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REPORT: Future E-Class Coupe and Cabrio to receive the AMG treatment

Mercedes-Benz officials have recently admitted not offering an AMG variant for the E-Class Coupe and Cabrio was a major management mistake that shall not be repeated in the future.

Six new models join the A, B and CLA-Class: New engines and more traction

The A, B and CLA-Class model ranges are being extended with the addition of highly economical entry-level versions, another fuel-efficient BlueEFFICIENCY Edition model as well as 4MATIC all-wheel drive variants boasting high levels of traction. Rounding off the top end of the model range is the CLA 45 AMG high-performance coupé. The new models will be available to order from July and will land in dealerships in September 2013.

Market launch for 18 new Mercedes-AMG high-performance models: Performance meets efficiency

Mercedes-AMG sets the pace: This June witnesses the premieres of 18 new AMG high-performance models at Mercedes-Benz dealerships. With a power output spectrum ranging from 265 kW (360 hp) to 552 kW (751 hp), the new AMG vehicles demonstrate both performance and superb efficiency. This unrivalled model initiative from Mercedes-AMG represents the embodiment of the "AMG Performance 50" future strategy in the run-up to the 50th birthday of Mercedes-AMG GmbH in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz represented with 14 different models in the new film "A Good Day to Die Hard": G-Class, Sprinter, Unimog and Zetros save the World

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. The new film "A Good Day to Die Hard" will be in cinemas worldwide from 14 February 2013. Mercedes-Benz has a strong presence in the film in the form of numerous vehicles and will be supporting the premiere screenings in London and Berlin. The provision of an exclusive shuttle fleet for the film's actors and VIP guests is, of course, all part of the service.

4MATIC for the compact model range from Mercedes-Benz: Greater driving dynamics, greater traction, greater safety

The most innovative components of the new 4MATIC include the power take-off to the rear axle which is integrated in the 7G-DCT automated dual clutch transmission and the rear-axle gear with integrated, electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch. This set-up enables fully variable distribution of the drive torque between front and rear axle. Additional benefits of this design are a lower system weight than is available from the competition and high efficiency.

PREVIEW: New insight into AMG's future rocket models - SLS AMG Black Series & Co.

The Mercedes-AMG GmbH division is in charge of turning Mercedes-Benz standard vehicles into fully equipped athletes. The extension of the current portfolio with new additions is one of the main parts of the AMG Performance 2015 growth strategy that was implemented back in 2010. We hear the German firm headquartered in Affalterbach has some pretty hot stuff hidden in the pipeline and ready to bow in the near future. Find out more in the next paragraphs.

New A-Class now available as a model car: The compact car in compact form

The new A-Class is currently rolling into collectors' display cabinets in three different scales – 1:18, 1:43 and 1:87. These hand-assembled miniatures, produced in partnership with model car specialists Norev, Schuco and Herpa using the original CAD data, are authentic down to the very last detail and feature the same original paint colours as their equivalents on the road.

VIDEO: The new C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series meets ol' daddy CLK 63 AMG Black Series

The 'CAR and DRIVER: Tested' show takes a look at the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series in the United States with the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series to see which one holds the most true to its high-performance root. Question is: which one these behemoths would you choose? Watching the video could help you. Enjoy!:)

Hats off to Anthony Alaniz for the tip!

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TRIVIA: Well-weighed development - the first Mercedes-Benz SL models in the 1950s

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194 series) racing sports car came as an overwhelming surprise: although people had hoped for a car like this from Mercedes-Benz during the post-war period, it still left the world speechless when it was presented in March 1952. That same year, the 300 SL enjoyed enormous success at all the major international racing sports car events. Despite its surprise effect, however, the 300 SL racing sports car was not a product of chance, but the result of thorough engineering work. From it emerged the W 198 series production sports car with the identical model designation, 300 SL. The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W 121) was developed in parallel. The brand showed both cars in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York and received a tremendously positive response.

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More than One Million A-Class Models of the Current Generation Delivered to Customers

Mercedes-Benz has handed over more than a million A-Class models of the current generation to customers worldwide since the market launch in autumn 2004. Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Marketing: "With the A-Class, 15 years ago Mercedes-Benz established the premium compact car segment. We already sold over one million vehicles of the second generation and with the new A-Class we will again set new standards in the segment and will fascinate our customers once again." At the Geneva Motor Show in March Mercedes-Benz will show the entirely redesigned A-Class for the first time. Market launch will be later this year.

Dr. Schmidt also said: "The new A-Class is the pulse of a new generation of sporty-emotional vehicles with which we seek to open up our brand increasingly to younger customer groups, and develop further market regions. This new model is an essential component of our product offensive in the compact car segment, which we launched with the introduction of the new B-Class very successful last year. "

The first model of the new premium compact cars, the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class, has been delivered since mid-November 2011. It has been received outstandingly well by customers and clearly exceeds the expectations.

Preparations for the startup of the new A-Class are in full swing. Due to the model changeover of the compact cars, production has already been reorganized in large parts. Nevertheless, 97,808 vehicles of the current generation were delivered to customers worldwide last year. In the year before Mercedes-Benz sold 112,586 units of the A-Class. The cars were most popular in the European market, especially in the home market, Germany, where almost half of all A-Class models were sold. The second biggest market is Italy, followed by France and the U.K. The A-Class was introduced at the end of 2010 in China with great success. In 2011, the first year of full availability, Mercedes-Benz delivered 5,100 units to customers there.

Throughout the years the Mercedes engineers have developed numerous innovations specifically for the compact models. The A-Class thus quickly gained a reputation for being a trendsetter and innovation leader. For instance, it was the world's first compact car to get an internationally valid environmental certificate in 2007.

The new compact cars from Mercedes-Benz include, apart from the A- and B-Class, three other sporty, emotional variants, among them a coupé and an SUV. All of the five new compact models are produced in a production network by the Rastatt plant and the new plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. From 2013 on, step by step three of the new models will also be manufactured in China.

Credits: Daimler AG

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Mercedes-Benz miniatures win eight categories in readers' poll: The SLS AMG 1:12 voted Super Model Vehicle Of The Year 2011

Readers of MODELL FAHRZEUG, Germany's leading magazine for model cars, have declared miniature versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles the winners in no less than eight categories. Two awards went to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 1:12 scale model from model-car maker Premium Classixxs: the gullwing model from the Mercedes-Benz Collection won the overall award "Super Model Vehicle 2011" as well as achieving first place in the 1:12 category. Readers voted on a total of 162 models (including 31 Mercedes-Benz models) in 22 categories.

In addition to these accolades, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH won the award in the new category "Premium brand 2011 auto industry". For this award, which was given for the first time this year, the readers had to decide which car maker had made the best policy for model cars in 2011. "We are naturally very pleased to receive this recognition," says Christian Boucke, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH. "Model cars that remain faithful to the original and are produced with great attention to detail have always had a special importance – both in our Collection and in the case of our licensed products. Over 350 models bearing the Mercedes star currently arouse the passion for perfection and design common to collectors all over the world. And models from around 130 licensed partners allow Mercedes-Benz to widen its range of products at specialist retailers."

The table below highlights the winning Mercedes models as voted for by the readers of MODELL FAHRZEUG magazine:
For collectors: Mercedes miniatures displaying great attention to detail

Since the invention of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz has built its vehicles out of conviction and passion. Such is the extent of this passion that even the miniature vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz Collection are produced with enormous attention to detail – so much so that they even stand up to comparison with their larger role models. As soon as you see a new Mercedes-Benz on the road, you can be sure that a miniature version – available in a range of almost 100-percent genuine colours and a choice of scales, of course – will be waiting for enthusiasts at Mercedes-Benz outlets.

Numerous model cars produced in collaboration with licensed partners widen the range of model cars sporting the Mercedes star – not only collector's models but also miniatures in categories not currently covered by Mercedes‑Benz Accessories GmbH, such as RC cars or slot cars. When it comes to the licensed products, too, Mercedes-Benz naturally attaches great importance to attention to detail and high value: hence the developers have access to either CAD data or digitalised design data from the original. Or they are given a vehicle for photographic purposes. Aspects checked before approval is given include design, quality and logos.

Source: Daimler AG

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REPORT: Mercedes-Benz preps an avalanche of new models for the future years

We have talked various times about the continuously expanding range of Mercedes-Benz models, which is allegedly planned to receive new body styles derived from the new A-Class/B-Class compact lineup, the M-Class and the 2013 S-Class (W 222).

Starting with 2013, the A/B family will grow a bit with the addition of the new CLC-Class, a compact 4-door coupe borrowing the design language from the CLS, that will use the front-driven MFA platform and could also spawn an AMG model with up 350 hp. One year after, under the same moniker, Mercedes-Benz will launch an unconventional shooting brake variant, which shall follow the trails of the CLS Shooting Brake, entering the market in 2012. Also in 2014, the Stuttgart-based constructor will unwrap its BMW X1/Audi Q3 fighter: the GLC will feature an unique exterior styling, inspired by the latest philosophy of the brand, and will be offered in both FWD and 4MATIC versions.

Mercedes-Benz does not want to fall behind the main competitors and looks to fill every important segment with niche models. One of them is the future MLC SUV coupe, built on the platform of the new M-Class and set for the official premiere towards 2015.

The illustrious S-Class will mark the entrance to a new generation during the autumn of 2012. The W 222 model will be presented in short wheelbase version, the long wheelbase variant following shortly after in 2013. Featuring new, high-end technologies such as hybrid and electric drive, the luxury flagship will also be available in the S 63 AMG trim, powered by the 5.5-litre V8 biturbo with up to 571 hp. Who knows, we might also get two new V12 petrol engines, one for the S 600, and one for the high-end S 65 AMG monster.

Furthermore, approaching 2014, a new S-Class Coupe replacing the current CL-Class is in cards to bow, probably at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Towards 2015, Mercedes-Benz is rumored to be revealing other two special variants based on the S-Class: a four-dour coupe that would slot in the gap between the CLS and the Coupe and probably a four-door luxury cabriolet based on the Ocean Drive Concept of 2007.

Mercedes-AMG GmbH division will also likely add new supercar to its glorious lineup of dream models. In 2015 or 2016, the Affalterbach-based company plans to uncloak a compact hyper vehicle with conventional doors and up to 500 hp and boasting an extensive use of lightweight materials (CFRP, aluminium etc.) for building the chassis, body and interior: the SLC AMG. Moreover, in the last period, new hints have surfaced, indicating a new uber-class supercar with up to 700 hp out of a V12 unit might reach stores in the next five years.

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