Diesel SUV sales are driving Mercedes-Benz sales in Canada. Gasoline powered sedans are also flying off the forecourts, but it is the diesel SUVs that are helping Benz to capture sales from European and Japanese rivals such as BMW and Lexus. Neither of these competitors offer any diesel models, and gas-guzzling SUVs are currently about as popular as a mosquito in your camping tent. Mercedes-Benz Canada reached the half-way point of 2008 by beating the best first half ever, the best second quarter ever, and the best June ever. As their rivals falter, the three-pointed star continues to surge ahead. Press release in full after the break.
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Mercedes Benz has finally won approval to license BlueTEC SUVs in all 50 states. They will shortly start selling the ML 320, R 320, and GL 320 BlueTEC in all US states, and feature the worlds cleanest diesel technology available. The vehicles, which will first be available in the US, will comply with the extremely strict requirements of the American Bin 5 and ULEV emission standards. This will make Mercedes-Benz the first manufacturer to be able to license diesel SUVs in all 50 US states. The public is still not aware on how this technology works, so we’ll try to explain. The second BlueTEC version, used in the new GL… Continue Reading »
Mercedes Benz will be releasing three SUVs with a new clean burning diesel engine that should not only increase fuel mileage, but also reduce environmental pollution. The R320, ML 320, and GL 320 will all be powered by a BlutTEC V6 diesel engines and be equipped with AdBlue injection, which had been previously tested in Mercedes’ trucks and buses. The new SUVs will not only be able to pass the stringent Bin 5 test, but also the future EU 6 standards. The SUVs itself have been upgraded with more standard equipment, comfort and of course even more safety options. More detail after the break
The infamous R-class from the Mercedes stable received a massive blow last week when a top Mercedes official admitted that the car didn’t live up to their original plan. But Mercedes didn’t spend much time mourning and is planning a replacement already, with the hope of topping the popularity charts. Low car sales would probably motivate the new R-class to a be more aggressive wagon and quite different from the current one. The only question remaining is whether it would be able to drive its way into the hearts and garages of customers especially with tough competition coming from BMW X6 crossover.
For the third year running, readers of the magazine “Auto Zeitung” have voted the Mercedes-Benz R-Class the best van and once again awarded it the coveted “Auto Trophy”. First place as best car in the luxury class was also taken by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Yesterday the awards were received in Berlin by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and the Executive Board member for Research and Development, Dr. Thomas Weber, in the presence of major personalities from the media, society, politics and business.
It seems that Mercedes is finally listening to their customers and taking appropriate steps to increase the sales of their R-Class. Next year, the cheapest R-Class you can get will be the 268hp R350, which has a V6 no AWD and cost you about $43,000. Originally, the cheapest R350 started at around $48,000. Other R models will retain standard AWD. In the past, spotting a 500 HP AMG R63 has been difficult, probably due to its $80,000 price tag. Spotting one now will be even harder. All 2008 R-Class models will get the body cladding of the 2007 AMG (pictured above) and 18″ wheels, but not the performance mods. No… Continue Reading »
Even greater interior adaptability, two wheelbase lengths, rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive and new engine variants – the Mercedes-Benz R-Class now opens up even more possibilities, especially when it comes to seating arrangements. The line-up, which includes the familiar configurations with up to six individual seats, has been augmented to include a five-seat version and a seven-seat variant. Plus new, distinctive bodystyling at the front and rear end lends the SUV Tourer added appeal.