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2015 Mercedes GLA

Production begins on Mercedes GLA crossover

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

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

2015 Mercedes GLA

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

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

Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC

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

The Mercedes-Benz Class S 400

Mercedes S Class is China Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz Class S 400

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

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

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION

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

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

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

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

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

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION

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

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

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

Mercedes reveals ‘Gran Turismo’ vision

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

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

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

Mercedes Gran Turismo vision

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

Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo

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

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GranTurismo

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

Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo

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

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

Mercedes S 65 AMG

New Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG revealed

Mercedes S 65 AMG

At the upcoming LA Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz will premiere the S65 AMG 2014, its new luxury sedan powered by a V12 twin-turbo engine with 630hp.

This third iteration of the Mercedes S 65 AMG has a 6.0L V12 twin-turbo engine with a total output of 630hp coupled with an automatic 7G-Tronic transmission offering three driving modes (economical, manual and sport). The sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.3s, and its top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The model’s fuel consumption over a mixed cycle is announced at 11.9L/100km, for CO2 emissions equivalent to 279g/km. The Mercedes S 65 AMG also has a lithium-ion battery, which allows it to save more than 20kg compared to the traditional starter and back-up batteries.

In terms of safety features, the Mercedes S 65 AMG stands out for its Pre-Safe autonomous emergency braking system and its night vision assistant. Extra options include a 360° camera, exclusive seats, or even individual entertainment systems for each of the back seat passengers.

The new S 65 AMG will be available in the sedan version only from March 2014 in certain markets, with prices starting at €232,050 (around $310,600).

Last spring, Mercedes garnered headlines in the automotive world with the presentation of its new S Class, designed around three major principles: luxury, safety and energy efficiency.

The range will be available with four engine systems, including two hybrids (S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S 400 Hybrid) equipped with a small electric motor.

Mercedes S Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept

Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe Concept

The Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe, which previews the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, debuted on Tuesday at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Mercedes stresses that although this car is merely a concept, the design cues, flourishes and technology on display are all destined to make it onto upcoming cars.

Inside, the instrument panel has been shaped to reflect, in Mercedes’ words, “a whale fluke just before it re-enters the water”. Finished in white with milled aluminum switchgear, the effect is of flowing, unbroken lines and of space. Emphasizing the aura of luxury are the calfskin upholstered seats and the hand-woven silk carpeting and roof liner while under the hood.

Mercedes S Class Coupe Concept interior

The new car features a host of technology: its Intelligent Drive system uses stereo cameras which can map a three-dimensional representation of the road ahead to alert the driver and can also detect and predict the position of objects around the car at any given moment up to a distance of 500 meters.

This technology is also tied into the suspension system so that it is always prepared to iron out kinks in the road ahead before the car encounters them, for the smoothest possible ride.

Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe roof

Increasing the sense of well-being is an infotainment system that uses Gracenote technology and can play a track list based on the driver’s mood and has a catalogue of 18 million tracks to choose from.

Under the hood, there’s a bi-turbo V8 that’s been massaged and refined by AMG so that it puts out 455 hp and over 700Nm of torque, but the top speed remains a mystery.

Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe side

Mercedes-Benz experimenting with Google Glass

Google Glass photo

Mercedes-Benz’s North American R&D chief claims the ultimate goal is to use Google’s head-worn computer to create a seamless GPS system.

Despite the fact that Gary C. Howell, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, is currently trying to pass a bill that would make them illegal while driving, Mercedes-Benz’s US research and development arm is hard at work developing in-car applications for Google Glass.

In an interview with Business Journal this week, Johann Jungwirth, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, says that the company’s ultimate goal is to create a “seamless” door-to-door transition between pedestrian directions and in-car GPS. The idea being that the information displayed via the headset automatically switches from in-car navigation to on-foot directions the moment the driver kills the engine and alights from his or her luxury German sedan.

The contextual awareness of Google Glass would mean that a destination would only have to be entered once to cover the journey, no matter how many different forms of transport were required to arrive at a destination.

As a device, Google Glass is still also very much in its own R&D phase. Only a handful of the headsets are ‘in the wild’ and they mostly belong to developers who are busy getting to grips with what the wearable computer can do and how they can best exploit its features via specially created apps.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart

Mercedes unveils luxury concept golf cart

Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart

For golf fans craving a bit more luxury on the links, Mercedes has unveiled a new “Vision Golf Cart,” a concept golf cart of the future.

Sketches for the new state-of-the-art fantasy cart were shown at the 2013 Open Championship in Scotland this past weekend. It was created by Mercedes-Benz’s head of design Gorden Wagener, who relied on the help of golfers who submitted their ideas to the company.

“I was very inspired by the idea of designing a golf cart, giving it a new shape and new sorts of meaning,” Wagener said in a statement. “Why not treat a golf cart like a car, and make it a ‘Golf Car?'”

Drivers can control the cart via a central joystick, which lets you sit on either side of the cart to control its direction. Also it features a revolving iPhone/iPad docking station, heating/cooling cup holders and a cooler/warmer refrigerator.

It features an “air scarf” heater, as well as a solar panel roof. A “fore button” notifies other players of a misplaced shot. In addition, the cart features touch screen monitors and a USB interface.

For nighttime play, the Vision features floodlight functionality on the LED headlamps and an illuminated vanity mirror for primping.

Also, riders can send emails, view weather forecasts, order meals from a country club restaurant, share their scores and photos via social media, or make calls over the loudspeaker system.

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Revealed: Video

A work of mechanical art, the latest AMG-infused Mercedes S Class sets new performance figures for the luxury car sector.

The S 63 AMG car, which starts off life as a Mercedes Benz S Class, before being handed over to the crack team of engineers that make up AMG, will make its official debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show where it will no doubt draw a huge crowd.

From a purely technical point of view, it’s easy to admire the work that AMG carries out and its approach to reinvigorating stock Mercedes Benz cars. And, as always, the handcrafted V8 engine, bedecked with twin turbochargers, that sits snugly under the hood of the S 63 AMG is a work of art.

In fact, the engine’s use of lightweight aluminum alloys, its eight cylinders and 32 valves, plus its 585hp make it more suitable for inclusion in an exhibition than in a luxury Merc.

Which raises the question of who exactly a luxury sedan capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and one with a stiffened sports suspension set-up is aimed at.

Perhaps a chauffeur who moonlights as a racecar driver at weekends but who is in a financial position where he can only afford to run one vehicle?

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG

Nevertheless, the car is a technical masterpiece, the engineers somehow managing to make the vehicle 100kg lighter than a stock Mercedes S Class without cutting back on luxury.

It is also faster than the last AMG iteration of an S Class and features a number of high-tech features including Magic Body Control — a stereo camera which scans the road ahead to identify road-surface undulations and adjust the car’s suspension settings in advance to retain ride quality.

The S 63 AMG will be available in short and long-wheelbase versions and pricing will be confirmed in September, following its Frankfurt unveiling.

Fangio F1 Mercedes

Fangio’s rare F1 Mercedes sells for $29.6 million

1954 Mercedes Benz W196

A classic Mercedes-Benz race car driven by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio has sold for 19.6 million pounds ($29.6 million) at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale auction on Friday.

The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 single-seater was driven by the five-time world champion racer when he clinched his second title in 1954. The Argentine drove the car to victories in the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races.

Bonhams chairman Robert Brooks called this car the “most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale”.

A Ferrari 330GT, first owned by John Lennon, fetched 359,900 pounds at the same auction. The late Beatle bought the blue Ferrari after he passed his driving test in 1965 and sold it three years later.

Sui He mercedes S class

Watch: Carine Roitfeld x Mercedes-Benz

Sui He mercedes S class

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with super-stylist Carine Roitfeld on a new car campaign, and has also worked with London menswear designers Spencer Hart on a new shooting brake model.

Mercedes has released a new film titled Vision in Motion shot by photographers Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert and styled by Carine Roitfeld alongside V-Magazine editor Stephen Gan.

Chinese supermodel Sui He was dressed in a billowing minimalist cape designed by Roitfeld herself to appear alongside the new Mercedes S-Class.

At the London Collections: Men, attendees at the Spencer Hart fashion show were also treated to the unveiling of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, specially styled by Nick Hart, the brand’s creative director.

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

It’s the car company’s first ever collaboration with a UK fashion label, and the CLS will be available to order in a signature ‘Nick Hart Midnight Blue’ with an Italian leather trim in dark chocolate brown.

It’s a growing trend. Last year Italian car manufacturer Fiat worked with luxury brand Gucci on a new version of the famous Fiat 500 model.

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Luxurious Mercedes Viano by Carisma Auto Design

The Carisma Viano

A seemingly humble van could be the solution for those that want to travel in state, but without drawing unwanted attention to themselves.

The Carisma Viano is perfect for those who like to travel first class but hate the often crass statement that arriving for an engagement in a less than subtle Rolls-Royce Phantom or (soon to be defunct) Maybach makes.

And while it may start out life as a Mercedes van, on the inside the attention to detail and the scope of bespoke touches and luxury features is limited only by a client’s imagination.

Its makers, Carisma Auto Design, claim that, as such, no two of its Viano conversions are the same and that discerning customers are equally likely to specify their vehicle as a mobile office as they are for traveling in complete unbridled comfort.

The leather interior on each conversion is sourced from barbed-wire-free countries and each installation is designed, hand-built and fitted by master craftspeople who learned their trade restoring classic cars to concourse condition.

Recent client requests have included solid crystal ashtrays and champagne flutes; integrated fountain pens and ink wells; and a 42-inch TV and refrigeration units.

But as well as old-school luxury, the Carisma Auto Design Viano comes with the latest technological innovations.

Clients can specify a Windows or Apple on-board operating system, paired with a Bang & Olufsen sound system for optimum multimedia enjoyment.

And if a van, even one built by Mercedes is too utilitarian for some clients’ tastes, Carisma also does an equally subtle but luxurious line of Land Rover conversions.

The Carisma Viano interior

Mercedes showcases Google in-car integration

Mercedes Google Map integration

At Google I/O, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates upcoming integration with Google services using an iPhone connected to its Drive Kit Plus feature in an SL-class.

The DigitalDriveStyle app combines powerful Google search, location and mapping features into a single, safe-to-use-while-driving service for Mercedes owners.

The system enables a driver to seamlessly integrate their smartphone into the car’s infotainment architecture and for the device’s apps to be categorized and displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard screen and to be accessed via console buttons or through voice commands.

The DigitalDriveStyle app also integrates predictive search into the Google Places API meaning that as a driver starts to type or dictate a destination, the software automatically predicts the most likely destination, whether it’s a street, a shop or restaurant.

By combining Google Street View and Google+ local images, users can also take 360° virtual tours of any intended destination before they set off.

The app also adds ‘heatmaps’ to searched for destinations to highlight areas with the highest predicted concentrations of people — such as shopping centers and nightclubs.

Mercedes was the first car company to open a research and development centre in Silicon Valley — its Palo Alto site opened way back in 1995.

The car company has invested heavily in developing its own apps and services in-house, and the integration of Google’s services into the latest edition of DigitalDriveStyle app is a result of the close working relationship the two companies have formed.

The irony is, however, that all of these innovations will not be coming to the Android platform. The DigitalDriveStyle app and the Drive Kit Plus — the combination of hardware and software that enables a smartphone to be integrated into a Mercedes — only work with the iPhone.

Mercedes Google integration

mercedes benz gla front

Mercedes Debuts New Compact GLA SUV

Mercedes GLA

Mercedes has confirmed that it will be taking the wraps off its latest premium SUV concept, the GLA, at Auto Shanghai, the doors to which officially open on April 21.

Conceived to help owners “escape the everyday” at 4.38 meters long and 1.97 meters wide, the GLA is small enough to negotiate busy city centers but thanks to permanent four-wheel drive should make for a willing leisure-time companion too.

Under the hood is a four-cylinder, 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine capable of pumping out 211bhp via a seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.

The inside of the cabin benefits from prodigious use of leather and aluminium. Other interesting interior touches include light-emitting air vents that shine blue when the air conditioning is set below 22°C and start to glow a brighter red as the heat is turned up.

Mercedes GLA interior

The car also boasts externally mounted 3D/HD cameras that give the driver a clear, birds-eye view of everything surrounding the car, but that can also be removed and mounted on a helmet or mountain bike so that families can record their adventures.

The cameras can also be operated to make films or take still photos while the car is in motion and, thanks to an integrated, front-mounted lens, can project those images directly on to a wall or any other vertical surface, essentially turning the car into a mobile drive-in cinema.

“The Concept GLA marks a new approach for us in the compact SUV segment — this is a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle,” commented Dr Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing.

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Schumacher becomes Mercedes brand ambassador

Michael Schumacher Audemars Piguet

Just a few months after retiring from his sporting career, seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher has become the newest brand ambassador for German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

The driver, who has won the most titles in F1 history, will be involved in developing new on-board technology and everything related to the “Intelligent Drive” system and safety.

Michael Schumacher first worked with Mercedes in 1990 when he joined the “Junior Team,” set up by the manufacturer to take junior German drivers to the highest level.

Seven world championships, 91 victories and 68 pole positions later, he finally took the wheel of a Mercedes for F1 in 2010, even though he had retired from the sport for the first time 3 years before.

Six months after taking part in his last Grand Prix, Schumacher has now embarked on a new chapter of his life. “The future interests me much more than the present and past,” he explained.

“During my Formula 1 time I always believed that you must not allow yourself to rest on your laurels, but that you must continuously try to improve. In so doing I was very often able to rely on the help of all the technologies available to me in the car and use them to my advantage. That is why I am a declared supporter of driving assistance systems both in the racing car and in the road-going car.”

The new Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador will make his first public appearance on May 1, 2013 during an event called “The future starts today.”

G63 AMG 6x6

Mercedes Reveals G63 AMG 6×6

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its G63 AMG 6×6, a beastly luxury SUV with an insane 536-horsepower and six 37-inch wheels.

The vehicle is built alongside the regular G Class range at Magna Steyr’s operations in Graz, Austria, and was originally developed for the Australian military back in 2011.

Unlike the military version, which is fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel, the G63 AMG 6×6 gets a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with 536 hp.

Torque is a solid 560 lb-ft and is crucial in providing the shove required to haul the truck’s 8,322-pound curb weight. That power is sent through a seven-speed automatic transmission to one heck of a four-wheel-drive system.

G63 AMG 6x6

The 6×6 G63 is still reasonably fast with a 0 to 100 km/h time of under six seconds and top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph – limited).

The G63 AMG 6×6 will be the second most expensive Mercedes-Benz model behind the new $457,000 (350,000 euros) SLS Electric Drive. The luxury SUV officially goes on sale in October. Currently, Mercedes is predicting sales of between 20 and 30 units annually.

Watch the G63 AMG 6×6 powerslide, rock-climb, catch air and generally conquer all that stands in its path in the video below.

Mercedes Illuminated Star Grille

Mercedes-Benz to offer illuminated emblem star

Mercedes Benz Illuminated Star Grille

Mercedes-Benz Accessories has announced that an illuminated front grille star will be offered on its compact model range.

Using optical fiber with LED technology, the star emblem is lighted up only when the car is stationary, when the car is unlocked or the engine is stopped. It also lights up when the car’s doors or trunk is opened, and once they are closed, the light will go off in 15 seconds.

Already available for the M and GL Class SUVs, the optical fiber white LED-lit tri-star emblem will be extended starting next month for the C, CLS, and E Class models.

The luminous star is priced at €300. So far, this has only been announced for the European models. No word on US availablity. To see it in action, check out the video.