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Mercedes-Benz to lose talent in Atlanta HQ move, says CEO

It’s still a bit of time before Mercedes-Benz USA actually packs its bags from its current Montvale, NJ headquarters on to the greener pastures of Atlanta, but there’s already one harsh reality that the automaker has to face: the talent that will be lost because of the move. MB USA CEO Steve Cannon said that offers had already been made to Montvale personnel and that the company would be waiting for responses on who will be amicable to a relocation. It was not said how many of the 1,053 employees had been given offers, but Mr. Cannon did say that he expects only 40 percent of the employees would be moving to the… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes to unveil 2015 F1 car on February 1; could come with 2015-spec F1 power unit after all

While there has been speculation that Mercedes could simply use the superbly designed 2014 power unit for the first few races of the 2015 season and just upgrade it through the course of the season given the new rulings handed out by the FIA on engine development, new reports have surfaced that say those rumors are not true and that Mercedes is already hard at work to bring a fresh power unit by the first test at Jerez on February 1. The Jerez test will also be an opportunity to showcase the new car for 2015, the F1 W06 Hybrid. We will be seeing Nico Rosberg at the wheel on the… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes could start 2015 season with old power unit

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, that, plus the development of the something new could still be under way. That’s how things stand for the defending Formula One constructors champion Mercedes AMG Petronas, who is reportedly set to use its 2014 power unit through the first four races of the 2015 season. Engine suppliers Mercedes, Renault, and Ferrari were recently allowed by the FIA to conduct ongoing development for the power units throughout the 2015 season, allowing for up to a 48 percent change between last year’s designs to the final one for 2015. The percentage is based on ‘tokens’ assigned to specific parts within the power unit. It… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz keeps momentum going at Detroit Motor Show

What better transition from a record-breaking year to the next than by starting big at the first major auto show of the year? Mercedes-Benz made sure its presence was felt at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), otherwise known as the Detroit Motor Show, with the launch of the GLE Coupe along with some other models. In addition, the German automaker also made sure that the futuristic F 015 Luxury in Motion concept, that only days ago took center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, was present at the event to wow the crowds. With the global SUV market expected to continue growth in the next couple of… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz USA to move HQ to Atlanta

That explains why Mercedes-Benz USA execs had been mum about staying in its current Montvale, New Jersey headquarters. It turns out the automaker is indeed packing up its bags, this time confirming a move to new Atlanta, Georgia headquarters that will be done in phases starting this July. MBUSA is currently trying to borrow some $93 million in bonds so that it can start constructing a new HQ in Atlanta. This is part of an incentive package that could come with the relocation. Negotiations on a final incentive package between the company and the economic development authority of Fulton County is still in the preliminary rounds. We reported before the year ended that New Jersey officials… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe to be showcased in ‘Jurassic World’

One of the highly anticipated films of 2015 is Jurassic World, the fourth film in the series that started in 1993. In the latest installment, the main characters will be riding an all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, which offers off-road capabilities that fit the requirements of this sci-fi adventure flick. Mercedes-Benz is not new to the film series, as the M-Class was also launched through the second film in the series, 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Jurassic World will feature a specially made prototype of the GLE Coupe, and the release of the film will be timed well with vehicle’s market launch that’s slated for the middle of 2015. There will also be an appearance by a GLE… Continue Reading »

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UPS to upgrade to Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans

UPS will soon be adding the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to its fleet of delivery vans, an upgrade from the recently discontinued Mercedes-Benz Vario line of heavy commercial vans. To be more specific, UPS has ordered the new Sprinter 513 BlueTec model to replace the Vario. The 127 horsepower van is the result of development that was made together between Mercedes-Benz, UPS, and Spier the body manufacturer. This way, the parcel service gets a delivery van that can specifically fill its needs. First and foremost, this new Sprinter features a high loading capacity that’s perfect for delivery of packages handled by UPS on a daily basis. An enlarged passenger-side door should help the delivery guy load and unload packages faster…. Continue Reading »

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