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Bulletproof Merc: Texas Armoring’s Armored S400 Hybrid

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, now comes Texas Armoring Corporation with its recently-released bulletproof Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan. It’s not only environment-friendly, but it can also withstand M16 and AK-47 rounds. Now that’s a custom Merc you don’t see everyday. TAC brought their flagship T6 lightweight high-power rifle protection line to the S400 Hybrid. The lightweight materials and technology used to outfit the sedan is said to be around 30 to 40 percent lighter than standard bulletproofing armor. This way, the hybrid sedan can still maintain most of its fuel efficiency and performance won’t be hampered by the extra protection. “Armoring hybrid and electric vehicles is the… Continue Reading »

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Lorinser retrofits the Smart Fortwo

If you’re used to driving a compact, then you’re probably surrendered to the fact that your car was built for economy and lightness, and it was designed to do as little harm to the environment possible. That is, if you’re secretly wishing for more power and drivability—something almost forbidden around the ecomodder circle. Well, here’s news for you. Lorinser has just proven that it’s not all engine displacement that serves as basis as to whether a car deserves to be pimped out or not. As long as your compact is cool, then they’re cool with it—as exemplified by their latest creation. Presenting Sportservice Lorinser’s Easybrid. It’s no more than a… Continue Reading »

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2011 CLS63 AMG to appear in LA

We know you’ve all been waiting to hear news about this. Well, here goes. Mercedes-Benz has just announced to the press that they are indeed going to bring out the CLS63 AMG sports sedan come November 19. Where else to witness it than at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show? This should pull in a hefty attendance. The company will also be announcing its plans to rollout its F-CELL car in the US, so you better be in LA this month. Nobody has yet seen what the 2011 CLS63 AMG would look like, so we can only expect eager visitors waiting in anticipation to catch first glimpses. Its forecasted powerplant… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Sets Its Goal On Going “Green”

During last week’s press conference by Mercedes-Benz at the Paris Auto Show, the German carmaker presented its CLS, which was the showcase of the event. During this time, Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes CEO and Annette Winkler, Smart Head, gave a thirty minute talk with regards to the consumer and environmental offerings of the company. But before rolling out the CLS, Mercedes first featured the Smart Ad Lib, Smart scooter, Smart bicycle, Mercedes A-Class E-Cell, and the 2.2 liter four cylinder diesel S-Class. Though there is no certain time limit on this project, it is guaranteed that if the company is going to compete with BMW and Audi in the emissions and… Continue Reading »

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Atego crowned king of trucks at IAA

Which is the International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicle’s Truck of the Year 2011? None other than the Mercedes-Benz Atego of course. This 12-ton heap of German engineering perfection bagged the most votes for it to win the prestigious award of being crowned the big daddy of all commercial vehicles. Around 23 automotive journalists from all over the world were on hand to witness the awarding ceremony and saw the Atego win in all its splendor. The Atego is an extremely versatile truck for both short and long-distance services. The series-built Atego 1222 EEV BlueTec Hybrid is even better. Apart from pioneering hybrid technology into commercial vehicles, it now offers… Continue Reading »

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Talks underway to share key hybrid technologies with Toyota

Everyone’s in a hurry to catch with the race towards environmental friendliness, and Mercedes-Benz is one them. But in the car manufacturing business, even the big time spenders need to get help from fellow business players—namely, in Mercedes-Benz’s case, Japanese car maker Toyota. Now, just hold your biased emotions and/or comments aside. Despite the public relations fiasco that Toyota has been suffering ever since news of unintended acceleration was first revealed, the JDM maker had to deal with the negative effects on their sale and really struggled to keep competitive. Now that the commotion has died down, the company is working hard to recover the reliable image that it has… Continue Reading »

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Citaro hybrid buses prove their worth in Stuttgart

Three Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid buses, with two more on their way at a later date, have been commissioned by Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) after successfully passing practical service trials as far back as December of last year. The Citaro earned a lot of good remarks from passengers that happened to stumble upon the three hybrids being tested for one whole week. Along the inner-city 42 route, the Citaro was able to demonstrate exceptional fuel economy, despite the infamous routes tricky topographic layout. On hand to receive the buses was SSB board member Wolfgang Arnold, alongside him Stuttgart provincial capital Mayor Wolfgang Schuster, as well as Daimler AG board… Continue Reading »

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