A spy video of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Speedster has just surfaced on the interweb showing that the rumors of a chop top and windshield-less SLR speedster are true. It is reported that the Speedster will weigh 200kg less than the current SLR, mainly because it will be missing the top half of the car, but also because air conditioning will not be necessary in this car. Its top speed is rumored at around 218mph and it can go from 0-300km/h (180mph) in 26 seconds; only 75 are going to be produced and will cost more than a $1 million.
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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.
The R&D department at Mercedes-Benz is filled with bright minds who are shaping the automotive future on a daily basis. This new system by Mercedes proves my point. The PreScan system scans and detect the road ahead and adjusts the suspenion and chassis to provide a compfortable ride to the driver and passangers. Take a look.
The guys at InsideLine have gotten their hands on some very cool video of the so called SLC AMG being tested and prepped at Nürburgring. The SLC, not the official name, is rumored to be the replacement for the current SLR. While getting rid of the SLR name would be idiotic, the fact that AMG and HWA (racing wing of Mercedes) will be buidling this new monster might be an indication that everything will be overhauled. HWA will probably work on the body and suspension, and AMG will concentrate on what they do the best – the engine. It’s rumored that the SLC will boast an impressive 700 hp with… Continue Reading »
Daimler AG today reported sales for the Mercedes-Benz Cars division (Mercedes-Benz and smart combined this time) of 22,121 units in the U.S. for June 2008, which is a 12.9% increase over the same period last year. Yesterday’s post was referring only to the Mercedes-Benz company and didn’t include the smart brand, which is why today’s sales numbers look much better. We apologize if that caused any confusion.
Daimler AG said today, that U.S. sales of Mercedes-Benz totaled 19,576 units in June, down 0.1% from the same month last year. They also said that they sold 2,545 smart cars in past month, which seems pretty low, but you’ll have to take into account the waiting list of anywhere between 9 months and 1 year. Talk about demand. Year-to-date, U.S. sales of Mercedes-Benz are up 0.9% at 119,279.
The return of Mercedes-Benz to its reputation for quality appears to be gathering pace. After the recent successes in the JD Power ratings, a poll for ‘Which?’ magazine in the UK produced great results for the E-Class and C-Class. ‘Which?’ magazine is the UK equivalent of US magazine, ‘Consumer Reports’. Unfortunately the actual report is subscription only, but Mercedes-Benz UK summarized the findings. The official press release is after the break.