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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.

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.

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.