Mercedes CL65 AMG facelift (OFFICIAL PHOTOS)

Just when it reached almost 100 C degrees and everyone thought they’ll watch the premiere at Paris Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled the first official photos.

What can you say about this car? It’s probably one of their most beautiful coupes ever made. Surely the most powerful!

CL65 AMG’s engine is capable of producing 630 hp, 18 hp more than the previous version. However, the torque was limited to 1,000 Nm.

Mercedes CL65 AMG facelift sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and top speed was electronically limited to 300 km/h.

CL65 AMG features the Direct Steer direction, the Active Body Control suspension and the Torque Vectoring Brake.

All you need is an excuse to Monte Carlo’s sunset.

Smart will present an electric scooter in Paris Motor Show

The new Smart scooter is set to form part of Smart’s upcoming Paris Motor Show spread, which will also feature a lightly facelifted version of the Fortwo – the company’s sole model prior to the arrival of the reborn Forfour, which is to be built in Renault’s Slovakian production plant from 2012.

The model is described as having a chance to production, but how this will materialize is still not very clear: if the Smart will use electric propulsion or will choose an internal combustion engine.

According to sources in the Smart brand, electric scooter is equipped with a lithium-ion battery. Its autonomy is about 100 km on a single charge and the scooter enjoys a special airbag to prevent injury.

There are rumors of an electric scooter for the Mini, but the model has been denied by officials of the British brand.

Fine of $1 million for a speed of 290 km/h in Switzerland

Switzerland has become one of European countries with the most severe fines for speedy drivers. A recent case proves it. It was recorded on the highway linking Lausanne to Bern.

A Mercedes SLS AMG was surprised by the police radar with a speed of 290 km/h, well above the speed limit – only 120 km/h. The difference of 170 km/h resulted in the issuance of a fine hard to imagine, because in Switzerland, the warning is directly proportional to the revenues of the accused.

In these circumstances, the German supercar owner will have to pay a fine amounting to one million dollars, almost three times the price of the car. Police wanted to ensure that the owner, aged 37, will pay the fine, so they confiscated the his SLS AMG.

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Mercedes to launch two hybrid models for 2011

The German manufacturer will launch in 2011 S400 Hybrid and ML450 Hybrid models. Characterized as a “mild hybrid” Mercedes S400 Hybrid will have the first lithium-ion battery designed specifically for automobiles.

The German sedan has a V6 unit with 275 horsepower that will be assisted by an electric motor capable of producing 20 horsepower. Thanks to the electric motor, the fuel consumption will drop by 30 percent.

Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid will have two electric motors that assist the same V6 275 horsepower. SUV fuel consumption will be 11.2 litres/100km (urban) and 9.8 litres/100km out of town.

Both hybrid models of Mercedes will use Atkinson cycle operation. By delaying the closing of each intake valve, the entire intake cycle is longer than the compression
cycle, thus increasing the thermal efficiency, which translates into lower consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

Also, Mercedes S400 Hybrid and ML450 Hybrid will have start-stop technology. Thanks to this system, the vehicle will run at low speeds in electric mode and the energy produced under braking will be directed to the lithium-ion batteries.

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Paris Motor Show 2010: Premiers

Paris Motor Show is fast approaching and the car manufacturers put on the starting line the most exciting new models or concepts. This year, Paris Motor Show will take place from 2-17 octombre and manufacturers’ stands will be arranged in Porte de Versailles. Given that they play at home, French car manufacturers will come with the most spectacular premiers.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin stand will be full of news. The British builder most likely will come to Paris with its DB9 model. The British supercar received a very delicate facelift, not long ago.

Audi

In Audi’s stand, the audience at the Paris Motor Show will be able to admire the new A7. This Coupe sedan will become the first rival for Mercedes CLS.

BMW

BMW will come to Paris together with its new X3 generation. After six years since its launch, the Bavarian compact SUV has a new design, much more attractive. Also, in their stand is likely to get acquainted with the long-awaited Megacity concept.

Bugatti

The Bugatti will come to Paris Motor Show with their new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The new version of the Veyron was able to enter the Guinness Book, reaching speeds of 431 km/h. This car is equipped with a 1,200 horsepower engine and 1500 Nm.

Chevrolet

Like they did at Geneva Motor Show, this year, Chevrolet will also present the Aveo RS concept at Paris Motor Show.

Citroen

Citroen’s stand will certainly be one of the most admired. French will present to the public its new generation of C4, but only the version with five doors. Also, the French manufacturer will make us aware of their DS4.

Ford

Ford officials will bring with them the new Mondeo facelift. The retouched version of the Mondeo offers customers a range of technological elements that were missing on the present model.

Land Rover

In the Land Rover stand, the audience at the Porte de Versailles will be able to admire the new Range Rover Evoque. The new British model is the smallest, lightest and most environmental Land Rover car created so far, and will be launched on the market with the anniversary of 40 years of the company.

Lotus

Lotus will be among the stars of the Parisian Motor Show, their stand will host the Esprit supercar concept. Besides that it is possible to see a GT roadster and two concepts.

Mercedes

Mercedes will present in Paris the new CL facelift and also the new CLS. The new CL-Class comes with a front look more aggressive and with a new propellant. Twin-turbo V8 unit produces 429 hp and develops a torque of 699 Nm.

Mini

The British manufacturer’s stand will host the new Mini facelift. The first information and pictures were presented in June, but its changes are minor, both externally and internally.

Opel

The tenth generation of the Opel Astra has received a release for a family, and the Paris Motor Show is the perfect place to display it. For the first time, Astra’s station wagon version drop its Caravan denominations for the name Sports Tourer.

Peugeot

Another car manufacturer who will play at home is Peugeot. French will showcase the new 508, mid-size sedan that will replace the old 407. French brand fans will get a surprise and officials are wishing to present the long awaited Peugeot 308 GTI.

Renault

Renault’s stand will be at high agitation because the French will present DeZir concept, an electric prototype that has a fascinating design and a 150 horsepower propeller with a range of 160 kilometers. Also, the French will come accompanied by the electric version of Fluence.

Smart

The Smart will be present at the Paris Motor Show with a restyled version of its Fortwo. The actual Smart Fortwo will leave the current car market until 2013, when it will be replaced by the new generation developed in collaboration with Renault and this facelift aims freshening this generation.

Suzuki

Suzuki from Japan will be accompanied at the Porte de Versailles, by the new generation of urban model Swift. The third generation of the Swift comes with a design slightly retouched with new, somewhat larger sized engines.

Volvo

If Geneva was introduced to the Volvo S60, Paris will see the V60. The wagon version of its S60 received the title of Sports Wagon to emphasize the sport allure.

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French clock inspired by Mercedes SLS AMG

SLS Mercedes supercar came to inspire even the watch makers. Stuttgart standard design served as inspiration for Cacheux Fabien, a French designer, who unveiled today his watch: Silver Arrow.

The exclusive Silver Arrow has a rubber bracelet, a titanium housing and an energy resource. The Mercedes logo is in place, built in the center pane.

Belt’s opening mechanism is similar to that used by the German supercar, the French designer’s muse.

Fabien Cacheaux hasn’t currently revealed any official price, the clock being only in a concept stage.

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This is the New R-Class Mercedes Benz

The model was introduced to the public for the first time in the New York Auto Show.

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Mercedes has a new slogan: “The best or nothing”

“The best or nothing” is the new philosophy behind the Germans at Mercedes. The new motto of the Stuttgart manufacturer has been chosen to exemplify the true values of the brand: perfection, fascination and responsibility. With the new slogan, Mercedes will begin a media campaign that will “invade” the Internet, newspapers and television stations.

Switching to “The Best or Nothing” coincides with the presentation of the brand plans for next year, when Mercedes will address to premium segment by introducing 16 new models. Stuttgart manufacturer plans to bring to market several versions of A-Class E-Cell, B-Class F-Cell, along with an electric Smart Fortwo.

Also, Mercedes will unveil this fall a new generation of V6 and V8 engines, called BlueDirect. Aspirated 3.5-liter V6 will be directly able to produce up to 301 horsepower and can develop a maximum torque of 368 Nm.

V8 4.6-liter twin-turbo will deliver 429 horsepower and develops 700 Nm of torque. New V6 and V8 engines will be able to provide a fuel consumption 24 percent lower than the old range of engines. In addition, Mercedes will introduce its most models the Start & Stop function, designed to reduce urban consumption.

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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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Mercedes will build electric vehicles for China

Mercedes has plenty experienced in the production of electric models, once they released the versions of Fortwo and A-Klasse, while BYD is China’s leader in developing lithium-ion batteries.

The alliance between the two manufacturers should bring on the market an competitive electric vehicle with great autonomy, in the next two years.

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