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Mercedes Benz

  • Mercedes Benz gets into the personal power game with private energy plants

    Mercedes Benz appears to have taken a leaf out of Tesla's book with the announcement that it'll be launching private energy storage plants. Set to be unveiled at the Intersolar trade-fair in Munich, Germany this week, Merc says the power packs were initially developed for "demanding service" on board cars, but can also be used in the home. It adds that up to eight battery modules with an energy content of 2.5 kWh can be combined into an energy storage plant with a capacity of 20 kWh. This, it reckons, will allow households with their own photovoltaic systems can...

  • Merc’s Apple Watch app comes with door to door navigation

    BMW may have been first out of the blocks when it came to launching an Apple Watch app, but it seem that Merc may have outflanked its German rival with its new MB Companion App. The MB Companion App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience. That means that as soon as you've gotten out of your car, your watch or iPhone will take over, giving you walking directions to your final destination. And if you're the kind of person who regularly forgets where they've parked, you'll...

  • Is Mercedes planning an AMG GT-inspired Audi TT rival?

    If rumours are to be believed, Mercedes is planning to enter the swanky hairdryers' car market, competing against the likes of Audi's TT. Autocar suggests that the company, inspired by its recent AMG GT, will boast a 2+2 seating configuration and a "practical liftback" roof. Sounds brilliant, doesn't it? Allegedly, Stuttgart's stylists will reach into the AMG GT's styling cabinet, pulling out some sleek and racy body panels. There are also rumours of power figures tipping 400 bhp, which should keep occupants (and their hairstyles) very happy. What's even more interesting is this vehicle's proposed placement in Mercedes' current pecking order. "As well...

  • Why Mercedes-Benz’s decision to build a premium pickup makes so much sense

    When Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed its plans to bring a pickup truck to market before the end of the decade, many people reacted with large dollops of scepticism. A few no doubt checked their calendars, convinced that the news fell far too close to 1 April for comfort. No other premium manufacturer had ever even publically expressed an interest in going this route, after all. But, once you manage to wrap your head around the thought of a mid-size pickup wearing the famous three-pointed star, the decision starts to make sense. Oodles of sense, in fact. First, it's important to...

  • Meet the new Mercedes-Benz GLE and AMG GLE 63

    If you think we've moved into the post-SUV era, Mercedes-Benz would beg to differ, The German luxury automaker today announced the launch of a new GLE and AMG GLE 63. That said, it has made some moves toward making the bulky vehicles a fair bit more environmentally-friendly than their predecessors. Merc claims that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 17% on average across the range. Outside, the styling is mostly similar to the GLE Coupe. An update of the old M Class, it features new lights (optionally with LEDs), wings, bumper, hood and grille designs. In the...

  • Mercedes remembers the Mille Miglia with a special SL stonker

    The Mille Miglia is a race held in high esteem in the motoring fraternity, but it has become something of a rolling motor show of classics from the era of hammers and sheet metal. Mercedes' glorious 300 SL is probably the most memorable car from this era, when it claimed the entire podium of the famed race nearly six decades ago. As it should, Mercedes has duly launched a tribute -- the Special Edition SL550 "SL Special Edition "Mille Miglia 417" -- that aims to pay respect to the legendary drivers and cars of the era. Does it live up to...

  • Germany opens up section of Autobahn for more autonomous car testing

    The race to deploy the first comercial self-driving cars is on like never before. The German government is showing its commitment to the further research and experimentation of self-driving cars after it just announced it will dedicate a section of the Autobahn (motorway). Testing ground for self-piloted vehicles would enable local automakers such as Mercedes Benz and Audi to better compete with their Western counterparts. As Bloomberg points out, this marks one of the first public highways specifically equipped for this purpose. Probably more important is the fact that this move marks Germany's stance against the likes of strong competitors such...

  • This is Merc’s self-driving F 015 concept [Gallery]

    Mercedes Benz attracted plenty of attention when it teased an egg-shaped concept last week, promising that it would be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), currently underway in Las Vegas. What it's delivered, in the shape of the F 015, is something that looks like it's straight out of a Utopian sci-fi dream. While Google's looking to sell the world on the idea of autonomous motoring with cars that look like they come out of a toddler's play-pen, the German automaker is sticking to what it knows best: refined elegance. However interesting the F 015's profile is, that's...

  • Is Merc about to unveil an egg-shaped autonomous concept?

    Mercedes Benz looks set to unveil something very interesting at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Odd-looking and egg-shaped to be sure, but interesting nonetheless. The German automaker released a teaser image of the concept vehicle on Facebook and not much else. There is however some suspicion that the concept might be an autonomous one. According to Jalopnik, that suspicion largely comes from the fact that it's been testing an autonomous concept with a very similar silhouette in recent months. Outside of Google, Merc has probably been the global leader in autonomous vehicle tech, especially in its range-leading...

  • 5 moments that defined Mercedes’ 2014 Formula 1 season

    It was a landmark year for the Mercedes AMG team, for hybrid-turbo technology and for Lewis Hamilton, eventual winner of the most hotly contested season in quite a while. Rolling back the years for many fans of the sport, watching the two Mercedes team mates have at it was a glimpse back to 1988, when four-times World Champion Alain Prost and three-times World Champion Ayrton Senna were at it almost every weekend in what was then the most successful Formula 1 car ever constructed. Roll on a few years, and the introduction of hybrid-turbo technology introduced the largest gulf in performance...

  • Merc is very much ready to take on BMW’s X6 with the GLE Coupé

    Do you like SUVs with sloping backs but hate the idea of having to drive around in something with a BMW badge? Well we've got some good news for you. Mercedes-Benz has announced the launch of the GLE Coupé, a sporty SUV with the BMW X6 firmly in its crosshairs. It certainly looks interesting and seems likely cause many a divided opinion. It's also the first car to feature the German automakers new naming system. So in future, whenever you see the letter "GL" in a car by Merc, you can guarantee that it'll be an SUV. While the...

  • Mercedes celebrates F1 Championship with SL63 AMG Collectors’ Edition [Gallery]

    It seems Mercedes' Formula 1 Championship winning season has gone to its head and affected its customer cars, because the marque has just announced a fleet of 19 special edition SL63 AMGs -- one for each track on the calendar. No, the team didn't win every single race, but it sure could've. Nevertheless, to celebrate the Mercedes W05 Hybrid's manic performance and decimation of the Formula 1 paddock this year, each car will be emblazoned with its signature track's layout and a few particularly shiny bells and whistles. While we can't imagine that these will be any good on the track...

  • Mercedes Vision G-Code concept is a mobile solar panel with sex appeal [Video]

    Mercedes isn't a company that shies away from accomplishing the daring in the motoring world, so the latest G-Class model shouldn't really surprise anyone. But it really has. The Vision G-Code concept, unveiled at the Stuttgart manufacturer's Beijing-based R&D center, takes bucket loads of technology and forces it down the throat of its smallest crossover to date. For starters, the multi-voltaic silver paint effectively transforms the car into one mobile solar panel, feeding the electric drive system, which will send drive to all four paws. There's also a traditional petrol-burner located somewhere under its skin, for particularly dark days. To add some...

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