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Detroit debut: Kia Motors KV7 Concept Car

Twenty-eleven is rolling in and we'll be heading back to Detroit to check out the best of what the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has to offer. We've already been teased with the prospect of an all-new Toyota Prius, concepts from Ford and MINI and a new Benz C-Class. So what else can we expect to see under lights at the COBO Center come mid-January?  Read More

Mercedes' new C-Class now boasts in-dash internet access using a smartphone's Terminal Mod...

As part of the latest update to its C-Class, Mercedes-Benz has brought internet access to its COMAND infotainment system for the first time. Unlike some other in-car systems that use a built-in SIM card slot, the Mercedes system will use Terminal Mode – the proposed industry specification for the integration of mobile applications into car dashboard systems developed by Nokia and Consumer Electronics for Automotive (CE4A) – to duplicate the display of a smartphone on the in-dash display and allow control through the COMAND user interface.  Read More

Top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas 2010

It's getting a little late for a last minute Christmas shopping list, but not to worry, most of us outside the Forbes Top 100 couldn't afford any of these anyway! Still, it's fascinating to look at what's possible if the word "budget" isn't in your vocabulary, so here's our annual look at what you won't be getting for Christmas this year – the most outrageous examples of high-end overkill that have graced Gizmag's pages throughout 2010.  Read More

New spotlight function for Active Night View Assist Plus illuminates pedestrians

Since 2009, Mercedes Benz's luxury class models have included an Active Night View Assist Plus feature that detects pedestrians on the road and highlights them on the display on the instrument cluster using infra-red light projectors. The company has now taken the assistance system a step further with a new spotlight function that specifically directs light on people on or near the road so that both the driver and the pedestrian are alerted to the presence of the approaching vehicle.  Read More

Front view of the Mercedes-Benz BIOME

Get ready to have your concept of how a car is manufactured flipped upside-down and turned inside-out. Picture a production process that has plenty in common with agar jelly (used to culture organic materials in laboratories) and little in common with what we would normally think of as production-line automotive manufacturing. You are starting to get close to what the people at Mercedes-Benz have spawned with the BIOME – one of the most outlandish and ambitious concepts in this year's Los Angeles Design Challenge.  Read More

Cadillac Aera and smart 454 vehicles tied for the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge – which asked designers to come up with an efficient 1,000lb (454kg), four-passenger vehicle that maintained comfort, safety, driving-performance and style – has finished in a tie between GM’s Cadillac Aera concept and the Smart 454 from Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design. Previously, the Design Challenge was restricted to major Southern California automotive design studios but this year saw the field widen to include studios from Germany and Japan, resulting in entries from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Maybach.  Read More

The panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL in transparent mode

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new breed of "switchable" glass roof as an optional extra on the new SLK next year. The panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL can – aside from being quite a mouthful – either be darkened or made transparent at the touch of a button.  Read More

The Nissan iV concept

For the past six years, the Los Angeles Auto Show has invited automobile designers to participate in its Design Challenges. The challenge for this year’s show was to come up with a design for “a 1,000lb [453.6kg], four-passenger vehicle that is both comfortable and safe, while delivering satisfactory driving performance without sacrificing the styling consumers’ demand.” Entries are being judged not only for meeting the weight constraint (no more than 1,500 pounds/680 kg with passengers), but also for artistic beauty, comfort, uniqueness of design, roadworthiness, sustainability, performance and user-friendliness. The winner will be announced at the show, on Nov. 18. Here’s a look at some of the higher-profile entries...  Read More

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

The leaking of pics last week looks to have prompted Mercedes-Benz to officially unveil its 2012 model CLS, which will make its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The car retains the long hood, frame-less side windows and sweeping roof of the car that was first introduced back in 2004 that is credited with pioneering the four-door coupe market. Although the dimensions are the same, the second generation CLS boasts a more aggressive look than its predecessor.  Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL all electric van is nearing production

In the world of electric vehicles, it’s not all motorbikes and subcompact cars. As regular readers would know, battery-powered SUVs, mid-sized cars and even sportscars have already started appearing on showroom floors or are in development. Commercial vehicles, however, have been a little thinner on the ground. As we reported in February, Mercedes-Benz is doing its bit to rectify this with its new Vito E-CELL, and more details are now filtering through as the vehicle moves closer to production.  Read More

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