Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID In Showrooms Soon

Tuesday September 29th, 2009 at 8:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

S 400 BlueHYBRID

Good news if you’re into green cars and have a lot of money: That Mercedes-Benz S Class BlueHYBRID you ordered is on its way to your dealer’s showroom as we speak. Or if you’re just green and into the full on coveting mode, then that means you can soon swing by the Benz shop and desire.

This is Mercedes’ first production hybrid vehicle and the S 400 runs a mild hybrid system that M-B developed in combination with BMW. While the Bavarians are being performance oriented with their ActiveHybrid 7 Series, the three-pointed star gang is aimed for more efficiency. The Stuttgart boys have gone with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to the hybrid system, and have also used lithium ion batteries. This is the first time lithium ion batteries have been used in an automotive application.

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New Mercedes Tells Drowsy Drivers to Wake Up!

Thursday July 16th, 2009 at 3:77 PM
Posted by: m35man


Mercedes-Benz has become the latest automaker to offer high-tech help to fight drowsiness while driving. If you get drowsy or dozy and start to show signs of nodding off, this car will show you a cup of coffee and warn you to wake up with a loud noise.

If you have ever fallen asleep at the wheel, you know just how dangerous it can be. It happened to me one time driving from San Francisco to L.A. on Hwy. 5 (also called the California Autobahn where if you’re driving 90 mph, you’re going too slow) I nodded off and when I woke up, I was in a lettuce field. I was lucky I didn’t total my car!

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2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Gets Minor Updates

Tuesday July 7th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Big, square, cubic, rectangular, quadrangular, dependable, and still here, after all these years, Mercedes-Benz G-Class is getting only a minor face lift, but it’s an excuse to talk about one of the most adorably practical rides out there. Why adorable? Well just look at the thing. It can’t be anything but what it is: A truck. Yes, it’s a very expensive truck, and yes, it is beloved by people like Ah-nuld (who supposedly has four of them, two silver, two black, all of them are bio-diesel fueled), but if it didn’t have that three-pointed star on it’s tennis court sized & proportioned hood, only two people would be using these things: farmers and the German military.

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Mercedes C-class To Get 2 New Diesels

Wednesday July 1st, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes-Benz star

More good news if you like higher mileage, lower emissions and cars graced by three-pointed stars. Mercedes-Benz will soon be offering not one, but two new BlueEfficiency diesel engines in their C-Class models. The C-Class is the “baby Mercedes”; they look like a real Mercedes, only smaller. Act like them too. Screwed together like a bank vault, lots of high tech gizmos, that sort of thing.

And now if the C-Class is your kind of car, you get three new diesel engine choices. There’s a 2.2-liter 4-banger diesel available with a single turbo that puts out 170 hp and a beefy 295 lb-ft of torque, and another 4 cylinder, this one featuring dual turbos, 204 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Either engine sounds like fun, but I’ll take the second one, thank you very much.

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Mercedes E 250 Bluetec Concept Gets 39 Hwy MPG

Thursday April 9th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe - E 320

It’s time for the New York Auto show, and although not the first show to spring into one’s mind, this is the show that Mercedes-Benz usually rolls out some interesting stuff. For example, when they first wanted to show their gullwing to the world back in the 50s, Mercedes did it in New York. Anyway, at this year’s show, the three-pointed star has decided to roll out some very interesting and efficient clean diesel concepts.

Case in point: the E 250 BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé. Sure, it’s just “a concept”, but it looks like one that could hit the showrooms by next week if they wanted to (and my bet is that Merc really wants to). The E 250 BlueEFFICIENCY Coupé gets 28 MPG around town and 39 MPG out on the open road. Which is pretty impressive for a car that weighs about what a WW II Tiger tank did. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but Mercedes hasn’t made a light car for 100 years, so getting figures like that is pretty impressive. What’s even more impressive is that Mercedes manages to pull 369 lb-ft of torque from a 2.2-liter four-cylinder direct-injection diesel engine. And on top of that, it’s a diesel that’s legal in all fifty states.

Concept? OK Mercedes, here’s a concept for you: very high sales figures in places like California. Just bring it to market and stop teasing us.

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Mercedes-Benz Diesel-Electric SUV Hybrid To Market Late 2009

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes-Benz ML320The good news is that Mercedes-Benz is going to bring a diesel/electric hybrid out later this year. The bad news is that it will be in their M-Class SUV.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing a hybrid version of its S-Class sedan, the S400 BlueHYBRID, to market first, that’s true, but the FIRST hybrid Mercedes wanted released was their SUV. A hybrid version of the automaker’s M-Class SUV was supposed to make production last June, but a supplier glitch delayed that plan.

The M-Class hybrid will share the same hybrid drive system found in the S400 BlueHYBRID, only it will be diesel-powered, using the same 3.2L clean turbo-diesel found under the hood of the ML320 BlueTEC.

The M-Class hybrid will crank out a combined 340 horsepower, which is very comparable in power to the V8-powered ML550. Thanks to the electric motors fuel economy should be improved by about 30 percent. The ML320 BlueTEC already achieves 18/24 mpg city/highway, so the new model should be even better, particularly in city driving.

The hybrid M-Class is expected to hit showrooms sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO Rules Three-Times Over!

Tuesday December 16th, 2008 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO ConceptIf cars could high-five, I would surely be giving the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO a huuuuuge high-five right now. Mercedes-Benz is speeding way ahead of the pack (in an environmentally-friendly and metaphorically way mind you). Looking like something straight out of Speed Racer, this environmentally responsible electromobility on wheels is being presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. And its not just one model Mercedes is trumpeting, but three; each equipped with a different drive configuration–it’s all about your own individual sustainable mobility needs.

So which BlueZERO is for you and your electric drive desires?

Video and more photos after the jump.

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Mercedes Considers Small Roadster

Monday December 8th, 2008 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

This is good news, if you like small, light weight sports cars like I do. It seems that Mercedes is considering building a small, open-topped car based on its A-Class platform. The A-Class is unknown here in the U.S., it’s a small, urban kind of car, that sort of resembles a shrunken minivan, and is more well known, in an engineering sense, for its powertrain packaging.

It also turns out that the A-class might provide a transportation option of more interest to the car enthusiast like us.

The proposed car would be even smaller then the SLK, and, assuredly, lighter. Although the SLK is a fun car, it IS a Merc, which means it is heavier than if it was made by, say, a Japanese company. Not so with the new A-class based roadster.

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Go Green Racer!

Monday December 8th, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: goofshow

Honda FCX Clarity and Jamie Lee CurtisOk, what about a car that runs on hydrogen and emits water? For all of you with green thumbs it sounds pretty damn good. The public has been clammering for decades, like Beyonce fans for Beyonce, for fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). Sure there’s always those test models that the public never gets a chance to get their crazy hands on. But finally it’s our turn for some fuel-cell-vehicle fun! This year, Honda put its FCX Clarity zooming onto the roads of California. This is the real deal—not some experimental prototype that will only be seen by car nerds at auto shows. The Honda FCX Clarity–a hydrogen-fueled cell vehicle that generates electricity for a lively motor—is already in the hands of private drivers (most likely high-profile celebs), who are leasing these green machines. Though such set backs as few fuel stations are minor setbacks, the anit-gas uprising has begun.

Mercedes is the other big playa’ in the fuel cell game. According to Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, “I’m driving fuel-cell prototypes that have no disadvantages to the customer compared with a conventional car. They have a 250- to 300-mile range, a three-minute refuelling time and good take-off.”

Viva la hydrogen-fueled cell vehicles!

Latest Honda FCX Clarity press release follows on the next page

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Mercedes-Benz Says Auf Wiedersehen To V12 Engines

Friday December 5th, 2008 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

A great man once said that, and boy is it ever right in this day and age … Seems that the mighty Mercedes-Benz is going to be ditching their huge displacement, whomping-stomping V-12s and will begin using blown V-8s for all of their high performance needs. Hey, nothing wrong with that. Head down to the local drag strip to see how much grunt you can get out of 8 cylinders. And besides, V-12s are sort of an Italian thing, more than a German. MB’s move seems to follow (mirror?) BMW’s ditching of the naturally aspirated V10 in favor of a twin-turbo V8 for their top models. So say Auf Wiedersehen to Mercedes models currently running the company’s 6.0-liter V12: the S600, CL600, SL600, S65, CL65, and SL65.

However, if you DO get the chance town drive or own one of these beasts, I won’t tell you it’s a bad idea (if you can afford it). Sure, they’re not as light and revvy as a Ferrari V-12, nor is the note as operatic, but like everything Mercedes makes, they feel like they’re as tough as an anvil (and twice as heavy); very similar to the V-12 Mercedes provided to the Luftwaffe to install in their Messerschmitt Bf 109.

Only without the Rheinmetall-Borsig cannon mounted between the cylinders.

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