The New Gorgeous Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé (C 217) 2014

Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé  (C 217) 2014

 

Affalterbach. The new S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. Exciting lines underpin this two-door model’s design. Dominance and sensual purity combine to lend the vehicle irresistible presence and effortlessly superior sportiness. Equally impressive is the combination of high driving dynamics, ambitious lightweight construction and groundbreaking efficiency. As the most powerful member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine is a paragon of poise and assurance. Boasting an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm of torque, the S 63 AMG Coupé delivers exceptional performance with remarkably low fuel consumption. Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available as an option. And there is a world first in the shape of the curve tilting function, part of the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system, to further enhance both driving pleasure and comfort.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The new S 63 AMG Coupé is another exciting AMG dream car in the luxury segment. Now the S-Class Coupé also comes with the option of performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive – as we rigorously pursue our all-wheel-drive initiative. Mercedes-AMG is putting the pedal to the metal again in the new year. Our model initiative is set to continue at blistering pace in 2014.”

65 kilograms lighter thanks to AMG Lightweight Performance
The S 63 AMG Coupé is the latest model to benefit from the systematic implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy. Lightweight construction has reduced the vehicle weight by 65 kilograms – even though the car has a higher output and more extensive standard equipment than the predecessor model. This weight saving was achieved largely thanks to the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, AMG forged light-alloy wheels and a weight-optimised AMG high-performance composite braking system. Furthermore, the entire outer skin and the front end of the body are made of aluminium. The reduced weight improves driving dynamics and cuts fuel consumption, while the low power-to-weight ratio of 3.41 kg/hp results in effortlessly superior performance: the S 63 AMG Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 to 4.3 seconds, depending on model variant, and goes on to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

In terms of maximum output, torque and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine remains one of the most efficient series-produced V8 engines of all. With an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and 900 Nm of torque, the AMG eight-cylinder unit from the BlueDIRECT engine family meets even the most demanding of requirements. Compared to the previous CL 63 AMG model, engine output has been increased by 30 kW (41 hp) and torque by 100 Nm. Yet the S 63 AMG Coupé still consumes less fuel: The NEDC combined figure of 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres makes the two-door model the most fuel-efficient model in its competitive segment. This reduction of up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres and compliance with the EU6 emissions standard show that performance, efficiency and environmental compatibility are by no means mutually exclusive at Mercedes-AMG.

The models at a glance:

 

S 63 AMG Coupé

S 63 AMG Coupé 4MATIC*

Displacement

5461 cc

5461 cc

Output

430 kW (585 hp)
at 5500 rpm

430 kW (585 hp)
at 5500 rpm

Max. torque

900 Nm
at 2250-3750 rpm

900 Nm
at 2250-3750 rpm

Fuel consumption
NEDC combined

10.1 l/100 km

10.3 l/100 km

CO2 emissions

237 g/km

242 g/km

Kerb weight
(according to EC)

1995 kg**
2070 kg***

1995 kg**
2070 kg***

Power-to-weight ratio

3.41 kg/hp

3.41 kg/hp

Acceleration
0-100 km/h

4.3 s

3.9 s

Top speed

250 km/h****

250 km/h****

* only available with left-hand drive; ** ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, without driver and luggage); *** ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90% full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); **** electronically limited.

AMG sports exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps
Emotive and sporty performance or restrained and relaxing cruising: the S 63 AMG Coupé even has a choice of bespoke sounds. The AMG sports exhaust system meets individual driver requirements as it has automatic logic-controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in”C” (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine’s sound is more understated. In “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. The result is an even fuller, hallmark AMG emotive engine sound.

“One man, one engine”: a tradition of hand-built excellence
Like all AMG V8 and V12 engines, the eight-cylinder biturbo engine for the S 63 AMG Coupé is assembled by hand at the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the engines in Affalterbach according to the strictest quality standards based on the “one man, one engine” philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician’s signature also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

Individuality: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission combines perfectly with the V8 biturbo engine. Maximum agility and exciting dynamics are the two key strengths of this transmission, which is used exclusively at AMG. Drivers can configure their own personal set-up, depending on their driving style. There are three modes to choose from: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual). The ECO start/stop function is fitted as standard.

Optional: performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive
There are two variants of the S 63 AMG Coupé available: with rear-wheel drive or, for the first time, also with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive. With permanent all-wheel drive, 33 percent of the engine torque is sent to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. The rear-biased power distribution provides the signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment as well as boosting acceleration from a standing start. The all-wheel drive also enhances driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces. Optimum traction is guaranteed by a multi-disc clutch with a locking effect of 50 newton metres, which exploits the frictional connection potential of all four wheels to the full on snow and ice in particular.

AIRMATIC air suspension or MAGIC BODY CONTROL
As with the transmission, customers also get a choice when it comes to the AMG sports suspension: the rear-wheel-drive S 63 AMG Coupé is equipped with MAGIC BODY CONTROL, while the all-wheel-drive version of the two-door model features the full air-suspension system AIRMATIC with the adaptive damping system ADS PLUS. Specific front axle kinematics – including higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle – have been developed exclusively for the S 63 AMG Coupé 4MATIC. These measures enhance the vehicle’s agility when driving dynamically.

Curve tilting function is a world first
The S 63 AMG Coupé with rear-wheel drive features AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL. There is also a world first for series-produced cars in the shape of the curve tilting function. This function allows the S 63 AMG Coupé to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function enhances motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach higher cornering speeds, but to produce an even more pleasant motoring experience. The curve tilting function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC switch; it is active in the speed range from 30 to 180 km/h.

In addition to the curve tilting function, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension system includes ROAD SURFACE SCAN and Active Body Control (ABC) as standard. With Active Body Control the suspension struts are equipped with hydraulic cylinders (so-called plungers), in order to adjust the force in each strut individually. Depending on the curve driven, the curve tilting function shifts the base point of each individual strut. This allows the vehicle to incline automatically and continuously in fractions of a second and to angles of up to 2.5 degrees in curves – depending on the road angle and vehicle speed. The innovative suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to 15 metres ahead, and an additional lateral acceleration sensor.

ROAD SURFACE SCAN is a technology that can detect surface undulations in advance with the help of a stereo camera.  MAGIC BODY CONTROL then adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation. Both suspension modes – “Comfort” and “Sport” – are also available here. The AMG-specific elastokinematics also ensure more directness when adopting a dynamic driving style.

Systematic lightweight construction: AMG forged wheels as standard
The S 63 AMG Coupé is equipped with AMG forged light-alloy wheels as standard. This design reduces weight while at the same time increasing strength. The lower unsprung masses result in advantages in terms of handling and spring/damper element response. In the standard specification, the S 63 AMG Coupé is fitted with multi-spoke forged  wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish – 8.5 x 19 at the front and 9.5 x 19 at the rear, with 255/45 R 19 and 285/40 R 19 tyres respectively.

Optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio include 10-spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a polished finish – 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tyres respectively. The forged wheels feature a high-quality, screwable and fully integrated wheel bolt cover made of forged aluminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a centre lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG logo is integrated into one of the ten spokes. As an option, these forged wheels are also available painted in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange. Alternatively, forged wheels of the same sizes in a 5-twin-spoke design painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and a black wheel bolt cover are available.

AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system as an option for the first time
Short stopping distances and rapid deceleration are a given for the S 63 AMG Coupé, which is equipped with a weight-optimised, fade-resistant AMG high-performance composite brake system. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. The more than 20 percent lighter design ensures lower unsprung masses as well as enhanced driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.

Design: AMG combines sensual purity with effortlessly superior sportiness
The S 63 AMG Coupé also boasts exciting looks to emphasise its sporty performance: it exudes dominance and hallmark Mercedes-Benz sensual purity. The design is a stage for the exciting technology at the heart of the new dream car. Numerous filigree aerodynamic elements underline the outstanding driving dynamics: the front end is dominated by the three-dimensional AMG “twin-blade” radiator grille in silver chrome. Whether the car is moving or not, distinctive AMG lettering on the side between the louvres leaves no doubt: this is a high-performance model from Affalterbach. The A-wing is located below the radiator grille. This three-dimensional air-ducting element is painted in the body colour, spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised “A” that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. Large, black flics surround the outer cooling air intakes. Down below, the front splitter in silver chrome optimises the flow of air to the cooling modules. This design feature, which is a familiar sight in motorsport, also reduces front-axle lift and optimises the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
All of the cooling air grilles exude high quality with their high-gloss-black paint finish. Keeping the A-wing and front splitter separate makes the car appear closer to the road. A similar effect is created by the AMG side sill panels with their high-quality, three-dimensional inserts in silver chrome. Together with the lower feature line, these inserts make the S 63 AMG Coupé exude dynamism even when it is at a standstill. Further eye-catching features of the side design include the large AMG forged wheels. “V8 BITURBO” lettering in a new, contemporary typography on the front wings is another hallmark AMG design touch.

At the rear, the diffuser insert in high-gloss black also catches the eye straight away. The lower trim element in silver chrome is reminiscent of the A-wing at the front and provides an effective contrast. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with sports flaps are perfectly integrated into the diffuser insert. Stylised, vertical air outlets in the rear apron assume the role of a defined spoiler lip and optimise aerodynamics. The “S 63 AMG” model designation in a new, contemporary typography below the tail lamps adds the perfect finishing touch to the rear-end design.

Interior: beguiling luxury, quality and sporty exclusivity
Opening the door reveals the beguilingly luxurious interior of the S 63 AMG Coupé: the instrument panel almost seamlessly transitions into the doors in
a wrap-around design. High-quality materials and fine workmanship are combined with a sporty, exclusive design idiom. The newly developed AMG sports seats with electrical adjustment, Memory function and seat heating offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support. Fine nappa leather in AMG V8 design with piping and AMG badges on all four seat backrests together with the embossed AMG emblem on the armrest of the front centre console create an exquisite atmosphere on board.

The new three-spoke AMG sports steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim and perforated leather in the grip area allows perfect vehicle control. There is an AMG logo in the lower metal insert. New aluminium shift paddles shorten the reaction time when changing gear and enhance dynamism. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT colour display as an AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials.

In addition to the specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the AMG start-up display, the AMG logo in the speedometer with 330 km/h scale (left) and the “V8 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter (right).

The new, innovative touchpad, fitted as standard, makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. The safety and assistance systems are the same as those for the S 500 4MATIC Coupé.

Even more exclusivity: the S 63 AMG Coupé “Edition 1″
One particularly exclusive model in the range is the S 63 AMG Coupé “Edition 1″, which will be available one year after market launch. The expressive arrangement of exclusive exterior and interior details arouses pure fascination. Swarovski crystals in the LED high-performance headlamps lend the car an irresistible look on the outside, while the Exclusive Interior package creates an even more exquisite ambience on the inside. The latter includes AMG sports seats upholstered in designo Exclusive nappa leather in crystal grey/black or bengal red/black with contrasting topstitching and piping. In keeping with this colour scheme, the upper section of the dashboard, the front and rear centre armrests, and the door linings are trimmed in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching, while the roof liner and the sun screens are in DINAMICA microfibre. Further features of the “Edition 1″ include AMG Exclusive floor mats with nappa leather edging, door sill panels with illuminated AMG lettering and a high-gloss black poplar wood trim. The AMG sports steering wheel has “Edition 1″ lettering. Night View Assist Plus is fitted as standard.

World premiere and market launch in 2014
The S 63 AMG Coupé will have its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014. Sales of the 4MATIC variant commence in April, with the rear-wheel-drive variant following in July. The market launch of both models starts in September.

Mercedes-Benz at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

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World Premiere of the New C-Class: There Can Be No Substitute for the Best

Detroit – The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is on its absolute best form at its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The successor to the bestselling Mercedes model sets new benchmarks wherever it matters – in safety and efficiency, as well as in comfort and wellbeing. Just eight months after the launch of the new S-Class, the new C-Class is the very first car in its segment worldwide to come to market with high-tech features from the luxury class, including a chassis with air suspension (AIRMATIC) and the Stop&Go Pilot for partially autonomous driving. The highlights of the 2014 NAIAS include another two Mercedes world premieres – the new S 600 with a V12 engine debuts as the new top model in the S-Class line-up following its successful launch in 2013. Also in the spotlight is the GLA 45 AMG, the world’s sportiest compact SUV.

“With the brand-new C-Class, we are continuing to accelerate our rate of innovation,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “For instance, it’s the only car in its segment to enable partially autonomous driving. The intelligent application of lightweight materials is also ground-breaking. This makes the new model up to 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and therefore also the most agile and efficient C-Class ever.”

Together with best-in-class aerodynamics (cd 0.24) and new, fuel-efficient engines, the new C-Class achieves the best efficiency figures in its segment.

“The new model consumes up to 20 percent less fuel than its predecessor,” says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Car Development.

“And we will increase its efficiency even further. We will soon offer two model variants that emit just 99 and 98 grams of CO2 – appearing initially in Europe. In addition to that, we also have a hybrid version with plug-in technology in the pipeline.” When it comes to drive and safety, too, the new C-Class also benefits from Mercedes innovations from the luxury class. A raft of intelligent assistance systems from the new S-Class – brought together under the heading “Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive” – offer the very highest levels of safety.

The new C-Class joins the latest generations of the E and S-Class to create the youngest and most wide-ranging saloon line-up of any automaker worldwide. “But not only do we offer the newest product portfolio, it is also the most intelligent and best connected,” continues Weber.

Elegantly dynamic design with clear design language

The new C-Class also sets accents with its clear and emotional design language. The elegantly dynamic exterior design harmonises perfectly with the modern interior, which sets completely new benchmarks in its class. Compared with the competition, the C-Class positions itself a class above.

Like the S and E-Class, the C-Class, too, conveys that ‘welcome home feeling’ that is so typical of Mercedes-Benz – but with a very specifically C-Class feel about it,” says Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The new C-Class rounds off our saloon line-up. And it’s a line-up that– each in its own distinctive way – embodies the very highest level of modern luxury,” continues Källenius.

“American C-Class” will come from Tuscaloosa

Based on volumes, the C-Class is the most important car to bear the three-pointed star, and the USA remains the biggest single market worldwide for the Mercedes-Benz bestseller. “Which is why,” says Dieter Zetsche, “we are proud that our new C-Class is now also being built in the USA – as the first premium mid-range model from a German manufacturer.” The “American C-Class” is being produced at the Mercedes factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which already builds other models, including the M-Class.

The new S 600 – top model with V12 engine
Making its debut in Detroit alongside the C-Class is the new top model in the S-Class line-up: The luxury saloon with the V12 biturbo engine is available in long wheelbase only and with extensive equipment. When it comes to market in March 2014, the other models in the range will also benefit from an expanded equipment offering. The head-up display and a new touchpad for operating the COMAND online multimedia system will be among the new array of standard equipment delivered with all S-Class models.

At 390 kW (530 hp), the V12 biturbo engine in the S 600 generates even more power than the 380 kW (517 hp) produced by its predecessor. Yet, with 11.1 l/100 km, it consumes 21 percent less fuel. Displacement increases from 5,513 to 5,980 cm3. Maximum torque stands at 830 Nm and is available as of 1,900 rpm.

The new GLA 45 AMG – an all-rounder with Driving Performance
The Mercedes-AMG performance brand also continues to push forward with its product offensive: The new GLA 45 AMG makes a dynamic statement in the rapidly growing compact SUV segment. The combination of powerfully distinctive design, exclusive equipment and superior power and performance is unique.

The world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine produces 265 kW (360 hp) and develops torque of 450 Newton metres. Considering this astonishing potential, the new high-performance SUV is extremely modest when it comes to emissions and fuel consumption: With an average of 7.5 l/100 km (175 g/km CO2) and fulfilment of the EU 6 emissions standard, the GLA 45 AMG once again proves that, at Mercedes-AMG, high performance does not come at the expense of the environment.

The GLA 45 AMG is also in pole position in terms of performance: It accelerates in 4.8 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and achieves a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). Paired with the series-production, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, its impressive drive concept is both dynamic and efficient.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “Feedback on the Concept GLA 45 AMG during its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show provided clear affirmation of our decision to bring this new AMG model to market. Right now, no other segment is growing as rapidly as that of the compact SUV. Our new high-performance SUV offers not only the world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder, but also impressively low consumption and emissions figures. And, not least, the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

 

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All-Rounder with Driving Performance

Affalterbach – Mercedes-AMG rigorously continues its product initiative: with the new GLA 45 AMG the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz makes a dynamic statement in the strongly growing segment of the compact SUV. The combination of powerful-distinctive design, exclusive appointments as well as superior engine power and driving performance is unique: the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world puts 265 kW (360 hp) of power and 450 Newton metres of torque on the road. The new GLA 45 AMG high-performance SUV also shines with regard to emissions and fuel consumption figures.

With a fuel consumption of 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined; CO2: 175 g/km) and compliance with EU 6 emissions standards the GLA 45 AMG once more provides proof that at Mercedes-AMG maximum performance does not come at the expense of environmental compatibility. The GLA 45 AMG also holds the pole position with regard to driving dynamics: it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). Thanks to the combination of standard-fit performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the GLA 45 AMG impresses with its equally sporty and efficient drive system concept.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The response to the Concept GLA 45 AMG during the world première at the Los Angeles International Auto Show has reaffirmed our decision to launch this new AMG model. Currently there is no segment growing faster than that of compact SUVs. For Mercedes-AMG it is therefore a logical step to make a dynamic statement in this segment with the GLA 45 AMG. Our new high-performance-SUV not only offers the world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine, but also impressively low fuel consumption and emissions figures. Not least on account of the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the GLA 45 AMG is a true AMG when it comes to driving dynamics”.

Young target group: styling, dynamics and independence

In addition to the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG, the GLA 45 AMG is the third vehicle with four-cylinder turbo engine to appeal to a young target group. The trend-oriented customers set great store in styling, dynamics and independence – traits that are perfectly embodied in the new high-performance SUV from Affalterbach. Meeting a wide variety of customer desires has always been one of the strengths of Mercedes-AMG. The GLA 45 AMG now expands the extensive SUV line-up to five models (GLA 45 AMG, ML 63 AMG, GL 63 AMG, G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG). Mercedes-AMG thus offers the
widest range of SUVs among all high-performance premium brands.

Hallmark AMG features: the world’s most powerful series-produced four-cylinder engine

Best in class: the engine of the GLA 45 AMG fully lives up to this claim, as a look at the figures shows. The AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. It produces 265 kW (360 hp) of power and develops a peak torque of 450 Newton metres. A power density of 133 kW (181 hp) puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on a par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars.
Key data at a glance:

 

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

Displacement

1991 cc

Bore x stroke

83.0 x 92.0 mm

Output

265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm

Max. torque

450 Nm at 2250-5000 rpm

Power density

133 kW (181 hp)

Fuel consumption, NEDC combined

7.5 l/100 km

CO2 emissions

175 g/km

Emissions standards

EU 6

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.8 s

Top speed

250 km/h*

* Electronically limited

Development of the high-performance turbo engine, which is part of the BlueDIRECT family, placed emphasis on a sustainable reduction in particulate emissions. Consequently the GLA 45 AMG today already complies with the second stage of the EU 6 emissions standards coming into effect in 2017. The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers and an injection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases the thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The injection system’s outstanding flexibility also ensures a high degree of freedom in terms of application. There are up to five injections per combustion cycle in the cold-start and warm-up phase, which is so crucial for emissions. One of the key factors for in-engine particulate reduction is a reduction of the individual injection quantities.

Further highlights of the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine:

  • Gravity-die sand-cast all-aluminium crankcase
  • Weight-optimised crank mechanism with forged steel crankshaft
  • Forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings
  • NANOSLIDE cylinder liner technology
  • Air-to-water intercooling system
  • Alternator management
  • ECO start/stop function

Twin-scroll turbocharger and AMG sports exhaust system with
exhaust flap

Mercedes-AMG addresses the basic challenge with regard to the throttle response of a small-capacity turbo engine by using a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. Twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure: Utilisation of the exhaust back-pressure, exhaust-gas temperature and exhaust-gas pulse has a positive impact. This results in a faster build-up of torque already at low engine speeds. A positive side-effect: fuel consumption and exhaust emissions also benefit from twin-scroll technology. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field on this front, too.

In addition to the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG, the GLA 45 AMG is the third vehicle with four-cylinder turbo engine to appeal to a young target group. The trend-oriented customers set great store in styling, dynamics and independence – traits that are perfectly embodied in the new high-performance SUV from Affalterbach. Meeting a wide variety of customer desires has always been one of the strengths of Mercedes-AMG. The GLA 45 AMG now expands the extensive SUV line-up to five models (GLA 45 AMG, ML 63 AMG, GL 63 AMG, G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG). Mercedes-AMG thus offers the
widest range of SUVs among all high-performance premium brands.

Hallmark AMG features: the world’s most powerful series-produced four-cylinder engine
Best in class: the engine of the GLA 45 AMG fully lives up to this claim, as a look at the figures shows. The AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. It produces 265 kW (360 hp) of power and develops a peak torque of 450 Newton metres. A power density of 133 kW (181 hp) puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on a par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars.
Key data at a glance:

 

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

Displacement

1991 cc

Bore x stroke

83.0 x 92.0 mm

Output

265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm

Max. torque

450 Nm at 2250-5000 rpm

Power density

133 kW (181 hp)

Fuel consumption, NEDC combined

7.5 l/100 km

CO2 emissions

175 g/km

Emissions standards

EU 6

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.8 s

Top speed

250 km/h*

* Electronically limited
Development of the high-performance turbo engine, which is part of the BlueDIRECT family, placed emphasis on a sustainable reduction in particulate emissions. Consequently the GLA 45 AMG today already complies with the second stage of the EU 6 emissions standards coming into effect in 2017. The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers and an injection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases the thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The injection system’s outstanding flexibility also ensures a high degree of freedom in terms of application. There are up to five injections per combustion cycle in the cold-start and warm-up phase, which is so crucial for emissions. One of the key factors for in-engine particulate reduction is a reduction of the individual injection quantities.
Further highlights of the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine:

  • Gravity-die sand-cast all-aluminium crankcase
  • Weight-optimised crank mechanism with forged steel crankshaft
  • Forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings
  • NANOSLIDE cylinder liner technology
  • Air-to-water intercooling system
  • Alternator management
  • ECO start/stop function

Twin-scroll turbocharger and AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap

Mercedes-AMG addresses the basic challenge with regard to the throttle response of a small-capacity turbo engine by using a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. Twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure: Utilisation of the exhaust back-pressure, exhaust-gas temperature and exhaust-gas pulse has a positive impact. This results in a faster build-up of torque already at low engine speeds. A positive side-effect: fuel consumption and exhaust emissions also benefit from twin-scroll technology. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field on this front, too.

The AMG sports exhaust system in the GLA 45 AMG features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled exhaust flap: this technology reconciles the two conflicting goals of a dynamic driving experience and hallmark Mercedes suitability for long-distance driving. The flap in the rear silencer is continuously adjusted under map control according to the driver’s performance needs, load condition and engine speed. The two rectangular chrome-plated twin tailpipes on the AMG sports exhaust system emit a fascinating exhaust note, which is particularly impressive during powerful acceleration. An AMG Performance exhaust system, also equipped with an exhaust flap, is available as an optional extra.  Customers opting for this system will experience an even more appealing and distinctive engine sound.

Engine production – a tradition of hand-built excellence

The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled purely by hand in accordance with the traditional AMG philosophy of “one man, one engine”. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine fitter’s signature also attests the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission in the GLA 45 AMG features three distinct transmission modes, a double-declutching function dependent on the transmission mode and a RACE START function for optimum acceleration. The strengths of the dual-clutch transmission include spontaneous gear shifts without loss of tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy based on the AMG SPEEDSHIFT functions, extremely smooth gear shifts, and a high level of efficiency.

The shift times in manual mode “M” and in sport mode “S” are similarly sporty in character to those of the SLS AMG GT super sports car. Quick and precise retardation of the ignition and suppressing injection under full load lead to even faster gear shifts in “M” and “S” modes, with a more thrilling sound. The transmission control fully utilises the benefits of the direct injection technology right up to the physical limits: the quicker engine response ensures that injection is suppressed with even more precision. The effect: the shift speed and an emotional sound experience have strong potential to fascinate.

Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving pleasure is the so-called “Momentary M mode” – as seen in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series super sports car.

In “C” mode (Controlled Efficiency), smooth transmission and engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented driving style.

In addition, the ECO start/stop function is active in “C” mode.

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard

The GLA 45 AMG comes with variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. In developing this all-wheel-drive system, the focus was firmly on performance and dynamic spirit. The all-wheel-drive system transfers the engine power to the road optimally and provides perfect traction – regardless of the weather conditions. It also elevates driving dynamics to the highest level.

The entire drive unit boasts a weight-saving and compact design: the power take-off unit (PTU) is fully integrated into the 7-speed sports transmission and handles the power transfer to the rear drivetrain. A two-part propeller shaft sends the power of the engine to the rear axle as well. In the interests of favourable weight distribution, an electro-hydraulically controlled  multiple-disc clutch is integral with the rear-axle differential. The multiple-disc clutch control detects slip at the front axle. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary. All this takes place without the driver noticing. Power distribution is fully variable: during normal driving the GLA 45 AMG uses front-wheel drive for optimal efficiency. When required by the driving situation, the variable all-wheel-drive system splits the torque between the front and rear axles up to a ratio of 50:50 percent.

Typically for AMG, the Electronic Stability Program is configured as a three-stage ESP®. The GLA 45 AMG comes with three transmission modes: “ESP ON”, “SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” – enabling the driver to vary dynamic performance according to individual requirements at the push of a button. ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist is likewise included as standard. During dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking intervention on the rear inside wheel creates a defined yaw moment about the vertical axis. The effect: the GLA 45 AMG turns in precisely and controllably at all times while unwelcome understeer is prevented.

AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system

One of the keys to agile handling is the axle technology: for enhanced driving dynamics, the McPherson front axle on the GLA 45 AMG is fitted with stiffer steering knuckles and new elastokinematics. The four-link rear axle has also been newly developed. Stability and precision of handling are enhanced by the optimised elastokinematics and the rigid connection between the subframe and the body. The AMG sports suspension with specially tuned spring/damper units and bigger anti-roll bars provides for high lateral acceleration and reduced body roll in fast double bends. An AMG performance suspension with firmer spring and damper tuning is available as an optional extra.

The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with specific, speed-dependent  power assist ensures high steering precision and agility. The AMG high-performance braking system with vented, cross-drilled brake discs all-round and grey-painted brake callipers provides for spontaneous and reliable deceleration.
Red brake callipers are available as an optional extra.

Three attractive AMG light-alloy wheels to choose from

In standard specification the GLA 45 AMG runs on 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish, mounted with tyres of size 235/45 R 19. As an optional extra from the AMG Performance Studio, customers can opt for larger 10-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels with tyres of size 235/40 R 20 – these are available painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish or painted matte black with high-sheen rim flange.

Powerful and distinctive: sensual clarity plus elements exclusive to AMG

The design of the GLA 45 AMG exudes fascination on account of its powerful and distinctive character. As the powerful AMG top-of-the-line model of the GLA class, the high-performance SUV combines the hallmark sensual clarity of Mercedes-Benz as an expression of modern luxury with muscular elements exclusive to AMG. The AMG front apron with front splitter and the AMG “twin blade” radiator grille provide athletic highlights – both are painted matte titanium grey. Completely new: the distinctive AMG lettering at the side between the louvres of the radiator grille. This will make all new AMG models easy to recognise in future.  Black flics (air deflector elements) above the large cooling air intakes at the sides are indicative of motor sport. Bi-xenon headlamps come as standard.

When viewed from the side, the distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels in three design variants catch the eye. The side sill panels with matte titanium grey inserts, the “TURBO AMG” lettering on the front wings and the aluminium roof rails lend the GLA 45 AMG a special touch. The rear end is dominated by the diffuser insert with matte titanium grey trim and by the rectangular, chrome-plated tailpipe trim of the twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap.
The following AMG equipment features can optionally upgrade the exterior design:

  • Aerodynamics package: larger front splitter, additional flics on the front apron, rear spoiler, Night package
  • Carbon-fibre exterior mirror housings
  • Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: carbon-fibre front splitter, side sill panel insert and rear apron trim, with twin blade of the radiator grille in silver chrome
  • Rear spoiler
  • Night package: privacy windows, black anodised waistline trim strip, silver chrome radiator grille louvres; high-gloss black front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel insert and rear apron trim, two tailpipes with black rectangular trim
  • Red painted brake callipers with black AMG lettering

Interior design: high-quality, sporty, exclusive

As in all AMG high-performance automobiles, the interior of the GLA 45 AMG delights with its high-quality appeal, combined with sporty flair and exclusive equipment features. Sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red designo safety belts are just as much on board as the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with red contrasting topstitching, perforated leather in the grip area and steering-wheel shift paddles allows for perfect vehicle control. The AMG instrument cluster with 2-tube design and central colour display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER is on hand to provide information to the driver. On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen. The trim of the instrument panel is of brushed aluminium and, in tandem with the brushed stainless-steel AMG front door sills, emphasises the high-grade, exclusive ambiance inside the GLA 45 AMG.

The interior can be upgraded with the following AMG optional extras:

  • Exclusive package
  • Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/Alcantara® including E‑SELECT selector lever with embossed AMG emblem and electronic master key with AMG emblem, floor mats with embroidered AMG lettering
  • Performance seats upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre for driver and front passenger, with more strongly contoured seat shape for enhanced lateral support and with integral head restraints, red designo safety belts
  • Carbon-fibre trim
  • Black, crystal grey, nut brown or black RED CUT upholstery

Expressive and exclusive: the GLA 45 AMG “Edition 1″

The GLA 45 AMG “Edition 1″ is a special option. The expressive arrangement of exclusive exterior and interior details arouses pure fascination. The high-gloss black Aerodynamics package with larger front splitter, additional flics in the front apron, and rear aerofoil creates an uncompromising racetrack feel. The silver grey/red AMG racing stripes on the vehicle sides below the “dropping line” leave a lasting impression. These are complemented by red highlights on radiator grille, exterior mirrors, diffuser insert and rear aerofoil. A perfect match are the red painted brake callipers and multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted matte black with red rim flanges. The light-alloy wheels feature special AMG wheel hub covers with central-lock look, and are mounted with tyres of size 235/40 R 20 all-round. The AMG Night package is also part of the standard equipment, as is the “Edition 1″ badge on the front wing. The metallic paints cosmos black, polar silver and mountain grey are available as an alternative to the cirrus white exterior paintwork.

The interior of the GLA 45 AMG “Edition 1″ is dominated by the colours black and red. Red contrasting topstitching adorns the AMG Performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, the door centre panels, the upper section of the ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre instrument panel and the nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre AMG Performance steering wheel. Other visual highlights are the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem and the “Edition 1″ badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The exclusive trim on the instrument panel is the perfect match for the AMG racing stripes on the sides of the vehicle. The high-quality surface has a convincing look and feel: shiny and matte elements create an exciting interplay with the diamond pattern and AMG lettering on the right-hand side.

Web special allows people to interactively experience the GLA 45 AMG
The web special developed specifically for the GLA 45 AMG also allows people to interactively experience the new high-performance SUV from Mercedes-AMG. In addition, all visitors can view comments, films and pictures from fans of the AMG Twitter and Facebook pages on the site’s “social wall”, where they can also post their own comments. The web special can be accessed on the internet at www.mercedes-amg.com/webspecial/gla45

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG will celebrate its world première on 13 January 2014 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, USA. The sales release will start in mid-March 2014, with the market launch beginning in July 2014.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG – Top Gear Magazine Australia’s 2013 Design of the Year

 

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Melbourne – The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG has been recognised by Top Gear Magazine Australia, and awarded the 2013 Design of the Year award.

The Top Gear Australia editorial staff were awestruck with the design of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, describing it to be ‘stunning’.
“And not just because it’s kicking goals in the aero department, but also because. well. look at it. All swoopy sex appeal, low-slung styling and that swept-back face that’s wired to the synapse in your brain that says ‘fast’.”

Mr. Horst Von Sanden, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific, said “We are extremely pleased to be awarded the Top Gear Magazine Australia ‘Design of the Year’ for 2013. The CLA 45 AMG emphasises the desire to provide our customers with cutting-edge design and safety technologies, whilst delivering extremely dynamic performance.”

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG contains the most powerful series production four-cylinder engine in the world, delivering a maximum output of 265kW and up to 450Nm of torque. The 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in combination with the performance oriented 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive system, leads to extremely dynamic performance: the CLA 45 AMG accelerates from 0 – 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, while its top speed is 270 km/h (electronically limited)

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is now on sale to customers in Australia for $86,900 (MRLP).

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the CLA 45 AMG.

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.

Accordingly, please ensure that when you publish the details contained in this document, your publication makes it clear to its readers that:

  • 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

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.

ONce Upon A Time: to see what would be in your car tomorrow, you looked into a Mercedes S Class today


 
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With the three engineering priorities “Intelligent Drive”, “Efficient Technology” and “Essence of Luxury”, the new S-Class extends the boundaries of technology on many levels. The S-Class is not just a technological spearhead for Mercedes-Benz but for automotive development as a whole.

As with every generation before it, the customers expect the new S-Class to set standards across the board to retain its accolade as “the best automobile in the world”. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Rather than being about safety or aesthetics, power or efficiency, comfort or dynamism, our aspirations were ‘the best or nothing’ in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class.”

Perfection to the last detail results in “The Essence of Luxury”. This pursuit of the best is particularly noticeable in the interior: whether it is the seats or the air conditioning, the controls or the design, the infotainment or the comfort and safety in the rear – new ideas, their painstaking realisation, and highest perceived quality underpin the high standards that the engineers have set for the Mercedes-Benz flagship model – and for themselves.

The same applies to safety. What started with PRE-SAFE® ten years ago and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS has now resulted in a new dimension of motoring: comfort and safety are merged into one. Mercedes-Benz refers to this as “Intelligent Drive”. A whole host of new systems makes the new S-Class even more comfortable and even safer.

The S-Class is so efficient that it almost sounds utopian: within ten years Mercedes-Benz, by realising “Efficient Technology”, has almost halved fuel consumption in the 150 kW output category to 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres, for example, while the drag coefficient of the new S-Class (cd=0.24) clearly undercuts the previous model’s figure and sets a new benchmark in this segment. The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is set to go even lower still with a cd figure of 0.23 thanks to additional aerodynamic optimisation measures. Furthermore, the new model is the world’s first car to dispense entirely with light bulbs in favour of LEDs, pointing the way ahead once again.

Design: a modern sense of status and sensual shapes
People all over the world can recognise a Mercedes-Benz straight away. The classic Mercedes face runs like a golden thread through the brand’s history.

“The sophisticated design of the S-Class has always been an expression of luxury and automotive grandeur of its era. And our new S-Class continues this tradition. With its classic architecture and flowing silhouette, it is a modern embodiment of sensual clarity. The design draws a line from the sophisticated, progressive design idiom to the classic elegance of our 1930s cars – intelligence that speaks to the emotions. Stylish sportiness and sensual forms in synthesis with timeless clarity and effortless superiority make the S-Class a true design icon,” says design chief Gorden Wagener.

To underline the effortless superiority of the new S-Class, and its ambition to lead, the radiator grille is now larger, upright and distinctly three-dimensional in design. With its long bonnet, the flowing, domed roof line and the gently slanting rear end, the new S-Class has classic saloon proportions. The size and space have been fashioned in such a way that the S-Class appears prestigious, and the powerful roof line is also in keeping with the car’s sporty coupé-style intentions.

A character line descending discreetly from front to rear – the brand’s hallmark “Dropping Line” – elegantly structures the side wall and generates additional dynamism even when the car is at a standstill. The subtly created convex-concave effect of the entire flank gives rise to an extremely powerful and elongated car body that demonstrates both excitement and calm. The pronounced shoulder above the rear wheel adds further emphasis to the car’s athletic character.

The positively exaggerated surfaces and lines of the side wall on the new S-Class generate excitement as they flow into the rear end. As well as being elegant, the slightly slanting form has aerodynamic advantages. Horizontal lines running from the boot lid to the bumper emphasise the car’s width when viewed from the rear. The hallmark signature of the Mercedes-Benz designers can also be seen in the rear windscreen, which cuts into the C-pillars. The upper area of the glass is rounded, lending it a coupé-like character. The real highlights are the new-style tail lights which are completely encased by the car body and, thanks to this solitarily integrated styling and meticulously crafted inner workings, complete the design right down to the last detail.

LED technology: the first ever car without a single light bulb

100 years or so after the introduction of electric lighting in motor vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is now making a complete switch to LED technology – the new S-Class is the first vehicle in the world whose interior and exterior do without a single light bulb, and sees Mercedes-Benz building on its pioneering role in the lighting sector. The lighting’s multi-level functionality is another world first: out of consideration for any road users behind, the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night or while waiting at traffic lights, for example. Almost 500 LEDs illuminate the road, the vehicle, the interior and the boot. Depending on equipment, these include:

  • Headlamps: each with up to 56 LEDs
  • Tail lights: each with up to 35 LEDs (plus 4 for the rear fog lamp)
  • Interior (including ambient lighting): approx. 300 LEDs

Visibility is enhanced by two assistance systems that have undergone some key improvements – Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. Thanks to a new stereo camera and multistage radar sensors, the S-Class has 360-degree all-round vision and detects potential dangers on the road better.

Drive system: class-leading efficiency in every output category

All models boast class-leading efficiency and up to 20 percent lower fuel consumption than the outgoing model series. All the engines already meet the requirements of the Euro-6 emissions standard. In addition to this, the S 350 BlueTEC met the strict criteria of efficiency class A, while the S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID even has an A+ rating.

“The new S-Class achieves consumption and emissions figures that only a few years ago seemed utopian, even for executive cars,” says Prof. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “And this is just the start of our ‘Green Leadership’ initiative: soon to be followed by the S 500 Plug-In HYBRID – the first S-Class with a fuel consumption lower than four litres per 100 kilometres.” The S-Class line-up therefore includes the full range from petrol and diesel models to petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrids for the first time.

Model data at a glance:

Model

S 500

S 350 BlueTEC

S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID

Number of cylinders/arrangement

8/V

6/V

4/in-line

Displacement (cc)

4663

2987

2143

Rated output (kW at rpm)

335 at 5250

190 at 3600

150 at 4200

Rated output of electric motor (kW)

-

-

20

Rated torque (Nm at rpm)

700 at 1800-3500

620 at 1600-2400

500 at 1600-1800

Rated torque of electric motor (Nm)

-

-

250

Combined fuel Consumption l/100 km

9.2

6.0

TBA

Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)

215

159

TBA

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)

4.8

6.8

7.6

Top speed (km/h)

210

210

210


Suspension: the world’s first suspension with “eyes”
The new S-Class is the world’s first car to be able to detect bumps on the road ahead. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such unevenness by means of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL instantaneously sets up the suspension to deal with the new situation. This innovative suspension system is available as an option for the eight-cylinder models. Standard equipment for the new S-Class includes the continuously operating Adaptive Damping System ADS PLUS and an enhanced version of the full air suspension system AIRMATIC.

Interior: visual breadth and calm solidity
With its clear architecture, the interior design of the S-Class embodies a classic, superior, cutting-edge saloon. The interior’s expressive character derives from a uniquely fluid, sensuously elegant style. Horizontal elements and lines create a setting characterised by visual breadth and calm solidity. High quality and elegance harmonise with clarity and functionality: the interior design of the S-Class combines ride comfort, spaciousness and user-friendliness to the very highest standard.

The perfectly coordinated use of materials and colours produces an exclusive interior seemingly cast from a single mould. There is generous use of wood trim, especially in the dashboard and centre console. Metallised switch surfaces with pearl-effect paint finishes in three colour shades to suit the interior colour particularly highlight the outstanding quality.

Passengers in the rear are also seated in first-class – the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same, high standard as the front. As an additional individualisation feature, the Individual Rear Seats incorporate a Business centre console combining personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments, folding table, etc.).

Concept: the best for both worlds
The occupants of the new S-Class benefit from the moderate increase in vehicle size by an improvement in all the interior dimensions: there are 12 millimetres of extra headroom for the driver, as well as 14 millimetres more shoulder room and 10 millimetres more elbow room in the front. Thanks to the 14-millimetre increase in rear kneeroom, travel becomes even more comfortable for passengers in the rear. Shoulder room in the rear has been improved by up to nine millimetres.

Control and display concept: elegant new command centre
Two high-resolution TFT colour displays in 8:3 format with a screen diagonal of 31.2 cm (12.3 inches) form the new information centre in the S-Class. The right-hand display performs the functions of the previous instrument cluster, providing the driver with all relevant information. The left-hand display allows the convenient control of infotainment and comfort functions. For the new S-Class, the constantly increasing need to integrate additional functions into the vehicle led to a further development of the entire operating logic.

Here ergonomics, operating convenience and safety along with attractiveness and aesthetics were the main considerations.

The aim in designing the control and display features was to group controls and display functions together in a coherent manner in terms of both design and functionality. Apart from the new displays, the metallised switch surfaces and solid aluminium controls are visual highlights of particularly high quality. Thanks to the fine structuring on the metal surfaces, each individual control has the sound, feel and attention to detail that makes a Mercedes-Benz so special.

The new control features include a touch-sensitive telephone keypad and an extended favourites function with twelve freely selectable memory places. The principal control element is the rotary pushbutton, with the usual direct access keys in the centre console for the most important functions and a toolbar for the driving assistance systems.

Voice entry using LINGUATRONIC via the Speech Dialog System allows complete addresses to be spoken in one go, for example (one-shot input). The telephone and audio systems can also be voice-controlled. This includes having text messages (SMS) or emails read out.

Climate control: a wealth of new features for a pleasant atmosphere
During the systematic further development of the entire climate control system, a particular focus was placed on the development goals of performance, air quality, precise regulation, noise level and efficiency.

As a new feature, the AIR-BALANCE package comprises perfume atomisation, ionisation and even more efficient filtration compared with the standard model. The THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control in the rear has two additional zones to improve thermal comfort. Electric heating of the armrests is a completely new feature.

As a world first, the new S-Class Saloon has an “active perfuming system” as part of the AIR-BALANCE package. ‘Active’ means that the perfuming system is switched on and off manually, with manual adjustment of the intensity. The perfume atomisation system individualises the smell of the vehicle interior.

It neither changes the interior smell permanently, nor are perfume molecules deposited on fabric surfaces or clothing. The fragrance is discreet and mild, and dissipates rapidly.

Seats: mobile office and centre of wellbeing
With numerous world firsts such as the ENERGIZING massage function based on the hot-stone principle or active seat ventilation with reversing fans, Mercedes-Benz has raised seating and climatic comfort in the S-Class to a new level. The seat developers have paid particular attention to the rear seats. There is a choice of five different rear seat variants including an Executive seat with a backrest angle adjustable by up to 43.5 degrees, allowing occupants in the rear to concentrate on work or relax in comfort.

The ENERGIZING massage function on the hot-stone principle is a world first. The seat specialists at Mercedes-Benz have developed a unique massage function with 14 separately actuated air cushions in the backrest, as well as an integrated warming function. There is a choice of six massage programmes, two of them using the warming function. The function is also available for the rear seats.

For the first time, so-called reversing fans are used in the active seat ventilation system. When the ventilation function starts, cooler surrounding air is first drawn onto the seat surface. This enables the surface temperature of a heated-up seat to be reduced much faster than with the previous active cooling systems. After four minutes the fans are automatically switched to blower mode to reduce draughts.

Two rear seat variants (static bench seat or individual seats with 37-degree adjustment) are available for the standard-wheelbase S-Class, and no less than five for the long-wheelbase version. The adjustment kinematics have been changed in the luxury and reclining seat variants. Unlike the conventional trailing backrest design, the backrest is adjusted separately so that the legroom and seat reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be separately adjusted for angle and horizontal position.

The maximum backrest angle of the Executive seat (reclining seat) behind the front passenger seat is increased from 37 to 43.5 degrees, giving it the largest backrest inclination in the luxury segment. The reclining seat features a calf support which is freely adjustable for length and angle. In combination with the heel rest on the folding chauffeur seat at the front and an additional comfort cushion, this allows a reclined position that sets new standards in the automotive sector with respect to sleeping and resting comfort.

If the Individual Rear Seats are specified (with rear centre console), the front console on the transmission tunnel is visually continued to the rear. It is equipped with innovative thermo-cup holders which use Peltier technology to cool or warm drinks over a longer period of time. Like an aircraft seat, the centre console is available with two tables which can be easily folded in or out using one hand.

Multimedia features: mobile concert hall
A completely new multimedia generation with intuitive operation and particularly tangible functions thanks to visualisation and animations celebrates its debut in the S-Class. Other innovations include the multi-user system, which allows independent access to the media sources of the entertainment system from any seat.

The innovative Frontbass system developed by Mercedes-Benz-and used for the first time in a saloon car is a feature common to all the audio systems: the woofers are housed in the firewall, and use the almost 40-litre space in the cross-member and side member as a resonance chamber. Conventional woofers in the doors are therefore unnecessary. The mid-range speakers in the doors are relocated upwards. This improves the soundscape and allows additional stowage space in the doors.

Two very high-quality audio systems are available which were developed together with the high-end audio specialist Burmester: the Burmester® Surround Sound system and the

Burmester® High-End 3D-Surround Sound system.
The interactive presentation of content is a prominent new feature of the navigation function. The new navitainment functions include an animated compass, the “Driveshow” for passenger information as in an aircraft, and the display of Google Maps on the head unit and in the rear. Information on the traffic situation is shown with hatched lines (rather than with vehicle silhouettes as before).

Body: maximum stability and high-quality lightweight design
A high level of crash safety, outstanding rigidity for excellent handling with extremely low levels of noise and vibration. These were the aims when developing the bodyshell for the new S-Class – a third-generation aluminium hybrid bodyshell. The lightweight index – the torsional stiffness in relation to weight and vehicle size – has been improved by 50 percent compared to the predecessor model.

Since the 220 model series was developed in the 1990s, with an optimally coordinated materials mix the hybrid lightweight construction has been further developed into an aluminium hybrid bodyshell. During this period the share of aluminium has increased to more than 50 percent. It has therefore been possible to maintain practically the same body weight for 20 years and even slightly reduce it, despite far more stringent comfort and safety requirements and additional functions. In addition to this, structural foams are used at specific points in node areas in the new model series. The entire outer skin of the S-Class, including the roof and the front section of the body, consists of aluminium. The high percentage of aluminium is possible thanks to the use of a complete range of semi-finished products (casting, extrusion, sheet metal). The safety passenger cell is made using an extremely high percentage of
high-strength steel.

This lightweight design by material and geometrical optimisation coupled with highly complex joining technology allows the new S-Class to further raise the bar in the demanding luxury saloon segment – without adding weight.

With a torsional stiffness of 40.5 kN/degree (predecessor: 27.5 kN/degree), the S-Class achieves a new record in its segment.

Extended PRE-SAFE® protection: prevention is better than cure
Ten years ago, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a groundbreaking safety concept in the S-Class in the form of the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system, which has been undergoing continuous refinement ever since. Now, the safety pioneer is increasing protection levels once again.

The new PRE-SAFE® functions can help to prevent collisions with pedestrians and vehicles in front in city traffic, defuse dangerous situations caused by traffic behind and enhance the protection offered by the seat belts.

  • The PRE-SAFE® Brake can also detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 50 km/h.
  • PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision and warn the following traffic by activating the rear hazard warning lights at a high frequency. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the stationary vehicle’s brakes and thus minimise the risk of whiplash injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by the impact. This additionally can reduce the risk of secondary accidents. Immediately before impact, the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection measures, especially the reversible belt tensioners, are deployed.
  • With PRE-SAFE® Impulse, the driver and front passenger are pulled away from the direction of impact by their seat belts at an early phase of the crash before the resulting occupant deceleration sets in. This can substantially reduce the risk and severity of injuries in a frontal collision.

Setting the standard for safety in the rear: new features in the S-Class
Mercedes-Benz has extended the safety system for rear seat passengers further with the seat belt buckle extender, the beltbag and the cushionbag. The first two of these developments are included in the “PRE-SAFE® rear package”. With the illuminated seat belt buckle extender, an electric motor extends and retracts the belt buckle automatically. In this way, any belt slack in the area of the pelvis and thorax can be reduced so that passengers are secured more firmly in both the sideways and the lengthways direction.

The beltbag is an inflatable seat-belt strap that is able to reduce the risk of injury to passengers in the rear in a head-on collision by lessening the strain placed on the ribcage. The reclining seat is equipped with a cushionbag under the seat cushion upholstery as standard. When the seat is reclined, it prevents the occupant from sliding beneath the seat belt (so-called submarining) in an accident. This has enabled Mercedes-Benz to design a comfortable reclining seat which provides a higher level of accident safety than a seat with a trailing backrest.

Intelligent Drive: networked with all senses
Avoid accidents and mitigate their consequences – this is the integrated approach adopted by Mercedes-Benz Accident Research under the heading “Real Life Safety”. Mercedes-Benz is systematically pursuing this strategy in the S-Class with numerous new assistance systems and greatly enhanced functions. Comfort and safety are enhanced at the same time. Mercedes-Benz calls this “Intelligent Drive”. The new functions all rely on the same sensor system, comprising a new stereo camera together with multistage radar sensors.

“Intelligent assistance systems analyse complex situations and better recognise potential dangers out on the road with the aid of improved environment sensor systems,” explains Prof. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Figuratively speaking, the new S-Class doesn’t just have eyes at the front, it has 360-degree all-round vision.”

A key factor is the networking of all systems, which safety experts call “sensor fusion”. The aim is to ensure comprehensive protection, not just for the occupants of a Mercedes-Benz, but for all other road users, too.

The support functions range from relieving the burden on the driver and therefore increasing comfort, to issuing visual, acoustic and/or tactile warning signals, to boosting the driver’s reactions. Some systems are even able to take corrective action in an emergency, such as autonomous application of the brakes to prevent an accident or lessen its severity. Here is a summary of the new assistance systems and those with notably enhanced functionality:

  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot takes the burden off the driver when it comes to lane guidance and is also able to follow vehicles in traffic jams automatically.
  • For the first time, thanks to the stereo camera the Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist is able to detect crossing traffic and pedestrians too, and to boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly.
  • If the lane markings are broken lines, Active Lane Keeping Assist can detect when the adjacent lane is occupied, especially by oncoming traffic, and reduce the risk of the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side.
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus allows the high-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light.
  • Night View Assist Plus was further improved and supplemented by a thermal imaging camera. Night View Assist Plus can alert the driver to the potential danger posed by pedestrians or animals in unlit areas in front of the vehicle by automatically switching from the speedometer to a crystal-sharp night view image and highlighting the sources of danger. A spotlight function is furthermore able to flash any pedestrians detected ahead. This attracts the driver’s attention to the source of the danger at the same time as warning the person on the side of the road.
  • ATTENTION ASSIST can warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness in an extended speed range and notify the driver of their current state of fatigue and the driving time since the last break, offers an adjustable sensitivity setting and, if a warning is emitted, indicates nearby service areas in the COMAND navigation system.

The prices at a glance:

Diesel

MRLP

S 350 BlueTEC

Short wheelbase

$215,000

S 350 BlueTEC

Long wheelbase

$222,500

Petrol

S 500

Short wheelbase

$285,000

S 500

Long wheelbase

$310,000

S 63 AMG

Short wheelbase

$385,000

The Mercedes-Benz management team on the S-Class

The best or nothing, in every respect
“Rather than being about safety or aesthetics, power or efficiency, comfort or dynamism, our aspirations were ‘the best or nothing’ in every respect. No other car stands for the Mercedes-Benz brand promise more than the S-Class.”
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

“The S-Class is not just the spearhead for Mercedes-Benz but for automotive development as a whole. And it has been for decades. That’s why the S-Class
is also the world’s best-selling luxury car.”
Dr Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing

“The sophisticated design of the S-Class has always been an expression of luxury and automotive grandeur of its era. And our new S-Class continues this tradition. With its classic architecture and flowing silhouette, it is a modern embodiment of sensual clarity. The design draws a line from the sophisticated, progressive design idiom to the classic elegance of our 1930s cars – intelligence that speaks to the emotions. Stylish sportiness and sensual forms in synthesis with timeless clarity and effortless superiority make the S-Class a true design icon.”
Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design, Daimler AG

Innovations in the new S-Class
Key new products and features at a glance

Assistance systems

Safety

Sound

Chassis and suspension

Drive system

Telematics

Luggage compartment

Seating comfort

Climatic comfort

Sight and light

Engine

Number of cylinders/arrangement

V6, 4 valves per cylinder

Displacement

cc

2987

Bore x stroke

mm

83.0 x 92.0

Rated output

kW/hp

190/258 at 3600 rpm

Rated torque

Nm

620 at 1600-2400 rpm

Compression ratio

15.5:1

Mixture formation

High-pressure fuel injection with common-rail technology, VNT turbocharger, EDC

Power transmission

Transmission

7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission

Gear ratios

Final drive
1st gear
2nd gear
3rd gear
4th gear
5th gear
6th gear
7th gear
Reverse 1
Reverse 2

2.47
4.38
2.86
1.92
1.37
1.00
0.82
0.73
3.42
2.23

Chassis and suspension

Front axle

Four-link front suspension with air springs, single-tube shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Rear axle

Multi-link independent rear suspension with air springs, single-tube shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Braking system

Internally ventilated disc brakes at front, internally ventilated disc brakes at rear, electric parking brake, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP®

Steering

Electromechanical rack-and-pinion power steering

Front wheels

245/50 R18 8J x 18

Rear wheels

275/45 R18 9.5J x 18

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase

mm

3035

Track, front/rear

mm

1624/1637

Length (overall)

mm

5116

Width (overall)

mm

1899

Height (overall)

mm

1493

Turning circle

m

11.9

Boot capacity max.*

l

510

Kerb weight acc. to EC

kg

1955

Payload

kg

700

Permissible gross vehicle weight

kg

2655

Tank capacity/of which reserve

l

70/8

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

s

6.8

Top speed

km/h

210

Combined fuel consumption

l/100 km

6.0

CO2 emissions

g/km

159

*acc. to VDA measuring method

Mercedes-Benz S 500 (short wheelbase)

Engine

Number of cylinders/arrangement

V8, 4 valves per cylinder

Displacement

cc

4663

Bore x stroke

mm

92.9 x 86.0

Rated output

kW/hp

335/455 at 5250-5500 rpm

Rated torque

Nm

700 at 1800-3500 rpm

Compression ratio

10.5:1

Mixture formation

High-pressure injection, 2 turbochargers, EDC

Power transmission

Transmission

7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission

Gear ratios

Final drive
1st gear
2nd gear
3rd gear
4th gear
5th gear
6th gear
7th gear
Reverse 1
Reverse 2

2.65
4.38
2.86
1.92
1.37
1.00
0.82
0.73
3.42
2.23

Chassis and suspension

Front axle

Four-link front suspension with air springs, single-tube shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Rear axle

Multi-link independent rear suspension with air springs, single-tube shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Braking system

Internally ventilated disc brakes at front, internally ventilated disc brakes at rear, electric parking brake, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP®

Steering

Electromechanical rack-and-pinion power steering

Front wheels

245/40 R20 8.5J x 20

Rear wheels

275/35 R20 9.5J x 20

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase

mm

3035

Track, front/rear

mm

1624/1637

Length (overall)

mm

5116

Width (overall)

mm

1899

Height (overall)

mm

1496

Turning circle

m

11.9

Boot capacity max.*

l

530

Kerb weight acc. to EC

kg

1995

Payload

kg

700

Permissible gross vehicle weight

kg

2695

Tank capacity/of which reserve

l

80/8

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

s

4.8

Top speed

km/h

210

Combined fuel consumption

l/100 km

9.2

CO2 emissions

g/km

215

*acc. to VDA measuring method

Heritage
The highlights of the S-Class and its predecessors

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and its predecessors have always stood for innovative automotive engineering. Over the years, they have continually brought new features to the market which have then found widespread acceptance. Here is a brief overview of the special features in each model series.

Mercedes Simplex 60 hp (1903 to 1905)

Mercedes-Benz Nürburg, W 08 (1928 to 1933)

Mercedes-Benz 770 “Grand Mercedes”, W 07 and W 150 (1930 to 1943)

Mercedes-Benz 320, W 142 (1937 to 1942)

Mercedes-Benz 300, W 186 and W 189 (1951 to 1962)

Mercedes-Benz 220, W 187 (1951 to 1954)

Mercedes-Benz 220 a/220 S/220 SE, W 180/W 128 (1954 to 1959)

Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Awarded Best Luxury Car Over $80,000

 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid

 

Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has been recognised for excellence by Drive.com.au, and awarded the 2013 Best Luxury Car Over $80,000 for the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID.

Claiming the prestigious Drive ‘Car of the Year’award among strong competition, the Drive judging panel were significantly impressed with the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, considering it to be “. . . at the pinnacle of its class for comfort, refinement and dynamics.”

The Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific, Mr. Horst Von Sanden, said “We are delighted that the E-Class has been recognised as the best luxury car over $80,000. Critical acclaim such as this further confirms our belief in the quality of the product that we are delivering to our customers.”

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is the technological leader of the E-Class range. Combining a 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 150kW and 500Nm, with an electric motor that produces 20 kW and 250 Nm, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID produces a combined fuel efficiency of just 4.3L/100km while setting a new benchmark for emissions in the large car segment.

The Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is now on sale to customers in Australia for $108,900 (MRLP).

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 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.

Accordingly, please ensure that when you publish the details contained in this document, your publication makes it clear to its readers that:

  • 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

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.

Grand Opening of new MBRDNA headquarters and Mercedes-Benz Silicon Valley R&D Center in Sunnyvale, CA

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Press release:

 

Daimler strengthens international R&D network: Growth in Silicon Valley

  • Mercedes-Benz first automotive manufacturer in Silicon Valley since almost 20 years with an excellent partner network
  • Doubling of resources in the new headquarters in Sunnyvale in the next few years
  • Advanced User Experience Design and Autonomous Driving are new focus areas in Silicon Valley
  • Fast pace of innovation and long-standing partnerships are defining characteristics of the R&D Center

Sunnyvale/USA – Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA) currently employs a workforce of some 300 at various locations in the USA in the following areas:

-    Group Research & Advanced Engineering (Silicon Valley/California, New Jersey)
-    Advanced User Experience Design (Silicon Valley/California)
-    eDrive & Powertrain (Michigan)
-    Advanced Exterior Design (California)
-    Tech Center (California, Michigan)

“We have been operating various R&D locations in North America for many years now, in order to incorporate our customers’ needs and technological and social trends into our vehicles more quickly,” notes Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

After almost 20 years in Palo Alto, MBRDNA is now moving into a larger building as its R&D headquarters in Sunnyvale, just a few miles away. A workforce of around 100 is presently employed at the Mercedes-Benz Silicon Valley R&D Center, with plans for a doubling of resources in the next few years.

Work on future infotainment and telematics solutions
Activities at the new MBRDNA headquarters include work on future premium infotainment and telematics solutions aimed at enabling our customers to continue their digital lifestyle in their vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz Apps for COMAND Online, mbrace or the Digital DriveStyle app. R&D work is also performed on the seamless integration of technologies, applications and smart devices into vehicles, such as the Apple iPhone and Android smartphones.

Another development and design focus in Sunnyvale is on shaping a holisticuser experience with the aim of rendering the driver’s interaction with the vehicle and its surroundings as simple, useful and delightful as possible.

The MBRDNA headquarters have also long been concerned with adapting driving assistance systems for the US market. This area is now undergoing substantial expansion into a research and advancedevelopment engineering department which will focus on functions relating to autonomous driving.

Other areas of research and development are fuel cell-powered electric vehicles and battery technologies. Social trends in the USA are examined by the Society & Technology Research Group, which provides well-founded information on the American market and assesses current trends and their possible consequences. Since 2012 a team of Business Innovation, a Daimler AG think tank, has been in operation at MBRDNA, concerned with the development of innovative business models which go beyond the core business area of automobile manufacturing

Innovative culture and partnerships distinguishthe location
MBRDNA was established in 1994. “We were the first automobile manufacturer with a research facility in Silicon Valley,” says Prof. Weber. “It was already apparent to us back then that not only IT history but also the future of automotive history would be written here.” Silicon Valley, one of the most creative regions on earth, is not characterized by ingenuity alone. It also stands for a unique culture of cooperation: short distances, networking, innovations and informal meetings.

Nowhere else on earth boasts such a creative and open-minded approach and offers comparable opportunities for collaboration in areas such as vehicle-integrated internet, smartphones and apps and the vehicle as part of the “Internet of Things”. The proximity to companies such as Google, Apple or Facebook as well as small, creative start-ups enables Mercedes-Benz to implement innovations in its vehicles quickly and in close cooperation with its partners while keeping pace with the development cycles of consumer electronics.

Growth strategy: systematic expansion of the international R&D network
The opening of the new headquarters and the Silicon Valley R&D Center represents the second major expansion of an international R&D location this year: in the spring the new, enlarged Mercedes-Benz R&D center was opened in Bangalore, India.

Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development already employ a workforce of some 13,000 at 22 bases in ten countries, with 10,800 of this total working in Germany. This international network is to undergo further substantial expansion in future as part of the “Mercedes-Benz 2020″ growth strategy.

The international activities are focused on direct customer benefits as a result of greater innovative strength and shorter development times. “Establishing a close-knit network of R&D bases which ideally complement one another throughout the world will enable us to secure our vehicles’ technology leadership on a long-term basis, thereby also bolstering the competitive strength of the Group as a whole,” explains Prof. Weber.

Go Topless Or Go Home: cars For gayBoys

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If I had my choice of any car what would I buy?

I’m often driven demented pondering that very question. The better question is “what’s the best car for a certain price?”, because everybody has one. You see, gay boys have different requirements. There are rarely children to consider so lifestyle becomes important above all else.

For the active amongst us, an SUV might suit. For those who simply want to go fast, or are having a middle-aged crisis, perhaps a sporty job would more appropriate. For me, a car should be handsome, priced right, and have plenty of gadgets, but above all it must be fun to drive. If it has a roof that can be sensibly stowed away, so much the better because you would have to be dead not to fancy a sexy convertible.

 

 

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Hybrids and electric cars are expensive and there is the added spectre of battery replacement. It’s bad enough for the new buyer but it kills the second hand market. There are the gorgeous classic cars to consider. The 1968 Mercedes 280sl with the Pagoda roof is stunning, or perhaps an Hispano Suiza might tickle the taste buds. There is a cost to a classic car beyond simple spare parts though. Finding someone to work on them is a nightmare and god forbid you should bump into a trolley while at the shops. Try getting a bonnet for a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom for example, then you’ll appreciate the devotion such automobiles engender in their owners. They cause rampant lust to erupt in illogical ejaculations and gasps as passers by admire with adoring yet envious glances. Some are moved to such elegant phrases as “Nice car mate”. I myself have been in many such a situation in my very own classic car. She was a 1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SEL in gleaming white duco. You can see from the old photo that she was in great shape, until you peeked under her pretty frock. A rummage in her gusset revealed all manner of misdemeanours like rust, faulty air conditioning. Her radio was from the 15th century had fuel consumption the likes of which would warm the heart of many an Emir. Cruising boulevards is one thing but trying to squeeze something the size of the QMII into a parking space no bigger than queen Victoria’s left shoe is quite another. All of this requires actual ability. There are no gadgets to guide you, no ABS or cornering control to counteract lapses in concentration. They are pretty to look at but owning them is quite a different kettle of fish.

So the focus falls to something made recently, very recently. I like a few comforts, a few little things to help the journey pass pleasantly. I’ve driven so many different vehicles, big and small, and one thing is clear, my list of requirements is based on what makes me feel. Let me explain: I want to feel comfortable, I want to feel safe, I want to feel excited. I don’t want to feel vulnerable, unsafe, or ripped off. One doesn’t like to admit it, but one gets one’s ideas more fixed in one’s mind the older one gets. The more cars, the more experiences, and, with that comes a menu from which the undesirable is ruthlessly banished.

V8’s are fun but I find myself feeling more and more guilty about the dragqueen-like drinking habits of such motors. The trend is to smaller and smaller engines which are given extra wellie courtesy of discretely placed turbos and/or super chargers. Small doesn’t mean cheap and certainly doesn’t mean nasty. Money won’t buy happiness either. The more you spend, the more some local malcontent will feel the need to take a sharp object to the duco. There must be value for those of us who don’t count Gates, Murdoch and Reinhardt as close chums. Gay boys don’t have the added burden of children, but even the single amid our ranks require sufficient space for the occasional special friend. We can get away with only two seats but four gives us extra places to stow important purchases, but roofs should be considered an optional extra.

Perhaps it’s helpful to run through a few brands in our favourite word association game. We name a brand and give you a few brief words we associate with them. Let’s start:-

Audi- for those who want something more expensive but have no taste

BMW- driven by pimps

Mercedes- driven by their clients

Mini- driven by the wives of their clients

Rolls Royce- so hideous, they hope the price will shock buyers into a blind apoplexy

Maybach- who was going to pay a million bucks for a merc anyway? They deserved to go broke.

Citroen- They go up and down and things tend to fall off.

Peugeot- electrics designed by the spawn of satin

Jaguar- for posh knobs who enjoy the scent of old spice and furniture polish, and spanks from nanny

Alfa Romeo- need big boots for the parts which come away during use

Anything Russian- enough said

Ford- pulling manufacturing out of Australia, what’s wrong with us?

Holden- Only the Commodore is worth driving

Toyota- the epitome of mediocrity (except for the 86)

Subaru- except for the BRZ, a fleet with faces only a mother could love

Anything American- Sometimes nice outside, never nice inside and drive like blancmanges

So there you have it. I’m heading for a surprising destination that many of you will no doubt question. Good, it means you’ve been paying attention.

The moment you’ve been perched on the edge of your bath for is fast approaching, so recharge your Tanquers and Tonic, grab a towel, and be upstanding. The winner of the Gaycarboys “what I’d take home myself” award is…

Drum roll please maestro…

The VW Golf Cabriolet.

 

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Sure I’d take the coveted R version were it to be sold in OZ, but it isn’t. I’d make sure I had all the extras though in the top model. Sensors, reverse camera, and wind deflector are a must but other than that it’s pretty good as it is. It’s not pretentious, but it is cute unlike its slightly awkward bigger sister (the EOS) and it’s quick and the roof can be operated while on the move. It’s fairly cheap which leaves plenty of cash to winter in Venice, stopping in Paris on the way home via London. It makes no excuses but of course one would have to keep one’s fingers crossed with those slightly moody DSG’s doing gear selecting for you. There is nothing like the experience of being part of the countryside you’re driving in. Even city traffic has a freshnew perspective with only the hottest, coldest or wettest days needing to be shut out. Every time I’m asked to drive a convertible it’s the same story. Once ensconced my fingers tremble at the thought of lowering that top. The hairs on my arms stand to attention as I take those first tentative metres for fear of something blowing away. But all that drifts into another reality as the kilometres build on each other and the confidence builds. Only plummeting down a hill at top speed on a Ducati comes close but even then it’s not the same.

I’ve driven thousands of kilometres roof down and there simply is nothing else like it, even when it’s a bit chilly. One forgives little foibles in many drop tops but only the Golf is the whole package of price, drive, space and looks.

What would you drive?

CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ – The Benchmark for Catastrophically Ugly

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Cop a look at this press release. Ugly and expensive. Buying the E Class for half the price is a better bet.

 

“Perpetuating the success of the CLS 63 AMG, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ sets new standards in design, performance and efficiency. With it’s impressive athletic appearance and distinctive exterior and interior design, the CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ offers a truly unique experience at the very benchmark of modern motoring.

“The new CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ Coupé and Shooting Brake models represent an exciting new variant for the highly successful CLS range” said Horst Von Sanden, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “The CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ delivers not only cutting-edge design and safety technologies, but also an exhilarating driving experience.”

Harnessing the performance-oriented AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, the CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ generates a maximum output of 430 kW, and 800 Nm of torque to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds in the Coupé, and 4.2 seconds in the Shooting Brake. The electronically limited top speed in both variants is 250 km/h, however an optional driver’s package is available which increases the top speed to 300km/h.

The CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ Coupé and Shooting Brake also produce outstanding fuel efficiency. Consuming just 10.0L/100km and 10.3L/100km respectively, the combination of high performance and low fuel consumption means class leading performance with amazing fuel economy. 

This unique high-performance vehicle from Mercedes-AMG is a fascinating new embodiment of an innovative vehicle concept. A host of exceptional features come standard on the CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ including: 19” AMG Wheels, AMG sports seats, AMG sports exhaust, AMG body styling, THERMOTRONIC and Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system.

The CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ will also arrive with a host of standard safety equipment such as DISTRONIC PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake, and Brake Assist BAS PLUS.

The new CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ is now available to order and will be available in October 2013. Sale prices are as follows:

  • Coupé:  $262,645 (MRLP)
  • Shooting Brake:  $265,145 (MRLP)

Important note to editors – The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ 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.

Accordingly, please ensure that when you publish the details contained in this document, your publication makes it clear to its readers that:

  • 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

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.”

Mercedes-Benz Designs Visionary Golf Cart

 

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During this year’s Open Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented the “Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart”. Hundreds of golf as well as automobile fans took part in an international competition by submitting their ideas for a golf cart of the future. This invaluable input provided the basis for a visionary golf cart design study created by the Mercedes-Benz design department. As well as reflecting the innovative and forward-thinking ideas and wishes of golf players, the study includes the characteristics and technologies of a Mercedes-Benz.

“The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart has a refined, simplified yet functional shape that fits well into our ‘Sensual-Purity’ design philosophy. The flow shapes create a ‘sculpture on wheels’ impression”, says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “I was very inspired by the idea of designing a golf cart, giving it a new shape and new sorts of meaning. Why not treating a golf cart like a car, and making it a ‘Golf Car’”.

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz called upon golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. So began the search to find the best, most unusual, most innovative and most promising concepts. A jury chaired by Gorden Wagener then selected the best entries from among all the submissions. The winners received an exclusive invitation as VIP guests to the Open Championship.

Building on the basis provided by these ideas and concepts, and due consideration to the Mercedes-Benz design strategy, the Mercedes-Benz

Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California, developed the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart. The cart combines the aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the functionality of a golf cart. The diamond grille, for instance, was incorporated to give the cart a modern face that is unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz.

The idea of the competition was enthusiastically taken up by golfers from all over the world like Japan, South Africa and Germany, as well as North- and South America. The most frequently mentioned ideas and requirements were then incorporated into the design study that has now been presented.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart and its innovative features

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is electric driven, powered by a battery that is kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof. Manual charging, as for a conventional golf cart, is also possible. The vehicle is controlled in innovative and intuitive fashion via a joystick mounted on the centre console, so making it possible for either passenger to drive the golf cart.

“It has the latest in modern technology. Using touch screen monitors, virtually all aspects of the cart can be controlled without extra buttons. Simplicity is the key. Intuition and pure form can maybe best describe the cart”, says Margarete Wies, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California.

The centre console also incorporates a multimedia panel that includes a rotatable docking station for an iPad or iPhone and a USB interface. Various functions that are available in the golf cart can be controlled from here, for example vehicle functions such as loudspeakers or the air-conditioning system, the head-up display, the music system or communication with the clubhouse and other golf carts.

If so required the head-up display integrated into the windscreen can also be used, when the golf cart is stationary, to show the course layout, the current status of the game or weather information. The digital speedometer is placed beneath the windscreen. One wish that came up time and time again, irrespective of country or language, was the possibility of being able to use a telephone. The cart thus also features Bluetooth, so allowing telephone calls to be made via the loudspeaker system while on the move.

An important issue is connectivity. Due to the iPad/iPhone connection to the cart it is possible to communicate directly with the golf club, for example to order drinks or food for the halfway catering. Current weather data and rain radars are available at any time. Working people have the possibility to write
e-mails. In addition, users can share the digital score card or even photos from the golf game directly on social media channels.

The so-called “fore button” can be used to quickly warn other players of a misplaced shot. Pressing this button sends a warning to all other golf carts within the danger zone so that they, too, can issue a warning signal.

The interior takes its cues from the design of a Mercedes-Benz car. The elegant and ergonomically shaped seats, for example, are heated as well as ventilated and can be adjusted electronically using the Mercedes-typical controls on the side of the seat. The AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, first introduced in 2011 in the new SLK Roadster, is also envisaged as a feature of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart. AIRSCARF, as its name suggests, wraps the neck and shoulder area in warm air, so making it possible to drive the vehicle open, even in cooler weather. There is also an integrated air-conditioning system, so ensuring a pleasant ambience even on a very hot or cold day.

The optional lightweight doors are another special feature. A click-in function allows these to be very simply fitted if the weather is not so good, so providing protection against wind and rain. A retractable lightning rod is included for added safety in case storm clouds start to gather. In bright conditions the windscreen can be darkened at the touch of a button, while it also features windscreen wipers with rain sensors, thus ensuring that they activate as soon as it starts to rain. In addition, the space behind the seats is ideal for stowing umbrellas.

One very commonly expressed request from the international entrants to the competition was, quite simply, to have plenty of stowage space. The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart therefore includes a whole range of stowage facilities. As well as the trunk compartment underneath the stowage area for the two golf bags, there are two dashboard compartments. The centre console is also specially designed to accommodate golf balls and scorecards and have a sun glasses storage. There is a small fridge fitted beneath the centre console, while cup holders between the seats will keep drinks hot or cold. An illuminated vanity mirror was another request, from female participants in particular, and is located at eye-height for the drivers.

In addition to its use on the golf course, the golf cart is also able to run on normal roads. The designers have, for example, also included all the vital features such as indicators, headlamps and tail lights. Thanks to the LED headlamps, play can also continue when the light starts to fail, as they include a floodlight function.

Although the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is only a design study so far, there are no doubt many players who would like to see the cart become reality, bringing its fresh ideas and thus more fun, more innovation and more comfort to moving around on the golf course.