Mercedes-Benz News

  • First Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle delivery, Newport Beach, Dec 2010

    It's the week of green-car delivery publicity. Nissan delivered its first Leaf in San Francisco Saturday (and three more in San Diego, Portland, and Southern California this week), and not to be left out, Chevy delivered a Volt this morning in New Jersey. Well, damnit, says Mercedes-Benz, we delivered our own green car too! Indeed, yesterday, the company handed over the keys (or keyless fob, we're not sure which) to a brand-new 2011 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell at the Mercedes-Benz Newport Beach dealership. It is the first of about 70 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles it is offering on three-year...

  • Pope Benedict XVI (via PacificCoastNews)
    Pope Benedict XVI Gets Charged, Blesses Electric Cars

    He’s the Pontiff to over 1.6 billion people worldwide. But until now, His Holiness The Pope has attended appointments in his fleet of heavily modified and heavily armored Mercedes SUVs. But the Vatican told the press earlier to day that His Holiness was keen to partake of the pleasures of...

  • Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid
    Small, Powerful Engines: Four-Cylinder Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    We talk quite a lot about how global regulations aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions will lead to much smaller, more powerful engines. Latest case in point? Would you believe a four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Just to be clear, this is the big Benz. The one beloved...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Magic Sky Control roof
    Mercedes-Benz Sheds Some Light On Its ‘Magic Sky Control’ Roof

    Many are waiting with baited breath for the unveiling of the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK, the company’s smallest convertible. However, with that event still a couple of months away, Mercedes is trying to keep us on the edge of our seats with more information on their “Magic Sky...

  • Mercedes-Benz DiesOtto engine
    Mercedes Pushing Ahead With DiesOtto Sparkless Ignition Technology

    When it comes to advanced powertrains, most of the automotive sector has congregated around hybrid and electric technology such as parallel hybrids, range-extended electric vehicles or pure electrics. However, just a few years back, several automakers, such as Volkswagen, General Motors and...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept, released at 2010 Paris Motor Show
    UPDATE: 2010 Paris Motor Show: Guide To Electric Vehicles

    The 2010 Paris Motor Show is upon us and amongst the supercars and superminis lie a veritable feast of electric vehicles. Whilst we've known about many of the cars due to be shown for a little while now, for many it will be the first opportunity to see the newest EV concepts and production cars up...

  • Mercedes-Benz Reporter plug-in hybrid pickup truck concept, from MBtech

    If you're all about saving gasoline--or "displacing petroleum," as energy wonks say--then the place to start may not be passenger cars. It may be commercial vehicles. From electric trucks in urban delivery fleets to more efficient hybrid-electric powertrains, there's a lot of innovation happening on the green truck side. The latest is a plug-in hybrid pickup truck "concept study" from MBtech, shown last week at a German commercial vehicle show in Hanover. It will also be on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show later this week. The group is the Mercedes-Benz technology consultancy that focuses...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)
    Latest Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive Licensee: Mercedes-Benz ???

    Toyota leads the world in hybrid-electric vehicles, having built well over 2 million of them since 1997. That's more than half the hybrids on the planet. Now, with new electric cars about to hit the showrooms--the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, for example--Toyota wants to cement its...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept
    Audi A1 E-Tron Pilot Project To Start In Munich, 2011

    With BMW slowly revealing further details of their upcoming Megacity EV and teasing us with the 2009 MINI E, and Mercedes-Benz giving us the A-Class E-Cell, it was only a matter of time before rival Audi hit the roads with their own small EV. Revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March, their...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell: Full Details on Electric Hatchback for Europe

    Joining the electric-vehicle party, Mercedes-Benz has released final details of its first mass-produced all-electric car, which will start coming down the line in October at its plant in Rastatt, Germany. Its formal debut will be at the 2010 Paris Motor Show later this month. Don't get your hopes...

  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell Set For 2010 Paris Auto Show Debut

    As reported earlier, Mercedes-Benz will be launching a new all-electric version of its entry-level A-Class model dubbed the A-Class E-Cell. This limited production model is being developed together with Tesla and will reportedly make its world debut next month at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Daimler...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
    Only One Hybrid Car Pays Back Its Owners; Know Which One?

    One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the U.S. The extra money you spend on a hybrid isn't returned in gas savings, say critics. Well, that may be true, especially when regular gasoline is averaging $2.77 a...

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

    Back in March we first reported that German auto giant Daimler was partnering with Chinese automaker and battery specialist BYD to further develop electric vehicle technology and help accelerate their production. While few actual details of the partnership were revealed at the signing, we now have reports claiming Mercedes-Benz will supply its first-generation B-Class as a rolling chassis for BYD to install its electric drive systems in. While Mercedes-Benz is expected to launch a second-generation and U.S.-bound B-Class next year, the older model will reportedly continue to be sold in the...

  • Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
    Mercedes-Benz Launches Trial Of Vito E-Cell All-Electric Van

    Electric vehicles are ideal for hopping around town, making frequent stops and carrying heavy loads, so it’s not surprising to see the major automakers roll out all-electric commercial vans in addition to more mainstream models. The latest is Mercedes-Benz, which has unveiled its new Vito E-Cell...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell at Silvretta E-Rally
    Mercedes-Benz Puts Electric Cars To Test at Silvretta E-Rally

    At the renowned Silvretta Classic Rally in Montafon, Austria, 24 electric cars drove amongst the vintage cars that typically compete in this mountain race. The rally, cutting through the Austrian Alps, is demanding for the drivers and cars alike. The initial lineup of cars runs across the gamut...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
    Yellow Is The New Green As Mercedes Bares All With SLS AMG E-Cell

    Remember the bright yellow Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell prototype we wrote about back in June? Equipped with a four-motor, all-wheel-drive system the SLS AMG E-Cell is capable of putting out more than 525 horsepower onto the road and packs electric supercar performance into the iconic gullwing body. As...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell electric vehicle (image via Auto Bild)
    Move Over Tesla. There’s a Mercedes Gullwing SLS AMG E-Cell Behind You.

    Until now the words electric, car and Mercedes have had an uncomfortable union. While Mercedes' cheapest car, the diminutive Smart ForTwo, has an electric version, its 62.5 mph top speed is hardly enough to get car buyers excited about converting to electric. But Mercedes super-sexy, bright yellow...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
    Mercedes-Benz Diesels And Hybrids: Green Goodness, Slow Sales?

    Mercedes-Benz offers a clean-diesel Bluetec version of each of its large utility vehicles, the R-Class, GL-Class, and M-Class, along with a Hybrid version of the ML. But even combined, the standard gasoline versions of these vehicles are still far ou

  • Smart ED (electric drive) on the road in the U.K.

    Building hundreds of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its dealerships across the UK is Mercedes-Benz’s (and Smart’s) way of welcoming a new era of motoring. Expecting a rapid roll-out of plug-in hybrid and EVs in coming years, the automaker is rapidly preparing to build a welcoming environment for electric-only driving. The charging stations are being supplied by British Elektromotive and already 20 units have been delivered to seven different dealerships comprising both the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. The aim is to make the transition from gasoline or diesel powered cars...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec Adds Clean Diesel to S-Class

    Continuing to diversify the green powertrain options it offers to buyers, Mercedes-Benz will add a clean-diesel model to its largest sedan line, the S-Class. The new 2011 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC sedan joins this year's S400 Hybrid, which adds a mild hybrid system with a 15-kilowatt electric...

  • Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors
    If Musk Ever Leaves Tesla, Daimler Will Help Choose New CEO

    What would happen if the charismatic CEO responsible for the 2009 Tesla Roadster -- the most sexy electric sports car to hit the roads of the U.S. this century -- were to leave the Silicon Valley startup company he co-founded? Now we know: The possibly less-sexy, less-charismatic, less-electrified...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-CLass
    2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class: Refined Summer Fun

    This Smaller Cousin Of the SL Defines Small Convertible Luxury

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    Onslaught Of Mercedes-Benz Compacts Coming In Next Five Years

    Governments around the world are bowing to public pressure to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases their respective countries produce, and more often than not, the first sector they look at is the auto industry. Here in the U.S. the government has imposed a tough 35.5 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy...

  • Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
    Earth Day Special: The 'Hybridest' Green Cities in the U.S.

    Today is Earth Day, and in honor of that event--it started 40 years ago as a nationwide teach-in on environmental issues--we bring you a list of the greenest cities in the United States. It's not actually our list; it comes from Cars.com, which based its ranking on the percentage of car shoppers...