Pandora is leaving no car behind, but will the expansion of Spotify derail the momentum? Audi brings its RS line back to the U.S., in small form, while BMW expands use of carbon fiber. And we take a ride in an espresso cup.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 224 SHOW NOTES
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 2012 M-Class luxury SUV, the newly redesigned M-Class that offers 25 percent better fuel economy than its predecessor.
The German auto-maker is hoping to gain a lead on its rival, BMW's X5 SUV, by offering two V6 engines: the ML350 4MATIC and the ML350 BlueTEC.
The ML350 BlueTEC uses a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel, delivering an output of 240 horsepower and 455 pound feet of torque. The ML350 BlueTEC has an estimated fuel consumption of 20 city and 25 highway.
The 4MATIC runs in a 3.5-liter gas engine, delivering 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of … Read more
Mercedes-Benz isn't calling the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster a super car, even though it boasts 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque; instead the German automaker is calling the fabric-top ride a dream car.
Available later this year, the $183,000 roadster may be missing gullwing doors, but it's not missing good looks and performance.
Mercedes-Benz teased enthusiasts earlier this month with a look at the roadster undergoing testing in Stuttgart, Germany.
The roadster has an aluminum spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine, a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission, and a sports suspension with aluminum … Read more
The app, created as a tool for dealership sales associates, lets you take virtual tours of the interior and exterior of the CLS-Class. Users can also customize their own four-door coupe.
Additional apps for My '12 vehicles will launch throughout 2011 to coincide with the retail release dates.
Mercedes-Benz this week released pricing information and specs on the all-new CLS-Class coupe.
This is a major redesign for Mercedes. The four-door coupe is 1.2 inches longer and wider than its predecessor, and with new biturbo direct-injection V8 engines, the three trims offer some surprising features.
The CLS550 features a new 4.6-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V8; delivering 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with new electrically assisted power steering, Airmatic air suspension, and a revised seven-speed automatic transmission. The CLS550 will offer an estimated 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
The 2012 CLS63 … Read more
The German automakers' battle to dominate China's luxury market is about to spread to a new product segment: small cars and crossovers.
Mercedes-Benz and Audi have chosen the Shanghai auto show for the world debut of two models: a small hatchback dubbed the Mercedes Concept A-Class and the Audi Q3 crossover.
The four-seat Concept A-Class, which is positioned as a sporty rival to the BMW 1-series and Audi A3, is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 2-liter gasoline engine that generates 210 horsepower.
The front-wheel-drive car's four-cylinder engine is mated to a dual-clutch transmission.
Other features include a radar-based … Read more
It's like banning high school football in Texas, surfing in Hawaii, or gambling in Nevada: The new party in power in the German state that's home to Porsche and Mercedes-Benz wants to impose speed limits on highways.
Last week Germany's Green party won an election in Baden-Wuerttemberg on a platform that includes a speed limit of 75 mph to help reduce vehicle emissions. On German autobahns without speed limits, 75 won't get you out of the slow lane.
About 65 percent of the state's highways currently have no speed limit, Bloomberg reported.
"Traffic in … Read more
The idea of a van conversion is nothing new. Consider the water-bed-toting vans of the '70s with their diamond-shaped portholes and air-brushed scenes from Yes album cover art on the sides. But a company called Brilliant Transportation has updated the idea of the van conversion for our less whimsical age.
Enter the Brilliant Van, a conversion based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The tall Sprinter allows stand-up room inside, and Brilliant fits it with leather recliners and two 32-inch LCD TVs fed by DirecTV. A color printer and a 3G Wi-Fi hot spot enable type-A personalities to keep busy. The Brilliant Van even has a hardwood floor.
We've always liked Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter van, a practical vehicle with easily configurable interior space. Freightliner has sold them since 2001 in the U.S., and Dodge even got to put its own badge on the Sprinter when Daimler owned Chrysler. The Sprinter is powered by a 3-liter diesel V-6, giving the vehicle 400 miles range. Mercedes-Benz fits it with its Adblue emissions clean-up system to make it comply with U.S. regulations.
You could probably buy one of these vans from Brilliant Transportation for the right amount of money, but the company is really in the business of rentals. Based in New York, the clients for its chauffeurs-driven vans are mostly businesses and entertainers. … Read more
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 not only showed up at the Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance in Jacksonville, Fla., but Mercedes-Benz Assistant Product Manager William Vetter took a few minutes to host a video walk-around of the race car.
The video shows the race car's features, from the lowered, lightweight carbon fiber body to the features on the steering wheel, from the gear-shift paddles to the button you can push to take a sip of whatever beverage you've got squirreled away.
There are other cool features such as a center console button that literally blows the doors off … Read more
A German advertising agency highlights an innovative idea from Mercedes-Benz in this Web video.
The Mercedes-Benz safety feature, "Pre-Safe," is a collision warning system that anticipates oncoming hazards.
In the ad "Transparent Walls," the Pre-Safe concept plays out more like an art installation piece than a safety feature demonstration. Transparent Walls shows what Pre-Safe would look like as seen through human eyes.
Live video is captured on the onside of a wall and projected around the corner onto another wall--making the wall look transparent. As drivers pass, they can literally see what is coming from behind … Read more