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Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012
Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

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Daimler Provides Sharia-Compliant Loans To Mid East Buyers

When Westerners think of Sharia -- the strict code of Islamic law -- we tend to think of...unpleasantness. Stonings, beheadings: that sort of thing. However, Sharia also covers financial issues, including lending practices. Specifically, Sharia prohibits the charging of interest on loans. That's...Read More»

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Rumor: Daimler, BMW May Buddy-Up To Retain Market Share

Despite all the great news coming out of Germany in recent days, it's apparently not all biergartens and schnitzel over there: a new article in Der Spiegel reports that high-end German automakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW are facing tough times on the sales floor, as the world's touch-and-go economy...Read More»

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Volkswagen Will Debut Electric Citycar By 2013

As if there weren't enough news blasting out of Germany at the moment, Volkswagen's head of research and development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, has announced that the company will roll an EV into VW showrooms by the 2013 calendar year. As per Hackenberg's statements in the German magazine Stern, the...Read More»

One of the voice actors behind Mercedes' LINGUATRONICS system
Faces To Match The Voices Of Mercedes' LINGUATRONIC System

GPS and other in-car control systems have matured to the point that we've really begun to care about their sound. The clunky, robot voices from early generation models don't amaze us anymore; drivers want to hear someone friendly leading us through traffic jams and construction zones. To put a face...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces First Series Fuel Cell Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz is joining the fuel cell crowd: the company has announced plans for its first series-produced fuel cell vehicle, called the B-Class F-CELL. (MB alluded to the vehicle back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but this makes it official.) The F-CELL will be available in the U.S. and...Read More»

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Coming To Europe: Deluxe 'Edition Highstyle' Smart Fortwo

Nearly everything is shrinking these days -- electronics, the economy, the globe (thanks, Facebook) -- but with few exceptions, luxury automakers have been reluctant to join the "less is more" crowd. Bucking that trend, Daimler has announced plans for an "Edition Highstyle" of the Smart fortwo. Its...Read More»

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Chrysler Sues Daimler Over Supply Shortcomings

Having just come through a complicated series of bankruptcy proceedings, you might think Chrysler would want to take a break from courtrooms for a while. However, on August 21 the company filed suit against its former parent, Daimler AG, in U.S. bankruptcy court. According to Chrysler, Daimler has...Read More»

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Tesla Revving Up For A $30,000 Vehicle By 2016

Given its recent slide into profitability, its snazzy new production facility, and its lawsuit-free status, Tesla Motors has been on a bit of a roll lately. Not surprisingly, the company is hoping to capitalize on this forward momentum and propel itself to "major player" status in the U.S. auto...Read More»

Tesla's new facility in Palo Alto, California
Tesla Motors Adds A Factory, Loses A Lawsuit (In A Good Way)

It's a great news day for Tesla Motors: not only is the company moving into new digs in Palo Alto, California, but also Tesla's co-founder and former CEO Martin Eberhard has dropped his lawsuit against the automaker and current CEO Elon Musk. As for that first item: Tesla announced yesterday that...Read More»

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Porsche Planning To Sell Volkswagen Shares To Qatar

The bewildering Porsche/Volkswagen saga continues to evolve, and, we're sorry to say, it's become slightly more confusing today. To recap: Porsche owns a majority stake in VW, but only a slim one--just under 51%. Porsche also possesses options that allow it to buy additional stock in Volkswagen...Read More»

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Daimler Makes Play For Porsche

German automaker Daimler AG (headed by Dieter Zetsche at left) is reportedly in talks to purchase a chunk of crosstown rival Porsche SE. That would open the door to some very interesting possibilities should the rumors prove to be true--though at the moment, both companies have shrugged off the...Read More»

Mercedes Benz ESF 2009 Prototype Experimental Safety Vehicle
Video: Mercedes-Benz And The 'Braking Bag'

Last week, we mentioned some of the high-tech safety features of the Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009 S400 Hybrid experimental safety vehicle. But in addition to the PRE-SAFE crash detection system and the car's intriguing "inflatable metal" structure, there's also a full range of bags and bolsters to...Read More»

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