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Mercedes-Benz MFA Compact Coupe and SUVs to Hit the U.S. Starting in Summer 2013

Monday January 31st, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Mercedes-Benz AMG B-ClassDue to the American preference for smaller cars and to keep up with rivals BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz announced it will be releasing a new compact car family based on the new Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA), that will hit the U.S. starting in summer 2013.

The new series will include coupe (“baby CLS”) and SUV versions and possibly a convertible or a shooting brake version geared towards a younger clientele. There will also be two hatchback versions (next generation A- and B-class models) offered in Europe; however, Mercedes has no plans of bringing them to the U.S. unless there is a demand. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Review

Thursday October 7th, 2010 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: peter

By Peter Newton

Pros:

  • Elegant and stylish
  • Loaded with every possible luxury amenity
  • Spacious and comfortable cabin
  • Superior driving experience for highway cruising

Cons:

  • Very complex to operate
  • Underpowered and heavy

Mercedes-Benz is one of the best known automotive brands in the world and can claim to be the oldest automotive brand that is still active. In the US, owning a Mercedes has long been a mark of success, showing that you have arrived in the world. A few years ago, however, the shine on the distinctive three-prong star has been a bit tarnished by some manufacturing quality issues and a user control interface for the onboard computer that has was panned in the automotive press. Mercedes is known for their strong engineering strengths and historically sound quality, so I expected the cars to bounce back to their former glory. With a chance to review the S400 Hybrid, I looked forward to see how they had recovered from those mishaps as well as see how they had embraced the new environmentally green movement with a hybrid luxury car.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C350 Review – The C-Class Earns Better Than a C

Thursday April 29th, 2010 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • M-B star bigger than J-lo’s booty on the grille
  • Competent performance
  • Mercedes-Benz safety

Cons

  • M-B star bigger than Mo’nique’s booty on the grille
  • Busy center console controls
  • No nav on a $40k+ car

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First Impressions: 2010 Mercedes-Benz C350

Friday March 19th, 2010 at 1:33 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

By Michael Leroy

Pros

  • Quiet and comfortable on the freeway
  • Standard “Sports Grille” looks great
  • Good gas mileage

Cons

  • Awkward iPod integration
  • Need to buy several options to fix flaws
  • Slightly numb steering

As the middle child in the C-Class model line, the C350 fills the niche between the base model C300 and the mighty C63 AMG. Like any middle child, it’s easy for the C350 to be overlooked between its thrifty, cheaper sibling and its steroid-using big brother. Sibling rivalry aside, the C350 manages to stand out as a compelling option in the C-class lineup.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Review

Thursday March 11th, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350
By Greg Gaillard

Pros:

  • Effortless highway cruising with a more engaging suspension than in previous models
  • Abundant, useful and usable technology
  • Glorious front seats designed for long haul comfort
  • An aura of quality, engineering and safety reminiscent of Mercedes’ golden years

Cons:

  • Forced styling that results in an anonymity unfitting of the three pointed star
  • Handling composure is compromised when hustled
  • Materials and build quality are improved, but not quite best-in-class

Re-introduction

It has been some time since I was behind the wheel of a mid-size Mercedes-Benz and I had forgotten how the brand’s DNA is still such a vital part of the experience. The door closes with a bank vault thunk. You sit in firm seats that will carry you through the next 500 miles alert and comfortable. And you are surrounded by the latest safety, luxury and convenience technologies.

Stepping into the new E350 immediately reminds you that you are in a Mercedes. Some say that the 2010 E-Class marks the return of Mercedes’ world class engineering and build quality to their mid-size cars. The E350 is certainly a well-built car, but with Jaguar, Audi and BMW now crowding the segment with similar virtues, is this renewed focus on quality and engineering enough? Or is there something else beyond perceived quality that can distinguish the E-Class from the rest of the pack?

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2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Review – Compact crossover goes upscale Mercedes-style

Monday January 4th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: twain

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350

By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Base price: $36,600 (w/4MATIC option)
  • Impressive acceleration for a crossover (0-60 in 6.5 seconds)
  • Striking styling
  • Excellent fit and finish

Cons:

  • Expensive as tested: $50,235
  • Slow shifting automatic
  • Mediocre gas mileage (16mpg observed)
  • Firm suspension
  • Cramped rear seat

Built on the C-class car platform, with styling and heritage of the famous G-class Gelandewagen, the Mercedes GLK350 is an attractively styled “mini” luxury SUV. It’s a spunky utility vehicle that offers quiet and secure ride with good acceleration and practicality.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Revealed Early

Saturday December 19th, 2009 at 8:1212 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Fans of drop-top driving may be excited to hear that the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will hit the market in May of 2010. Pictures of the car made its way to the Internet and now details of the car have been released before the Detroit auto show.

The E-Class Cabriolet will have two engine options both mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The base E350 will have a 3.5-liter, 268-hp six-cylinder. The beefier E550 will have a V8 5.5-liter 382-hp engine.

The car also has an amazing, best in class, coefficient of drag of 0.28. As a reminder, the higher this number is, the greater the drag force the engine must overcome to move the car at any speed. This combined with the 7-speed automatic should improve fuel efficiency. To put the coefficient of drag number into perspective, a Corvette has a 0.28.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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New Detroit R&D Facility For Mercedes

Wednesday November 4th, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes-Benz star

Interesting news from Mercedes-Benz when they announced that they are planning to open a new alternative powertrain technology center. Based on the campus of Mercedes’ Redford Township, Michigan facility, the German company made the announcement shortly after the township approved a tax exemption.

The Detroit Free Press said that Redford Township’s tax exemption would allow Mercedes-Benz to purchase $2.3 million worth of equipment for use at the Redford site. Located just 15 miles outside of the Detroit city limits, the move announced by Mercedes can only be seen as positive for an area struggling during the recent economic downturn.

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Mercedes Invests €600 Million In Small Cars

Monday October 26th, 2009 at 10:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes Benz has spent the last two years trying to figure out what the next generation A and B-class compacts should be. Traditional gas and diesels? Hybrids? EVs? A mixture of all of those? The stakes are high in the this segment of the automobile game and MB has a lot riding on it. And Merc’s parent, Daimler, has just announced that it is going to obligate €600 million in updates and expansion to the factory that builds the A and B-class compacts.

Mercedes has yet to announce which platform, whether the A- class or the B-class, it will use for the upcoming small cars, but we do know that they will start production at the Rastatt factory in late 2011. Mercedes is adding a 710,000 square foot body shop to produces the shells of the new models at the factory and they have already started construction of a new stamping facility in nearby Kuppenheim to produce the body panels that will be welded at the Rastatt body shop.

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