New Mercedes CLS is the most beautiful Mercedes yet!

The new CLS embraces Mercedes new design philosophy. The result is impressive. Mercedes CLS looks more aggressive and inspires at the same time sportiness and elegance.

In front you can see some elements taken from the SLS AMG. Redesigned grille and bonnet with smoother lines, plus the new optical blocks gives to this new CLS an aggressive silhouette. The Germans haven’t forgotten the inside of this four-door Coupé. They installed a center console similar to those on the new E-Class and S-Class.

Another distinguishing feature comes in the form of the full LED headlamps, which are the world’s first to offer all of the regular dynamic light functions using LED technology.

This innovation boasts an impressive design – inside they are divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom: the upper layer contains an LED indicator, beneath which is a striking LED side light offering low beam functions.

The side light can also be seen when the dipped beam function is switched on, thereby creating a novel and separate night-time design and distinctive look. The lowest level of the headlamp houses the main beam and night-view functions.

A total of 71 LEDs not only provide an unmistakable appearance, but also a significantly enhanced view of the road compared with previous systems.

The interior of the CLS is also distinguished by a timeless design which combines straightforward elegance with innovative details and handcrafted perfection.

An eye-catching feature is the wrap-around effect of the cockpit: a high line sweeps from the driver’s door over the instrument panel support and across to the front passenger door.

The central display has also been integrated harmoniously into the upper part of the instrument panel. At the same time, the downward sweeping side line on the doors continues the dynamic dropping line of the exterior.

As a design trendsetter, the CLS sets new standards in interiors with its wide variety of individualization options. Five interior colors, five trim designs and also three qualities of leather are available to choose from.

As a result, each CLS is a one-off piece and can be configured individually between warm naturalness and cool modernity.

Mercedes will launch 16 new models and versions until 2011

Within the next six months, Mercedes-Benz will launch a total of 16 new models or existing models face-lift. News from the Stuttgart manufacturer’s range will be represented by the electric versions of the current models and fuel cell powered versions thereof. Moreover, the manufacturer will launch a range of engines, called BlueDIRECT, starting in autumn this year. Therefore, the number of models altogether and entirely new will be reduced, but the new ones will be shared across the entire range Mercedes Benz.

With new engines and models, the Mercedes-Benz launched their new marketing campaign with the motto “The best or nothing.” The new marketing slogan of the Mercedes-Benz aims the faith of Gottlieb Daimler – the company founder.

BlueDIRECT engines represents the downsizing strategy of the Stuttgart manufacturer. Thus, V6 and V8 units have received the current range of direct injection technology and their cylinder capacity has been reduced with the installation of a turbocharger.

Because of the V configuration of these models, some units received two turbochargers of the same size. New engines consume 24% less fuel than their predecessors and develop a higher level of maximum power and maximum torque. Thanks to turbocharging and direct injection technology, new engines provide a maximum torque speed range and higher speed where maximum torque is available low in comparison with the speed at which torque is available from its predecessors. However, the new engines will get a stop-start, but it will be offered only for some models.

Mercedes’ free GPS for three years

The promotion is valid in 39 European countries, and these maps were available only for money so far.

The update procedure is simple, requiring only the connection to a laptop equipped with the diagnostic system to hard disk navigation system in order to download the latest Mercedes-Benz maps.

Those from Mercedes say their navigation system with hard drive is faster than anything equivalent to DVD due to fact that info are read faster by this unit.

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Daimler and Toyota collaboration on developing cars with hydrogen?

Heads of both corporations have already expressed their interest in the partnership for the future of motoring.

The collaboration between Toyota and Daimler would be the first project of this scale between the two manufacturers.

Fuel cells use a reaction between oxygen and hydrogen in order to produce electricity in a process that does not emit gases that contributes to the global warming.

Toyota staff estimated that it will go another 10 years before this technology will be offered to the public.

Toyota is investigating the fuel cell technology since 1992, while Daimler made the first steps in this area in 1994.

The German manufacturer has already invested over one billion euros in the project that develops this technology for series production.

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Mercedes-Benz Hexawheel: a design study

Inspired by the shape of insects, Hexawheel is able to overcome major obstacles due to its flexible structure combined with the six-wheel and four-wheel drive.
Hexawheel has a total length of 4.8 meters, two equal wheelbases measuring 0.95 meters and a guard ground of 460 mm.

The concept’s weight designed by Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi is distributed equally among the three axes.

Hexawheel is intended for people who love adventure or those who are forced to travel in difficult conditions and on difficult surfaces.

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Mercedes are accused of bribery in Egypt

Egyptian authorities accuses Daimler of the same unorthodox behavior, the justice bodies following to investigate in the next period several cases of bribery.

In a press release issued by the Egyptian prime minister’s office it shows that “Ahmed Nazif, the Premier of the Pharaohs Countries, has decided to instruct the public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, with investigating any bribery attempts of several employees in Egypt, by the car manufacturer Daimler Mercedes-Benz”.

The International Auto Fair in Beijing presents 89 new car models

Of these, 89 cars are world premiere models. Many of them are made specifically for the Chinese market.

In 2009 China became the largest outlet in the world with 13.6 million sold cars.

Only in the first four months of 2010 there were sold over four million and half cars.

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Nissan might collaborate with Mercedes

The Japanese would benefit of more powerful engines of the Germans and the Mercedes electric technology and the lithium-ion batteries of the Japanese.

Japanese press rumors these days about a possible collaboration between Nissan and Daimler.

It appears that the partnership will help both sides to develop in the future, but on different sectors.

Specifically, Nissan needs larger engines, which Mercedes can offer, thanks to the work of the AMG performance division.

Mercedes is interested in electrical technology that Nissan has and the lithium-ion batteries used to power the series model Leaf.

Daimler is in advanced talks with Nissan’s alliance partner as Renault, which means that Germans could sign a contract with the entire conglomerate headed by Carlos Ghosn.

The Nissan spokesman declined on commenting on rumors published in the press, but experts expect that Ghosn to come out with statements regarding the progress of negotiations in the coming weeks.

Audi might implement transmission with eight speed steps on the whole range

Most of the Audi staff takes into account the implementation of eight-speed transmissions on all models. Automatic transmission with six gears will be replaced by units with eight steps, which provide additional agility and an additional fuel savings.

For now, those at Audi haven’t announced yet how much they will extent or they will remove or replace manual transmission units with eight steps.

Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer of cars that managed to equip almost all models in the range of seven-speed automatic transmission.

Customers who want to buy Audi A1 can take their mind off an eight-speed transmission, at least in the coming years because the Ingolstadt manufacturer announced that A3 is the smallest model in the range which will receive a new gearbox with eight steps.

The smallest engine in the Audi range that will be coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmissions is the TFSI unit with 2.0-liter which equip the A3.

Performance figures of these models have not yet been announced, but we can expect that models with an eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve a significant fuel economy.

The new eight-speed automatic transmissions will use, most likely the DSG technology.

Most of the Audi staff should focus on reducing the size and weight of these transmissions, which will equip as well model as A8 and Q7 models, but also smaller models such as A3 and A4.

A seven-speed DSG transmission has a mass of about 77 kilograms, while the first generation DSG – the six gears – has a mass of 93 kilograms.

Desk high 100 DSG transmission is caused by the fact that the clutch is wet and fluids used increase considerable the weight.

An equivalent transmission with converter weighs is about 85 kilograms, while a manual gearbox with five or six-speed has a mass of around 40 kilograms.

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Pagani’s new supercar C9 estimated to $1.3 million

Even if we saw it in multiple forms, Zonda by Pagani seems to be an amazing vehicle.
In one of his visits to home land Argentina, Horacio Pagani- the brand founder- said that Zonda’s replacement was called C9.
The chassis of C9 will be made from carbon fiber and titanium with a NHTSA crash test standards following to that the car to be sold in U.S.
The supercar will have a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 feature found on Mercedes-Benz cars, including the S600 and AMG’s 65-series models. In what concerns power, it should be in the realm of 690 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque.

Consequently, Zonda’s production will stop in September, allowing Italians to produce C9. Pagani staff hopes to built around 40 cars annually with a price of $1.3 million each car.

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