Mercedes-Benz tried but couldn’t succeed and as a result, they are going alone. The Benz A and B Class cars didn’t sell as much as they would have wished for and high production costs was one of the main culprits for the lack in sales. Retail prices climbed due to increased production costs and Mercedes models came at a premium over its other competitors in the small car category. To bring down costs, Mercedes had talks with rivals BMW and Fiat for some sort of a partnership but apparently nothing worked out. So they now plan on tackling the problem all alone. Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche proposed this new plan… Continue Reading »
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While Mercedes’ ultra-exclusive SLR McLaren 722 GT track car has been making rounds in the motoring press for several weeks now, a few key questions remained unanswered – including “How much?” and “Where can I get one?” We can answer the “How much?” question rather easily (795,000 €, or about 1.2 million USD), it’s the “Where can I get one?” question that’s more interesting. As of Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT will be made available to the North American market exclusively through RENNtech, the Florida-based MB tuning house owned and operated by super-tuner Hartmut Feyhl, who also lists “technical director, AMG North America” on his… Continue Reading »
Here is a video that everyone can relate to, not just when buying a car, but when making other big-ticket decisions. This guy finally decided, after 14 years of service, to trade in his Nissan Pathfinder. Almost two months of research narrowed down his choices to the Audi A4 quattro, Mercedes-Benz C350 4MATIC and BMW 328xi Sedan. He could have just visited this site to get all the fantastic C350 reviews and comparison test and save himself some time. It is nice that he actually took all three cars for a test drive and compared them not only on the looks and specs, but the performance. Watch the video to… Continue Reading »
The endless rivalry and feud between Mercedes and BMW continues, as they both are about to release one of their most anticipated and popular vehicles – the C63 AMG and M3. German TV channel, DSF, took both cars out on the road to see if Mercedes is able to beat BMW with their latest AMG version of the C-class. While Mercedes has been working endlessly on a M3 killer, BMW is not just standing around and waiting for Mercedes; their new M3 is a 66,000 Euro beast, which continues the heritage with brilliant steering and driving pleasure. It is unfortunate that the video is in German, but I am sure… Continue Reading »
Daimler Buses North America has received orders totaling 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from some of North America’s largest transit authorities. MTA New York City Transit has ordered 850 and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) 202 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses. These buses will be powered by BAE Systems’ HybriÂDrive diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and delivered into 2010.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has officially released the name of its new driver; it is no other than Heikki Kovalainen. There have been numerous rumors out there on who will replace Fernando Alonso. Adrian Sutil and Nico Rosberg had been rumored, but Heikki definitely seems like a good choice. “We had a number of options open to us and as always we want to make sure that we have the most competitive driver line-up and I think that Lewis and Heikki will be a formidable combination,” said Martin Whitmarsh. “Both enjoyed great rookie seasons in 2007 and share a genuine passion for winning and being the best. Heikki made a strong… Continue Reading »
The highlight at this year’s “Busworld” trade fair show in Kortrijk, Belgium, was the premiere of the new TopClass 400 with its now even more attractive look. Because even though the brand has every reason to be proud of the high sales figures achieved, the positive customer feedback and the numerous international distinctions received, Setra continues to be committed to constantly enhancing quality, engineering, safety and comfort. Development engineers and designers, in close cooperation with Production and Sales, have incorporated a host of technical solutions and further developments in all types of the TopClass 400 touring coach generation. The only exceptions to this are the special models, such as for… Continue Reading »