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Are Mercedes Diesel Cars Getting Phased Out?

With car makers gradually shifting their focus on hybrid and electric vehicles, major markets having tight regulations on diesel as well as emission scandals shaking the automotive world, is Mercedes-Benz finally giving up on its diesel cars? Last February, Daimler warned about a fall in demand for diesel cars. Therefore, the parent of Mercedes urged their suppliers to shift their focus on helping them in their electrification efforts. However, in an interview of Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche with Autocar, he indicated that Mercedes is not yet ready to walk away from the production of diesel cars. He explained that consumer confidence in diesel engines remain high. That’s despite the ongoing… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes and BMW New Design Language: Less is More

Mercedes and BMW are rivals when it comes to the premium car segment. However, if there’s one thing that they can agree on is in their belief that “less is more” when it comes to design. In the past, one of the key highlights of Mercedes and BMW cars are their well-defined body lines. These provide their vehicles with sharper look. Other automakers have also adopted these measures but it already reached a point where they tended to overdo it. Robert Lesnik, Mercedes’ head of exterior design, commented through Automotive News Europe, “If you look around at what others are doing, a lot are chocking their cars full of lines,… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes May Co-Develop the Next Nissan Z Car

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will be working together in the development a vehicle once more. The three-pointed star marque will be sharing the helm in the making of another Nissan Z car. Earlier, it was reported that Nissan was already giving up on its iconic sports coupe under the Z-series. Philippe Klein, the chief planning officer of the company, admitted during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show that interest in segment has been on a decline. He went on to discuss other alternatives for the auto such as the GTR and the Nismo, which we all know are not even in league with the Nissan Z cars. Fast-forward to the present, the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Warns a Fall in Demand for Diesel Cars But with Positive Outlook in Electric Vehicles

Daimler warned their suppliers of a fall in the demand for diesel cars. Now, the company is forcing them to help in electrifying the entire Mercedes-Benz range going to 2022. According to Reuters, Daimler released a statement on February 13 warning, “a fall in demand for diesel cars and a switch to electric vehicles could force it to prop up its supplier base.” Before going further though, it should be noted that the term “electrify” of Mercedes does not mean producing pure electric-powered vehicles only similar to Tesla’s strategy. The word may include units with hybrid setup and all-electric vehicles. The parent of Mercedes explained that they will require a… Continue Reading »

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New Mercedes Scandal: Did the Automaker Also Cheat Its Emission Ratings?

After the “Dieselgate” issue involving Volkswagen, a new report claimed that Mercedes-Benz also used software modifications to cheat its emission scores. The new Mercedes scandal was uncovered by U.S. investigators. According to Automotive News Europe, citing German paper Bild am Sonntag as a primary source, a new probe found that Mercedes uses an engine management function called “Slipguard”. What the software does is that it can detect if it the car fitted with it is being tested in a laboratory. Allegedly mentioned in confidential documents too was another function called “Bit 15”. The said system turns off emissions cleaning after 26 km of driving. The report warned that use of… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, BMW Dragged in Animal Cruelty Controversy

A Netflix documentary alleged that German luxury car makers, including Mercedes-Benz, used monkeys to test the effects of their diesel engines in relation to health. The three-pointed star marque recently released a statement to distance themselves from the controversy. The show Dirty Money revealed that monkeys were placed in gas chambers while watching cartoons as diesel fumes were being directed to their enclosure through a series of tubes. This happened in 2014 to prove that diesel engines were clean. Among the luxury car marker dragged on the issue were rivals Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes. The study was conducted by the¬†European Research Association for the Environment and Health in the Transport… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz is in the Top Spot of the US Market

Days away until the end of 2017, Mercedes-Benz is leading the premium car segment of the U.S. market, beating its rivals BMW, Audi and Lexus. According to Bloomberg, Mercedes is looking to close the year as the number one luxury car brand in the country. On its way to the month of December, the three-pointed star marque was already ahead of its rival BMW by 30,000 vehicles. That’s about a month’s worth of deliveries. It should be noted though that automakers are yet to produce their official report for the month of December on January 3. The chart below illustrates the sales of the top premium brands in the U.S…. Continue Reading »

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