Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, 2016

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, 2016

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, 2016

 

 

Stuttgart/Pebble Beach. Every August classic car fans from around the world converge on Pebble Beach in California for a very special beauty contest. This gathering of magnificent classic cars is the perfect place to premiere the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a sensational luxury-class coupé. The 2+2-seater is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.  

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).

The large coupé is set to make its debut at Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula between 16 and 21 August 2016. The final event on 21 August will be the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance.

With its sensual, emotional design (“hot”) and intelligent details (“cool”), the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury. The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – the extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse – recall the aero coupés of days gone by. But this is not retro design – this is a reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.

At the same time the design is something unexpectedly new – cool, technoid and reduced. This is exemplified by the aerodynamically intelligent basic shape. Even without aids such as spoilers, the airflow hugs the contours of the vehicle body and only breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. Then there is the surprisingly technoid character of the narrow lights, the partially transparent rims and the split rear window.

“Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool”, states Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency”. 

Reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles: the exterior design

Clearly defined contours and organically formed wings stand in contrast to the sharply drawn, extended feature line on each side which defines the upper vehicle body from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle to the rear. Below this, the main body has a bulging, muscular look, extending across the entire flank. There is also a striking contrast between the Maybach red paintwork and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the centre of the bonnet and boot lid.

A reinterpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with its fine, vertical struts accentuates the front end. The grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit. The radiator grille rests on two aerodynamically shaped supports on the outer right and left of the bumper.

The distinctive 24-inch wheels are a development of the aero rim from the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile). A transparent shield in the vehicle colour provides a view of the aluminium spokes behind it.

A further highlight is provided by the gullwing doors, a hallmark Mercedes design element which has been brought up to date. They underline the sporty character of the vehicle’s silhouette and feature innovatively designed aluminium trim. The exterior mirrors designed as cameras are supported on the wings.

The extended, round “boat tail” format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’s rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lights which emphasise the width of the vehicle are integrated in its outer edges. Above this sit the two extremely shallow rear windows (“split window”). Further distinctive features at the rear include the diffuser with aluminium frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.

Luxurious 360° lounge featuring new materials: the interior design
The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a synthesis of intelligence and emotion and combines traditional Mercedes-Benz values with a new high-tech experience.

The dashboard wing curves across the door trim into the seat landscape, creating a 360° lounge. The new “inside out” spatial design adds a particular touch of finesse. The sitting surface forms a horizontal, which transitions into the vertical of the doors and finally becomes the underside of the dashboard wing.

In addition to the flowing contours, the material composition produces a luxury experience of the highest order. Authentic materials and colours such as rose gold are used to create luxurious accents. The interior, with its high-quality leather trim, has a cool colour scheme which perfectly underlines the digital innovations. The sitting surfaces have a Chesterfield look. In the doors and dashboard the traditional wood trim softens the appearance of the digital control and display interfaces. As a contrast to the digital world of the displays, elm is used in the floor area, creating a refined yachting look. Elm is the palest open-pore wood which Mercedes-Benz is currently working on for series use.

In the front luggage area of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a set of two suitcases, exclusively created for the vehicle. Here too the designers have followed the sensual, pure design idiom of Mercedes-Benz. Plenty of space has also been provided for further additions such as picnic accessories or personal items.

Dipping into the future: a fusion of analogue and digital experience
Ever since Mercedes-Benz invented the car 130 years ago, driving has been a source of enjoyment and delight. With the increase in digitisation comes a simultaneous need for sustainable analogue solutions, the design of which has been emphasised and in places exaggerated in the concept car. In the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 this can be seen above all in the “hyperanalogue” instruments with needles and circular, crystal-look displays.

The classic circular instruments are combined with deep displays and act as a reference to the unique history of Mercedes-Benz. In contrast, other display elements are digitally integrated into a continuous glass trim part. Information about the seat, for example, can be shown on this digital strip. Map information is also shown in the front area of the strip. Menu content is extended along a digital line which extends to the sides as far as the occupants, who can set their own content ergonomically using touch control.

The front windscreen serves as a transparent display: driving-related data and geographical information is shown across its full width, augmenting the outside world with additional information. This information can be controlled and adjusted by the occupants using gestures.

The luxury padded leather upholstery is a particular highlight. Its traditional look is combined with future technology here – the buttons which would normally be trimmed in leather have been replaced in the upholstered surfaces by miniature “body sensor displays”. These scan the passengers and monitor, for example, their vital functions. As a result, comfort features such as seat climate or the massage function, for example, can be activated or the seat settings adjusted to the passenger. The sensors embedded in the upholstery also record the incidence of light, the colour of the occupant’s clothing and the ambient temperature. This information can be used to trigger new, emotional lighting effects in the interior.

The concept car aims to embody the ultimate in luxury, and this is underlined by the fact that the driver can switch to digital/autonomous mode. Another highlight is offered by the floating, transparent centre tunnel, which visualises the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the occupants.

Emission-free driving: electric drive system generating 550 kW (750 hp)
The side sills, illuminated by LED light strips, clearly underline the fact that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is designed as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The output of the drive system is 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approx. 80 kWh. This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0-100 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 km/h) but also a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).

Vision: add an extra 100 kilometres to the range in just five minutes
The quick-charge function is also visionary: as a result of DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows an impressive charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometres.

The battery can either be charged via a cable connection at a public charging station or a conventional domestic outlet or, for even more convenience, it can be charged wirelessly, via an electromagnetic field.

The wow effect: visionary show cars with long-term prospects
With its impressive dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 (length/width/height: 5700/2100/1328 millimetres) is the first luxury coupé in the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. These include the Vision EnerG-Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013) and Vision Tokyo (Tokyo, 2015). Thanks to the global nature of the Mercedes-Benz Design function, these concept vehicles take cues from local trends in design, culture and mobility and make these the focal point of the respective mobility concept. At the same time these show cars are looking far into the future.

Mercedes-Maybach: perfection blends with exclusivity
Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The target group is made up of status-oriented customers. The current vehicles include the Mercedes-

Maybach S 500 and S 600 models, launched in February 2015, which blend the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. A special protection version, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, is the world’s first passenger car to meet the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles, VR10.

The most recent model is the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman with face-to-face seating. Launched at the beginning of 2016, it adopted the mantle of absolute top-of-the-line mode

Three New Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Hybrid Models Arrive in Australia

Plug-in Hybrid - C 350e, GLE 500 e 4MATIC and S 500 e GayCarBoys

 

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced that three new Plug-in Hybrid models are to arrive in dealerships this month across three different segments with the C 350e (available in both Sedan and Estate), GLE 500 e 4MATIC and S 500 e.

Plug-in Hybrids represent a key technology on our road to a locally emission-free future for the car. This is because they offer customers the best of both worlds; in the city they can drive in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine’s range. Hybridisation also makes the internal combustion engine more efficient, and ensures more dynamic performance.

Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific said: “This is a very exciting time for Mercedes-Benz in Australia with three new Plug-in Hybrid models available to order from our dealerships today. We are in the fortunate position to offer our customers three different options, a medium sized sedan, a large SUV and a luxury saloon, but we won’t stop there.Plug-in Hybrid vehicles are an important part of our future business in Australia and early next year we will also launch the new E 350 e Plug-in Hybrid to continue our growth in alternative powertrain offerings.”

As the strengths of Plug-in Hybrids come to the fore in larger vehicles with mixed operating profiles, Mercedes-Benz is opting for this drive concept from the C-Class upwards. The strategic hybrid initiative is decisively facilitated by Mercedes-Benz’s intelligent modular hybrid concept: this is scalable to allow it to be transferred to a large number of model series and body versions as well as left and right-hand drive variants.

C 350 e: available as Sedan or Estate

The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e is a Plug-in Hybrid that combines extraordinary levels of efficiency, dynamism and comfort. In either the sedan or estate variant, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition, especially in combination with a certified consumption of just 2.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and an all-electric range of up to 31 kilometres. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW with a system torque of 600 Nm. Both the sedan and the estate model are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard, delivering a unique level of driving and climate comfort.

GLE 500 e 4MATIC: plug-in hybrid technology meets SUV

The new GLE 500 e 4MATIC with Plug-in Hybrid drive combines the power and refinement of a V8 engine with outstanding fuel economy (just 3.3 litres/100 km combined) and the versatility of a premium SUV. The drive system components comprise a V6 petrol engine with 245 kW and a hybrid module with 85 kW of electric power. The system peak torque is a massive 650 Newton metres. In addition to impressive acceleration thanks to the boost function, the innovative system drive also offers all-electric driving at speeds up to 130 km/h, optimised energy recovery thanks to the intelligent operating strategy and comfort functions such as pre-entry climate control in summer and winter.

S 500 Plug-in Hybrid: luxury saloon with exceptional efficiency

The S 500 Plug-in Hybrid blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. This long-wheelbase luxury saloon impresses with its exceptional dynamism and efficiency. Thanks to the standard-specification pre-entry climate control system it also offers outstanding climate comfort. With a system output of 325 kW and 650 Nm of torque, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while boasting an all-electric range of up to 33 km. The certified consumption is 2.8 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to emissions of 65 g CO2/km.

 

C 350 e
(Estate)

GLE 500 e 4MATIC

S 500 e

Number of cylinders/arrangement

4/in-line

V6

V6

Displacement (cc)

1991

2996

2996

Rated output (kW at rpm)

155 at 5500

245 at 5250-6000

245 at 5250-6000

Rated torque (Nm at rpm)

350 at 1200-4000

480 at 1600-4000

480 at 1600-4000

Rated output of electric motor (kW at rpm)

60 at 2000

85 at 3500

85 at 3500

Max. rated system output (kW at rpm)

205 at 5000

325 at 5250-5500

325 at 5250-5500

Max. system torque (Nm)

600

650

650

Combined fuel consumption (l/100 km)

2.4
(2.6)

3.3

2.8

Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)

56 (59)

78

65

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)

5.9 (6.2)

5.3

5.2

Top speed (km/h)

210

210

210

On sale

Now

Now

Now

The new Mercedes-Benz Plug-in Hybrid models will launch in July 2016 and are now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended retail list price is as follows:

  • C 350 e: $75,300 (MRLP)
  • C 350 e Estate: $77,800 (MRLP)
  • GLE 500 e: $124,900 (MRLP)
  • S 500 e: $319,715 (MRLP)

PLEASE NOTE

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 Fashion Week Australia

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Sydney. In support of its commitment to the Global Fashion Engagement and emerging talent worldwide, Mercedes-Benz exclusively launched the new episode of Fashion Creatives starring the newly appointed creative director of Brioni, Justin O’Shea and L.A. based influencer, fashion consultant and stylist, Jayne Min. The film was screened during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia the first ever fashion platform the automotive brand supported. This year Mercedes-Benz celebrates 21 years of dedication to fashion.

In the new episode of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives, Australian-born, Justin O’Shea joins L.A. based, Jayne Min in a scripted short film that acts as a spoof on the ‘selfie culture’ we currently live in.

Justin O’Shea made a surprise appearance last night at the Mercedes-Benz presents show, where he drove into the presentation hangar in his solar beam yellow Mercedes AMG G 63, which also appears in the film. Last night he played host to the Mercedes-Benz presents show which this season, showcased the work of designer, Toni Maticevski who presented his Resort 2016 collection which included a dress inspired by the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupé Edition 1.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AustraliaSince launching his label ‘Maticevski’ in 1999, Toni Maticevski has retained a strong hands-on approach to his work. Known for his manipulation of traditional fashion silhouettes, his exquisitely designed and crafted garments in beautiful feminine shapes showcase his attention to detail and skill in dressing the female form.

Following the Mercedes-Benz presents show Toni commented: “When I was invited to design a piece inspired by the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe Edition 1, there were many elements which I considered, I didn’t want to design a dress which was just transformed from a car, for me it was more about the celebration of Mercedes-Benz and their integrity in luxury and design. It’s about Fluid lines, elongated drape, and a mono tone of fabric which moulded and extended the body were all formed to the silhouette. Racy cut sport lines fall down to the lower back with the entire look anchored by a sports mesh body band. The AMG C 63 S Coupe Edition 1 is a desirable object and I wanted the dress to have that as the underlying aesthetic….alluring and sensual,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives Episode 5: Selfie Film

Selfies are all the craze, until you find yourself in social media purgatory.

The film opens with an overly confident Justin O’Shea snapping a cheeky selfie in his highly Insta-Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australiagrammable bright yellow Mercedes AMG G 63. It soon turns out he is Hollywood’s most wanted ‘selfie doctor,’ visiting digital influencer Jayne Min at her highly desirable and equally Instagram-able downtown L.A. converted warehouse flat.

Justin comes to the rescue as Jayne’s face has morphed into her failed selfie, leaving her with three eyes instead of one. Justin – whose character mixes unconventional counselling with philosophy and a dose of Australian charm – quickly concludes Jayne has ‘trapped her soul in a selfie.’

The selfie doctor resorts to all sorts of tools to fix the problem such as adjusting the light, improving the angle and finally, by introducing the grandest of all tools: ‘The selfie stick’.
Will Jayne’s soul be released from social media purgatory? Find out in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives Episode 5.

Justin O’Shea
Justin O’Shea has become one of the most recognised faces in fashion.  As fashion director, he helped grow mytheresa.com from a small store in Munich to a successful luxury e-tailer. O’Shea joined MyTheresa in 2009, at the time of his appointment as buying director; the website was a much smaller entity, owned by the Munich locals who had launched it out of their brick-and-mortar store in 2006. In March 2016, after seven years, O’Shea left mytheresa.com and was appointed creative director of Italian menswear brand Brioni.

O’Shea spent his formative years in a remote aboriginal village in Australia, working in the mines with his father and unpacking boxes at a supermarket. He spent his mid-twenties in streetwear and denim stores across Australia and Amsterdam, before moving to London. It was here that O’Shea scored his first real coup; while working for a showroom, he succeeded in getting denim brand April 77 into Dover Street Market.

After that, the Australian became a buyer for powerful luxury retailer Al Ostoura in Kuwait.

Along with his experience in retail, O’Shea has forged a distinct visual signature of his own. His beard, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australiatattoos and penchant for sharp suits have made him a highly recognisable street style star at fashion week, with over 79,000 followers on Instagram.

Jayne Min

Jayne Min is a Los Angeles based creative director, stylist, and influencer known for her casual California style. Since the launch of her website ‘STOP IT RIGHT NOW’ in 2009, Jayne has gone to collaborate with a number of global brands including Calvin Klein, Gucci, Moda Operandi, and Lane Crawford.

Toni Maticevski

After completing his Bachelor of Arts in fashion design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Maticevski worked with Donna Karan in New York. He then moved to Paris to work at Cerruti (womenswear) for two seasons, before returning to Melbourne where he continued to develop his unique design philosophy.Maticevski honed and developed his skills whilst working with brands in Melbourne and Sydney, including Collette Dinnigan, Nobody Denim, Dita Von Teese and Myer.

In 2002, Maticevski won the L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival ‘New Designer Award’ and a few months later, premiered his collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AustraliaIn 2012, with a stronger brand offering, Maticevski returned to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia catwalk to much critical applause.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Social Media Launch

In support of their ongoing fashion commitment worldwide, last month saw Mercedes-Benz last launch a collection of new fashion-focused social media channels. Alongside forming a centralised hub for online audiences to explore the 50 plus fashion-related platforms supported by Mercedes-Benz globally, the channels will cover emerging talent, inspiring moments in fashion history and feature collaborations with established and up-and-coming digital influencers. 

Mercedes-Benz is a partner of established events such as Paris, London, and Milan Fashion Week; it is however the exclusive access to markets such as Africa, Australia and China – to name a few – that set these social media channels apart from others. Moreover, diverse content from fashion platforms worldwide allows the brand to tell a real ‘global’ fashion story – an all-encompassing look into the impact of culture on fashion design and a celebration of diversity and talent in emerging markets.

While the ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion’ Instagram channel (@mbfw) is the go-to place for highly curated content with a strong editorial voice, the brand’s fashion-focused Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope (@mbfwofficial) channels present audiences with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, live from selected, key Mercedes-Benz Fashion engagements.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes place from 15 to 21 May 2016.

Mercedes-Benz Provides Official Safety Car for 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan - Official Safety Car for 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

 

Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz will proudly return to Mt Panorama from 4 – 7 February to provide the Official Safety Car for the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The Safety Car, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan, is expected to make several appearances on the iconic roads of Australia’s most revered and intimidating circuit.

“Mercedes-Benz has a proud heritage at Mount Panorama and we’re excited to bring a strong presence back to the Bathurst 12 Hour” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “We’re thrilled to showcase the performance and safety of our vehicles at such an iconic event, and feel honoured to continue our provision of the Official Safety Car.”

Mercedes-Benz has an illustrious history of safety in the world’s premiere motorsport events. For 20 years the official Formula One safety car has been proudly supplied by Mercedes-Benz, starting with a C 36 AMG in 1996. In 2016, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S will provide maximum safety for the field at the Bathurst 12 Hour, and safely negotiaite the circuit when adverse weather conditions or incidents call for the Safety Car to be deployed.

The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S generates a maximum output of 375 kW and peak torque of 700 Nm, accelerating from  0 – 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds. Utilizing an extensive array of high-performance AMG equipment, including a ceramic brake system and electronic rear axle locking differential, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S fuses outstanding driving dynamics and safety, with first-class quality materials and craftsmanship, to embody the pinnacle of sports performance.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS: GL meets S

 

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Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has announced pricing and specification for the new Mercedes-Benz GLS which arrives in April 2016. Like the GL before it,the GLS sets new standards in the world of the SUV. Boasting outstanding spaciousness, the GLS combines luxury and comfort, with agile dynamics and best-in-class safety.

The revised exterior and luxurious interior clearly underscore the impressive character of the GLS. Outside, the focus has been placed on a redesign of the front, while the rear has been modernised primarily in the area of the bumper and tail lights. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include: the newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, the new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and the modified centre console with the innovative touchpad. Once again the dimensions of the GLS bear witness to its full-size format, and form the best possible basis for providing its seven passengers with a generous amount of space:

Length

5130 mm

Width

1934 mm

Height

1850 mm

Wheelbase

3075 mm

The new GLS reflects harmony and modern luxury to impressive effect. Chrome-look details such as the roof rails, underbody protection, beltline trim strips, luggage compartment handle and side sill trim create attractive highlights.

The model range

The entry level GLS 350 d, offers an outstanding value proposition for customers. Utilising an efficient 3.0L V6 diesel engine, the vehicle produces 190 kW and 620 Nm, and is coupled with a 9G-TRONIC transmission. In addition to the efficient new transmission, which arrives as standard on all non-AMG models, the new GLS now arrives with COMAND Online navigation, Apple CarPlayTM, an LED Intelligent Light System, DYNAMIC SELECT with 5 driving modes, and 20” 10-Spoke wheels, over the previous model.

Enhancing the value in this variant, the GLS 350 d Sport incorporates a newly designed AMG Line Exterior, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with active roll stabilisation, Tyre pressure monitoring system and metallic paint as standard. In addition, Nappa Leather, an AMG Line Interior and 21” AMG wheels arrive as standard equipment over the previous generation’s model.
Producing a maximum output of 335kW and 700Nm from its 4.7L V8 engine, the GLS 500 produces powerful and dynamic driving capabilities in conjunction with the 9G-TRONIC transmission, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. In addition to the equipment arriving on the GLS 350 d models, the GLS 500 adds even greater value to the range including: a panoramic glass electric sunroof with slide/tilt function, Luxury Front Seats with heating and ventilation, Heated second row seats, an Anti-theft protection package and a Digital TV tuner.

Completing the range, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 continues the ‘One man, One Engine’ philosophy from Mercedes-AMG to deliver outstanding performance: accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The AMG GLS 63 produces 430 kW of power and 760 Nm of torque from its 5.5L V8 engine. The performance oriented AMG variant also gains further specification over the GLS 500 including an AMG Driver’s package (top speed increased to 270 kph), 4MATIC all-wheel drive with 40:60 rear bias, DYNAMIC SELECT including Sport+ driving mode, 22” AMG Wheels, AMG Sports Suspension, an AMG High Performance Brake system, Power closing doors and an AIR-BALANCE package.

Luxury liner with outstanding inner values

Accompanying the high exterior design quality is the revised interior which underscores the first-class claim of the GLS. The interior boasts what is an S-Class standard among SUVs. Furthermore, up to seven passengers are able to enjoy an outstanding level of spaciousness. Like its predecessor, the new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows. With its diverse adjustment options, the centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the luggage compartment. This provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres. In addition, the GLS offers a maximum load compartment length of 2124 mm and a payload capacity of up to 805 kg.

Maximum safety for seven passengers

The equipment level of the new GLS in the area of active safety underscores Mercedes-Benz’s high standards when it comes to assisting the driver. Driver assistance systems fitted as standard include: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, DISTRONIC PLUS with Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE‑SAFE® PLUS, PRE-SAFE® Brake and the electronic all-wheel drive traction system 4ETS. Optimal protection potential is provided by the passive occupant protection systems together with the “electronic crumple zones” of the assistance systems and the intelligent body design. Adaptive, two-stage airbags for driver and front passenger, kneebag for the driver and front passenger (combined thorax/pelvisbags) and windowbags across all three seat rows are also part of the standard specification, among other features.

Night-time vision is improved by the standard LED Intelligent Light System, while the heated adaptive windscreen wiper system with purposeful, efficient water distribution (Standard on the AMG GLS 63).

Comprehensive stability: DYNAMIC SELECT, AIRMATIC with enhanced ADS and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM

With DYNAMIC SELECT, the new GLS provides up to six transmission modes. In addition to the settings COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, with the DYNAMIC SELECT Controller in the centre console, the driver can additionally choose INDIVIDUAL or the OFF-ROAD mode for light terrain. If the GLS model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, the OFF-ROAD+ mode is also available. With this, the low-range gearbox and centre differential lock also intervene if necessary in order to ensure a high degree of driveability in demanding off-road terrain. This is further boosted by the expanded functions of the AIRMATIC air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 306 millimetres and thus a fording depth of up to 600 millimetres.

Apart from the ground-breaking powertrain configuration, the retuned AIRMATIC air suspension with further advanced ADS damping characteristics guarantees extremely stable handling. The damping system changes its priorities depending on the preselected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. SPORT focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride quality. Conversely, COMFORT mode enables maximum ride quality with the best possible dynamics.

The optional active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM uses active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle and reduces the roll angle of the body during cornering. Better driving comfort both when cornering and on straights and extended off-road capabilities are also part of the advantages of the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.

Completely modernised SUV family from Mercedes-Benz

With the new GLS, Mercedes-Benz now offers the newest and most comprehensive premium SUV range ever. The portfolio now extends from the compact GLA and the all-new GLC, to the successful GLE and GLE Coupé, the new GLS, and the grandfather of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the iconic G-Class.

Launching in April 2016, the exciting new GLS range is now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended list price is as follows:

  • GLS 350 d 4MATIC – $116,900 (MRLP)
  • GLS 350 d 4MATIC Sport – $135,900 (MRLP)
  • GLS 500 4MATIC – $161,900 (MRLP)
  • AMG GLS 63 4MATIC – $217,900 (MRLP)

The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the GLS 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.

•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

The New Generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Pricing and Specification announced

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Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specification for the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class which goes on sale in January 2016. Combining benchmark driving dynamics and safety technologies with enhanced design and connectivity features, the new A-Class is sportier than ever, and ready for a new generation.  

“The progressive new A-Class continues the success story of our compact car range” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “Since 2013, the A-Class model range has enhanced the youthful appeal of our brand, and been one of the real highlights in our product offensive. This latest generation delivers even greater comfort and value to our customers.”

The model range

The new generation A-Class model range provides exceptional value right from the entry level A 180. Consuming just 5.8 L/100km from a 1.6 L turbocharged engine, the A 180 includes 17” wheels, Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation, Blind Spot Assist, reversing camera, KEYLESS Start, DYNAMIC SELECT and a Diamond Grille in black as standard.

The A 200 (petrol) produces 115 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque from a 1.6 L engine and includes 18” wheels, a Mirror Package and sports seats with lumber support in addition to the entry level equipment. Sharing the identical level of specification, the A 200 d consumes just 4.2 L/100km, while producing 100kW and 300Nm from a 2.1 L diesel engine.

The A 250 Sport 4MATIC now produces 160 kW of power in combination with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. Arriving with 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard, the A 250 Sport 4MATIC also includes 18” AMG wheels, AMG Bodystyling, AMG Ride Control suspension, LED fixed headlamps, KEYLESS-GO, a panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting with 12 colours.

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC delivers performance that is unrivalled in its class – the new car accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and produces a maximum output of 280 kW and a peak torque of 475 Nm. The revised gear ratios, aerodynamic fine-tuning and the new AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes raise overall performance to a higher level, and underline the claim to leadership in this market segment. Completely new for the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC, the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package sharpens up the vehicle dynamics even further. One major component is the newly developed, mechanical front axle locking differential, which significantly improves traction in sporty driving environments. The greatest advantages become apparent during fast acceleration out of bends, where the locking differential allows maximum grip and high rates of lateral acceleration. 

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC arrives with 19” AMG wheels, AMG Performance Seats, AMG Performance Exhaust, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT (including Race Mode), COMAND Navigation, Harman Kardon DISTRONIC PLUS and Heated Front Seats as standard.

The chassis: comfort at the touch of a button

With DYNAMIC SELECT, the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning to meet the driver’s perference. The four optional driving modes include “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” settings. DYNAMIC SELECT allows a particularly broad range of setting options in combination with the new suspension with adaptive damping, including Comfort mode with comfortable damping characteristics and Sport mode for a sporty and more taut damper set-up. All models are equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT as standard.

“With the DYNAMIC SELECT driving programme selector, the new chassis with adaptive damping and LED high-performance headlamps, the new generation of the A-Class demonstrates just how high the level of innovation can be in this segment”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Already familiar from the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S,    AMG DYNAMIC SELECT now also allows the widest possible selection of driving dynamics in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC. To this end, five driving modes including “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +”, “Individual” and “Race” are available for selection. 

The design: dynamically curved surfaces and a fresh ambience

Striking lines, dynamically curved surfaces and coupé-like window lines characterise the exterior of the A-Class, following the design philosophy of sensual purity. With a diamond grille, new LED high-performance headlamps (standard on the A 250 Sport 4MATIC and AMG A 45 4MATIC), and newly designed tail lamps with dual tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper, the new generation emphasises the sportiness and dynamics of the successful compact class model series.

With its dramatic design in the style of the successful MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team, the special “Motorsport Edition” model will particularly appeal to racing fans. Available on the A 250 Sport 4MATIC, Petronas green highlights adorn the rim flanges of the AMG wheels, AMG rear aerofoil, areas of the front and rear bumper trim, and exterior mirrors. Eye-catching details are also carried into the interior including Petronas green surrounds of the air vents and the contrasting topstitching.

Outstanding levels of safety

With numerous driving assistance systems from the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST to DISTRONIC PLUS, the A-Class provides occupants with comprehensive support and protection. The A-Class range arrives with a host of standard safety technologies including: 9 Airbags, PRE-SAFE®, Blind Spot Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS and an Active Bonnet. The         Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC also arrives with DISTRONIC PLUS and Lane Keeping Assist (Passive) as standard.

Multimedia: Trailblazer in smartphone integration
The new-generation A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available (from December production) with comprehensive smartphone integration: Apple® CarPlay® (for iPhone® owners). In the case of e.g. Apple® CarPlay® the system supports telephoning, navigation and listening to music, receiving and sending text messages and emails as well as Siri voice control.

The exciting new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class range is now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended retail list price is as follows:

2016 A-Class Pricing

  • A 180: $37,200 (MRLP)
  • A 200: $42,800 (MRLP)
  • A 200 d: $43,300 (MRLP)
  • A 250 Sport 4MATIC: $53,300 (MRLP)
  • Mercedes-AMG A 45: $77,900 (MRLP)

Important noteThe price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the A-Classrange.

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.

•The attached pricing is an MRLP
•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 the authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific state.

Fake Wheels Fail even at low speed

 

 The fake wheel (left) and the genuine wheel (right).

Engineers compare the fake wheel to the genuine wheel.The genuine wheel was undamaged at 50km/h in the pothole test.

The makers of the fake wheel even copied “Made In Germany” on the back of the wheel – but then have ground this off.Some fake wheels had Made In China stamped on them.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber (left) and FCAI Delegate and Committee Chair David McCarthy with the broken fake wheel and undamaged genuine wheel after the pothole test.The fake wheel broke every time in the pothole test at 50km/h.

 

A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried out by the Australian automotive industry and saw Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and GM Holden team up to demonstrate to consumers the serious safety risks that can be associated with fake parts.
Using imitation Mercedes-Benz wheels purchased online from an Australian-based seller, engineers set out to compare them to genuine wheels in an impact test.
The test was a pothole test, which saw fake wheels break apart at just 50km/h. This occurred in separate tests, one in which the point of impact was close to a spoke and one where the point of impact was midway between the spokes. Under the same tests, the genuine wheels sustained no visible damage.
“The genuine wheels performed safely under the same test and didn’t receive any visible damage while the fake wheels disintegrated at just 50km/h. This is the speed limit for residential areas in most parts of Australia,” Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive and Genuine Is Best spokesperson Tony Weber said.
“To make matters worse, when the fake wheels broke apart, sharp metal shards were flung off and landed many metres away, potentially putting passers-by at risk.”
Mercedes-Benz Australia Senior Engineer for Engineering, Certification and Testing Timothy Clarke said the low speed at which disintegration occurred was concerning.
“Travelling at 50km/h is a real-world speed and you can easily see people encountering this situation. A piece of rim breaking away is not only dangerous for the people in the car but also for those on the side of the road considering how far the piece flew. Based on those sorts of results I wouldn’t want to put those rims on my car,” Mr Clarke said.
Mr Weber said that it was horrifying to think what would happen if these wheels were on a family car that hit a pothole at highway speeds.
“You would have had an absolute tragedy if this breakage happened with a family on board at highway speeds. And the truth is these wheels could very well be on a family car on Australian roads – when we bought these wheels we discovered they were part of a larger shipment so there are more dangerous wheels exactly like this in the country, and possibly already on cars.
“And think about this, once they are on a car and then that car is sold second-hand, how would the new owner know or even suspect that these were dangerous fake wheels?”
Mr Weber said the decision was made to highlight wheels through this test because they are a common and easy part of a vehicle for car owners to change.
“Wheels are such a popular part for consumers to replace, whether it’s to make their car look sportier or to personalise it. But what people need to remember is that while different wheels change the look, they could also change the car’s safety performance,” Mr Weber said.
“And this is more than just about wheels – your car is built with genuine parts. Genuine parts are tested by the maker of your car for quality and safety. So when it comes to replacing any of them it’s vital to do so with a genuine part.
“Just recently we had the oil filter and airbag cable alerts – the Australian automotive industry is in a constant battle with counterfeiters and their potentially dangerous parts.
“We are urging Australians – please don’t risk it. It might be tempting to buy a set of cheap imitation wheels but don’t be conned – it’s not worth it. The way you can be totally sure you’re getting a genuine part is to buy it through the vehicle maker’s authorised supply chain.”

THE SCIENCE, METHODOLOGY AND FULL RESULTS

THE AIM
The goal of this test was to compare the performance of genuine versus non-genuine rims in a controlled test environment simulating typical Australian road conditions.
THE METHOD
Wheels
The fake wheels chosen for the test were imitations of a Mercedes-AMG multispoke wheel seen on CLA 45 AMG, A45 AMG and C63 AMG models.
The fake wheel size was 19×8-inch with a 5x112mm stud pattern – the same as the genuine CLA 45 AMG wheel. While the fake wheel’s 43mm offset was 5mm less than that of the genuine CLA 45 AMG wheel, engineers from Mercedes-Benz and Holden agreed this difference would not affect test results.
Initial analysis of the wheels indicated that they were cast from a mould of a previous generation C63 AMG wheel, complete with Mercedes-Benz identification codes.
Weighing 12.77kg the fake wheels were 0.46kg heavier than the genuine C63 AMG wheel they were likely cast off and 0.35kg lighter than the genuine CLA 45 AMG multispoke wheel.
The fake wheels were found to be only slightly unbalanced.
Genuine and non-genuine wheels were fitted with a control tyre for the test. This was the same tyre Mercedes-Benz fits as standard to its Mercedes-AMG wheels – in this case a Continental ContisportContact in 235/35 ZR 19 size.
Purchasing
Four sets of the fake wheels were purchased through an Australian-based online store. The wheels were advertised for sale as new and suitable for a CLA 45 AMG.
Cars
Mercedes-Benz provided a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake vehicle for the test. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle for each run of the test. Apart from the driver the vehicle was unladen. The vehicle was fitted with calibrated GPS measuring equipment to accurately determine and record the vehicle’s speed.
People involved
Overseeing the test was Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground Vehicle Safety Manager who was assisted by the proving ground and test lab’s engineering manager and a specialist engineer.
From Mercedes-Benz Australia there was a senior engineer for engineering, certification and testing and a technical support manager.
Behind the wheel of the vehicle was a Holden test driver.
Venue
General Motors Holden’s Proving Ground at Lang Lang was used for the test. The proving ground’s Pothole No.3 is a specially calibrated steel well with a gentle sloping entry and steep exit slope to replicate a pothole a driver could encounter in real-world Australian road conditions. In the test only the wheels on the right-hand side of the vehicle ran over the pothole.
THE RESULTS
The following table shows the damage to the front right wheel after each run though the pothole test. A new wheel was used for each run.

Run

Speed

Wheel

Result

1

50 km/h

Fake

Major damage, section of rim broken off – approx. 100mm (impact between spokes)

2

50 km/h

Genuine

No visible damage (impact at spoke)

3

50 km/h

Genuine

No visible damage (impact at spoke)

4

50 km/h

Genuine

No visible damage (impact at spoke)

5

50 km/h

Fake

Major damage, section of rim broken off – approx. 100mm (impact at spoke)

6

50 km/h

Genuine

No visible damage to rim (impact at spoke)

7

50 km/h

Genuine

No visible damage to rim (impact between spokes)

CONCLUSION
The pot hole test clearly demonstrated that the fake wheels were unable to match the stress tolerances of the genuine wheels at 50km/h.
At just 50km/h the fake wheels broke on impact while the genuine wheels remained visibly undamaged.
ENGINEER’S OBESERVATION
“It should be noted that the vehicle impact speed in the pothole testing was 50km/h and the vehicle was almost at its lowest possible mass. In many real-world driving situations the vehicle could be travelling at both a higher speed and loaded to a higher mass. In these higher energy scenarios the structural performance of the fake wheel would be expected to be even lower than that observed in our testing,” GM Holden Vehicle Safety Manager.