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Mercedes-Benz B-Class drives well, but not far, on Tesla power train

Mercedes-Benz fits a Tesla battery pack to its 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, creating a comfortable driver with limited range.

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Mercedes-Benz adds passion to SUV range with Concept Coupe SUV

The Concept Coupe SUV, being shown at the Beijing auto show, heralds a needed injection of style for the Mercedes-Benz SUV line.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Just too little Mercedes? (CNET On Cars, Episode 36)

Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Just too little Mercedes? (CNET On Cars, Episode 36)


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In this episode:

  • Mercedes CLA250 explored
  • Glance technique: The driving basic you probably forgot.
  • Mazda Skyactiv gas engine technology explained
  • Top 5: MORE fuel economy myths!

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Mercedes-Benz CLA250 includes top tech, but rides rough

When I got into the driver’s seat of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, I found the luxury feel and quality materials I expected from this vaunted luxury brand, despite this new model sitting at the low end of the line-up. Perched on the dashboard was a 7-inch LCD showing Mercedes-Benz’s highly refined navigation system, and Harmon Kardon speakers around the cabin emitted crisp, distinct sound.

On the road, however, the CLA250 felt less like the Mercedes-Benz models to which I was accustomed. The ride, in particular, lacked the dreamy glide of the new S550, or even the competent comfort of the GLK250.

Mercedes-Benz CLA250 shows compact style (pictures)

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Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Three little letters make all the difference

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: The SL’s got its sport back

The combination of A, M, and G on the back of a Mercedes means that something special lurks beneath its skin. Something that’s designed to go very quickly, make lots of noise, and be lots and lots of fun.

A car tuned by the chaps in Affalterbach means an easy drama is coming your way. I say an easy drama because cars tuned by AMG are designed to provide speed that’ll knock your driving slippers off, but you’ll still be comfortable.

The SL 63 AMG is, as expected, punishingly fast. In its standard trim it’ll pop out around 530bhp, and with the optional AMG Performance Pack you get over 550bhp. That’s quite a bit of power. Zero to 62 mph happens in just over 4 seconds and its top speed is 186 mph with that power pack. Without it you’re capped at a statelier 155 mph. How pedestrian…

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Comfortable power (pictures)

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Mercedes-Benz takes two doors off the S-Class

Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe

FRANKFURT — Mercedes-Benz very recently launched its upgraded S-Class, the flagship sedan in its lineup that also is one of the more luxurious cars in auto-dom. But here at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the company showed it could do one better, exhibiting the S-Class Coupe concept, a lusciously designed two-door vehicle with some near-future features.

Where the new S-Class was an exercise in subtlety, the Coupe concept uses bolder lines, with a strong crease down the side and a sleek, pillarless side window opening. The oval back glass forms a similar shape to the roof glass, meeting over the C-pillar. LED headlights contain jewel-like parking lights.

The hood, inset neatly over the nose of the car, shows two creases that look aerodynamic, and a broad Mercedes-Benz grille stretches across the front.

Mercedes-Benz builds a big-dog coupe (pictures)

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Mercedes-Benz goes small, premium, and rugged with the GLA-Class

2015 Mercedes GLA

FRANKFURT — Car buyers may not be quite ready for a premium compact sedan, but a compact SUV might just be the right bait to get wealthier buyers looking at smaller cars. Or such seems to be Mercedes-Benz’s logic with the new GLA-Class, which debuted at the 2013 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

This new car will be sold as a 2015 model, and although the European market will enjoy a variety of engine choices, including a diesel, the only version coming to the US will be the GLA250. Powered by a turbocharged 2-liter gasoline engine, the GLA250 will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive formats.

Bearing the Mercedes-Benz tri-star, you might expect the GLA to be somewhat effete, but in person it pulls off a rugged look. Notched plastic runners under the rocker panels protect the car from rocks and brush, while a good gap between wheels and fenders suggests decent suspension travel. It looks a little like the Subaru XV Crosstrek.

While those features may be more cosmetic than anything, it’s important to remember that Mercedes-Benz makes one of the more potent off-road production vehicles available, the G-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces self-steering in new S-Class

As I drove the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 for this review, a number of nicknames came to mind. Because of its sheer comfort and luxury, I was thinking Chariot of the Gods. The utter blackness of the paint and subtle exterior lines suggested Death Star. While powering along a twisty mountain road, it also seemed the perfect car to pack full of villains and go after James Bond in his Aston Martin in, so Anonymous Baddie Car, maybe.

Given its size (over 17 feet), powerful engine, and loads of tech, it is certainly worthy of more than one nickname.

Mercedes-Benz’ flagship S-Class luxury sedan has been facing stiff competition, from the Audi A8 to even the Hyundai Equus. The company obviously couldn’t rest on its laurels, especially considering the much lower prices of a few other big, luxury rollers.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 showcases superluxury (pictures)

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Old and new collide in the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

It could be the most extraordinarily bizarre production vehicle in the world. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG makes no sense whatsoever. It’s a German military truck dressed up in a veneer of civility with a hot-rod engine. It combines legendary off-road capability, AMG performance, luxury, and technology in complete disharmony.

And whether you love it or hate it is a pretty good indication of whether you operate from the heart or the head, at least when it comes to cars.

The sensible approach to the G63 AMG would be to reason that you will never use its three differential locks and then dismiss it over its dismal fuel economy. But for some of us, the roar of the engine coming out of the quad-sidepipes coupled with the goofy, boxy cab and chrome brush bar will provoke instant desire.

Everything old is new again My first clue to the absurdity of the G63 AMG came when I used the key fob to remotely unlock the doors, the door locks sounding like the pump action of a Mossberg 500 shotgun, then had to push a button on the door handle to actually open the doors. The car I learned to drive in, a 1961 VW Beetle, had similar door handles, giving a clue to the vintage of at least some parts of the G63 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is a beautiful kludge (pictures)

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Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan target 2017 for fuel cell vehicles

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell is a fuel cell vehicle based on the B-class platform.

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It must be a new season of sharing as major automakers sign agreements to co-develop fuel cell technology. Last week Toyota and BMW said they would work together on a fuel cell system, while today Ford, Daimler, and Renault-Nissan announced they would pool research into fuel cell technology. In its joint press release, Ford, Daimler, and Renault-Nissan said they would produce fuel cell vehicles in 2017.

All of these companies have been working on the technology, and some have demonstrated prototype vehicles. Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler, \has been testing multiple generations of its F-Cell fuel cell vehicle, and currently runs a leasing program for the vehicles in Los Angeles, helping it gather real-world usage data.

The Toyota-BMW agreement covers the joint development of a fuel cell stack, hydrogen tank, and electric motor for a car. The companies will also work on new lithium-air battery technology, with the goal of greatly increasing the energy density of electric vehicle batteries.

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