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The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The good things die fast

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

Mercedes looks to enter the Hydrogen SUV market the GLC F-CELL

Man-made climate change is a hot topic and, regardless of your beliefs about the effect of man-made emissions on the global climate, it’s inevitable that the internal combustion engine will eventually be all but wiped out of existence. With various world governments committing to an all-out ban of non-electric vehicles, automakers aren’t slowing down the process either, with just about every major manufacturer having jumped on the alternative fuels wagon in one way or another in recent years. Mercedes, for example, is following Toyota’s lead and looking to hydrogen as a viable solution to combat emissions and has already proven its viability with cars like the B-Class F-CELL and the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid – two vehicles that have logged more than seven million miles in test runs. Now, Mercedes has introduced the GLC F-Cell, the world’s first plug-in fuel-cell vehicle. As such, the GLC F-Cell promises as much as 301 miles from just 9.7 pounds of hydrogen and the 13.8-kWh battery. And, it does so while producing around 200 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque– more than enough to get you up to speed.

With hydrogen availability expanding, that’s certainly good news, but we’re not there quite yet. Outside of the electric and hydrogen powertrain, the GLC F-Cell also sports its own unique look in comparison to the ICE-powered GLC-Class, so it will even stand out in the crowd. Now, it may not have that internal combustion engine or even the 241 horsepower afforded by the standard model’s 2.0-liter, but it will still please all of you purists out there as it does have all of the Mercedes DNA that you’ve come to love and find it impossible to live without. So, now that the GLC F-Cell has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, let’s take a good look at it and see what it’s all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA"

2015 Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA"

When it comes to concept cars, Mercedes-Benz is arguably one of the most active carmakers in the industry, rolling out stunning show cars on a regular basis. Recent creations include the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Vision Grand Turismo concept and the self-driving 2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion, but none were as dramatic as the Concept IAA, which made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Short for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (and not Frankfurt’s official IAA, or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, name), the Concept IAA is Mercedes’ latest effort toward perfecting aerodynamics and improving fuel economy by resolving "the conflicting aims of functionality and aesthetics."

"The Concept IAA continues our series of visionary concept cars," explained Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "The symbiosis of alluring forms showcasing intelligent aerodynamics is an expression of our unique Mercedes-Benz design philosophy."

And visionary is right, as the IAA is a self-transforming vehicle that literally changes the shape of its body in order to achieve a very low drag coefficient. Keep reading for the full details.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz "Concept IAA".

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2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion

Even though Mercedes has been toying with self-driving cars since the mid-1980s, which was when then Daimler-Benz was working with Professor Ernst Dickmanns from the University of Munich, it wasn’t until 2013 when Mercedes-Benz rediscovered its passion of creating a vehicle that drives autonomously. Not even two years later, the three-pointed star is back with an autonomous concept car that should get all the spotlights at the 2015 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the F 015 Luxury in Motion.

Offering four seats and a fuel cell plug-in hybrid drivetrain that gives it an entirely green autonomy of 684 miles, the F 015 Luxury in Motion represents what Mercedes-Benz thinks that a luxury car from 2030 could end up looking and feeling like. While its egg-like exterior should be the first to polarize discussions, it is the car’s interior which will keep them going, especially since all four seats can swivel to face each other while the car is driving its four passengers by itself in total comfort.

Unlike a prototype S-Class W140, which used saccadic computer vision and probabilistic approaches to react in real time to road and traffic conditions and drive mostly by itself from Germany to Denmark back in 1995, the F 015 Luxury in Motion relies on low, mid and long-range radar, lasers and 3D video cameras to check all its surroundings in real time. The funny thing is that almost all the technologies found on the concept are production-ready, many of them being already available on current Mercedes-Benz models.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes’ future concept.

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2016 Mercedes C350 Plug-In Hybrid

2016 Mercedes C350 Plug-In Hybrid

With the S500 Plug-in Hybrid already on the market as the luxury car with the lowest official fuel consumption in the world, Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to introduce no less than nine other similar models between 2015 and 2017, of which the C 350 Plug-in Hybrid is first to arrive courtesy of its unveil at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Despite originally having thought that the C-Class in plug-in hybrid guise will wear the C350e moniker because of Mercedes’ recent change of nomenclature - with the "e" signifying that the model in question can also run purely in electric mode – it seems that the Stuttgart carmaker decided to keep the "Plug-in Hybrid" designation since it is more descriptive for the time being.

Following in the steps of its bigger and more luxurious brother, the Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in hybrid sports two distinct means of propulsion that can run either independently or together in order to achieve a better fuel economy and even zero emissions. In theory, you will be able to drive it exclusively in electric mode if all your driving is done in the city, as its 6.2-kW battery offers a range of 19.3 miles.

Despite being named "350," the model actually sports a two-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, a version of which also powers the 2015 C300.. An electric motor’s 80 horsepower combined with the turbo four give it 279 horsepower in total, which is not too shabby for a car that can easily break the 100-mpg mark. In case it wasn’t obvious, the "350" moniker is actually used because together with the electric motor it develops a similar power output with a naturally-aspirated, 3.5-liter engine.

Updated 01/12/2015: Mercedes unveiled the all-new 2016 C 350 PLUG-IN Hybrid at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Click past the jump for the new details.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

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