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Mercedes-Benz Collection subscription service will be launched in two US cities this summer

Automakers have been jumping on the bandwagon of offering subscription vehicle service. You may have already heard about BMW’s Access by BMW or Porsche’s Passport. Now, Mercedes-Benz is planning to join the lateset trend of car sharing with the newest Mercedes-Benz Collection, a monthly subscription that will launch in two United States cities in the summer. These are Nashville, Tennessee, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The two cities will act as test beds for the Mercedes Benz Collection. For some reason, BMW also chose Nashville to be the starting point of their service, while Porsche went for Atlanta, Georgia. In particular, Mercedes Benz Collection will let users swap vehicles depending on their needs and their lifestyles.

As such, there will be different levels to the monthly subscription, and that will depend on how much you are willing to spend too. Subscribers will have an option to rent everything from sedans to SUVs, to roadsters and wagons, including Mercedes-AMG models in each tier.

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Updated 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 lineup gets digital cockpit, modified drive programs

Mercedes-Benz has chosen New York City as the location to reveal to us the refreshed C63 AMG family. These comprise the coupe, sedan, and cabriolet. In fact, we have seen the pre production models being tested but finally, the automaker has decided to get rid of the camouflage.

Now, we finally see them in the flesh, and we would say that one of the most obvious changes would be the new Panamericana grille that is actually pretty standard across the AMG line. That’s not the only thing it has been given though, as the 2019 C63’s front fascia has slightly been reworked as well. Meanwhile, the rear part gets twin tailpipes with high gloss chrome and a tweaked rear diffuser.

Under the hood of this C63 is a biturbo 4.0 liter V8 that enables it to produce 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts), while the C63 S has 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts). The engine is paired with a nine speed wet clutch automatic gearbox, which has been replaced by the seven speed unit in the outgoing model.

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Mercedes-Benz has exponentially upped their production targets

Mercedes-Benz’ mother company, Daimler, is very optimistic about the company’s performance. And it is pretty obvious because the company plans to increase production this year, assuming to boost their sales up to three million vehicles annually.

We can’t blame them though, because last year, the company sold approximately 2.4 million units. So if they could produce more vehicles yearly, then they will be able to deliver more too.

According to German weekly Automobilwoche, Markus Schaefer, the Daimler board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement at Mercedes-Benz said that the sites in their global production network are running high on usage rates. And this is mainly their reason for expanding their capabilities, also when basing it on market demand, that is already moving towards 3 million units.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils X350d 4Matic X-Class at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the new X350d 4Matic X-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It was back in July 2017 when the brand first premiered its pickup which utilizes the chassis, as well as certain body panels, of the Nissan Navara. However this version is set out to be the most expensive one yet.

This new model has a six-cylinder engine and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Specifically, the new X-Class is fitted with the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that benefits from the common-rail direct injection. With this, it can deliver an output of 258 hp (190 kW) with top torque measured to be 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) and available at 1,4000 rpm and up to 3,200 rpm.

As a comparison, the highest specification of the biturbodiesel V6 engine fitted in the Volkswagen Amarok is only able to deliver 224 hp (165 kW). In addition, while the amount of torque is similar, it is available beginning 1,5000 rpm. Paired to this engine is the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission having steering wheel shift paddles as well as the ECO start/stop function. This transmission has been modified to allow it to transmit 60% of the available torque to the vehicle's rear wheels to result in a rear-based configuration, highly suitable especially for a pickup truck.

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Rumours have been going around about Nissan’s next generation Z car, because apparently, the Japanese automaker is planning to build a partnership between Mercedes-Benz to develop this particular model. The new sports coupe will allegedly make its first appearance next year, to celebrate the original 240Z’s 50th anniversary.

According to Response.jp, Nissan has been getting a lot of pressure from the new Toyota Supra that finally made its debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show. This is why Nissan is currently considering unveiling the new Z car at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Unfortunately, the site only cites some “European agents” as their source for these rumours.

But if these rumours are actually true, Nissan would probably team up with Mercedes Benz so that they could use the latter’s platform to underpin the new Z car. Aside from that, they could also get the German automaker’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. The range topping trim would likely be the 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 similar to what the Inifiniti Q60 is equipped with.

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Perhaps it isn't so hard to notice the deluge of new products from Mercedes-Benz. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz and its high-performance arm AMG unveiled or displayed several new models. With this aggressive onslaught, the premium carmaker is seemingly not running out of new products.

But this aggressive product onslaught also meant that the premium carmaker is virtually releasing a new vehicle into a new niche. Sooner or later, Mercedes is going to run out of niches to fill. In fact, it appears that Mercedes has two products in every niche, an overlapping strategy that might confuse even its own customers. Could this mean that Mercedes has already exhausted new ideas?

This question was answered by no other than the chief executive of Mercedes’ parent (Daimler AG), Dieter Zetsche. In an interview with Top Gear, Zetsche remarked that there aren't many niches left for Mercedes to fill. This is practically an admission that Mercedes is reaching a cul-de-sac when it comes to filling in niches with new products.

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When the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class was unleashed at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, the rugged yet luxurious SUV revealed several updates both inside and outside. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has been unveiling the G-Class in different trims and packages like the Night Package and the menacing AMG Edition 1. Now, Mercedes is offering a new package laden with shiny metal accents – the new Stainless Steel Package.

Just like its name indicates, the Stainless Steel package has a number of added elements made in this material. For instance, the package adds elements to the G-Class like protective door strips, rear bumper accents, grooved rear bumper protection, running boards, sill protectors as well as spare tire carrier and three-dimensional star done in stainless steel. This package is in contrast with the Night Package that adds a number of dark details to the new G-Class.

The new G-Class is already an SUV that stands out from the crowd, but exterior packages like the AMG Edition 1, Night Package and the newly unveiled Stainless Steel Package makes the luxurious utility model more distinct than before.

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The Mercedes-AMG S63 – both in its sedan and coupe guises -- is a high-performance luxurious ride that offers 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) of max output and 900 Nm of peak torque. These massive numbers are already considered as the higher levels of performance, but people at Brabus believe more can be done to further increase these figures. Turning belief to reality, the well-known German tuning company created the new Brabus 800 Sedan and Coupe as based on the AMG S 63 4Matic+.

As its name indicates, the Brabus 800 Sedan and Coupe based on the AMG S 63 boasts of 800 PS (789 hp or 588 kW) of max output from the heavily upgraded AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. The peak torque level has already been boosted from 900 Nm to 1,000 Nm (737 lb.-ft.) as available at just 3,600 rpm. An untouched AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is already powerful enough to send the AMG S 63 – both sedan and coupe versions -- sprinting from nil to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and achieving a top speed of 250 km/h.

But the upgraded eight-cylinder mill with its boosted power allows the Brabus 800 Sedan and Coupe based on the AMG S 63 to dash from true zero to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds quicker than their regular counterparts. As for the top speed of the Brabus 800 Sedan and Coupe based on the AMG S 63, these tuned units could go as fast as 300 km/h (186 mph). For those seeking a faster unit, Brabus is currently working hard to create some tweaks to allow the Brabus 800 Sedan and Coupe based on the AMG S 63 to go a lot faster.

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Opulence has been the name of the game for the Mercedes-Maybach brand. This is especially true when it comes with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which was recently updated to offer more luxury. Now, wealthy clients of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class could now avail of an exclusive collection of color-coordinated luggage items and fine accessories to suit their lavish on-the-road lifestyle.

These new luggage items and fine accessories are part of the Maybach – Icons of Luxury exclusive collection. The collection includes “The Jaunt I” travel bag, “The Streamlined I” garment carrier, “The Hideaway I” two-tone leather shoe bag, “The Cocoon I” key wallet, and “The Key Moment I” key ring. All of these products feature a two-toned color design scheme, such as deep-sea blue/ silk-beige, satin-red/ silk-beige and titanium-grey/ silk-beige.

Made using genuine leather, all products are hand-crafted and come with woven lining donning the exclusive Fleurs-de Maybach pattern. They also feature fine logo emblems and embossing. These new luggage items and fine accessories are designed to offer high levels of functionality,

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Mercedes-AMG GT fans and enthusiasts got really excited when the carmaker unveiled the AMG GT Concept a year ago in Geneva. This four-door coupe concept was meant to preview a production version that blends a coupe design with sedan practicality. A year later at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the performance brand has taken the wraps off that production model – the new 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

The excitement buildup before the big reveal was real, and the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe didn’t disappoint. It was the model that people had been expecting but it managed to go beyond expectations. For instance, the new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe looks nearly the same as the AMG GT Concept. There are some differences in styling, of course, but in the end, the resemblance isn't surprising, as both models follow the design philosophy of Sensual Purity.

AMG reinterpreted the striking proportions and muscular body, as well as the sensuous shapes and convex surfaces of AMG GT Coupe to a stunning effect fitting for a four-door version of the high-performance car. Just like other members of the AMG GT family, the AMG 4-Door Coupe features an AMG-specific grille, Shark Nose, slim Multibeam LED headlamps and a front bumper with a Jet Wing. It also borrows an element from AMG GT R – the Airpanel, which is basically composed of radiator shutters in front of the center cooling air inlet. It also boasts of a flowing silhouette defined by a lowered greenhouse, frameless side windows, a windscreen inclined to the rear, tailored upper contours, broad shoulders and pronounced rear wheel arches. On the rear, the AMG 4-Door Coupe is marked by slim LED taillamps and an extendable rear spoiler.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been known to be more than just luxurious as it is also prestigious and exclusive. Now, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has been updated to feature a distinct and revolutionary lighting technology, as unveiled to the global public at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Image projection is not a new concept in cars. So-called heads up display (HUD) uses light to project images onto the windshield just in front of the driver. The projected image by the HUD system features various information considered as relevant to the functions of the vehicle. This lighting concept is taken into another level by the groundbreaking revolutionary headlamp technology Digital Light. While other headlamps just illuminate the road ahead, Digital Light also projects certain symbols – in HD quality -- directly in the field of vision, serving as a visual aid to the driver of a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Likewise, the projected symbols serve as communication with the surroundings.

This marks the first time that Digital Light is employed in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Digital Light will be soon entering small series production in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, with only a select few of its fleet customers taking delivery of the symbol-project luxurious flagship in the first half of 2018.

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When Mercedes-Benz gave the regular C-Class models a soft update for the 2019 model year, it was already expected that it would do the same to the high-performance C-Class units. Now, the Mercedes-AMG C43 is getting a soft update – both in terms of looks and power – when it arrives as a 2019 model year.

Offered in Saloon and Estate variants, the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC is considered as the entry-level high-performance C-Class model. Thus, it is only logical that it receives certain updates. For starters, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Saloon and Estate are provided with new distinguishing visual elements like the AMG radiator grille with twin louver in matt iridium silver, as well as the dynamically sculpted front apron with extra flics. The front apron features side air curtains that help channels front airstream. The trim details on the front splitter as well as the cross fin attachment now don a silver chrome finish.

On the rear end, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Saloon and Estate now feature a pair of round (instead of angular) twin tailpipe trim elements as finished high-gloss chrome. The rear end is also defined by a rear apron with side air curtain appearance, a more expressive diffuser as well as body-colored spoiler lip on the boot lid.

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The smallest wagon in the Mercedes-Benz family is being treated to a special version that delivers extra levels of elegance and style both on the exterior and the interior. The German premium carmaker will be unveiling this new special compact model series, the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes’ new CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition is basically a CLA Shooting Brake that is laden with exterior effects from the carmaker’s AMG performance brand as well as with a rich interior derived from the Urban Line, as marked by black and white accents. Equipped with a DCT transmission, the CLA Shooting Brake 200 d Night Edition consumes 3.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits 101 grams of carbon dioxide per km (combined).

With its introduction at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new CLA Shooting Brake Night Edition marks the start of a strong barrage of Night Edition version for Mercedes’ compact class models, with AMG also offering its own Night Edition models for the compact segment. Aside from the CLA Shooting Brake, the Mercedes CLA, GLA and B-Class will also be receiving Night Edition models of their own. Interestingly, a brighter version of the Night Edition will also be launched in the future – the Night Edition Starlight.

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While Mercedes-Benz is still gearing up to unveil the Mercedes-AMG G63 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show this month, well-known tuner Lumma Design is already previewing a bespoke tuning program for the new AMG version of the Mercedes G-Class. This preview comes in the form of the new Widebody Lumma G-Class.

As its name indicates, the Widebody Lumma G-Class is fitted with a widebody kit, as complemented by heavy-duty alloy wheels and a number of performance upgrades. It is derived from the AMG G63, which boasts of delivering up to 585 hp of output and up to 850 Nm. While Lumma Design might not be the only tuner that would take on the new AMG G63, its extensive personalization program for the luxurious G-Class performance flagship could be very appealing to those who have extra money to spend.

The new AMG G63 performance flagship is actually a fusion of robustness, near indestructibility, passion, perfection and power. This is why Lumma chose this performance flagship as the base for the Lumma CLR G770 widebody kit. One of Lumma Design’s latest creation, the CLR G770 is composed of different parts and components made from ultra-light carbon fiber. These include carbon fiber body panels as well as a full carbon fiber bonnet that features specially designed vents. The CLR G770 kit also includes carbon fiber wheel arches that extend the width of the AMG 63 by 40mm on each side.

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Right now, the G63 is probably the highest spec of the G Class that customers can buy, but Mercedes-AMG will allow you to have an even cooler G63 if you are willing to spend a little more. A few weeks ago, we witnessed the sinister looking Edition 1, and now, the Affalterbach is showing us the optional Night Package for the reputable off roader in the AMG variant.

Though the aforementioned special edition model is only available for 12 months, the Night Package is not time sensitive. In fact, it will be available for the G63 for as long as we know. As its name suggests, the package includes a number of black styling elements on the outside. The only exception here is that customers who get the car in black as a base colour cannot order this package. We do think that this makes a lot of sense because then the accents will not be noticeable.

When customers tick the “Night Package” box, the turn signals will now have a black tint, while the side mirror caps, and the outer ring of the spare wheel will also get an Obsidian Black finish. Some parts of the front and rear bumpers, and the side skirts, will be finished in black too. The rear windows will then be tinted, and black underbody protectors finish off the exterior upgrades.

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Luckily for German law enforcement officers, Mercedes-Benz is presenting them with more ways to catch criminals as it launches the X-Class truck for cops at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference 2018 in Frankfurt. Aside from the truck, the automaker will also reveal other models that are part of its range of Polizei-ready models, including some really efficient options.

Here is the thing, MercedesBenz does not offer many details about the changes for its police focused vehicles. But we are assuming that if these tweaks are similar to those like law enforcement models in the United States, these will likely include radio systems, on-board computers for officers, and a lot of storage space to keep all of the cops’ equipment.

For the X-Class in its police spec, the model is based on an all wheel drive to make it perform even better off road. The Polizei livery, however, makes the truck look really cool.

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Mercedes-Benz has not unveiled the A-Class Sedan yet, though we think that we will see it very soon because the automaker has already revealed the hatchback, and it should not be too long for the saloon to come out this year.

The Germany based automaker displayed a concept at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. But we have to agree that this model, in Shooting Brake guise, will be absolutely stunning. Aksyonov Nikita has already done the work for us. He released images of an A Class Shooting Brake that looks ready to enter production.

In 2017, the automaker actually made it clear that they will draw a distinct line between the A-Class sedan and the next generation CLA by giving the CLA a fastback styling. The A-Class is going to be the model the CLA will be based on, and will then use the front wheel drive platform of the A-Class, though it will adapt its own distinct style. This will then be placed above the A-Class Sedan in Mercedes’ lineup.

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A lot of people question why there is even a 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65, firstly because it costs a lot more than the S63 sedan ($82,500 more) and yet, it is 0.7 second slower when sprinting from zero to 60 miles per hour. Both cars not only have similar top speeds, but they both offer the same options and features. In other words, we do not clearly see why the S65 should cost a lot more than the S63. We don’t see it both on paper, and when looking at it. Therefore, paying for so much more is quite irrational. But I guess that’s why its customers would want this model.

Nick Martin, AMG Product Manager at Mercedes-Benz, says that there will always be someone who prefers a 12-cylinder, and that they will buy the ultimate in performance because that’s their character.

The S65 is one of the few models out there that are still offered with a V12 engine, hence making it very exclusive. And of all Mercedes models, this is the only one with the S-Class powertrain that has been unchanged for the 2018 model year. Martin continues to say that the S65 has a niche market, and these people buy it not for logical reasons but because it is considered the best model in the dealership, saying that “the S65 exists because there is no S75”.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 exists only for customers who want the best in luxury regardless of cost

The outgoing Mercedes-Benz C Class began production in the year 2015. And even though it may not be that old, the automaker decided to already give it a mid-cycle refresh and finally, it has arrived with the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan. The automaker recently just took the camouflage off the vehicle, before setting out to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

When looking at the new C-Class sedan from the outside, changes seem to be very subtle but noticeable. For instance, the single bar diamond grille from the AMG Line now comes standard, surrounded by new LED headlights that are now standard as well.

The front fascia looks tweaked with horizontal fins in the side air intakes. The rear fascia has also been redesigned, now with an additional diffuser. The headlights and the taillights also got a minor design change and an LED upgrade, and the sedan now sits on a set of 17 inch twin five spoke wheels that are standard. Customers will now have more paint options like Mojave Silver Metallic and Emerald Green Metallic.

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift gets more power and tech upgrades

For those of you who have extremely high standards, the Mercedes-Benz S Class may not be opulent enough for you. And this is the reason why the automaker decided to make the high class sedan a notch more luxurious with its Maybach variant. This model will make an appearance at next month’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show, before it goes on sale in the United States in the late summer of 2018.

What makes this variant stand out from its siblings would be the new grille that uses vertical slats, instead of the regular horizontal ones. On the lower fascia, you will find a metallic trim that gives the vehicle a flashier look.

The most prominent change here, however, would be the car’s profile. The 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class now measures 215 inches (5,461 millimeters) long, while riding on a 132.5 inch (3,365.5 mm) wheelbase. This is a whopping 10 inches (254mm) increase than even the long-wheelbase S-Class Sedan. Having said that, passengers should have a lot more leg room in the cabin.

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