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Hamilton takes pole for Mercedes AMG Petronas at Malaysian GP

Heading into the Malaysian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was focused on one thing: get his title bid back on track, in order to put the disappointment of what happened at the Australian GP behind him. He was certainly in top form at the qualifying session, earning his 33rd overall pole position and second out of two races so far this 2014 F1 season. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who is sitting at the top of the standings after his win in Melbourne, qualified for the third position on the grid. Despite the variably wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit, the Mercedes cars — early favorites in this season of transition… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Vans Wraps Up Successful 2013 Business Year

Mercedes-Benz Vans just concluded a very successful 2013 business year, with the division growing earnings by 16 percent overall, up to €631 million (around $870 million). This was despite volatile and ever-changing conditions in the various markets all through last year. Sales grew 7 percent from 252,400 in 2012 to 270,000 in the previous business year. Revenue also went up by 3 percent, from €9.07 billion ($12.5 billion) to €9.37 billion (around $12.92 billion). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) went up by 16 percent as well. A big factor was double-digit growth rates in key areas like China, Latin America, and Russia. Sales in China went up by 44 percent, with a… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Wins Six Categories in 2014 Motor Klassik Award

In the 2014 edition of the Motor Klassik Award, Mercedes-Benz managed to get wins in a whopping six categories, showcasing the continued excellence of the brand in a variety of aspects. The Silver Arrows race cars, the 1934 W 25 and the 1954 W 196 R, took a double victory in the ‘Racing Cars’ and ‘Auction Cars’ categories. In the ‘Classics up to 1930′ category, the Mercedes-Benz SSK sports car bagged the victory, while the 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (pictured) took the win in the ‘Classics 1947 to 1961′ category. The G-Class won the ‘Off-roaders 2014′ race, and Mercedes-Benz’s Genuine replacement parts via Mercedes-Benz Classic rounded out the evening for… Continue Reading »

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F1: No need to replace Hamilton’s engine for Malaysian GP

The inaugural race of the 2014 Formula One season ended in a resounding victory for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team thanks to Nico Rosberg, but Lewis Hamilton had to shut off his engine prematurely to make it a bittersweet opener in Melbourne. There’s good news, however, as it’s been confirmed that the Brit doesn’t need a change of engine this early in the season. Under the new rules, each driver is only allocated five engines (or Power Units, to be more precise as that’s what the new engines are supposed to be called because we refer to the entire system comprised of the engine, turbo, and energy recovery system as one unit)… Continue Reading »

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Mexico venture in the works for Daimler and Nissan?

According to a Reuters report, Daimler, the parent company of automaker Mercedes-Benz, has signed a new pact with Nissan, which will involve the creation of a new joint venture in Mexico that will produce new vehicles for Mercedes and Nissan’s Infiniti brand. Sources have said that the deal at this point entails Nissan manufacturing the next-gen GLA at the company’s Aguascalientes facility, which is also set to produce new Infiniti models. This would extend the cooperation between the two automotive companies, as Mercedes-Benz already has an existing pact with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, with engines, plants, and automotive platforms and technologies being shared between the automakers. Of course, both of the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler accidentally leaks Google Projected Mode

When Internet companies’ upcoming products get leaked, it’s usually through tech blogs, insiders, or marketing ploys intended to drum up interest. This time, though, a job advertisement from a partner is the culprit, as Daimler, the parent company of German automaker Mercedes-Benz, unwittingly leaked Google’s “Projected Mode” via a job posting on its web site, which to our knowledge has since been amended. There really isn’t much that can be learned about this new Google software or technology, especially coming from a vague passage within a job ad. Still, it’s probably going to have to do with telematics. The timing is quite interesting, as Apple is set to unveil its… Continue Reading »

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Russian Winter Olympics medalists get rewarded with Mercedes-Benz vehicles

The recently concluded 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, saw the host country bag the overall crown on the strength of 33 medals: 13 gold medals, 11 silver, and nine bronze. Aside from getting cash, medal winners also received different Mercedes-Benz vehicles for their victories. Bronze medalists received GLK-Class units worth around $59,500, while silver medalists took home ML-Class vehicles worth around $99,500. Of course, gold medalists got the best prize: a GL-Class SUV worth upwards of $146,500. All in all, the country provided 45 total vehicles for the athletes responsible for winning 33 medals. That’s on top of the individual cash prizes also gifted to the medalists. Gold… Continue Reading »

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