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The Smart 454 WWT

Southern California’s brightest automotive design studios come together in an annual Design Challenge hosted by the Los Angeles Auto Show as they have done for the past seven years. This year, which happens from November 19 to 29, welcomes German and Japanese car manufacturers to the competition for the first time, to create design concepts of highly efficient and extremely lightweight sedan vehicles of the future. Their restriction—to keep weight below 1,000 pounds, while keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort. Of course, performance and styling demands must not be sacrificed either. First up on our three-part series is the Smart 454 WWT. ‘Weight Watch Technologies’ is what WWT stands… Continue Reading »

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Pickup concept unveiled at the 63rd IAA

Are you fond of trucks? What is it about pickups that gets the unwavering attachment of men? Is it the stout appearance or the reliability that comes with having a truck bed to haul whatever needs to be hauled? Well, consumer preferences aside, here’s something for all you truck lovers may (or may not) like—a pickup concept vehicle that was presented by Mercedes-Benz Technology at the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles event held in Hanover, Germany. Codenamed the ‘Reporter’, MBTech says that the concept is more than just a mere design study. It has got DualX E-Drive drive solution that makes the pickup capable of being plugged in to an electric… Continue Reading »

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Smart working on electric scooter concept

It’s not only sister company Mercedes-Benz that’s pondering on entering the motorcycle arena. Another one of Daimler AG’s brainchildren, Smart, is now working on a scooter concept. Hopefully, this idea will last longer than Smart’s short-lived Forfour. Smart, which was founded by Swatch’s Nicolas Hayek, figured that an electric scooter concept will be a viable addition to their electric vehicle lineup, specifically to the successful Fortwo. According to Smart, their aim to broaden both their clout on the electric vehicle market as well as boost their overall sales. So here we are, presenting what is Smart’s artist renderings of their latest idea, a purely electric scooter that should make a… Continue Reading »

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Insider Spy: The next CLS

Wondering what the next Mercedes-Benz CLS might look like? Well, here’s something to fuel your imagination. These images had been leaked out despite Stuttgart’s best efforts to keep you guys and gals scintillated with anticipation. It’s a four-door coupe that’s just waiting to be queued into the production line. As you can see, the next CLS will take a lot of design cues from the Shooting Break CLS concept, specifically the front grill and the more raunchy fascia. The sectioned style of the headlights have been retained from the current design, albeit they’re somewhat more slender and a lot more attention-grabbing. The LED arrays that are clearly visible makes you… Continue Reading »

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C-Class Shooting Break concept a possibility

Despite the financial crisis that plagued the automotive industry in 2009, car manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz haven’t given up from trying to reach more niche markets. Unlike other companies who are afraid that their attempt at tapping into a niche segment would simply draw popularity and thereby kill the main purpose of exclusivity, Mercedes-Benz has plans is to introduce a shooting brake concept, something the company has never tried but is boldly considering. News of this actually comes after fellow German rival BMW talked to the media about creating a shooting break model of their future 6 Series. It seems Mercedes-Benz wants to enter the fray instead of just passively… Continue Reading »

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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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