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Merc’s New GPS-Based Cruise Control Touts Gear-Shifting and Fuel Efficiency

Predictive Powertrain Control—mark that down as the latest of new technologies Mercedes-Benz is bringing to its vehicles. This is found in the cruise control system offered with the Actros truck, and it has the ability to shift the gears on a vehicle based on the topography scanned by the GPS on the unit. This way, the truck—as well as other vehicles the system will be put inside in the future—can get the optimal gears depending on location, thus saving fuel in the process. According to numbers released by Mercedes-Benz, Predictive Powertrain Control has a claimed fuel efficiency boost of three percent. In addition, the system comes with something called EcoRoll… Continue Reading »

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Merc to Discuss mbrace2 Updates at Telematics Detroit

The mbrace2 platform represents the technological aptitude of Mercedes-Benz, bringing together various aspects of the driving experience such as infotainment, safety, and personal assistance in a single hub. With the second generation mbrace2 being available for many 2013 model-year Merc units starting from the launch of the SL-Class, now the automaker will be giving a keynote at the Telematics Detroit 2012. Mercedes-Benz USA Telematics Services Product Manager Robert Policano stated that the next-gen mbrace2 will give more “emphasis on smart and safe design.” He also said that government policy regarding this issue will also be tackled in the keynote. That’s because the government, both on the federal and state levels,… Continue Reading »

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Groundbreaking for Mercedes-Benz/Infiniti Tennessee Plant

We’ve known about the partnership between Daimler and Renault – Nissan for some time now, but it is only today that we get very concrete reminders of the cooperation that involves engine- and technology-sharing between the automakers—the two have just concluded the groundbreaking for a new engine-manufacturing plant in Decherd, Tennessee. While there have been no details as to exactly which engines will be produced in the Tennessee plant, it has been disclosed that these would likely be four-cylinder engines that would be accessible to both automakers, perhaps something similar to the 1.8-liter turbo used in the current C250. Of course, three-cylinders for use in Mercedes-Benz vehicles and 6-cylinders for… Continue Reading »

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Daimler and BMW join forces on EV project

Rivals can become the best of friends. At least, when trying to come up with a car project that will enrich the lives of millions. Too good to be true? You better believe it. Daimler AG and BMW are combining their valued resources into a project known as the Visio.M. It actually involves other major players as well, including the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research which is shelling out almost 11 million euros (or $14 million US greens), the Technical University of Munich and other big names in the technology and automotive industries. Don’t be misled – it’s not a super EV car dream project that they’re working… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Looking to Apply Magic Sky Control to Rest of Car

Many were wowed by the ‘Magic Sky Control’ self-tinting sunroof feature of the ever-innovative SL-Class, and now Mercedes-Benz wants to apply this same technology to the other window panels in its vehicles so that drivers and passengers can shade over their windows any time they need or want to. The basic principle behind Magic Sky Control is electricity frosting over the sunroof when a switch is hit, electronically making the transparent glass turn opaque. Many sources have already said that some officials from the automaker have confirmed working on applying this to side windows. There are many interesting applications that could be derived from the main automatic tinting function. For… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Introduces New Medium Duty Engines

Featuring a host of innovations in diesel engine technology, Mercedes’ new OM93X series of engines for medium-duty trucks was launched recently in Germany. According to Georg Weiberg, Head of Truck Product Engineering Daimler Trucks, “The new engines set new benchmarks in their class. They have been designed in uncompromising manner for environmental friendliness, economy and performance. As such, Mercedes-Benz is once again assuming the pioneering role in environmental protection.” These are not words to be taken lightly, as Mercedes has taken BlueEfficiency technology to commercial engine use, beginning with its pioneering compliance with the future Euro VI emissions standard. Euro VI will be mandatory in the EU from 2013/14 and… Continue Reading »

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AMG Says No Diesel Engines In Its Future

Many enthusiasts have been dismayed by BMW’s announcement of using diesel engines for its M-badged high-performance variants. Despite its successes in world endurance races as shown by Audi’s domineering diesel race cars, one cannot equate race-bred diesel engines and fuels with the more common everyday diesels found from econoboxes to big rig trucks. Economy, sure. High performance? Not at this point. So it’s with a sigh of relief when we hear from AMG head Ola Källenius that diesels aren’t a consideration for Mercedes’ high performance cars. Staying committed to gasoline-powered drivetrains, Källenius went on to say that diesel engines can only compromise AMG’s lineup. Adding that petrol engines have the… Continue Reading »

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