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eMercedesBenz Feature:  A Look Back At The Mercedes-Benz C 111 Research Vehicle
Posted July 31, 2008 At 7:00 PM CST by C. Danielson

Mercedes-Benz C 111/I with a three-rotor Wankel-engine, 1969.

The compact wedge in bright orange, a shade internally called “weissherbst”, expressed power, elegance and speed. C 111 was the designation of the futuristic study displayed by Mercedes-Benz in September 1969 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). The car broke new ground in terms of both engineering and design. Motor show visitors crowded around the sports car, marveling at its intriguing – as well as polarizing – design. Was this the worthy successor to the famous 300 SL Gullwing? The car’s style, dynamic lines and classic gullwing doors promised just that to lovers of refined cars with the three-pointed star on the hood. This happened 35 years ago, at the C 111’s presentation in Frankfurt. In the spring of 1970, an even more elegantly clad C 111-II made its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, prompting interested parties to send blank checks to Stuttgart to secure one of these cars for themselves...

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Mercedes-Benz Review Roundup:  The 2009 SL-Class, C-Class And C-Class Estate
Posted July 31, 2008 At 12:05 PM CST by C. Danielson

Exterior views of the Mercedes-Benz SL550, C350 Sport and C350 Estate

Yet another batch of Mercedes reviews have managed to infiltrate the eMercedesBenz offices today, with a grand total of three distinct Mercedes variants being put through their paces for your reading enjoyment.  The Mercedes SL550, the complete SL range, the C180K, the C220 CDI Sport and the C350 Estate - these are the chosen models, so for those of you contemplating the purchase of any, keep reading to find out what reviewers thought of each.

As always, you can find an excerpt from the first review below as well as the full collection of articles immediately after the jump.


Mercedes-Benz SL550 (via cars.com)
Reviewer's rating:  Unspecified

"For 2009, the SL got some plastic surgery in terms of a new nose and slightly revised rear. Both were altered to make the SL fall more in line with the newest machines in the Mercedes family, namely the new C-Class sedan and GL-Class SUV. Both feature a huge Mercedes emblem front and center on a more angular design, and guess what? So does the SL550..."

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Speedster Rendering
Posted July 31, 2008 At 8:10 AM CST by T. Philips

Rendering of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Speedster, front and side view

As you may remember, last month we brought you a rendering of the not-yet-released Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series, sent to us by the talented artist Jonathan Sibal.  As it turns out, when the SL65 AMG Black Series was unveiled a couple weeks later, the rendering was remarkably close to the finished product - a clear testament to Jon's artistic prowess. 

But the story doesn't end there, ladies and gentlemen.  Today Jon's back, this time unveiling a rendering of the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Speedster, and it is indeed a stunning creature.  If the photohnor is any indication, the final SLR produced will without question go down in the history books as the most covetable of any modern-day SLR variant produced...

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Future Mercedes-Benz SLC Gullwing Caught Testing In The Wild
Posted July 30, 2008 At 4:20 PM CST by C. Danielson

Mercedes-Benz Gullwing spy photo, rear view

There's been rumors circulating for some time now that Mercedes-Benz is in the process of resurrecting the legendary Gullwing, but up until now, photographic evidence has revealed little about the model.  Today, however, that's all about to change, as we have some incredible shots showcasing the model from a number of different angles.  To my knowledge, it's the fist time the new Gullwing doors have been caught on camera.

Aside from the photos, facts about the Mercedes SLC remain scarce. Most speculate the model will be priced above the next SL range but well below the current SLR (somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000), with power expected to come from AMG's 6.3-Liter V8 boasting an enhanced output of around 600 horsepower...

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J.D. Power Ranks Mercedes-Benz Highest In Customer Satisfaction For After-Sales Service In China
Posted July 30, 2008 At 2:50 PM CST by C. Danielson

J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2008 China Customer Satsifaction AwardAccording to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2008 China Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study released today, Mercedes-Benz ranks higher than any other automotive brand in customer satisfaction for authorized dealer after-sales service in China.  Although it was Mercedes' first time being included in the rankings, the company scored a total of 854 points on a 1,000 point scale, performing particularly well in six of the seven scoring factors: service initiation, service advisor, in-service experience, service delivery, user-friendly service and problems experienced.

Equally as impressive, nearly 40 percent of Mercedes-Benz customers said they received at least 21 of 24 services measured in the study - a rate twice that of the industry average (20 percent).  In addition, forty-four percent of Mercedes customers say they “definitely would” recommend their service dealers, compared to an industry average of 23 percent for other automakers’ customers...

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MBUSA To Offer Special Edition 2009 Mercedes S550 To Benefit Saks Fifth Avenue's KEY TO THE CURE Campaign
Posted July 30, 2008 At 10:35 AM CST by T. Philips

Gwyneth Paltrow models the 2008 KEY TO THE CURE limited edition T-shirt by Karl Lagerfeld designed exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue in partnership with the EIF

Mercedes-Benz USA has announced today that for the sixth consecutive year, they along with the EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund and Saks Fifth Avenue will be teaming up for the KEY TO THE CURE initiative.  As part of their support, MBUSA will be offering 1,000 special edition 2009 Mercedes-Benz S550 models, with proceeds raised expected to total $1 million.  This figure will bring the company's total contributions in the field of women's cancer research to $6 million. 

Although photos of the special edition S-Class have yet to be released, its details have, with highlights including an exclusive Diamond White metallic exterior paint color, Sahara beige and black interior, 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels with high performance tires, and of course, the extensive plethora of features already found on the impeccable luxury sedan...

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New Generation Mercedes-Benz Travego With Active Brake Assist Makes World Premier
Posted July 30, 2008 At 9:15 AM CST by T. Philips

Mercedes-Benz Travego coach with Active Brake Assist, front and side view

Although it won't make its official debut to the general public until the International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) this September, Mercedes-Benz today has officially unveiled their new generation Travego, and with it, an industry first:  Active Brake Assist will make its world premier on a coach.  Already utilized on select Mercedes passenger and commercial vehicles, the emergency braking system operates by offering a series of graduated warnings when the risk of a rear end collision is severe, and subsequently carries out emergency braking maneuvers if the driver fails to react...

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eMercedesBenz Feature:  "Win First, Refuel Later" - Mercedes Silver Arrows Return To Formula One In 1954
Posted July 29, 2008 At 7:20 PM CST by C. Danielson

The winner, Juan Manuel Fangio (start number 18), at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula One racing car with streamlined bodywork.

July 4, 1954 was a golden day for German sport. Whilst the national football team was lifting the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland, over the border in France Mercedes-Benz was celebrating its return to Grand Prix racing in equally majestic fashion. The Silver Arrows sealed a one-two victory on the Reims circuit, the streamlined speed machines finishing a full lap ahead of their pursuers. The rivals were stunned.

The automotive world had come to expect the unexpected from Mercedes. However, the team’s scarcely believable performance after fifteen years away from the Grand Prix arena was era-defining stuff. The secret was an obsessive pleasure in achieving perfection, reflected in the team’s preparation, the technical make-up of the cars and the performance of the overall package in the race itself.

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Mercedes-Benz Review Roundup:  The GLK350, C63 AMG And ML280 CDI
Posted July 29, 2008 At 4:50 PM CST by C. Danielson

Exterior views of the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4MATIC, C63 AMG and ML280 CDI

It's that time of the week again when gather the latest and greatest Mercedes reviews circulating the internet and assemble them all in one convenient, easily readable location.  In this, our newest Review Roundup installment, three Mercedes models - the GLK350, the C63 AMG and the ML280 CDI - are all tested, giving those of you contemplating the purchase of any a small idea of what to expect from each.

As is the case with all our Mercedes Review Roundups, you can find an excerpt from the first review below as well as the full collection of articles immediately after the jump.


Mercedes-Benz GLK350 (via Motor Trend)
Reviewer's rating:  Unspecified

"The off-road package is out due to lack of interest on our shores (similar packages are dropped on ML and GL too). Officials claim the package bestows Land-Rover LR2-equivalent capability, from a combination of a Downhill-Speed Regulation system that uses engine braking and the ABS gear to creep down hills at any programmed speed from 2-11 mph. An off-road switch changes the transmission, ABS, stability control, and engine control maps to better suit loose surfaces, and underbody armor made of fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastics provide protection and keep the hangy-downy bits from snagging on rocks. The COMAND system display shows steering angle, altimeter and compass info in this mode..." 

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