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.

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.

Cigarette Racing 42 Huntress


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The boat boasts five Mercury Racing Verado 350SCi engines, all together generating 1750hp, enough to put it on the surface at the speed of 125 km/h. The thing that has put to alongside Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG SUV is the capacity to meet all sorts of water conditions. The Cigarette Huntress 42 doesn’t compromise at agility, speed and quick response. Apart from performance the boat has all the luxury on-deck and in-cabin amenities.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507


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C63 AMG Edition 507 is the new family member of Mercedes-Benz‘s C-class. This model runs using 6.2 liter V8 with 507hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Together with aerodynamically enhanced design the C63 is capable of reaching from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and hits to the top speed of 174mph. Furthermore it houses an upgraded braking system with compound brake discs. Six-piston calipers are fitted up front and four-piston clampers on the back. The C63 also gets exclusive 19-inch lightweight forged rims. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 will hit the ramp at 2013 Geneva Motor Show this March before going out to market.

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Blackbird Mercedes | Tron


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This is a design exercise that pays homage to Mercedes-Benz’s racing history. The streamlined body is supposed to evoke airplanes, speed and movement. Designer Peter Vardai’s goal was to create a plan that reinforces the emotions toward Mercedes and refers the the brand’s tradition and future. His concept consisted of the feeling for speed and freedom. He wanted to represent the speed and motion in on subject by basing this project on an airplane’s dinamic and streamlined shape [while having a Tron like future feel to it]. The black and silver are strongly connected to the branding, while the sporty shape refers to the Mercede’s success in auto racing.
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Jetsons Floating Car Photography By Renaud Marion.


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By capturing scenes of floating old-school cadillac and mercedes-benz’s, french photographer renaud marion portrays a jetsons-type future of how vehicles would have seemed to him in the 2000s as a child in ‘air drive’ highlighting the glamorous designs of a time when the cars were recognized as icons and symbols to society.

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The SF1 Mercedes Benz Concept Car.


The SF1 Mercedes Benz Concept Car was designed by Steel Drake. He recently finished the concept and has released these shots, highlighting the futuristic design and highly stylized body. Featuring a rounded top, tapered edges, a dual pipe exhaust, and a modified Benz logo.

The BIOME Concept from Mercedes-Benz.


The BIOME Concept design by designers of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California. Designers taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem. According to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad “The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth’s ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree.”

The Benz Of The Future.


Gorden Wagener, the Head Designer at Mercedes-Benz, gives us an exclusive presentation of the Concept Style Coupé. The vehicle sports a futuristic look with innovative accents distinguished by the new headlight design, in particular. A moving blinker is just one of the highlights.

Mercedes-Benz Furniture Collection.


The new furniture collection by Mercedes-Benz Style will be making its world debut during Milan’s “design week” with a special Fuorisalone event.  The collection is made and distributed worldwide by Formitalia Luxury Group and brings the reality of research and material quality that is inherent in Mercedes automotive products into the home.  The presentation will take place from 16th April till 21st April 2012 at Mercedes-Benz Milano S.p.A., Via Daimler, 1 – 20151 Milano.

The Mercedes-Benz Furniture Collection.


A while back I reported on a furniture collection by Aston Martin.  Since then it seems like another car company has jumped on the same train.  The new furniture collection by Mercedes-Benz Style will be making its world debut during Milan’s “design week” with a special Fuorisalone event.  The collection is made and distributed worldwide by Formitalia Luxury Group and brings the reality of research and material quality that is inherent in Mercedes automotive products into the home.  The presentation will take place from 16th April till 21st April 2012 at Mercedes-Benz Milano S.p.A., Via Daimler, 1 – 20151 Milano.

Gareth Pugh x Absolut Vodka.


Gareth Pugh has collaborated with Absolut Vodka to create a stunning work of design with the Absolut Vodka Mode Edition.  “I am excited to be collaborating with such an iconic brand as Absolut. I wanted to transform the silhouette of the bottle”, said the English fashion designer.  “By means of a custom made collar, created using 3-D mapping, we have produced a miniature version of my ‘Stealth Bomber’ arm pieces from my first collections.”  The Absolut x Gareth Pugh bottle is available exclusively from W Hotel, London and from Colette in Paris – but according to the pre-order listing online it is sold out.

The Mercedes-Benz Perfume?


German automaker Mercedes-Benz has tied up with INCC Group to create its first ever fragrance for men which is expected to be launched in early 2012.  The fragrance was launched at the TFWA World Exhibition retail event held in Cannes, France and goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.  Mercedes-Benz for men was developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp and will be available in Eau de Toilette and matching grooming products.

“Innovative and unique, it is the first men’s fragrance from Mercedes-Benz and it combines woody notes with floral freshness.  The cool top note features Calabrian bergamot, lemon essence and Italian mandarin.  The middle note is a warm, spicy mix of bourbon pepper, nutmeg, violet and galbanum resin.  The base note provides a spicy finish to the perfume and includes American cedar wood, vetyver grass and patchouli.”

Left Brain vs. Right Brain.


Mercedes-Benz hasn’t necessarily been known for their unique, and groundbreaking, and captivating ads in the past, but their new “Left Brain/Right Brain” collection is just that.  The ads simply stress the difference between left and right brain thinkers, and demonstrate it through portraying the logical vs. the creative…  And then there’s Einstein.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.


Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is to launch a roadster version of its SLS AMG performance car, releasing initial — disguised — images of the vehicle.  The SLS AMG Roadster, a non-identical twin of the ‘Gullwing’ SLS AMG Coupé which made its debut in late 2009, will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and testing is already underway ahead of the market launch.  Mercedes-Benz says that the new model was designed in parallel with the SLS AMG Coupé and therefore shares many of its features, including the performance engine.  Like its gullwing-coupe counterpart, the open version of the top-of -the-line Mercedes is powered by a 571-horsepower V8 engine built by AMG.

The car can hit an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/h (197mph) and weighs only 2 kilograms more than the SLS AMG Coupé.  Its soft-top roof can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 50 km/h and has been designed for comfort inside, with a new production process aiming to cut wind noise by improving the join between the soft top and the glass.  As well as removing the gullwing doors, Mercedes-AMG has thickened the side sills of the vehicle in comparison to the Coupé, a decision which it said improves the rigidity of the car and reduces vibration.

Inside, the automaker has rearranged the speakers of the Bang&Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system, mounting them on a cross-member running behind the seats, as the parcel shelf of the coupé model is replaced by storage for the soft top.  Although Mercedes-Benz says its current models are prototypes (hence no badge), it looks as if the final version of the SLS AMG Roadster is pretty much complete.  It will be officially unveiled on September 13 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (September 15-25) and will go on sale in the fall.

The Ultra Modern Benz A-Class.


Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a radical overhaul of its A-Class compact at Auto Shanghai. The German automaker said that the new Concept A-Class was “the first heartbeat of a new generation.”  It signals a major departure from the boxy outline of the current A-Class, popular in cities because of its small size, in favor of a long hood, low silhouette and more sporty appearance.  Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener said that the new look was inspired by “the wind and waves, as well as aviation engineering, resulting in this ‘cool’ look.”  Designed to take on premium urban cars such as the Audi A1 and BMW 1-Series, the redesigned A-Class packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the new M270 series, developing 155 kW with a transmission the automaker says is economical, sporty and comfortable.

With a large panoramic roof, the Concept A-Class is particularly airy, reinforced by the aircraft-inspired interior which has resulted in component groups being reduced to a minimum and a high-tech lining which gives the dash a “free-floating” effect.  A smartphone holder has been integrated into the center console, allowing drivers to operate their handsets from the car’s infotainment system designed by Mercedes-Benz technical teams in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), California.  The addition of a radar-based collision warning system, which warns the driver of a potential collision and primes the brakes, could help to prevent around 20 percent of all rear-end collisions, and mitigate the severity of a further 25 percent, according to the automaker’s research.