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2017 to Bring Android Integration to New Benz Vehicles

If you have an Android phone and you have used the “OK, Google’ function to ask it a question or have it complete some task, you already understand just how neat and powerful the technology can be.

All of that utility will be getting integrated into new Mercedes-Benz vehicles come 2017, which will allow for some awesome connectivity between all your tech at home, at work, in the car and on your phone, if you so wish. The possibilities are staggering with this new addition to Mercedes-Benz cars, and considering the speed at which developers can build and release new apps these days, it’s probably not going to be long before we can do things with Google-connected cars that people never dreamed of. I’d offer an example here, but there’s no way I’m giving away my billion-dollar app idea! 😉

One thing I do wonder about, though, is just how deep the connectivity is going to go. It would be truly amazing if it could, on its own, discover an issue and let you know that you need to order a new Mercedes-Benz transmission for your vehicle.

Honestly, though, I look forward to turning on the heat in my car before I get in by telling my phone to take care of it and during the commute home tell my car to get the heater in my house running so it can be comfortable inside right when I get there.

 

Mercedes-Benz today announced the integration of the Google Assistant on Google Home. Google Home, a voice-activated personal assistant, makes it possible to interact with the Mercedes-Benz vehicle from home. The feature will be available to Mercedes-Benz customers in 2017.

The collaboration with the Google Assistant is part of Mercedes-Benz long-term goal of creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for their customers. With this integration, Google Home users can send destination to their Mercedes-Benz Cars; set and activate heating and cooling systems within their vehicles; find out fuel and charge levels; check lock status as well as interact with their cars in order to lock doors and many more—all from the comfort of their home. Continue Reading

New Luxury Car Brand Genesis Has a Ton of Potential

(And Should Probably Scare the Heck Out of Other Luxury Manufacturers)

It looks like Hyundai really isn’t messing around when it comes to getting their new luxury brand Genesis off the ground. The new subsidiary car company already has somewhere around 350 dealerships across the country where the vehicles are available new and while that’s all well and good, there are some neat promises that will accompany the brand to up their luxury game.

For one, they intend on making most trips to the dealership a thing of the past when it comes to getting scheduled maintenance or repairs taken care of. Instead, they are planning to bring a loaner car right to the customer’s home and take the owned Genesis with them. Likewise, they’ll deliver the car back to the owner when the work has been completed. Where this differs from other brands is that it is a company-wide effort to offer this level of service as opposed to one that may or may not be offered from dealer to dealer.

What is crazy to think about is just how quick Hyundai began their move into luxury automaking. As pointed out by Chris Woodyard for USA Today, “Other luxury brands had years to plan the spinoff of their luxury brands. Hyundai did it in nine months.”
That also meant a heck of a lot more work than just designing and building the cars themselves, which Woodyard explained further, saying, “It’s fallen to a veteran auto executive Erwin Raphael to try to create a separate identity around the brand called Genesis. That has meant trying to get the word out and educate the dealer network about what it’s going to take to please luxury customers.”

Now, this move into the Luxury market by Hyundai should be more than just a little scary when it comes to other luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Lexus and others. In recent years, Hyundai has proven ridiculously capable when it comes to marketing and rebranding. Starting from scratch with a new brand should mean it is just that much easier for them to quickly build a reputation and a following.

Let’s look at what they did with the core Hyundai brand. Although they have been making cars since the late ‘60s, Hyundai didn’t really come into its own in the U.S. until the company started aggressively marketing here in 2000. Previous to that, they were barely regarded as decent when it came to bargain car companies were concerned, and honestly that view of them is generous considering they were not even close to being a recognizable household name at the time.

Since then, Hyundai has seen one of the most impressively meteoric growths ever witnessed in the automotive industry, and their growth is still going.

Less than a decade ago in 2008, the Hyundai Motor had barely broken into the top ten car manufacturers in the world. By 2012, they had made their way to the number five spot and currently they are the third largest car manufacturer on the planet, behind only Toyota and Volkswagen. They even own the single biggest car factory on Earth, which can be found in South Korea and builds more than one-and-a-half million cars every year in that one location alone.

As if all of that wasn’t scary enough to their competition, Genesis Motors has some real heavy hitters on their side when it comes to the luxury car manufacturing industry. Specifically, this is Genesis senior vice president Manfred Fitzgerald and brand designing lead Luc Donckerwolke. Fitzgerald used to be the director of brand and design for a little car company called Lamborghini. Donckerwolke was the design director for Bentley, Audi and Lamborghini.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that us Mercedes-Benz lovers can always be happy about no matter how the probable Genesis vs. Mercedes-Benz battle plays out: We have access to an incredible selection of beautiful and powerful classics that no new company could ever hope to compete with. Sure, that may not offer much peace of mind to Daimler, but it sure is for us. There really isn’t much more in the world that is nearly as cathartic as replacing a classic Mercedes-Benz transmission and taking a spin in a 35-year old car that rides like it’s brand new.

New Book to Explore the Aesthetics of Mercedes

While much of the classic design work and the luxuries offered by Mercedes-Benz is alone worth checking out in the book Sensual Purity – Gorden Wagener on Design, there is a section that looks like it will be extremely interesting to peruse through. That is the chapter titled “Mercedes-Benz Future World”.

In that part of the book (as you probably have guessed), they show all sorts of things that we can expect from Mercedes-Benz in upcoming years. In particular, this show an intimate look at the autonomous cars that the German automaker has in the works. Furthermore, there is imagery and discussion about the expansion of Mercedes-Benz, including looks at yachts, buildings, and even roads and bridges.

What is particularly interesting about the book as a whole is that its cover doesn’t have any kind of branding showing it off as a Benz product in any way. Though pretty much everything in the book itself does have a connection in some way to Mercedes, it still apparently stands as a great addition to the design world (something that would be discussed further here if we were actually part of that world, but alas…).

If you are more interested in getting your car looking better aesthetically, we have all sorts of classic Mercedes-Benz car parts, but one of the easier changes you can make is by grabbing some new rims.

 

Mercedes-Benz creates under the banner ‘Sensual Purity’, a term Gorden Wagener coined to represent the German marque’s two poles. “Rational and emotional, hot and cool,” offers the Daimler AG chief design officer.

He admits the philosophy has greatly helped guide him to formulate a contemporary design identity for the brand, a visual language that is reflected in the current family of cars.

Sensual Purity – Gorden Wagener on Design guides us through this philosophy. Published by Condé Nast International, it is a collaborative project involving Wagener, the photographer Jonathan Glynn-Smith and a creative team at Mercedes and the publisher. Continue Reading

Can Mercedes Compete After Rosberg?

Mercedes Racing management had only a couple day’s notice that their new championship driver Rosberg intended to retire now that he’s rode to the championship in Mercedes’ racing machine, which has left the German auto team scrambling for a new driver for the 2017 season.

It seems that Valtteri Bottas is the first choice of Mercedes, but they intend not to make an official announcement until January third so we’ll be on the edge of our seats until then.

Rosberg was a fantastic driver who took advantage of what Mercedes could put under the hood, but Mercedes is certain to find more competent drivers to fill out their team in the wake of Rosberg.

 

In recent days it’s become clear that Valtteri Bottas is Mercedes’ first choice to replace Nico Rosberg – and that Williams is open to negotiating the Finn’s release. Adam Cooper explores the implications of a potential deal.

Two weeks have passed since Nico Rosberg’s retirement decision sent shockwaves through F1, and left the Mercedes management scrambling to find a new teammate for Lewis Hamilton.

The team said on Thursday that there would be no announcement before January 3, so that has at least left observers of this extraordinary situation a chance to catch their collective breath. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz to Start Building in China

China’s been a hot topic this year for various reasons, but for Mercedes it has been the 28% increase of sales in that market just this year, with more growth expected to follow.

To maximize sales in the country though, Daimler has made the move to manufacture the components for electric cars as well as whole electric cars for the Chinese market locally.

 

As part of a drive to manufacture more products local. Daimler may make batteries and Mercedes-Benz electric cars in China as part of a drive to manufacture more products locally and to try to boost sales, according to board member Hubertus Troska.

Sales of the German company’s luxury cars in China have grown 28% so far this year after Mercedes spruced up its designs to give its cars a more sporty and upmarket feel, gaining traction with drivers in the world’s largest car market.

“I am confident that Mercedes in China will show a decent performance next year,” Troska, Daimler’s board member responsible for Greater China, told reporters. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Dodges a Big Bullet

The judge presiding the class action lawsuit in New Jersey this tuesday has dismissed the case that Mercedes had misled their customers about their Bluetec Clean Diesel after more recent studies have found the levels of greenhouse gases coming off the exhaust.

The case was dismissed due to the plaintiffs not being able to provide evidence of such advertisements in America that would mislead them on the level of emissions from the vehicle.

 

A U.S. judge in New Jersey on Tuesday threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes (DAIGn.DE) misled consumers about emissions standards in “BlueTec Clean Diesel” vehicles.

U.S. District Judge Jose Linares said the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the case.

Plaintiffs claimed Mercedes falsely advertised the BlueTec vehicles as having lower emissions. They said that they later found that the emissions were higher than U.S. standards permitted.

The judge said the plaintiffs failed to show they actually viewed any of Mercedes’ advertisements touting the cleaner technology. He gave them leave to revise their complaint. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Sales Soared Last Month

For yet another month in a row Mercedes has led in the sale of luxury autos in the US, seeing the competitor BMW take a swift fall this november. While overall Mercedes sales grew by 1.1 percent this month, their competitor BMW AG saw an 18% drop in sales leaving BMW to eat Mercedes’ dust.

Not looking to help their vehicle sales but want to keep your classic running smooth, you may want to consider replacing your Mercedes-Benz transmission.

 

Mercedes-Benz sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the Daimler AG brand will take the full-year title from BMW.

Sales of the Mercedes GLC sport utility vehicle more than tripled while C-Class car deliveries held steady, giving the brand a 1.1 percent increase for the month to 30,363 autos, according to a statement Thursday. Toyota Motor Corp. said Lexus slipped 1 percent to 29,050 vehicles, and BMW AG reported an 18 percent drop to 26,189 for its namesake marque.

Mercedes is offering more SUVs and in a broader price range, said Rebecca Lindland, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “They have a sense of how to make them attainable without losing that sense of luxury,” which is giving Mercedes a competitive advantage, she said. Continue Reading

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Cool AMG Coupe Coming Soon

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers had a recent interview with Top Gear magazine dropping juicy hints and details for the upcoming release of the ultra-premium Black series in AMG.

It seems the goal of the Black series is to take successful AMG models and push them to perfection with overhauls to make them more powerful, smoother and “balanced” as Moers put it.

We can expect the Black series to resemble previous well loved models, with a major tune up from bumper to bumper.

 

A new maximum-performance edition of the amazing Mercedes-AMG GT will hit dealers in 2018, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers told Top Gear magazine. The new Black Series will top even the incredible AMG GT R announced in June.

The upgrade will start under the hood, because even the GT R doesn’t make enough power for Moers’ liking. “I know the GT R chassis is able to handle more power,” Moers told Top Gear.

But this new flagship GT won’t just be a muscle car. We already know that AMG can build powerful engines, like the V8 in the 612-horsepower E63, but they are looking for balanced performance from the upcoming Black Series, he said. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Considering Exit from F1 Racing

Mercedes-Benz has been a contractual member of Formula 1 racing since 2009 where Mercedes decided to join the sport not only as a racing team but as an engine supplier.

But their agreement to remain in the sport wraps up this coming 2020 and team boss Toto Wolff says that Mercedes will remain in the sport as long as it continues to develop in a positive way.

 

Team boss Toto Wolff says Mercedes is only committed to Formula 1 until 2020.

Mercedes co-owner and boss Wolff told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Mercedes decided in 2009 to compete not only as an engine supplier but also with its own team in Formula 1. We have committed ourselves until 2020, but what happens then is unclear. In my opinion, we will stay in Formula 1 if the sport develops in a positive way.”

Mercedes’ commitment, as well as the other top teams, is in the form of bilateral contractual agreements with the Bernie Ecclestone-led commercial rights holder. Those rights are in the process of being taken over by Liberty Media. Continue Reading

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6-Cylinder Engine Modifications for Benz

Mercedes-Benz abandoned their inline engines back in the 90s when they made a move to consolidate their engine models with interchangeable parts for ease of production.

In the 90s V6 engines were the top of the line, but with Mercedes crack engineers they claim to get over 400 horses out of new 6 inline Mercedes engines which we expect to see entering almost every non-electric model from now on.

Fifteen years ago, Mercedes-Benz abandoned its inline-sixes in favor of V-6s.

“Half of our engine guys were sad when we switched from the inline-six to the V-6 layout,” one of Daimler’s engineers remembers. “Now it’s the other way around.” Mercedes is pulling an about-face, returning to the straight-six configuration for the same reasons that originally had it embrace the V-6.

Back then, a common parts and production strategy dictated the switch. Daimler had developed a generation of V-6 and V-8 engines with common parts. (The last remnant of that era is the loosely related 6.0-liter V-12 that sits under the hood of the 600 and AMG 65 models.) Continue Reading

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Going Green on the Track

In it’s infancy stages, or first season, Formula E was a neck and neck race about driver skill as all the cars were identical, which made for amazing races. Now Formula E has allowed customization of the cars on the tracks which has quickly drawn the attention of many big names in the auto industry who want to both test their equipment and strut their stuff on the eco friendly racing track.

Mercedes is also set to join the fray next season, obviously looking to smash the competition with their outstanding engines.

 

We’re now two full seasons into the wild experiment of Formula E, a racing series that pits 20 F1-style electric racecars against each other on the streets of the biggest cities in the world. The racing has so far been excellent — the races are short, close, and competitive, and in both seasons the drivers’ championships were decided on the final day. Formula E has provided the kind of drama you hope for in any sport, but to find it in a series that’s brand-new is surprising.

An extra level of drama is coming in season three, kicking off this weekend in Hong Kong. Continue Reading

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(Another) New Option for Buying a Car

The German auto titan has announced that they will be working with the makers of AutoGravity to simplify car shopping for their customers.

AutoGravity is an app which will allow users to shop by models and find where these cars are at local dealerships. To aid you with buying Mercedes parts, click here, and find everything in one place.

 

AutoGravity, a FinTech pioneer on a mission to transform car financing by harnessing the power of the smartphone, has partnered with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, bringing one of the leading captive lenders to the revolutionary auto financing app.

With Mercedes-Benz Financial Services fully integrated into the public beta release of the digital platform, car buyers using AutoGravity will experience a selection of loan and lease options when financing a new car on the AutoGravity iOS App, Android App or mobile-responsive Web App.

“AutoGravity was created to empower car buyers through their smartphones and give them access to a wide selection of auto finance options from the palm of their hands,” said Andy Hinrichs, founder and CEO of AutoGravity. Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

Mercedes has revealed their show car, the Generation EQ, and it is an absolutely beautiful electric crossover SUV. Intended to have a range of 500 kilometers running off of two entirely electric motors, the Generation EQ looks like a dangerous foe for Tesla. Click here for your Mercedes electrical needs.

German luxury giant Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept version of its first premium battery-electric vehicle in Paris this past week.

 

The “Generation EQ” is a battery-electric crossover SUV with two electric motors and a claimed range of “up to 500 kilometers.” Officially, for now, it’s a show car — but Mercedes confirmed that it’s “close” to a vehicle it intends to bring to market in the near future.

A futuristic take on Mercedes’ current styling

On the outside, the Generation EQ is Mercedes’ take on “an avant-garde, contemporary and distinctive electro-look,” according to design chief Gorden Wagener. The most striking design element is the blue lighting in its nose, which is incorporated in the vehicle’s interior as well. 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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The Benz-Buccaneers Cool Club

Mercedes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been in partnership for over a decade now, and it seems there is no plan to break ties. The Buccaneers have 500 exclusive premium Mercedes seats and of them almost all have already sold out.

The exclusive Mercedes seats offer the best experience of the game in stadium just as Mercedes intends to offer the best ride of all for its owners.

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay area Mercedes-Benz dealers announced today an extension of their partnership, which is highlighted by the addition of naming rights to the all-new Hall of Fame Club at Raymond James Stadium. All of the nearly 500 seats have already sold out for the 2016 season, however, the team has established a waiting list for interested prospects.

The Mercedes-Benz Hall of Fame Club is one of two premium seating concepts featuring all-inclusive food and beverage options, air-conditioned comfort and some of the best views of the game action.

This elevated viewing experience at Raymond James Stadium aligns with the luxury, class and comfort the Mercedes-Benz brand symbolizes. Continue Reading

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New Mercedes Off-Roading E-Class

Mercedes has released yet another new model, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain which dares to do the unthinkable and take a luxury brand car off road or on the highway, or wherever life would take you. This relatively conservative looking off-roader has jacked up suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive giving it the power to go wherever you’d need a Benz to go, and then some.

 

Joining Volvo’s new V90 Cross Country in the crossover-flavored, executive estate segment, is Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class All-Terain, teased here just a few hours ahead of its online reveal, which will be followed by a world premiere in Paris next week.

The video shows the All-Terrain’s plastic body cladding, which may (or may not) come in handy if any drivers decide to leave the safety of the road and head on to a short off-road adventure, helped by a generous ride height, adjustable air suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Since it will keep the shell, platform and most of the nuts and bolts of the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, expect an identical interior with all the equipment offered as standard or on the options list, Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium Already Winning Awards

While it has been known for a while that the Mercedes Benz Stadium was a technical masterpiece, it has also been announced that the stadium also will be the first LEED Platinum venue. If you don’t know, that’s an award given for its energy and water saving features as well as an integration into alternative travel methods to reduce pollution from stadium goers as well.

Now it’s your turn. How about you tune up your Mercedes and do your part for the environment?

 

Football fans have more than just the 53rd Super Bowl to look forward to in Atlanta—the city will soon be home to the NFL’s first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium.

Designed by architecture firm HOK, the under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that will be powered by solar energy and capture rainwater for reuse. The world-class venue is the first major U.S. football facility to pursue LEED v4 credits and is expected to save more than 40% in energy usage as compared to a typical stadium design.

Located at the top of the Proctor Creek Watershed, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) makes water conservation and management a core focus of its design. Continue Reading

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Apple’s Attempt to Dominate Everything Finally Comes to an End

The tech giant Apple had been quietly working on what was known as Project Titan, their entry program to take the auto market by storm. But it seems the tech giant just didn’t have the powerful engine and drive and have laid off over 100 individuals working in their secret divisions working on the project.

It seems the project of a self driving electric car was too much for the inexperienced Apple, leaving this undertaking up to the old and new giants Mercedes and Tesla.

 

Apple’s plans to create an electric car with self-driving abilities were called into doubt after the company cut dozens of members of staff from its secret vehicle division. 

Code-named project Titan, Apple has plowed resources into a mysterious department looking at electric vehicles and self-driving car technology for at least two years to no avail, the New York Times reports.

Despite numerous high profile hires and Tim Cook’s suggestion that the car industry should expect “massive change”, Apple has closed sections of the project and laid off staff in a move that could signal it is abandoning plans to create its own car.  Continue Reading

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Cautionary Tale in Street Repair

A Mercedes C-300 owner in Lake Forest, California heard their deal of a lifetime when two men solicited her to do body work on her car to remove a key scuff for the low price of $700.

When they had finished their work the job seemed well enough done for her to pay the men, but when she went through the car wash, her paint began to flake away to reveal the scam. This should be a grim reminder for all luxury car owners to get all their Mercedes body repair done at licensed repair shops.

 

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (KABC) —

A Lake Forest woman said she was scammed by men offering to do body work on her Mercedes C-300, but left thousands of dollars worth of damage to the vehicle.

Karin May said two men posed as body shop workers and approached her on July 30 at about 2 p.m. She had some smaller key scratches on her vehicle that she wanted removed.

“One was wearing a Toyota shirt and the other was wearing a Lexus shirt and they said this is what they do for a living,” recalled May. Continue Reading

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Ending the Eternal Search (for a Parking Space)

Mercedes has teamed up with Bosch to create technology where Mercedes cars will detect empty parking spaces while driving, and communicate this information to a network so that other Mercedes drivers will have live updates on parking spots saving them time and gas by removing the need to hunt for spots.

On the topic of saving gas, click here and tune up your fuel systems and increase your engine efficiency in your Mercedes.

 

Life is too short to lap massive parking lots looking for open spaces.

That’s why Mercedes-Benz, along with automotive supplier giant Bosch, announced last week that its cars would eventually be able to detect empty spaces and share the info with other Mercedes cars that are nearby, looking for empty spots. Testing is reportedly underway with new E-Class sedans.

According to Bloomberg, the technology could be ready as early as 2017 and would bring the automaker in line with others such as BMW that are giving drivers the option of locating—and paying for—empty parking spots. Continue Reading

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