With its diesel engine, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI transports seven people and plenty of cargo while getting mileage worthy of a midsize sedan. The oversize SUV from Mercedes-Benz features all the interior luxury we would expect from the German carmaker, along with performance that favors economy over power. Unfortunately, it uses the same baseline cabin gadgets we saw in its gasoline-engined counterpart, the Mercedes-Benz GL450. This system covers a lot of the basics well enough, but the interface is poor and some features are antiquated.
Earlier this week, we told you how Mercedes-Benz had followed in the footsteps of its estranged partner, the Chrysler Group, by announcing a partnership with Hughes Telematics for all future models. At the time, Hughes confirmed that its service is scheduled to replace Mercedes' current Tele Aid system in late 2009 but declined to give any specifics on any of the features it would include. Well, thanks to the industrious gearheads over at Edmunds, we now have a clearer idea.
According to their report, the new telematics service will include all the emergency and roadside assistance features associated with GM'… Read more
Mercedes-Benz today followed in the footsteps of its estranged partner, the Chrysler Group, by announcing a partnership with Hughes Telematics for all future models. Starting late 2009, Mercedes will replace its existing cellular- and satellite-based Tele Aid service, which provides drivers with emergency aid, roadside assistance, and information, with an upgraded service supplied by Hughes. Details on what the new service will include are still sketchy (apparently we will know more at next month's Consumer Electronics Show), but today's announcement made an interesting reference to the availability of "infotainment" features, which suggests that it will go … Read more
The vast model lineup from Mercedes-Benz ensures that one of its cars will suit just about anyone's needs, but the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK550 Cabriolet fits a very narrow niche. The CLK550 is a coupe, offered as a convertible or hardtop. With the convertible version, which we reviewed, trunk room is so limited that a couple would need to use the back seats for luggage during a weekend getaway. Four people can fit in relative comfort, but forget bringing anything else. The car is fast and handles well, but its bland looks won't appeal to most sport drivers. It … Read more
Mercedes-Benz is relaunching all of its Web sites to include more rich media content and tools, the company announced Monday.
The change will effect over 50 brand sites and 1,000 dealership sites around the world. The brand sites will include higher-resolution photos, videos and a 3D vehicle configuration tool, as well as Mercedes-Benz television commercials and links to Mercedes-Benz TV.
While several car companies already offer media rich Web sites, the change is significant for the German automaker as it could signal that Mercedes is getting serious about courting a younger demographic of drivers.
The company cites increased broadband … Read more
We're generally not fond of car logos splashed across personal electronics, but this media player deserves some credit for integrating the Mercedes-Benz star into its functionality as well as appearance. With a tri-star logo taking the place of a click wheel, this handheld from NASD Technology is an MP3 and MP4 video player with a 2-inch color display, FM radio, and SD card slot, according to Tech Fresh.
But because it's made in China, we'll go out on a limb and guess that this isn't an authentic Mercedes-licensed product. Still, given that Mercedes seems to have … Read more
For a remarkably affordable price, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport model gives you better cabin tech than we've seen in Mercedes-Benz models costing more than $100,000. To be fair, the C300 is a 2008 model, and we've only seen 2007 models so far (of the more upscale models). But the way cabin tech upgrades go, it might be a couple of model years before we see these tech upgrades in something like the CL550.
Mercedes-Benz seriously updated its C-class for 2008 and now offers the C300 Sport, the C300 Luxury, and the C350 Sport, all in sedan … Read more
Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when it costs some $34 billion. The German-based parent company of Mercedes-Benz has cut its losses and is moving on with a new name: Daimler AG.
The new nomenclature isn't at all that surprising. It follows suit with its German competitors, BMW AG and Audi AG. Daimler's car division, previously the Mercedes Car Group, will be renamed Mercedes-Benz Cars. It will include the Mercedes, Maybach, and Smart brands.
The origins of the German car company date back to 1885, when Carl Friedrich Benz received a patent for his car, the Benz … Read more
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A Ford/Chevrolet NASCAR team; a Toyota/Honda hybrid; a post-race hug between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton; a BMW/Mercedes-Benz engine. There are some things in the automotive world that you just never expect to see. The latter, however, may become a reality. BMW Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer has followed up last week's new model announcement with confirmation that BMW has offered to include its cross-town arch-rival on a joint engine development program with PSA Citroen. According to a German newspaper, Reithofer said that the door is open to Daimler--parent company of Mercedes-Benz--and that a third partner in … Read more