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Mercedes-Benz’s vision for commercial transport at the NEC

Those of you who will be attending the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC on the 12th and the 14th should check out Mercedes-Benz’s display showcasing their idea of the future of commercial transport. The company’s message is that “saving the planet need not cost the Earth,” clearly signifying its dedication to producing cleaner and more environmentally-friendly commercial vans and trucks for the future. To give you a taste of things to come at the show, the Vito E-CELL, the world’s first ever battery-powered van to be mass-produced in one of Mercedes-Benz’s mainstream manufacturing plants, will be up for display in two forms—completely built up from top to bottom and… Continue Reading »

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Detroit 2011: The automobile interior becomes a work of art

At the 2011 North American International Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz not only captures visitors’ attention with fascinating automobiles and technical innovations, but enthrals with an art object as well. Interior Design at Mercedes-Benz in Germany has created a sculpture that expresses visually that which inspires designers, and on the other hand gives space to the creative artistic process in the design of the vehicle interior. It makes an aesthetics of sustainability visible and is oriented towards the perfect forms of nature which evolved over periods spanning millions of years. Mercedes-Benz Aesthetics No. 2 sculpture is this idea made visible. It consciously defies the shackles of the limited context of ergonomics,… Continue Reading »

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BRABUS Unveils SLS Widestar at Essen Show

German tuner BRABUS dropped its latest Mercedes-Benz offering at the Essen Motor Show, showcasing the SLS AMG Widestar which is…well… wide. The emphasis is really on getting the SLS wider, and sometimes the tuned car appears too wide for comfort. It’s bound to get noticed by people, definitely. But whether they react positively to the car’s appearance is another matter. You do get a lot of BRABUS and Widestar embellishments on the exterior of the car. In terms of performance, there’s little improvement on top of the base model in this tuned version. Many were disappointed that BRABUS was only able to bump up the power by 10 horsepower. This… Continue Reading »

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Carlsson Super-GT C25 to Appear at Essen Motor Show

The Mercedes-Benz SL-based Super-GT C25 from German tuner Carlsson is set to wow onlookers once more as it takes the stage at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, which opens this 27th of November and lasts through December 5th. Carlsson is also set to showcase a C63 AMG-based vehicle called the CK63 RS, which is rated at a relatively modest 600 horsepower. The Carlsson C25 made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March, showcasing its undeniable good looks with custom livery, yet the Mercedes-Benz SL base still shows in the modified exterior. The vehicle sports a 6-liter twin turbo V12 engine rated at a whopping 753 horsepower along with… Continue Reading »

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2011 CLS63 AMG to appear in LA

We know you’ve all been waiting to hear news about this. Well, here goes. Mercedes-Benz has just announced to the press that they are indeed going to bring out the CLS63 AMG sports sedan come November 19. Where else to witness it than at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show? This should pull in a hefty attendance. The company will also be announcing its plans to rollout its F-CELL car in the US, so you better be in LA this month. Nobody has yet seen what the 2011 CLS63 AMG would look like, so we can only expect eager visitors waiting in anticipation to catch first glimpses. Its forecasted powerplant… Continue Reading »

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CLS Shooting Brake gets the green light

Hopefully, this is nothing like the Porsche Shooting Brake hoax that had a lot of people fooled from the very start. Mercedes-Benz has just official word of plans to build the CLS Shooting Brake by 2012. This promising model should go into production along with the rest of the company’s models in their plant in Sindelfingen. The CLS Shooting Brake concept was first revealed back at the Beijing Motor Show. So we should well expect production spy shots to start leaking around early next year. News travels fast in this business, as you’ve witnessed time and again. The company’s saying they’re going to be putting the sedan’s standard powerplant under… Continue Reading »

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SL65 AMG in full matte black glory at SEMA

You’ve all heard about the SL65 AMG Black Series. It’s no mere pretty object sitting on the street waiting for its matte black to be oogled upon by stares and wide open jaws. It’s got a lot of power resting under its hood, waiting to be unleashed by a fearless right foot. Take that entire package, slap on some ExtremeContact DW and Extreme Contact DWS tires, and you’ve got one hell of an exhibition car. Such is the sight that unraveled at the SEMA booth of Continental tires. This particular car had mean skirts and splitters to boot, and not to mention a good helping of carbon fiber trimmings all… Continue Reading »

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