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Interesting New Car-Sharing Feature from Mercedes-Benz

Alternate means of transportation have been rapidly growing in the last couple years. Uber and Lyft, the ridesharing services have exploded in popularity and have almost wiped out traditional taxi services in many locations. Mercedes’ Croove service might be the revolution that kills traditional car rental services as it is intended to connect renters directly with vehicle owners to rent directly. Croove allows users to enter in parameters about what make, model and luxury features they require in their rental car and will return a list of available options for the renter’s timeframe needed.

The clever app can help people get a taste of what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Mercedes, but surprisingly the service is not a Mercedes exclusive, instead Daimler has set out to have any car available on the service so long as it is in good condition and is no more than 15 years of age. That last limitation can be a bit of a bummer for anyone who would want to rent a classic for their trip to Italy – but it makes sense as far as difficulty of insurance goes.

So despite the decision to have their service allow for any manufacturer’s cars to go up into the rental program, it seems Mercedes has found out a clever means of making a profit here that will benefit them more than most over auto companies.

Croove will not only get new drivers behind the wheels of Mercedes, enjoying that posh interior or smoothest ride possible suspension offering the perfect carriage for their business trip or vacation. That is definitely a beneficial marketing move – but even more than that, the new Croove service could offer prospective Mercedes buyers a means to actually afford their payments on that new luxury coup they’ve been eyeing as they can rent out their new Mercedes every once and awhile and take the bite off their payments giving access to luxury cars to income brackets who’d never think of them before.

 

It’s become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of those models. Mercedes-Benz has begun its own car-share service that adopts that approach – Croove, a platform that has now launched as a pilot in Munich, Germany.

Croove is pure peer-to-peer car rental model, where renters use an app to make choices about what model, trim level and other options they’re looking for in a car. The app will poll its database of registered vehicle owners in the area and find out what’s available for the time and duration need by the renter, and connect the dots.  Continue Reading

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German Automakers Team Up for Better Parking Situation

The three titans of German auto production have teamed up so that their cars will take data from GPS and cameras to identify traffic conditions and open parking spaces to guide their users on the best route possible.

While this announcement might sound minor, in urban areas where congestion can get fierce, this feature can save you a massive amount of frustration. Click here, and see what else you can do to make your ride more enjoyable.

 

Think of Waze, the community traffic mapping service owned by Google, but without the smartphone.

Mapping firm Here, recently bought from Nokia by a group of German automakers, announced yesterday, at the Paris Motor Show, the launch of a project aimed at sourcing data generated by sensors deeply embedded within a car and sharing them with other vehicles to help drivers gain a better understanding of traffic conditions.

A forward-facing camera on the cars will detect traffic sign information (including speed limits), accidents, road closures and unexpected traffic events. Other sensors will record the speed, direction and location of a vehicle, the weather conditions and hard braking, as denoted by sharp deceleration. Continue Reading

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For Those Who Want Superior Protection with Their Benz

The Mercedes-Benz “Pullman” cars have a long history of getting important people to where they need to be.

But now the Mercedes Maybach s600 Pullman brings out luxury and protection from bullets and explosions to a level that anyone could rest easy and enjoy the ride while inside this amazing Benz interior.

 

Mercedes-Benz “Pullman” cars have a long, distinguished history of chauffeuring dignitaries and VIPs, the type of folks that generally require a little extra protection.

Now marketed under the Mercedes-Maybach brand, the newest S600 Pullman is getting the armored upgrade it needs to fully serve its clientele and ferry them to safety through bullet fire and explosions.

Built with a similar protection suite to the one that fortifies the S600 Guard, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard has been designed to maintain the same spacious interior dimensions as the regular Pullman, only with a bit more muscle surrounding that limousine cabin. Continue Reading

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Benz Fans Like the Idea of Self-Driving Cars

The German auto maker has slowly rolled out more semi-autonomous features over the years getting their drivers accustomed to the advantages of automated systems as an aid to their driving experience, and polls show now that among all car owners, Mercedes owners are the ones most interested in purchasing fully automated vehicles

in the future. With the focus taken away from handling the driving aspects of the car, it can be expected in the near future that Mercedes owners will care more about lush interiors while they enjoy their fully automated experience.

 

If you drive a Mercedes-Benz or an Infiniti luxury vehicle, you’re probably more willing than most drivers to give up the wheel to a robot, according to a MaritzCX survey.

About 27 percent of owners of Daimler AG’s Mercedes and Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti say they are “very interested” in buying a fully self-driving auto when those become available, according to the software and research firm’s survey completed in August. Owners of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Jeep sport utility vehicles and Ram pickups were the least interested, MaritzCX said.

“The luxury-vehicle owners are more willing to accept this technology because they believe safety would be much better in these types of vehicles,” said Shawn St. Clair, the survey author and global syndication director at MaritzCX. Continue Reading

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F 015 an Automated Massage Car – Yes, Please!

While some people might perk up to anything advertised with Time Machine paired together, Mercedes is marketing their upcoming smarter cars as a means of spending more quality time doing what you need to do while our cars just get more and more autonomous.

In the meantime, make your current Mercedes Benz interior as comfortable as possible – it might not massage you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unpleasant.

 

I was quietly hoping Mercedes had an automotive breakthrough of a temporal nature.

After all, the Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes parent Daimler, was at the IFA 2016 trade show in Berlin to talk about the car as a quality time machine. Unfortunately, the focus was more about a quality time machine.

Zetsche does make the argument that technology will help you wrest back valuable time lost from driving, sitting in traffic and finding parking — especially once self-driving cars become a reality. But that’s not really the same.

Mercedes is just one of many automakers and tech companies working on cars smart enough to drive without any human control. Continue Reading

 

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Cadillac CT6 Made Luxury (too) Big

At $55,000 MSRP, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 feels like it is a little more midrange than the luxury label that the brand pushes, but that doesn’t detract in any way from how impressive the car really is. More so than any other feature the car offers, it’s the size that makes this sedan worth looking into.

If Cadillac was looking to make a big splash with this year’s CT6, they certainly made one. Not necessarily from what the car offers, but more along the lines of its huge size would literally make a huge splash in a pool of water. It’s interesting that all the press photos for the car are in downtown environments considering you’d never be able to parallel park this beast, much less ever find a spot that actually fits its massive length and girth.

It’s things like this why I stick to my Benz and fix my normal-human sized Mercedes interior should I ever have to.

 

For years, Cadillac was the car you bought when you wanted something big and prestigious – the “standard of the world,” as it billed itself.

But in recent years, other luxury brands, particularly those from Europe, have garnered “must-have” status for many buyers instead.

Now, Cadillac is in the middle of trying for a big comeback, literally, with their new big car, the 2016 CT6.

For its starting price of about $55,000, the CT6 offers plenty of luxury, plenty of space inside, and plenty of technology. A variety of available engines are offered, and there’s an important element for cars in this class: rear-wheel drive. Continue Reading

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Can Mercedes Beat Tesla at Electric?

There has been quite a big fuss recently with the downturned market for luxury sedans and the huge growth rate of electric cars and their popularity. Tesla made it a point to show off these statistics to their investors.

It seems Mercedes has taken up these numbers and has 4 consumer electric automobiles in the works which will come as early as late 2017.

While it is expected that Tesla will have superior electronic interfaces, Mercedes style of electric car will no doubt feature unbeatable luxury interiors.

 

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) loves to point out that sales of its Model S rose sharply last year while other luxury brands’ big sedans lost ground. It went so far as to include this chart in its fourth-quarter report to shareholders in February:

Needless to say, executives at the German luxury automakers don’t feel the same love for Tesla’s chart. In fact, they’re steamed: More and more reports (like this one in Automobile Magazine, in which a Porsche product manager slams Tesla’s Model S) suggest that BMW (NASDAQOTH:BAMXF), Audi, Porsche, and Daimler‘s (NASDAQOTH:DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz unit aren’t just gearing up to launch more electric cars. They’re out to make Tesla look like amateurs. Continue Reading

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Puppies Saved from (What’s No Longer) a Luxury SUV

Police responded to a concerned citizen call which brought them to the Mercedes SUV that a 54 year old lady was using as her home in the Bronx along with a 4 year old German shepherd and 21 puppies. The puppies have been taken into shelters for recovery and have yet to be put up for open adoption.

While it is great news that the puppies are in good shape, it’s a shame the state the Mercedes SUV Interior was left in.

 

Authorities in New York City say they’ve rescued 22 dogs that were living with their owner in filthy conditions inside a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

New York Police Department officers alerted by a concerned citizen earlier this week found the 54-year-old woman and the dogs living inside the vehicle in the Bronx.

Authorities say a 4-year-old German shepherd named Bruno and 21 puppies were living in filth and needed medical attention when officers found them.

Two rescue groups are caring for the dogs. It’s unclear when they will be available for adoption.

The dogs’ owner was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Sales in July Beat Trends

With the current US market looking in a grim state for luxury cars, with slow economy and increased interest in SUVs and Trucks, one would be rather surprised to hear that Mercedes is reporting growth this year with record setting sales in the month of July, and a 3.6% increase since last year.

The brand’s line of vans is also doing well, especially with the new US based factory specialized in producing them. With more Mercedes on the roads, previous owners might want to stand out, and nothing says luxury like Mercedes’ top of the line interiors.

 

At a time when sales of vehicles in the U.S. have been slowing and consumers are favoring trucks and SUVs over sedans, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz was able to buck the trend, posting an increase in sales during the month of July.

But it wasn’t because the vehicle maker slashed the prices on its luxury vehicles or unveiled a new suite of gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. In fact Daimler attributes it to its move to roll out three more luxury sedans in recent months.

“We are continuing to see strong momentum build into the third quarter, fueled by the recent launch of three of our dream cars,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Bemz USA (MBUSA) in a press release announcing the sales results for July. Continue Reading

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That’s a Hot Mercedes-Benz!

While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, the only major property damage to happen at the country club seems to be this poor Mercedes Benz which has been totaled by the blaze. The smoke pillar from the CLK 350 could be seen from several blocks away. There has been no official police statement on if it was arson or not, but in my professional opinion, a Benz just doesn’t burst into flames like that.

For the driver of that car, I’d recommend clicking here and replacing that ashy old interior with something a little less fire damaged.

 

SAN ANTONIO — A silver Mercedes-Benz convertible was engulfed in flames and completely destroyed Monday afternoon outside the San Antonio Country Club just north of downtown.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze after receiving a call at about 12:33 p.m. in the 4100 block of North New Braunfels Avenue. Smoke could be seen rising into the sky from several blocks away, according to a reader’s photo.

SAFD spokesman Woody Woodward said the fire’s cause is currently unknown. 

The vehicle, a CLK 350 convertible, was parked near the club’s pool but was not close enough to other vehicles for the fire to spread.

Police were not needed at the scene. Continue Reading

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Mercedes has answered the age old question of how to create the perfect car for the market. This secret was to take an already successful powerhouse on the market and raise the price by $20,000 to cram it full of some of the most luxurious features possible. The Mercedes-Maybach takes everything great from the Benz S600 and turns it into the perfect chauffer car, with the most accommodating back seat design seen on the market.

While it might be hard to extend your already excellent Benz to accommodate this luxurious First Class back seat, click here and look into upgrading your interior.

 

It must have been a horror for Mercedes to see its position as the ultimate German luxury automobile brand challenged by BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen. Three brands that initially have, and in the case of Volkswagen still does, produce entry-level cars.

Mercedes’s board of directors must have more than a few sleepless nights over the fight between Volkswagen and BMW over the control of Rolls-Royce/Bentley (see The Bentley Bentayga: You Will Love The $160,000 Dashboard Clock Option).

When the dust settled around the British automobile icons, BMW had become the proud new owner of Rolls-Royce while Volkswagen controlled Bentley. Mercedes’s supremacy as the oldest and most regal German car manufacturer was on the line – or so it must have felt to the company’s board. Continue Reading

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The E300 4Matic has made its first visit to the states and it looks like it will be making a big splash when it returns with the fleet to hit the market. As expected of the E-Class line, it has a modest exterior with a few sleek lines through the design that help break up the monotony and make it more than just a plain Jane. But what matters most is what’s on the inside, and when you see the interior off these Benz you’ll fall in love.

Furthermore, much of the car’s mechanical components have been replaced with aluminum versions, trimming 100 pounds and making this sleek machine quite the efficient beast. For those with older E-Class models who are getting a little jealous, click here and see about sprucing up your own interior.

 

Ask Mercedes-Benz what built the bones of the brand, and they will cheerfully tell you that it was the stalwart E-Class that cemented Mercedes’ role as innovators in not just the luxury midsize segment, but the industry as a whole. The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class unsurprisingly remains one of the segment standards, arriving with the level of design, quality, and technology we have come to expect of the three-pointed star.

Like the middle child it is, the 2017 E-Class blends the style of both the smaller, sportier C-Class and the luxe-centric S-Class into a smooth and well-designed executive package. When the cover dropped on the new E-Class back in January of this year, we can’t say we were surprised. Like the brand’s recently refreshed SUV lineup, the E-Class has a bit of every other Mercedes in both its bodylines and face. Continue Reading

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It has yet to be revealed why FlightCar is closing down operations, or how much it is selling the technology to Mercedes-Benz for, but we do know that FlightCar raised $40 million and was backed by some real big names. The FlightCar service was intended to allow drivers who were flying out of town to rent their vehicle out while they were away, presumably to people who had flown into town.

It was a novel idea that saved money on parking, and we are excited to see what Mercedes plans to do with this technology. Although if I were to have a stranger drive my Mercedes while I was out of town I’d consider having my interior replaced.

 

FlightCar raised $40 million to solve airport parking with an Airbnb-like sharing model: let a stranger drive your car while you’re away on a trip and in return avoid parking fees and even make a few bucks. Travelers will have to find a new solution.

On Thursday afternoon, the San Francisco-based FlightCar will announce that, effective immediately, it is closing operations at all 12 of its airport stations around the U.S. and has sold its technology platform to Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, where it will become part of Mercedes’ innovation lab for mobility services.

The price Mercedes-Benz paid for the four-year-old startup is unknown at this time, but FlightCar’s last financing, a $20 million Series B in September 2015, gave it a $100 million post-money valuation according to venture capital data firm Pitchbook. Some of FlightCar’s more than 90 current employees plan to join Mercedes-Benz, including 21-year-old cofounder and CEO Rujul Zaparde. Continue Reading

rainstormThose of you in the Houston area are experiencing some might crazy storms right now (as are people in Colorado and a few other parts of the country), and that can often mean destroyed car interiors. If you need to replace something inside your Mercedes because of some unfortunate weather or you’re simply looking to keep the inside of the car looking nice, head over to our interiors page for the excellent discounts available right now.

 

HOUSTON (AP) — More than a foot of rain had fallen by Monday afternoon in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged to shelter in place.

Sylvester Turner, mayor of the nation’s fourth-largest city, told residents to stay home to fend off a weather system he called “stubborn.” More rain was projected over the next two to three days, although heavy downpours had subsided and only another half-inch was expected through Monday night, he said.

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With an absolutely plush interior, the Mercedes Benz S500 Cabriolet offers an incredible level of comfort for the driver and passenger. The only real downside is that the back seats are somewhat cramped – almost to the point where they’re unusable. If you don’t have a family and are looking for a fun new Mercedes to drive, take a look at the S500.

 

Magnificent, isn’t it? The all-new Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is obviously just a soft-top, two-door S-Class, but it looks so much grander than the already fabulous hard-top; a proper land-yacht. The first drop-top S-Class since 1971, no less.

Thing is, unlike most other Mercedes, this isn’t a Benz that competes directly with Audis and BMWs. This is a rival for Bentley, for Aston Martin, and Ferrari. Bizarre as it may seem, in that rarefied, exotic-badged, artisan company, this Benz is the least impressive badge. It’s the mainstream one.

Still, as mainstream cars go…

Where to start? Perhaps with that wraparound chrome beltline slither that’s visible roof up or roof down. Continue Reading

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