Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year

By Steven J. Ewing

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:59:00 EST.


2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 coming to US this fall, priced from $217,900*

By Noah Joseph

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 coming to US this fall, priced from $217,900* originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:45:00 EST.


Mercedes boosts production of hot-selling models including 2014 S-Class

By Jeffrey N. Ross

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is having a hard time keeping up with demand for its C-Class, GLK-Class and the all-new 2014 S-Class, so it announced that a new plan to boost production capacity. This all comes as Mercedes expects to set an all-time production record of more than 1.49 million vehicles globally.

Thanks to strong sales in China, the S-Class is on a tear, racking up 7,617 global sales, and Mercedes said that it will lengthen the shifts at its plant in Sindelfingen, Germany to keep pace. Workdays were already extended 30 minutes this year and special Saturday shifts were added four times in 2013, but 2014 will see workdays stretched an additional 74 minutes.

As for the C- and GLK-Class, the assembly plant in Bremen, Germany began special shifts last month that extend through the end of this month; Mercedes also added that its Tuscaloosa, AL worked some Saturday shifts this year. Finally, the automaker’s powertrain plant in Untertürkheim, Germany has been tasked with working longer hours to keep assembly plants supplied with drivetrain components. Scroll down for the full Mercedes press release.

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Mercedes boosts production of hot-selling models including 2014 S-Class originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:30:00 EST.

Mercedes may be working on a new electric-car platform dubbed ‘Ecoluxe’

By Jonathon Ramsey

A report in Autobild claims that Mercedes-Benz is throwing more then $2 billion at an electric car family of vehicles with a program called “Ecoluxe.” It would challenge the Tesla Model S and Model X with four offerings, the top of the range being a pair of seven-seaters that could have as much as 610 horsepower.

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Mercedes may be working on a new electric-car platform dubbed ‘Ecoluxe’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:01:00 EST.


Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America

By Noah Joseph

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

If you look at the Sprinter and wonder how Mercedes-Benz can possibly compete against locally produced commercial vehicles with a model built in Germany and shipped over the Atlantic, you’re not alone. In fact, in order to mitigate the tariffs (but at the cost of added logistical expense), Mercedes builds the vans in Germany, takes them half apart again, ships them as kits and reassembles them in Ladson, South Carolina.

Apparently the method is worth it, because the United States has become the largest market for the Sprinter outside of Germany. But Mercedes is understandably keen to cut down the costly process, and so it is reportedly looking to build the Sprinter somewhere in North America – although it has yet to confirm the move, let alone determine (or at least announce) where that location may be: in the US, Canada or Mexico.

According to Automotive News, regardless of where a new facility might be located, production would still continue in Germany, where Mercedes builds the Sprinter in two factories: one in Düsseldorf (150,000 units per year) and another in Ludwigsfelde (50,000/year). The Sprinter is sold as a Mercedes or as a Freightliner, was formerly offered as a Dodge and is still rebodied as the Volkswagen Crafter in a deal that is soon set to end.

Mercedes moving some Sprinter production to North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EST.


Mercedes C-Class Coupe due to go on sale next December

By Jonathon Ramsey

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, front three-quarter view.

While we expect to see the coming Mercedes C-Class convertible sometime next year, perhaps at the Paris Motor Show, Auto Motor und Sport reports that the C-Class Coupe will go on sale in December 2015 (probably in Europe first) – it’s possible we’ll see it debuted at the same time as the cabrio. The German magazine says the two-door will have sharper lines on a body that is four inches longer, almost two inches wider and a fraction of an inch lower than the sedan, dimensional aggrandizement that will be put to good effect on the AMG version coming in 2016.

We’ll have to wait for information on powertrains, which should hew to the sedan’s lineup in addition to whatever else M-B might bring over here, topped off by the 503-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 in the AMG variant. Speaking of which, the ‘last-generation’ C63 AMG Coupe is still on sale until spring of next year, if you’re a fan of the classics. Or you can wait on news of the C-Class four-door coupe, if niches inside of niches are what you’re really after.

Mercedes C-Class Coupe due to go on sale next December originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 16:05:00 EST.


Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is ready to tackle BMW’s X6

By Brandon Turkus

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Under the chiseled hood of the GLE 450 AMG sits a 3.0L, twin-turbo V6 with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft.

Years after the polarizing BMW X6 originally hit the market, Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its slope-roofed challenger, and much like Munich’s Sport Activity Vehicle, we think the new GLE Coupe will split opinions rather dramatically.

While it clearly shares its form factor with BMW’s X4 and X6, the GLE Coupe’s styling is all Mercedes, borrowing the more organic shapes used on the company’s most recent new model, the AMG GT. Strips of chrome and the iconic silver arrow logo bisect a large, rectangular grille, while the fascia on the GLE 450 shown above features three rather dramatic lower air intakes. The headlights, meanwhile, fit in with MB’s latest styling language. In back, slim, wraparound taillights share some resemblance with the new S-Class Coupe.

The cabin is recognizable and looks to be of extremely high quality, with the featured vehicle showing off quite a lot of carbon-fiber trim. A thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed steering wheel dominates the driver’s area, while a large, tablet-like display crowns the center stack. The same sort of touch-controlled interface and input dial found on the new C-Class controls the information on that screen.

Mercedes GLE 450 AMGMercedes GLE 450 AMG

Under the chiseled hood of the GLE 450 AMG, the first of Mercedes’ AMG Sport models, sits a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6. Unlike the 329-horsepower unit in the C400 and E400, the force-induced V6 generates 362 hp and an equally robust 384 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated up to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. A new version of the popular Airmatic suspension is being offered with the ADS Plus continuously variable dampers while Mercedes is also fitting its Active Curve System, complete with active roll stabilization.

Mercedes doesn’t provide many additional details on the GLE Coupe range, as it were. We know about the 450 AMG, but it’s not clear whether there will be a GLE 400 or non-AMG 450, or if Mercedes will move it down market and offer a GLE 350 to compete with the X6′s xDrive35i. There’s also no mention of when or where the new model will debut, although previous reports point to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Prices and an on-sale date, meanwhile, have not been revealed.

Scroll down for the full press blast from Mercedes-Benz on its newest model, the 2016 GLE Coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is ready to tackle BMW’s X6 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:01:00 EST.

Mercedes CLA a sub-$30k car no more

By Brandon Turkus

Mercedes-Benz CLA250

To be honest, the sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz CLA was more a theoretical than a real thing. Squeaking in at $100 below that magical threshold, not counting a $925 destination charge, snagging a CLA anywhere near $30k meant exercising extreme self-control with the options catalog.

Perhaps with that thinking in mind, Mercedes is set to effectively scrap the entire idea, with Cars Direct claiming the price on a new CLA is set to increase by about five percent, to $31,500. Adding 4Matic all-wheel drive brings the starting price to $33,500. Even the hot CLA45 AMG is getting a price bump, from $47,450 to $48,500.

Frankly, it’s impossible to miss where Mercedes is coming from with this move, if it actually happens. The CLA has been one of 2014′s unmitigated success stories, selling so well that Mercedes has struggled to keep up with demand. Considering that, a modest price hike is to be expected.

Mercedes CLA a sub-$30k car no more originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:00:00 EST.


Mercedes-Benz USA considering moving south

By Noah Joseph

MBUSA HQ in Montvale, NJ

Mercedes-Benz may be a German automaker first and foremost, but it’s a global operation. Among its many offices around the world, the company employs some 800 staffers at its US headquarters in New Jersey. But that office could be moving down South in the near future.

According to reports in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal and Automotive News, Mercedes is looking into relocating its American head office from Montvale, NJ, where it’s been based since 1972, to one of several locations under consideration below the Mason-Dixon line.

Among the front-runners is Atlanta, where Porsche bases its North American operations. The presence of a trained workforce, necessary infrastructure, compliant officials and proximity to a major hub for international air traffic could make the Georgian metropolis an attractive proposition for Mercedes. Several locations in North Carolina are also said to be under consideration, as well.

Either way, MBUSA’s relocation to the South would put it closer to its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, AL, and to the Port of Brunswick near Savannah from which it ships out those vehicles made in Alabama to points overseas. The relocation project is reportedly being handled by commercial real-estate firm JLL Inc, which is helping Toyota handle its relocation from southern California and Ohio to Texas.

Sources don’t expect, however, for New Jersey to let Mercedes go without a fight. The state’s Grow NJ Assistance Program could offer MBUSA an attractive incentives package to stay in Montvale. The company previously planned in 1998 to relocate to Pearl River, NY, but ultimately ended up staying in Jersey.

Mercedes-Benz USA considering moving south originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:00 EST.


2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 packs up to 503 hp, arrives in March

By Steven J. Ewing

Mercedes-AMG C63

Say hello to the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. That’s right, it’s no longer the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – its a formal Mercedes-AMG product, just like the GT that just launched earlier this month. Coincidence? Hardly. The new C63 packs the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and features some of the same new-age tuning that AMG used in creating its new Porsche 911-fighting coupe. And boy, are we excited to drive this one.

Much like the AMG GT, the C63 will be offered in two states of tune. The standard C63 will pack 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, able to propel the 3,615-pound sedan to 62 miles per hour in four seconds flat. And if that isn’t enough, Mercedes will also offer the C63 S, with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft, which shaves a tenth of a second off that 0-62 time. (The C63 S weighs in at 3,648 pounds, according to European specifications.) Both versions route that power to the rear wheels via Merc’s seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission, which has been retuned for the C63 application and is said to be “even faster in its reaction times.”

Like the AMG GT, the C63 uses dynamic engine mounts, and along with its three-stage adjustable damping system, features four AMG Dynamic Select driver-selectable modes – Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport+ and Race. The car rides on either 18- (C63) or 19-inch (C63 S) wheels, and ceramic-composite brakes are available as an option. There’s even an optional performance exhaust, which should no doubt create a sound capable of waking not just your neighbors, but everyone else on the block.

Both Mercedes-AMG C63 models arrive in the US in March, with a special “Edition 1″ series being offered at launch, set apart by unique exterior and interior treatments. Pricing has yet to be announced as of this writing. Have a look below for the full scoop in Mercedes‘ press blast, and check out the gallery above for more views. You’ll also notice a slick wagon in our stash of images, but note, Mercedes hasn’t said anything about the longroof making its way to the US, and honestly, we wouldn’t get our hopes up.

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2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 packs up to 503 hp, arrives in March originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:00:00 EST.