A few weeks ago, we brought you news from the launch of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante that the British brand, which is formally known as Aston Martin Lagonda, was still planning on going ahead with a Lagonda-badged crossover. Now comes word that that vehicle could very well be based on a Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
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Mercedes-Benz is taking steps to position itself amongst the automotive technology leaders with help from Google. This week at Google's massive I/O tech convention in San Francisco, Mercedes showed off its new DriveStyle App. Many of the features we're already familiar with, as they come directly from Google.
Automotive News Europe reports Ernst Lieb, the former Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, has lost a wrongful dismissal suit against his former employer. As you may recall, parent company Daimler fired Lieb claiming the 57-year-old executive used company funds to upgrade his personal home, though he has denied the claim all along, going so far as to sue his former employer. All told, Daimler said Lieb spent more than $100,000 to upgrade his company home in Mahwah, New Jersey. The money was allegedly used to
Between our official sneak peek and the endless leaks, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL is officially out of the bag before its debut at next month's Detroit Auto Show. And like its predecessors over the last five decades, the new SL continues to offer S-Class luxury and innovations in a svelte, drop-top package.
Here's the problem with decking out a high-end Mercedes-Benz with a range of infotainment functionality: The average S-Class buyer doesn't use it and the "digital natives" – those born with a mobile phone in their hands – can't afford one. That's set to change, and the Concept A-Class is the beginning.
Daimler AG chief executive officer, Dieter Zetsche, told the Bild newspaper that if the German government doesn't offer subsidies for plug-in vehicles, then the nation will fail to hit its goal of having at least one million plug-ins on its streets by the end of 2020. During a recent interview with the Bild, Zetsche predicted that, without incentives, Germany will have 500,000 electric cars by then.
Mercedes-Benz and Europcar, a Paris-based automotive rental company owned by French investment firm Eurazeo, have teamed up to offer commercial electric van rentals to customers on a trial basis in Hamburg, Germany and Paris by the end of 2011. The deal calls for M-B to supply Europcar with a "double-digit number" of Vito E-Cell electric vans. M-B says that:
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