Rainer Schmückle, Chief Operating Officer of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Minister for National Development and Economy, signed the cooperation agreement for the construction of a new Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskem©t in presence of Ferenc Gyurcsà¡ny, Prime Minister of Hungary, and Dr. Gà¡bor Zombor, the Mayor of the city of Kecskem©t. Mercedes-Benz is building the plant in order to create additional production capacity in the compact car segment, where the model range will be expanded from two to four vehicles. The plant contributes to the profitability of the product portfolio extension. . In association with the plant in Rastatt, two vehicles from the next generation of today’s A and… Continue Reading »
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According to Autocar, Mercedes is working on a small crossover called the BLK, which will be part of the new A and B-Class range. It’s being prepped for a possible late 2011 launch and should compete directly with the future BMW X1 and Land Rover LRX in the small SUV segment. Sources report that the BLK will receive four-wheel drive and possibly even a FWD eco version. The eco version might just be a micro-hybrid, if they opt out for a direct hybrid. The micro-hybrid has start/stop technology to improve fuel consumption when the car is not moving. A range of four-cylinder direct-injection petrol and diesel engines are being lined… Continue Reading »
Sales of the S-Class fell 23% for the first 6 months, and will probably continue falling as gas prices take a toll on Mercedes-Benz and its sales numbers. To combat the decrease in sales, Mercedes may be looking into increasing prices, as if prices weren’t high enough right now. Dieter Zetsche said “we will continue to go fro pricing and lose some volume rather than see our contributions deteriorate.” Their long term strategy is to finally bring the next-gen A and B-Class vehicles to the States. Zetsche stated “As we have previously reported, the return of a four-cylinder C-Class is also a possibility.” The next couple of years will definitely… Continue Reading »
German car magazine ‘AutoZeitung’ is reporting that Mercedes may be working on something that is a cross between the B-Class and the magnificent CLS. While such an offspring is somewhat absurd, the magazine has posted an shopped illustration of the what it my look like. Beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder, but to us, the so called CLA may have potential. Like they stated, it does have those CLS lines, but it seems like it is a MPV vehicle as well. via CarScoop
Just last week, we reported on Daimler’s intentions to expend its compact vehicle product line-up to four instead of today’s two vehicles (A and B-Class); the four vehicles will be: off-road, cabrio, coupe and mini-van. Today, Mercedes is confirming the rumored intentions and has released details on where the models will be built. An Investment of 600 Million Euro in the Rastatt plant will secure the long-term capacity utilization of the plant. In order to access new markets and create additional production capacities, Mercedes-Benz has also decided to built a new plant in Kecskem©t, Hungary.
German newspaper ‘Frankfurt Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’ is reporting that Daimler AG will stop the production of the current Mercedes brand A- and B-class models. They are claiming that Mercedes will replace the vehicles with a whole new model family. Instead of the two models, there will be four vehicles: off-road, cabrio, coupe and mini-van. “We are working on a complete new concept for a successor for the A- and B-class models,” the report cites executive board sources as saying. This is definitely making now sense whatsoever. They just introduced new-generations of the both models, and now they are thinking of dishing both models, just to replace them with four vehicles. What… Continue Reading »
A day after my encounter with a B-Class in the States, Mercedes is introducing a new generation of the B-Class. After three successful years, Mercedes has overhauled the design and engineering of the B-Class. The facelift program focused on environmental compatibility, economic efficiency and comfort, with further advances being made in each of these areas. Thanks to a series of detailed improvements, the four-cylinder engines now burn up to 7% less fuel than previously, and distinguish themselves with remarkably low exhaust emissions that undercut the current EU limits by as much as 90%. Mercedes-Benz has developed a new ECO start/stop function for the high-volume B 150 and B 170 models…. Continue Reading »