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What is Mercedes-AMG Teasing With a Panamericana Grille?

What is Mercedes-AMG Teasing With a Panamericana Grille?

A new AMG model will receive Mercedes’ signature multi-strip grille

Mercedes-Benz’ PR team was probably tasked with producing the shortest teaser video in history, and they’ve come up with this: a three-second video showcasing the vertical bars of the gaping grille on an undisclosed AMG model. Cue the ’Mission Impossible’ theme as we try to find out what Mercedes-Benz is really telling us here.

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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The nitty-gritty on the 70-plus vehicles at TAWA’s Truck Rodeo

By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.

A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.

Keep reading for the full results.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Wins 2015 World Performance Car Award

Mercedes-AMG GT Wins 2015 World Performance Car Award

After going against an initial entry list of 12 cars and then inching past fierce rivals like the BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT was crowned winner of the 2015 World Performance Car Award. Mercedes-Benz was on a roll at the "World Car Awards 2015," winning three of the five categories. Voted by an an international jury of over 75 journalists, the Mercedes-AMG GT apparently won the hearts of most, whether in standard trim or as the GT S.

"Its on-road presence alone is almost enough to qualify it as a ‘Top 3’ finalist. But in addition to its ruggedly handsome looks it has an impressive spec sheet comprising biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, seven speed dual-clutch transmission, 456bhp (minimum)...and much, much more." noted the World Car Awards jurors.

As the second model to be developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG, the GT is largely based on a modified platform borrowed from its predecessor, the SLS AMG. While it’s shorter, lighter and about as fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT is much less expensive, being positioned in a lower segment. Its arch-enemy is the Porsche 911, but it also goes against models like the Jaguar F-Type R or the upcoming Maserati Alfieri. The U.S. 2015 lineup only offers the GT S version, which is packed with a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The less-powerful GT version will hit showrooms by the end of 2015, while the GT3-inspired hardcore model is expected to be unveiled in 2016.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT.

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Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.

Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.

Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.

So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is TopGear's "Lairy Car of the Year"

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year"

"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...

According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."

It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.

Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!

Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

Last year’s picks for the coupe of the year raged a war between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, but this year things are a bit different. In fact, neither one of these muscle cars made the list, simply because the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t available for purchase just yet.

With the two major muscle cars out of the running, we were still left with a ton of vehicles worthy of some time in the spotlight. Our choices for the top coupes of 2011 are kind of all over the place. From the Audi TT-RS’ return to the States to the Lotus Exige S and its road-going capabilities on the other side of the pond, there’s pretty much a flavor for anybody.

In fact, if we’ve missed one of your favorites, make sure to hit us up.

Hit the jump for our picks for the 2011 Coupe of the Year, in alphabetical order.

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Mercedes SLR Roadster - best roadster in Europe

Mercedes SLR Roadster - best roadster in Europe

The Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster has won the cabriolet and roadster category of the prestigious "Auto 1 von Europa" ["Europe’s No. 1 Car"] awards organised by leading car magazine AUTO BILD. Readers of the 26 European editions of AUTO BILD as well as an international jury of experts selected the super sports car from Stuttgart for its exceptional qualities. The award honouring the SLR Roadster as the most sought-after open-top car was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show yesterday.
 
Some 40 million readers of the 26 European editions published by the AUTO BILD family were invited to vote for the best new cars of 2007 in six categories. The three top vehicles in each category in this Europe-wide poll then had to undergo two days of professional testing in Rome. It was on the basis of this thorough programme of comparative testing that the members of the expert jury – made up of experienced engineers, top motoring journalists and leading international racing drivers – decided on the category winners.

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Mercedes-Benz C Class wins Wheels car of the year award

Mercedes-Benz C Class wins Wheels car of the year award

The Mercedes-Benz C Class is a class apart from all the other runners in its category. It has just added another feather to its hat by being judged as Car of the year by Wheels magazine.

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Mercedes Diesotto wins Safety and Technology Award

Mercedes Diesotto wins Safety and Technology Award

The innovative DIESOTTO concept developed by Mercedes‑Benz has won its first major international award. In recognition of this forward-looking drive system, the well-known UK magazine Autocar presented its prestigious "Safety and Technology Award" to Mercedes-Benz at a ceremony in London.

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Mercedes CDI hatches awarded

Mercedes CDI hatches awarded

0A 160 CDI and B 200 CDI: Mercedes-Benz is awarded the prestigious Car Environment Certificate0
The internationally renowned environmental institute Öko Trend has awarded its Car Environment Certificate to two Mercedes Benz models. Both the A 160 CDI and the B 200 CDI manufactured by the Stuttgart brand achieved top marks during an extensive and critical analysis by specialists at the independent institute.
The two Mercedes-Benz models concerned achieved well-above-average results in all (...)

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The safest car on US roads is? The Mercedes Benz M Class.

The safest car on US roads is? The Mercedes Benz M Class.

Mercedes the safest car in US!

Top SUV wins the "Safest car in the US" award, the Mercedes Benz M Class takes top honour in safety awards.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Top Safety Pick 2007

Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Top Safety Pick 2007

The prestigious US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the Mercedes-Benz M-Class its Top Safety Pick 2007 – the best buy when it comes to safety. The off-roader from Stuttgart performed outstandingly in all areas in the luxury SUV category.
Every year, as a purchasing guide, the experts at IIHS rate new car models according to strict safety criteria. This year, for the first time, they included SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles). In the course of their assessment the (...)

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TopSpeed Headline News

TopSpeed Headline News

Chevrolet Ultra WTCC has hit the road. AutoExpress
Former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler sets car selling record - $36million. AutoWeek
Honda’s high-efficiency diesel engines vs US tough pollution regulations. DetNews
Mercedes GL450 2007 SUV of the year. EMercedesBenz.com
NASCAR Teleconference Transcript. FastMachines
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. seems to consolidate financial results for the fiscal second quarter. PR
US Automakers (...)

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2007 Mercedes GL450 SUV of the year

2007 Mercedes GL450 SUV of the year

Motor Trend magazine has named the Mercedes-Benz GL450 as its sport utility vehicle of the year for 2007. Powered by a V8 engine with an output of 335 and featuring a seven-speed transmission gearbox, the GL450 was chose from 22 vehicles.
"The GL may be a surprise winner for many people," said MacKenzie. "The first full-size sport/utility from Mercedes is not cheap, but it has astonishing technology. It offers a seven-speed automatic transmission and a V-8 engine with 335 (...)

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Wins Automotive Excellence Award

The new-generation 2007 Mercedes- Benz S-Class sedan, the company’s latest flagship sedan and the successor to a long line of premium luxury vehicles, has won a coveted Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics magazine, one of the largest and most trusted technology magazines that reaches more than 8.6 million readers each month. Chosen by the magazine’s experienced team of automotive editors, the new S550 model won their Safety award, one of ten categories that comprise their (...)

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Mercedes R-Class scoops prodigious design award

Mercedes R-Class scoops prodigious design award

The North Rhineland-Westphalia Design Center has announced that the Mercedes-Benz R-Class is to receive its most coveted award, the “red dot design award – best of the best”. In awarding this internationally recognised design prize, the jury is honouring the sophisticated design of the R-Class vehicle concept, which offers first-class comfort to up to six occupants. The R-Class represents an exciting blend of functionality, dynamism and elegance. It now assumes a confident position in the (...)

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Mercedes-AMG web site wins at the Webby Awards

Mercedes-AMG web site wins at the Webby Awards

The Mercedes-AMG web site took first place in the "Automotive" category at the presentation of the Webby Awards in New York today. This renowned award programme honours the world’s best web sites every year.
For the tenth time, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has recognised outstanding achievement in the field of web design, creativity, usability and functionality. The Academy is an international organisation whose 550-plus membership includes numerous (...)

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S-Class is Fleet Car of the Year 2006

S-Class is Fleet Car of the Year 2006

The readers of the Austrian motoring magazine "Firmenwagen" have voted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Fleet Car of the Year 2006 in the luxury car category.
With this award this specialist magazine recognises the outstanding technology that has made the Mercedes flagship model an example for the entire field of car development. In autumn 2005 around one dozen technical innovations available in no other automobile entered series production with the new S-Class. These include Brake Assist PLUS (...)

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