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6 Stars of New York Auto Show

New York’s International Auto Show opened to the public last Friday, March 25, 2016, and a few pieces caught our eye, courtesy of the wire services. Now, the buzz happens to be about the rechargeable Toyota Prius but for us, we are invigorated by the Mercedes GLC Coupé and the spectacular Audi R8 Spyder. In terms of performance vehicles, a couple of models from brands we don’t normally follow caught our eye. We are thinking of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Nissan GT-R.

Audi R8 Spyder 2016

Audi R8 Spyder

Loaded with a 540hp V10 engine promising 0 to 62mph (0 to 100km/h) acceleration in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198mph (318km/h), the new-generation Audi R8 Spyder caused a sensation at the New York show. It’s expected to land in Europe from September 2016.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2016

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which comes with a 640hp V8 engine and a choice of six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearboxes. Surprisingly, the American automaker hasn’t yet announced performances for this car, which is due to land before the end of 2016. A convertible version, also presented at the New York event, should be available in early 2017.

Mazda MX-5 RF 2016

Mazda MX-5 RF

In a worldwide premiere, the Mazda MX-5 RF showed off an automatically retracting roof and rear window, and a new color finish called “Machine Gray.” It should be available in autumn in Europe, in a gasoline version with manual or automatic transmission.

Mercedes GLC Coupe 2016

Mercedes GLC Coupé

Daimler presented the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé at the New York event, billed as a cross between a functional SUV and a sports coupé, with a sleek, sporty, off-roader design and a stylish interior. The GLC Coupé is set to land in eight different versions, including gas and diesel options. A rechargeable hybrid version is expected towards the end of 2016.

Mini Clubman All 4 2016

Mini Clubman All 4

The Mini Clubman All 4 has a lighter build and gets all-wheel drive, promising improved handling, a more comfortable ride in the larger cockpit, and a special mode for boosted efficiency. It’s expected to land in dealerships in the springtime.

Nissan GT-R 2016

Nissan GT-R

The 2017 version of the Nissan GT-R supercar gets a 570hp V6 biturbo engine. It also has a new chrome-finished V-shaped front grille and a redesigned trunk promising increased stability and holding at high speeds, particularly at the front of the car. It’ll be available from summer 2016, with trims including a “Gentleman Edition” with a leather interior.

The New York International Auto Show runs March 25 to April 3, 2016.

Mercedes Maybach S-Guard is Bulletproof

For James Bond wannabes (and cartel bosses, most likely), the Mercedes Maybach S-Guard is the first civilian vehicle ever to achieve a VR10 ballistic protection rating. In fact, Germany’s own Federal Office of Criminal Investigation has fully approved of its use after testing. This inconspicuous but hardy limousine looks just like any other Maybach S 600 making it well suited to cover any VIP in need of protection.

But anyone wishing to don the mantle of 007 wants to have all the safety, as well as the style. The S-Guard aims to please. At 470,000 Euros (before taxes), you can get reclining rear seats, the softest leathers and an optional drinks chiller cabinet optimized for champagne (what else). While sipping your tipple of choice, you can expect protection from “hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle” (thus the VR10 rating). RPG you ask? This defender laughs in the face of the question. Seriously, for a higher rating of protection, clients would need to consider non-civilian modes of transport – like a tank.

Yet everyone knows that bad guys have many ways of getting at their targets. Don’t worry because you, as the owner of the S-Guard, are shielded. Any of those pesky explosive charges snuck underneath are fended off by the entire underbody being shaped and armored. Even the fuel-tank is reinforced with some sort of self-healing coating (reportedly the same as used in the Apache assault helicopter). Run-flat tires and a very powerful engine (6-liter V12 with 500+ horses) helps you to a clean getaway in case you’re outnumbered and under fire.

For now, you can expect this stealthy and comfortable juggernaut to be favored by Heads of State, undercover agents and Martin Shkreli. Oh yes, on that note about crime bosses who might have an eye on this model, Mercedes says it will screen all prospective buyers to avoid just such a scenario.

Ferrari Berlinetta Drives to Top Lot at Bonhams

British auction house Bonhams is gearing up for the sale of classic cars and motorbikes at the Grand Palais museum this Thursday, February 4. In its sixth year, the auction is expected to fetch millions of dollars where German and Italian models may garner the highest bids. Listed with the highest valuation as the top lot is the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta. Those looking to own a model that was developed closely by Enzo Ferrari himself can expect to begin their bid at $2.7 million.

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1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

Joining the Ferrari, is the Mercedes- Benz CLK GTR Coupé from 2000 ($2 million), a 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta ($1 million), a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider with a hardtop ($980,000), a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ($870,000), and a 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Berlinette ($810,000).

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1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé

Next in line comes a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé ($650,000 to €870,000), then a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Coupé ($487,000 to $700,000), a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Berlinette Coda Ronda ($490,000 to $700,000) and a 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina ($490,000 to $600,000).

Among other curiosities, auction-goers will have the chance to bid for a 1967 Citroën DS21 Cabriolet Le Caddy ($270,000 to $380,000) and a 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5l Coupé once owned by Lino Ventura ($98,000 to $130,000).

A total of 250 lots will be up for auction, with 133 cars and 54 motorbikes, including 18 rare Italian motorbikes from the Stockholm Motorbike Museum in Sweden. All of the vehicles for sale will be on show at the Grand Palais exhibition center in Paris on Wednesday, February 3, from 9 am to 5:30 pm and on Thursday, February 4, from 9 am.

The Bonhams auction is being held at the Grand Palais, Paris, on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Visit the Bonhams official website for more information.

40 for Detroit: New Models Galore at Auto Show

Forget the winter chill: the mood at the Detroit auto show is expected to be bubbling with merriment when carmakers riding high on record US sales reveal their latest wares to the world January 16. We are especially interested in offerings from Mercedes, Porsche and, of all things, Hyundai and Buick!

“The industry is truly firing on all cylinders, and that will be reflected at this year’s show,” said Paul Sabatini, chairman of the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit auto show or Detroit motor show as we are tagging it here.

More than 40 new vehicles will vie for the attention of over 5,000 journalists from dozens of countries during two days of official press previews.

“There are certainly important vehicles there,” Jack Nerad, an analyst with Kelly Blue Book, said in a telephone interview.

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Volvo S90 at Detroit

Chrysler will be unveiling the next generation of its Town and Country minivan while General Motors will reveal its China-made Buick Envision sport utility vehicle. The Buick Avista has already stolen the spotlight ahead of the show and we will be following up with more this model, if it is up our alley.

This is a nice bridge to news that we like very much: lots of activity on the high end. Mercedes will be trying to steal the spotlight by revealing its new E class luxury sedan at a party.

The luxury market is reported to be crowded, with an all-new Porsche 911 Turbo set to debut alongside Volvo’s new S90 premium sedan, Ford’s much-anticipated updated Lincoln Continental and fresh models from BMW and Infiniti. Yes BMW has more to reveal, even after CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Korea’s Hyundai is hoping to replicate the success of Japanese rivals Toyota, Honda and Nissan by introducing a separate luxury brand, Genesis.

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Global debut of the Genesis badge by Hyundai at Detroit

Technology will take center stage, said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com. Given that the biggest forward leaps in terms of consumer technology have already been revealed at CES, we are not looking for new developments, just more of the same. In other words, look for more semi-autonomous features.

Press previews were held this week at Detroit’s convention center. The show opens to the public on January 16 and 800,000 people are expected to attend by the time it closes on January 24.

130 Ways to Celebrate 130 Years of Mercedes

The new Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic Cabriolet “Edition 130” will be limited to 130 examples worldwide. This is quite a change of pace for a firm that sold close to 2 billion cars in 2014 and by all indications, when the final numbers are in, will have raced past that count in 2015. The new limited edition was unveiled at the North American International Autoshow (aka the Detroit Motor Show) and is meant to celebrate the history and heritage of the company, as well as its reputation for making superlative cars. That said, strap yourself in and get ready for a bit of a history lesson.

In 1885 Karl Benz developed the first vehicle – a three-wheeler – powered by his internal combustion engine and a year later Gottlieb Daimler independently debuted his own gas engine four-wheel car. And although both innovators initially set out with their own businesses to sell automobiles to the public, by 1926 those businesses had joined forces to become Daimler-Benz, Mercedes-Benz’s parent.

“The first automobiles from Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were open vehicles. Mercedes-AMG honors this achievement of the founding fathers with this highly exclusive cabriolet, and demonstrates the developments the automobile has undergone in the last 130 years, developments which would have been inconceivable at that time,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

To ensure the car stands out from all other S-Class cabriolets, it will feature a special high-gloss silver paint finish chosen to pay homage to the firm’s racing heritage. The fabric folding roof will also be finished in red, an option unavailable on any other production Mercedes drop top.

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The seats are finished in Bengal red and black Nappa Leather and exclusive carbon fiber and piano black veneers adorn the console and door panels. An engraved steering wheel bezel and a prominently placed plaque on the center console indicate that the car is both a special edition and record which number in the 130-model run it represents.

And that’s just the start. Aware that truly limited edition cars very quickly become collectible, each example will come with its own tailor-made embroidered car cover, and every example will be handed over personally to its owner along with a Welcome package, which will include a special key for the vehicle and an aluminum box in which to keep it safe.

But with a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 under its hood, an output of 577bhp to all four wheels and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds, it will be a true shame if these cars are put into storage rather than being used for their intended purpose – a celebration of the automobile.

Luxury Carmakers Cheer Brilliant 2015 Finish

Even as prices at the pump hold steady at low rates, the premium segment of the auto industry is popping the champagne after an historic 2015. Over the course of last year, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and McLaren have all set or are anticipating new sales records. Aside from sales, Ferrari is celebrating its independence and Hyundai is dropping in on the luxury market with the Genesis badge.

For McLaren, a supercar company that’s only been in business for five years, 2015 is the second year in succession that it’s broken the previous year’s record. Even though each model it produces is hand assembled, it delivered 1654 cars this year.

Demand is such that the company is introducing a night shift. “This accelerated development has led to yet another record year, with unprecedented levels of demand for all of our cars, especially the new Sports Series, for which we are currently holding more than six months worth of orders,” said CEO, Mike Flewitt.

Jaguar Land Rover has also enjoyed a bumper 2015, selling 487,065 vehicles – a 5% jump on 2014. “Customer response has been extremely positive, resulting in record retails across UK, North America and Europe. The appeal of our Jaguars and Land Rovers has also been recognized through over 95 global awards in 2015, including 15 for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and 19 for the Jaguar XE alone. 2016 promises to be another exciting year,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said.

Despite being implicated in the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, Audi exceeded even its own lofty expectations – selling 1.8 million cars globally and for the first time crossed the 200,000-vehicle mark in the US where it can’t build SUVs quick enough to keep up with demand.

“2015 has proved that Audi is solidly on track and that we are able to master a year that presented various challenges very successfully,” Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, said.

Meanwhile Volvo sold more than 500,000 cars for the first time in its history. “I am delighted to report that 2015 was a year of record sales,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “Now, with a successful 2015 behind us, Volvo is about to enter the second phase of its global transformation. Once completed, Volvo will have ceased being a minor automotive player and taken its position as a truly global premium car company.”

Cadillac is also reenergized. After years of struggling to compete, it saw a 7.5% growth in global sales. “This creates a strong foundation for our two all-new products launching in the first half of 2016 — the CT6 prestige sedan and the XT5 luxury crossover,” stated Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

Mercedes and BMW remain the popular premium automotive brands to beat. Mercedes clocked up sales of 1.872 million vehicles globally, a 13.4% jump on 2014. “We anticipate additional sales impetus in 2016 from the new E-Class, the world’s most intelligent business saloon,” explained board member Ola Källenius.

BMW has yet to reveal full results from 2015 but the firm had already experienced a record 2014, selling more than 2 million vehicles globally; the Munich-based automaker passed the 2 million mark in November last, the first time it has ever done that by that point in the year. “The steady sales growth we’ve shown throughout the year so far reflects the great new products we currently have on the market,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW.

This report was compiled by in-house writers, in combination with a wire report and image from the AFP.

Sneak Peek: Mercedes-AMG Cabriolet

German automaker Mercedes is set to lift the lid on its latest AMG model, the comfortable yet massively overpowered S 65 Cabriolet, at January’s motor show in Detroit. Basically, this is a soft-top with room for four to lounge in complete comfort or to go from 0-100km/h in a Porsche 911-obliterating 4.1 seconds.

This potentially dangerous turn of speed plus the tire-shredding 630hp on tap is thanks to a meticulously hand-constructed 6-liter biturbo engine, which is making its fifth and potentially most dramatic appearance in the current Mercedes-AMG range.

“The customer base for our V12 biturbo engine expects the ultimate in every respect. That is why we are offering a four-seater high-performance convertible with this legendary power unit for the first time. The new S 65 Cabriolet sets benchmarks for all relevant criteria: top performance, a breathtaking driving experience and exquisite appointments,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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However, this engine is being dropped in the S-Class and so the ferocity has to be balanced by formidable comfort and cutting-edge driving and safety tech. So, to ensure that passengers still feel cosseted whether the roof is up or down or no matter how far into the carpet the accelerator pedal is buried, the car has airmatic suspension for ironing out uneven asphalt.

It will also lean into or away from curves to improve cornering without spilling beverages, and has an impressively complex climate control system that deflects wind and unpleasant fumes out of the cabin with the roof down, blows warm air around occupants’ necks (called the airscarf) and heats armrests and other leather surfaces so there’s never a sense of wind chill.

Meanwhile touches that ensure the driver can unleash all 12 cylinders with confidence include a very smooth seven-speed automatic yet performance-oriented transmission, and a full head-up display to minimize distractions while optimizing the flow of information regarding speed, navigation and traffic sign recognition.

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The full Distronic Plus suite of features are also on offer including lane monitoring and active lane keeping and blind spot monitoring, pre-collision braking – even at speeds of up to 100km/h – parking assist and cross traffic monitoring. Even if the car can’t avoid an accident, pre-collision systems will lock the brakes in the event of a potential rear-end shunt and pre-tension seatbelts.

The Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet will make its official debut in January at the North American International Auto Show and will go on sale in April 2016.

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Mercedes-Benz To Design Apartments in London

Mercedes-Benz is entering the market for premium business apartments in collaboration with the Frasers Hospitality Group, a leading international provider of luxury serviced apartments.

Mercedes Benz frazer apartment sofa

Taking the interiors of its S-Class and Maybach models as a starting point, Mercedes-Benz has completely styled six apartments (of 100 square meters each) located  in London’s glamorous Kensington area.

Each Mercedes-Benz Living @Fraser residence has two bedrooms, a living area and fitted kitchen, but everything, from the lighting system to individual pieces of furniture, have been designed to create a seamless visual flow but one that exists without making the entire space open plan.

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The position, choice and development fixtures and fittings help to outline dedicated spaces within spaces.

“As in our vehicles we have combined sensual surfaces and clean lines with intelligent high-tech functionality in order to create a perfectly conceived world of modern luxury that promotes wellbeing and relaxation,” explains Gorden Wagener, head of Design at Daimler AG.

Mercedes Benz living frazer apartment

A centerpiece of each apartment will be a multimedia system that the company calls the Black Magic Wall. An entire wall given over to digital entertainment and finished in high-gloss black, it will provide a huge visual contrast and is a careful nod to the deign aesthetic of a luxury car interior.

Mercedes Benz frazer apartment

The company turned to existing partners Burmester and Swarovski to help bring particular design and feature elements of the apartments to fruition, and if the initial London pilot scheme is a success when it opens to business travelers in November, a further nine apartments in Singapore will be similarly developed.

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The Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA is a Shapeshifting Car

Mercedes-Benz IAA 2015

 is previewing the future of automotive with its Concept IAA at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Mercedes-Benz describes its Frankfurt show car as two concepts in one. And that’s because the IAA, which stands for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, is a shape shifter in the literal sense.

Mercedes IAA Concept

When standing still it’s a perfectly executed visual design exercise, but once it starts rolling and hits 80km/h, the car’s exterior elements realign, resulting in a shape with a drag coefficient of 0.19, which, according to the firm, is on a par with the greatest race cars ever built.

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“Fascinating and technically sophisticated cars form the core of Mercedes-Benz. The ‘Concept IAA’ applies intelligent innovations to resolve the conflicting aims of functionality and aesthetics and shows that we still have plenty of ideas on how to achieve further improvements in efficiency,” says Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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The Bugatti Veyron, the world’s fastest production car, also changes shape as it accelerates to better cut through the wind and to maintain grip at the limits. However, the IAA is pushing the idea to the max. The car actually grows in length by some 390mm as its aerodynamic properties change. The front bumper even moves under the car to improve airflow.

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All of which allows the 279hp plug-in hybrid to achieve an all-electric range of 66km and CO2 emissions of just 28g/kg. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

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And it wouldn’t be a Mercedes if the interior didn’t offer something equally impressive. Despite the car’s huge size — over 5 meters — it’s designed to seat just four people in absolute comfort.

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There is a clear focus on the finest metals and glass finishes and on technology as a leisure and comfort facilitator. All controls appear and respond like the best tablet or smartphone user experiences, while car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication ensure the vehicle avoids accidents and congestion, is prepared for adverse weather conditions, and always knows what’s coming at the end of a junction.

Mercedes IAA Concept rear end

Mercedes-Benz wasn’t the only luxury automaker to show a four-door coupe concept in Frankfurt. Porsche unveiled the Mission E, its all-electric, battery-powered four-seat sports car concept.

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.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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Can Mercedes revolutionize parking?

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Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, its car sharing subsidiary car2go and Bosch have initiated together a pilot project where cars can park by themselves on a parking garage and return autonomously to a pick up location.

The system, which will require cameras and sensors to be installed in car parks, will initially be integrated into car2go’s vehicle fleet.

Car2go is Daimler’s car-sharing service and one that relies heavily on smartphone apps and connectivity as a means of allowing customers to book and pay for car use — making it the perfect test environment.

Existing park assist, intelligent cruise control and autonomous breaking technologies available on a host of premium sedans, the Mercedes-Benz S Class included, are sufficient when working in unison for a car to be able to maneuver itself into a garage, a road-side space or into a parking bay on an outdoor car park without an accident.

However, identifying an empty space within an indoor, multi-storey car park, navigating to it and driving into it isn’t possible unless the parking structure itself is as connected as the cars within it. This is where Bosch comes in.

When the partnership is officially ratified on July 8, the company will be charged with developing the intelligent infrastructure components — parking bay sensors, cameras, etc — needed so that cars can see the layout of a car park as clearly as a human driver.

“Fully automated parking will be ready for mass-production before fully automated driving,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, the responsible Board Member of Bosch. “Low driving speeds and the information from the car park infrastructure enable a fast implementation.”

When the project is completed, a car2go customer will be able to summon a vehicle to the collection point and then send it away again when it’s no longer needed.

However, what makes the Daimler/Bosch system stand out is that the companies are planning to bring it to market “in the near future.”

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.

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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.

ROTWILD GT S mountain bike

Mercedes-AMG GT Inspires Pricey Mountain Bike

Inspired by the Mercedes AMG GT, Rotwild GT S mountain bike is designed to withstand the toughest of off road conditions.

ROTWILD GT S mountain bike

Sporting a light weight frame in solar yellow and carbon black accents, the new mountain bike exudes sportiness and the best of technology.

It comes in with electronic gear shifting, Shimano XTR drive technology, multi shift function and gears that can be shifted in sequence.

ROTWILD GT S mountain bike

The bike sports carbon fiber handlebars, Formula AMG R1 Racing FCS disc brakes and 29” carbon fiber wheels with Continental Race King tyres.

Rotwild GT S mountain bike will come in with a package that include Thule protective transport case, Topeak shock pump, and a host of other Topeak tools all packed in a rescue kit.

ROTWILD GT S mountain bike

Weighing only 267 grams, the hydraulic Formula AMG R1 Racing FCS disc brake is among the lightest on the market.

ROTWILD GT S mountain bike

Limited to just 100 units, Rotwild GT S mountain bike will be available in showrooms from May 2015. Price: €9990

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.

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Mercedes chooses Geneva for GT3 race car reveal

Mercedes AMG GT3

Bringing a new competition car for customer racers to the world’s most refined auto show suggests that Mercedes-Benz is giving huge consideration to entering the road-legal track-focused supercar market

As well as unveiling the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, Geneva will also be the venue for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racecar’s first outing.

Mercedes AMG GT3 race car

The car has been built to FIA specifications and will be heading to the track to compete in the 2015-2016 GT3 championships after its debut.

While the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is based on the AMG GT, power will come from the same naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter V8 as the SLS AMG GT3 car it replaces.

Mercedes AMG GT3 interior

With an output of around 550-600 hp, the GT3 racer will be better equipped than the road car which uses a 503-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

It has a six-speed transaxle-mounted sequential racing gearbox, which is said to aid weight distribution, and double-wishbone suspension made mostly from aluminum.

Mercedes AMG GT3 side

Testing and validation is still ongoing, so expect to see the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at various tracks around the world throughout 2015.

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Is the Mercedes Pullman the pinnacle of luxury?

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first images of the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman S600 limousine prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

With its latest premium model, Mercedes-Benz is not only attempting to stretch one of its most valuable brands, the Pullman marque, it is also quite literally stretching the current definition of automotive luxury.

That’s because the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman measures 6.5 meters from nose to tail. For some perspective, the Rolls-Royce Phantom extended wheelbase is almost half a meter shorter.

But the car needs to be that long to ensure that two rear-seat passengers can travel in absolute luxury with more room to recline and stretch out than is typically found in a Paris or New York studio apartment.

Mercedes describes the car’s rear cabin as “a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge” and that’s not hyperbole.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman interior

The entire space is wrapped in the highest quality leather and the executive seats have integrated calfskin rests that can be raised and lowered just like the seats in an airline’s business class section.

There’s also the option of a vis-à-vis seating layout so that the car can carry four passengers, two on fold-down rear-facing seats and two in the executive reclining chairs.

As well as comfort, the car is all about privacy and seclusion. The rear windows come with blinds, and there’s a glass partition that separates the chauffeur from the rear-seat passengers. It can be raised and lowered, and, with the press of a button, turn from transparent to opaque.

Mercedes says that before personalization options, bespoke detailing or armoring, a ‘standard’ Pullman will cost roughly €500,000, making it more expensive as well as longer than a Rolls-Royce.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman rear

But the people who will be considering the Pullman as their next daily run-around don’t care about cost, but they do care about aesthetic individuality – something all Rolls-Royce cars have but that in terms of external appearance, at least, the Pullman lacks – it takes many of its visual cues from the Mercedes S-Class.

Still Mercedes must be confident that the car will be a hit, or else it wouldn’t have resurrected the Pullman marque!

Mercedes SL 417 Mille Miglia

Mercedes debuts limited edition Mille Miglia SL

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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

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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.