New Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Editions Announced

Mercedes-Benz GL 500

Mercedes-Benz has announced a number of exceptional new offerings for the class leading GL-Class range, the GL-Class ‘Limited Edition’ and ‘Edition S’. The ‘Edition’ model range will build on the exceptional standard specification of the GL-Class, arriving in four guises including: the GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Limited Edition’, the GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Edition S’, the GL 500 ‘Edition S’ and the GL 63 AMG.

With a new starting point of $114,900 MRLP for the GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Limited Edition’, the GL-Class range now delivers an even greater value proposition. Utilising an efficient 3.0L V6 diesel engine, the vehicle consumes just 7.7L /100km (combined). In addition to a new ‘Limited Edition’ exterior, the model also includes 20” wheels, Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system, KEYLESS-GO and EASY ENTRY System as standard.

Enhancing the value in this offering, the GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Edition S’ incorporates AMG Sports Package, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with active roll stabilisation, Tyre pressure monitoring system, 21” AMG wheels in matt black, Multi-contour front seats and a wood/leather steering wheel. ‘Edition S’ exterior styling is also standard for both the GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Edition S’ and GL 500 ‘Edition S’.
Producing a maximum output of 320kW and 700Nm from its 4.7L V8 engine, the GL 500 produces powerful and dynamic driving capabilities in conjunction with the 4MATIC All-wheel drive, which comes as standard across the GL-Class range. In addition to the equipment arriving on the GL 350 ‘Edition’ models, the  GL 500 ‘Edition S’ adds even greater value including: Panoramic Glass Electric sunroof with slide/tilt function, Rear sunblinds, Anti-theft protection package and Digital TV tuner.

Completing the range, the Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG continues the ‘One man, One Engine’ philosophy from Mercedes-AMG to deliver outstanding performance: accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The GL 63 AMG also gains further specification including AMG Driver’s package (top speed now 270 kph) and designo Exclusive Package and Luxury heated and ventilation front seats.

This exciting new GL-Class range is now available to order for a limited time. The manufacturer’s recommended list price is as follows:

  • GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Limited Edition’ – $114,900 (MRLP)
  • GL 350 BlueTEC ‘Edition S’ – $134,900 (MRLP)
  • GL 500 ‘Edition S’ – $159,500 (MRLP)
  • GL 63 AMG – $214,900 (MRLP)

*the above prices exclude on-road fees and other government taxes and charges

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the GL-Class range.

As you may be aware, the MRLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.

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•The attached pricing is an MRLP
•That the MRLP excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery, and
•For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

All-out attack : the new Mercedes-AMG GT3

 

Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2015; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 Geneva 2015

 

Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG will ring in the 2015 motorsport season at the beginning of March with the sonorous sound of the V8 engine: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, with which the Mercedes-Benz sports car and high-performance brand is systematically expanding its motorsports presence, will be making its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 race rules, the racing car will compete in the world’s most hotly contested customer race series. Cutting-edge racing technology and spectacular design predestine the new challenger for victories. The new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is being launched in just a few days’ time. Following an intensive test phase, the new AMG racing car will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will blaze new trails in customer sports with its intelligent vehicle concept. The excellent racetrack performance of the standard GT already provides the best possible basis for this. “We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our new customer racing car. You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you’re beating the very best in the game,” commented Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2015; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 Geneva 2015Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2015; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 Geneva 2015

The standard Mercedes-AMG GT already provides the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model, with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width. For this layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lateral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when having to change direction fast. On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements.

Even at a standstill, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the embodiment of undiluted power. Its matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno covers the muscular contours like a second skin. The widened vehicle body, the large air intakes, the diffuser and the huge rear aerofoil all signalise a desire to attack. Every modification to the bodywork has been made for the purpose of maximising power output and aerodynamic performance.

As in the roadgoing version, the vehicle structure of the GT3 consists of a very lightweight yet extremely rigid aluminium spaceframe, offering outstanding protection for the driver. The driver is further protected by the resilient carbon-fibre seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel. In order to reduce the vehicle weight further still, the engine cover, doors, front wing, front and rear aprons, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil are all made from particularly lightweight yet high-strength carbon-fibre.

Rennwagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 Genf 2015; Racecar Mercedes-AMG GT3 Geneva 2015

Cutting-edge motorsports technology for maximum performance
Powerful acceleration is ensured by the seasoned and now further enhanced AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3. User-friendly technology, excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals and the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with low running costs made it the engine of choice for the new AMG customer sports model. The six-speed sequential racing gearbox for the GT3 is – as is the case in the standard GT – mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. They also have double-wishbone suspension – made almost entirely from aluminium – in common. These solutions once again demonstrate how closely linked regular production technology and racing technology are at AMG.

World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion at the CES

World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion at the CES GAYCARBOYS (2)

 

 

Las Vegas.  With the self-driving luxury sedan F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz shows how the automobile is changing from a means of transportation to a private retreating space. Offering maximum space in a lounge-like interior, the F 015 elevates comfort and luxury to a new level. One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers, and the outside world. This makes the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the logical place for the world premiere of the F 015 Luxury in Motion

The F 015 Luxury in Motion is the visionary answer of Mercedes-Benz to a rapidly changing world. By 2030,World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion at the CES, Las Vegas 2015 the number of mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase from about 30 to over 40. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Autonomously driving cars by Mercedes-Benz shall offer exactly that. With the F 015 Luxury in Motion, this revolutionary concept of mobility becomes tangible for the first time.”

Progressing from the self-propelled (“automotive”) to the self-reliant (“autonomous”) vehicle, Mercedes-Benz as a pioneer goes far beyond the purely technical realization of automated driving. People are always at the centre of such considerations. Just as the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car and its successors revolutionized personal mobility and, as a consequence, society as a whole, the first self-driving cars will also bring about major changes.

World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion at the CES, Las Vegas 2015

The pivotal feature of the innovative interior concept is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. All four passengers can use their time aboard to work, to relax or to communicate. In order to make getting in and out of the car easier, the electrically powered seats also swing outwards by 30 degrees as soon as the doors are opened.

One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. This is facilitated by six display screens harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which turn the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion into a digital arena. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. Employing laser projection and LED displays, the electrically propelled F 015 Luxury in Motion establishes contact to the outside world and is a real social partner in traffic.

Dr Zetsche: “Already two years ago, with the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE we showed on the historical route Bertha-Benz took in 1888 that we have the technology which makes autonomous driving reality in everyday traffic. We have a master plan in place to take the big leap required getting from technically feasible to commercially viable. The F 015 Luxury in Motion demonstrates where this may take us.”

Lexus IS350: Can it Compete with a 3 Series or C Class?

2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport steering wheel2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport 2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

 

Yes Yes Yes oh YES: sexy looks, comfy seats, classy cabin

Oh dear me no: old engine, Bluetooth/usb issues, moody cursor controller

Gorgeous isn’t it? Some hate the lines swooping and dipping from front to back but I think they are stunning. To get the full picture you might consider other offering like BMW’s 3 series and Audi’s A3 (and A4 and A4 and A6 and A7) that are just a touch on the bland side. Although Mercedes Benz has released the delicious new C Class, I’m still leaning towards the Lexus. Let’s just say it is too close to call.

On a serious note: The wheelbase is 70mm longer, there are more airbags, the body is 10kg’s lighter and there is a new electric power steering system. These and other changes are meant to add a touch of value and luxury to the Lexus experience. You see, Lexus is meant to have a sense of occasion. They want you to feel that you’ve arrived. You never ever want to hear the phrase “so, why didn’t you buy a Merc?” or “gosh, and you didn’t want a BMW?” because that is the market shamelessly targeted, and why not. One important thing to note is that what the Germans make you pay extra for, comes as standard in Lexus.

Our 350 F Sport had oodles of extra stuff like: Keyless smart entry/start, radar cruise control, bi-xenon headlights, LED day lights, lane departure warning, proximity warning etc. The IS has an extra 85mm of legroom over the old model and feels more spacious in the rear than any of the Germans. And, any old auto maker can stick in a pair of heated front seats in the front, but Lexus has the chutzpah to pump cool air through them at the flick of a button.

The classy cabin has a club-like atmosphere. The leather is 2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport front seatssofter than a baby’s bum and is wrapped around anything that doesn’t move. I suspect Lexus has pulled a fastie by using Pleather on some surfaces. Still, if you can’t tell, it doesn’t matter. The perforations which allow wafts of arctic air make the seats look even more luxurious.

The best part about buying a Japanese car is that it needs no conversion to be driven here.

Think about it: Every car made in Europe or the USA has the steering wheel on the left-hand side. That means all controls are in the wrong place. Most importantly the turn indicator is on the right-hand side, so you won’t be hurtling down the highway with wipers waving like demented Rabbitohs fans. For an extra 3 grand you can have your IS as a hybrid hybrid. There take THAT Germany!

Every IS has Satnav controlled by a Touch pad on the console. It is a massive jump from the fiddly toggle joy-stick it had previously but is still a bit of a faff, making easy tasks difficult. Because there are no pre-2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport interiorselect radio station buttons, selecting a specific station can be a bit of a kafuffle because it’s is under a menu somewhere. If you get really desperate, there is the tuning knob. Unlike some of the Germans, you’re able to give the knob a good twist to get to a station. The other way is to select either Favourites or Full Station List from the menu, then use the steering wheel or console buttons to scroll. It is very chi chi and takes a bit of getting used to. I love the centre analogue clock which posh auto makers appear to be falling in love with all over again.

Sometimes doing something just because you can seems a frivolity too far. Such is the case with the instrument panel. The LCD screen displays whatever info the driver desires but the centre dial is a physical ring which moves when a button on the steering wheel is pressed. Why? It would be easier just to have one large LCD divided at the whim of the driver. Instead, pressing a button marked with little squares causes the ring to slide to one side allowing a larger single area of screen for various statistics. Personally, I think there is far too much info at a driver’s fingertips.

I like the cabin very much. It is classy and feels expensive.

The Drive:

The first few days was spent trying to make the USB/Bluetooth streaming play nice. To my chagrin I discovered that the IPhone 5 confuses the audio system no end, so the driver has to choose either USB or Bluetooth. He then has to disconnect which ever option he didn’t choose. This is a dreadful oversight considering the number of IPhone owners who might want a Lexus. If you don’t disconnect, which ever option you chose will eventually stop working.

We decided to take the Lexus to a family wedding. Gay boys and weddings can be hit and miss, and this one was quite remarkable, in one way or another. Jervis Bay is pretty enough, but country locations lack the convenience most of us are used to. A single pub and only one Coles and both close early. Mental note: If you’ve been to a wedding where you chose not to eat, have a few nibbles in the fridge for later, or drink incontinently.

Jervis Bay is a large inlet containing many smaller picturesque bays. It resembles the Greek Islands with pristine blue waters and blinding white beaches. Getting there via the Princes Highway (please note it is 2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sportprinces not Princess highway) can be a truly hairy experience. The trip out of Sydney is usually a slow one. The federal treasurer is quite wrong, poor people do drive, and they drive quite some distance. You wind you way through dreary suburb after dreary suburb, dreary traffic after dreary light. Once out of town, the trip turns from bumper-to-bumper, to post-card pretty. We relied on the Satnav once past the Gong, but she can be moody, especially if you fail to notice the “other” route options.

We were on the clock because we couldn’t leave Sydney until after an early morning commitment. Instead of taking the prettier Royal National Park route, we stuck to the dull-as-dish-water highway. We were mildly concerned at a truck sitting about a metre off the back bumper for 10 kilometres at 100KPH. Neither of us thought to video the incident but it highlights the offhand way truck drivers treat the roads and other drivers. Before you say it, yes we were overtaking slower drivers, and we were at the speed limit. We were perfectly entitled to be where we were but the truck driver obviously felt otherwise. We pulled into the left lane once past the caravans and P platers and watched the truck disappear into the distance at very much more than the legal limit. Perhaps he had somewhere to be.

The aging engine is very capable but not terrible economical. Rather than update the engine, Lexus added an 8 speed auto. As good as the auto is, Lexus should look at a smaller turbo’d unit because under the botnet feels a bit low-tech. The auto is superb but in normal mode wants to get to 8th as quickly as possible. It is annoying beyond belief but in sports mode your economy takes a nose-dive. You chose.

Once past the Gong, the lady in the dash board became insistent we turn off the aforementioned highway. Pretty though it was, the scenic route was much longer but gave the IS a decent workout.

The corners were a joy with the new power steering having much more feel than electric units previously. The adjustable settings make the throttle, transmission and suspension adjust to a more spirited trip. Again, anything other than normal makes the fuel use climb alarmingly.

We arrived in plenty of time. We got out of the car feeling fresh after a 2.5 hour trip. We parked at the kerbside angled parking spot and stood bereft at the sight of out 60’s motel staring back at us. What a 2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sportdepressing sight it was. For those who know Husskinson as the charming bayside town, there is a certain allure of beach and bay. However, that does not extend to the motel untouched since the Whitlam administration, and its sad exterior. Anyone hoping for more from the interior would have been even more depressed. It’s a note to always check ratings and reviews before booking. Doors slammed and feet thumped overhead making sleeping nothing more than a distant hope.

I awoke next morning to take a walk on the beach. As I walked along the cracked cement path I longer to get Lexus IS 350 Jervis Bay gaycarboysinto the Lexus and drive off. Then I remember hubby still asleep. I got to the front of the motel and stood gaping at what looked like a crime scene. The car had been taped off during in the night. Barriers had been erected as if the graves of a serial murderer had been found in the park near the beach. We were trapped in the middle of a surf event we hadn’t known about. After an interesting wedding the night before, I had had enough. I marched inside and roused hubby. Fifteen minutes later we had backed through the tape, negotiated the barriers and were heading away from that awful nightmare.

 

We discovered the gorgeous villages in and around Berry and stopped for a Maccers brekky but were both so tired, all we wanted was our own bed. Many of the roads were closed for a charity bike ride between Sydney and The Gong. It seemed much of New South Wales wanted to be active, and all we wanted was sleep.

The Lexus performed beautifully but we did not. The trip marred a brilliant drive

Conclusion:

I like the IS 350 very much. It handles like the sporty Euros whose sales it aims to take. The package is a good one with a long list of standard inclusions. The cabin is on a par with the Germans and the exterior is stunning. The question is would I buy one over a new C Class or 3 series. I could only answer by driving one after the other, then looking at the standard gear. For me, the badge is irrelevant because I love the IS 350 very much.

Would I buy one? Please see above.

Price IS 350 range $72,286 – $92,656

Engine econ fuel 3.5 V6, 233kw, 278Nm, 9.7l/100k, std unleaded

Trans 8 speed auto driving rear wheels

0-100 6.6secs (unofficial)

Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta announce cooperation

Mercedes-AMG und MV Agusta geben Kooperation bekannt. Die neue Partnerschaft umfasst die Zusammenarbeit bei Marketing und Vertrieb. Hier die aktuellen Produkt-Highlights der beiden High-End Marken: Der Mercedes-AMG GT S und die MV Agusta F3 800 Ago. // Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta announce cooperation. The new partnership covers the cooperation in the area of marketing and sales. The actual product highlights of the two high-end brands: The Mercedes-AMG GT S and the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago.

  • Cooperation agreement signed on long-term partnership
  • Mercedes-AMG to acquire 25% interest in MV Agusta
  • Cooperation in area of marketing and sales

Affalterbach, Germany/Varese, Italy – The sports-car and performance brand Mercedes-AMG of the Daimler AG and the motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta have signed a cooperation agreement on a long-term partnership. Cooperation between the two high-end brands with long traditions and histories will include the area of marketing and sales. At the same time, Mercedes-AMG GmbH will acquire a 25% interest in MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. No details have been disclosed of the price to be paid for the stake in MV Agusta Motor. Mercedes-AMG will appoint one member of MV Agusta’s board of directors. The partnership is still subject to the approval of the relevant authorities, which is expected to be granted in late November.

Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “In MV Agusta, we have found the perfect two-wheel partner for Mercedes-AMG. This manufacturer with a long tradition and Mercedes-AMG are connected not only by a long and successful racing history, but also by shared values and goals for the future – allowing the experience of utmost perfection, optimal performance and motorsport technology for the road. The cooperation with MV Agusta also underscores the importance of AMG as the sports-car and high-performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The partnership provides us with an entry into a world of additional high-performance enthusiasts.”

Giovanni Castiglioni, President and CEO of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., commented: “MV Agusta and Mercedes-AMG are a perfect brand fit: Two complementary companies that stand for design, high performance and excellence. Mercedes-AMG will help MV Agusta to further expand globally and to accelerate our growth. The uniqueness of MV Agusta will further enhance Mercedes-AMG’s leadership in the high-performance segment.” Wilko Stark, Vice President Daimler Strategy & Mercedes-Benz Cars Product Strategy and Planning: “The positioning of Mercedes-AMG as the performance brand in the Mercedes-Benz product portfolio will be further strengthened through the strategic partnership with MV Agusta. The strategic cooperation with MV Agusta will allow us to address high-performance enthusiasts with automobiles and with motorcycles. Through the cooperation in the area of marketing and sales, we will be able to attract new target groups for both companies all over the world.”

As a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, Mercedes-AMG GmbH is the sports-car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The company was founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, and built its reputation on the basis of great success in motorsport and a unique product portfolio. At present, the Affalterbach-based company employs approximately 1,200 people, of whom 700 are active in the area of development engineering. This reflects the company’s high technological standards and self-image: Mercedes-AMG automobiles are today renowned worldwide for high performance, perfection and precision, and are the benchmark in many areas. The company’s motorsport DNA is tangible in every model, and especially in the two sports cars completely developed in Affalterbach, the SLS and the recently unveiled Mercedes-AMG GT, which will further enhance the profile of the performance brand. In 2013, Mercedes-AMG achieved unit sales of 32,000 cars; by the middle of this year, a total of 23,000 AMG automobiles had been sold.

In the AMG engine factory in Affalterbach, highly qualified engine mechanics build the engines by hand according to the highest quality standards and the principle of “one man, one engine” – as witnessed by the AMG engine plate bearing the signature of the responsible mechanic. This exclusive craftsmanship fits exactly with the MV Agusta philosophy of raising the development and manufacturing of motorcycles to another level: “motorcycle art”.

MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., headquartered in Varese/Italy, was originally founded in 1945 by Domenico Agusta. The North Italian manufacturer attained international renown for its advanced technology and high performance, which helped to make it one of the most successful brands in the world of motorcycle racing. MV Agusta motorcycles represent dedication to the perfect balance of high performance and breathtaking Italian design. The company currently employs a workforce of approximately 260 employees at its headquarters located on the shore of Lago di Varese in Northern Italy, of whom 90 work in the area of research and development. MV Agusta’s product portfolio is based on two main platforms, comprising three- and four-cylinder models ranging from 675 to 1100 cubic centimeters engine displacement and occupying the supersport, superbike, sports-naked and crossover segments. MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. is also the owner of Cagiva, a further renowned Italian historical motorcycle brand.

Through the sales-and-marketing partnership with Mercedes-AMG, the producer of high-performance motorcycles should further accelerate its growth, which has been at a double-digit rate for the past five years. The continuing extension of its motorcycle range will be announced at the forthcoming EICMA international motorcycle fair in Milan. MV Agusta will present new models in the sports-naked segment embodying the maximum expression of design and power – the Brutale 800 RR and the Dragster 800 RR. With the all new Stradale 800 and the all new Turismo Veloce 800 models, MV Agusta will continue its expansion by entering the touring market segment for the first time.

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Sotheby’s auctions a one off Jean-Paul Gaultier SL-Class

 

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Mercedes-Benz and Sotheby’s Australia join forces to raise funds for Brainwave

Melbourne. At an exclusive invitation only event at The National Gallery of Victoria a truly unique piece of the work of Jean-Paul Gaultier was unveiled.

SL Class  Jean-Paul Gaultier gaycarboys (2)An iconic Mercedes-Benz SL that has been wrapped with a Jean-Paul Gaultier design including a personally signed bonnet was unveiled to a capacity crowd.

In an exclusive co operation  Mercedes-Benz and Sotheby’s Australia have teamed up to auction the bonnet to raise funds for Brainwave.

At the exclusive invitation only event that launched  “THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK” at the National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday night,  SL Class  Jean-Paul Gaultier gaycarboys (3)Mercedes-Benz and Sotheby’s announced the forthcoming auction at 5.30pm on October 29 at Sotheby’s of the bonnet of the SL-Class wrapped with a design and signed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

All proceeds from the auction will to go to Brainwave.

The Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and Managing Director Of Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, Mr Horst von Sanden said “ The incredible creativity and passion of Jean Paul Gaultier is at the centrepiece of this exhibition. Jean Paul has designed a wrap for our iconic SL and he has also signed the bonnet. In collaboration with Sotheby’s Australia we will auction the bonnet to raise funds for Brainwave. We expect this unique offering to attract international interest “

The Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, Geoffrey Smith said “Sotheby’s Australia is delighted join Mercedes-Benz to auction the SL-Class bonnet signed by Jean Paul Gautier to raise funds for Brainwave . The auction will be the only opportunity to acquire this one of a kind personally signed Jean-Paul Gaultier creation.

Modern Luxury from Paris – with Trendsetters from Mercedes, AMG and smart

 

 

Paris – A family-friendly electric car, a luxury saloon with compact car fuel consumption, perfect city cars for more driving fun and sports cars that also cut a fine figure in 30 km/h zones – it is with this unique array of new models in five vehicle classes that Mercedes-Benz (B and S-Class), Mercedes-AMG (C 63 and GT) and smart (new fortwo and forfour) are setting powerful accents at the world’s busiest motor show. Instead of short-lived fashions, the inventor of the automobile is presenting long-term trends for modern luxury – also and in particular when it comes to sustainability. The best examples are the new S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the first luxury saloon with a combined fuel consumption of less than three litres, and the battery-driven version of the new B-Class, which celebrates its world premiere in Paris. Also in the spotlight for the first time is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, the sporting pinnacle of the C-Class line-up.

“With the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, our performance experts demonstrate once again that characteristics like ‘family friendly’ and ‘race-track ready’ need not be contradictory,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, speaking at today’s Mercedes press conference at the Paris Motor Show. The new top model in the C-Class line-up makes its debut on the Seine in two body versions – as a saloon and estate car. Both combine outstanding performance with unrestricted everyday usability and functionality. The C 63 is driven by a 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit in the equally new Mercedes-AMG GT.

“The potential of this engine is best described with three figures: four litres of displacement, two power levels and one certified fuel consumption of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes‑Benz Cars Development. Thanks to its amazing efficiency, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 is the world’s most fuel efficient V8 model – over 30 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and significantly more efficient than its less powerful competitors with six-cylinder engines.

The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW (476 hp) in the C 63 to 375 kW (510 hp) in the C 63 S. The AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with electronically regulated shock absorbers, the mechanical rear differential lock and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programme are among its extensive array of standard equipment.

Mercedes-AMG GT: Fascinating sports car “handcrafted by racers”

The Mercedes-AMG GT celebrates its show premiere in Paris, taking the Mercedes-Benz sports car brand into a top-flight segment that is new for the company. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and intelligent aluminium lightweight design create the foundation for a highly dynamic driving experience. The basis for AMG’s signature Driving Performance is the newly developed AMG V8 biturbo engine, in the GT with 340 kW (462 hp) and in the GT S with 375 kW (510 hp).

Thanks to the aluminium spaceframe, the new GT is lean and mean. The most powerful version, the GT S, has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.08 kg/hp, making it the best in the segment. The GT body-in-white and bodyshell is 93 percent aluminium; the front module is made from super-light magnesium.

Prof. Dr. Weber: “We want to make Mercedes-AMG the most desirable sports car brand in the world. The new GT and the new C 63 are two milestones on this path.” By halfway through this year, Mercedes-AMG had already sold 23,000 vehicles worldwide. Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Sales and Marketing: “By the end of the year, we want to have exceeded the 40,000 mark, thereby setting a new sales record.”

Another model making its debut in the “dream car” category is the S 65 AMG Coupé, the new twelve-cylinder top model in the S-Class Coupé line-up. Unique V12 driveline comfort, superlative performance and exquisite appointments characterise this elegantly sporty two-door. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine with 463 kW (630 hp) and 1,000 Nm of torque underscores its exceptional positioning in the competitive segment.

The New-Generation B-Class: Bestseller in its best shape ever

Another world premiere being presented by Mercedes-Benz in Paris is the new generation of the B-Class. The pioneer and bestseller in the premium sports tourer segment has undergone an extensive facelift and has been substantially upgraded both inside and out.

The current B-Class has paved the way to enormous success in the premium compact segment for Mercedes-Benz. Since the launch of the second-generation B-Class at the end of 2011, the brand with the three-pointed star has sold around 835,000 vehicles from the A, B, CLA and GLA-Classes worldwide, including more than 350,000 sports tourers. In France, the B-Class is one of the bestselling Mercedes models. After Germany and China, the “Grande Nation” is its third biggest market. “In light of this success, we understand very well why other premium manufacturers are now also becoming active in the B-Class segment,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche.

The spectrum of the B-Class facelift extends from its updated bodyshell design and new LED main headlamps to its even more premium and functional interior design. “Our bestseller is now in its best shape ever,” says Ola Källenius. “The B-Class is the perfect (family) car for everyone who values practicality, comfort and safety, but without wanting to sacrifice sporting character and performance.”

What is unique in the market is the bandwidth of drive alternatives available to B-Class customers. They include five modern diesel and five petrol versions as well as one natural gas variant, the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, and the B-Class Electric Drive with battery power. Added to that are several variants with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

With the B-Class Electric Drive and the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, there are no fewer than two models in the line-up with alternative drive. Both use the modular “ENERGY SPACE” bodyshell concept, where the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive) or one large and two smaller natural gas tanks and a 14-litre petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive) are mounted beneath the floor. This approach means the five-seater retains its notably generous interior and boot space as well as its outstanding variability

B-Class Electric Drive: Spirited, flexible, fully suited to everyday use

With its powerful and torquey electric motor (132 kW, 340 Nm), the new B‑Class Electric Drive delivers spirited performance: The dash from zero to 100 km/h takes just 7.9 seconds. The intelligent packaging with the lithium-ion battery beneath the floor ensures plenty of interior and boot space. With 501 to 1,456 litres of space, the fully fledged five-seater offers considerably more luggage room than all of its competitors. It has a range of 200 kilometres, increasing to as much as 230 kilometres with the optional RANGE PLUS mode – likewise a best-in-class.

The New S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: Efficiency = Performance

A sizable electric range is also among the features of the new Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. The highly efficient luxury saloon combines the performance of a V8 with the fuel consumption of a compact model.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche: “The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the first luxury saloon in the world with a certified fuel consumption of 2.8 litres per 100 kilometres and an electric-only range of up to 33 kilometres. The result is CO2 emissions of just 65 grams per kilometre. This means we are already undercutting the CO2 limits planned for 2020 – by 30 percent.” The extremely low average consumption is in stark contrast to the high system output of 245 kW (333 hp) and maximum torque of 480 Nm.

The electric motor contributes 85 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque. Dr. Zetsche: “The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is the vanguard in our extensive plug-in hybrid offensive. By 2017, we will introduce nine more Mercedes models with this highly efficient drive technology. This means that, on average, we will bring a new hybrid model to market every four months.”

The New smart fortwo and forfour: Even more French, even smarter

“The new generation of the perfect city car is now even more French and even smarter than ever before. At still just 2.69 metres long, the ultra-compact smart fortwo continues to be built at our plant in Hambach. And the new smart forfour is being manufactured in cooperation with our partners from Renault,” says smart boss Annette Winkler. “The new models appeal to both the heart and the head in equal measure and are the 100-percent embodiment of joie de vivre. That’s why Paris is the ideal place for the public premiere of the new smart family.”

Short overhangs, compact length, high steering turn-in – the new smart models have the very best prerequisites not only to squeeze into every parking space, but around every corner, too. Thanks to a 100-mm wider track, the wheels have been shifted even farther outwards. These characteristic proportions offer excellent visibility and manoeuvrability and, together with the rear engine, facilitate an occupant cell with an unmatched level of room in an extremely compact space.

The new smart models come to market with two modern three-cylinder engines, complying with the Euro 6 standard, as well as the new five-speed manual transmission and twinamic six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The successful safety principle of the preceding model based around the tridion cell has been retained. Advanced assistance systems, previously reserved for higher vehicle classes, raise safety and comfort even further. They include the standard-fit Crosswind Assist and features such as the forward collision warning function and Lane Keeping Assist.

The multimedia systems in the new smart models are also to the very highest standards, with comprehensive smartphone integration, real-time navigation and intuitive touchscreen control as well as the impressive JBL sound system. Likewise out of the ordinary are the three optional equipment lines passion, prime and proxy. They stick firmly to the unconventional exterior design with its bi-colour concept. In true smart style – individuality and comfort meet innovation, functionality and select materials.