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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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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will come to the US, but don’t expect the hatchback variant

Mercedes-Benz recently announced their newest A-Class model, and we think that the upgraded hatchback looks amazing beside the rest of its siblings, plus the fact that it now highlights the new MBUX infotainment technology that just makes it extra modern - in fact, way more than the rest of the models. With all that good news, there is one thing that might disappoint you, and it is the fact that there will not be a hatchback version of the A-Class in the United States - sorry to burst your bubble.

This is because Mercedes plans to only sell the five door A-Class in markets outside of the United States, while the American market only gets the four-door model. In fact, Canadians will even be able to get their hands on the hatchback configuration. This was confirmed by Mercedes Benz Canada CEO, Brian D. Fulton, during his interview with The Truth About Cars.

Fulton supported his statement by saying that their US colleagues already confirmed the idea that only the sedan version of the A-Class will be sold in North America. Meanwhile, Canada will get both versions: the sedan and the hatchback. More details on the sedan will be released later this year.

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Diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz cars are dead in the United States

In the United States, diesel engines were never really that big. Sales of cars with diesel engines were even more dismal. And if there is one type of vehicle where diesel has had the most success, it would be the pickup trucks. In fact, automakers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram now offer diesel options in half-ton trucks. Meanwhile, Chevy offers a diesel in its mid-size Colorado, Jeep, on the other hand will soon offer its new Wrangler with a diesel model.

Clearly, there are disadvantages to offering diesel variants. Mercedes-Benz has decided to scrap its plan to offer it in its lineup. In fact, the only model it has that still has this engine is its Sprinter van. Ola Kallenius, who oversees Mercedes’ research and development, said that there is simply not enough demand for this in the United States for them to justify the extra effort.

He told The Detroit Bureau during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that the diesel engine just does not fit into the US portfolio. But instead, it does much better in complying with the standard for emissions in Europe.

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Mercedes-Benz keeps crown as top luxury brand in the US in 2017

As the year 2017 comes to an end, the race for luxury sales has also reached a remarkable finish. This has always been a highly contended segment in the United States with each automaker making various daring attempts to elbow each other out. Well, we’re here to report that it seems like Mercedes-Benz will be taking the crown home for the second year in a row.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Mercedes-Benz has delivered a total number of 302,043 units in 2017. And that number is mostly comprised of their strong sellers including the C-Class, GLC, and the GLE. That’s not all, because the Mercedes-AMG alone was doing so well too. In fact, sales were up by 49.6% in 2017, adding up to a total of 30,116 units. There is also the entry-level 43 lineup that is a lot cheaper than the pure AMG models.

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz has been doing very well with their SUVs. This could be because their offerings have become more practical.

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Mercedes-Benz just made an announcement that the 2018 E Class Cabriolet has finally landed in the United States. If you had not known, the E Class will be positioned in between the C and the S-Class convertibles. In fact, the E Class is being marketed as a luxury drop top that will have both a pure, elegant design, with long distance comfort just enough for four occupants.

As its name suggests, it will have a number of similarities with an E Class Coupe, except it will feature a fabric soft top in several colour options like black, red, dark blue, and dark brown. No matter which colour the customer selects, all of them will have the same feature, which promises to reduce both wind and road noise. It is fully automatic with sophisticated insulation that cuts down wind and noise when driving on the highway. In only 20 seconds, the top can fully be opened and closed, while traveling at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour). The roof then folds into a compartment in the trunk after opening.

Aside from the convertible fabric roof, the E Class Cabriolet comes with remarkable options including a heat reflecting leather upholstery, an Aircap wind deflector, as well as an Airscarf neck level heating system.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet now available at US dealerships, priced from $66,300

With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.

Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz stays on top of US luxury car sales in the first nine months of 2017

Mercedes-Benz has grand plans for the production of its EQ subbrand, and part of this would be to restructure its 20-year-old factory located in Vance, Alabama. To do this, the automaker will have to invest about $1 billion in the plant, so they could also electrify all models in their lineup by 2022. All in all, they plan to electrify over 50 different models.

Markus Schaefer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for production and supply chain, said in relation to the investment that their global network is ready for electric vehicles considering the fact that there are production locations for EVs and batteries in several continents including Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was also glad to say that production of the EQ in the U.S. will be a lot quicker for them, because of the plant modernization in Tuscaloosa.

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler unveiled an EQ concept SUV, and it was described as a near production model. The EQ sub-brand consists of sedans, crossovers and SUVs.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz invests $1 billion in their Alabama factory for the EQ SUV

It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

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The company with the three-pointed star logo a.k.a. Mercedes-Benz currently has the GLA and the GLC out in the market. But if customers are still not satisfied with both models, or find the GLA too cramped or the GLC too pricey, then don’t you worry. Car and Driver has received information from Stuttgart saying that there will be another model that will join these two tentatively called the “GLB”. Rumours say that this mini G-Class is supposed to be a middle version of the GLA and the GLC.

More sources say that the GLB will combine styling cues inspired by military vehicle design with a more contemporary touch. Optional styling packages will be available for customers to choose from as well. The GLB measures 4600mm in length, that is 180mm longer that the new generation GLA. The SUV will probably go on sale in 2019 with a starting price of £32,000.

Since Mercedes is adding more models to the A- and B-Class families, we all know that the company aims to strengthen its compact model portfolio. Just recently at the Auto Shanghai, they unveiled a concept car that is an A-Class Sedan, which was said to be produced and sold in the United States according to sources. It is launched alongside the next generation CLA that is supposed to get its new look from the four-door AMG GT that has not been released yet. Another version of the A-Class Sedan, with a long wheelbase will also be available in China as rear legroom continues to be an issue for them.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz has plans to release the GLB SUV in the United States

If you’re expecting to own the newest hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, dubbed as Project One, prepare for some bad news. This road worthy F1 car is no longer available in the U.S. As confirmed by Road & Track, the brand had been compiling a list of possible customers and this was stopped last month. Even if you did make it to the list, it is still not guaranteed. The Michigan-based auto magazine revealed as well that the brand will still be choosing who among those in the list will get the chance to own this remarkable model.

While it was first shown during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show held in March, it was done so behind closed doors. However, it was later revealed that this was not the final version with project manager Melissa Witek saying that the one put on display was around 85% complete. Back then it was estimated that the price would be around $2.4 million. It has been confirmed that a total of 275 units will be made and next month the brand will reveal how many of these will be assigned for the U.S.

So how did people manage to get on the list? Well in order to be part of this rather elite club, you would need to be a longtime owner of a Mercedes. In addition, you would need to convince the brand that you will actually be using the vehicle rather than simply storing it and then selling it for a profit. For those who will ultimately get the chance to be a part of Project One, they will receive them directly from the brand. Owners though will get the chance to choose which dealer will deliver their models and do any of the servicing.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG no longer accepting orders for Project One, sold out in the US

After the unveiling of the Mercedes-AMG GT R in the midyear of 2016, the German automaker is at last revealing this exclusive green beast priced at $157,995. They will roll out this summer, and Mercedes-AMG announced that it will only produce 2,000 units worldwide. Those who are willing to dish out this amount of money must move quickly before these mean machines will be sold out.

The 3rd of kin and the most impressive member of the AMG GT clan boasts of pure power and decreased weight for dynamic performances. It is worth the wait after all, since the expert engineers from Affalterbach have managed to take off some load from the sports car and at the same time squeezed more power from the biturbo 4.0 L V8 engine to make the Coupe a worthy adversary in its league. The biturbo V8 can produce a whopping 577 hP (430 kW) and 516 lb-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque, delivering 74 hp abd 37 lb-ft more compared to the S model.

A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox delivers the torque directly to the rear axle. Its first gear currently has a longer ratio, and the 7th gear has a shortened one to empower a far more better acceleration. The German automaker remarked that the GT R Coupe can accelerate up to 60 miles/hour (97 km/hour) in only 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of up to 198 mph(319 kph), which is 0.2 second more quicker that its S version predecessor . Weight-wise, the new AMG GT R weighs at around 3,428 lbs (1,554 kg)- which makes it lighter than the S version (90 kg less).

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R rolls out this summer in US, see final pricing details here

There may be bad news for Mercedes-Benz drivers in the United States who love its diesel offerings and have been waiting for the latest iteration of their favorite diesel models to arrive in the country. Well, it is just that Mercedes is now mulling to stop selling the diesel versions of its premium luxury lineup in the US, no thanks to declining demand for its offerings and to the stricter implementation of emissions regulations and rules in the country.

This comes after Mercedes dropped plans to offer the diesel-powered Mercedes C300d 4Matic to the United States. Mercedes C300d 4Matic was supposed to commence sales of the Mercedes-Benz C300d 4Matic in the US months ago and had postponed those plans. Supposed to be the US version equivalent of the C250d 4Matic that is being sold in Europe, the US-spec C300d 4Matic was previewed June 2015 with a near-production prototype at the Pikes Peak, where it posted a new record for a series production car with a course time of 11.37 minutes.

Mercedes said at the time that the drive C300d could return 42 mpg on the highway and could be the first diesel model that would undercut the American ULEV 70 emissions limits. The C300d 4Matic was powered by a turbodiesel four-cylinder, 2.1-liter engine delivering 201 hp (150 kW) of output from 3,800 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque available at 1,600 rpm.

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BMW tumbled to the third spot in the luxury vehicle sales race last month as Mercedes-Benz is getting closer to unseat Audi from its glorious throne in the industry. BMW's global sales jumped only 7.50 percent to 133,883 units last month, totally lagging behind Mercedes-Benz.

The latter's global sales in January rose 20 percent to 150,184 units. While Audi reported the slowest growth among the three luxury car brands with a four percent increase, it still topped BMW with a total of 143,150 units. The reports indicate the shifting of fortune among the three brands.

After lagging behind the competition for a few years, Mercedes-Benz is back in the game after parent company Daimler overhauled its roster. Moreover, all-new SUVs such as the GLE are helping the brand re-establish its glory and offset the losses that may result from the economic woes in China, the world's largest consumer of automobiles.

Read the entire article BMW falls to third place in luxury-car sales in January, Mercedes-Benz outpaces Audi

Audi was the top seller of luxury cars in April 2015 around the world, outselling BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Last month, Audi’s deliveries increased by 2.5% to 152,850 cars, aided by the demand in the U.S. for the Audi Q5 and Q7 sport utility vehicles. In comparison, BMW sold 148,896 vehicles (a 5.6% increase). Mercedes-Benz reported sales of 148,072 cars (an 11% hike).

Last Tuesday, Audi presented the revamped Q7 sport utility vehicle in Verbier, Switzerland. At this event, Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said that the automaker had a “very decent first quarter” and that its growth is at a “good pace.”

BMW has made a promise to keep its lead when it comes to annual sales in the global premium car business even when its key models like the 7-Series sedan are already dated. All three Germany luxury makers are launching new models to broaden their appeal and be more competitive.

Read the entire article Audi takes lead in luxury-car sales in April 2015, outsells BMW and Mercedes-Benz

Talks will start later this year between Mercedes-Benz USA and its dealerships over plans to handle the new vehicles that will be coming within the next several years. CEO Steve Cannon said that the brand is on its way to selling 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the upcoming years and so, around 25% of its stores will have to add showroom and vehicle storage space as well as service capacity.

He said that plans are expected to be made in 2016 and that construction will be from 2017 to 2018. He added that the automaker expects significant growth to happen, especially with the segments that are being added. He estimates that it will take about two years to reach 400,000 cars. When that figure is reached, there will be a dealer network shortage.

He explained that the dealerships have to take care of the volume of buyers. They may do so in various ways. They can add bays, widen the size of the service area, or add a second shift. Cannon revealed that a second service shift may be introduced at the brand’s Manhattan dealership, the only one that’s owned by the company in the U.S. He said that this isn’t a very common method to expand the service but it’s a “great way to sweat your assets."

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Luxury brands have been attracting consumers away from mainstream brands. The luxury segment is expected to grow 7-8% this year, doing better than the 5% increase predicted for total auto sales, according to Larry Dominique, president of ALG Inc., which establishes auto resale values.

A 13% increase in April 2015 was noted in deliveries for Daimler AG’s Mercedes with 29,188 units shipped – setting a record for the highest in April. BMW also set record-breaking sales of 26,952 units (a 6% increase).

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor, posted a 12% gain with 25,876 units sold – 50 more and it would have exceeded its best-ever sales for the month.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, the commercial arm of the German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, recently unveiled the Metris midsize Euro cargo van. It will have a starting price of $29,945 while it passenger versions will have a tag of $33,495; both include shipping. It will challenge segment leader Ford Transit Connect small cargo van, which established the small-van segment in the United States in 2009, as well as entries from Nissan, Chevrolet and Ram.

In 2014, Ford sold 8.8 percent more Transit Connects over 2013 at 43,210 units. When it arrives in the US in October, the Metris will be the largest of the small Euro vans, having a wheelbase that is around 13 inches longer than the Transit Connect.

According to Mercedes, the additional length will allow Metris to carry 880 more pounds of cargo than the Ford’s small van. The Metris, also known globally as the Vito, will be powered by a 208-hp gasoline engine paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and will come with a pack safety features.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz Vans USA enters US small-van segment with Metris

Mercedes-Benz is planning to transfer this summer the production of the R-Class crossover from Alabama to Indiana, with AM General – maker of the Humvee – as the contract manufacturer. Mercedes cited the need to free up production capacity at its Alabama site near Tuscaloosa.

Jason Hoff, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, said in a statement that the Tuscaloosa site needs more free capacity for SUV production and the output of the new GLE Coupe.

The freed capacity will be used to produce other Mercedes models like the GLE class and the GL class. Markus Schaefer, member of the divisional board for Mercedes-Benz cars, manufacturing and supply chain management, said in the statement that the use of a contract manufacturer is within the carmaker’s growth strategy.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to shift output of R-Class to AM General in Indiana

Mercedes-Benz’s Mercedes-Maybach S600 flagship will have a starting price of $190,275, including shipping, when it goes on sale in April this year. The S600 is derived from the S-class sedan that has a base price of $167,825, including shipping. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will be around 8 inches longer than the standard S-class sedan at 214.6 inches.

Mercedes re-launching Maybach as a sub-brand and units under it will feature upscale interiors and options. The Maybach sub-brand will eventually include an E class and SUV. The Maybach S600 is powered by a 6.0-liter, V-12, bi-turbo engine that provides up to 523 hp.

According to the carmaker, the level of wind noise inside the cabin of the S600 is even lower than the S-class Coupe, which is touted as the “quietest car in the world.”

Read the entire article 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 has base price of $190,275 in the US

BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz in the United States in 2014. But behind that, BMW also outspent Mercedes in the US in terms of incentives. In fact, while both German luxury carmakers increase their incentive spending, BMW was shelling out over $670 per vehicle more than Mercedes. Both carmakers also managed to break their previous sales records in the US.

BMW's average incentive spending per sale jumped 32 percent or $1,198 last year to $4,910, according to Autodata. On the other hand, average incentive spending per sale at Mercedes, excluding Sprinter, climbed 11 percent or $433 to $4,237. The incentive gap between BMW and Mercedes also widened from 2013, when the former was spending an average of $3,712 and the latter an average of $3,804.

The reversal in the average incentive spending also translated to a reversal in the No. 1 and No. 2 posts. Jesse Toprak, chief analyst for Cars.com, remarked that BMW’s extra boost of incentive spending in December allowed it to sell enough volume to surpass Mercedes for the full year.

Read the entire article BMW outguns Mercedes-Benz both in sales and incentives in the US in 2014