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Renntech and Mercedes Refresh Pikes Peak GLK350

Premier Mercedes-Benz tuner has once again put its radical GLK350 Pikes Peak Rally Car on the road. Initially redisplayed at the Pittsburgh International Auto show two weeks ago, the radical GLK will next stop at Milwaukee, then on to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Denver. Final stop will be at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum in Irvine, California. In its initial appearance in 2008, this GLK had a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 72-volt electric motor providing an additional 26kW to the SUV’s 3.5L V6 engine. There is no indication of a drivetrain upgrade but Renntech and 3M’s Commercial Graphics Division cooperated in refurbishing the GLK with 3M’s 1080… Continue Reading »

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Fuel Celled Cars To See Rapid Price Declines By 2015

Achieving a $50,000 price point for a fuel-celled sedan by 2015 is going to be difficult but doable. This was the statement given to Automotive News by Daimler’s e-drive and future mobility chief Herbert Kohler. With Toyota declaring its intention to launch a fuel-celled vehicle at such a price point in four years, Mercedes, a strong proponent of fuel-celled vehicles has no choice but to match this declaration. Kohler admits that “ By 2015, we think a fuel cell car will not cost more than a four-cylinder diesel hybrid that meets the Euro 6 emissions standard. By 2013-2014, we want to bring a four-digit-number of fuel cell vehicles to market”…. Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Spending Billions To Fast-Track Alternative Powertrain Development

Despite its luxury stature, it cannot be said that Mercedes-Benz is a ponderous company, and it is light on its feet when distinguishing trends that will be good for the company and its customers. A case in point is the company’s decision to bring to market 8 new diesel variants in the next few years. There is also the reported fast-track development of several hybrids for Mercedes’ primary markets. A news item in an industry publication reports that Mercedes-Benz is looking to introduce C-, E- and S-Class hybrid variants in the coming three years. Apart from recognizing the market potential of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, the move aims to… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz To Come Out With AMG Hybrids In The Near Future

Audi has their E-tron concept cars and BMW their ActiveHybrid. Porsche introduced the Cayenne Hybrid last year and the 918 RSR this year. There can be no doubt now that the green revolution has reached the domain of sports and luxury cars. Once the domain of cars like the Toyota Prius, vehicles with electric propulsion and alternative fuel technologies are now mass-market commodities that are gaining wide acceptance. Even Porsche tuner Ruf has joined the bandwagon with their eRuf 911. With Mercedes-Benz showing the neon-colored SLS AMG E-Cell at the North American International Automobile Show, the company has shown that it is seriously looking at this new technology and its… Continue Reading »

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2012 ML-Class Spotted in the Wild

The upcoming Mercedes Benz ML-Class has been spotted testing in the wild, and with it comes a lot of speculation for the SUV. It appears to be a cross between a G-Class and an R-Class, and the company has already said that the ML-Class will be focusing more on efficiency instead of performance. Due sometime in mid-2011, there are yet to be any concrete details leaked about the new car. All of the speculation has so far been based on the previous spy shots of the vehicle. There are even some reports that hint at an ML-Class powered by a hybrid diesel and electric power train. Of course, there’s the… Continue Reading »

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B-Class F-Cell Now Available For Lease

Orders for the 2011 B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle started to be accepted last month and Mercedes-Benz has now announced that the cost of leasing the hydrogen-powered car is at a steep $849 – monthly. The lease, which runs for a 3-year period, includes the cost of the hydrogen fuel (which is not exactly easy to find) and insurance. Only 70 cars will be available for lease in the greater Los Angeles region and the San Francisco Bay Area. Similar cars in various European countries and elsewhere will form part of a larger global fleet for these unique vehicles. Only a few private customers in the U.S. will get to lease these… Continue Reading »

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Lorinser retrofits the Smart Fortwo

If you’re used to driving a compact, then you’re probably surrendered to the fact that your car was built for economy and lightness, and it was designed to do as little harm to the environment possible. That is, if you’re secretly wishing for more power and drivability—something almost forbidden around the ecomodder circle. Well, here’s news for you. Lorinser has just proven that it’s not all engine displacement that serves as basis as to whether a car deserves to be pimped out or not. As long as your compact is cool, then they’re cool with it—as exemplified by their latest creation. Presenting Sportservice Lorinser’s Easybrid. It’s no more than a… Continue Reading »

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