Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz W196R sold this for £17.5 million on 12 July

The world record price for a car at auction was smashed this month when Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes W196 F1 Silver Arrow sold for US$30 million, doubling the previous auction record. The only W196 outside of Daimler Benz or an internationally-recognized museum, this car won its first two starts – the 1954 German GP at Nürburgring and the Swiss GP at the uber-frightening, tree-lined Bremgarten circuit – and sealed the 1954 World Drivers Title for Juan Manuel Fangio, statistically the best racing driver in history. The following year, it was released in roadgoing form to become the world's fastest road car: the legendary Mercedes 300 SLR (aka W196S).  Read More

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is how our grandchildren might get around the course

Mercedes has been looking into the future lately, sharing its "crystal ball" visions with the world. In addition to forward thinking production vehicles like the SLS AMG E-Drive, it has gone even deeper into the future, providing a look at what off-road utility vehicles might look like in a decade, for instance. Now, it's gone a little smaller, giving its vision of the golf cart that might be buzzing around local country clubs in a generation or two.  Read More

The BMW i8 (left) and i3 are just two concept cars that are set to go into production in t...

The recent rumor about a possible production version of the Pininfarina Sergio concept got us thinking: What other wild, stylish, high-tech concept cars are coming to market in the near future? Turns out, a lot. In fact, 2013-2014 may very well prove one of the best time periods in history for for recent cutting-edge concept vehicles to make the leap from concept to production. From electric and hybrid hypercars to reinvented daily drivers, these concept cars will soon be all over our highways and country roads.  Read More

The Car-to-X system will warn drivers of hazards and obstacles

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications are a fundamental pillar of autonomous, self-driving cars. Once vehicles can exchange data with each other and the greater driving infrastructure, they'll be able to "see" and adapt to driving obstacles more completely, preventing accidents and delivering more efficient driving. Mercedes plans to be the first automaker to bring a Car-to-X vehicle-to-vehicle communications system to market.  Read More

The Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive sets a 'Ring record

The electrified version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG put some emphasis on the green side of Green Hell last week, circling Nürburgring's northernmost circuit in record time. According to Mercedes, its SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the first electrically-powered series production vehicle to shoot around the world's most famous piece of track in under eight minutes.  Read More

The Brabus B63 620 Widestar

Bigger, badder, and bolder appears to be the driving mandate behind the latest performance trickery from the extreme artists at Brabus. Taking the already aggressive Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG SUV, Brabus has transformed the biggest of the Benz into a 611 horsepowered behemoth called the B63 620 Widestar.  Read More

Mercedes-Benz plans to use QR codes to help rescue crews free people from car wrecks

Open a magazine, go to a shop, get handed a business card or look at a flyer and the odds are pretty good these days that you’ll be staring at a QR code. Those boxy little patterns turn any bit of paper into an interactive medium that, with a quick scan of a smartphone, will unleash all sorts of information, but can they save lives? Mercedes-Benz believes that they can and plans to use QR codes on all its future cars to help rescuers reach victims quickly and safely.  Read More

Unimog: New work and power hydraulics systems and synergetic traction drive allows change ...

In the world of utilitarian power rangers, Mercedes-Benz’ Unimog and Econic transporter rank up there as two of the toughest, most versatile vehicles available. Mercedes Special Truck division is hoping to maintain that reputation with the unveiling of its latest models.  Read More

Roof rail mounted cameras offer drivers a type of built-in GoPro option

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new Concept GLA SUV ahead of this year's Shanghai Auto Show. The 2014 concept, intended as a newly styled compact SUV from Mercedes Benz, is designed for urban use, and packs in high-tech innovations beside old school bespoke finishing techniques.  Read More

Electric B is primarily designed as an inner-city option

In spite of this year’s collection of distracting concepts at the 2013 New York Auto Show, there were in fact a few real world surprises. One that will actually see the light of day was Mercedes Benz’ new B-Class electric drive – the German manufacturer’s latest foray into the green market.  Read More

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