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10,000th Sprinter Classic rolls of Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Russia

Since starting production of the Sprinter Classic in September of 2013, the Mercedes-Benz Vans / GAZ plant in Nischni Nowgorod, Russia has now produced a total of 10,000 units of the company’s strong-performing multi-purpose van. The milestone comes off the heels of a record 6,600 units ssold in the country by Mercedes-Benz, cementing the Sprinter Classic’s status as the most popular Mercedes-Benz van in Russia and showing just how key the model line is for the company’s success in the country. Mercedes-Benz Vans Russia chief Soeren Haese cited each Sprinter Classic produced by the plant as a testament to the kind of quality the Mercedes-Benz brand represents. In addition, he noted that the… Continue Reading »

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Over 8 million Mercedes-Benz C-Class units sold since 1982

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class occupies a sweet spot in the German automaker’s product portfolio, and this is cemented by the fact that there have been over 8 million C-Class Estate and Saloon units sold since it was introduced back in 1982. That’s consistent top performance over five generations of the model line. For the current generation alone, which started in 2014, there have already been more than 250,000 units sold. “With the all-new C-Class, launched last year, we continue a success story that spans more than 30 years, with no end in sight,” said Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales head Ola Kallenius. He pointed out the ‘tremendous appeal’ of the C-Class as… Continue Reading »

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F1: Rosberg upsets Hamilton to win 2015 Monaco GP

Nico Rosberg claimed his third-straight Monaco Grand Prix victory, after a questionable decision to pit Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s car when the safety car went out caused the latter to re-enter the race in third, putting the Briton’s dominating weekend to waste. This marks the second consecutive race win for Rosberg, while the team is now six out of six when it comes to getting both drivers to finish on the podium. Hamilton had once again built up a considerable gap from out in front, at least for a good first 64 laps until Max Verstappen’s accident prompted the safety car to come out. It was then that the decision was… Continue Reading »

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Rosberg wins 2015 Spanish GP at head of Mercedes one-two

Nico Rosberg finally got the kind of start that he wanted and rode it all the way to victory at the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix, where the Mercedes driver helped lead his team to another one-two finish, but this time, the German driver managed to get ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. With the win, Rosberg has now cut some of his teammate’s lead in the drivers’ standings, now just at 20 points (91 to 111). Hamilton immediately went over to Rosberg to hug and congratulate his teammate after the race was done. “It was a perfect weekend – being on pole and winning the race,” said Rosberg, whose last win came at the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler achieves record sales in Q1 2015

Daimler AG continues to roll, having achieved record sales, revenue, and EBIT during the first quarter of 2015, propelled of course by Mercedes-Benz Cars. This is thanks in large part to unit sales growing by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2014, contributing to a 16 percent growth in revenue to some €34 billion (around $37 billion). Mercedes-Benz Cars unit sales in Q1 grew 18 percent, with a nice round total of 459,700. In terms of unit sales, Q1 2015 now holds the record for best quarter in Mercedes history. Breaking down the figure, we see that the UK sales grew 17 percent, making it the main mover… Continue Reading »

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F1: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix; Rosberg takes third place

Lewis Hamilton continues to dominate the 2015 Formula One season, taking his third race win in the first four races after cruising to victory at the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was on pace to give the team a one-two finish, but lost P2 with one lap to go after a mistake that led to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen taking second place. Raikkonen drove with great pace late in the race. In lap 56, Rosberg ran wide and Raikkonen took advantage to take P2 for another great finish by the Ferrari team. By the time the Ferrari driver reached the chequered flag, he was only some 3.3 seconds behind Hamilton. “The Ferraris… Continue Reading »

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F1: Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Bahrain; Ferrari strong in qualifying

At the qualifying session for the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was able to achieve another pole position while fending off the Ferrari drivers as well as his own Mercedes teammate. Hamilton posted 1:32.571 in Q3 to beat out Sebastian Vettel, who had a time of 1:32.982 for P2. Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg (Q3 1:33.129) will start in the second row at P3 ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen (1:33.227). The third row is all Williams, with Valtteri Bottas in P5 and Felipe Massa in P6. Rosberg says he knew what he did wrong, which was thinking too far ahead on to the race by trying to save his tyres. “I took it easy in… Continue Reading »

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