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Mercedes Hits The Wall
Mercedes Hits The Wall

Last month, Mercedes-Benz USA shelled out almost $29 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, after being fined for the poor fuel efficiency of its automobiles. (Yes, the NHTSA can do that.) Details are sketchy, but we know that many automakers expect to pay such fines...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Lineup
Mercedes Delivers 1.5 Million E-Class Models

As the seventh generation of Mercedes-Benz's venerable mid-size, mid-luxury sedan winds down, the firm is proud to announce that it's produced 1.5 million units of the E-Class since its introduction six years ago. Broken down by body style, there were 1,270,000 sedans delivered to customers and...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz with Julia Stegner
Friday Fluff: The Links That Got Away

It's been a busy week at TheCarConnection.com. Between bailout news, holiday shopping, and random morsels of car-related goodness, a lot of stuff has crossed our desk since Monday. Here are a few of the choicest bits that we haven't been able to cover in full detail: Toyota probably posts first...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss
Mercedes/McLaren Grand Finale Is Worth the Wait

Mercedes-Benz and Formula One outfit McLaren Automotive have had a long and productive partnership, but as we all know, there's a breakup on the horizon. However, before they go their separate ways, they're preparing to unleash one final supercar on the world--and oh, how super it is: the SLR...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
Finalists Announced: N. American Car and Truck of the Year

Today at Cobo Center, the six finalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year were unveiled. A panel of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada selected the finalists, according to the Detroit News. The three car finalists are the Ford Flex, the Hyundai Genesis, and the...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Mercedes and Evonik Charge Forward With Lithium-Ion Technology, Research

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz, announced yesterday that it took a 49.9 percent stake in firm Li-Tec, a company that will produce lithium-ion battery cells for upcoming Mercedes electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Holding the other 50.1 percent is German firm Evonik. Both Daimler and Evonik...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Collection
Twelve Days of Christmas: Mercedes-Benz Wintry White Collection

So while VW and Barneys New York are readying a bunch of feel-good flower power for this year's holiday season, The Mercedes-Benz Collection is cloaking its entire assemblage of toys, clothing, and other tchotchkes in snowdrift white. Whether you are a fashion-conscious cyclist, a miniature car...Read More»

Mercedes Concept BlueZero
Mercedes BlueZero for Detroit Auto Show: Three Concepts

Over at the Mercedes display in January in Detroit's Cobo Hall, the luxury brand will be displaying its new BlueZero concept cars, according to WorldCarFans. One concept relies exclusively on electricity for propulsion, and the other two add gasoline and hydrogen to the electric motivation...Read More»

Mercedes SPLITVIEW
Mercedes SPLITVIEW Shows Different Images Simultaneously

A cool, new piece of technology from those brainy German engineers is Mercedes' SPLITVIEW technology, to be offered in the S-Class beginning summer 2009. SPLITVIEW allows viewing of two different "programmes," as they say, on the central COMAND display screen at the same time due to some pretty...Read More»

diesel fried chicken
Veggie Across America: The Point

Our fuel came from restaurants. We took what was destined for the trash bin and turned it into fuel to drive across the country in an old diesel Benz. We didn't have to drill, baby, drill. America could power fleets of school buses, industrial equipment, government service vehicles, farm equipment...Read More»

old US 80
Veggie Across America: LA Arrival

We made it! Thanks to the Majestic Diner, refuel biodiesel, mechanic Dan Halfhill and his wife Sabine, my flexible boss Marty Padgett, and a rock-solid reliable 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD turbodiesel with 330,000 miles, Hugh and I made it from Atlanta to Los Angeles fueled by about 105 gallons of...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing
Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing

There's something about winter testing--it’s almost always dark, snowing or foggy. In this case dark and foggy, but we can still bring you these new photos of the upcoming Mercedes Gullwing caught while driving in the snow, at -26 degrees Celsius. It’s not clear yet if the new coupe will wear...Read More»

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Veggie Across America: Driving Old US 80 and Tracing History

Our journey from Atlanta to Los Angeles has not been without its share of frustrations and setbacks. Thus far we've encountered breakdowns, a treacherous snowstorm out of Carlsbad caverns, frigid refueling adventures, and an outright hostile convenience store lady in a remote, dry county in the...Read More»

the coop #1
Veggie Across America: Food from the Heartland

Hugh and I were determined not to eat a steady diet of fast food, trail mix, and protein bars from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Currently in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we have somewhat fulfilled this mission, though I admit I am writing from a diner with pancakes, eggs, and bacon sitting right next to my...Read More»

Veggie Across America: Fueling Up

How to get 15 gallons of waste vegetable oil from a 100-pound container into a Mercedes fuel tank? Strength and patience. Plus some trial and error. Rest stops are great--anywhere that we don't look like terrorists and attract unwanted attention with our collection of funnels, containers, rags, and...Read More»

Veggie Across America: Western Texas
Veggie Across America: Filtration Across the Nation

While the 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD has performed flawlessly through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico, the filtration system, uh, hasn't. Thankfully I took the advice of Dan, the mechanic who guided me through the vegetable oil conversion, and brought some extra filters along...Read More»

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD
Veggie Across America: All Systems Go

Just days before departure, I had all the systems hooked up and ready to go on the roughly 2,500-mile journey from Atlanta to Los Angeles. In an earlier post, I described all of the systems and engineering necessary to convert the workaday 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD turbodiesel wagon from a petroleum...Read More»

Majestic Diner
Veggie Across America: Thanks to Our Sponsors

Reporting live from Dallas, Texas, where the Benz veg-wagon has logged nearly half of the mileage on its petroleum-free journey to Los Angeles, I wanted to give a shout-out to the individuals responsible for delivering the vegetable oil that is powering my ride. First off, owner Tasso Costarides...Read More»

Colin Veg Conversion #4
Benz Veggie Conversion: The Nuts and Bolts

With the domestic auto industry collapsing around us (and keeping bloggers typing away madly), I've had little time to report on the host of mechanical changes I've been making to the 1982 Mercedes 300TD Wagon I'll be driving to L.A. in December. I've been underneath the oily old diesel every...Read More»

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