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We have caught the next-generation C-Class many of times, but today our friend Toldi managed to catch it on video.

The prototype caught testing is still camouflaged, but it is no surprise that the new C-Class will combine design elements seen on the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva three years ago with elements revealed by the recently launched S-Class and E-Class models.

The interior will also be revised with higher-quality materials and new features. Under the hood, we will definitely see gasoline and diesel engines, but rumors are also circulating that the new C-Class will come with a hybrid powertrain too.

Expect to see the new generation C-Class sedan to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . A station wagon version will arrive six months later, and we expect coupe and convertible versions to arrive at the end of 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman

Back in 2011, Daimler announced that it would cease Maybach production due to the very poor sales, and the last Maybach left the factory in December 2012. Shortly after Benz dropped Maybach, Mercedes announced it would replace the entire brand with an extended-wheelbase version of the new-generation S-Class called the Pullman .

Today our spy photographers caught an awfully long S-Class out testing. Though many people think this may be just an extra-long version of the new S-Class, our detective work has all but confirmed that this is the same Pullman prototype that we caught earlier, simply further along in the design process.

The super-long body sits atop an extended S-Class wheelbase and it features a new side profile and a new C-Pillar. The Pullman will offer significantly more room on the inside, plus there are rumors floating around that the Pullman will offer a 2+2+2 configuration.

Under the hood, we expect the next S600 Pullman to get a twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that will deliver about 600 horsepower.

Expect to see the new Pullman sometime at the end of 2013.

If you’ve been itching to get a piece of the Mercedes CLA-Class , we may have just found a way for you to get one without having to spend a dime on it.

The German automaker is launching a new contest through Instagram, pitting some of the most-followed "iGers" against each other for a chance to go home with a brand new CLA-Class.

Interested yet?

But before we get into how you can win the car, a background on the contest is in order. Mercedes has tapped five of Instagram’s best photographers to spend five days each driving the CLA. Whoever gets the most likes will be the one to keep the car.

Here’s where you get into the picture: you have a chance to become the sixth driver. All you have to do is submit you’re Instagram handle with the five drivers selecting the winner based on your account. As far as the criteria needed to be chosen, you must have with you some of the characteristics that best captures the spirit of the CLA. Remember, you must have a public feed or accept Mercedes’ follow request to be eligible for the competition.

Should you be selected, you and a co-pilot will take a three-day road trip, beginning on September 5, 2013 and you’ll have to document whatever you do during this road trip on the @MBUSA Instagram feed where you get a chance to win a three-year lease on Mercedes’ newest model.

Again, we ask: interested yet?

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes CLA-Class

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If you ask us, the best BMW model ever built is the M3 E30. Mercedes has yet to match the perfect balance that Bimmer pulled off with the M3 E30, even the C63 AMG falls short. But the newly launched A45 AMG certainly gives our latest BMW favorite, the M135i, a run for its money. And who better to put the two head to head than Chris Harris?

So, what does Chris Harris think about two of the latest German models: the BMW M135i and the new Mercedes A45 AMG ? In the latest episode of Drive he put the two sports hatchback through every test he could muster up and tried to find out which one is the best. He tried them on the road, the track, compared the lap times and the standing start acceleration times in an attempt to see which one is better: Stuttgart or Munich?

As usual, Harris brings us a nice mixture or crazy driving, limit pushing, sarcasm and intelligence to his comparison to make it all the more interesting. Check out the video to see what Chris thinks of the two German hot hatches.

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Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS sports car with the new SLC sports car . While there were rumors suggesting there wouldn’t be a roadster version for the upcoming SLC, chances are that Mercedes will opt for the same options available on the SLS: coupe, roadster and Black Series.

The SLC Roadster will be nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course the convertible top in place of the fixed roof. Both the coupe and the roadster versions will be built on the same aluminum-intensive engineering layout as the SLS, but with a different exterior look. Both models will drop the famous gullwing doors and will adopt conventional, forward-swinging ones.

Under the hood, the roadster version will get the same engines as the coupe: a base V-8 with about 485 horsepower, an S model with the V-8 tweaked to about 550 horsepower and a Black Series with the eight-cylinder pushed to about 585 horsepower.

The roadster version is expected to arrive a few months after the coupe and will be priced at about $150k.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLC Roadster.

A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.

That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.

Lots of "expensive" there, huh?

The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.

Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.

And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.

Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio

Source: Bonhams

You may not know a whole lot about Mara Hoffman, but the colorful and vibrant fashion designer sure does have quite a following.

Hoffman is considered one of the most prestigious swimwear designers in the world and her stature caught the attention of Mercedes-Benz , who proceeded to name her this season’s "Mercedes-Benz Presents" design.

As part of being named with the honor, Mercedes gave Hoffman a chance to showcase her fashion design skills, not on a two-piece bikini, but on an actual Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet .

Judging by the look of Hoffman’s creation, we have little doubt that she really put her personality into that drop-top E-Class with a one-of-a-kind print that will also debut as an exclusively designed fashion item and be sold at Alchemist fashion boutique in Miami.

If you want to take a closer look at Mara Hoffan’s bursting design on the E-Class Cabriolet, you can keep an eye out for it at numerous spots by South Beach in Miami.

Given the fact that South Beach is known for being one of the most hip and happening places in America, there’s no doubt that this one-off Mara Hoffan-designed E-Class Cabriolet will fit right in.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

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In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E63 AMG . This is not your run-of-the-mill E63 AMG , but rather it is tuned by Weistec Engineering and boast an output of 850 horsepower.

Weistec Engineering updated the E63 AMG with the addition of a new turbo system and a new exhaust system with freer-flowing down pipes. The tuner continued with remapping the ECU, adding new air filters and revising cooling system. There are also new, stronger CV axles that are responsible for transferring torque and power from the differential to the wheels in a vehicle with independent suspension.

What’s really cool is that the tuner considers it can easily upgrade the E63 AMG to deliver an astonishing 1,000 horsepower! We’re sure Matt will get a crack at that tune too, at some point.

Check out the video to see how the extra 300 ponies improved the E63 AMG’s performance figures.

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The new Mercedes A-Class is a pretty cool car, but there’s a pretty huge gap between the standard version and the A45 AMG , especially when it comes to its outward appearance. In order to improve the car’s look, two German tuners — Inden Design and Binz — joined forces and created a very cool A-Class. In fact, the tuners churned out two A-Class models: one painted gray and one red.

The first model comes painted in a dark grey and features a factory-made AMG-optical-package. This package adds a new front and rear bumper, plus new side skirts. There is also a flap made from carbon fiber that runs the entire width of the vehicle, plus a new rear diffuser also made in carbon fiber. The two tuners also modified the exhaust system and capped off the exhaust with new pipes from the C63 AMG Black Series .

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes A-Class by Inden and Binz.

We don’t know if it was coincidence between BMW and Mercedes , but clearly there has to be some kind of snickering going between the two camps.

On the same day BMW introduced the special edition M5 Nighthawk Edition in Japan, Mercedes did the same, albeit with the less powerful B-Class . Specifically, the car is called the B180 Northern Lights Black Edition and it’s the latest in a string of special edition Mercedes models to exclusively hit Japan.

Surely, you can remember the G550 Night Edition and the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition from a few months back, right?

As if those two models weren’t enough, Mercedes’ spoiling of its Japanese customers continues with this B180, which comes with a pretty mesmerizing dark purple exterior paint to go with bi-xenon headlights, folding mirrors and LED daytime running lights.

Moving inside, the cabin features heated seats with their own memory function, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Easy-Vario-Plus capabilities, allowing for the front passenger seat and both rear seats to be folded, increasing the interior’s load capacity to 1,995 liters (70.45 cubic-feet).

Under the hood, this special edition carries the same 1,595 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base B180. This gives it 90 kW (120 horsepower) at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.

Humble as the B-Class appears to be relative to the M5, the Northern Lights Black Edition is as attractive as they come and can be yours, assuming you live in Japan, for just ¥3.36 million, which is about $33,900 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes B-Class


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