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2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories

2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories

Mercedes has released details on new body accessories for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and they look to add C63-style visual flair to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport 4MATIC and AMG Line models with six new exterior parts. The visual garnish will be sold on the German market, and there are currently no details on availability outside Germany.

AMG is Mercedes’ racing tuning division, so the new pieces appropriately add a good deal of performance intent to the already sporty luxury four-door. The new kit was created specifically for those looking for a model that looks quicker than the regular C-Class, but is still a bit tamer to drive than the big-power 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. A poser, basically.

Essentially, these accessories are AMG’s answer to BMW’s M Performance line and Audi’s S line.

The parts only affect the way the C-Class looks, leaving good enough alone in the cabin space and drivetrain. But the real question is – does it work?

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Audi, BMW and Daimler Officially Bought Nokia's HERE Mapping Business

Audi, BMW and Daimler Officially Bought Nokia’s HERE Mapping Business

Normally three of the world’s most competitive car companies, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have combined forces to purchase the HERE digital mapping service from Finnish telecommunications company, Nokia, for $3 billion.

The three-company consortium will use HERE’s cloud-based maps and other services in conjunction with assisted driving hardware that’s already standard on many cars. The plan is to provide real-time location services and assistance to drivers in the short term, and a platform for fully autonomous car navigation further down the road.

”HERE will be able to offer users a continuously improving product, bringing highly automated driving and location based services a step further,” said Audi, BMW and Mercedes board members in a group statement. “As the volume of anonymized data from the vehicles increases, services will become more convenient, more connected and further tailored to the users’ individual requirements.”

Pending clearance from European antitrust authorities, the deal will see HERE split evenly between the three German car giants, and continue to operate as an independent company with its own autonomous management. The service is currently the largest competitor to Google Maps.

Nokia, meanwhile, has been in the process of successfully pivoting to a service- and infrastructure-based business model, after being thoroughly trounced and driven from a market it once dominated, by Apple’s iPhone and other smart-phone newcomers. Nokia currently acts as a supplier to some of the biggest carriers, including AT&T and China Mobile.

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Audi, BMW And Mercedes Could Sign Agreement To Acquire Nokia's "Here" Technology

Audi, BMW And Mercedes Could Sign Agreement To Acquire Nokia’s "Here" Technology

The big three German luxury carmakers, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are reportedly nearing a deal with Nokia to purchase the telecomm company’s "Here" mapping and location business. The deal is rumored to cost between 2.5 and 3 billion euros ($2.74 to $3.29 billion) and would provide fully autonomous cars with the means to talk to mobile networks.

That’s the news coming from Reuters, which cites two unidentified sources “familiar with the deal.”

The system would provide self-driving cars with the necessary connectivity to receive real-time data updates, thus enabling them to perform functions like recalculate a route around a traffic jam or accident on the road ahead.

In order to navigate real-world streets, fully autonomous vehicles must process tons of data, including information provided by onboard sensors like radar and lidar. However, in order to function on a long-range scale, the cars must also maintain a connection to constantly updated telecomm infrastructure.

In addition to ownership of all relevant patents, the purchase could also include multi-year commitments to improve the system’s map data quality. The deal is expected to reach finalization by the end of the month, but is by no means guaranteed.

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2014 Mercedes A45 AMG 'Erika' by AMG Performance Studio

2014 Mercedes A45 AMG ’Erika’ by AMG Performance Studio

Mercedes’ AMG Performance Studio is up to its old tricks again and if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it has a particular fondness for the Mercedes A45 AMG. Remember back in January when the Performance Studio launched the Petronas Green Edition? Well, its following it up with a new one-off creation called "Erika."

At the onset, Erika will instantly draws attention because of its matte black exterior and the unique pink accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear spoiler. The side graphics also do their part in bringing out the splashiness of this one-off wonder.

Erika’s pink theme continues inside with the pink contrast stitching on the two-tone sports seats and the matching floor mats. As if those aren’t enough, AMG Performance Studio also applied more pink touches on the door sill plates and the air vents.

Under the hood of this custom A45 AMG lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a stout 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the car’s all-wheel-drive system.

Despite all that cosmetic work, it’s still capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That’s a pretty good combination, especially considering Mother’s day is just around the corner.

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Mercedes Will Start Subletting its V-12 Engine Production

Mercedes Will Start Subletting its V-12 Engine Production

Mark this date on you calendar, as this is the day that you found out that Mercedes-Benz will no longer manufacture its own V-12 engines. Okay, maybe it’s not that big of a deal, considering the task of building these engines is simply being outsourced to its performance arm, AMG. This is most likely due to the fact that AMG has more models that utilize the Mercedes V-12 engine or it could be a very slick way for Mercedes to earn more customers.

This can also lead to more boutique automakers seeking help from AMG with their V-12 engines, much like Pagani did with the Huayra. Not many automakers would like to say “Yeah, we have a Mercedes engine,” but who in their right mind wouldn’t be impressed with “Our supercar boasts a V-12 AMG engine.”

Not only is the production of the engines moving to AMG, but so are the manufacturing principles. AMG believes in the one-man-one-engine system, which means that each engine has only one person touching it. According to the report, this process will be applied to even regular old Mercedes V-12 engines, not just AMG models.

The assumption is that the first Mercedes-Benz to boast of an AMG 12-cylinder engine will be the 2014 S600, but we could see something come even sooner than that. Either way, this can be nothing but a good thing for Mercedes, we just wonder why it didn’t think of this earlier.

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Video: The Ultimate Mercedes C63 AMG Exhaust Tuning Video

Video: The Ultimate Mercedes C63 AMG Exhaust Tuning Video

When it comes to high performance sedans, AMG is one of the performance arms that churns out the best cars. One of their best creations is the Mercedes C63 AMG - a sedan powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 451 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Vivid Racing, however, has found a solution to make this sedan even better, without having to make any changes to the engine. The tuner is offering an Agency Power Valvetronic exhaust system combined with Toyo tires, HRE Wheels, Vorsteiner aero, and H&R coilovers to spice it up even further. The highlight of the program is the special exhaust system that can be switched between quiet and race modes, as well as between the intensity of the engine’s sound, all at the touch of a button on the remote.

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2012 Mercedes ML-Class Accessory Line

2012 Mercedes ML-Class Accessory Line

After debuting the new generation ML-Class, Mercedes has gone on to offer a series of accessories for those who want more than just the standard SUV. The company has delivered a very long list of accessories starting with different sets of wheels and extending to a powerful Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

Exterior options give customers the the choice between 12 different light-alloy wheels, snow chain systems, valve caps in sterling silver, bonnet fin attachments, and aluminum-finish running boards. The interior offers customization options not unlike any typical tuning firm, such as new floor mats, a wood/leather steering wheel, illuminated door sill panels, coat hangers, and stainless steel sports pedals. For those who love technology, Mercedes is also offering a rear-seat integration kit for the Apple iPad, a Rear Seat Entertainment System, and an InCar Hotspot system.

The add-ons continue on to include accessories for the average sports nut, including a range of carrier systems, ski and snowboard racks, bicycle racks, and roof boxes.

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Mercedes is smacked with a Class Action Suit due to alleged V8 AMG defects

Mercedes is smacked with a Class Action Suit due to alleged V8 AMG defects

It seems that Mercedes is headed towards some dark days now that they are facing a class action suit due to alleged defects in the M156 V8 motor. Reports coming in are stating that there seems to be a premature wear that occurs as a result of the material used in the camshafts. Let’s break it down a bit more.

Mercedes’ V8 AMG engines have cast nodular iron camshafts, but the valve lifters are made of 9310 grade steel. The complaint is that this combination of materials is contributing to premature wear of the M156 motors. This can be due to improper heat treating of the metals or improper offset. Seems like an easy fix, but the problem is that the company has known about this issue since 2007 when a service bulletin was released by Daimler, but the company has failed to take action on the matter.

This 6.2 liter V8 engine is used in models such as the C63 AMG Coupe, the ML63 AMG, and the SLS AMG supercar. In these vehicles, it can develop between 450 to 570 HP.

At this time, there is only one plaintiff who is alleging financial losses of about $25,000. Sometimes tells us this is going to snowball into many, many more people coming forward with the same problem. We’ll keep you posted as more details surface.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG with Track Package fires up the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG with Track Package fires up the Nurburgring

Sometimes even better just isn’t enough. Take the recently unveiled Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, for instance. Anyone would love to have this sleek and speedy Merc ready and willing to cruise down the streets in utmost style. Of course, then there are those people that feel a car like this should be ready for the track and not parked in the garage awaiting the next trip to the grocery store. For those people, we give you the C63 AMG Black Series with Track Package as it takes a trip around the Nurburgring trying to avoid our savvy spy photographers.

From the images provided, it is clear that the C63 AMG Black Series is loaded with track oriented goodies like the fixed rear wing, a functionally tuned front splitter made of genuine carbon fiber, and carbon fiber flics located on the front apron, and carbon fiber side skirts. We can only imagine that some lightweight parts have also been added to make it more track oriented. These features not only increase the lift at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.

Previous reports have stated that the AMG Track Package will include sports tires, size 255/35 R 19 for the front and 285/30 R 19, developed exclusively for this model, active rear-axle transmission cooling, and a radiator located in the rear apron that allows the airflow to pass through it effectively.

As for the engine, we must sadly report that, as of right now, it remains unchanged. The 6.3 liter V8 engine will still deliver a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft, allowing the vehicle a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds. It’s not weak performance by any stretch, but a little more power for the track would have been music to our ears.

Stay tuned as we bring more details on the Mercedes C63 AMG Track Package!

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Mercedes drops the V12-powered SL-Class models

Mercedes drops the V12-powered SL-Class models

Mercedes is sneaking around like the cat that ate the canary, but its dinner has consisted of swallowing up the V12-powered SL-Class. The 2012 SL65 AMG is joining the other quietly discontinued model - the SL600 - in order for Mercedes to focus on developing the new generation SL-Class set to be released in 2013.

Mercedes hasn’t officially announced why they are phasing out their top of the line SL model, but it may have something to do with the SLS AMG and its similar power output. The SL65 AMG produces 604 HP to the SLS AMG’s 571 HP, but the SLS AMG is also 900 lbs lighter than the SL65 AMG. The lighter weight allows the SLS AMG to be more agile and provide better performance.

Dupont Registry is also saying that Mercedes may be slowly eliminating their V12-powered models to make room for their new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine fits right into the whole "go green" phenomenon with a fuel efficiency improvement of about 25% when compared to the brand’s 6.3-liter V-8.

Either way, the market has lost two of Mercedes’ big guns and so far, they don’t seem to be too upset about it. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series with Track/Aero Package

2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series with Track/Aero Package

The new Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe has just recently been revealed and there are already first images and details on the model equipped with the AMG Track Package and AMG Aerodynamics package - two packages that will add even more sportiness to the car.

The AMG Track Package includes sports tires, size 255/35 R 19 for the front and 285/30 R 19, developed exclusively for this model, active rear-axle transmission cooling, and a radiator located in the rear apron that allows the airflow to pass through it effectively. The Aerodynamics package includes the front carbon fiber canards (aka "flics") which are made of genuine carbon fiber and located on the front apron. This package also includes a functionally tuned front splitter made of genuine carbon fiber and a fixed carbon-fiber rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade. Both components not only increase the lift at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.

The rest remains unchanged. The 6.3 liter V8 engine will still deliver a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft, allowing the vehicle a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds.

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2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with AMG Performance Studio

2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with AMG Performance Studio

Mercedes is prepping for the onslaught of customers readying their wallets for the 2012 Mercedes E63 AMG with some AMG Performance Studio styling. After all, no one wants to see the same E63 AMG passing by over and over again, especially if you happen to be riding in one as well.

As part of the new "AMG Performance 2015" model strategy, the E63 AMG will now come equipped with an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers an output of 525 HP to 557 HP and a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 155 mph. This is all fine and dandy, but customization issues are always a plus, and Mercedes is readying the attack AMG Performance Studio options such as a performance suspension, a ceramic high-performance composite braking system, an exterior Carbon package, and an AMG Driver’s package that will include the removal of the speed limiter.

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2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Wheels and More

2012 Mercedes CLS AMG by Wheels and More

Some may remember the stark contrast of black and white used to set the original Mercedes E55 AMG apart from the pack. The black leather with white inserts and a swatch of white on the steering wheel gave the car an aggressive attitude. Wheels and More has taken the latest Mercedes CLS AMG and brought back some of that original flair, but this tuning company has added several tasteful components to make this one of the first tuned CLS models in the world.

To complement the bold white exterior, three piece black alloy wheels were added. These are the newest version of the 6Sporz model and they measure 9.5 x 20 in the front and 11 x 20 in the rear. That large wheel is backed up with some serious rubber from Dunlop; namely 255/30/20 Sportmaxx’s in the front and 305/25/20 Sportmaxx’s at the back. These huge patches of rubber should help keep this CLS glued tightly to the road.

More details on the Mercedes CLS by Wheels and More after the jump.

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Mercedes displays "Aesthetics No.2" sculpture at the Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes displays "Aesthetics No.2" sculpture at the Detroit Auto Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show may be dominated by fancy concepts or soon-to-be-released cars, but there’s also room at Cobo Hall for some fancy works of art. One such artwork that was prominently displayed at the auto show was the Mercedes-Benz Aesthetics No. 2 sculpture by Mercedes.

Created by Mercedes designers to show the art and aesthetic language that goes on in the development of interior designs and carbon ergonomics, the Aesthetics No.2 sculpture is the proud culmination of a project that aims to look at what the future holds for the interior space of Mercedes vehicles.

Measuring 5.6m x 1.83m x 2.6m scaled 1.5:1, the sculpture was touched up with an ‘Alubeam Liquid Metal’ paint finish to simulate the unobtrusive, free-flowing design of the sculpture.

Mercedes designers, in looking onward to the aesthetic design language of the future, came up with the Aesthetics No.2 sculpture to show the boundless opportunities that lies in environmental design, one that’s grounded on nature’s diversity and the “all-encompassing interplay of her elements”. The design of the interior sculpture is just a peek of the possibilities that lie ahead for the company. From what the Aesthetics No.2 Sculpture has shown us, it looks like the German automaker already has a fair grasp of what the design process of their future models will look like.

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Infiniti prepares AMG powered models

Infiniti prepares AMG powered models

Building alliances between automakers is something that has been done fairly often recently thanks to the downward spiral that was our economic state. The auto industry took a big hit and is just now starting to rebuild itself with teams coming together to reduce cost and create more powerful and more efficient vehicles. The recent Nissan-Daimler alliance is an example of this as rumors are suggesting that it will provide Infiniti with some power-boosting help.

Infiniti has already launched the IPL line, but apparently this is just the beginning. The IPL G Coupe’s 248hp will be chump change when compared with the IPL version of the Infiniti M, set to be launched in 2012. This vehicle will be carrying a Mercedes AMG sourced 6.2 liter V8 engine that will allow it to compete against models like the Mercedes E63 AMG and the Jaguar XF-R.

Along with the AMG engine, Nissan will also be replacing the current 3.7 liter engine with Mercedes’ forthcoming turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine in future G models.

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Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

While most of the manufacturers are considering hybrid and electric vehicles, Mercedes is considering a diesel version of the GLK crossover for the US market.

During an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb said: "We’ve got the GLK coming. And the next-generation C-Class sedan will share the 2.2L 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine that bears the brand’s Bluetec trademark. The C-Class will feature diesel availability right from the start when it arrives in 2013." The E-Class will also get a new diesel engine starting 2011. All of these new engines will include Mercedes new BlueTec technology.

You can see that Mercedes has big plans for diesel engines in the US market: "Overall, our goal is to be somewhere in the range of 15% to 20%,” he says. “And we’re slowly growing this."

This is quite an impressive move considering Mercedes recently had to recall about 2,300 2011 diesel models, including the M-Class, GL-Class, E-Class, and R-Class, due to leaky fuel filters.

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Mercedes Launches two New V8 Engines for US Market

Mercedes Launches two New V8 Engines for US Market

Amongst all the hype about hybrids and electric vehicles, here’s a refreshing look at Mercedes’ all new V8 engines – yes please! Hybrids and EV’s are driving us crazy. They dominate the news, world conferences, and pretty much everything in between. Apart from them being deeply unexciting and bland, they are stupidly weak in the area of performance. Thank God for Mercedes Benz! The Germans have released specs of two brand new V8 engines and guess what? Not an electric motor in sight!

US journalists will soon be taking their first drives through New York’s Hudson Valley region in all-new direct injection biturbo V8-engined CL model. The new-from-the-ground-up 4.6-liter V8 engine has a 20 percent smaller displacement than its predecessor, but generates 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque - 12 percent more horsepower and 32 percent more torque than the engine it replaces - yet fuel economy is improved by about 10%. This new engine is available in the restyled 2011 CL550 4MATIC.

The second engine making its debut is the hand-assembled high-performance 5.5-liter AMG V8 engine, featuring the use of stop/start technology as well as twin turbochargers and direct injection. This new engine produces 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque while at the same time achieving an estimated 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. Mated to the award-winning 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission, this new engine is available in the 2011 CL63 AMG coupe and S63 AMG sedan. For even more performance the optionally available AMG Performance Package increases engine power to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft. for torque; top speed also increases to 186 mph. Thank you, Mercedes, for saving us from another boring engine discussion!

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Mercedes continues to work on Diesotto engine

Mercedes continues to work on Diesotto engine

Three years ago, Mercedes announced the production of a gasoline engine that carried with it some diesel genes. Set to be the gasoline engine of the future, the Diesotto engine was set up and then put up on the shelf. That’s right, there has been no discussion of the Diesotto engine since its debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, but a couple of weeks ago at the Paris Motor Show, Professor Herbert Kohler, vice president of future mobility at Mercedes, confirmed that the new Diesotto engine would be ready for production within five years.

"Nobody believes us, but it will happen. Three of the five hurdles we identified have been overcome. The engine is on the test bench and in development cars. It is coming."

The engine displayed in 2007 was a four-cylinder unit with a displacement of just 1.8 liters, which combines the strengths of the low-emission gasoline engine with the fuel economy of a diesel. An output of 238 HP and a maximum torque of 400 NM are achieved together with the hybridization a fuel consumption of less than six liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

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