by Philipp Deppe | 26.Januar 2015
Reigning Blancpain Sprint Series champion Maximilian Götz (will strengthen the squad of Mercedes-Benz drivers in the DTM for the 2015 season. Götz will swap the racing gullwing for the Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM after four successful years in AMG’s Customer Sports Programme.
The 28-year-old already has previous experience of a DTM car after completing a test in a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Class at the Lausitzring in September 2013 as a reward for his success with the SLS AMG GT3. He made his debut in the Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM during testing in Jerez de la Frontera last December, 2014.
Götz contested 82 races in the SLS AMG GT3 between 2011 and 2014, securing ten wins, 32 podiums and 60 top-ten finishes in total. He clinched the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series championship title in the SLS AMG GT3. The previous year, 2013, Götz won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps and the 1,000 km race at the Nürburgring. He won the ADAC GT Masters championship in 2012.
Mercedes-Benz has a long tradition of developing young racing talent. During their time in Formula 3, a number of drivers, including reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton (MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS), four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and the youngest winner of a race in DTM history, Pascal Wehrlein, all utilised Mercedes-Benz engines. New opportunities for nurturing young drivers in a systematic manner have now opened up in the AMG Customer Sports Programme since its successful introduction.
Maximilian Götz: “The moment when I first found out that I will be racing in the DTM in 2015 will stay with me for a very long time. It’s a mega feeling to know that the success I achieved with different teams over the years during my time with the AMG Customer Sports Programme was being closely monitored by the racing bosses at Mercedes‑Benz. It also shows that customer sport has top-class drivers and can be a great springboard to bigger things. It’s a little bit like a dream come true. I will be doing everything I can to achieve success in the DTM but am also aware that I have a lot to learn this season. I’m now looking forward to the first tests and to working with my new team. Everything else will then follow on from Hockenheim.” MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 23.Januar 2015
Five new sun glass and five new correction lenses expand the Mercedes-Benz Style Eyewear Collection spring / summer 2015. The new collection originally created in cooperation with Rodenstock, had its debut at the opti 2015, the International Optics & Design Exhibition in Munich. The new stylish eyewear models are available start in March optic retail stores.
Extreme lightness characterizes the five new sunglass frames. The delicate polyamide fronts are combined with a matte finish with stainless steel brackets. There are also fascinating colours for both the frames and the glasses. Appealing combinations with current gradient colours and mirrored lenses complete the spring / summer collection 2015. The proven screw-less spring hinge (“double-action spring hinge”) makes it easy to put on and remove the glasses and extends the service life of the glasses.
The pretence of modern luxury and sensual clarity is even felt with the five new corrective glasses. They display a refreshed temple design in combination with ultra-light polyamide fully-rimmed frames. MORE »
Start of Production at the Mercedes-Benz Kecskemét plant: First Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Rolls off the Line
by Philipp Deppe | 21.Januar 2015
Less than three years after its opening, Mercedes-Benz’ youngest plant in Kecskemét, Hungary has passed another important milestone: With the official start of production of the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake, the second model series to be exclusively produced in Kecskemét after the Mercedes-Benz CLA is rolling off the line.
Plant manager Thomas Geier and his team welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, to the celebration of the start of production.
“The start of production of the new CLA Shooting Brake marks the fifth successful ramp-up for our new generation of compact cars in our global production network”, said Schäfer. Around 150,000 B-Class and CLA-Class vehicles were produced in Kecskemét last year, and 300,000 units have rolled off the line at the plant since it started production in 2012. In this way, the Hungarian plant makes an important contribution to the growth of the particularly successful compact car segment within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Unit sales rose by 24.7 percent to 463,152 A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class and GL-Class vehicles sold in 2014. Mercedes-Benz has never delivered so many compact vehicles to its customers in a single year. The CLA, which is produced exclusively in Kecskemét, has been very successful in its single most important market, the USA, almost doubling unit sales to 27,000 vehicles in 2014. Overall, Mercedes-Benz sold more cars than ever before last year. The brand with the star delivered 1,650,010 vehicles to customers (+12.9 percent), thus posting the fourth record year in a row.
“The team in Kecskemét has proven that ‘made by Mercedes-Benz in Kecskemét’ is a true success story. From the very start, we have been making top-quality cars in accordance with our global production standards”, said Schäfer, who went on to thank all of the plant’s Hungarian partners on behalf of the company for their continuous and constructive partnership: “We would not have been able to write this success story in Kecskemét without the support of politics, the administrative authorities and society. We will continue to rely on this good cooperation.” One example of this support is a low-interest export promotion loan totaling 90 million euros, which the company will use for financing of further investments in the Kecskemét plant in the future. MORE »
Mercedes-Benz Vans wins promobil’s Reader’s Choice Award: Marco Polo named compact camper van of the year 2015
by Philipp Deppe | 20.Januar 2015
Readers of the promobil trade journal have voted the new Marco Polo compact camper van of the year 2015. Mercedes-Benz took first place in the Compact Camper Van category, winning 41.8 percent of the votes.
It marks the first time that the Marco Polo has won the Compact Camper Van category. The vehicle impresses with its unique combination of cutting-edge design, maximum functionality, and suitability for daily use. The elegant design idiom, high-quality materials, bright color scheme, and discreet ambient lighting make the camper van interior look very valuable. In addition, the camper van has space for up to four passengers, features a fully equipped kitchenette, a wardrobe, and very comfortable beds. Thanks to its compact body and outstanding vehicle technology, the Marco Polo is as dynamic, comfortable, and economical as a Mercedes-Benz car. What’s more, it can be driven into all standard parking garages and car washes. The camper van’s many innovative driver assistance systems provide it with an exemplary level of safety. Two of these systems, Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST, come as standard.
A further success achieves Mercedes-Benz Vans with the best base vehicles: there, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter took second place in the promobil reader’s choice poll, with 43.4 percent of the votes. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 19.Januar 2015
As part of its autumn/winter 2015 fashion campaign, Mercedes-Benz is today launching a film entitled “Champions of fashion” which brings together champion racing drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as well as currently the most sought-after model, Dree Hemingway.
Alongside the photo shoot, the intoxicating and mystical campaign film has been directed by the outstandingly talented New York photo artist Collier Schorr and as a result features intense levels of dynamism, passion and eroticism. Set at a fast pace, it combines the performance and sensuality of the world of Mercedes-Benz sports cars with the seductive world of fashion.
As for the photo shoot for the key visuals, the location in which the film was shot is the Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. Breathtakingly quick-changing close-ups filmed in a mysterious lighting atmosphere merge together to create a thrilling finale in the pit lane. The suspense-packed, sensual interplay features detailed shots of automotive masterpieces in the guise of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-Benz C 111, as well as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both on the race track and suited up, and also actress Dree Hemingway, who seductively changes her Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 race suit for an elegant evening dress. Then, as if on a catwalk with billowing hair, she enters the pit lane and sounds the starting signal for both Lewis Hamilton seated at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz C111, a vehicle which is more than 30 years old yet is still admired as a design icon, and Nico Rosberg driving the new Mercedes-AMG GT super sports car. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 18.Januar 2015
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has achieved first place in its category in the independent Euro NCAP safety tests for 2014.
The Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is a key objective source of information on car safety for consumers. The basis on which the Euro NCAP tests are compiled includes a variety of selected crash tests and test programmes. According to the latest published rankings, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class achieved the best scores for new cars in 2014 in the “Large Family” vehicle category.
In 2014, Euro NCAP raised its already high test requirements even further, incorporating additional weighting for new safety technologies as part of the ratings. These include for example autonomous emergency braking and additional safety assistance systems which can help to support safe driving and avoid accidents. After having been subjected to these demanding requirements, the C‑Class was not only rewarded with the best possible result of five stars, but was also categorised as the “Best in Class”. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 17.Januar 2015
With a market share of 23 percent, the Mercedes-Benz Actros is currently the market leader in Europe for heavy-duty trucks with a permissible GVW of 16 t and upwards. In Germany it also leads the way, with around 40 percent market share.
The reasons for its great popularity amongst owners of haulage operations include its tremendous economic efficiency and its high level of safety. The consumption figures alone are more than convincing: the Actros with Euro VI exhaust technology uses up to five percent less fuel than its Euro V predecessor model. In combination with the anticipatory cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), fuel savings can be boosted by a further five percent.
Fuel savings of more than eleven percent over competitors
The Actros demonstrates this even more convincingly when compared to its rivals. In around 750 fuel comparison tests in various fleets and in “real-life use” on the road – called the Fuel Duel – it demonstrated an advantage in terms of consumption of over eleven percent on average. And the Mercedes-Benz Actros won more than 90 percent of all duels.
The most recent example of this comes from Soest, near Dortmund: at Meiberg Transport, an Actros 1845 LS (Euro VI) was pitted against a comparable competitor vehicle in Euro V, and took on the latter’s haulage jobs for two weeks. Company owner Dirk Meiberg explained: “We weren’t interested in the figures you find in brochures – we wanted to test the Mercedes in everyday operations and find out what it could do compared with our existing tractor units, which have overall average consumption figures of 29.5 l/100 km.” But this was no easy challenge for the Actros, as the consumption for the best truck in the fleet is significantly lower than the average figure – thanks in part to its economic Euro V technology. The fuel consumption of the reference truck was 26.9 l/100 km. And this was the figure the Actros had to beat in the two-week duel.
In the Fuel Duel staged for the Meiberg haulage company, the Actros 1845 LS, which drove 4972.7 km during the test period, recorded average consumption of 25.0 l per 100 km. This means the benefit in terms of fuel consumption compared with the competitor truck with Euro V is 1.9 l/100 km, or seven percent. In the case of an annual mileage of 120,000 km, this results in a saving of 2280 l of fuel and six tonnes of CO2.
Fuel Duels in 22 European countries with 90 Actros models
The same rules always apply to the staging of a duel: the driver from the fleet concerned receives thorough instruction and is initially accompanied by a professional instructor or an experienced member of Mercedes-Benz’s sales staff. He then carries out his customary work with the Actros for two weeks, supported by the FleetBoard telematics service. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles for Fuel Duels have an identical configuration: the vehicles are for the most part fitted with a StreamSpace cab, PPC and FleetBoard. Adhesive campaign markings clearly identify the vehicles concerned. Today, 90 Actros trucks are on the road in 22 countries taking part in the Fuel Duel, an initiative started by Mercedes-Benz Netherlands two years ago.
The Actros 1845 LS was also in action for two weeks for the Meiberg haulage company, pulling the refrigerated semitrailer containing 33 pallets of fresh meat boxes daily from Heiligenstadt to Dortmund.
On Day One the driver was given comprehensive vehicle training and introduced to the Economy Mode of the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automatic transmission system, which is fitted as standard. The anticipatory cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) was also new to the driver. As PPC not only knows the topography of the route ahead, but also knows the precise weight of the vehicle and the speed range selected in the cruise control, it can calculate which is the optimal gear quicker than any driver can and changes gear at exactly the right moment. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 16.Januar 2015
As the first model of the new smart generation, the smart fortwo rated at 71 hp is now available for ordering with the twinamic dual clutch transmission.
This enables gear shifting to be carried out either fully automatically or manually. Manual shifting is possible using the selector lever in a separate gate or by means of the shift paddles included in the Sports package. The additional charge for the twinamic in Germany in the standard version is 1275 euros; in combination with the passion, prime and proxy lines 1000 euros. The dual clutch transmission is available in combination with the passion, prime and proxy equipment lines. The first smart fortwos with twinamic will be delivered in March 2015.
The twinamic offers the advantage of particularly smooth gear changing without any interruption in tractive power. The smart fortwo rated at 52 kW/71 hp will be available with this state-of-the-art dual clutch transmission as of March 2015. With twinamic, the fortwo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 15.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 151 km/h. The combined fuel consumption stands at 4.1 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres, corresponding to a CO2 figure of 94 grams per kilometre. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 15.Januar 2015
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake ensures maximum leisure value and at the same time underscores the CLA’s high design standards. The roof contour also slopes down gently to the rear, yet at the same time more headroom is offered than in the four-door coupé.
The CLA Shooting Brake is initially available with two diesel engines, four petrol engines and the all-wheel drive system 4MATIC and only costs around 600 euros more than the four-door coupé. What is now the fifth model in the successful compact class family from Mercedes-Benz can be ordered with immediate effect, and the first cars will be arriving at the dealerships in March 2015.
The entry-level model in the CLA Shooting Brake range is the CLA 180 (29,809.50 euros) with 90 kW (122 hp). Above it are the CLA 200 (32,725 euros) with 115 kW (156 hp) and, each with 155 kW (211 hp), the CLA 250 (39,746 euros), the CLA 250 4MATIC (41,947.50 euros) and the CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC (45,577 euros) models.
The desire for superior dynamism is met by the top model, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake (57,268.75 euros), featuring an attractive technology package. The world’s most powerful series-produced four-cylinder turbocharged engine impresses with an output of 265 kW (360 hp) and accelerates the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The list of technical highlights also includes the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, fully variable AMG performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the powerful braking system and a chassis that has been purpose-developed, from the tuning setup right through to the axles.
The two diesel engines in particular excel with dynamic torque and outstanding efficiency: the CLA 200 CDI (34,539.75 euros) achieves 100 kW (136 hp), has a displacement of 2.2 litres and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. The combined fuel consumption is merely 4.1 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, and in combination with the dual clutch transmission 7G-DCT as low as 3.9 litres/100 km. The CLA 220 CDI also has 2.2 litres of displacement and achieves 130 kW (177 hp) and 350 Nm, and requires only 4.0 litres of consumption per 100 kilometres. The price: 39,061.75 euros. From the 4th quarter both will also be available with 4MATIC and cost 38,918.95 euros (CLA 200 CDI) and 41,275.15 euros (CLA 220 CDI) respectively. MORE »
The new Mercedes-Benz C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID: Efficiency, dynamism and comfort – the best of three worlds
by Philipp Deppe | 14.Januar 2015
Following its premiere in the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is now offering its most advanced hybrid technology yet in the C-Class and, for the first time, also in an Estate model. The dynamism and efficiency of the C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID make it a convincing proposition in both its Saloon and its Estate guise.
With a range of 31 kilometres in purely electric mode, local emission-free driving is now a reality. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp) and torque of 600 Nm. The new C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID thus delivers the performance of a sports car and yet offers certified consumption figures of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres both as a Saloon and as an Estate. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 48 grams (49 grams for the Estate) per kilometre. Both models are also equipped as standard with AIRMATIC air suspension plus a Pre-Entry Climate Control system that can be controlled via the internet, adding up to a truly exceptional level of driving and climate comfort. The C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID will be at dealerships from March 2015.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “The PLUG-IN HYBRID is an investment in the future of Mercedes-Benz and we believe it will become established as the successful technology for maximum efficiency coupled with powerful dynamic performance. We will be launching ten new PLUG-IN HYBRID models up to 2017″.
Following the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the second hybrid model in the new C-Class and the second Mercedes-Benz model to feature PLUG-IN HYBRID technology. Thanks to the combination of combustion engine and electric drive, hybrid drive systems deliver impressively low consumption, but with high performance. The electric motor is able to replace or support the combustion engine in situations where the combustion engine does not perform quite so well, and makes practical use of energy generated while braking by converting it into electric energy and storing it.
The C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID uses the currently most advanced form of hybrid technology. Its electrical energy storage unit is a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 6.2 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source and so makes an effective contribution to the low consumption and emission figures. The battery is water-cooled, weighs around 100 kilograms and is mounted in a sheet steel housing underneath the rear axle in order to maximise crash safety, driving dynamics and boot space.
Thanks to an intelligent on-board charging system, the battery can be recharged in around 1 hour 45 minutes at a wallbox or at one of the growing number of public charging points (230 V, 16 A, 3.7 kW single-phase), which in some cases offer privileged parking. Alternatively, charging via a standard domestic socket is of course also possible. Depending on the connection, a charge time of around two hours is achievable (with 230 V and 13 A, 3.0 kW).
Despite the space taken up by the battery, the C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID still has a boot capacity of 335 litres in its Saloon format and of 350 in the Estate model, or in the latter case of 1370 litres with the rear-seat backrests folded down and, as ever, a level load compartment floor. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 13.Januar 2015
With the new GLE 63 Coupé, Mercedes-AMG is in highly dynamic mood as it enters the 2015 automotive year. As another exciting interpretation of a four-door coupé, the commanding SUV meets the highest of standards in terms of performance, design and comfort. The powerful heart of the vehicle – the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine – beats even faster in the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé: in addition to the variant generating 557 hp, there is also a highly sporty S‑Model to choose from which is rated at 585 hp.
The perfect prerequisites for a highly dynamic on-road driving experience come courtesy of the suspension, which has been systematically designed for a sporty performance. The high-performance SUV coupé comes with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM and the Sports Direct-Steer system. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased power distribution and the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes promise to deliver what distinguishes every AMG vehicle: driving performance.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We see great potential in this vehicle segment, which is new to Mercedes-AMG. The GLE 63 Coupé is the logical progression of our ambitious growth strategy – after all, in 1999 with the first high-performance SUV ML 55 AMG, we established a completely new segment. The new GLE 63 Coupé will inspire SUV fans focused on dynamics while at the same time representing a new interpretation of driving performance.“
Sportiness of a coupé, strengths of an SUV
The new GLE 63 Coupé combines the sportiness of a coupé with the strengths of an SUV. High agility, distinctive engine sound and typical sports car acceleration are united with poise and assurance, tremendous pulling power and perfect traction.
The typical SUV raised seating position and effortlessly unhurried superiority on the road, paired with typical AMG longitudinal and transverse dynamics and direct response to driver commands, result in an intense driving feel. The wide choice of different worlds of experience is based, among other things, on the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, which for the first time permit such a wide spread of driving dynamics.
The five transmission modes of “Slippery”, “Individual”, “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”, which the driver is able to select using a rotary control on the centre console, deliver fundamentally different driving dynamics. Be it the response of the engine, the shift strategy of the transmission, ESP thresholds, power assistance for the steering or characteristics of the dampers: the system networks all the control systems, generating different sets of parameters for distinct driving experiences.
The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine: powerful or extra-powerful
In terms of drive system, GLE 63 Coupé customers have a choice between powerful and extra-powerful: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine develops a maximum power of 410 kW (557 hp) and a torque of 700 Newton-metres. The S‑Model raises the respective values to 430 kW (585 hp) and 760 Newton-metres. The difference in output and torque comes courtesy of a higher maximum charge pressure.
Whichever variant the customer opts for, the 8-cylinder powerplant, which is assembled according to the “one man, one engine” philosophy, delivers the familiar powerful performance: thus, the GLE 63 Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 or 4.2 seconds (S-Model). Fuel consumption values of 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC (combined); CO2: 279 g/km) and compliance with the EU6 standard demonstrate that maximum power, efficiency and environmental compatibility are by no means mutually exclusive for Mercedes-AMG. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 13.Januar 2015
Driving Performance – the AMG brand promise and the typical character traits can now be experienced by an even broader target group. The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC expands the product range of the performance and sports car brand of Mercedes-Benz with another new AMG sports model.
As an attractive entry into the world of AMG, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC combines a 270-kW (367-hp) 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with a permanent Performance all-wheel-drive system and sophisticated suspension technology adopted from the Mercedes-AMG C 63. The result is fascinating Driving Performance and the hallmark emotional expressiveness of the brand. The new AMG sports model is available as a saloon and an estate model, and makes the extensive product line-up within the C-Class range even more attractive. The market launch of the new C 450 AMG 4MATIC will start in mid-2015.
The new AMG sports models are distinguished by convincing product substance. Even at first glance, the characteristic AMG body styling leaves no doubt that this model is part of the Mercedes-AMG model family. Another indication for the new model strategy is found in the form of a special AMG badge on the front wings. From an engineering standpoint the AMG sports models perfectly deliver on the visual promise of a sporty character with a powerful engine, the standard-fit all-wheel drive system with rear-biased torque split, and sophisticated suspension solutions.
In addition to the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé, the C 450 AMG 4MATIC represents the second stage of the new model initiative. More emotionally inspiring AMG sports models will follow.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH explains: “With the C 450 AMG we present the second sporty and emotionally expressive vehicle in our product line. It combines the power of a strong twin-turbo V6 engine with a high level of emotional expressiveness, and avails itself of the technical DNA of the new C 63. The new sports models represent a convincing proposition for our customers: sports car technology and motor racing fascination become more attainable and in the process appeal to a broader customer base”.
Authentic driving dynamics thanks to hallmark AMG DNA
The new C 450 AMG 4MATIC is based on the most powerful production model of the C-Class, the C 400 4MATIC. The engineers have revised many technical features of the new AMG sports model. Their objective: a high level of authentic driving dynamics geared towards the Mercedes-AMG C 63. To this end, a host of suspension components were adopted from the top-of-the-line V8 model. The driver also feels the DNA of the C 63 in the application of the engine and transmission management. Agility and sportiness dominate the intense driving experience in the C 450 AMG 4MATIC on every kilometre.
The new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine is part of the BlueDIRECT engine family from Mercedes-Benz. Technical advances including a modified boost pressure allowed the AMG engineers to increase the engine’s power output and torque. With 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Newton metres the V6 engine sets new standards in its segment – which is evident in the convincing performance: a sprint time from zero to 100 km/h of 4.9 seconds (Estate: 5.0 seconds) underscores the sporty temperament of the C 450 AMG 4MATIC. With a combined fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 178 grams per kilometre (Estate: 7.7 litres and 180 g CO2 per km) the new top-of-the-line V6 model defines an absolute top position in the competitive environment. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 12.Januar 2015
A colourful smart cabrio special model is heralding the approach of spring: the exclusive smart fortwo edition flashlight can be ordered from January 2015. The limited special model is available in Europe as a cabrio with a petrol engine or electric drive. It will reach the first customers in April 2015.
The bodypanels of the edition flashlight come in the colour matt crystal white, exclusively reserved for this model, or alternatively in deep black. By contrast, the tridion safety cell always comes in lava orange, as do the door mirror caps. Further distinctive features of this model are the black radiator grille, black alloy wheels in a 3-twin-spoke design with lava orange hub covers providing striking accents, H7 projection headlamps with a titanium-coloured background and the edition logo in the mirror triangle.
The premium, sporty feel continues in the interior. All edition flashlight models come with seats in black leather look with black fabric inserts on the seat backrests, orange stitching and a contrasting orange stripe that is also found on the kneepad. The 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel features orange stitching, as does the dashboard. The interior is rounded off by exclusive “edition flashlight” floor mats. The Audio-System basic is already on board as a standard feature. It comprises an RDS radio with USB and AUX ports for MP3 or CD player, two integrated loudspeakers and an additional drawer below the operating unit.
As the special model is based on the passion equipment line, softouch automatic gearshift programme comes as standard. The special model’s exclusive equipment package offers customers a saving of up to 44 percent. Prices for the edition flashlight start at €17,580.
The smart fortwo edition flashlight will be making its début at the Detroit Motor Show as the special model will be going on sale worldwide.Here is a price overview for the versions available in Europe: MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 9.Januar 2015
Mercedes-Benz sold more cars than ever before in 2014. The brand with the star delivered 1,650,010 vehicles to customers (+12.9%) and achieved the fourth record year in a row. Record sales were posted in every month of the year 2014 – including in December with 163,171 units sold (+17.2%). The past year ended for the Stuttgart based company with the strongest sales month and the best quarter (454,854 units) in the company’s history.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Mercedes-Benz is on a course of success. The best sales in our company’s history show that our product offensive is bearing fruit. Our new models are extremely popular among our customers. The success is due in particular to our compact cars, the new C-Class and the S-Class. We have managed to grow unit sales in all core markets. In 2015, we will continue our product offensive in the SUV segment. We expect additional sales momentum by the SUVs, the full availability of the new C-Class, the compact cars and the two smart models.”
“Mercedes me” is setting new standards for customer service
“Our product offensive is still running at high speed. Until 2020, we will bring at least eleven new models without a predecessor to the market”, says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “Our new products will ensure further growth through 2020 as will the consistent alignment of all marketing channels to the changing customer wishes and needs”, adds Källenius. To this end, the brand with the star is pooling its efforts in the initiative “Mercedes-Benz 2020 – Best Customer Experience”, through which Mercedes-Benz is placing a stronger focus on its inner-city presence. The world’s first Mercedes me store, which offers customers a combination of vehicle presentations, culinary experiences, events, information, consulting and digital interaction possibilities, opened its doors in Hamburg in June. Since the spring of 2014, Mercedes-Benz is bundling all service and mobility offerings under the “Mercedes me” umbrella brand. At the “Mercedes me” website, the customer can obtain global access to all Mercedes-Benz services via a personalized ID. With this, “Mercedes me” is setting new standards for individual customer service.
High sales growth in European markets
In the overall European market, unit sales increased by 9.4% in 2014 and are thus significantly above the general market growth. In December, 66,777 vehicles were handed over to customers in Europe (+21.5%). In the toughly competitive German market, Mercedes-Benz continued to defend its market leadership among the premium manufacturers in 2014. Sales in Germany jumped by 13.6% in December. In the United Kingdom, the second largest European market of the company, 2014 was another record year for unit sales, with a total of 123,480 vehicle deliveries to customers (+14.6%). The company also posted record high sales in Portugal (+45.7%), Switzerland (+15.8%) and Belgium (+8.0%). Unit sales in Spain grew by more than 30%.
Sales records in the two largest markets: USA and China
In the year 2014, unit sales in the NAFTA Region totaled 373,291 vehicles (+5.8%), of which 330,391 were in the USA alone (+5.7%). Thus, the USA has maintained its position as the largest sales market of Mercedes-Benz. New records were posted in the USA, Canada and Mexico in the past year. In Canada, Mercedes-Benz holds the market leadership among the premium manufacturers. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 8.Januar 2015
On-screen, multiple Mercedes-Benz vehicles are once again in on the Jurassic action. Twenty-two years since the events of the original film, Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.
During their adventures in the jungles of Jurassic World, the characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard put their trust in the off-road capabilities of various Mercedes‑Benz vehicles – especially in the all-new GLE Coupé, which appears in its series-look for the first time.
Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.
The partnership continues the relationship between Universal and Mercedes-Benz, first forged in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, when Mercedes introduced the M‑Class vehicle.
“We are delighted to have been able to support this epic action-adventure with our vehicles,” said Dr. Jens Thiemer, Head of Marketing Communications for Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Our wide range of SUVs in particular fit perfectly with Jurassic World’s various requirements, with the focus on our new trendsetter, the GLE Coupé.”
Above all, it is the new GLE Coupé that shows off its best side. The first prototype of this new SUV-sector vehicle, which was handmade specially for filming, can be seen in the movie, right in time for its mid-2015 market launch. The GLE 450 AMG Sport is convincing on screen in dynamic off-road scenes set against the tropical backdrop of Jurassic World. One-and-a-half years before the vehicle’s market launch, the security measures on set were huge. Even in remote filming locations on the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Kaua’i and on NASA terrain in New Orleans, the vehicle had to be shielded from eager photographers. MORE »
by Philipp Deppe | 6.Januar 2015
With the self-driving luxury sedan F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz shows how the automobile is changing from a means of transportation to a private retreating space.
Offering maximum space in a lounge-like interior, the F 015 elevates comfort and luxury to a new level. One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers, and the outside world. This makes the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the logical place for the world premiere of the F 015 Luxury in Motion.
The F 015 Luxury in Motion is the visionary answer of Mercedes-Benz to a rapidly changing world. By 2030, the number of mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase from about 30 to over 40. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Autonomously driving cars by Mercedes-Benz shall offer exactly that. With the F 015 Luxury in Motion, this revolutionary concept of mobility becomes tangible for the first time.”
Progressing from the self-propelled (“automotive”) to the self-reliant (“autonomous”) vehicle, Mercedes-Benz as a pioneer goes far beyond the purely technical realization of automated driving. People are always at the centre of such considerations. Just as the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car and its successors revolutionized personal mobility and, as a consequence, society as a whole, the first self-driving cars will also bring about major changes.
The pivotal feature of the innovative interior concept is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. All four passengers can use their time aboard to work, to relax or to communicate. In order to make getting in and out of the car easier, the electrically powered seats also swing outwards by 30 degrees as soon as the doors are opened.
One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. This is facilitated by six display screens harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which turn the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion into a digital arena. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. Employing laser projection and LED displays, the electrically propelled F 015 Luxury in Motion establishes contact to the outside world and is a real social partner in traffic. MORE »