Get ready for the Mercedes-Benz among pickups: Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup
Stuttgart – Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of about one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.
“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and...
Mercedes GLE officially unveiled
Mercedes has officially unveiled the 2016 GLE, following this afternoon's leak.
Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the GLE is essentially a facelifted M-Class which adopts the company's new nomenclature. As a result, it has a familiar design but features a new front fascia with a revised grille that is flanked by restyled headlights. The rear end has also been "updated cautiously" as it has new LED taillights and a sportier exhaust system.
The AMG variants are a tad more aggressive as they distinguished by a sportier front bumper, a single bar grille and 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a titanium grey finish. The high-performance crossovers also have a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.
The interior largely carries over but drivers will find a new multi-function steering wheel and a...
ALL-NEW 2016 JAGUAR XF REVEALED IN DRAMATIC 'HIGH-WIRE' JOURNEY
• Official global reveal of the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF marked by a three minute, 787ft 'high wire' journey across London's Canary Wharf
• Second generation XF redesigned to deliver better proportions, more interior space and a coupe-like profile
• New aluminum-intensive architecture contributes to a weight savings of 132lbs on RWD models and 265lbs on AWD models
• With the redesign of the XF, the entire Jaguar line-up now features aluminum-intensive construction
• Elegant, progressive design provides additional rear head room, knee room, and leg room
• Launching with a 340hp supercharged V6, as well as a 380hp supercharged V6
• All-new Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system with available 10.2-inch touchscreen and reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster
• All-new full LED headlights available..
After CreativeMarketing there comes the CreativeSales : via BMW Future Retail project:
POP GOES THE BIMMER
BMW tries to win shoppers' time back from third parties
Pop-ups to Geniuses
BMW's year-old Future Retail program includes:
• A dealer facilities program featuring a modern, premium look, sans booths and offices
• Increased use of in-store, smartphone and tablet digital technology. Stores have big flat screens to provide information, configure cars and speed F&I.
• Streamlined dealer processes, including a pilot targeting 8-minute completion for service drive check-in
• Training staff to provide a premium experience that includes concepts such as in-store product Geniuses, a 2nd BMW driving academy and pop-up stores...
Manual Ferraris are always a treat in this paddle-infested world we are living in but would you pay almost $700K for a 2007 599 GTB, just because it has a gated shifter?
Well, one bidder did that, paying $682.000 (about £460.000 or €645.000) for a manual 599 GTB in Amelia Island’s RM Auction, almost half a million more than the estimated $200,000 - $275,000.
The car itself has covered less than 3.800 miles since its delivery from new in Portland, Oregon, making it one of the only 20 manual 599s to exist officially in the United States. Being considered as the last, analog Ferrari V12, the 599 GTB is using essentially a detuned version of the Enzo’s engine, making 620bhp at 7.600rpm with a top speed of 205mph.
With a black-on-black colour combination, the 599 GTB looks menacing enough,...
Florida auto dealer Bill Wallace routinely stages special promotions at his Cadillac and Lincoln dealerships to lure BMW and Lexus owners in for a test drive -- offers such as a free dinner for two or Starbucks coupons.
"We get the lowest response on those types of promotions of anything we do," he says. "But we continue to bang away at it."
For Wallace and other dealers who sell luxury brands such as Cadillac, Lincoln, Acura and Infiniti, banging away is a fact of life. Try as they might, those second-tier brands, with the exception of surging Audi, have struggled to make inroads against the powerful triumvirate at the top: BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus...
The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).
The use of BMW eDrive technology for exceptionally efficient performance as well as...
Opel is developing headlights that shine where you look.
Opel has announced they are developing a new generation of adaptive headlights that shine where the driver is looking.
According to the automaker, the system using a camera - with peripheral infrared sensors and central photo-diodes - to scan the driver’s eyes more than 50 times per second at night. This information is then used to determine where the driver is look so the headlamp actuators react to make both horizontal and vertical adjustments.
Interestingly, engineers had to overcome people's natural and unconscious tendency to jump from one focal point to another in order to prevent the headlight beams from jerking around erratically. In order to do this, they developed a sophisticated delay algorithm which ensures a flowing movement that is subtle.
According to Opel's Director of Lighting Technology, Ingolf Schneider, “We’ve been pursuing this concept of controlling the direction and...
The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II was an early highlight in the success story of exclusive sports saloons from Mercedes-Benz’s compact class. 25 years ago, this apogee of the W 201 model series thrilled professionals and the general public alike when it was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. The touring car developed for Group A racing on the basis of this sports saloon went on to acquire legendary status. Mercedes-Benz took the first three places in the DTM championship in the 1982 season with this vehicle, which was referred to succinctly as the “Evo II”. Today, the Evo II presents a fascinating spectacle as a works racing car from Mercedes-Benz Classic competing in historic motor sport events...
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