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    Mercedes-Benz Cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show: Product Offensive Continues at Full Speed

    by Philipp Deppe | 3.März 2015

    Following the best start to the year in company history, with record sales in January 2015 (+13.6%), Mercedes-Benz Cars is pushing forward at full speed with its product offensive.

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    At the Geneva Motor Show, the brand with the three-pointed star is presenting a full programme of new models and innovations. The spectrum ranges from the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 – a racing machine for the very highest levels of customer sport – to the highly exclusive Mercedes-Maybach Pullman limousine, embodying the automotive luxury class in the very best Maybach tradition. Further Mercedes highlights at this high-profile springtime motor show in Geneva are the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e with plug-in hybrid drive, which is as dynamic as it is efficient, the avant-garde CLA Shooting Brake and the Concept V-ision e, based on the successful V‑Class and likewise equipped with plug-in hybrid technology. The ‘star-studded’ SUV offensive continues with the GLE Coupé and the spectacular G 500 4×42.

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    The resounding start signal for this year’s Geneva Motor Show was fired up bright and early at eight in the morning on the Mercedes-Benz stand. The latest race car from the brand with the three-pointed star rolled onto the stage with a rich V8 sound. “The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the perfect vehicle for customers who prefer to get their adrenalin kicks on the race track,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “That’s why we are starting 2015 not only as reigning double Formula 1 champions, but are also continuing our battle for supremacy in the hard-fought customer sport sector. Motorsport is a major part of our DNA.”

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    Following a record year for Mercedes-Benz in 2014 in terms of sales figures, turnover and profit, the company has already set a new sales record in 2015. Mercedes-Benz enjoyed a magnificent start to the year, with an increase of 13.6 percent. “We will use this powerful momentum for dynamic growth throughout the year,” continued Dr. Zetsche. “Playing a major role in this is our product offensive, which we are pursuing at full speed with a total of eight new models in 2015. The first highlight in the Mercedes-Benz ‘Year of the SUV’ is the new GLE Coupé. It will attract new customers with its sporty design and agile handling characteristics.”

    C 350 e continues the hybrid offensive
    The same applies to the new C 350 e. It is already the second hybrid model in the new C-Class and the second after the S 500 e to appear with Mercedes-Benz’s highly advanced plug-in hybrid technology. The company is applying full force to its offensive with this forward-looking technology, “We will bring ten new plug-in hybrid models to market by 2017,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes‑Benz Cars Development. “In Europe, our fleet emissions are already less than 130 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The new models based on our scalable hybrid platform will make a significant contribution to the continued reduction of CO2 emissions.”

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    The C 350 e makes a compelling case as a saloon and as an estate car with its exceptional dynamics and efficiency, enabling 31 kilometres of electric-only, zero-emissions driving. The drive delivers a system output of 205 kW (279 hp) and system torque of 600 Nm. This means that the new C 350 e achieves the performance of a sports car, yet has a certified consumption as saloon and estate of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. This equates to CO2 emissions of merely 48 grams (estate: 49 grams) per kilometre.

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    V-Class Concept V-ision e – more performance with fewer CO2 emissions
    A plug-in hybrid with a four-cylinder engine and system output of 245 kW (333 hp) also drives the concept V-ision e. “This concept vehicle shows the potential offered by the Mercedes of MPVs to address customer and market needs even more individually and exclusively in future,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes‑Benz Vans. “With pioneering Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid technology, we are able to increase the output of the most powerful V-Class currently available by a further 105 kW, while lowering consumption to that of a compact car. That’s what I call a forward-looking performance increase.” Inside, the Concept V-ision e offers a unique ambience of wellbeing with a modern loft-like character, Executive seats that can be controlled by app and the biggest panoramic roof in the segment.

    Mercedes-Benz at the Geneva International Auto Show 2015

    Mercedes-Maybach Pullman – automotive high-end luxury
    The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman guarantees the very finest on-board accommodation. “The second model from Mercedes-Maybach takes over the role at the absolute pinnacle – as a state limousine with a classic face-to-face seat configuration in the rear,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “The length of 6.50 metres and the wheelbase of 4.42 metres deliver an incredibly spacious interior and first-class comfort. It goes without saying that the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman also embodies the very best in exclusivity.” This is further enhanced by the uncompromising sound quality and perfect musical enjoyment supplied by the exclusive Burmester High-End 3D Surround-Sound system – the most expensive surround-sound system in an automobile.

    Source: Daimler AG

    Topics: AMG GT, Maybach, S-Class, V-Class | No comments »

    smart fortwo edition MOSCOT: Special edition smart fortwo cabrio with cult appeal

    by Philipp Deppe | 1.März 2015

    smart and MOSCOT invite fans to “Keep moving–stay original!,” with the introduction of the new black and yellow “smart fortwo edition MOSCOT”. It will be produced in a limited run of 100 units.

    smart fortwo edition MOSCOT, 2015

    The world premiere takes place in Milan/Italy on 28 February 2015 at the “MOSCOT 100-Year Anniversary Party,” at the “Officine Del Volo” against the backdrop of the MIDO eyewear fair. The “smart fortwo edition MOSCOT” will make its second major appearance at the Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March 2015). The exclusive two-seater cabrio with the BRABUS 75 kW turbo engine is available in Germany at prices starting from €29,524. The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in early summer.

    smart fortwo edition MOSCOT, 2015

    To mark the 100th anniversary of MOSCOT and the impending finale of the current smart cabrio, smart, the Stuttgart-based car brand for urban mobility, and MOSCOT, the New York City eyewear institution, joined forces to produce the special “smart fortwo edition MOSCOT” featuring a striking black and yellow colour scheme in a limited run of 100 units.

    smart fortwo edition MOSCOT, 2015

    “The design teams from MOSCOT and smart joined forces to create two products that perfectly combine style and functionality,” said Dr. Annette Winkler, Head of smart. “The ‘smart fortwo edition MOSCOT’ and the ‘LEMTOSH smart’ eyeglasses look great. I’m also particularly delighted by the way they combine to showcase the urban lifestyle and our smart attitude to perfection.”

    smart fortwo edition MOSCOT, 2015

    The most striking exterior feature of the “smart fortwo edition MOSCOT” is the combination of deep, glossy black body panels, and a matte yellow tridion safety cell with a matte black accent stripe. The door mirrors sport the same distinctive colour scheme: glossy black with a yellow accent stripe. The BRABUS Monoblock VII alloy wheels are painted glossy black, and embellished with a yellow ring on the rim flange. Exterior appointments also include titanium-coloured headlamps, a BRABUS front spoiler lip, and the MOSCOT label in the mirror triangles.
    The black and yellow colour contrast also defines the “smart fortwo edition MOSCOT’s” interior: seats, knee pad, instrument cluster, door panelling, and door pockets come in black leather, with yellow leather inserts on the sides of the seats, and on the knee pad. Corresponding contrasting top stitching on the three-spoke leather sports steering wheel and other elements, as well as yellow rings on the shift lever knob and the ancillary dashboard instruments provide additional highlights. Also on board are exclusive “edition MOSCOT” floor mats with nubuck leather trim. MORE »

    Topics: Smart | No comments »

    World première in Geneva for spectacular AMG racing car: All-out attack: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3

    by Philipp Deppe | 27.Februar 2015

    Mercedes-AMG will ring in the 2015 motorsport season at the beginning of March with the sonorous sound of the V8 engine: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, with which the Mercedes-Benz sports car and high-performance brand is systematically expanding its motorsports presence, will be making its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.

    Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2014; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 G

    Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules, the racing car will compete in the world’s most hotly contested customer race series. Cutting-edge racing technology and spectacular design predestine the new challenger for victories. The new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is being launched in just a few days’ time. Following an intensive test phase, the new AMG racing car will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.

    Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2014; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 G

    The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will blaze new trails in customer sports with its intelligent vehicle concept. The excellent racetrack performance of the standard GT already provides the best possible basis for this. “We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our new customer racing car. You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you’re beating the very best in the game,” commented Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

    Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2014; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 G

    The standard Mercedes-AMG GT already provides the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model, with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width. For this layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when having to change direction fast. On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements.

    Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2014; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 G

    Even at a standstill, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the embodiment of undiluted power. Its matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno covers the muscular contours like a second skin. The widened vehicle body, the large air intakes, the diffuser and the huge rear aerofoil all signalise a desire to attack. Every modification to the bodywork has been made for the purpose of maximising power output and aerodynamic performance. MORE »

    Topics: AMG GT, Motorsports | No comments »

    Daimler Trucks expects continued success in 2015

    by Philipp Deppe | 23.Februar 2015

    Daimler Trucks achieved its objectives again in 2014 – and did so in a heterogeneous and partly very difficult market environment. While unit sales and revenues rose slightly last year, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) from continuing operations grew significantly by 18% to €2.07 billion (PY €1.75 bn). Return on sales rose to 6.4% (PY 5.6%).

    Daimler Trucks expects significant increases in unit sales and profit for 2015 as well. The Daimler AG business division with six owned and two partner brands will profit from the consistent implementation of its strategy and the continuously improved efficiency of its operative units. The successfully implemented excellence program Daimler Trucks #1 (DT#1) will thus show its full effect in the current year. Technological leadership, global market presence and intelligent platforms – the world market leader in trucks is relying on these three pillars for the continued expansion of its position in the future.

    Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, im Vorstand der Daimler AG verantwortlich

    Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks and Buses, said at the traditional annual press conference of the division: “In 2014, we achieved what we promised – despite partly weaker markets – and improved our results significantly. In 2015, we plan to stay on this course of success and again increase our unit sales and operating profit. We will continue to come closer to our long-term objectives step by step.”

    In the year 2020, Daimler Trucks is looking to sell 700,000 units and aims to achieve in the medium term a return on sales of 8% over the cycle.

    Development of truck markets in 2015 with great differences
    As in 2014, Daimler Trucks expects to see strongly heterogeneous developments in the individual markets in 2015. In the NAFTA region, an increase in the range of 10% is expected for the overall truck market in the medium-duty and heavy-duty segments (Class 6 to 8), whereas Europe should remain at the 2014 level. A slight market drop is indicated for Japan. In Indonesia a market recovery in the area of 10% can be expected. The weak period in Brazil will probably persist. A decrease in the range of 10% is expected compared to the previous year.

    Daimler Trucks expects significant higher sales in 2015
    The significant sales growth expected by Daimler Trucks should be carried in particular by the business in the NAFTA region, where Daimler Trucks expects significantly higher sales compared with the previous year. New products like the Western Star 5700 XE and established successful products like the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution should make a significant contribution to securing market leadership in this region.
    A strong sales argument in the NAFTA region is the fully integrated powertrain. Daimler Trucks is the only manufacturer in North America to offer an combination of engine, transmission and axles from a single source– the most efficient solution on the market, which enjoys an excellent reception from customers. Of the the best-selling truck in North America, the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution, every fourth new vehicle is already equipped with such an integrated power train.

    The sales figures for Daimler Trucks should also rise in Asia. In Indonesia, one of the main markets of FUSO in Asia, a recovery in unit sales for Daimler Trucks is expected. In India, the further expansion of the BharatBenz sales network from 80 to 100 dealers should lead to a significant increase in sales. In addition, the extended offering of FUSO trucks from Indian production should ensure additional momentum. 2015 marks the expansion of exports of FUSO trucks “Made in Chennai” to Latin America and the Middle East. On the other hand, the growth dynamics in Japan will probably slacken off perceptibly. MORE »

    Topics: Trucks | No comments »

    Near-series show car G 500 4×4²: The G-Class Squared

    by Philipp Deppe | 21.Februar 2015

    Only a G-Class can be better than a G-Class. This is the credo followed by the developers with the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6, and they are now stepping up a gear with the G 500 4×4².

    Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Showcar

    The basic recipe for this overcomer of everything is simple: take the superior all-wheel-drive powertrain including portal axles from the 6×6 – take away one axle – and blend it all with a newly-developed variable chassis and the series-production G-Class body. A large pinch of V8 power with 422 hp, a set of 22-inch 325/55 R 22-sized wheels, carbon-fibre body parts and then just gourmet ingredients from the seductive designo Exclusive range for the interior – and the 5-star menu for all off-road enthusiasts is ready.

    Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Showcar

    A new addition to the extreme G-Class model family: the G 63 AMG 6×6 has a model brother in the form of the G 500 4×4². The near-series show car is a new highlight in the superlative-rich history of the G-Class and blends all the advantages of the model series. The series-production models of the G-Class supply the unshakeable foundations in the form of the body and ladder-type frame, which compensate for the considerably increased performance of the G 500 4×4² without any problem and also without any type of reinforcements. The G 63 AMG 6×6 donates an amended version of the ruggedly determined permanent all-wheel-drive powertrain with portal axles. The engine compartment houses a completely new V8 engine with a displacement of four litres, direct injection and biturbocharging. Also new is the chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping. Finally, in the interior, the G 500 4×4² occupants enjoy comfort and an ambience on a par with a luxury saloon.

    Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Showcar

    New engine offers V8 biturbo power
    The 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine in the G 500 4×4² stands out for its sublime power delivery, the targeted lightweight construction, as well as its high efficiency. The newly developed eight-cylinder features twin turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – what is known as the ‘hot inside V’. The advantages lie in the compact engine design, the optimum response and the low exhaust gas emissions. The piezo direct petrol injection used exclusively at Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process has been enhanced in the third generation to meet all future statutory requirements. In series production, the highly efficient and economical 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine would meet the Euro 6 emission standard, including the maximum particulate emissions level that will not take effect until 2016.

    The V8 crankcase consists of an aluminium alloy and ensures maximum strength with the lowest possible weight. The cylinder walls in NANOSLIDE technology are twice as hard as conventional cast-iron cylinder liners, minimise the inner friction and thus the fuel required and facilitate maximum mileages. NANO SLIDE was developed by Daimler starting in the year 2000 and has so far been used successfully and reliably in over 200,000 engines since 2006.

    Twin sidepipes on both sides in front of the rear wheels modulate the G-typical sound of the G 500 4×4² and master the entire repertoire of potent sports cars – from soft mumbling in neutral through sonorous humming in the partial-load range to emphatic booming when accelerating under full load. A welcome side effect of the side pipes: there is improved off-road capability, because in the rear area there are none of the usual rear silencers, which could otherwise restrict the angle of departure.

    Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Showcar

    Things are really looking up both on and off-road
    In view of the key data for the chassis and powertrain it seems more than logical that the off-road world starts for the G 500 4×4² where other vehicles capitulate. But it is surprising that the new “G” puts in an absolutely convincing performance on the asphalt. Due to the considerably wider track of the portal axles compared with the series-production car (+299 mm), the large 22-inch 325/55 R 22-sized wheels and the adjustable damping with its Sport mode, the enhanced G-Class drives through bends so dynamically that the occupants feel as though they are in a sports car rather than a cross-country vehicle. This also applies to tours on unsurfaced slopes or snow-bound roads, in which case the performance of a high-powered rally car kicks in.

    For anyone preferring to use the G 500 4×4² off the beaten track, the optional off-road size 37 x 12.5 x 18-inch MT tyres are recommended. Permanent all-wheel drive, an off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and three differentials lockable whilst on the move will not be found on conventional cross-country vehicles. This results in merciless driving dynamics in all conditions. Even the highest sand dunes are stormed by the show car with ease, whilst rocky terrain is scaled like a chamois, and water is driven through without any problems. MORE »

    Topics: G-Class | No comments »

    New ministerial car for Minister President of Baden-Württemberg

    by Philipp Deppe | 19.Februar 2015

    New ministerial car for Winfried Kretschmann. The Minister President of Baden-Württemberg get the new car today in Immendingen.

    “With CO2 emissions of just 65 g/km and fuel consumption of 2.8 l/100 km, my new ministerial car emits on average 50 g less CO2 and consumes on average 1.6 l less fuel, which is clearly below the levels of my last car. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID clearly stands for sustainable mobility,” explained Minister President Winfried Kretschmann during the presentation of his new ministerial car by Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.” “My new ministerial car sets new standards in efficiency and environmental protection,” according to Kretschmann.

    “Although I’m not regarded as a great fan of cars, I think it’s fascinating how modern technology can increase an engine’s efficiency without compromising on its power and output,” said Minister President Kretschmann. With its 85 kW electric drive, the new ministerial car can cover a distance of approx. 30 kilometres on the electric motor alone. The large lithium-ion battery can be charged externally through a charging outlet. The electric motor is combined with an efficient internal combustion engine, both of which can be operated individually or together.

    Prof. Weber presented the new ministerial car to the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg as part of the official ground-breaking ceremony for the new Daimler test and technology centre in Immendingen: “The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the first of ten PLUG-IN HYBRID models that we will be introducing to the market up until 2017. The car proves that performance and outstanding efficiency are not mutually exclusive. We are very pleased that our Minister President will be making most of his official trips in a highly efficient, virtually silent, locally zero-emission vehicle.” According to Weber, one of the reasons to expand the electric vehicle segment is the increasingly strict worldwide emission standards. “We believe that the PLUG-IN HYBRID will be the success technology for at least the next ten years.” MORE »

    Topics: General | No comments »

    The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman: High-end luxury-class motor vehicle with a proud pedigree

    by Philipp Deppe | 18.Februar 2015

    The 50th birthday of the best-known Pullman saloon of them all, the Mercedes-Benz 600, is set to coincide with a special debut at the Geneva Motor Show: the launch of the new Pullman.

    Mercedes-Maybach Pullman (VV 222) 2015

    Mercedes-Maybach’s second model assumes the top-of-the-range position, with vis-à-vis seating in the partitioned-off passenger compartment, and at the same time stands as a proud example of the high-end automotive luxury traditionally associated with Maybach.

    Its length of 6.50 metres alone is a sign of the special status of the Mercedes‑Maybach Pullman. It provides the space for a generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge in the rear, with a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard, thereby ensuring the chauffeur-driven limousine lives up to today’s expectations of what constitutes total exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the greatest legroom in the segment; and can get into and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition window. Prices start at around half a million euros; the first customers will be taking delivery of their vehicles, which of course offer unrivalled scope for individualisation, at the beginning of 2016.

    Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman

    Many governments, heads of state and royal families around the world have for decades chosen Mercedes-Benz saloons with the designation “Pullman” to drive them with the stateliness and style befitting their status. With its new model, the company is now extending its unique position in this demanding segment: “Quite apart from providing spacious seating in first-class comfort for high-ranking passengers, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level,” commented Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler AG Management Board responsible for sales and marketing of Mercedes‑Benz Cars. “One can sense the significance and greatness of it in every detail.”

    The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman provides extremely spacious seating combined with unique features characterised by their extraordinary and perfect craftsmanship. It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to individualise the appointments of their top-class limousines. These include the exquisite Maybach paint finishes, which are applied in several layers.

    Mercedes-Maybach Pullman (VV 222) 2015

    With a length of 6499 mm, the Pullman is another 1053 mm longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase is an impressive 4418 mm. Furthermore, at 1598 mm in height, the Pullman is more than 100 mm higher than a Mercedes S-Class, resulting in a tangible increase in headroom.
    The V12 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman has an output of 390 kW (530 hp). It has a displacement of 5980 cc and maximum torque of 830 Nm from 1900 rpm.

    The name Pullman was originally applied to railway carriages with luxurious open-plan compartments manufactured by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. This name was soon also applied to the motor cars from Mercedes-Benz which were based on an extremely long wheelbase and offered a very generously-sized passenger compartment. In the rear, separated from the driver’s area by a partition, there was space for four passengers to recline regally in four single seats facing each other. MORE »

    Topics: Maybach, S-Class | No comments »

    Special Edition SL “Mille Miglia 417″

    by Philipp Deppe | 17.Februar 2015

    Mercedes-Benz celebrates the 60th anniversary of a memorable motor racing success with an extraordinary special model of the SL Roadster.

    Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse (R 231), 2015

    Its name commemorates the unexpected victory of a 300 SL in the production sports cars class at the 1955 “Mille Miglia”, one of the world’s most challenging long-distance races. What’s more: the SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417″ provides a special experience of the unique symbiosis of maximum comfort and motor racing spirit that traditionally characterises every SL. The Special Edition adds a distinctive note, among other things, with red exterior highlights and fine materials in the exclusively appointed interior.

    Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse (R 231), 2015

    The Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is more than an icon. Passion shapes its character and its charisma – in the past and today. Legendary vehicles and their stories dominate the model history. One of them is told by the SL that started the famous “Mille Miglia” in 1955 with race number 417 at 4:17 am. After 11 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds it had completed the race distance of 1597 kilometres on public roads from Brescia to Rome and back. Driven by the American private driver John Fitch with assistance from his co-driver Kurt Gessl, it crossed the finish line to great acclaim in fifth place of the overall standings and as the winner of the production sports cars, leaving numerous racing prototypes behind. Production 300 SL cars also took second and third place in this class.

    Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse (R 231), 2015

    After 60 years the new SL Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417″ now expresses the laudatory proclamation about this victory and the car with race number 417. For this reason Mercedes-Benz also integrated the legendary number “417” into the badge of this special model as a reminder – a symbol for the passion that helps shape the charisma of every SL Roadster.

    Performance, pronounced sportiness and innovative roadster comfort are hallmark fundamental features that also distinguish the Special Edition “Mille Miglia 417″. The 6-cylinder engine in the SL 400 with 245 kW (333 hp) and the eight-cylinder in the SL 500 with 335 kW (455 hp) enable top sporting performance. As standard, ESP Curve Dynamic Assist, an adaptive adjustable damping system, and in particular the optionally available unique Active Body Control ABC deliver sporty lateral dynamics while offering outstanding comfort at the same time.
    The design of the Special Edition meets high aesthetic standards and underscores its spirit with stylish red highlights. Red is the colour of the lip on the front spoiler, and a red trim strip on the rear spoiler contrasts with the matte carbon. Red brake callipers gleam through the spokes of the black AMG Performance wheels, which sport subtle red surrounds and have diameters of 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. MORE »

    Topics: SL-Class | No comments »

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 2015 generation with new infotainment

    by Philipp Deppe | 16.Februar 2015

    Mercedes-Benz has further enhanced the E-Class in terms of a number of details. The key new feature of the 2015 generation vehicle is a new internet-enabled telematics generation boasting high-performance multimedia devices and navigation systems and enabling convenient use of the versatile options afforded by modern communications technology.

    E-Klasse, E 300 BlueTec HYBRID, Limousine Elegance, (W 212), 201

    With the new telematics generation Mercedes-Benz remains at the forefront of the rapidly evolving world of communications and media technology. Paired with a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone with data option, the modern COMAND Online multimedia system in the E-Class offers internet functionality, enabling the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. While on the move, Mercedes-Benz Apps such as “Mercedes-Benz Radio” and “Service Mercedes-Benz” can be used unlimited.

    Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse (W 212) 2015, neues Infotainmentsystem

    As standard the E-Class comes with a basic telephony feature, which connects the mobile phone with the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface and is fitted with a hands-free function. Optionally it can also be used with the new, fast LTE mobile phone network. This 4th-generation (4G) location-independent wireless broadband internet access enables download speeds of up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 75 Mbps, transferring data considerably faster than the conventional 3G network. As a result, in addition to making conventional telephone calls, it is also possible to make use of such features as Multimedia Messaging Services, video chat, high-definition radio as well as mobile TV functions virtually instantaneously.

    As previously, three multimedia systems are available for the E-Class. The Audio 20 CD is installed as standard and can also be selected with the preinstallation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT, a new navigation system in the E-Class. Alternatively, Mercedes-Benz offers the COMAND Online system including DVD single drive. A common feature to all systems is a high-resolution 17.8 cm (7-inch) colour Media Display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and impressive animations and 3D effects.

    Audio 20 CD – optional with new navigation system
    The Audio 20 CD multimedia system is fitted as a radio with twin tuners, traffic information decoder, CD drive (MP3 and other music formats), Bluetooth® interface with address transfer from mobile phone to the head unit, Media Interface integrated into the head unit for the support of iPhone or iPod, two USB ports and an SD card slot.

    The optional Garmin MAP PILOT navigation system, which is new in the E-Class, stores its map data set on an SD card and boasts the attractive and well-established look and feel of Garmin. It can be operated via the controller as well as voice control – the Integrated Speech Dialog System (SDS), including Text-to-Speech (TTS). The necessary software to enable this is also stored on the SD card. The navigation system provides the three-dimensional display of terrain and various buildings in a particularly clear and realistic manner. Points of Interest (POI) can also be input and displayed by the navigation software. Furthermore, route destinations can be downloaded via the internet and followed.

    COMAND Online – the comprehensive multimedia system
    As an alternative to the Audio 20 CD, Mercedes-Benz offers COMAND Online as a multimedia system in the E-Class, including DVD single drive. Navigation, phone, audio, video, internet – with the COMAND control and display system the driver is able to maintain an overview, as well as control of, these and many other functions. Operation is simple and intuitive. Fast, dynamic hard-disc navigation with realistic topographic map display including 3D POIs and city models, fast navigation performance and short loading times thanks to the integral 200 GB hard disc and three years of free navigation updates all help to ensure drivers enjoy a relaxed motoring experience, whatever the destination. Storage/import/display of personal POIs on the map are also possible. MORE »

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    Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing at the Miami International Boat Show: Exclusive power boat with most powerful twin engine – inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car

    by Philipp Deppe | 13.Februar 2015

    Cigarette Racing and Mercedes-AMG present the latest model of their long-standing cooperation at this year’s Miami International Boat Show: the Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept – the maritime incarnation of the new Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car, which is also on display in Miami.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S und Cigarette 50 Marauder

    The high-performance boat with the most powerful production twin engine within the Cigarette portfolio is inspired by the hallmark design and the full-blooded motorsport technology of the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Painted in the exclusive AMG Solarbeam colour and sporting matte black highlights, the concept boat makes unmistakable references to the dynamic character of the sports car from Affalterbach.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S und Cigarette 50 Marauder

    With the market launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT S in March 2015, the high-performance brand of Mercedes-Benz will compete in the top-calibre sports car segment for the first time. The model was designed entirely by Mercedes-AMG and combines agile driving dynamics and top-class racetrack performance with breath-taking design. The front-mid-engine concept and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction provide the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. The newly developed AMG twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine underscores the AMG brand claim “Driving Performance”. It produces 375 kW (510 hp) of power and a peak torque of 650 Newton metres. This power pack makes impressive performance possible: the Mercedes-AMG GT S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S und Cigarette 50 Marauder

    “With its technological substance the Mercedes-AMG GT S meets our high demands on driving dynamics, agility and performance”, says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG. “The GT S is built according to the motto ‘Handcrafted by Racers’. We are glad that this spirit and our brand-typical driving performance inspired our long-time partner Cigarette Racing to create this powerboat.”
    Skip Braver, President and CEO of Cigarette Racing, adds: “We are thrilled to work with the high-performance brand of Mercedes-Benz again this year to develop our fastest power boat to date. With the two new Mercury racing engines inspired by AMG, the 50 Marauder GT S Concept embodies our brand promise of innovation and master craftsmanship“.

    Mercedes-AMG GT S und Cigarette 50 Marauder

    The cooperation of Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing has been in existence since 2007 and is primarily rooted in joint customer and marketing activities. On land and on the water – performance is the element that connects Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing. Like the performance vehicles from Mercedes-AMG, the 38 to 55 foot (11.6 to 16.87 metres) power boats from the American specialist are among the fastest and most exclusive of their kind in the world. They offer tailor-made and hand-built quality for enthusiasts, tested under extreme conditions. Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are also kindred souls with regard to their DNA. Both companies have their roots in racing and live this passion with the utmost vigour. MORE »

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    “iF Design Award 2015″: Mercedes-Benz secures six-fold win

    by Philipp Deppe | 12.Februar 2015

    No less than four models and two one-off vehicle studies from Mercedes-Benz have won the internationally renowned “iF Product Design Award 2015″. A top-class jury awarded prizes to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, the AMG GT, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class as well as the smart fortwo for their outstanding designs. In the Professional Concepts/Mobility category meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo picked up the coveted Design Award.

    Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025

    For decades the “iF Product Design Award” has ranked as one of the world’s most important design awards and represents the seal of approval for outstanding design. This year, some 53 design experts from 20 different countries selected their favourites from among more than 4500 contributions. The jury met to make its decision from 20 to 22 January 2015 in Hamburg. The iF Design Award night, held in honour of the award winners, is scheduled to take place on 27 February in Munich.

    In the Automobiles category, four models from Mercedes-Benz picked up an “iF Product Design Award 2015″:
    With the V-Class Mercedes-Benz has redefined the MPV. At first glance the V-Class is unmistakably a member of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family and creates an emotional highlight in its segment. With the powerful front end, sculptured V-shaped bonnet and progressively designed headlamps, it is a self-confident statement of modern luxury and embodies the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity in striking fashion. The V-Class combines room for up to eight people and exemplary functionality with the high-class appeal, comfort, efficient driving pleasure and safety that distinguish automobiles bearing the three-pointed star.

    With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the sports car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz is moving into a new, top-class segment for the company. The Mercedes-AMG GT has everything one would expect from an authentic sports car – from the characteristic styling with breathtaking proportions, powerfully shaped areas and flowing lines, through to thoroughbred motorsport technology and optimum weight distribution.

    The revolution is entering the next phase – the smart fortwo has undergone improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. The third generation of the smart fortwo features a clear, purist appearance and has been very progressively enhanced. With its typical attributes such as the silhouette with ultra-short overhangs, the clear lines and surfaces and the likeable smart face, it has remained unmistakably smart: fresh, modern and self-assured.

    A confidently stylish presence, exclusive appointments and refined sportiness – the S-Class Coupé from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupé with modern luxury and pioneering technology. The sensuous flowing silhouette with clear, progressive design idiom expresses the Mercedes-Benz philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision. As a world premiere, the breathtaking two-door coupé can be optionally equipped with the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system with curve inclination function. MORE »

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    Daimler Buses delivers first Bus Chassis from India

    by Philipp Deppe | 11.Februar 2015

    Daimler Buses has started to export bus chassis from India. Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, and Markus Villinger, Head of Daimler Buses India, came to the Egyptian capital of Cairo to celebrate the delivery of the first bus chassis to the company’s long-time business partner MCV.

    Mercedes-Benz bus Egypt

    The products in question are nine-ton bus chassis that MCV will equip with bodies in Cairo. Starting immediately, the finished vehicles will be sold as Mercedes-Benz-brand buses through MCV’s nationwide sales network.

    “The export of bus chassis from India to Egypt is yet another demonstration of how we are successfully exploiting our global presence,” said Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, at the festive handover of the chassis. “Our global production network allows us to offer appropriate and competitive products for every market.”

    To this, Karim Ghabbour, the founder and Managing Director of MCV added: “We’re convinced that the chassis from India will ensure our buses’ high quality and at the same time expand our product range with a high-performance vehicle that will be offered at attractive terms.”

    Competitive, high-quality products
    The OF 9t bus chassis with front-mounted engines are manufactured at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) plant in the southeastern Indian city of Chennai, and delivered from there to Egypt. The chassis are technologically similar to those used in the medium-duty BharatBenz trucks, which also roll off the assembly line in Chennai. As a result, Daimler was able to begin with exports before the bus plant was completed at the Chennai site. MORE »

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    The new Mercedes-Benz Vito 4×4: a decisive traction boost for business professionals – not just in winter!

    by Philipp Deppe | 10.Februar 2015

    Coinciding with the cold snap in Europe, Mercedes-Benz Vans is now also presenting the new Vito as the Mercedes-Benz Vito 4×4. It is available to order with immediate effect.

    Vito 4x4 driving experience Sweden

    The all-wheel drive van offers business professionals decisive extra traction in icy and snowy conditions and on building sites and unpaved roads. Further important advantages include its compact dimensions, good driving dynamics and manoeuvrability. The new Vito 4×4 from Mercedes-Benz Vans concludes the introduction of the new Vito. It is the only mid-size van offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and now also permanent all-wheel drive.

    Vito 4x4 driving experience Sweden

    Superior all-wheel drive technology with greatly improved efficiency
    The drive technology of the Vito 4×4 is based on the Vito with rear-wheel drive, automatic transmission with torque converter and electronically controlled brake force distribution. In terms of technology, it is closely related to the all-wheel drives fitted in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. In the transfer case the drive torque is directed to the axles by a central differential in a ratio of 45:55. The driving power is distributed by the well-proven 4ETS Electronic Traction System combined with the ESP and ASR dynamic handling control systems. If one or more wheels lose grip, 4ETS brakes them individually and directs the driving power to the wheels with good traction in a matter of milliseconds. In this way, 4ETS achieves the effect of three differential locks.

    The new Vito 4×4 is both powerful and economical
    The new all-wheel drive van not only boasts superior performance on slippery surfaces or when towing a trailer, its engine performance is also impressive: as the 119 BlueTEC, the new Vito 4×4 is equipped with the most powerful engine available. The four-cylinder power plant produces 140 kW (190 hp) from its 2.15-litre displacement while achieving a maximum torque of 440 Nm.

    Thanks to SCR technology with AdBlue injection into the exhaust gas, the BlueTEC engine technology of the Vito 4×4 already complies with the future Euro 6 emissions standard. The engine power is transferred by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with torque converter, which is linked with an ECO start/stop function. The Vito 119 BlueTEC 4×4 reaches a top speed of 199 km/h. Nonetheless it boasts fuel consumption (NEDC combined) of just 6.4 l/100 km. This corresponds to 169 g/km CO2. MORE »

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    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and DB Schenker link up for new logistics partnership

    by Philipp Deppe | 9.Februar 2015

    MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and DB Schenker link up for new logistics partnership DB Schenker will be responsible for the team’s European logistics.

    The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today confirmed a new four-year logistics partnership with German-based global transportation and logistics provider, DB Schenker.

    From the 2015 season onwards, DB Schenker will provide logistics services for all European Grands Prix, tests and promotional events, including the transportation of the team’s F1 W06 Hybrid racing cars, garage equipment and motorhome.

    Earlier this month, DB Schenker took delivery of their new team fleet from the Mercedes-Benz truck production plant in Wörth, Germany, including the five brilliant silver Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS tractor units with Giga Space Cab that will transport the Silver Arrows race cars.
    The vehicles feature a wealth of comfort and safety equipment such as auxiliary air conditioning, the ‘Economy Package’ and also the extensive ‘Top Safety Package’. This safety package includes the emergency braking system Active Brake Assist 3, a lane departure warning system, Stability Control Assist, Proximity Control Assist with stop-and-go function plus further safety systems.

    Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “The highest degree of professionalism and precision is indispensable in Formula One, a consideration which also applies to our logistics services. We are pleased to welcome DB Schenker to the team as our new logistics partner MORE »

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    Daimler on a successful path: Record levels of unit sales, revenue and earnings in 2014

    by Philipp Deppe | 5.Februar 2015

    Daimler AG continued its successful development in 2014 and once again set new records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT from the ongoing business. Due to very attractive and highly competitive product portfolios in all its automotive divisions and the expected market development, the company assumes that it will significantly increase its unit sales, revenue and EBIT from the ongoing business once again in 2015.

    “We set new records once again in 2014 – for unit sales, revenue and earnings. This progress is the result of consistent hard work. And it is based on decisions we made several years ago and which we have successfully implemented since then,” stated Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “That is now paying off. It is clearly tangible throughout the Group. Daimler is on an upward curve.”

    EBIT for 2014 of €10.8 billion is at the level of the previous year, which was positively affected by the sale of the shares in EADS. EBIT from the ongoing business increased by 27% to €10.1 billion, which is the highest ever achieved by Daimler AG (2013: €8.0 billion). Net profit of €7.3 billion is lower than the prior-year amount of €8.7 billion, which was also positively influenced by the sales of EADS shares.

    As previously announced, Daimler significantly increased its unit sales in 2014. With more than 2.5 million vehicles sold unit sales were 8% higher than in 2013. The increase was primarily driven by Mercedes-Benz Cars (+10%) and Mercedes-Benz Vans (+9%). The 2% increase in unit sales at Daimler Trucks was lower than originally expected, mainly due to the weak state of markets in Western Europe and Latin America. Daimler Buses’ unit sales were slightly below the prior-year level. On the basis of the growth in unit sales, Group revenue increased by 10% to €129.9 billion; adjusted for exchange-rate effects, revenue grew by 12%.

    “We are proud of our development in the past financial year. As the year progressed, we continuously improved our performance and surpassed the prior-year quarters. We are growing profitably, our strategy is paying off,” said Bodo Uebber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Finance & Controlling and Daimler Financial Services.

    At the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 1, 2015, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will propose an increase in the dividend to €2.45 per share (prior year: €2.25). “With the once more increased dividend and thus the highest profit distribution by Daimler AG so far, we are letting our shareholders participate in the company’s success and at the same time expressing our confidence about the ongoing course of business,” emphasized Bodo Uebber. The dividend distribution will amount to €2,621 million (prior year: €2,407 million) and the distribution ratio will be 37.6% (prior year: 35.2%) of the net profit attributable to the Daimler shareholders. In the coming years, Daimler aims for a distribution ratio in the magnitude of 40%.

    The net liquidity of the industrial business increased from €13.8 billion at December 31, 2013 to €17.0 billion at December 31, 2014. The increase primarily reflects the positive free cash flow of the industrial business, which amounted to €5.5 billion in 2014 (2013: €4.8 billion). The sale of Daimler’s equity interests in Rolls-Royce Power Systems Holding GmbH (RRPSH) and Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) had a positive impact of €3.0 billion. The free cash flow of the industrial business was reduced, however, by cash outflows for the extraordinary contribution to the German pension plan assets of €2.5 billion and for the settlement of a healthcare plan in the United States. Adjusted for these special items, the free cash flow of the industrial business decreased to €5.2 billion (2013: €3.2 billion).

    In 2014, the Group covered its refinancing requirements mainly through the issuance of bonds. A large proportion of those bonds were placed in the US dollar and euro markets in the form of so-called benchmark emissions (bonds with high nominal volumes). As the first international corporation, Daimler also placed bonds in the capital market of the People’s Republic of China, so-called panda bonds. Refinancing was facilitated by high capital-market liquidity as well as by Daimler’s good credit ratings. In order to secure sufficient financial flexibility, Daimler also has a €9 billion syndicated credit facility, which provides the Group with financial room for maneuver until the year 2020. MORE »

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    Sales release for the C 350 e

    by Philipp Deppe | 3.Februar 2015

    As a plug-in hybrid, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e combines an extraordinary level of efficiency, dynamism and comfort. In both its Saloon and its Estate guise, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition, especially combined with certified consumption figures of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and a range of up to 31 kilometres in all-electric mode. Both the Saloon and the Estate model are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard, delivering a unique level of driving and climate comfort. The C 350 e is available to order now from 50,961.75 euros for the Saloon and 52,627.75 euros for the Estate (prices include VAT). Both vehicles will be at dealerships from March 2015.

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    As a plug-in hybrid, the C 350 e combines a combustion engine with an electric drive system and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.38 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source. Thanks to an intelligent on‑board charging system, this takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes at a wallbox. A charging time of around two hours is achievable via a socket. In practical use, this advanced hybrid technology impresses with low consumption and emission figures, but high performance: the electric motor is able to replace or support the combustion engine and makes use of energy generated while braking by converting it into electric energy, storing it and reusing it.

    Mercedes-Benz C 350 PLUG IN HYBRID (S 205) 2014

    From a displacement of just under two litres, the four-cylinder petrol engine in the C 350 e produces 155 kW (211 hp) and maximum torque of 350 newton metres. The electric motor has an output of up to 60 kW and delivers torque of 340 newton metres. A total system output of 205 kW (279 hp), as well as system torque of 600 newton metres, are thus available to be called upon by the standard-fit 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission.

    The high overall system output and intelligent engine management give the car the driving dynamics of a sports car. The vehicle combines this with the ride comfort of a premium saloon, along with fuel consumption and environmental compatibility on a level that, until recently, would not even have been expected of many small cars. The Saloon can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the Estate, at 6.2 seconds, is almost as quick off the mark. The Saloon can reach a top speed of 250 km/h and the Estate up to 246 km/h, both in conjunction with certified fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 48 grams per kilometre (49 grams per kilometre for the Estate). Both variants of the C 350 e also offer the possibility of driving up to 31 kilometres in all-electric mode, and thus completely free of CO2 emissions locally – for example in the city. MORE »

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