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First customer handover of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Today business owner Dieter Funke was personally presented with the keys to his new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet by Peter Schabert, Manager of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. He is the very first customer to take delivery of the two-door convertible with its classic fabric soft top at the Customer Center, immediately after the market launch. Dieter Funke decided in favor of an E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Cabriolet in palladium silver.

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Mercedes to roll out all-hybrid S-Class line in America in 2012

Sources close to Mercedes insiders say the new breed of S-Class cars will go totally hybrid in America come 2012. Additionally, it appears that the German carmaker won’t be offering any regular S-Class models in the US market after this hybrid debut. Although there are talks that Daimler’s board still needs to sign on to the plan, insiders say that it’s just a matter of time before they do because the growing demand for the S400 hybrid car among California’s green-thinking elite is a pretty convincing argument to going all-hybrid in America. The S400 hybrid, with its gasoline-electric flexibility, is the only green S-Class alternative in the US today. It… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Hands Over Last Hybrid Bus from Order for NY City Transit

Daimler Buses North America has delivered the last batch of buses to New York City Transit (NYCT) from an order for a total of 1,350 Orion diesel-electric hybrid transit buses. NYCT, the largest public transport operator in the U.S., moves some seven million passengers each day. The company currently operates a fleet of 1,679 hybrid buses, of which 1,675 are Orion VII diesel-electric hybrids from DBNA. This gives NYCT the world’s largest fleet of hybrid vehicles for local public transportation.

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smart starts international platform on the future of urban life

The smart fortwo is part of the roadscape of modern cities and plays a role in shaping their change. New technologies and environmental framework conditions influence the future of urban areas and the way we live in cities. The automobile brand smart is taking up this subject and inviting the exchange of ideas and dialogue on “The future of the city” in six European cities. A temporary exhibition platform is being set up – “smart urban stage” – where future-oriented projects will be exhibited. In the next twelve months the “smart urban stage” will visit the cities of Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Paris, Madrid and London.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio miniatures available from Mercedes dealers

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet was made available just a few days ago, March 27th. To tie in with the launch, the corresponding miniatures will also go on show at Mercedes dealerships on a scale of 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18. Just like with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG scale models, these will also be available at authorize Mercedes-Benz dealers. Does a black/alpaca gray interior provide the most attractive contrast to the iridium silver exterior? Or is stannite gray a better choice for the new Mercedes, combined with a mocha brown/almond beige interior? It’s not only customers buying a new car who are spoilt for choice when it comes to the E-Class… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Agrees to Bribery Charges, Pays $200 million

Last week, Daimler AG has been charged with violating U.S. bribery laws. According to the charges, the company executives have bribed foreign officials with millions of dollars and luxury cars in order to win business deals. The documents presented in the court further accuse Daimler AG of engaging “in a long-standing practice of paying bribes”. It states that bribes were being paid to win business deals in various countries including Russia, China, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq from 1998 to as recently as 2008. Report reveals that hundreds of third party accounts were used to transfer the illegal payments.  It is said that in February 2000, Daimler AG gave an unknown… Continue Reading »

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And the Winner is… KBB’s 2010 Brand Image Awards Announced

Different automotive awards focus on different vehicle aspects before deciding on the winners. But honest reviews come from the people and not from acclaimed auto critics. One of the most notable sources available is the Kelley Blue Book and to our luck they have recently announced their ‘2010 Brand Image Awards’. KBB chose the winners based on the results from the Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study. This study incorporates real time deciding factors and perceptions of over 12,000 new vehicle shoppers annually. Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and kbb.com said during the ceremony, “If you believe the marketing… Continue Reading »

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