Mercedes-Benz on Thursday finally took the wraps off its hotly anticipated all-electric SUV concept, the Generation EQ. The Paris Motor Show provided the backdrop for the unveiling, which yielded the first of many EVs that will fall under the new Mercedes “EQ” brand. This first EQ model is a mid-size SUV that resembles what you might end up with if you combine a GLC300 with something out of Tron, but the new concept design still manages to maintain an air of elegance despite all the flash. More →
A new report from Reuters relays that Tesla’s competition in the EV space is poised to intensify greatly in the years ahead. In addition to competition from the likes of Porsche and Audi, Reuters adds that Daimler is now planning to release at least six distinct electric vehicle models under the Mercedes-Benz brand over the next few years. Interestingly enough, one of these models is said to be a hybrid SUV powered by fuel cells.
Through a combination of great marketing and rushing out ‘Autopilot’ while it’s still in beta, Tesla has managed to become the big name in semi-autonomous driving (though there have been a couple of bumps in the road so far). But as you’d imagine, other automakers are working on programs of their own.
USA Today recently got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E-Class equipped with all the autonomous driving tech that will be coming to Mercedes’s cars in the next year. It all sounds quite similar to Tesla, but you won’t be able to sleep behind the wheel.
Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.
According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.
It wasn’t long ago that German car manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes thought that Tesla was a complete joke. As a new report from The Los Angeles Times makes clear, however, they aren’t laughing anymore.
The reason for this change is pretty obvious: Now that Tesla has likely racked up an astonishing 400,000 reservations for its Model 3, it must be taken seriously by the rest of the automotive industry. More →
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla’s new Model 3 is the talk of the town. The company convinced thousands of customers to purchase the Model 3 even before it was announced, with preorders reaching impressive numbers far above anything the company was expecting. But that doesn’t mean Tesla’s vision of an electric car is the only one you should be aware of. In fact, Saturday Night Live came up with an amazing electric car concept of its own, the Mercedes AA, which is powered entirely by AA batteries. More →
We spend a tremendous amount of time here at BGR giving you an early look at devices you’ll someday own once they’re released. Now, it’s time to switch gears for a moment and focus on some things you’ll never, ever own. The Frankfurt Motor Show is a blast each year as the big names come together to unveil some new production models, but they also show off some concept cars that are absolutely insane. Some of them will never make it to production and others that actually do may look quite different from the cars shown off in Frankfurt. Either way, it’s always fun to stare for a while and imagine sitting behind the wheel of one of these beasts.
Here are the 10 craziest supercars unveiled this week in Germany. More →
Like with a lot of people, I have flirted with the idea of Tesla. Both as a company and as a potential car. I have built dozens of them on Tesla’s website. I have test-driven the car five times. Each time I drive one, it’s a great experience and it’s still hard to fully process how incredible of a job Tesla has done. From nothing to changing the entire car industry in just under a decade is mind-blowing.
But this theme that I have repeated at practically every chance I get when discussing Tesla keeps running through my mind and it’s an important one — when all the established car makers start going all-electric, what’s Tesla value proposition?
Their brand? Hardly anything other than the current owners of Tesla vehicles. Their technology? Those patents were released into the public domain. Their manufacturing process? You’re joking, right?
So seriously, what is Tesla’s play here as far as cars are concerned? Because I don’t see it. More →
Guy Kawasaki is a name most people in the tech industry are familiar with, thanks largely to his roles with Apple and his subsequent investments in Pandora and other companies with the venture capital firm he co-founded, Garage Technology Ventures. What you might not know is that Kawasaki is also a big car fanatic, and he often gets access to things most car fans will never enjoy.
Case in point: Kawasaki recently toured Mercedes’ AMG facility where the stunning AMG GT and GT S are built. More →
New York’s Auto Show is always packed with debuts, and this year wasn’t any different. From the 2013 BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz’s 2013 CL-Class and GL-Class, to the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, 2013 SRT Viper and many more, I took a spin through the show to check out some of the newest cars that will soon hit the market — and of course, look at a bunch of my favorite rides as well. The show-stopper for me? The matte blue Audi R8 GT, though I loved the Ford Explorer Sport, too. Catch all the McLarens, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, BMWs, Bentleys, Mercedes-Benzes and more in our 2012 New York Auto Show photo gallery, which is linked below.
If you are a Mercedes owner and a BGR reader, you might have noticed that your car falls a bit short in the technology department regarding music and video playback (any model Mercedes). The Media Interface Plus accessory is a just-released plug and play Bluetooth box that’s now available for purchase, and since it offers a whole heap of enhancements, we decided it was worth checking out for ourselves. For starters, here is what the Media Interface Plus can do that your Mercedes currently can’t: control the Pandora app from your iPhone (including changing songs and even rating songs thumbs down or thumbs up from the steering wheel), streaming music from your Bluetooth device (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPod touch, etc.), allowing you to view your SMS messages from the car’s COMAND display, and even playing back iPod video from your iPhone or iPod. Hit the jump to find out what else this little accessory can do, and check out our video overview. More →
Mercedes-Benz is on an environmentally conscious tear as of late, launching two hybrid vehicles last year, and now an entirely zero emission fuel cell car this December. We were given an opportunity to test drive the new F-Cell vehicle in Manhattan and learn more about the car. For starters, when thinking about what Mercedes has done with this specific vehicle, it’s mind blowing in itself. A non-combustion engine car that is powered off of hydrogen with zero emissions. Did you ever think you’d see the day? As a car lover, just hopping into the driver’s seat of the F-Cell was an experience. Zipping around downtown New York City in the car was… just like driving a gas-powered vehicle, except, there was no noise. I’ve driven dual-mode hybrid cars before, and I have gotten used to not hearing an engine at some times, but no engine sound at all? Borderline ghostly. While the B-Class-based F-Cell has an all electric motor rated at 136 horsepower and 214 pounds of torque, it definitely didn’t feel underpowered. Plus, once we got over the sound of no sound from the engine, there wasn’t much to complain about. It’s the first fuel-cell car from Mercedes, and while it’s not exactly the most luxurious or stylish model in their lineup, neither is a Prius. Being powered 100% by hydrogen lends itself to one main issue: finding a hydrogen refueling station. Now, there are a couple around the NYC area (White Plains, NY, Wallingford, CT, Bronx, NY), but when the F-Cell touches down in December for consumer leasing, it’s going to be heading to the state of California — mostly Los Angeles and San Francisco where there are plenty of hydrogen stations. You might notice how we said leasing and not purchasing, and that’s because the car will only be offered by way of a lease, and while Mercedes wouldn’t confirm pricing information to us, we’ve heard it will run around $550-$750/month. Definitely on the higher end of the spectrum, but for a car that literally emits water instead of toxic sludge — representing the future of the automotive industry — all we can say is, sign us up.
In-car video entertainment is hardly something uncommon these days. Any run-of-the-mill mini van or SUV can be fitted with a nice DVD / console entertainment system for a fraction of what it used to cost, typically directly from the dealer. If you want to give your front passenger something to focus on during those long trips however, it’s a slightly different story. Sure you can have your local shop slap a flat panel into your passenger-side visor but unless you’re a teenager you’re or prepping for an appearance on Cribs, you might get a few funny looks. Don’t sweat it though, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch might just have the cure for what ails you – assuming you can squeeze a new S-Class into your budget next year. The duo have developed a new display technology dubbed SPLITVIEW that will allow a single screen to display two different pictures depending on the viewing angle. Using a combination of clever pixel placement and a unique filter, SPLITVIEW will allow a centrally-located monitor in the dash to display navigation or control information to the driver while displaying a DVD or even TV channels to the passenger. The passenger will also have the option of using headphones, freeing up the car’s speakers for music or turn-by-turn navigation instructions. Pretty slick, eh? Expect SPLITVIEW to make its first appearance in production 2010 S-Class cars this summer.