Mercedes-Benz pickup could come to US

By Chris Bruce

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Mercedes-Benz pickup could come to US originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:30:00 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.

 

BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand

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BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:51:00 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.

 

2016 BMW X5 M is big and bold, not beautiful

By Steven J. Ewing

2016 BMW X5 M

Awesome as it is, the BMW X5 M has never really been an attractive machine. Big and bulgy are the themes here, and that’s only more pronounced with the X5′s most recent refresh. But no matter, the X5 M has never been about looks – for this machine, it’s all about performance, and BMW’s hi-po crossover absolutely delivers in this regard.

Under the hood is the familiar 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8, though power has been boosted to 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque – healthy increases of 12 and 53, respectively, compared to the outgoing model. Hitting 60 miles per hour is said to take just four seconds, which is damn impressive considering this thing weighs well over 5,000 pounds.

But the X5 M has always been shockingly good to drive, with limits you’ll never reach except in the most hardcore track scenarios (which we’d really like to see, by the way). It’s not the prettiest thing ever, but that’s okay. It’s not exactly cheap, though, with prices starting at $99,650. Woof.

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2016 BMW X5 M is big and bold, not beautiful originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:40:00 EST.

 

Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off

By Chris Bruce

Tesla Model S

Car and Driver 10Best LogoCar and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that lineup earning a mention. In another surprise, the Tesla Model S (specifically in S 60 trim to fit under the $80,000 cost cap) makes it to the 2015 roster and is the only electrically motivated member of the group.

Despite the loss of the 3 Series, BMW isn’t entirely shut out this year, because the M235i gets its name on the list. Car and Driver argues that the little coupe feels like a welcome throwback to the E46 chassis M3 of the early 2000s. In addition to the Model S, the final newbie to the annual group is the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The inclusion of these new members knocks the Audi A6/A7 family and Ford Fiesta ST out from the 2014 rundown.

The other seven models carry over from last year, including the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Honda Accord, Mazda3, Mazda6, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

The 2015 10Best cars list certainly seems to have something for everyone from the hot hatch fan to the family man and even the green car driver, thanks to the addition of the Tesla. Head over to Car and Driver to read its detailed explanations for each vehicle’s inclusion, but if you’ve got a difference of opinion or just really like the list, let us know in Comments.

Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST.

 

More details emerge on hotter BMW i8S coming next year

By Jonathon Ramsey

BMW i8, front three-quarter view.

The BMW i8 recently won the Autoblog Technology of the Year award, and it’s going to get even better. In October, Automobile magazine reported that BMW’s i brand is working on an i8S that would be stiffer and more powerful, and celebrate the marque’s centenary in 2016. At the time, one of two power unit combinations was suggested, either one of them good for more than 500 horsepower.

Car magazine has added more info on the coupe said to be called Project M100, saying that in addition to being a birthday gift for BMW, it will also be a going-away statement to current chairman Norbert Reithofer, who is expected to retire in 2016 or 2017. It will also be so thoroughly reworked that there will be plenty of daylight between it and the standard i8: a more integrated carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, a wider range of materials used in the build, a larger luggage bay due to the omission of rear seats, a more aggressive suspension supporting heartier brakes and wider tires, and – perhaps – a different aero and ground-effects package to be visually different and make the most of the alterations.

As for that power unit, Car says that the two options mentioned by Automobile are still under consideration, being either a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder with 320 horsepower and a 204-hp electric motor, or a 3.0-liter straight six with 480 hp and a 109 hp. Either choice gets an integrated starter motor good for another 27 hp, and a total torque number of roughly 520 pound-feet, 100 additional lb-ft than the current car. Word is that it will be shown for the centenary in 2016 then go on sale by the end of 2017.

More details emerge on hotter BMW i8S coming next year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:00:00 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.