Mercedes Concept Cars

2030 Mercedes-Benz Aria Concept 'Swan Wing'

2030 Mercedes-Benz Aria Concept ’Swan Wing’

So did you like the 2020 Maserati GT Garbin Concept design penned by Jaime Cervantes, Andrea Coccia, and Chetan Rajput?

Well, if concept designs are your thing, student Slavche Tanecski did one better with the introduction of his Mercedes-Benz Aria Concept “Swan Wing”. Tanecksi, a student at the Munich University of Applied Sciences designed this concept as part of his thesis and was even assisted by Mercedes designers.

Pegging it as the future of luxury mobility in 2030, Tanecki designed the Aria Concept Swan Wing using musical instruments as his inspiration. As such, the whole theme of his study revolves around the timeless appeal of instruments, most of which lend an elegant, classy, and noble touch to the car’s proportions and surface finishes. There are references to a piano, a violin, a keyboard, and strings, all of which were sculptured together to create a visceral aesthetic that not only surprises, but also follows up with a deep appreciation for a car’s definition and overall character.

While we certainly enjoyed the GT Garbin Concept, we found ourselves really drawn to this design study. The talent of this young man is obvious, and it should take him to places a lot of us with little to no artistic credibility can only dream of reaching.

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2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Emergency Medical Vehicle Study

2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Emergency Medical Vehicle Study

The next time any one of us gets in an accident that warrants a visit from an emergency vehicle, we may need to get our pulse checked even further if Mercedes’ new design study ever sees the production line. The new SLS AMG Emergency Vehicle will be rushing to the rescue starting May 11th-May 13th at the 2011 RETTmobil - the largest European trade fair for rescue and mobility.

We don’t know much about the design study, but the images released by Mercedes show a silver SLS AMG with the German word for emergency (Notarzt) stretched across the side. The traditional red and blue highlights come in the form of blue light beams and red exterior accent paint. The interior will undoubtedly be filled with your usual emergency equipment, although we doubt they will be able to stow a stretcher in the back.

In terms of power, we are guessing that it will remain the same for the SLS AMG Emergency Vehicle because the 6.3-liter V8 engine developing 571 hp and up to 479 lb-ft of torque found in the standard model is still much more than your average emergency vehicle. That is, unless you are counting the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia revealed back in 2009.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

2011 Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Just when there were doubts about the future of Mercedes’ A-Class, the German automaker comes out and releases what is arguably the hottest looking hatchback concept we’ve seen in a while.

This is the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class, and oh dear Lord, does it look mighty divine. We can’t get enough of the concept’s overall design, especially that sharp as a tack, starry, starry night-inspired grille. Of course, we don’t expect each and every element of the Concept A-Class to make it to the production version, but at the very least, we know the direction Mercedes is taking with their hatch-segment models.

Yeah, no more of those box-shaped, minivan-looking cars whose only redeeming value was that it had the brand’s tri-star logo on it. But the new Concept A-Class really is something else. it’s got edge, it’s got attitude, and it’s got class.

UPDATE 04/20/2011: Car and Driver had their way with Mercedes and ended up coaxing some wonderful news coming out of the New York Auto Show. The Mercedes Concept A-Class is indeed headed to the production line and it will also find its way over to the States. Sweet!

UPDATE 09/08/11: The Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class is getting some serious technological juice courtesy of a range of new connectivity functions, including Twitter and Facebook integration, text-to-speech translation of email messages and status updates. The whole concept may still be year’s from being produced commercially, but it does give us an idea on what the future Mercedes infotainment system is going to look like. Check out the video to find out more about the Concept A-Class’ fancy new digs.

UPDATE 10/15/11:Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in the building of a concept car, especially one that packs all the technology that comes with a concept like the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class? Well, you won’t need to wonder anymore because the German automaker has released a video detailing exactly how the whole deal goes down. Check it out by clicking the photo above.

Details on the Concept A-Class after the jump.

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Mercedes will bring new concept and new AMG model to NY Auto Show

Mercedes will bring new concept and new AMG model to NY Auto Show

Mercedes has its slots filled for this year’s New York Auto Show, as the company will be unveiling the new C63 AMG Coupe, a new concept car, and another AMG model during the show. If we take previous marketing exploitations as a hint of the future, then expect to see the SLS AMG Roadster teased back in February in the Mercedes Super Bowl commercial on this roster as the second AMG model. As for the concept car, it will surely follow along the usual concept criteria, which involves previewing the company’s future technology.

Alongside the three models making their world premieres, Mercedes will also be busy with another three models making their North American debuts: the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster, C-Class Coupe, and C-Class will all be in attendance to strut their stuff for the American crew.

Hang tight and we’ll bring more coverage of the event and news of Mercedes’ expected debuts as soon as we get it.

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2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept

2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept

The mad mechanics from Mercedes high end tuning arm of AMG are at it once again. Instead of preparing a brand new CLS63 AMG or putting the finishing touches on the C63 AMG Black Series; the trainees are up to no good with some spare parts and an idea.

The innocent Mercedes B-Class is about to receive a serious upgrade from some talented young men and women. A plant manager at an AMG assembly shop is testing his students by giving them a task they can really sink their teeth into. Peter Wesp thought up the challenge and ended up having some of his talented staff take on the project.

Andreas Wurz is a foreman in the technical vocational training department and it was his idea that lent to such a sinister B-class being built. Specific plans were put together, parts gathered and work started on the B55 AMG.

Hit the jump for more details on the B55 AMG.

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Mercedes Blackbird Design Study

Mercedes Blackbird Design Study

Its not a secret anymore that the future car will look much different than the car we’re seeing today on the streets. And when you’re having lots of imagination is not very hard to picture how a future supercar will look like. For example what do you think: will a Mercedes model ever look like this?

Peter Vardai has designed the Blackbird, study that pay homage to Mercedes-Benz’s racing history. According to the designer, his concept is based on the feeling of speed and freedom and the streamlined body is supposed to evoke airplanes, speed and movement. The black and silver are strongly connected to the brand and they are making the first step in making the car looking exciting and dynamic. The sporty shape refers to the Mercedes’ success in auto racing and the bran’s revolutionary thinking.

While there is no chance just yet to see something like this on the streets just yet, you have to appreciate the guy’s wild imagination!

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2010 Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept

2010 Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept

One of the important events that happens at the LA Auto Show that we are all excited about is the Los Angeles Design Challenge, an annual competition at the LA Auto Show that provides up-and-coming designers with the opportunity to collaborate with an automaker to design a futuristic concept vehicle using a few set requirements. This year, the theme of the challenge is to build a safe and comfortable 2+2 compact car that comes with excellent handling and cutting-edge design and weighs in at no more than 1,000 lbs.

This concept comes from Mercedes-Benz, which, incidentally, was built not far from Los Angeles at the company’s US design headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The vehicle is called the Biome Concept and is described as a vehicle that “grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery”. In layman’s terms, the Biome Concept is pretty much an organic hybrid that was created in complete symbiosis with nature, producing its own oxygen and contributing to the improvement of air quality.

UPDATE 11/26/2010: When the designs for the Los Angeles Design Challenge were entered, no one really expected any of them to see production, but, according to Autocar, Mercedes is looking into using the BIOME Concept as the inspiration for their mid-engined supercar. Mercedes is planning on revealing the concept vehicle in 2015 as a competitor to BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics’ eco-supercar.

Now, we don’t expect the production version to follow the same path as the concept’s creation – nobody’s silly enough to believe that Mercedes can grow the production version from “seeds” as how the concept is supposedly born – but according to Hubert Lee, the man heading Mercedes’ California design studio where the BIOME was conceptualized, certain elements of the concept could be translated to the production version. “We were conscious during its development to ensure it wasn’t too limited or edgy,” he said.

“It had to be do-able without any significant changes.”

Full details and press release after the jump

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Mercedes-Benz EL500 Luxury Sedan takes us to the future

Mercedes-Benz EL500 Luxury Sedan takes us to the future

Sometime in the near – or far – future, electric and fuel-efficient cars will eventually rule the automotive world, all in the name of the environment and fuel-efficiency.

If you really think about it, the EV seeds are already being planted by different automakers, most of who already have or are in the process of developing their own electric vehicles.

US designer Nikita Kalinin doesn’t work for any of these auto brands, but she sure knows how to make a design study for a car that we all hope we’ll be seeing in our streets in the future.

Kalinin’s work is a design study for the Mercedes-Benz EL500 Luxury Sedan, an all-electric long wheelbase sedan trapped in a coupe’s body. The car is going to be powered by a Li-Ion permanent battery in the front with a quick swap cartridge battery at the rear that’s responsible for powering two high-torque motors and is mated to compact CVT transaxles. All in all, the EL500 will boast of a 300-mile full-battery charge.

Full story after the jump.

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2011 Mercedes Concept 358

2011 Mercedes Concept 358

The second installment of the unique duo unveiled by Mercedes at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show is the very special Concept 358. Following along the same lines as the Mercedes SLS AMG Night Black, this C 63 AMG is painted in another one-of-a-kind exterior paint job: designo Pearl Orange. It also carries with it the AMG Performance Package Plus found in the Night Black.

This package will increase the engine’s output to a staggering 479 HP, which is where the name comes from. The concept also gets unique 19-inch multi spoke alloy wheels in black, KEYLESS-GO, and extended designo leather appointments in the interior.

"The unique C 63 AMG on display also unveils the AMG Performance Package Plus which Australian customers can now order from their local dealer in both Saloon and Estate," said Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia, Mr Horst von Sanden. "Each Mercedes-Benz vehicle is special, but for this year’s motor show we wanted to go that next step and bring two world exclusives to show the Australian public."

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Mercedes Nimbus Concept could be the future of public transportation

Mercedes Nimbus Concept could be the future of public transportation

Wouldn’t it be completely awesome if you flagged a taxi in the future and this vehicle came along to pick you up? Sure, it’s wishful thinking, but what would the world come to if people just stopped dreaming?

Straight from the mind of Slavche Tanevski, a design student from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, is this novel concept taxi he’s calling the Mercedes-Benz Nimbus Concept. As part of his work as an intern at the Mercedes Exterior Design Studio, Tanveski’s design of the taxi of the future is as innovative as any concept we’ve seen in a while.

The Nimbus concept is powered by a four hub-mounted electric motor that’s supported by lithium-ion batteries. The vehicle’s peculiar shape also allows for a more spacious interior cabin with space for both a driver and passenger cabin with the latter capable of seating of three to five people at a time.

Lord knows what’s going to happen in the days and years to come, but if this concept vehicle is an indication of how snazzy public transportation is going to become in the future, then you can expect a lot of people, including us, to prefer hailing a cab as opposed to bringing our own cars out on the road.

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MBtech Reporter Pick-Up Concept

MBtech Reporter Pick-Up Concept

Out of the spotlight of the upcoming Paris Motor Show, another vehicle expo happened in Hanover, and one of the featured vehicles making an appearance was the MBtech Reporter pick-up concept. We can’t say that we haven’t imagined futuristic pick-ups taking a departure from their current aesthetic set-up, but this one definitely takes it to an entirely different level. As far as we can tell, it looks like a fish.

The Reporter – kind of sounds more like a wrestler’s alias, doesn’t it? – is powered by an independent 1.2-liter 4-cylinder natural gas combustion engine that also includes a 70kW electric motor that powers the concept pick-ups rear axle with a gas turbocharger powering the front wheels. The Reporter’s powerplant serves the role of being a range and performance extender that allows the pick-up to produce a top speed of 80 mph.

The Reporter also features a “Solar Top” that generates enough energy – 266 Watts – to power a few of the electrical components of the vehicle, the Reporter pick-up concept is being classified as a combination of a plug-in and full-hybrid vehicle – thanks in large part to the DualX E-Drive drive solution - that also comes with an all-wheel drive system. MBtech likewise installed three driving modes in the pick-up – eco, 4range, and 4dynamic – to allow the driver to choose the most suitable setting for whatever driving condition he finds himself in.

Check out the attached video to see how the MBtech Reporter evolved from an idea into a full-fledged concept vehicle.

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Rare Mercedes C111-III damaged in high-jacking attempt

Rare Mercedes C111-III damaged in high-jacking attempt

In September 1969 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Mercedes displayed a futuristic study that was used to test Wankel engines, diesel engines, and turbochargers. There were only three versions built, with the third one C111-III being unveiled in 1977. It used a straight-5 turbo-Diesel engine that developed a total of 230 HP. The C111 hit 200 mph (322 km/h) at Nardò in 1978.

Do we need to continue or is the information we have provided sufficient enough to understood that this is a very rare car and some people will do anything to have it? If it is then we must move on to the crazy news we must reveal. A C111-III prototype being transported from the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to its museum in Brooklands, England, was reportedly the target of a robbery attempt when criminals tried to hijack the truck in which it was contained. As if the near-stolen experience wasn’t enough, the vehicle suffered some damage to its front fender and gullwing doors.

This shows the idiocy involved in thievery. Where exactly did these thieves think they were going to go with such a rare car as the C111? Did they think no one would notice? Maybe that the robbery wouldn’t be splattered across all automotive outlets? Stay in school, guys. Stay in school.

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