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Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck? YES!

Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck?

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Mercedes-Benz is building a pickup truck! Yes, the purveyor of some of the world’s finest luxury cars is jumping headfirst into the ultra-competitive pickup market.

The Mercedes entry into the fray will be a mid-size truck, something on the scale of General Motors’ Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon.

“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a statement. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”

There are few regions of the auto market as intensely competitive and territorial as pickup trucks. Ford, General Motors, RAM, and Toyota have the US market neatly carved into devoted followings for their offerings. In fact, Ford’s full-size pickup, the F-150, has been America’s best-selling vehicle for decades.

Mercedes’ new truck will not be headed for the US anytime soon. It will spend its time in Europe, South Africa, Latin America, and Australia.

That means the Benz truck will have to contend with Volkswagen’s Amarok, as well as Toyota’s utilitarian Hilux.

MB is not without truck experience. The company’s G-Class is one of the most widely used military vehicles in the world. But it’s not a pickup. The company has created rugged, off-road, pickup-like variants, but this new effort is a bold move into a segment that Mercedes hasn’t previously competed in.

This might be exciting, but we’ll have a wait awhile. The Mercedes-Benz pickup truck isn’t expected to hit the market until the end of the decade.

 

SOURCE Business Insider, Mercedes Benz

 

Press Release

Get ready for the Mercedes-Benz among pickups: Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup
Stuttgart, Mar 27, 2015

Expansion of product range for sustained global growth

Market for midsize pickups primed for first model from a premium manufacturer

Mercedes-Benz to enter the high-volume midsize segment before end of decade

Main markets: Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe

Stuttgart – Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of about one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.

“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”

Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, adds: “As part of our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy, the pickup is the ideal vehicle for the international expansion of our product range with a newly developed model.”

A promising segment with global scope

The midsize pickup segment is currently undergoing a transformation worldwide. More and more pickups are being used for private purposes, and commercial as well as private users are increasingly asking for vehicles that have car-like specificiations. Mercedes-Benz is the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift by developing its own pickup. A similar example was the successful introduction of the M-Class around 20 years ago. As the first sport utility vehicle (SUV) from a premium manufacturer, the M-Class completely redefined the segment.

The new Mercedes-Benz pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz Vans: Center of competence for commercially and privately used vehicles

The Mercedes-Benz Vans division is responsible for the new vehicle. With its many years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and marketing vehicles that are used commercially as well as privately, Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideally suited to enter the midsize pickup segment and launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup on the market for the first time in the company’s history. Current models such as the V-Class and the Vito demonstrate that Mercedes-Benz Vans has the high level of expertise to successfully serve customers from a wide variety of private and commercial sectors.

“We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car,” says Mornhinweg. “We will design our brand’s first pickup according to this recipe for success.”

Mercedes investing $500 million on Next-Gen Sprinter Plant

Mercedes investing $500 million on Next-Gen Sprinter Plant

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Hot on the heels of last week’s confirmation of Mercedes-Benz’s V-Class-based Metris mid-size van for the U.S. market, the German automaker has now announced that the next generation of its full-size Sprinter van will be built at a new plant located in Charleston, South Carolina. The current Sprinter is built at another plant located in South Carolina.

The new plant is expected to provide greater capacity for the Sprinter, which at present holds close to nine percent of the country’s large van market (that’s roughly 26,000 sales). The German automaker is predicting that demand for large vans will grow rapidly over the next five years.

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In meeting extra demand for its Sprinter at present, Mercedes is forced to import additional vans from a plant in Germany. However, these face high import duties and a complex disassembly process to get them ready for local sale, so the new plant will solve this issue. Another benefit of increased capacity here will be quicker delivery times for all customers.

Construction on the new plant will commence in 2016. Mercedes is investing around $500 million in the project and is expected to create roughly 1,300 permanent jobs.

First introduced in 1995, the Sprinter has been a huge success for Mercedes pretty much since launch. More than 2.8 million Sprinters have been delivered to customers in around 130 countries since then, making it one of the most popular large vans in the world. In addition to the U.S. and Germany, Sprinters are also built in Argentina, Brazil, China and Iran.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² Concept with Video

Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² Concept with Video

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It may be old, but the Mercedes-Benz G-Class shows no sign of fading away. Mercedes continues to update the venerable Gelandewagen with new versions, the latest of which has just been teased in the form of a thinly-veiled concept version set to star at next week’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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The new G500 4×4² concept emphasizes the G-Class’ off-road ability with jacked-up suspension, portal axles, and massive 22-inch wheels and tires, all borrowed from the hulking G63 AMG 6×6, which incidentally is being phased out after a hundred-unit production run. Of course, the concept is badged G500, not G63, but the two appear similar. Either way, it appears Mercedes is serious about a G-Class variant for buyers who want the 6×6’s off-road capability, but can’t fit one in their garages.

Mercedes also boasts a newly-developed chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping for the concept, all of which is wrapped by the familiar G-Class body. And its radioactive green paint, side exhaust tips, and pumped fenders should also help this concept stand out on an auto show floor.

 

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Also new for the G-Class is what’s lying under the hood. Power in the G500 4×4² concept comes from the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 developed by Mercedes-AMG for its performance lineup. For the concept, the engine has been tuned to deliver 422 horsepower, but more importantly it meets planned Euro 6 emission standards coming into effect next year, meaning the G-Class won’t be going anywhere soon. The same can’t be said for its Land Rover rival, the Defender, which is being discontinued this year because of emissions and fuel economy requirements.

 

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With all of its modifications, the G-Class concept has a height of nearly 7.4 feet and a width of almost 7 feet. The ground clearance, meanwhile, is almost 18 inches, which compares to just 8.3 inches for the standard G. This is made possible because of the portal axles. As opposed to conventional rigid axles, here the wheels are not at the height of the center of the axle, instead they are situated much further below on the axle heads due to the portal transmission.

Inside the cabin of the G500 4×4² concept, the designers have combined sportiness with luxury. The seat bolsters and head restraints as well as the dashboard, center console and armrests are lined in black designo leather with white contrasting stitching. The seat surfaces and door panels, meanwhile, are covered in microfiber and get a diamond-quilt pattern for the stitching.

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According to Mercedes, the decision on a production version of the G500 4×4² willdepend on the reaction the concept receives at its upcoming Geneva debut. However, it should be noted that we spotted just such a vehicle testing a few months back, suggesting that much of the development work for the production version is already complete.

 

 

Source: Motor Authority

Mercedes-Benz to launch E Class Maybach and More to come

 

Mercedes-Benz to launch E Class Maybach and More to come

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Mercedes-Benz has just launched its new Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand which is tasked with building ultra-luxurious versions of the German automaker’s already plush autos. The first model from Mercedes-Maybach is a stretched version of the S-Class but there will be more, including an extra-long S-Class Pullman and a pimped-out version of the upcoming GLS SUV (GL-Class facelift).

Now, in an interview with Automotive News (subscription required), Mercedes’ U.S. chief Steve Cannon has revealed that the next-generation E-Class may also receive the Mercedes-Maybach treatment. He didn’t give any further details about the car, though should it be given the green light we can imagine it featuring a longer wheelbase than the standard E-Class and a unique, lounge-like seating arrangement in the rear. The model will most likely be aimed at the Chinese market where a long-wheelbase E-Class is already sold.

During the interview, Canon also revealed that the next-generation A-Class is being considered for sale in the U.S. market. Mercedes will build its next-generation compacts at a plant in Mexico (which will also be used to build new Infiniti compacts) and given the common underpinnings of the cars we could easily see production of the next A-Class take place on the same line as the next versions of the CLA and GLA.

Canon said the next A-Class will “change” from what we’re used to, and that additional compact cars will help Mercedes meet the 2025 corporate average fuel economy mandate of 54.5 mpg. The first of Mercedes’ next-generation compacts is due to enter production in 2018. The cars will be based on a new version of the MFA compact car platform found in Mercedes’ current compact range.

 

Source: Motor Authority 

Mansory Mercedes-Benz S-Class 1,000-HP

Mansory Mercedes-Benz S-Class 1,000-HP

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I have little to no love for any products that automotive customizer Mansory has put out over its history. The styling is typically far too in-your-face in the worst way, turning exotic, luxury, or high-performance machines into rolling bits of poorly planned pop art. The saying “It’s not my cup of tea” is too kind for some of the past Mansory builds.

Lately, however, the minds at Mansory must have stepped away from the carbon-fiber infused drug table that no doubt adorns their central conference room. The styles being presented are more subtle, more stylish, and far more appealing. Take, for example, the Lamborghini Aventador Carbonado they created last year.

Now the team have stepped back to the table, but this time they’re taking the good drugs. This is clear because they’ve just released their version of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. It’s packing nearly 1,000 horsepower, 1,032 pound-feet of torque, and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour. It also looks rather sinister with its all black paint scheme.

Are there things we’d change? Sure, but they’re minor quibbles. The wheels may be better served in a flat finish instead of the gloss look, and the white interior won’t mesh will with our fancy hipster selvedge denim.  Both of those are easily updated to better suit our own personal needs. The more important bit is the engine tuning though, and that’s where Mansory changed out many of the engine internals for stronger bits.

The 0-60 miles per hour run happens in 3.2 seconds. In an S-Class. With room for you and your equally well-heeled friends.

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together… Mansory gets a well-deserved golfclap here.

Source: Motor Authority

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 L.A. Auto Show

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 L.A. Auto Show

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Over a foot of rear kneeroom. Bespoke, Maybach-embroidered throw pillows. A gas-obliterating 532-horsepower biturbo V-12.

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These are the luxuries you are awarded if you’re fortunate enough to afford the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600.

The newly-hyphenated Maybach sub-brand sits below parent company Mercedes-Benz alongside Mercedes-AMG, and this time around, they won’t make the mistakes of their ill-fated first experiment.

The S600 is an extended S-Class, with an overall length of 214.6-inches and a wheelbase of 132.5-inches, making it 8.1-inches longer than the standard S-Class sedan. This added length not only creates an imposing presence on the road, but dramatically increases rear legroom for the precious knees of the world’s fraction of 1-percent.2016-mercedes-maybach-s600-rear-quarter

Inside, wind noise is reduced in the rear to create the world’s quietest production sedan. Embroidered leather adorns the cabin, with real wood trim as far as the eye can see, and an exclusive analog clock with an IWC design. Every surface is conditioned, hand stitched, and finished to the utmost precision.

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will make its appearance in the biggest cities and wealthiest neighborhoods in America starting in April of next year, and Mercedes hopes they can gain back some of the ground they lost to Rolls-Royce and Bentley with the departure of the previous Maybach. With just a glance at the interior, we reckon they should have no problem doing so.

SOURCE: NY Daily News

Mercedes-Benz Implements New Naming and Confirms 11 All-New Models

Mercedes-Benz Implements New Naming and Confirms 11 All-New Models

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Infiniti and Cadillac, with many model names remaining unaffected, and they’re only gradually being phased in as vehicles are either updated or completely redesigned.

The changes, arguably the most significant since 1993 when Mercedes made the letters ‘C’ and ‘E’ prefixes on the badges of its small and midsize sedans, will help alleviate confusion as the German automaker introduces 11 all-new models over the next seven years. On top of this there will be new powertrain systems to deal with, but we’ll get to that a bit later.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet for remembering the new naming strategy:

  • Models will still be centered around five traditional Mercedes letter names, which represent size and positioning: A, B, C, E, and S.
  • All SUVs will carry the ‘GL’ prefix. So the lineup of utility vehicles will now include the GLA, GLC (formerly GLK), GLE (formerly M/ML) and GLS (previously GL).
  • Four-door coupes will get a ‘CL’ prefix, so the CLA and CLS remain unchanged.
  • Roadsters will all include the ‘SL’ prefix, so the SLK becomes the SLC.

There are some exceptions, however. The G-Class SUV and SL-Class roadster will keep their names due to their iconic status. The ‘4Matic’ tag signifying an all-wheel-drive vehicle also remains unchanged.

 

Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature for powertrains

 

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As for the powertrains, the naming of these will also be simplified. New lower-case letters will describe powertrains: ‘c’ for natural gas (compressed gas); ‘d’ for diesel; ‘e’ for electric; ‘f’ for fuel cell; and ‘h’ for hybrid. Numerical suffixes that have referred less directly to engine size over the years will be kept, and will continue to correspond, generally, to relative size and power.

For example, the diesel-powered ML350 BlueTEC will become a GLE350d, while the E400 Hybrid will become a E400h. Interestingly, the B-Class Electric Drive becomes a B250e, reflecting that the performance of the battery-powered vehicle would be similar to that of a theoretical B250 gasoline model or B250d diesel model.

Mercedes says the new model names will start appearing next year, when updated versions of the M-Class and GL-Class are introduced as well as a redesigned GLK-Class. Under the new naming strategy, these will be the GLE, GLS and GLC respectively.

But what about the 11 all-new models. Mercedes says they will have no precursor in the current lineup, meaning the automaker is about to enter some new segments. New models that we know are coming include the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, S-Class Pullman, S-Class Cabriolet, CLA Shooting Brake, C-Class Cabriolet and a GLE Coupe (essentially Mercedes’ rival to the BMW X6).

That leaves four unknowns. Some possibilities are a Mercedes-Maybach GLS, a GLC Coupe (a BMW X4 rival) and perhaps a production version of the recent G-Code concept.

SOURCE: Motor Authority

Mercedes-Benz G-Code Subcompact Crossover Concept

Mercedes-Benz G-Code Subcompact Crossover Concept

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Mercedes-Benz has opened a new R&D center in Beijing, China and to mark the occasion unveiled the new G-Code concept car, whose design was influenced by Chinese market tastes. The vehicle is smaller than the GLA-Class and if built would compete against the MINI Cooper Countryman and Audi’s upcoming Q1 in the premium subcompact crossover segment.

The G-Code isn’t destined for production just yet but the vehicle does preview future design elements and technologies that could feature on Mercedes models at some point. For example, its powertrain consists of an internal combustion engine running on hydrogen at the front axle and an electric motor at the rear. The system is capable of multiple driving modes including a sport mode.

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The electric motor is powered by an onboard battery that can be charged at home using a wall socket. But the G-Code also features some pretty nifty energy recovery systems. In addition to the standard brake energy recovery systems common today, the G-Code features “multi-voltaic” paint that acts like a solar panel by generating electrical energy from sunlight. Incredibly, the special paint also regenerates electrostatic energy as wind is drawn over the surface. The vehicle also features suspension that generates electricity from the motion of the springs and dampers.

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Getting to the cabin of the G-Code is via coach-style doors, and once inside you’ll notice a simple and uncluttered design plus a 2+2 seating arrangement. Information is relayed via a central screen mounted on the dash and round air vents pump oxygen into the cabin generated via hydrogen synthesis. And as a special touch, the concept comes with two electric scooters mounted in the rear. These also get charged by the vehicle’s advanced energy recovery systems.

More details should be revealed when the G-Code makes its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Note, Mercedes is preparing another futuristic concept for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and this one is expected to feature some pretty advanced autonomous driving tech

Source: Motor Authority

Can’t Wait For Mercedes’ New Pullman? Buy The Six-Door E-Class By Binz Instead

Can’t Wait For Mercedes’ New Pullman? Buy The Six-Door E-Class By Binz Instead

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Mercedes-Benz is working on an extra, extra-long version of its S-Class sedan that is expected to carry the Pullman title and have the highest price tag of any sedan anywhere in the world. While the car is still some time away, a German firm by the name of Binz will happily build you today a stretched Mercedes E-Class complete with a three-box passenger compartment.

Binz has been modifying Mercedes sedans since the 1960s, and we last heard from the firm when it was producing a stretched version of the previous-generation E-Class. Now it’s released a new model based on the latest-generation E-Class.

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The car comes complete with six doors and depending on configuration can transport up to eight adults. The design essentially adds about 43 inches of length where the B-pillar normally sits, and to fill the gap is a specially-fabricated set of middle-row doors.

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Inside, you’ll find all the luxurious you could ever need, including the choice of standard or comfort seats, a multi-zone climate control system, and entertainment and connectivity packages.

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E-Class variants that can be ordered include E200, E350 4MATIC and E550 gasoline models as well as an E250 CDI diesel. Unfortunately, Binz hasn’t built a stretched version of the E63 AMG. However, that doesn’t mean it’s averse to working with Mercedes-AMG vehicles; Binz also offers a stretched G-Class which can be ordered in G63 AMG flavor.

Source: Motor Authority

Mercedes-Benz Sells Over 100,000 S-Classes In A Single Year

Mercedes-Benz Sells Over 100,000 S-Classes In A Single Year

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Yes, the rate of sales isn’t slowing yet. Since the start of the year, Mercedes has sold 75,391 S-Classes, twice as many as in the same period a year ago (up 105.8 percent to be exact). If the W222 is to become the best-selling S-Class of all time, it will have to amass more than 500,000 sales, which the previous generation managed to rack up during its time on the market.
China is the single biggest market, with almost one out of every two S-Classes ending up there. And China doesn’t only have the most S-Class buyers, it also has the youngest: most of them are in their early 40s, which on average is 15 years younger than in the U.S. Around 35 percent of S-Classes sold in China are ordered as chauffeur vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz’s latest S-Class, the W222, has been with us for just over a year and already it’s managed to rack up more than 100,000 sales worldwide. This is the best rate of sales for any S-Class generation in its first full year on the market, and with new S-Class variants coming like the S-Class Coupe, a future convertible and long-wheelbase ‘Maybach’ and ‘Pullman’ models the records are likely to keep tumbling.

The U.S. is the next biggest market for S-Classes, accounting for roughly a quarter of all production.