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Borrowing from its Formula 1 racing program, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be available with a 48-Volt KERS (kinetic energy regeneration system) mild hybrid system. The KERS operates by capturing kinetic energy that is ordinarily lost to heat while braking and sends it to a spinning flywheel, which in the case of the C-Class is […]

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To keep the Mercedes-Benz sales momemtum growing in China, parent Daimler could manufacture electric cars and batteries locally, according to the company’s marketing head Hubertus Troska. Since the beginning of 2016, Mercedes cars have carved a 28-percent sales increase in China after refreshing designs that gave a sportier appearance along with an upmarket feel that […]

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Mercedes-Benz is rapidly electrifying its model lineup as evidenced by the next-generation A-Class and B-Class versions being offered with gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrains. Due up first is the subcompact A-Class (example pictured above), which spy photographers have caught testing at Germany’s Nürburgring. Both vehicles will be built on the new MFA 2 platform, which was […]

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German automaker Mercedes-Benz is questioning whether it should continue offering diesel-powered vehicles in America as the demand for diesels in the U.S. continues to slide downward. Speaking with Automotive News at last week’s auto show in Los Angeles, Matthias Luehrs, Vice President of Sales and Product Management for Mercedes-Benz, said his company is conducting market […]

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After the unveiling of the new battery electric sub brand “EQ” at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche said that it would be the leading seller of electric vehicles in nine years. When asked if Tesla is the EQ’s main competitor, Zetsche gave as affirmative reply. “At that point in time, obviously yes. We […]

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At the close of media days at the Paris Motor Show last Friday, BMW confirmed an earlier Friday report by Bloomberg News that it would produce battery electric versions of its popular X3 crossover SUV and Mini models. Automotive News is reporting that BMW’s Chief Executive Officer, Harald Krueger, told Bloomberg that the electric Mini […]

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Just two months after unveiling a prototype, today Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off a pre-production version of its battery electric Urban eTruck. The truck, on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, is Mercedes’ vision of the future for short-range commercial deliveries. Based on a heavy-duty distribution truck chassis, the eTruck is […]

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Monterey Car Week, a part of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, in northern California has become a showcase for concept and production luxury car introductions. But yesterday’s reveal at the event by a joint project between a Beirut, Lebanon and a China-based company was a complete surprise — a battery-electric minivan. The ICONIQ Seven […]

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In June, HybridCars.com reported that Mercedes-Benz was considering a new brand name for its upcoming line of all-electric vehicles, and it now appears the luxury carmaker has made a decision. According to Autoexpress, recent trademark applications have been filled by the company with the prefix “EQ.” The firm has asked to register everything from EQA […]

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Last March, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum said that within two years the company would have something not powered by a gasoline engine available in the lineup. Now, according to Automobile magazine, the Tata-owned British automaker will have two of those somethings in the lineup: a battery-electric large luxury sedan and an all-electric small crossover […]

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