Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volkswagen show new logos to encourage social distancing
The COVID-19 pandemic is in full blast and many countries have closed borders and asked citizens to stay home to help contain the spread. All sorts of companies around the world are joining these efforts with new logos that promote social distancing. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volkswagen are among them, having launched redesigned logos on social media platforms.
Automakers Promote Social Distancing with Updated Logos
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, several automakers have made updates to their logos to promote social distancing, regarded by doctors and health experts as one of the key ways in preventing the spread of the virus.
Volkswagen, Audi, and most recently, Mercedes-Benz, have taken to social media to promote social distancing. To slam the point home, all three German brands unveiled modifications to their logos to reflect the social adjustments we all have to make as a society to stop the virus in its tracks. Across the board, the message is clear: if you don’t want to spread the virus, keep your distance from everyone else.
Sweet German Baby Jesus Is the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Powerful
It hasn’t even been a week since the most recent round of spy shots for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series started circulating the net. So far, we’ve learned precious little about the car that will be the last entry to the first-gen AMG GT and serve as the flagship model outside of the bonkers Project One Hypercar. All that has changed, though, thanks to a new report from Double Apex, a South African magazine that claims the AMG GT Black Series will have more than 700 horsepower.
Racechip Can Tune the Mercedes-AMG A45 to Near-500 Horsepower On the Cheap
The world of hot hatches is brimming with sharp-looking, go-fast pocket rockets but as of 2019, there’s one that rules them all. Enter the Mercedes-AMG A45.
Unveiled in the summer of 2019, the Mercedes-AMG A45 introduced the world’s most powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Under the hood of the top-spec S model, the M139 mill cranks out 310 kW (415 horsepower, 412 PS) and 500 Newton-meters of twist or around 369 pound-feet of torque. These guys, though, can consideraby improve on those numbers by just tweaking the car’s software.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in early 2019.
With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.
Update 3/24/2020: The Mercedes-AMG Black Series is about ready for production and we just got a fresh look. Check out the Spy Shots section below to see the latest pictures and learn what has changed!
A Leaked Naming List Tells Us What to Expect from AMG and the Next-Gen Mercedes SL-Class
The Mercedes SL-Class as you know it today entered the market back in 2013, and it’s about time we see a next-gen model. It is, quite honestly, the oldest model in Merc’s lineup right now since the SLC has been discontinued. Way back in 2018, we learned (or heard rumors, rather) that the AMG SL73 could be making a comeback with the introduction of the seventh-gen model, and a new leak points to a handful of new AMG SL models, one of which is the SL73. Well, kind of.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Driven Review and Impressions
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a real looker with its long nose and swooped back cabin. Just looking at it evokes all the feelings you’d expect from a precision-built, six-figure machine that bears both the AMG and Mercedes logo. It’s an impressive car, to say the least, but what happens when you get behind the wheel of one of the 750 GT R Roadsters that will be produced? Does it still evoke that same high-end sports car feeling? Does it still feel like it’s ready for the track from the moment you sit down in the seat? Does it drive any different compared to the coupe it is based on? Well, we spent a week with the AMG GT R, and we’ve set out to answer all those questions and more.
2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC by Brabus
Brabus seems to be adapting to the “rEVolution”. After working on a butt load of Mercedes-Benz’s cars, Brabus has now laid its hands on the company’s first all-electric crossover – the EQC. The tuner has customized EVs from its subsidiary, Smart Fortwo, but this is the first time it is working on an EV with the three-pointed star logo. The EQC has been given typical Brabus-treatment. There are changes made to the exterior as well as the powertrain. The interior in the stock crossover is plush as it is and Brabus hasn’t messed around with it other than adding a few things. But, the main question is – are aftermarket companies prepared to customize EVs already, or is it too soon?
2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 is a facelifted version of the performance sedan that sits between the regular E-Class and the AMG E63. The sedan that replaced the old AMG E43 arrived less than a couple of years ago, but Mercedes-Benz decided to upgrade it alongside the standard E-Class. The facelift adds restyled front and rear sections and some new tech, but the drivetrain remains unchanged.
2020 Mercedes-AMG G-Class Star Trooper Pickup by Mansory
Mansory is a premium aftermarket company that has designed some pretty good vehicles in the past. The cars that it has unveiled lately, however, seem to tell a different story. Check out the audacious Lamborghini Urus Venatus or the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coastline to know what I mean. But, now, the company is back to working on its favorite vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
In 2019, Mansory worked on the Mercedes-AMG G63 to create a Star Trooper edition of the legendary SUV. The company has now created a pickup version of the same Star Trooper SUV with a few more touches. Did Brabus inspire them to do this? The Star Trooper has been designed by Mansory in collaboration with Phillip Plein.
Can an Electric Mercedes G-Class Live Up to its 40+ Year Legacy?
The Mercedes G-Class is the epitome of iconic vehicles – it’s big, boxy, luxurious, and capable of going just about anywhere. Sales of the G-Class, especially with the launch of the newest generation, has skyrocketed, and one is forced to wonder if it’s because people love it for its capability and iconic design, or is it because it states true to what old-school SUVs were all about – driving excessive amounts of fuel and looking boxy while it does it. Either way, we’re about to find out the answer to that question. Following confirmation that the G-Class would go electric a while back, we’ve now learned that work has officially begun an electric G-Class.
The 2021 Mercedes E-Class Has an "Electrifying" New Design
When Mercedes-Benz introduced the W213-generation E-Class back in 2016, it created a revolution in the midsize executive segment. It brought many safety innovations to the market and it took the S-Class’ semi-autonomous driving capability to a new level with nine all-new assistance systems.
Come 2020 and the E-Class went through a mid-cycle facelift that makes it even better. Now sporting design cues from the hot CLS, the E-Class also comes with Merc’s latest MBUX infotainment system and new features. Power comes from updated diesel and gasoline engines, hybrid options, and a brand-new 3.0-liter inline-six.
Watch the Mercedes E-Class Livestream Debut Right Here!
The updated Mercedes E-Class has been teasing us for quite a while. It started with several sets of spy shots taken during the usual prototype testing phase. Then, Mercedes found it necessary to tease us constantly, but the day is finally here. Even better yet, Mercedes isn’t only showing off the updated E-Class – the hotter AMG version will also be making its debut. we’re not sure if it’s just the E53, the hardcore E63, or both, but we’re leaning toward the E53 being the candidate of choice here.
Despite the excitement for the updated E-Class’ debut, we already know a lot about what’s coming. This facelift will come with, and I shit you not, no fewer than seven different plug-in hybrid trim levels. Apparently, just about every trim will be available as a hybrid, including at least one diesel-electric model. Of course, availability is a market-level scenario so you may see one or you may see them all (don’t hold out hope for the diesel in the States, obviously.)
A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder will probably be the highlight here. It’s internal designation is M254 and it will supposidly be good for 268 horsepower on its own with the 48-volt mild-hybrid system adding in an extra 20 ponies and an undisclosed amount of torque. The M256 inline-six will also be on the list (borrowed from the CLS) and will be good for 362 ponies plus the traditional mild-hybrid allotted 20 extra ponies. Lots of fresh interior tech will follow as well, some of which taken directly from the new S-Class. The livestream starts at 7:45 AM GMT or 2:45 AM EST for you night owls out there.
2022 Mercedes EQ B
Mercedes’ lineup of electric crossovers and SUVs continues to take shape with a fresh batch of spy photos of a model that looks a lot like the Mercedes GLB-Class. Except this isn’t the GLB; this is the GLB’s all-electric alter ego, the EQ B. The spy photos were taken in Sweden where the EQ B is undergoing winter testing. Mercedes hasn’t divulged the juicy details of the EQ B, but it is believed that, among other things, it will largely take the form of the GLB, albeit with a few minor tweaks to reflect is all-electric stature. No timetable has been given on when the Mercedes EQ B will launch, but we do know that the all-electric crossover will not hit the U.S. market until 2021.
Update 2/28/2020: The Mercedes EQB has started to take on its official electrified look in our latest batch of spy shots. Is a debut imminent? Find out what we know in our special “Spy Shots” section below!
2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus
Another auto show and Brabus comes up with another vehicle. This time, the aftermarket company has come up with the so-called Brabus 800 Adventure XLP that is based on the Mercedes-AMG G63. That’s right, the SUV with a pickup bed is debuting at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
The prestigious aftermarket company is known for its ability to make your pocket a lot lighter once you’ve bought its products and this time also it’s no different. The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP features exquisite exterior and interior cues and a powerful mill under the hood. Despite the changes, does it warrant a sticker price of over half-a-million dollars?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a version of the fourth-generation GLE, introduced in 2019. The second generation of the coupe-style SUV, the 2020 GLE Coupe boasts a brand-new design, rides on a new platform, and features improved and new technology.
It’s also equipped with new engines that deliver better performance. Aimed initially at the BMW X6, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe also competes against recently introduced nameplates like the Audi Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Let’s find out more about it and see how it compares to its rivals in the review below.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 is the high-performance version of the latest-generation GLE SUV. Redesigned from the ground up, it features a new exterior design that’s a bit bland, but the modern interior with state-of-the-art technology makes up for that. The most important update lurks under the hood, where Mercedes-Benz replaced the old 5.5-liter V-8 with the modern 4.0-liter V-8. Available with either 563 or 603 horsepower, it almost as powerful as the competition. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and the GLE 63 S will arrive in the United States by the end of 2020. Let’s find out more about this high-performance SUV in the review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GLE63.
Mercedes had a great idea when it decided to enter the pickup truck market. After all, pickup trucks are booming these days and there’s certainly money to be made. However, the worst decision it ever made was to “partner” with Nissan to build the X-Class. Well, by partner, I mean to rebadge the Nissan Navara (also known as the Frontier here in the U.S.) and try to pass it off as a Mercedes. Of course, here in the U.S. we know better, so Mercedes chose not to bring it to the U.S. market. Apparently, it didn’t win folks over in Europe, either, as it’s going out of production after just three years on the market.
2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van
Mercedes-Benz’s first pop-top camper for the U.S. market just took a bow at the 2020 Chicago Motor Show. Five can sit in it with sleeping room for four and there’s a plethora of camping-specific features to take you through your outdoors-y weekend in full comfort.
Mercedes says its pop-up camper was developed jointly with Driverge Vehicle Innovations and that it appeals a wide range of potential customers, from "adventure seeking millennials to hip retirees." To support that claim, the Metris Weekender comes fitted as standard with an elevating roof with a sleeping area for two, a 2-inch-thick memory foam mattress, three windows, and USB ports for charging and lighting purposes.
In addition to those, the camper also offers the likes of:a multipurpose rear bench that can be transformed into a bed for two or into a seat swiveling front seats that rotate 180 degrees a second battery to power electronic devices
In addition to those, customers can pick from a handful of optional features. These include integrated solar panels, upgraded audio and navigation systems, and 3M exterior wraps in any of the 200 colors available.
Camping wise, the list of amenities comprises:an 8-inch awning for rain and sun protection mosquito and bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors a tent that can be mounted on the rear liftgate roof racks (useful when hauling snowboards, surfboards, or extra luggage) a pullout kitchen that extends from the rear of the vehicle
There’s no word on what will power the camper, but we know that Mercedes-Benz fits its Sprinter van with a turbocharged gasoline engine good for 188 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque available in the 2,500-3,500 rpm band. The unit is twinned to a smooth-shifting 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox.
What is the Cheapest Mercedes-Benz?
The company’s most affordable vehicle in the United States is the A-Class sedan. Based on the A-Class hatchback, which isn’t offered in the U.S., the small four-door sedan retails from $32,500. The CLA four-door coupé is the next most affordable vehicle at $33,100, while the GLA is the cheapest SUV at $33,950 before options.
What is the Sportiest Mercedes-Benz?
Mercedes-Benz may be famous for luxury cars, but it’s equally famous for sporty vehicles for the road and track. It’s the AMG division that’s usually responsible for these cars. As of 2019, most of the company’s nameplates come in AMG guise, but some are sportier than others. The Mercedes-AMG GT R is arguably the most track oriented vehicle on offer. Essentially a race car for the road, it features a 4.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 577 horsepower and it rides on a chassis that includes many race-bred parts. This car is heavily related to the AMG GT3 and GT4 race cars, although it aerodynamics aren’t as aggressive.
What is the Most Popular Mercedes-Benz?
The compact C-Class is the company most popular vehicle. Globally, the C-Class sold almost 400,000 units in 2018 in both sedan and wagon body styles. This figure also includes the long-wheelbase version that’s offered only in China. In the U.S., the compact GLC crossover is the most popular, with 69,727 units sold in 2018. The GLC is followed by the C-Class with 60,409 units delivered and the E-Class with 46,422 examples sold in 2018 (CLS sales included). The GLE SUV comes close with 46,010 units moved in 2018.
What is the Most Expensive Mercedes-Benz?
The big Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the most expensive car from the brand, with its AMG versions fetching in excess of $250,000. Somewhat ironically, the most expensive Mercedes-Maybach variant of the S-Class narrowly misses the $200K mark. The AMG S65 Cabriolet is the most expensive Merc you can buy at $253,550, while the coupé version of the same car comes in at $241,450. The third most expensive Merc is the AMG S65 version of the S-Class sedan, priced from $232,550.
What is the Fastest Mercedez-Benz?
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the fastest vehicle you can buy from Mercedes-Benz. Its twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine enables it to hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.5 seconds. Its top speed is also superior to other Mercedes-Benz models at 198 mph. The AMG GT R is the fastest Merc on the Nurburgring track as well with a 7:10.9-minute lap.
Are Mercedes-Benz Cars Reliable?
Mercedes-Benz cars become famous for their rock-solid reliability in the 1960s and 1970s, but the brand’s dependability decreased in the modern era. In the mid-2000s, Mercedes-Benz rarely scored above average in surveys by Consumer Reports and similar outlets and some of its models were declared unreliable in the mid-2010s. The company’s reliability ratings have gone up a bit in recent years though, with Mercedes-Benz usually placed above rivals like BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Infiniti. However, the brand’s vehicles falls behind cars from Lexus and Tesla. J.D. Power gave Mercedes-Benz a similar rating in 2018.