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Wunderdiesel from Mercedes-Benz

What better way to mark the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birth than a brand new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz which outstrip all previous benchmarks for performance, torque, emission properties and, most notably, fuel economy in their segment? In its most powerful variant, the new four-cylinder unit musters up 150 kW/204 hp from its 2143 cubic centimetres, meaning that it delivers around 20 per cent more power than the engine it replaces. At the same time, peak torque has risen from 400 Nm to 500 Nm, equating to an increase of 25 per cent. Despite the 25 kW increase in output, the new four-cylinder diesel burns substantially… Continue Reading »

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Rumours: Mercedes-Benz to Invest in Aston Martin

Unconfirmed reports from well-placed sources in Germany suggest that Mercedes Benz is looking to buy a substantial stake in Aston Martin. Rumours of a potential tie-up between the two premium marques originally emerged from Kuwait in February. Adham Charonoglu, of Aston’s Kuwaiti majority shareholder DAR, suggested that Aston and Mercedes could collaborate on a range of ventures, from engine supply to entirely new models. It now seems that Mercedes-Benz is taking a much more serious interest. And there is a business link; the Kuwaiti Investment Authority hold a seven per cent stake in Daimler AG. Such a move could also help to secure Aston’s long-term future. A small company like… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz February Global Car Sales Report

German car maker Daimler AG said Tuesday that unit sales at it’s Mercedes-Benz Cars division totaled 96,600 vehicles in February 2008, an increase of 18% from the figure recorded for the same month last year, 82,000 units, setting a new benchmark. In addition, deliveries of Mercedes-Benz, AMG, smart, and Maybach brand vehicles over the first two months of the year rose 17% to the record level of 187,000 units, compared to 159,700 in the first two months of 2007. The Mercedes-Benz brand also set a record in February by posting a sales increase of 13% to 87,800 units worldwide compared to 78,000 in February 2007.

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Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG 40th Anniversary

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 40th birthday of its famous deluxe coupe, the CL class and for that occasion only 40 special Mercedes AMG vehicles were made. This special edition AMG Benz really does look the business which offers all the usual AMG upgrades, the Mercedes Benz CL 65 AMG special edition has a 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo engine with 612 BPH plus a paint finish that is not on any other production model car. The paint is called Alubeam, which is silver like paint which is made with pigment particles that measure just 30 to 50 nanometers, basically this paint looks like liquid metal. And yeah, you can buy this masterpiece for… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Car Group Posts Record Sales in First Nine Months of 2007

Sales of the Mercedes Car Group rose seven percent in September to the record level of 124,600 units (September 2006: 116,000). Deliveries of the brands Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart also increased to a record 942,300 units over the first three quarters of 2007 (January – September 2006: 934,200). A total of 114,100 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz were delivered to customers in September 2007, an increase of seven percent from September 2006 (106,500). The brand with the star also posted a new record for the first nine months of the year by delivering 872,700 units, up three percent from the same period last year (January – September 2006: 846,300).

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Mercedes-Benz USA September unit sales up 13 pct year-on-year

Mercedes-Benz USA reported its best September on record with sales of 22,459 new vehicles, an increase of 13 pct over last September. This company said this brings its year-to-date sales to 180,265, a 1.8 pct increase over the same period in 2006. During its first full month on the market, the company said sales of the new 2008 C- Class boosted the volume-leading model line by 42.8 pct. Other highlights for the month included a 14 pct jump in car sales, which was achieved in part by increases by not only the C-Class, but also the E-Class, up 21.4 pct, the CLK coupes and convertibles, up 29.5 pct, and the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s Mercedes Saved More Than a Seven Billion Euros

DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes Car Group, the world’s second-biggest maker of luxury vehicles, said it reduced costs by 7.1 billion euros ($10 billion) in the last three years as part of a program to boost profitability. “Our cost situation was not good when we began this program,” Rainer Schmueckle, chief operating officer of Mercedes, told journalists today at the company’s Stuttgart, Germany, headquarters. “We had quality problems. We needed to do something.” The CORE program, implemented by former Mercedes head Eckhard Cordes in 2005, was designed to improve productivity and reduce the complexity as well as the number of parts that were involved in building Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles. Chief Executive Officer… Continue Reading »

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