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U.S. Leg Of F-Cell World Drive Reveals Poor Infrastructure

While the popularity electric vehicles has spurred the installation of charging stations to feed these EVs, manufacturers like Daimler feel the inadequate infrastructure support that the government and private sector are giving to alternative fuels like hydrogen. As the F-Cell World Drive planners have anticipated, there are very few hydrogen refueling stations across the continental U.S. and in the 35 refueling stops that the F-Cell cars will make in the U.S. leg, only one stop can be made at a public refueling station. The rest of the fillups will be from Linde tanker trucks strategically positioned along the route. Despite the favorable impressions and acceptance garnered from the public about… Continue Reading »


Mercedes Announces MOST Implementation In SLK And CLS

With the number of electronic devices in today’s automobiles, it’s only logical that a networking technology specifically designed and meeting Mercedes’ strict quality standards be implemented in the automaker’s high-performance sedans. In selecting SMSC’s Media Orientated Systems Transport (MOST) networking technology, Mercedes has cemented MOST as the standard network for infotainment systems used by Mercedes vehicles. The MOST system enables the integration of various infotainment systems such as DVD players, mobile phones, navigation systems and other digital-media devices. MOST sends and receives these signals to the sound processing units and video screens digitally and without static. Said Dr. Christian Thiel, Vice President and General Manager of SMSC Automotive Information Systems… Continue Reading »


Suspended View II Exhibit Opens In Surrery

One cannot but be reminded of the mobiles we see for babies when when faced with Mercedes’ Formula 1 car at the exhibit opened by Nick Fry, CEO of Mercedes GP Petronas. This is because the Forumula 1 car, all 3,200 parts of it, has been suspended in exploded view at the Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, UK. According to the official press release, “The display is a breathtaking work of art and brings a whole new perspective to literally everything that goes into creating a modern day Formula 1 car. This uniquely impressive work has enabled the chassis’ detailed systems and components to become visible, from the large bodywork items… Continue Reading »


Map Pilot Option For Mercedes Is Versatile Yet Expensive

At the Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has seen fit to introduce a premiere navigation system, combining easy updating and portabilty . Called the Map Pilot, the new system is the result of Mercedes’ promise of a user-friendly upgrade path for built-in navigation systems. In use, the system shows up in the central display panel and has the expected voice instruction over the speaker systems. Data for the system is contained in a compact, tethered navigation “brain,” which can be easily removed from its docking cradle to update map data or upload the latest applications and feature sets. The unit seamlessly connects to the vehicle’s onboard radio and fixed-screen electronics via… Continue Reading »


Vito E-Cell Heralds New Era For Commercial Electric Vehicles

In another first, Mercedes has delivered to a Spanish custormer 5 Vito E-Cell vans. With Basque Prime Minister López, Mercedes-Benz Vans Production Head, Dr Heinrich Weiss and Jose Luis Lopez-Schummer Trevino, President of Mercedes-Benz Spain, the presentation of the E-Cell Vito Vans were made to Augustine Markaide, President of the supermarket chain Eroski. After 100 of these vans were successfully used in Berlin and Stuttgart, the Vito E-Cell will prove its suitability for everyday applications in Spain. The Vito E-CELL is not a proof of concept vehicle. It is the first van of its kind to roll off the series-production line, just like any other Vito. With a payload of… Continue Reading »


Daimler And Toray Of Japan Set Up Carbon Fiber Parts Company

In a sign of the company’s cooperation strategy with other manufacturers, Daimler AG, in cooperation with Toray Industries of Japan have announced a joint venture effort in making automobile parts. It seems highly unusual for Daimler to partner with Toray, a textile manufacturer, in forming a company to make mercedes benz parts but this announcement is an offshoot of the alliance the two companies formed last spring to cooperate on the development of carbon fiber components. While carbon fiber reinforced plastics have drawn attention for their lightness and strength (which can achieve better fuel efficiency for vehicles), the laborious manufacturing process does not sit favorably with auto manufacturers who need… Continue Reading »


Mercedes Power Motivates New Baby Infiniti

The Mercedes-Benz – Renault-Nissan collaboration has resulted in the DE18LA engine being used for the upcoming baby Infiniti. The DE18LA is a turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four that produces around 200 horsepower. The new Infiniti is slated to be introduced at the Geneva motor show next month. In keeping with the Infiniti name, the car will be a small premium luxury three-door coupe, with styling cues borrowed from the Essence concept car. Industry sources revealed that the production model may be based on a Renault-Nissan platform that will be shared with the Megane. In turn, Mercedes will get to use Renault-Nissan’s small-capacity engines and electric systems. Nissan went to Mercedes-Benz… Continue Reading »


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