Mercedes has debuted a likeness of what their next generation CLS model will look like and it’s a beautiful work of art. It’s abstract, but resembles a Mercedes shrink wrapped with cellophane. This is a very different approach from Mercedes in the past or other manufacturers that like showing off clay sculptures or scale models.
The new Mercedes concept art is an attention getter for sure, even for those who aren’t into art. This art debut at Detroit will become the all new 2012 Mercedes CLS, when finally put into production and not just hidden under cover.
2012 Mercedes CLS Pics
Mercedes has been in the SUV business since 1997 and now 12 years later they are introducing the GLK350, the 5th Mercedes SUV/Crossover. This all new SUV is a slightly tuned down version of the GL SUV and priced respectably at $35,000. I’m surprised any Mercedes vehicle, let alone a large SUV, can drop below $40k, so color me impressed.
Green drivers will be pleased to hear that the large SUV is capable of 21 miles per gallon on the highway. That figure becomes even more impressive when you consider that the GLK350 is pushing close to 270 horsepower. It goes to show that Mercedes has a long running commitment to efficiency and engineering to produce that kind of power in an SUV out of 3.5 small liters and 6 cylinders.
My concern is that bringing an albeit well priced Mercedes SUV this late to the market may not be a smart move. It’s happening all over the US, families are trading in a Mercedes in the drive way for a paid off house. We’ll see how sales place the GLK350 in the SUV market and whether or not Mercedes plans on trimming back some of it’s oversized line ups.
The Black Series Mercedes Benz SL65 has officially been tested by the boys at Motor Trend, whom as the question, what recession? Basically jetting around in a $300,000 blown V12 makes you wonder who could afford such awesome toys, but apparently Mercedes feels at least 350 people can. As of this posting Mercedes plans to produce only 350 2010 Mercedes Benz SL65-AMG Black Series.
Check out the pictures of this throbbing race car wrapped in domesticated sex appeal.
RennTech, a popular Mercedes tuning company, is in the process of putting the finishing touches on a hybrid rally car to be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The worlds most potent green machine will function with the same hybrid technology found in Chevrolet and Saturn hybrid vehicles. However, RennTech is utilizing electric motors in the GLK to help PUSH the light weight rally car out of turns.
Obviously there are a number of other changes to the rally car that are typical with rally race cars. For example you will find the obligatory fascia modifications and humongous spoiler to aid in high speed stability.
“With the Rally Racer, we have really increased the car’s performance,” continues Feyhl. “Together with the more aggressive, sporting look, we have created a powerful and exciting package.”
RennTech is hoping to prove that high performance nad efficiency can coexist. Furthermore then note that advancements in the automotive industry were done by enthusiasts that pushed the envelope and demanded higher performance at a lower cost. The RennTech GLK hybrid rally car will definitely be a site to see at the Auto Show. Viva La Revolucion!
Admittedly I’m a long time fan of Mercedes cars, even though they are out of my price range I’ve always had an attachment to their sleek stylings, especially any Mercedes Convertible. In a word ‘sexy’ and in a description ‘I’d like to find a moist spot on the car somewhere’. But I’m not just talking about new Mercedes convertibles, I’m talking about aged classics with the drop top.
Below are some of my favorite Mercedes convertible pictures and what I aspire to purchase one day.
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Mercedes has decided to take a break from pushing their diesel technology on green buyers and released an all new BlueHybrid series car. The Mercedes S400 BlueHybrid is a radically engineered ‘green’ car capable of close to 300 horsepower and still get 29 miles per gallong. Thanks to the use of their ‘Blue’ technology, Mercedes is able to mount a battery in the engine bay only slightly larger than it’s regular 12v battery, instead of a heavy lithium under carriage mount unit.