-Benz China Mr. Nicholas Speeks, said: “the decision reaffirms the model’s stature and position in China, its top market worldwide.”

As well as the overall winner, there were prizes for different car categories with Porsche’s hybrid hyper car, the 918 Spyder, becoming the first China Performance Car of the Year.

What’s more, the same company’s Panamera E-Hybrid GT car was named the China Green Car of the Year, leading Chief Operating Officer of Porsche China, Mr. Michael Kirsch, to say: “it makes us humble that Porsche has won two awards tonight. I’m surprised a luxury sports car can win a green car award. That means our effort in developing green technology has paid off.”

The final award, for outstanding design, went to the Citroen DS5, or, as it is known in China, Chang’an PSA DS5. It was chosen for “breaking the rules of a conventional design with its unique style.”

The awards were open to any new car that went on sale in China between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 and winners were selected and voted on by a panel of 10 independently appointed automotive magazine editors.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

Mercedes Benz has announced Final Edition hardtop and roadster versions of the SLS AMG GT. Strictly limited to 350 examples, the cars present customers’ last ever chance to get their hands on the AMG-co-developed supercar.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION

And for those lucky enough to snap one up when they hit the market in March following their official reveals at the Tokyo and LA motor shows this week, there will be no need to worry that jealous onlookers won’t be able to tell just how special the car is.

Thanks to a matte black carbon fiber effect bonnet, real carbon-fiber front air-splitting chin spoiler and similarly black carbon fiber fixed rear wing, no one will be left in any doubt.

Although not to everyone’s taste, all three additions to the standard model are needed to keep the outrageously powerful car on the straight and narrow as are the specially developed Cup tires for better steering precision and increased grip. With 591 horsepower on tap, thanks to a 6.3-liter V8, it would otherwise be very easy to end up going sideways.

And even though it is a big, heavy car, it can still accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 198mph (318km/h).

One of the things that has made both the coupé and roadster versions of the car so popular since its launch in 2009 is that despite all of that bruising power — it’s the vehicular equivalent of a battering ram — it still offers all of the comfort, refinement and gadgetry of any other flagship Mercedes model.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION

The cabin’s soundproofing is excellent, as are the choices of materials and levels of finishing. The Final Edition’s seats, doors and center panel are trimmed in designo exclusive leather with a diamond stitching pattern. The seats also feature an embossed AMG emblem while a plaque on the carbon fiber dashboard officially states the car’s number in relation to the 350 models that will be produced.

Mercedes Benz will confirm country-by-country pricing at a later date.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Mercedes reveals ‘Gran Turismo’ vision

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a virtual supercar concept, is set to make a real-world debut at the company’s new US R&D center in California.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

It turns out that the concept car, which was created for “Gran Turismo 6,” the Playstation racing game, is more than simply a collection of pixels and computer code.

Mercedes Gran Turismo vision

A real-life, scale 1:1 version of the 585hp, super-light-weight car, complete with heads-up display and gullwing doors, will be arriving in Sunnyvale, California to mark the official opening of Mercedes-Benz’s new Research and Development facility on November 19.

Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo

The car, which manages to pay homage to the marque’s supercars of decades past, such as the 300SL, while also being clearly a visitor from the automotive future, blends long, feminine flowing lines with aggressive animalistic front and rear haunches that cover the car’s oversized alloy wheels.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GranTurismo

Under the hood is a front mid-mounted V8 biturbo engine courtesy of AMG and as the car is built using an aluminum space frame adorned with carbon fiber, it tips the scales at just 1385kg, meaning that it offers a power-to-weight ratio of 1hp to every 2.4kg.

Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo

To mark the game’s 15th anniversary, its developer, Polyphony Digital Inc., approached a number of car companies, including Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Volkswagen, as well as legendary automotive design studios Bertone, ItalDesign Giugiaro and Zagota and asked them to create exclusive virtual concept cars which will be released as gifted downloadable content to gamers as online updates.

And when the game goes on sale in December, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo will be the first concept that players will be able to download.