Monday, November 28, 2011

Sievers Tuned the Mercedes-Benz SLR GTB

A footage was released by JustinsSupercars, it's showing the Mercedes-Benz SLR GTB at the 2011 Essen Motor Show.

According to AutoEvolution, the car has 814 HP and torque of 1,200 Nm. It has a top speed of 350km/h while the weight decreased to 1.5 tons. The orange car is worth €1.9 million. Ouch!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Video: Playing with Mercedes E63 AMG

AMG is a brand known to produce power cars. Many fear its speed, yet there are more who wants to be behind the wheels of these cars. Like this Youtube video by Jorriks, showing how you can “play” with a Mercedes E63 AMG.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mercedes-Benz M-Class' Ad

The new luxury SUV is not only for your usual family trip to a mall or golf course. You'll be surprised that it can haul a tree too.

The Mercedes-Benz commercial shows a young guy who got blocked by a tree on the road. Then he gets home, his wife asked him why he is late. He explained what happened then the rear hatch door was opened and there was firewood.

It just wants to show that M-Class is a mean machine, aside from being the luxury car it is known for.

Mercedes-Benz SL: The First Car to Have 89% Aluminum Body

Everyone's excited to see this new car.

The Mercedes-Benz SL has been creating buzz in the auto fandom because of its many features that have never been seen in any vehicles yet. It is said to be 89 % aluminum, which intrigues tuners and car enthusiasts alike because being aluminum means it is ultra-light, trimming 275 lbs from SL 500 and 308 lbs from SL 350.

The engine to power the car is not confirmed yet, but rumor has it that it will use Mercedes-Benz' new 4.6L twin-turbocharged engine. It will also be equipped with the MAGIC VISION CONTROL technology, which replaces the usual windshield. It means that water jets are installed in the wiper.

The Mercedes-Benz SL will be released by the end of this year, meanwhile, check out this video of the new 'light' car.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Los Angeles Design Challenge: Daimler's Entries

The Los Angeles Design Challenge is a design contest for industries to showcase their ingenuity and creativity. And of course, Mercedes-Benz will not be left behind.

Here are some pictures grabbed from

The smart Parkour : The car that can climb skyscrapers and fly.

Maybach Berline: Car based on the 17th century coaches but with gull-wing doors!

And finally, the Mercedes-Benz Silver arrow!

The Car Sharing Network is Now in San Diego

Last November 18, the car sharing network started its operation in the city of San Diego California. It began with 300 smartfortwo cars and hopefully if the business is good the company will add a few more of it or will branch out in Los Angeles where there are more people.

Here's a press release from Daimler:

Driving electric vehicles now possible — and affordable — for an entire city
car2go begins deploying 300 emissions-free vehicles throughout San Diego

SAN DIEGO — car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, and the City of San Diego today officially launched North America’s first all-electric carsharing network, making emissions-free driving a widely available and affordable transportation option for all of San Diego.

A New Way to Get Around

The car2go smart fortwo electric drive carsharing network provides San Diego drivers with unmatched flexibility and convenience in urban mobility. Starting today, and for the first time in the history of North America, an entire city will have on-demand access to a large network of electric drive cars.

“car2go has set a new milestone in terms of flexible and tailor-made individual mobility. As the innovation leader in the automotive industry, we strive to serve our worldwide customers not only with leading-edge technology but also with groundbreaking new concepts,” said Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for research and development. “Therefore, we accelerate the rollout of this cutting-edge mobility concept. Starting Nov. 18, 2011, San Diego will be part of the innovative worldwide car2go network with a fleet of emission-free smart fortwo electric drive.”

car2go began deploying 300 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles Friday in San Diego, which are now in service and available for use.

“car2go’s investment here is another major step toward making San Diego the nation’s electric-vehicle capital,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. “This carsharing program gives San Diegans a clean transportation option and complements walkable lifestyles in our city’s urban communities.”

Revolutionizing the Carsharing Industry

Unlike traditional carsharing programs, car2go meets the daily needs of members by providing a free-floating network of vehicles that is truly available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a return time or location.

“We have designed car2go to be convenient and flexible, to meet the demands of everyday life, and to fit the lifestyle of our members,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go N.A., LLC. “It is as easy as having access to your own vehicle, and in some cases, like in densely populated downtown areas such as San Diego, it can actually be easier. car2go fills the gap between where you are and where you want to be.”

San Diegans will now have access to the car2go network of electric vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they’re finished using the vehicle, members can park in a car2go-designated spot, at city non-restricted meters or on-street in residential neighborhoods within the car2go operating area. Parking, recharging, insurance and maintenance are included. Members pay by the minute, and only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.

“San Diego is a progressive city focused on a sustainable future. Starting today, San Diegans who have dreamed of owning an electric vehicle but could not, now can enjoy the benefits of electric vehicles and become part of an emissions-free mobility revolution,” said Cole. “car2go is revolutionizing the carsharing industry and the future of urban mobility. The launch of car2go in San Diego will serve as a model for other cities around the world that are looking for ways to reduce emissions, alleviate congestion, and create a more sustainable environment for their residents.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Video: Unveiling the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

Days before the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz posted this video that shows the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 for us to enjoy. It kind of served as a teaser, because once you've watched it you will feel more excited to see it in person. Watch the video below.

Video: The New C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Commercial

What happens when the dealers close shop at night? Well, this video is not to say that your dealers are using the cars they sell for their own pleasure, but Mercedes-Benz just want you to know how irresistible the 2012 C63 AMG Black Series is that you may want to buy many locks for your garage if in case you purchase this car.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The M-Class and the SLK Bagged the 2011 Golden Steering Wheel Awards

No doubt, Mercedes-Benz cars are award-winning. And this has been proven even more when the two models, the Mercedes M-Class and Mercedes SLK got the Golden Steering Wheel Awards in their respective class. The manufacturing company actually won the most number of nominations and votes from this award-giving body, 21 times in fact.

The awards were received by Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board of Management member for Group Research and Mercedes Cars Development and Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler.

More than 260,000 readers of the German publications "Bild am Sonntag", "Auto Bild" and their European sister publications in 22 countries registered their votes in this year's "Golden Steering Wheel" awards. The winner of the SUV class was determined in a direct vote, so making the Mercedes-Benz M-Class the winner of the "Golden Steering Wheel" in this group. The SLK won its category after being shortlisted along with four of its competitors. In the unimpeachable judgement of a panel of experts, and after undergoing real-life testing, it too was awarded the "Golden Steering Wheel" in its category.

Readers from across Europe valued not only the M-Class's characteristic and distinctive design and its variable interior, with that all-important sense of wellbeing, but also the excellent energy efficiency and thus environmental acceptability of this premium SUV. The permanent all-wheel drive system of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class also proved a determining factor thanks to its well-balanced ride comfort along with excellent driving dynamics, both on and off road, along with the car's outstanding range and high level of safety.

What ultimately swayed the result in favour of the SLK Roadster in the "Golden Steering Wheel" competition was, above all, the way it manages to combine light-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, striking sports car design with absolute everyday practicality, and superb performance with exemplary ecological credentials. With the excellent performance it derives from its economical and yet powerful engines, along with technical innovations such as the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which can be switched from light to dark at the touch of a button, the SLK takes driving pleasure and open air enjoyment to a whole new level.

This year's double win in the "Golden Steering Wheel" awards marks the continuation of a fine tradition: with a total of 21 victories to date, the brand with the three-pointed star now leads the field of the most successful car brands to win the competition for the "Golden Steering Wheel", a prize that has been awarded since 1976.

Source: Daimler

Video by Fifth Gear: Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe versus Audi RS5

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, the two-door V8 equipped car and the Audi RS5 with 44HP and an all-wheel drive were pitted against each other – in a racetrack. Which is the fastest? Our very own C63 or Audi's RS5? They say they could be equal, but really?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Qatar, In Purple

Some people in Qatar should be very artistic to have come up with this version of the Mercedes SLS AMG. The already attractive gullwing door car, is made even more desirable with its new color, purple.

Why the color? Well, if your neighbors and friends also have the same vehicle, this is the only way you could stand out. Imagine riding this purple car, surely, all heads will turn. Without a matte finish it looks even classier.

The Best Holiday Gifts: The Mercedes-Benz Collection

If you have not started your Christmas shopping yet, then that's great. You may find these items attractive and suitable as gifts to families and friends. The Mercedes-Benz Collection are made especially for the brand by famous manufacturers of items.

Here's the official press statement from Daimler:

Stuttgart – If you are still looking for suitable present ideas, the Christmas selection from the Mercedes-Benz Collection may offer the perfect solution. There are stylish, high-quality gifts for all ages and genders – from fashionable to timeless, and from practical to quirky.

All Christmas offers from the Mercedes-Benz Collection are specially produced for Mercedes-Benz by well-known manufacturers. Made from select materials, with an understated Mercedes star to indicate their premium status, they are sure to be a highlight under any tree.

The selection includes a practical yet elegant Italian calfskin men's travel wallet from the BUSINESS line, which also features a calfskin wallet and a high-quality ballpoint pen with twist mechanism in anthracite metal with a 3-D Mercedes star on the cap. Other gents items include a distinctive leather organiser with diamond stitching and a metal AMG logo, hand-crafted in Germany and a handmade red-patterned 100 per cent silk tie by Olymp.

Both ladies and gentlemen can stay up to the minute with exquisite wristwatches –the ladies' model combines stainless steel with a black leather strap and features stunning CRYSTALLIZED™ –Swarovski elements. The square men's model has a black leather strap with a crocodile pattern, a stainless steel casing and is a chronograph watch with stopwatch functionality.

Other stylish surprises for the ladies: a reversible scarf in fashionable taupe on one side and a leopard print on the other, along with practical nude-coloured accessories by Emma Brown made from finest Italian calfskin with a leopard design lining. These include a handbag, a cosmetics bag and a purse. Also in the Christmas collection: a stainless steel key ring with diamante inlay.

A true Christmas delight for younger Mercedes fans is an electric version of the famous SL, suitable for children aged 3 to 5. This is also available as a pedal car, both from Toys Toy. Alternatively, young motorists can take their first test drive under the Christmas tree with the SLS AMG Bobby-Benz by BIG, with authentic-looking AMG wheels. It has continuously variable precision double-pivot steering and whisper wheels and is suitable for children from 18 months upwards. The children's Christmas collection also includes a pull-back friction model of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a game of pairs with colourful images of modern classic cars, a brown, washable teddy bear made from woven fur fabric and a set of metal wall hooks with the silhouettes of the SLK and the SLS.

Popular accessories for all fans of the Mercedes-Benz brand are a set of two espresso cups with saucers in the exclusive ‘Mercedes-Benz by Ritzenhoff’ design with historical racing motifs and a set of four stoppers shaped like the 300 SL gearshift knob for wine or champagne bottles. Three of the stoppers are made of varnished wood and one of stainless steel, all of them feature an engraved gearshift design. There are also two sets of Christmas baubles, both sporting Mercedes-Benz motifs. The theme of ‘125! years of innovation’ features on scented candles with the ‘Mercedes-Benz by Ritzenhoff’ design and a 2012 desk calendar.

For fans of model cars there is a detailed metal-cast replica of the Benz patent motor car by Premium Collectibles, scale 1:43, and an exquisite miniature of the E-Class Coupé by Schuco in three different colours, also scale 1:43.

The Christmas items from the Mercedes-Benz Collection and even more exciting gift ideas with a star, for example of large selection of new, high-quality Samsonite suitcases in a range of sizes, complemented by with a beauty case, a toiletry case, travel bags and a laptop cover – all from Samsonite – and other accessories from the BUSINESS line, such as a document folder, a money clip, a key pouch and a belt – all made from high-quality Italian calf skin – are available at all Mercedes-Benz dealers.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Smart, Maybach and Mercedes Silver Arrow Stars in Films

Yes, you read that right, the three Daimler vehicles stars in films, separately. No, it 's not another Transformers. These are films made as entries to the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16- 17.

Here is the complete press release from Daimler:

  • Three visionary film cars featuring in exciting stories
  • Mercedes-Benz to present futuristic Silver Arrow and dummies brought to life
  • smart develops the perfect reporter's car, which can climb up the facades of high-rise buildings and take to the air
  • Maybach creates modern luxury carriage for a remake of the Cinderella fairytale

For the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which is seeking to find the most spectacular new film car for Hollywood, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen (Germany) and Carlsbad (USA), have joined the ranks of the screen-writers. Their efforts have borne fruit in the form of three visionary “hero cars” – a Mercedes-Benz and a smart, each perfectly cast in an action thriller, and a Maybach luxury carriage starring in a modern-day fairytale. The futuristic Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow teams up with two crash test dummies to battle it out with the forces of evil. The smart 341 Parkour, which is able to climb sheer faces and take to the air, helps a young reporter to scoop the story of her life. The Maybach Berline brings a touch of magic into the life of a hapless Cinderella.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow and crash test dummies

The designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California have created a Hollywood-style homage for Mercedes-Benz to 125 years of innovation in automotive technology and design. The leading roles are played by two high-tech characters which have been instrumental in reconciling safety and stylish design in automobiles: the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow cult racing car and crash test dummies.

The film ”Silver Lightning“ is set in the near future, in an age of artificial intelligence. Two crash test dummies by the names of Hans05 and Franz02 take on evil ruler Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved Mercedes Silver Arrow. They engage in an action-packed, nerve-jangling duel with the ruthless battering ram before finally outfoxing him. The Silver Arrow is a low-lying sculpture on wheels. A feat of technical innovation is the diagonal, hubless roller which allows steering in all directions. The futuristic Silver Arrow’s proportions are reminiscent of the legendary sports car from the late 1930s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 1950s.

”Annie get the Grannies“ with the smart 341 Parkour

For smart, the designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Sindelfingen have created a revolutionary all-rounder. The smart 341 Parkour is equally at home driving along the road, climbing up the facades of skyscrapers or even taking to the air. The occupant cell is completely transparent and offers the very best all-round visibility – the perfect vehicle for a fast-paced reporter story.

For the plot of the film ”Annie get the Grannies“, the designers have taken the visionary smart concept with which they won the Los Angeles Design Challenge last year as their starting point. Last year, the smart 454 was knitted from carbon fibres by so-called ”smart granny robots“. These high-tech robots equipped with knitting needles have now been revived. On reading in a newspaper that the incredible robots have disappeared, the young reporter Annie Angle from Cantpark City scents the story of her life. Armed with a professional camera, she sets off to investigate in her smart 341 Parkour.

Cinderella and the Maybach Berline

For Maybach, Mercedes-Benz’s interior designers in Sindelfingen have created a modern reinterpretation of the classic ”Berline” a luxury carriage with full suspension from the 17th century, for a remake of the Cinderella fairytale. Hapless Cindy toils day-in, day-out helping her father to develop the Maybach Berline, while her step-sister enjoys the party life. On her birthday her father allows her to travel into town in the prototype of the luxury carriage. She goes to a dance, where she meets an attractive man and loses all sense of time. As she has to be home by midnight, she suddenly dashes off, losing one of her red stilettos in the process. Her dancing partner runs after her with the shoe. Overjoyed, Cindy boards the Maybach Berline and is driven home by a virtual chauffeur.
The Maybach Berline is remote controlled via satellite like a drone, allowing the occupants maximum space and absolute privacy. The chauffeur is based at the Maybach Virtual Chauffeur Center and can be spoken to at any time by means of a glass screen suspended from the roof lining. Every conceivable entertainment feature can also be activated via this screen. Copiously appointed with wood, the interior is designed in the manner of a royal lounge in which the passengers face one another on two comfortable individual seats. Similarly to on a business jet, the passengers board and alight from the vehicle by means of a two-piece swing-wing door with a horizontal split, whereby the lower section folds out to form a step unit. The sides of the carriage have extra-large windows which can be set such that they can only be looked through from inside the vehicle. They can additionally be used as interfaces.

Los Angeles Design Challenge

The Los Angeles Design Challenge is part of the Los Angeles Design Conference, which is to take place from 16 to 17 November 2011 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The winners of the competition will be announced on 17 November 2011.

Spyshots of the Mercedes-Benz SL Interiors

I know this is "third" hand information. Benz Insider published that AutoEvolution caught sight of the 2013 Mercedes SL's interior. Of course, they took some photos for the enjoyment of the blogging world.

Here are the photos from AutoEvolution: