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Formula 1: 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in second place. After 53 laps with intermittent rain and changeable track conditions, Heikki came home 12.5sec behind maiden winner Sebastian Vettel in his Toro Rosso. Lewis Hamilton who had started 15th made his way up through the field to second and eventually finished seventh. The team had planned a one-stop strategy for him; however, on a drying track Lewis had to change to intermediate tyres and came in a second time. After 14 out of 18 races, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes lies second in the Constructors’ Championship with 129 points behind Ferrari with 134 points. Lewis leads… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz to release C-Class convertible – the CLR

Autobild is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is working on releasing a C-Class convertible, named the CLR, in early 2010 with a brand-new 4 cylinder engine. The entirely new convertible won’t be competing against the 3 series nor the A5, but will be positioned below them, just enough to leave room for the CLK. The price of the CLR will be somewhere around 35,000 euro. To keep the cost low, the undercarriage, axles, drive-train, front end, and both bumpers will be kept from the four door model. If the price is right and Mercedes can really market this car they way it has planned, then there is no reason why the CLR… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz to produce 20% hybrid vehicles by 2015

Klaus Maier, Mercedes-Benz head of sales, reported today in Stuttgart that every fifth Mercedes should have a Hybrid powertrain by the year 2015. He added that if the government doesn’t change the legal conditions, 20% is realistic. Many have dreamed that Mercedes will eliminate the use of fossil fuel in all their vehicles by 2015, but that of course was only wishful thinking, as they’ll need more time to adapt new technologies and bring it to the masses with an entirely new infrastructure (e.g. fueling stations) According to Auto-Motor-und-Sport, Mercedes has outlined a strategy to start releasing a Hybrid model each yeah, starting in 2009 to achieve their 20% goal…. Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz dropping the CLK and CL names

If our friends over at Auto-Motor-und-Sport have it right, then Mercedes-Benz will be changing its naming convention for convertibles and coupes in the near future. The CLK will be the first to go and be replaced by names such as E-Class Convertible and Coupe in 2009. It’s said that Mercedes will expend this strategy to the other models as well, so that at the end of 2009, the CL name will be gone and replaced by the S-Class Coupe. Now this of course may come as a shock to some people, but if we go back a decade, we will see that Mercedes actually used such names to describe their… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz ConceptFASCINATION coupé at the Paris Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will be showcasing a design study at the Pars Motor Show that underlines them as the world’s most desirable coupes maker. The new study design represents an exciting and intelligent combination of sporty and elegant design, that incorporates wood, aluminium and smoked glass to give it an exclusive look and feel. The luggage compartment incorporates a refrigerated compartment and a humidor as well as offering a large load space. These attributes embody the two objectives of ConceptFASCINATION – to provide a high level of practical usability and to create a coupe which appeals to the heart with fast, thrilling lines The ConceptFASCINATION is not only piratical and stylish, but… Continue Reading »

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Spy Shots: Mika Häkkinen testing the Mercedes E63 AMG

MotorAuthority has some exclusive shots of the former McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Mika Hà¤kkinen behind the wheel of the E63 AMG test vehicle. His co-pilot is the long time Mercedes-Benz test and race driver Klaus Ludwig. A few clues that give away the test mule as being the E63 is the rear bumper with quad tailpipes as well as the perforated brake discs with over-sized calipers. If you can’t wait til the speculated launch date in March at the Geneva Motor Show, then head over to MotorAuthority and check out the complete gallery of spy pix.

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition

Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a completely new diesel engine generation starting in the autumn of 2008. For its world premiere, Mercedes will unveil a C-Class model with this new four-cylinder engine. In the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition, this engine produces, with its 2.2 litres of displacement, 150 kW / 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The premiere model can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds, on the way to its top speed of 250 km/h. The Prime Edition only consumes an average of 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

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