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The Limited Edition SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY"

The Limited Edition SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY”

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The Wild Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series In Action

The Wild Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series In Action

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The Electrifying Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric drive

The Electrifying Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric drive

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Mercedes Raises Concerns Over New Aircon Refrigerant

Mercedes Raises Concerns Over New Aircon Refrigerant

New findings by Mercedes raise concerns over the use of the new aircon refrigerant R-1234yf. The aircon refrigerant R-1234yf replaces the more common R-134a used on most vehicles. R-1234yf has been deemed mandatory for use on new motor vehicles since January2011 and will be required for all motor vehicles by 2017.

The switch from R-134a to R-1234yf is predominantly due to the lower carbon dioxide footprint of the new refrigerant.

However recent findings from Mercedes show that the new R-1234yf refrigerant is flammable under certain real-life conditions. The climate-friendly R-1234yf refrigerant was previously perceived to be safe due to the numerous laboratory and crash tests carried out by a number of international vehicle manufacturers and independent institutions.

The tests performed by Mercedes went above and beyond the legally prescribed tests, and required the R-1234yf refrigerant to be dynamically dispersed at high pressure near to hot components of the test vehicle’s exhaust system. Similar tests conducted on the older refrigerant did not result in ignition.

Based on the findings Mercedes will continue to use the proven and safe R-134a refrigerant on its vehicles. Daimler has already informed the relevant authorities of these facts and will also make the results of this investigation available to all relevant associations as well as to other vehicle manufacturers.

Let’s hope a solution to the problem can be identified swiftly.

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Mercedes Supplements Production of the New A-Class

Mercedes Supplements Production of the New A-Class

Owing to the large demand for the new A-Class, Mercedes has had to expand its production capability. Mercedes has contracted the Finnish production specialist Valmet Automotive to supplement production of the new A-Class.

According to the agreement, Valmet will produce more than 100,000 units for Daimler from 2013 through to 2016.

The company has received more than 40,000 A-Class orders to date ahead of its market launch in mid-September 2012, which It seems was a bit more than Mercedes anticipated. It seems the A-Class is a bigger success story than even Mercedes expected.

According to Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Manufacturing and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans: “Our new compacts are so popular with our customers that the Rastatt and Kecskemét plants are completely utilized. We will even switch to three-shift operations in Rastatt this fall. We thus signed Valmet as an experienced production specialist who will provide us with additional A-Class capacities as of 2013.”

If the demand for the A-Class in Europe is anything to go by then South African customers should place their orders as soon as possible.

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Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes released information on its new CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake a few days ago and we have to admit that we like it a lot. But then again we need to point out that we’ve been fans of the CLS since it was first launched globally in 2004 so we could be biased, well that and the fact that we generally love the sonorous sound of the 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine.

Just like the Mercedes CLS did in 2004, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is also seen as a first in terms of “establishing a completely new, small and select niche sector,” according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake fills the gap for individuals wanting an executive size sports coupe with an added level of practicality. This is revealed by the generous interior and luggage compartment size with a volume of up to 1550 litres.

The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine mated to the the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission serves out power output and torque levels of 386 kW and 700 Nm respectively, with the Edition 1 package offering up power output and torque levels of 410 kW and 800 Nm respectively. Both variants offer driving performance of the highest calibre: accelerating from zero to 100 kph takes 4.4 and 4.3 seconds respectively, and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 kph.

Despite the superb power offered by the engine the fuel consumption figures are claimed to be 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). These relatively low fuel consumption figures are partly possible due to the use of an electromechanical AMG sports parameter steering which only draws power when the vehicle is actually being steered.

The ride and handling of the car has not been ignored either and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake comes fitted with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, which allows the driver to choose between 3 suspension modes of “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus” at the press of a button. The 3-stage -ESP® with SPORT Handling mode also enables three individual control strategies to be selected at the press of a button.

Some of the notable elements on the exterior styling of the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake include the AMG front apron with cross strut finished in high-gloss black, the AMG radiator grille with single slat and the AMG-specific design of the bonnet. Whilst at the AMG-specific rear apron with diffuser look and the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes add some level of dynamism to the rear of the car.

Okay so it has all the AMG trademark exterior and interior features. So what really stands out for us out of all the extensive range of optional extras? It’s the designo wooden luggage compartment floor. This luggage compartment floor is made of open-pore American cherry wood, a decorative fine wood traditionally used in superior interior design work, high-quality furniture and exclusive ship outfitting applications. The rubber inserts incorporated in the floor, not only help to protect the wooden floor but also feature anti-slip properties which help make the luggage space more usable. The floors look lovely but were not sure as yet what that will set you back, but then again to be considering the purchase of such a car money can’t be such a big issue right?

Have a look at the videos below for a bit more info on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.

 

 

 

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Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series Promo Video

Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series Promo Video

The Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series is the star of a new online video released by Mercedes Benz USA appropriately labelled the “Dark Side of the C63 AMG Black Series,” to go with the cars  Magno Night Black colour.

The power for the C63 AMG Black Series comes fro ma 6.3-litre V8 (380kW, 620Nm) engine, which transmits its power to its rear wheels via a seven speed AMG speedshift MCT sport transmission. All this translates to a 0 – 100 kph acceleration in 4.2 seconds.

With the big 6.2-liter V-8 barking and snorting while it slides around corners in the video, it’s clear that this car wasn’t just built to take to the track; it was built to be the best.

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2012 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG

2012 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG

The All new SL 63 AMG was revealed two weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the SL 63 AMG has an all aluminium bodyshell which leads to a 125 kilogram weight saving compared to its predecessor.

The AMG 5.5litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine delivers 395 kW and 800 Nm of torque or 415 kW and 900 Nm If the AMG Performance package is specified. The claimed acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 4.3 or 4.2 seconds with the Performance package added.

The SL 63 AMG comes equipped with the AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

From an exterior styling perspective the SL 63 AMG is differentiated from the standard SL by an extensive AMG body kit which gives it a more aggressive purposeful look. Some of the styling details include the larger front apron with larger air dams, AMG specific LED daytime running lights, the AMG radiator grille with double louvres in silver chrome, AMG spoiler lip, and the diffuser-style rear apron.

The interior styling options are equally as appealing with AMG sports seats, AMG carbon fibre trim, AMG illuminated door sill panels, with one of the stand out details being the AMG Logo in the lower metal insert of the AMG performance steering wheel.

A plethora of options for the SL 63 AMG are available such as weight-optimised AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and AMG Performance Media with telemetry function.

To top it all off the retractable roof which easily converts the SL 63 AMG into a roadster in under 20 seconds. The retractable roof is available in 3 versions in the form of; a painted roof, glass roof, or the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL whose transparency can be switched to light or dark at the push of a button.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The new A-Class was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today . Mercedes hopes the car’s sporty styling will make it a strong competitor against the BMW 1 series and Audi A3.  The unveiling of the Volvo V40 should also add some competition to this luxury hatchback segment.

According to an article written by Automotive News, Mercedes – Benz is targeting buyers aged from the late 30s to the mid-40s and expects more than half of A class customers will be new to the brand, which has traditionally drawn older, wealthier customers.

The new A-class comes with a range of engines from 80kW to 155kW.

The petrol engines range in power from 90 kW in the A 180 to 115 kW in the A 200 through to 155 kW (211 hp) in the A 250.

The diesel engines range in power from 80kW, 250Nm torque in the A 180 CDI to 100kW, 300Nm torque in the A 200 CDI through to 125kW, 350Nm torque in the A 220 CDI.

Each of the A-class model variants comes with ECO start/stop function as standard

The engines can be combined either with the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The A-Class ride height is down by 180mm compared to its predecessor so that car sits closer to the road. A noticeably lower centre of gravity and a new 4-link rear axle provide the basis for this.

Customers can choose between various suspension settings, among them the optional sports suspension with Direct-Steer system.

We have to admit that we were never really fans of the old A – Class but given the unveiling of the new A – Class today, we have changed our minds, well in terms of looks anyway.  We can’t wait to see it on the roads.

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SA New Vehicle Sales Data: Feb 2012

SA New Vehicle Sales Data: Feb 2012

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), reported aggregate Industry sales had improved by 3 159 units or 6.4% to 52 356 vehicles from 49 197 units in February last year.

Due to the discontinued participation of Mercedes-Benz South Africa in the SA automotive industry’s domestic new vehicle sales and export stats as a result of global directive by Daimler AG in Germany, for the time being, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would provide a single total sales number for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and export sales.

Aggregate Industry new car sales during February 2012 at 36 357 units (including MBSA) reflected an improvement of 2 303 units or 6.8 % compared to the 34 054 new cars sold during February 2011. The new car market had received support from car rental Industry demand which accounted for about 10.5 % of total new car sales.

Industry total commercial vehicle sales during February, 2012 at 15 999 units showed an improvement of 856 units or 5.7% compared to the 15 143 units of the corresponding month last year.

Exports of South African produced motor vehicles, including MBSA export sales data, during February, 2012 at 22 630 vehicles had registered a decline of 2 525 units or 10.0 % compared to the 25 155 vehicles during February last year.

The outlook for 2012 in terms of total industry sales remained one of modest growth.

Some of the factors seen to lend support to the domestic part include:

  • The ongoing improvement in the financial position of consumers,
  • Relatively low interest rates,
  • Continuing improvement in vehicle affordability in real terms,
  • The highly competitive trading environment and new model introductions.

As a result, domestic sales were expected to continue to reflect growth, but at a relatively subdued rate.

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