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I-Spy: Computer-aided rendition of the future ML-Class

Moving forward doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to drop all your past achievements and start from scratch. Sometimes, you’ve got to take pieces of past, successful projects and use them to build new creations. That’s what Mercedes-Benz is set to do with the next generation of the ML-Class. This time, the company is looking into putting in elements from their up-and-coming GL-Class and future R-Class models, plus advancements in powertrain systems to please future power and emission requirements. By mid-2011, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV shall still be shrouded in mystery. There are, however, several spy shots of an advance prototype that shows a leaner form, albeit having the same… Continue Reading »

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SLV out, lighter, more efficient SLM in

You already heard of the rumors that Mercedes-Benz is planning on building a smaller version of the SLS. That supposed spin-off would have been called the SLV, sharing the front-engine layout of the Gullwing. But the company decided to forgo that project for something a lot more, shall we say, promising. Mercedes-Benz is still going to work on an SLS derivative, but this time round they’re going to call it the SLM. The M stands for mid-engine. Oh, so NOW you’re listening. Who would have thought Mercedes-Benz would decide to veer away from the SLS platform and boldly go where so many others have (not?) gone before. Well, at least… Continue Reading »

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The ultimate go anywhere vehicle: The LAPV 6.X Concept

EADS, a military technology supplier, has just unveiled its partnership project with Mercedes-Benz. Dubbed as the 6.X Concept, it is Mercedes-Benz’s next in line G-Wagon Light Armored Patrol Vehicle. Based on the LAPV 5.4, its designed to have less weight at the benefit of having improved protection plus an increased payload carrying capacity. The 6.X Concept’s high torque common rail diesel engine will be able to hurl it up to 150km/h while transporting up to 1.3 tons of payload. Protection comes in the form of an armor plate system that enables damaged plates to be dropped off in an instant and be replaced with new or spare plates. The system… Continue Reading »

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Artist draws up Mercedes-Benz of the future

What do you think cars will look like forty years from now? Well, here’s a rendition by artist Felipe Palermo. Apparently, his view of the future isn’t that farfetched, except his design looks like a boat on wheels. What’s funny about this design is it doesn’t seem to have glass windows. Are people of the future supposed to be breathing polluted air? If so, then this design takes its roots from convertibles. But if you look really close at the body and the wheel layout, you’ll notice that it resembles somewhat a Formula One racecar. So apparently Palermo also had performance in mind. Another part of the design that’s quite… Continue Reading »

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Why Mercedes-Benz used the term Shooting “Break” and not “Brake”?

The term “Shooting Break” is the name for its latest concept vehicle. “Break, or the homonym Brake, was the name once given to carriages used to ‘break’ in wild horses and also to restrict (or ‘brake’) their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses. Since the carts could easily be broken as part of this process, people tended not to use ones which they may have urgently needed for other purposes. Where necessary, ‘Brakes’ were often fitted out with variable bodies, which were only really used to carry along anything that may have been necessary for the hunt, for example. Any such vehicle… Continue Reading »

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Official: Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Break Concept Car

Mercedes-Benz may have caught everyone off guard with this gem. It’s codenamed the X218 CLS Shooting Break (yes break instead of brake like we usually see with concepts) and will be shown off at the Beijing Motor Show along with the next-gen CLS (codename C218). Since this does seem to be an almost production ready vehicle, we can assume that the next-gen CLS will look very close if not exactly the same as this Shooting Break concept, especially in the front. Just like the original CLS was a ground breaking re-invention of the typical 4-door seden, the 4-door Shooting Break concept wants to re-invent the wagon or estate category. As… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS – Battery-powered electric drive plus range extender

The near-series Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS electric car combines environment-friendly electric mobility in the city with unrestricted suitability for long-distance driving. This is made possible by the combination of the battery-electric drive with a combustion engine. The range extender gives the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS a total range of up to 600 kilometers, with 100 kilometers thereof solely under electric power and thus free of local emissions.

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