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  • Dieter Zetsche driving a 2019 BMW i8 Roadster

    *Kind of. Long-time Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche finally stepped down on Wednesday after more than four decades with the automaker, 13 years of which were spent as its CEO. In jest, longtime rival BMW hired a Zetsche lookalike for a fun video where the lookalike reveals Zetsche's may have had an i8 Roadster tucked away in his garage. The lookalike is seen in the video saying farewell to Daimler employees before being dropped off at home in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. After the S-Class has pulled out of the driveway, the garage door opens and Zetsche scoots out in the i8, with the words “Free...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE580
    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE580 arrives with mild-hybrid V-8 power

    Mercedes-Benz has added V-8 power to its newest GLE with the arrival of the 2020 GLE580. The powertrain is a mild-hybrid setup combining a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with a beefed-up electric starter motor able to aid the engine during high loads and recover energy under braking and coasting...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
    Mercedes-Benz reportedly to cut model variants including coupes and convertibles from US lineup

    Prepare to say goodbye to some Mercedes-Benz model variants in the United States. The German luxury brand may cut loose slow-selling variants. Automotive News (subscription required) reported dealers were told at a dealership meeting earlier this month to prepare for model cuts. The axe could swing...

  • Mercedes-Benz ESF 2019 safety car concept
    Mercedes-Benz ESF 2019 is a step toward the uncrashable car

    Mercedes-Benz unveiled its latest concept to showcase what future automotive safety may look like. However, some of the technology in the concept car isn't far off from production. The brand's Experimental Safety Vehicle 2019 (ESF 2019) is based on a standard GLE. Yet, unlike the current GLE, the...

  • Mercedes-Benz Ambition 2039
    Mercedes estimates plug-in hybrids and EVs will be half of sales by 2030

    Mercedes-Benz on Monday announced the ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2039. That's 20 years away or less than three product cycles, which for an automaker the size of Mercedes is a short time to transform its entire operations. Key to reaching the goal will be expanding the number of...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 sedan)
    SUV demand might see Mercedes-Benz end US C-Class production

    With the SUV market booming, Mercedes-Benz may make a tough decision in the near future. The automaker is rumored to be considering ending C-Class production at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on the possible decision on Monday. The C-Class sedan's...

  • 2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

    Mercedes-AMG's current domination of the rest of the Formula 1 field continued over the weekend at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, with the team on Sunday ratcheting up its fifth one-two finish in five races. It was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line first, with teammate Valtteri Bottas coming in four seconds behind. Rounding out the top three was Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen. Bottas started the race on pole but a clutch issue meant he was unable to get off the line as quickly as his teammate. Hamilton at second on the grid was in the lead by the first...

  • Jon Olsson's Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 with safari top
    Jon Olsson's 800-hp Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 now has a safari top

    Jon Olsson, keeper of many over-the-top vehicle builds, has once again modified his Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4. This time, the convertible G-Class now sports a roof. For those who haven't followed the G500's modification saga, the professional skier aimed to build a high-power beach cruiser. It also...

  • 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E owned by Rowan Atkinson
    Mr. Bean's Benz: Rowan Atkinson's 500 E V-8 heads to auction

    Rowan Atkinson, the British comedian with a serious penchant for cars, will part ways with a special Mercedes-Benz at an upcoming auction. Classic Cars Auction UK has consigned Atkinson's former 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E, which features the raucous 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 326 horsepower. With...

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe spy shots and video

    Mercedes-Benz has just introduced a redesigned GLE for 2020, and once again the mid-size crossover SUV will spawn a rakish GLE Coupe. Prototypes for the redesigned GLE Coupe have been spotted for more than a year but more recently we started seeing prototypes for AMG-enhanced versions of the...

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz's E-Class family is approaching the midway point in its life cycle and a prototype for an updated member has just been spotted. The prototype is for the Mercedes-AMG E63 but similar updates should be bound for other E-Class members. We've also spied prototypes for the updated E-Class...

  • AMG 53 Deep Dive
    AMG 53 deep dive: Mercedes-AMG's straight shot at hybrid performance throws a few curves

    The AMG 53 Series looks to the past for its future in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. In addition to the CLS-Class, E-Class, and upcoming GLE-Class, the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that defines AMG 53s is likely to appear in nearly every Mercedes model soon. Related to the inline-6 found in the 450...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35

    Looking to grow its market share among performance buyers, Mercedes-AMG cars will be built in China for the first time in the automaker's history. Parent-company Daimler said it will build cars there by the end of this year. Automotive News (subscription required) reported last week on the German automaker's plans. The first Chinese-built AMG model will be the long-wheelbase version of the A35 sedan exclusive to that country, called the A35 L. It's based on the long-wheelbase A-Class sedan unveiled in early 2018 and already on sale in China, where it is manufactured exclusively, hence AMG's...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 leaked photo
    2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 leaked

    Mercedes-AMG is still out testing prototypes for its redesigned CLA45 but a photo of the svelte sport sedan recently surfaced in a configurator on a Mercedes-Benz website. The photo was added by accident to the AMG Night Package option in the configurator for the tamer CLA35 unveiled in April at...

  • Tobias Moers
    Mercedes-Benz AMG boss: Project One's electric turbos coming to AMG line soon

    Tobias Moers is the type of guy you want running your performance automaker. The boss of Mercedes-Benz AMG looks the part. His casual answers belie his intensity for the details in what he does; Moers drives all AMG models and is intensely involved in engineering. He tracks his cars—often. He...

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 spy shots

    Mercedes-Benz in April unveiled a new generation of its GLS full-size SUV, and once again there will be high-performance variants from Mercedes-AMG. Our latest spy shots reveal a prototype for one of the upcoming AMG versions, likely to be a new GLS63. We know this is the AMG version of the new GLS...

  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S
    Demand for rear-wheel drive dying out, says AMG boss

    It’s something that would have seemed impossible just a few short years ago, but in the near future we'll likely see Mercedes-AMG's entire lineup come standard with all-wheel drive—including the GT sports car. There's simply too little demand for the brand's traditional rear-wheel-drive...

  • 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
    Bottas leads Mercedes one-two finish at 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

    Mercedes-AMG's Formula 1 domination continued over the weekend at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the German team was able to notch up yet another one-two finish. This time it was Valtteri Bottas who crossed the line first on Sunday, the Finn having also started the race on pole. His teammate...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mercedes-Benz's C-Class has only just undergone its mid-cycle update for 2019 but prototypes for the next-generation model are already out testing. Our latest spy shots show some of the prototypes for the new C-Class, which we expect on the market in late 2020 as a 2021 model. The testers are heavily camouflaged but the size and proportions appear similar to those of the current model. The front looks to sit lower, however, which lends the new C-Class a sportier stance. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class spy video from Motor Authority on Vimeo. The interior design will likely be a blend between the...

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series spy shots and video

    Mercedes-AMG’s GT has just been updated, but a bigger, badder and presumably faster version of the Affalterbach tuner’s standalone sports car has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring and on some surrounding streets. The car looks like the track-focused GT R Pro, but there are...

  • Possible test mule for 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Mercedes likely testing platform for next SL

    Engineers have been caught driving what is likely to be an early test mule for a redesigned SL-Class due around 2021. The test mule, spotted outside the Nürburgring racetrack, is hidden beneath the makeshift body of an E-Class sedan but features a number of clues that suggest we're looking at...

  • Car2Go Smart Fortwo, in Portland
    21 people arrested for stealing 100 cars from Daimler's Car2Go carsharing service in Chicago

    Daimler's carsharing service, Car2Go, has been the subject of numerous thefts in the city of Chicago, the company and local police say. As many as 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been stolen in Chicago from the carsharing service, The Verge reported last Wednesday. Motor Authority has confirmed...

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class spy shots and video

    Prototypes for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation S-Class have been spotted again. The car is expected to debut at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and should be in showrooms in 2020 as a 2021 model. From earlier test mules, we know the size and proportions will match up...

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake spy shots and video

    Mercedes-Benz used March's Geneva International Motor Show to unveil a redesigned CLA Shooting Brake, and sadly the automaker has no plans to introduce the second-generation model here. That means we'll miss out on cool AMG-enhanced version of the svelte compact wagon that are still being...

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