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Posts Tagged ‘ Mercedes Benz ’

You Thought The Batmobile Was Dope?


With the release of Justice League in just a month’s time, the movie’s marketing is about to come into full effect. This featurette reveals the decisions Zack Snyder and his team took in selecting cars that reflect the characters of Diana Prince and Bruce Wayne.  Diana will drive an E- Class Cabriolet while Bruce will get behind the wheel of the Vision Gran Turismo – a concept car created specifically for the Gran Turismo video game. Some footage of the cast on set can also be seen.  Check the method below.

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The future a la Mercedes-Benz


“A chill-out zone in the midst of the mega city traffic mayhem,” Mercedes-Benz calls its latest self-driving concept car, the Vision Tokyo — so named because it’s being introduced this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Chill-out zone” actually seems fair, because the interior of this smooth, silver bean of technology is an arc-shaped couch, where up to five passengers can, in fact, chill out.

There’s nothing production-ready about the Vision Tokyo — everything from the fuel cell drive train to the futuristic wraparound displays in the interior is a dream of a far-off world, though Mercedes deserves some credit for focusing on a singularly executed theme: all of its concept cars this year, starting with the F 015 at January’s CES, have looked like birds of a feather. Outside, there’s the otherworldly silver paint covering everything, glass included; blue LED accents around the perimeter make the car look like a prop from Tron and communicate the vehicle’s self-driving intentions to nearby pedestrians (another trick borrowed from the F 015).

Autonomous mode is clearly the focus considering the seating layout, but it’s still possible to take control — a “jump seat” unfurls and a steering wheel pops out on command. That’s not very chill, though; members of Generation Z (who Mercedes says the Vision Tokyo is for) want “personal contact whenever possible,” which they can get with the face-to-face arrangement while the car drives itself.

Among the stranger features Mercedes has envisioned here is a hologram projection system for showing apps and maps in three-dimensional space. There’s also a trick windscreen that will show a graphic equalizer — think a music visualizer from back in the Winamp days — whenever the occupants are listening to music. (Not to say you necessarily want the people outside your car to know what you’re listening to, but it’d look cool, at least.) All this is tied to an emissions-free drivetrain that Mercedes says is good for 980 kilometers (609 miles) — 190 kilometers in electric-only mode and another 790 kilometers in the hydrogen fuel cell.

The exterior of the Vision Tokyo is “comparable” to a “mid-series vehicle” in its dimensions. Arguably, even that’s too big for Tokyo, a hyper-dense city where subminiature “Kei cars” are extremely popular. But if you want to fit five people and play with three-dimensional apps, this concept might be your best choice.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo for Gran Turismo 6


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Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its latest supercar, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, but there’s a catch. The supercar you see here was designed exclusively for “Gran Turismo 6,” meaning that no road-going versions of this model will be produced. However, Mercedes-Benz did create this 1:1 scale model for the opening of its new Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California. The AMG Vision Gran Turismo features an AMG V8 with 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, and an aluminum space frame with carbon fiber components to keep the weight down. Like the recent Mercedes-Benz SLS and the 300SL from the ’50s, the Vision Gran Turismo comes complete will gullwing doors. Players will be able to drive the new supercar when “Gran Turismo 6″ launches in December.

Shwood for Mercedes-Benz Capsule Collection


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Oregon-based eyewear brand Shwood – who have become well-known for their specialist wood frames – have teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to produce a limited edition series of sunglasses to commemorate the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored New York Fashion Week. The series sees Shwood’s classic Belmont and Canby silhouettes crafted from certain dashboards found in the all-new Mercedes-Benz 2014 S-Class with finishes including Metallized Ash, Black Polar, Brown Sunburst Myrtle, and Burl Walnut.

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Mercedes-Benz experimenting with Google Glass


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Mercedes-Benz’s North American R&D chief claims the ultimate goal is to use Google’s head-worn computer to create a seamless GPS system. Despite the fact that Gary C. Howell, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, is currently trying to pass a bill that would make them illegal while driving, Mercedes-Benz’s US research and development arm is hard at work developing in-car applications for Google Glass. In an interview with Business Journal this week, Johann Jungwirth, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, says that the company’s ultimate goal is to create a “seamless” door-to-door transition between pedestrian directions and in-car GPS. The idea being that the information displayed via the headset automatically switches from in-car navigation to on-foot directions the moment the driver kills the engine and alights from his or her luxury German sedan. The contextual awareness of Google Glass would mean that a destination would only have to be entered once to cover the journey, no matter how many different forms of transport were required to arrive at a destination. As a device, Google Glass is still also very much in its own R&D phase. Only a handful of the headsets are ‘in the wild’ and they mostly belong to developers who are busy getting to grips with what the wearable computer can do and how they can best exploit its features via specially created apps. Google is yet to confirm when a consumer-ready Google Glass will hit the shops other than to say some time in late 2014.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


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A new type of Fashion Week took place in Paris this year. It’s not models but cool Mercedes-Benz who got the chance to be wearing “Designers’ clothes” and to walk around the french capital. It’s along the Seine that 6 Mercedes CLA went on to be checked out by passers and joggers. Each one was customized by a designer or a design studio. From Constance Boutet to Annelise Michelson passing by Nicolas Theil or the studio No Editions, it’s 6 designers who reviewed the german car to make it cooler than ever.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept


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Following the first look at the automobile and ahead of the official unveiling at the Shanghai Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz has released a detailed video look of the upcoming GLA Concept. A premium class compact crossover that “combines its sporting spirit with the all-round qualities of a tough, leisure-time companion,” the GLA Concept takes inspiration from both the A-Class hatchback and CLA-Class sedan and is expected to feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine (or the choice of a diesel equivalent), capable of around 300 hp, along with either a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and luxurious details throughout.

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