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Maybach 57S-based Xenatec Coupe Revealed

A German engineering firm has presented to the public this £586,000 Maybach 57S-based Xenatec Coupe. Seen only in several official sketches in the past, the automobile has been manufactured for those who chooses to enjoy the Maybach experience from the driver’s seat. The Xenatec coupe, created with the approval of Daimler, will be limited to only 100 hand-built vehicles. Its foundation are similar as the 57S, as is its twin-turbocharged 6.0 V12 engine, but important modifications have been done to its bodywork, design and engineering. Its doors have been altered for convenient access for rear passengers, while the front and rear screens have also been redesigned to allow the coupe… Continue Reading »

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Comes Strong at Paris 2010

The 2012 Mercedes CLS is the second act of the vehicle that formulated both the market segment and the grammatical quandary known as the “four-door coupe.” Made more audacious this time, the automobile boasts of a brand new upright grille. The latest sedan is also much lighter, having aluminum doors that make it 52 pounds less heavy along with an aluminum hood, front fenders, trunk lid and parcel shelf. With regards to its engine, there will be four available. First is a two 3.5 liter V6 engines in Europe, another is a 265 HP diesel engine and a 306 HP gas V6 with standard start/stop. Next is a 2.5 liter… Continue Reading »

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The VATH Mercedes E 350 CDI

The people behind VATH Automobitechnik, an exclusive Mercedes tuner in Germany, have presented their newest project, the VATH V35 E-Class, which is patterned after the Mercedes-Benz E 350 CDI model. The tuners have not only modified the power output of the engine, but they also came up with a line of aerodynamic features for the ultimate package. Firstly, the engine has been tweaked with a latest software, boosting the power output of the VATH Mercedes E 350 CDI to 267 HP and 595 Nm of torque. This advancement will have a price tag of around EUR1,179. But for an extra EUR1,118, the VATH Mercedes E 350 CDI can also include… Continue Reading »

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2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG: A Fusion of Elegance and Brawn

Changing the engine from a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 to a direct injection, twin-turbo 5.5 liter V8 has not really affected the powerful image of the Mercedes CL63 AMG. The regular version gets 544 HP and 590 pound-feet of torque. If the client chooses to get the AMG Performance Package, it would boost the numbers to 571 hp and 664 lb-ft. Although the car is powerful, that doesn’t come with a higher fuel price, either: at 22 accumulated miles per gallon with the aid of stop/start and the AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sport transmission, the new model is recorded to have a 25 percent increase in fuel economy in… Continue Reading »

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to be Featured in 2010 Paris Auto Show

Not having succeeded in thrilling the world in recent years, Daimler’s brand smart is attempting a different approach, one which just might raise the number of sales the company is aiming for. The smart has gone to Paris, where it will be showcased both in the usual internal combustion engine guise, but also with electric drive. The smart fortwo Electric Drive is propelled by a 30 kW magneto-electric motor equipped at the rear which gives a torque if 120 Nm at the first steering of the wheel. The unit boosts the small car to run from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds, similar to the petrol model. The car gets… Continue Reading »

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Smart Fortwo – Car2go Edition Set into Motion

car2go and smart have currently presented a new lineup of cars, a blue and white smart fortwo that will be manufactured at the smart plant in Hambach, Lorraine, as a fully-modified “car2go edition”. The car2go edition is adapted with the latest telematics hardware, a fresh control unit with touchscreen, and a solar roof produced solely for the smart. The latest technology is fully equipped into the car both visually and technically. With regards to the car key, which was formerly stored in the glove compartment, is now securely kept in the system’s latest control unit. Also included are slots up to a maximum of four chip cards. The telematic unit… Continue Reading »

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Car2go Program Reaches 10,000 Members

The car sharing program that was started by Daimler last May 2010 has attained 10,000 registered members in its first North American city – Austin, Texas. Based on the statement of Daimler, since the launch of car2go program, over 80,000 rentals have been recorded all over the greater downtown Austin area with average usage ranging from 30 and 60 minutes per rental. The customers vary in age from college students to retirees, with around 50 percent of them aged 18 to 35. Business clients include the City of Austin, LIVESTRONG, downtown real estate firm urbanspace, GSD&M and the State of Texas. car2go proposed a fleet of 200 smart fortwo automobiles… Continue Reading »

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