The New Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet: The Ultimate in Open-Air Exclusivity

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The first cabriolet from the Mercedes‑Maybach brand is celebrating its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is all set to hit markets in the spring of 2017 – limited to 300 examples and with a net price tag of 300,000 euros. The high-end appointments in the interior make up part of the vehicle’s special characteristics. Unique features include nine additional colour concepts for the interior, the trim – optionally refined with “flowing lines” – plus the hand-finished craftsmanship of the leather seats with perforations in a waterfall-style look. The drive system requirements are catered for by the 6.0‑litre V12 engine with an output of 463 kW (630 hp).

A glimpse into the future of the luxury brand was provided by the Vision Mercedes‑Maybach 6, which celebrated its European premiere at the Paris Motor Show just a few weeks ago. This is now being followed by the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, a series production model which, with its ultimate open-air exclusivity, embodies modern luxury and represents the design philosophy of Sensual Purity: it is both hot and cool at the same time. Worldwide just 300 examples of this open-top four-seater model will be produced.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is based on the open-top S‑Class and has adopted the latter’s classic aesthetic proportions, among other features, with highlights which include the dynamic silhouette with coupé-like soft top and the sidewall dropping line which slopes down towards the rear. Exclusive Mercedes-Maybach features include a new front bumper with upgraded lower section and also numerous chrome highlights to visibly enhance the special aspirations of luxury. The Maybach emblem is discreetly but elegantly featured on the vehicle’s wing. Other special elements on the exterior include the high-quality 20‑inch Maybach forged wheels in a powerful design and a bichromatic finish. On opening the doors, the Maybach logo is projected onto the floor by means of entrance lighting.

Source : DAIMLER

 

The New Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe: The Sportiest C-Class

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe

Mercedes-AMG is setting a further landmark in the brand history: the new C 63 Coupe is the next step on the way to yet more technical and visual distinctiveness. The far-reaching technical modifications are evident at first sight: strikingly flared front and rear wheel arches, an increased track width and larger wheels give the Coupe a muscular look while at the same time providing a basis for the highly agile longitudinal and lateral dynamics.

The brand’s typical “Driving Performance” is taken to new heights also with the C 63 Coupe. The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp) is just as much a completely in-house development from Affalterbach as, for example, the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the set-up of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the rear-axle limited-slip differential or the dynamic engine mounts.

The C-Class is Mercedes-AMG’s best-selling model series and forms the backbone of the company’s success. Since its launch in 2011, the Coupé version has steadily gained in significance, culminating with the C 63 AMG Coupé “Black Series”. “The new C 63 Coupe embodies our conception of progress: It offers impressive longitudinal and lateral dynamics at an extremely high level along with improved fuel economy,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “In addition, we are making a bold visual statement with the muscular design. Our customers can therefore experience the progress with each of their senses: seeing, hearing, feeling and, above all, driving!”

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will celebrate its world premiere on 15 September 2015 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). The market launch will begin in March 2016.

Source : DAIMLER

 

Mercedes-Benz’s “Intelligent Drive” Philosophy

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At Mercedes-Benz “Intelligent Drive” stands for the networking of systems, sensors and algorithms for enhanced comfort and safety. The drive system also benefits from the increasing level of intelligence on board vehicles. Following the Mercedes-Benz S-Class PLUG-IN HYBRID, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e provides a further example of dynamism and efficiency combined in impressive guise. The anticipatory operating strategy opens up a new dimension in driving. And the autonomously driving research car F 015 Luxury in Motion heralds a revolution in mobility, showing how “Intelligent Drive” might look like in the future.
Numerous new systems and sensors make Mercedes-Benz vehicles even more comfortable and even safer – and even more efficient and dynamic, too, as the intelligent operating strategy of the new Plug-In Hybrid controls the ideal interaction of combustion engine and electric motor in the background. The strategy not only adapts to the battery’s charge status, but also anticipates the course of the road or the traffic situation. The enhanced vehicle sensing technology featuring multi-stage radar sensors and enhanced cameras is employed for this purpose. Intelligent innovations such as the so-called haptic accelerator pedal additionally help the driver to save fuel in certain driving situations.

 

Source: Daimler

 

BMW and Daimler Developing Wireless Inductive Charging System

BMW and Daimler – Munich.

BMW and Daimler Developing Wireless Charging System

Systems (similar already in development by Toyota and Volvo) for inductive charging of high-voltage batteries are the next step forward for energy supply. BMW and Daimler have been jointly developing a universal wireless charging system that makes the whole charging process easier without having to attach the vehicle to the various plugs on walls or charging unit. The crucial advantage of inductive power supply over conventional charging stations is the cable-free connection between the supply point and the vehicle’s high-voltage battery. Carmakers BMW and Daimler have signed an agreement on the joint development and implementation of a standardised technology for inductive charging of electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles. BMW and Daimler have developed a much simpler system that consists of only two coils and a plate. A primary coil is situated on the floor underneath the car, while the secondary one is installed in the vehicle floor. The vehicle begins to charge thanks to a magnetic field generated between the two coils with a charging rate of 3.6 kW. The average time it takes for a vehicle to be fully charged at that rate is three hours, but BMW charged the i8 using a prototype in just two hours. In an effort to cut charging times down even more, the German automaker reports it’s looking into increasing the rate to 7 kW. After parking over the plate, charging begins by pushing a button within the vehicle’s own operating system. A feature transmitting data via a WiFi connection between the car and plate helps in positioning the car above the plate. The system works in any type of weather, and will not harm pets that like sleeping underneath cars since it will shut off if it detects a foreign object in its path.

BMW and Daimler Developing Wireless Charging System

The related BMW Official Press release specifies that the further development target is to minimise the charging time for contactless power transmission. At a charging rate of 3.6 kilowatts, the high-voltage batteries in many plug-in hybrid vehicles can be fully charged in under three hours. It takes less than two hours to charge the BMW i8 using a fully working prototype of an inductive charging station. In order to make allowance for the higher storage capacities of high-voltage batteries in pure-electric vehicles, the future technology standard also foresees the possibility of increasing the charging rate to 7 kW. This ensures that the battery in the BMW i3 could still be fully charged overnight when using the inductive system.

BMW and Daimler Developing Wireless Charging System
As with today’s BMW i Wallbox, the inductive power supply systems of the future will also make it possible to activate and monitor the charging process from a smartphone. The relevant smartphone app will let drivers call up the data transmitted online on the battery’s charge status, for instance, or the time remaining until charging is complete.

Source: BMW Group, BMW Press

New Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour – World Premiere

New Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour – Looking forward to the new smart vehicles.

The waiting is almost over: in just a few days time the new Smart Fortwo and its big brother Smart Forfour will make their début. On Wednesday, 16 July Smart will be presenting the vehicles to the press and the eyes of the world at Tempodrom in Berlin.

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The new Smart Fortwo will be built in “Smartville” in the French town of Hambach and the Smart Forfour will roll off the production line in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

Both vehicles remain true Smarts: the new Smart Fortwo keeps its present short  length of just 2.69 metres – making it the ultimate city car. With a compact length of 3.49 metres the Forfour boasts the largest interior in its class. The compact exterior dimensions and the rear-mounted engines not only make for comfortable interior dimensions, they also give the new smart vehicles excellent handling performance. For example, the Smart Fortwo has a turning circle of just 6.95 metres. Its big brother needs just 8.65 metres to turn and also sets new standards in its vehicle class.

Smart continues to know no compromise when it comes to safety and both new models feature the proven tridion safety cell. What’s more, numerous assistance systems not only make the vehicles manoeuvrable, but also very safe.

Set for North American launch in 2015, the ultra-compact two-seat hatchback represents a fresh chapter in operations for Smart, which has recently gained greater independence from parent company Mercedes-Benz as its boss, Annette Winkler, attempts to stem years of financial losses after almost a decade of rebuilding following its short-lived joint venture with Mitsubishi. Joining the ForTwo in Smart’s new lineup in 2015 will be the all-new second-generation ForFour, a car Winkler says has not yet been approved for sale in North America.

Sources: Daimler, Daimler AG channel on Youtube