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    DTM 2014: Fifth place for Christian Vietoris in Zandvoort

    by Philipp Deppe | 28.September 2014

    Mercedes-Benz driver Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) placed fifth in the penultimate DTM race in Zandvoort. Vietoris is third in the drivers’ standings on 69 points in the run-up to the Hockenheim season finale.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Three DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés finished in the Top Ten in front of 20,000 spectators, who came through the gates at the weekend. Audi driver Mattias Ekström won the spectacular race that was characterized by four safety car periods.

    Winner of the Lausitzring race Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) booked seventh place at the dunes circuit in the Netherlands. Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished in P8. Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) crossed the finish line in P11.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) placed eighth in the race. The Spanish driver was handed a drive-through penalty after the race which was converted into a 30-second time penalty, bumping him down to P17. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) and Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) retired before the end of the race.

    The next race: The finale of the 2014 DTM season will take place on the weekend of October 18th-19th at Hockenheim in what will be a home fixture for Mercedes-Benz.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 5th
    “First of all, I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to my team. They have worked incredibly hard this week to get the car ready in time for the race weekend. That was a superb achievement. I’m really pleased that we have scored points today and that we’re still in with a chance of finishing the season in second place. P5 is a decent result after starting from 18th on the grid. We certainly weren’t counting on this going into the race. Tailing Edoardo Mortara on the final couple of laps, I had more to lose than to gain. For that reason, I decided to bank the points for a fifth-place finish and to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.”

    Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 7th
    “My start was not too good, unfortunately, and I lost a position. I tried to nurse my tyres during the race. That didn’t work out brilliantly well. My speed on the options was not as good as later on the prime tyre. The race was full of action. There were lots of incidents and safety car periods. That didn’t suit our strategy and cost us our advantage on options. Towards the end, I was bumped up the back by Maxime Martin while battling for position. That cost me sixth place. However, it was a decent race under these tough circumstances.” MORE »

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    DTM Qualifying in Zandvoort: Pascal Wehrlein seventh fastest

    by Philipp Deppe | 27.September 2014

    The DTM is guesting at the Circuit Park Zandvoort this weekend for the penultimate race of the 2014 season. Winner of the previous DTM race at the Lausitzring Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) posted a 1:31.063 minutes to finish the qualifying at the dune circuit in the Netherlands in seventh position.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) posted a time of 1:30.965 minutes to qualify eleventh on the grid. Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:31.005 minutes) will be in grid position 13 in the penultimate DTM race in Zandvoort. Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:31.504 minutes) finished qualifying in P18.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:31.673 minutes), Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:31.784 minutes) and Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.002 minutes) booked grid positions 21 to 23 respectively.

    DTM Zandvoort

    Looking ahead to the race: The ninth round of the 2014 DTM season gets under way on Sunday at 13:30. The race is staged over 44 laps, equating to a total distance of 189.508 km.

    Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 7th, (1:31.063)
    „The result is a bit disappointing. We had some problems in free practice, so I was rather surprised that I was so fast in Q1 and Q2. We just couldn’t get it together in Q3, but seventh on the grid isn’t too bad when you consider where we were in free practice this morning. After Q2, I had naturally set my sights higher, but I was having difficulty with the tyres in the final sector. We’ll have to find the reason.“

    DTM Zandvoort

    Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 11th, (1:30.965)
    “I’m slightly disappointed, but in general, I’m feeling happier than in recent races. We are better than we had expected. The car was really hard to drive this morning in practice, but the team did a great job before qualifying. The C-Coupé was nice to drive and predictable, which it wasn’t this morning, but I made a few small mistakes. The gaps are so very close. One tenth quicker and I’d have been in Q3. So I’m not displeased, but we want more.” MORE »

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    Mercedes-Benz model campaign: the C-Class estate, S-Class coupé onto the market

    by Philipp Deppe | 26.September 2014

    On 27 September, Mercedes-Benz will be launching more exclusive lifestyle vehicles onto the market in the form of the new C-Class estate, the new S-Class coupé and the latest generation of the CLS.

    Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé  (C 217) 2014

    The new products impress thanks to their sporty design, high-quality interiors and innovative technology, including new, efficient engines, a curve tilting function in the S-Class coupé and high-resolution MULTIBEAM LED headlamps in the CLS-Class to open up a whole new dimension of Slighting technology. The AMG models of the CLS and S‑Class coupé, which are celebrating their market launches at the same time, are even more attractive and exude even more dynamism and sportiness.

    Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse (S 205) 2014

    The new C-Class estate stands out on account of its modern, dynamic design, which inspires emotion while also providing a demonstration of high-tech. Customers can choose from two fronts – with the sports grille or – reserved solely for the EXCLUSIVE Line – the luxury grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The car shows a high level of functionality and a high-quality interior. With straightforward sportiness, thrilling flowing lines and high-grade materials, the lifestyle estate realizes a modern, luxurious and at the same time sporty ambience.

    Thanks to its increased wheelbase and greater width, the estate offers more space for passengers. The more sporty rear of the new C-Class estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres, and features considerable improvements with respect to versatility and functionality.

    After shedding up to 65 kilograms, the C-Class estate is the most lightweight car in its segment. The car offers an outstandingly comfortable ride, mainly thanks to the AIRMATIC pneumatic suspension being offered in this category for the first time, and stands out on account of its exceptional aerodynamics. MORE »

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    Mercedes-Benz Citaro: “Green Bus Award 2014″ for the best-selling Citaro urban bus

    by Philipp Deppe | 25.September 2014

    The Mercedes-Benz Citaro Euro VI received the “Green Bus Award 2014″ at the IAA – the world’s leading exhibition for commercial vehicles. The prize has been awarded annually since 2011 to a touring coach and an urban bus in alternation by the specialist publications “Omnibusrevue” and “Busfahrer”. This year the trophy has been awarded for the third time in four years to a vehicle from Stuttgart-based Daimler AG.

    The award goes to the urban bus displaying the lowest fuel consumption on the demanding “Omnibusrevue” test route in Berlin. The vehicles are tested on a slightly modified variant of urban bus line 200, which entails a highly demanding route limited exclusively to inner-city roads. A continuous succession of bus stops and traffic lights impose the highest demands on the driver and the deployed technology. The Citaro Euro VI is more than a match for these conditions, however, as maximum possible overall economy was a specified requirement in the vehicle’s development process.

    The world’s first urban bus complying with the Euro VI emissions standard
    The urban buses from Mercedes-Benz feature the impressive new BlueEfficiency Power engine line comprising six-cylinder in-line engines with a displacement of 7.7 and 10.7 l. In 2012 the Citaro was the world’s first regular-service bus to meet the Euro VI emissions standard. Independent studies have shown that in practice the Citaro comes in considerably below these limits. Pollutants are now barely detectable in its exhaust emissions.

    The engines impress with their agile response and impressive power delivery combined with very smooth running. With the revs dropped further, the Citaro Euro VI operates even more economically, quietly and with a sound that is pleasant to the ear. Another example is the unique recuperation module: double-layer condensers called supercaps supplement the batteries by storing electrical power. In so doing they support the active battery/alternator management system.

    Lowered entries, demand-controlled air compressor, electronically controlled compressed-air delivery and AdBlue injection without compressed air all help to lower fuel consumption. At the same time numerous other measures have reduced the weight – despite complying with Euro VI, the Citaro’s bodyshell is even more robust than previously and lighter into the bargain.Moreover, it even saves fuel. In the autumn of 2012 the Citaro Euro VI demonstrated this in an extensive test. In the “Record Run Buses”, fuel consumption under practical conditions was 8.5 percent lower than for the comparable preceding model, marking an impressive advance. Almost in parallel with the statutory deadline for the introduction of the Euro VI emissions standard at the start of 2014, today Mercedes-Benz is already handing over its 1000th Citaro model featuring Euro VI exhaust gas technology to a customer. MORE »

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    Daimler presents itself at 65th IAA in Hanover as world’s biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer

    by Philipp Deppe | 24.September 2014

    Five brands, numerous world premieres, new services and the spectacular Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept. That’s how Daimler AG, the world’s Number 1 commercial vehicle manufacturer, is presenting itself at this year’s IAA auto show in Hanover.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    63 trucks, buses, and vans can be watched at the booth of Daimler. Its motor show lineup is rounded out by fascinating trucks from North America and Asia. With this IAA presentation Daimler is underscoring its leading role as the world’s biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for trucks and buses, emphasized: “Our goal is clear: We want to lead our industry – both technologically and economically. With strong technology, a global presence and intelligent platforms.”

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    Daimler is the world’s only real full-line supplier and fulfills every customer wish ranging from the agile Citan city van to the heaviest of heavy-duty trucks, the Mercedes-Benz SLT. With its range of trucks, vans and buses, Daimler is more global in scope than any other manufacturer. Daimler’s strong international position is also reflected in the number of commercial vehicles it sold in the first eight months of the year. Altogether, Daimler sold around 516,000 trucks, buses and vans worldwide, representing an increase of over five percent on last year’s result. The van business did especially well, with sales growing by ten percent to approximately 181,000 units. Truck sales rose in the first eight months of the year by three percent to about 314,000 vehicles, while bus sales totaled around 20,000 units, which was more or less unchanged from last year.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    Daimler Trucks with higher market shares – Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is first autonomous truck
    Daimler Trucks is delivering trucks with best in class consumption to customers around the world and is penetrating new markets in Asia and Africa. The division increased its market share in almost all of the key regions. In view of the latest results, Daimler Trucks has reaffirmed its sales forecast for 2014, which foresees slightly higher sales than the 484,000 units that were sold last year.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014MORE »

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    The new Mercedes-AMG C 63: Powerful High-Performance Athlete

    by Philipp Deppe | 24.September 2014

    Pure fascination and breathtaking dynamics – the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 sets benchmarks. The high-tech drive, the signature AMG handling and the high level of individuality in equipment choices guarantee an utterly unique driving experience. The top model in the C-Class line-up is driven by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit that provides breathtaking propulsion in the Mercedes-AMG GT.

    Mercedes-AMG C 63 S (BR 205); 2014

    The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW (476 hp) in the C 63 to 375 kW (510 hp) in the C 63 S. With an unrivalled fuel consumption figure of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the C 63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. The extensive range of standard equipment includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear locking differential and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes. The highly exclusive “Edition 1” is available from market launch.

    Mercedes-AMG C 63 S (BR 205); 2014

    Dynamics plus long-distance comfort – as a sports saloon and high-performance estate car, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 offers compelling engine data with exceptionally low consumption figures, outstanding longitudinal and lateral dynamics and a high level of everyday usability. The interior and exterior design is more distinctive than ever before.
    The V8 top model in the C-Class is available in a choice of four variants – the saloon and the estate are both offered as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63, with the C 63 S set up for even more dynamic handling and performance. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 celebrates its world premiere on 2 October 2014 together with the show premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris. Market introduction begins in February 2015 with the more powerful C 63 S Saloon with 375 kW (510 hp). The C 63 with 350 kW (476 hp) and the C 63 S Estate will follow in April 2015.

    Mercedes-AMG C 63 S (BR 205); 2014

    “We are also marking the beginning of a new era with the new nomenclature. The successor to the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, which has been incredibly successful worldwide, will now be called the Mercedes-AMG C 63,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “At 40,000 units, the 204 C 63 AMG was the bestselling AMG model. We will now add to this success with the new Mercedes-AMG C 63. Be it in drive, handling or equipment, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 sets new benchmarks and will further strengthen our brand promise ‘Driving Performance’. AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience.”

    Best in fuel consumption, best in performance
    The C 63 is at the forefront of the competitive field. The new high-performance vehicles from Affalterbach are the only ones in the segment to be equipped with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The result is sporty power delivery and a highly emotional engine sound – a signature of the AMG brand. Drivers benefit from unrivalled performance delivered by a supreme level of power and torque. The C 63 S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and the C 63 in 4.1 seconds (Estate: 4.1 and 4.2 seconds respectively). The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). Power-to-weight ratios of 3.4 kg/hp (C 63 S) and 3.6 kg/hp (C 63) likewise put the new AMG V8 top models at the head of the rankings.

    “Naturally, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is once again powered by an eight-cylinder engine. The passionate power delivery and highly emotional sound of our 4.0-litre V8 biturbo are truly compelling. At the same time, we are maintaining our leading role in the core issue of efficiency. No other high-performance V8 automobile is more fuel efficient than the new C 63,” says Christian Enderle, Head of Development Engine and Drivetrain at Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.

    The C 63 not only holds the top position in terms of engine data and performance, it also sets new benchmarks in fuel consumption. With a figure of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined, equating to 192 CO2 g/km), the high-performance car from Affalterbach demonstrates exceptional efficiency that puts it at the top of the segment. And it does not stop there – the C 63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world. It achieves a remarkable decrease in fuel consumption compared with the preceding C 63 AMG. The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 consumes around 32 percent less fuel than its direct predecessor with the 6.3-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine – while delivering even more performance and the emotional sound that is a signature of the AMG V8. MORE »

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    Autonomous driving through Silicon Valley: Mercedes-Benz receives licence from the US federal state of California

    by Philipp Deppe | 23.September 2014

    On 16 September 2014 the US federal state of California introduced a legal requirement for an official license for testing vehicles in autonomous driving mode on public roads.

    Autonom durch das Silicon Valley |  Autonomous driving through S

    On “Senate Bill No. 1298″ taking effect, Mercedes-Benz received a corresponding licence permitting it to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California’s roads. For Mercedes-Benz, which has been resident in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years now, this represents a further expansion of the company’s extensive research activities in the USA.

    “With the approval from the US federal state of California we can now take autonomous driving to a new level in the USA,” emphasizes Prof Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Through our new research activities we aim to promote the topic specifically in the USA, as the traffic system in the USA differs from the system in Germany in numerous aspects. The knowledge that Mercedes-Benz gains will help to achieve significant strides in the further technological development of autonomous driving,” notes Thomas Weber.

    The differences are vast: While motoring in Germany commonly takes place on narrow roads, the roads in the USA are frequently wider and may have more than six or even eight lanes. Traffic lights are installed on the opposite side of the road, there are numerous scenarios for merging onto roads and at a so-called 4-way stop the first to reach the junction is allowed to go first.

    “These are all situations which do not exist in this form in Germany,” explains Axel Gern, head of Autonomous Driving at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA). “So we need to teach our research vehicles these situations here in the USA.” In future, these vehicles will be tested on the road almost every day. As in the test drives in Germany, these research vehicles from Mercedes-Benz in the USA are also current models belonging to the S- and E-Class.

    The autonomous test drives are carried out by specially trained test drivers, as safety for all road users is not only required by the strict standards of the “Department of Motor Vehicles” (DMV) in California, but is also the overriding priority at Mercedes-Benz. The test vehicles are specially equipped to this end: the driver must recognize clearly when the car is in autonomous driving mode and must be able to override this mode at any time; in addition, the car must be capable of stopping autonomously at any time. MORE »

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    Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025: world premiere of the spectacular study of tomorrow’s trucks – autonomous driving into an exciting future

    by Philipp Deppe | 23.September 2014

    From a vision to reality – the spectacular Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study will be providing a visually exciting and technically feasible take on the long-distance truck of tomorrow at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA).

    In ten years’ time, trucks could be driving autonomously on motorways. Transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users, and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be further reduced. To do this Mercedes-Benz connects existing assistance systems with enhanced sensors to the “Highway Pilot” system. Autonomous driving is already possible at realistic speeds and in realistic motorway traffic situations. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 provides a glimpse of the future shape of trucks.

    Revolution on the motorways: goods transport to become more efficient, safer and more connected in the future
    The technology of tomorrow is already reality at Daimler Trucks. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 constitutes a revolution in efficiency, safety and networking, a revolution for road traffic and its infrastructure, for professional driving and for the road transport sector. This is not a new truck, but rather the key element in the interconnected transport system of the future. It is being developed as part of the “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative by Daimler Trucks to conserve resources and reduce emissions of all kinds. Other aims are to ensure the highest possible level of traffic safety and to boost networking with intelligent data management considerably for tailor-made vehicle and service solutions.

    The prototype demonstrated the exciting capabilities of the Future Truck 2025 back in the summer at speeds of up to 80 km/h in realistic traffic situations on a section of the A14 motorway in Magdeburg, Germany. Now the thrilling exterior and interior of that same vehicle are being revealed. The tractor unit combined with an aerodynamically optimized trailer celebrates its world premiere as a study at the International Commercial Vehicles show (IAA).

    Exterior: flowing forms with a light show
    In terms of design, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study combines function, efficiency and emotion in a fascinating way. It adheres to the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of “Sensual Purity”. Soft, slightly curved surfaces that are near-natural represent both efficiency and emotion. Inside and outside, the exceptional visual appearance symbolises the great leap from classic truck to autonomous transport vehicle of the future. Innovative forms and the lighting engineering of tomorrow send the conventional truck cab into the future. The designers have leveraged the opportunity presented by future length specifications: extending the front section allows soft, aerodynamically flowing forms to be created. Visual effects from the paintwork in light silver emphasise the enticingly smooth contours. Compact cameras replace conventional exterior mirrors. Its windscreen resembles a visor. The study’s integral sun screen and aero roof have a distinctive form. Featuring signature Mercedes-Benz style, the design is composed around the star as the central element. Looking practically seamless and as if made of one piece, the cab exudes maximum calm. Its plain yet powerful appearance lends it an imposing monolithic air. While at a standstill with the engine switched off the front mask is closed. Classic elements such as the headlamps seem to be missing at first glance. The Future Truck 2025 comes to life when the engine starts. LEDs illuminate the surfaces and light up the paintwork. The front mask gleams and LED bulbs shine instead of conventional headlamps to the left and right in the bumper. Orange flashing lights indicate when the truck is changing direction. When the fully drivable study is being controlled manually and on the move, the lights are white. When the truck is driving autonomously, the colour of the lights changes from white to blue. They then pulsate strongly, thus symbolizing the truck’s powerful heartbeat and clearly indicating the vehicle’s current operating mode to other road users.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    Interior: calming design for a new way of working
    The sensual purity of the Future Truck 2025′s calming design is also reflected by the interior. Flowing lines from the exterior are taken up again inside the cab.
    Mercedes-Benz already creates a visual separation between the areas for driving and living in the cabs of long-distance transport. In the future the cab will also include a more comfortable and functional working area for autonomous driving phases.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    The interior of the Future Truck 2025 is compelling as the focus is on essential functions and the design is almost puristic. The workplace for driving is calm and uncluttered like a modern, paperless office. Utilitarian engineering is excitingly juxtaposed with natural materials and a feeling of cosiness and warmth. Wood flows from the floor to the instrument panel with generous use of the material underlying the inviting atmosphere and sense of well-being on board. The dark finish is strongly grained, open-pore and has a naturally aged effect – a welcome contrast to the high functionality of the working area. The instrument panel is calm and uncluttered, with displays separating instruments and the exterior mirrors. They float like islands over the piano lacquer finish in the cockpit. Instead of conspicuous air outlets there is indirect climate control with a touchpad replacing conventional switch strips. The support for the instrument panel is clad in leather. Perfect craftsmanship and build quality sit side by side with the functional character of the truck’s technical features.

    IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014

    Exciting lighting effects inside the cab also underline the distinctive character of the Future Truck 2025. When the truck is travelling autonomously, the driver may recline their seat and also turn it by 45 degrees into the space, allowing them to consciously adopt a relaxed, comfortable working position. At the same time, indirect lighting illuminates the interior without glare. To communicate from the future workplace the driver uses a tablet computer. This is accommodated in the newly designed centre console but is removable. Here the driver can process documents, schedule more destinations, accept further orders and arrange the next break. The computer screen can be configured to suit individual requirements, also enabling the driver to call up all key trip data. On long routes driven autonomously, the tablet computer becomes as crucial as the steering wheel and pedals are otherwise. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 ushers in a new way of working in the cab of a long-distance truck. As an overall concept it combines the high-tech driver’s area of the future with a state-of-the-art, paperless office and a living room. The driver in the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 feels at home even when on the move thanks to the digital picture frame on the cab’s rear panel: here personal photographs of family or a past holiday scroll through on the screen. Despite all its functionality and efficiency, this high-tech truck also shows emotion. MORE »

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    The C-Class from AMG: a success story with eight cylinders – 40,000 vehicles sold worldwide

    by Philipp Deppe | 22.September 2014

    The story of the high-performance C-Class powered by eight-cylinder engines began in 1997 with the C 43 AMG. The successors in the guise of the C 55 AMG and C 63 AMG underscored the significance of the powerful V8 engines for AMG’s brand promise of “Driving Performance”.

    Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (204) 2014

    With sales of some 40,000 vehicles, the C 63 AMG is also the best-selling AMG model to date. One thing is clear already: its successor will further raise the bar in terms of performance and fuel consumption. The power source of the new C 63 is of course once again a V8 engine and closely related to that of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

    The first C 63 AMG celebrated its market launch in 2008. Around 8000 of these high-performance C-Class vehicles were sold in 2012, the year with the strongest sales. The successor model will shortly celebrate its world premiere as a saloon and as an estate model. Under its bonnet is a highly efficient AMG 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine based on the sports car engine of the Mercedes-AMG GT.

    “It goes without saying that the successor to the current C 63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine. We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The AMG V8 Biturbo engine mesmerizes not only with maximum power and torque, but also with the absolute best fuel economy in the comparative segment“.

    The world’s most economical high-performance eight-cylinder engine
    Under the bonnet of the C 63 AMG’s successor is an all-new 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine. The eight-cylinder Biturbo engine will deliver exceptional performance with an unrivalled power output range of up to 375 kW (510 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. At the same time the eight-cylinder high-performance vehicle impresses with low emissions and the world’s best fuel economy in the segment. The latest member of the AMG BlueDIRECT engine family sets absolute standards with a fuel consumption of 8.2 litres/100 km (NEDC combined).

    Début for the C 63 AMG in 2007: more AMG than ever before
    The 40th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG GmbH was a special reason for AMG fans to celebrate. The C 63 AMG (model series 204) marked a new standard for high-performance sports saloons. The top-of-the-line C-Class model was powered by an AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. With a rated power output of 336 kW (457 hp) and a peak torque of 600 Nm the high-rev naturally aspirated engine was unrivalled in this segment. Powered by this engine the C 63 AMG accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (Estate: 4.6 sec.); the top speed was limited electronically to 250 km/h. In conjunction with the AMG Performance package Plus that became available as an option in 2009, power output jumped to 358 kW (487 hp). Engine components from the SLS AMG super sports car increased the V8 engine’s willingness to rev and its agility.

    The power was transmitted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission with three transmission modes and double-declutching function. The sports suspension with 18-inch light-alloy wheels in conjunction with a completely redesigned front axle, speed-sensitive sports steering and 3-stage ESP offered maximum driving pleasure and markedly dynamic handling. MORE »

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    Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix 2014

    by Philipp Deppe | 21.September 2014

    Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton took an impressive victory in the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix this evening, while Nico Rosberg was forced to retire in a tense race at the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    Lewis completed a clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap and victory for the fifth time in his Formula One career. This marks Lewis’ 29th career Formula One win – his eighth for Mercedes AMG Petronas. Nico was forced to retire on lap 13 after a steering column wiring loom failure. The malfunction was first detected on the laps to the grid and eventually left him stuck in neutral at his first pit stop. Lewis now leads the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship by three points from his team-mate. MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continue to lead the Constructors’ Championship – now by a margin of 174 points.

    Lewis Hamilton: “It was great to come here after winning in Monza and start the final leg of the season with such a competitive car. It would have been a really hardcore race if Nico had been at the front, as we clearly had the pace. It was all running pretty comfortably until the Safety Car came out, which gave me some problems. I was driving hard to build the gap but then the tyres started dropping off and I wasn’t sure what to do – keep pushing or back off to look after them. So we pitted straight away and I came out behind Seb. But I knew they were on a two-stop strategy and that his tyres were old. I went for it down the back straight – the gap was pretty small and maybe I could have chosen another point on the circuit. But I luckily squeezed through and made it stick. Of course, it’s not an ideal result with Nico retiring, so that shows we still have work to do to get on top of reliability. But it’s been a great job from the team at everyone at the factories to make this mega car. Now we need to keep pushing hard for Japan in two weeks’ time.”

    Nico Rosberg: “The problems with my steering wheel began in the garage even before the race and it was a difficult moment when I couldn’t pull away from the grid – the car didn’t get out of neutral. When I left the pit-lane, I was only able to change gear – there was no radio, no DRS and reduced Hybrid power. We were hoping that the systems might come back to life, like the radio did, and that we could change the situation. But after we changed the wheel another time, we had to retire the car. It was a tough day for me and unfortunately another reliability problem for the team. It was at least something good for the team that Lewis was able to take the win. Now we need to analyze what happened and to optimize everything further because reliability is our issue this year.” MORE »

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    Lewis Hamilton on Pole Position in front of Nico Rosberg at Singapore Qualifying

    by Philipp Deppe | 20.September 2014

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured a dramatic front row lockout for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton took pole by just seven thousandths of a second from team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    Lewis took his 6th pole position of 2014 this evening in Singapore and the team’s 13th from 14 races this year. This means that Mercedes-Benz power has so far taken pole at all 14 rounds of the world championship. Nico finished second to make it the team’s 7th all-Mercedes front row in 2014 and the third in a row. The gap between the two of 0.007s equates to just 33.5 cm around the 5.065 km lap! Both drivers used one set of prime tyres and three sets of option tyre during the qualifying session.

    Lewis Hamilton: “That was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions I can remember. I lost a lot of time at the beginning of my last lap and at that point I thought pole was lost. But I just kept going and managed to pull some time back. As a driver, through the weekend you plan to have the last lap in qualifying as your best. By that time the track has improved and you should have the settings as close to their optimum as they’re going to get. But there was so much happening out there and I was just trying not to look at what was going on around me. I was surprised by how close everyone was – the Red Bulls and Ferraris looked quick all day – and it was really fun to be a part of that session. The team have done a fantastic job to bring the car here, to a circuit where downforce is so important, and be at the front once again, so a big thank you to them. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow. Coming into the weekend we had an opinion about how the tyres would behave, but the long runs yesterday changed all that. Trying to manage them will be a big challenge but hopefully it will be an entertaining one for the fans. I’m on the clean side of the track so I’m hoping for a clean start and a strong race.”

    Nico Rosberg: “In general that was the most difficult qualifying session of my career so far. It was really tough to find my rhythm. I had to change my brakes for qualifying and then had to find the right balance in the early runs which was a struggle. I just thought, “that’s it, you will be 6th or 7th”. Then, at the end, I was really happy with the balance and feeling good. When I heard that Lewis was that tiny margin quicker I thought “damn”! I directly reviewed my lap and thought there were so many places to gain seven thousandths of a second – especially in the last corner. But in the end he did seven thousandths of a better job today, so fair play to him. P2 is still good for tomorrow’s race and I’m focused on having a good start. Last year I overtook Sebastian at Turn One, so it’s definitely possible to win from here. It’s going to be all about managing the tyres and I learned some good lessons in my long runs yesterday, so I hope it will be an exciting race for the fans.” MORE »

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    Unimog proves its superiority under the toughest operating conditions in the Highlands of Iceland

    by Philipp Deppe | 19.September 2014

    The proven vehicle concept of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog has been a firm favourite with the electricity industry in many European countries for decades.

    Unimog hochgeländegängig Island Stromwerk

    And now, Reykjavik-based Askja, the Daimler sales intermediary in Iceland, has delivered a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 4000 to Landsnet. Landsnet is responsible for supplying electricity to the approximately 325,000 inhabitants of Europe’s second largest island state on behalf of the National Energy Authority of Iceland.

    Unimog hochgeländegängig Island Stromwerk

    With its well-proven OM 924 LA four-cylinder engine developing 160 kW (218 hp), the extreme all-terrain Unimog U 4000 is able to master even the most challenging terrain on this Norwegian Sea island characterised by a high level of volcanic activity. Its particular strength lies in its portal axles and its extremely high degree of articulation thanks to its coil springs and a fording depth of up to 1.20 m. A key role in ensuring optimal handling and comfort during off-road operation is played by the three-point mounting of the engine, transmission and cab as well as by the double three-point mounting of the body.

    The long-wheelbase version (3850 mm) with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 8.5 t has a crew cab and a box body for tools and parts. MORE »

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    autonis Readers’ Poll 2014: Mercedes builds the most attractive cars

    by Philipp Deppe | 18.September 2014

    Mercedes-Benz has won a double victory in the poll for the most beautiful car of the year 2014. Both the S-Class Coupé and the GLA were unequivocally rated the most beautiful cars in their segments by the readers of German “auto motor und sport” magazine.

    Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Coupe/S63AMG Coupe, Toskana 2014

    Beauty is the only thing that counts in the poll for the autonis Design Award, which “auto motor und sport” magazine conducts each year to crown the most beautiful cars. In the luxury segment the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé won the coveted honour by a wide margin. Among the compact cross-country vehicles the Mercedes-Benz GLA was the most popular with readers.

    The S-Class Coupé won over the readers with its aesthetic design, exclusive appointments and sophisticated sportiness. The GLA thoroughly reinterprets the compact SUV segment with its progressive design. MORE »

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    by Philipp Deppe | 17.September 2014

    The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is pleased to confirm the extension of its team partnership with IWC Schaffhausen for a further three years. The Swiss watch manufacturer became the Official Engineering Partner of the team in 2013 and has now confirmed its commitment until the end of the 2018 season.

    With the link between IWC Schaffhausen and AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, dating back to 2004, and with the team’s drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, being ‘Friends of the Brand’, this new agreement further reinforces the strong ties and passion for precision engineering that exist between the two partners.

    In Singapore today, on the eve of the city’s Grand Prix weekend, Lewis and Nico presented their own IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Editions. These two special edition watches, limited to 250 pieces each, were personally designed by the drivers, working closely with IWC’s skilled watchmakers in Schaffhausen. Both editions feature a titanium casing and a medallion of carbon fibre, from one of the Silver Arrows cars raced by the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team, set into the back of the watch, along with the personal logo of the respective drivers.

    Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, commented: “We are delighted to have extended our partnership with IWC Schaffhausen for a further three years and to have the opportunity to continue to work closely with such a prestigious brand. Our shared passion for pushing the boundaries of engineering through technical innovation and design are the perfect match for IWC, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and our sport of Formula One. We look forward to working in close collaboration with IWC in the years to come and to further contributing to the development of their innovative and beautiful timepieces.” MORE »

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    DTM Race Winner Pascal Wehrlein Name MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Reserve Driver

    by Philipp Deppe | 15.September 2014

    The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is delighted to announce the appointment of Pascal Wehrlein to the position of reserve driver.

    After a successful early career in go-karts, Pascal won the 2011 ADAC Formel Masters before graduating to Formula 3 in 2012. In his maiden season, he secured second place in the F3 Euroseries championship and claimed the title of best rookie. For 2013, DTM with Mercedes-Benz beckoned and 18-year-old Pascal became the youngest driver in series history, continuing the long-standing Mercedes-Benz tradition of developing young driver talent.

    Yesterday at the Lausitzring, he took a commanding debut victory from pole position, leading every lap but one in wet-dry conditions on his way to becoming the youngest race winner in DTM history at just 19 years of age. In addition to his DTM duties, Pascal has played an integral role in the Formula One team’s race support operations during the 2014 season. In total, he has completed more than 30 days in the simulator this season, covering over 12,000 km in the virtual F1 W05 Hybrid. Pascal reached another important milestone in his career development last Thursday 11 September, when he drove a Formula One car for the first time at the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portimao.

    As part of a Young Driver Evaluation test conducted by the team, Pascal took the wheel of the team’s 2012 challenger, the F1 W03. Running a program me designed to familiarise him with the car, Pascal achieved a total of 500 km on the day, completing 109 laps and impressing the team with his progress and feedback. Pascal will travel with the team from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards as part of his reserve driver duties.

    Pascal Wehrlein: “I was delighted when I learned that I would be completing a Formula One test for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in Portimao. It took me a few laps to get used to the incredible speed, the very hard brakes and the high cornering speeds – it’s in another league compared to the DTM. But I adapted quickly and was able to improve in each of my short and long runs. In total, I drove 500 km and didn’t want to head back into the pits! The test was simply the greatest experience I have had so far in motorsport. There weren’t any nerves, which surprised me – I just felt ready for it. The feedback from the team and from Toto was very encouraging and I think that I did a good job. It certainly helped that I have been working hard in the simulator since February. For me, it is a nice recognition of my efforts that I have been nominated as reserve driver for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. For me, it’s a dream come true to have completed this test and now to take on my new role. All my life, I have worked hard to get the opportunity to drive an F1 car. And it was always my goal to do it with Mercedes-Benz.” MORE »

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    Pascal Wehrlein took his first victory in the DTM – Christian Vietoris second at the Lausitzring

    by Philipp Deppe | 14.September 2014

    In tricky weather conditions, Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) took his maiden victory in the DTM, making him the youngest winner ever in the series. The 19-year-old already made DTM history on Saturday by becoming the youngest pole-setter in the DTM.

    Motorsports / DTM 8. race Lausitzring

    Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in second place gave Mercedes-Benz their 101st one-two victory in the internationally popular touring car series. Vietoris improved his position on the first laps after the start to move up from P11 to P2. Vietoris on 59 points is placed second in the overall standings with two races to go until the end of the season. BMW driver Marco Wittmann clinched the championship title before season’s end at the Lausitzring.

    Motorsports / DTM 8. race Lausitzring

    In all, four DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés finished in the top five. Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in fourth place repeated his best result so far in the DTM. Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished fifth.

    Motorsports / DTM 8. race Lausitzring

    Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) booked P12 and Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) took P13. Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) retired before the end of the race.

    The next race: The ninth round of the DTM takes place on the weekend of September 27th-28th at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

    Pascal Wehrlein: “First pole, then the win. It hardly gets any better. I’m mega happy. My team worked terrifically well. The pit stops and our strategy were all super. We waited until the track was dry enough for options, then we switched. That was definitely the right choice. My pace was really impressive and I was able to control the race from the front. I’ve had an incredible day and a fantastic week. It’s all been simply fabulous. It’s a pity that Daniel didn’t finish on the podium today. He thoroughly deserved to and it would have been great to savor my maiden win with him by my side on the podium.”

    Christian Vietoris: “Our car was quick this weekend from the very start. Unfortunately, my qualifying result did not do justice to the car’s potential, but these weather conditions really suit me, so I knew that I was in with a good chance, even though I was only in P11 on the grid. This is a brilliant result for us – a one-two win and four Mercedes-Benz drivers in the top five. It goes to show that the hard work put in by the guys is paying off. I’m now second in the championship. You wouldn’t have thought so at the start of the season. There’s definitely an upward trend and I hope that it continues.” MORE »

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