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Mercedes AMG GT3

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.

Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

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

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.


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.

mercedes benz bmw logo

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.


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.


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-AMG SL 63 World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition

Mercedes announces special Formula One edition SL 63

Mercedes-AMG SL 63 World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating its double triumph in the Formula 1 World Championship this year with two limited edition models of the SL 63 AMG.

Mercedes will only build 19 units of each model, as each individual vehicle is dedicated to one of the 19 Formula 1 race tracks from the 2014 season.

Each model will feature one of the 19 tracks as a hand-embroidered interior pattern as well as on an engraved dashboard plaque and key fob.

What also makes the commemorative cars so special is that they were co-designed by this year’s World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and runner-up and fellow team driver, Nico Rosberg.

Plump for the black edition and you’ll be taking delivery of a car styled by Hamilton. As well as a special black exterior finish that extends to the door mirror covers and door handles, there is gold accenting on the spoilers, fins and rear bumper. The contrasting continues in the cabin with nappa black leather offset by gold stitching and an equally gold sheen to elements such as air conditioning vents.

Go for Nico’s slightly more understated taste and the SL will come in an equally rare white finish, but with contrasting grey elements.

However, both cars are the same under the hood — a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 calls the shots, offering 585hp on top, 900Nm of torque and a top speed of 300km/h.

Mercedes-AMG SL 63 World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition

And for those collectors that can’t decide if they prefer dazzling black and gold or subtler white and grey hues, Mercedes has the perfect solution: don’t pick. The company plans to initially offer the cars for sale in matching pairs complete with a helmet worn by both F1 stars plus a choice of either Hamilton or Rosberg’s limited-edition IWC Ingenieur chronograph watch.

Lucky owners will also get an invitation to the opening race of the 2015 season in Melbourne, Australia, all for €629,510 ($785,618).

The cars are scheduled to be built and delivered in April where they will be presented to their owners at the German Grand Prix.

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!


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.


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.


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.”


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.

Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Hugo Boss switches from McLaren to Mercedes

 will become a team partner of the Formula One race team Mercedes AMG Petronas next season, it has been confirmed.

The announcement brings to an end Hugo Boss’ long association with McLaren, which began back in 1981 – over 30 years ago.

“With Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss formally intensifying their existing co-operations earlier this year, extending the partnership into the brand’s Formula 1 team was a logical progression,” explained a statement.

Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

The fashion company will provide team clothing with branding also appearing on the race cars driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Hugo Boss will also develop a ‘BOSS for Mercedes-Benz Collection’ which will be available twice a year featuring high-end menswear fashion.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Mercedes-AMG C 63

The Mercedes-AMG C 63, a supercar for all the family?

Mercedes-AMG C 63

If you like the look of Mercedes’ latest super coupé, the Mercedes-AMG GT, but wished that it had more seats, doors and luggage space so that it could be used every day, there’s good news.

With the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, the company has taken its flagship supercar’s performance and creature comforts and distilled them into both a mid-sized four-door sedan and an estate car.


That means comfortable seats for five, great all-round visibility, room for shopping and suitcases and a minimum of 476hp, 650Nn of torque and a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds waiting to be unleashed by your right foot.

And that ‘minimum’ is an important term because those figures refer to the ‘standard’ Mercedes-AMG C 63. The C 63 S cranks things up even further.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 2015

Its bi-turbo V8 engine offers 510hp, 700Nm of torque and a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds when fitted to the sedan. The estate is a bit less aerodynamic so that acceleration time is ever so slightly longer (4.1 sec).

But if you have an extra one-tenth of a second to spare, then the estate version really could be the car for all seasons and all reasons particularly as its closest true competitor, the M3 built by BMW, is offered as a sedan and a coupé (badged M4), but is not currently available in estate form.


Mercedes-AMG C 63 interior

As well as some serious tinkering with the car’s underpinnings and suspension, Mercedes has also turned its attention to the interior, making the seats deeper and more cosseting while a smaller steering wheel will also help keep the car in check at higher speeds.

However, thanks to a truly comprehensive range of options the car can be dressed up to be as luxurious as it is fast.

The new car should also be cheaper to run as it’s somehow capable of returning a fuel economy of 33.6mpg even in ‘S’ estate form.

The C 63 will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and will be going on sale in Europe before the end of the year.

Mercedes is also expected to add a coupé and a convertible version to the range in early 2015 and there are whispers that a four-wheel drive version might be coming to some left-hand-drive countries in the future, too.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.