2009 Geneva Motor Show Roll-Out - New Models Introduced For The First Time


As a follow-up to our post from yesterday, 2009 Geneva Motor Show Run-Down, we want to share with you several new Roll-Outs of new vehicles at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Some of the new introductions include the following:

  • 2010 Mazdaspeed3 MPS
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • 2010 Porsche 911 GT3
  • 2010 Saab 9-3X Wagon
  • Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Audi A4 Allroad
  • BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
  • BMW Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo
  • Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider
  • Ford losis Max Concept
  • Honda Accord Tourer Type-S
  • Hyundai ix-onic
  • Kia No 3
  • Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
  • NLV Quant by Koenigsegg
  • Renault Megane RS
  • Ruf Greenster
  • Spyker C8 Aileron
  • Tata nano europa

View hi-resolution pictures of each below after the jump. Enjoy!

[source: autoblog]

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: New Images Introduced


The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is sure to be a car that gets a second look after the demise of the CLK. Some people have been begging for an E-Class coupe while others rather could care less about yet another Mercedes-Benz model added to the already flooded linup.

Of course the new E-Class Coupe will offer virtually the same flavors as the E-Class sedan starting with the E250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (Diesel) up to the E500 Coupe with a 388 horsepower powerplant. Wonder if they will have an actual AMG version instead of just an “AMG package”?

The E-Class coupe will be introduced at the Geneva Auto Show which Mercedes-Benz plans on being one of the FEW entrants (who didn’t drop out) in this year’s show.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class / E550 - First Drive Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-class is the sedan that bridges the showroom gap between the six-figure S-class and the $30,000 C-class. Without the E, the Mercedes lineup would simply encompass two extremes of luxury sedans, with a bunch of SUVs occupying the space between.

Mercedes has thoroughly redone its mid-size E-class range for 2010. Thoroughly means this is not a mere styling refresh, but the design indeed has evolved and it’s the most obvious change. For its past two generations, the E-class has worn four oval-shaped headlights, a look that became iconic enough for the Koreans to copy it on the Kia Amanti and the previous Hyundai Sonata. The ovoids are gone now, replaced by four parallelogram-shaped lamps that look unique but still make sense on an E-class. The change from soft shapes continues to the roofline, as the new car is more angular and creased more sharply than before. Those creases have drawn some flack for what happens in the rear fender, but photos don’t do the back end justice. The roundness of the rear fender flare and the horizontal line that sits above works far better in person than in a two-dimensional photograph.

Keep Reading: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class / E550 - First Drive Review

Brabus Introduces Tuning Program for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class

With the recently unveiled 2010 E-class slated to hit showrooms in a matter of months, renowned Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus is readying a throng of goodies with the enthusiast in mind.

Tweaking the new car’s exterior with what it calls a “sporty yet elegant aerodynamic enhancement kit”, Brabus modified the front and rear bumpers and fascias, and adds side skirts and a spoiler. While the “sporty” aspect of the body modifications are apparent, we’re not sure how “elegant” they are due to the awkward panel fitment and inserts that look more like cheap plastic than carbon fiber. A new series of lightweight alloy wheels are also available in several designs and sizes (17–20 inches) and come wrapped with either Pirelli or Yokohama rubber.

Keep Reading: Brabus Introduces Tuning Program for 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class - Car News

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing - Official Info

The Gullwing returns! Mercedes releases the first details on its updated icon.


The car won’t be at the Geneva auto show, but Mercedes-Benz nevertheless used the event as an excuse to release some tantalizing details regarding its long-rumored new-generation Gullwing supercar.

The Cadillac of Names

First of all, the remixed icon won’t be called the Gullwing or even the SLC as we had believed; its official name is Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. (That said, Mercedes does refer to the car as the “new Gullwing” in its press materials and also confirms the car will utilize the unique door configuration.) We’re wondering if Cadillac will object to the SLS moniker, but we doubt anyone will confuse this super-Benz with a full-size, four-door Caddy. This might be a good time to mention that we don’t yet know what the SLS will look like. Mercedes is holding back on releasing official pictures of the car, but expect to see images surface early this summer. For now, information from Mercedes-Benz is limited to what’s under the SLS’s skin. Judging by the underlying structure, the car appears as if it will have proportions drawn directly from its 1950s forebear. Even the angles of the front and rear window openings look similar.

More Power from AMG’s Stonking V-8

Powering the SLS is a revised version of AMG’s now-familiar 6.2-liter 32-valve V-8. In the SLS, the engine makes 563 hp at 6800 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. Revisions to the engine for use in the SLS include a new magnesium intake with eight separate velocity stacks; two electronically controlled throttle plates feed the new intake. On the exhaust side, a new equal-length exhaust manifold reduces backpressure. Lubricating the engine is a new dry-sump system that allows the engine to sit low, thus reducing the center of gravity. But the engine doesn’t just sit low; it also sits behind the front axle line, an arrangement that is largely responsible for the SLS’s claimed 48 percent/52 percent front/rear weight distribution.

Keep Reading: 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing - Official Info

Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets sexier coupe model

Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe(Credit: 2009 Daimler AG)

Mercedes-Benz has revealed photos of the all-new Mercedes-Benz coupe just three months after the reveal of the sedan version. The Coupe is set to bow at the 2009 Geneva auto show.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe photos

VATH Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG

vath mercedes slk 55 amg

Coming across this tuned Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG (The Vath V58K) was quite a pleasure considering it is was built by a company called VATH. I had no idea that this company even existed, but I am DAMN happy that I now have them on my radar. Many apologies to VATH for my lack of knowledge about their tuning house, however I would like to make it very clear that I LOVE their work! The body Kit on this car is clean and stealthy, not even close to being over done, a semi perfect medium between too much and this equates this as badass!!!

vath mercedes slk 55 amg

vath mercedes slk 55 amg

Engine mods include a jump from 360 bhp to 570 BHP with a staggering 770 NM of torque all stemming from a 5.4L Supercharged V8. The 155mph (249km/h) limiter has been removed and VATH states that their modified SLK 55 AMG will now deliver speed in excess of 186mph (300km/h) as well as reaching 62mph (100km/h) just short of 4 seconds!! The interior, like most highly modified exotics has been replaced with a tonne of ultra sexy carbon fiber. It looks pretty freaking amazing if you ask me!!! The price tag has no yet been set on this mean machine but if you need to ask then you definitely are NOT one that can afford this baby!!! Keep dreaming

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Revealed

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its brand new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe prior to its 2009 Geneva Motor Show debut. The new E-Class Coupe replaces the CLK, finally killing off Mercedes-Benz’s confusing naming techniques.

Design wise, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe keeps most of its 2010 E-Class Sedan look that was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show last month. Continuing its classic coupe side aspect from the CLK, the E-Class Coupe has no B-pillar for fully retractable side windows.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be available in will be available in five different trim levels for the European market. Kicking off the diesel lineup will be a base 4-cylinder E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe that produces a total of 204-hp and return a fuel economy of 44.3 mpg (note: all fuel-economy figures have been converted from km/l to U.S. miles per gallon). The V6 E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe diesel will make 231-hp with fuel economy coming in at an estimated 35 mpg.

Mercedes-Benz has also introduce two new BlueEFFICIENCY petrol engine will direct-injection technology. The base-level 4-cylinder E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe produces 204-hp and is mated to a 5-speed automatic as standard. It returns an estimated 34 mpg. The V6 E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe makes a total of 292-hp and returns a fuel-economy of 28 mpg. For those still in love with power over efficiency, the E 500 Coupe carries a heart-pounding V8, pumping out 388-hp with a maximum torque of 391 lb-ft. Fuel-economy is estimated at a combined 22 mpg.

The U.S. will most likely get the V6 E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe and the E 500 Coupe at launch. Diesel option could follow. U.S. pricing and availability details will be revealed closer to launch or at the 2009 New York Auto Show in April. The European market can begin ordering the new E-Class coupe on Feb. 19 - pricing details are posted at the bottom of the press release.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible and Wagon coming to Frankfurt in Sept.

Since most of the equipment and powertrain package on the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is shared with the 2010 E-Class Sedan, Daimler has decided to keep pricing on the two models the same, reports Automotive News Europe.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe will make its world debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, with sales to begin alongside the sedan later this month in Europe. U.S. sales will start later this summer.

In 2010, Mercedes-Benz will offer an extended wheelbase E-Class in China which will also be built there. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (convertible) and Estate (station wagon) will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Sales for those two models will begin in November in Europe. U.S. sales will follow early 2010.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG coming to Frankfurt in Sept.

According to AutoWeek, joining the convertible and estate version of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, will be the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG version. Prototypes for the AMG E-Class have been spotted testing on the streets around the Nurburgring.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG is expected carry the same 6.3L V8 under the hood of the current E 63. Output will be increased from 507-hp to 525-hp .

2009 Mercedes ML320 BlueTEC, Part Three

The 2009 Mercedes ML320 BlueTEC is certainly a comfortable ride, but would you feel comfortable with one in your driveway?

Why you should buy the 2009 Mercedes ML320 BlueTEC:
You equate sitting up high with safety, diesels with saving money, shiny things with luxury, comfort with performance, shopping with sports, and CSI with entertainment. As a member of the mass affluent you're not rich enough to be special, but have enough money to at least think you are. You married your husband for his money.

Why you shouldn't buy this car:
You have a strong aversion to minivans, ones masquerading as SUVs or otherwise. As a member of the truly wealthy, you need a vehicle that conveys the blue color of your blood and can be used to haul dead game back from your shooting estate. You thought diesels were supposed to be fuel efficient. You thought Mercedes were supposed to be made in Germany by lab coat-wearing, scheisse porn-enjoying technicians. You married your husband for his money, but in this case its real money.

Suitability Parameters:
Speed Merchants: No
Fashion Victims: Yes
Treehuggers: No
Mack Daddies: Yes
Tuner Crowd: No
Hairdressers: Yes
Penny Pinchers: No
Working Stiffs: No
Technogeeks: No
Poseurs: Yes
Soccer Moms: Yes
Nascar Dads: No
Golfing Grandparents: Yes
Very Serious Businessmen: Yes
Sheiklets: No

Also Consider:
• Lexus RX 400h
• Land Rover LR2
• Volkswagen Touareg TDI
• Audi S6 Avant
• BMW X6 xDrive35i
• 1984 300 TD Wagen with suspension lift kit

• Manufacturer: Mercedes
• Model: ML320
• Model year: 2009
• Base Price: $48,600
• Price as Tested: $58,165
• Engine type: 3.0-Liter V6 Diesel
• Horsepower: 210 HP @ 3800 rpm
• Torque: 398 lb-ft @ 1600-2400 rpm
• Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic w/paddles
• Curb Weight: 4,974 lbs
• LxWxH: 188.5" x 71.5" x 83.7"
• Wheelbase: 114.7"
• Tires: P225/50 R19
• 0 - 60 mph: 8.0 seconds
• Top Speed: N/A
• EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 18/24 MPG
• Jalopnik Fuel Economy: 23 MPG (city/highway mix 25/75)
• NHTSA crash test rating: *****/*****

Geneva 09' Preview: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Unveiled

Mercedes is going to officially unveil the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show next month. We've seen several spy photos of the new coupe, but here's our first official look at the successor to the CLK.

The E-Class coupe features many of the same design elements as the equally new E-Class sedan combined with a roofline that is similar to the current CLK. It also features no B-pillars and fully retractable side windows. All of these elements help the coupe achieve a Cd of just 0.24, which Mercedes claims makes it the most aerodynamically efficient production car on the market.

The engines range from the diesel E 250 CDI, which is 36 percent more powerful than the previous model while also consuming 17 percent less fuel. The range topping engine is in the E500 with its 388 hp V8 engine.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class / E350 / E550 - Video

Mercedes-Benz displays the redesigned E-class on the Geneva show floor.


Keep Reading: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class / E350 / E550 - Video

Mercedes Benz Plans to Expand Alabama Plant - More Potential US Job Creation - Good News!


Okay America, it is time to rebuild and Benz will help you do just that if you live in Alabama. Yes, Mercedes Benz has had an auto manufacturing plant started back in 1997 where they first built the Mercedes Benz M-Class crossover SUV. Yes, I remember those days when it was one of the first introductions of such a vehicle and was even included in the late Michael Crichton’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” movie.


Well, that heritage is now spilling over into our slumping economy and injecting several new potential job openings with plans for Mercedes Benz to expand the Alabama Plant. The plans announced a $290 million investment that will allow Mercedes Benz to build more vehicles (in the U.S.). “We are positioning ourselves for future products,” spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said in an recently posted Automotive News article. The Alabama’s Vance plant is already German parent Daimler AG’s sole global source for the Mercedes M class, R class and GL class.


Except from Autonews:

The news comes in the midst of a global economic downturn and plunging U.S. auto sales. Mercedes-Benz itself posted a 20 percent sales decline in February, compared with a year earlier, while the overall market fell 41.4 percent.

Production of vehicles at the Alabama plant fell steeply last year as consumers steered away from SUVs like the M class. The plant reduced its employee headcount in response — a stark change from the late 1990s when managers of the Alabama plant were forced to open a temporary second assembly line in Europe to keep up with M-class demand.

The new expansion project will take until 2011 to complete.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic

The hills and canyons above Malibu are a well-known playground for automotive enthusiasts. Warm weather and spectacular views make for a wonderful Sunday afternoon cruise, while winding roads and sparse traffic create a driver's playground. Expensive sports cars are routinely seen here testing their limits, but soon visitors may well spot the new Mercedes-Benz GLK350 compact SUV attacking the turns with them.
Last year, Motor Trend garnered an exclusive first drive of the all-new GLK350 in the mountains of Spain, followed by another drive across Germany's autobahn. Both experiences impressed, but we couldn't help but wonder where this new cute ute will slot into the luxury SUV market. Now that we've conducted a thorough instrumented test, though, we have an answer.

2010 Mercedes Benz GLK350 4Matic

Few Mercedes-Benz owners in the U.S. ever take their vehicles off-road, a reality the German automaker not only realizes but embraces. Thus, the GLK is targeted at affluent women -- and it appears Mercedes has hit its mark. This baby Benz has clearly been refined for the on-road market.
Consider the evidence: The off-road package that Mercedes-Benz claims will allow the GLK to rival the Land Rover LR2 in off-road capability will not be available in the U.S. Neither will the two Euro-market diesel engines, despite their efficiency advantages. As if to drive the point home, our tester arrived wearing 20-inch wheels wrapped with Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires. While the sidewalls may have revealed a mud and snow rating, the tread hardly looked trail-ready. Clearly, the GLK350 is not meant to tackle much more than the occasional snowy drive to a condo in the mountains.
We're okay with that, because while the GLK might not keep up with a Jeep Wrangler on the soft stuff, it will be far more pleasant to live with during the work week. Heated leather seats, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, and a superb stereo will make the office commute and jaunts to the mall and supermarket more than bearable. The fully adjustable seats keep your backside happy on long drives, and the COMAND infotainment system is easy to learn and provides quick access to stereo, phone, and navigation. While the COMAND control knob operates much like BMW's iDrive, the system is more user-friendly. Unfortunately, Mercedes has placed the knob at an odd angle behind the gear select lever, requiring an uncomfortable reach. Moving it just an inch farther forward, away from the edge of the armrest, would help immensely.
While the satellite radio and iPod interface will keep you entertained in traffic, the superb drivetrain will put a smile on your face when you finally get out of town. In the hills above Malibu, the 268-horsepower V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, and 4Matic all-wheel drive system make the GLK350 a surprisingly sporty ride. While the steering is, in typical SUV fashion, rather slow (2.75 turns lock-to-lock,), it's accurate. The big Pirelli meats offer impressive grip, and even when they began to let go, stability and traction control quickly reeled in the errant wheels. At the track, all that grip, plus surprisingly flat cornering, translated to an impressive 0.80 g of lateral acceleration and an equally impressive 28.1-second lap time around the Motor Trend Figure Eight.
The transmission rocks. While the GLK's seven-speed auto allows for manual shifting by rocking the shift lever left to right, driver input really isn't necessary. Switch the vehicle from Comfort Mode to Sport mode and the seven-speed will hold gears longer, allowing quick bursts between turns without ever changing cogs.
On the track, the 3.5-liter V-6 hustled the Benz to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. Stops were equally impressive: 60 to 0 mph in just 124 feet. Brake-pedal feel left much to be desired, though. The first half of travel is mushy and provides little stopping power. Then, forces suddenly firm up considerably and the brakes bite hard. The GLK needs a more gradual, linear braking response.
To their credit, the brakes have a tough job. Despite its smallish size, the GLK tips the scales at 4214 pounds. Still, the GLK never feels like a porker. Merging and passing on the freeway are effortless, and the GLK can pull off a 15.0-second quarter-mile at 92.9 mph. The real penalty is fuel economy: The GLK carries an estimated EPA city/highway rating of just 16/22 mpg. And it only drinks premium.
Though it's ten inches shorter than the ML and rides on a 6.2-inch shorter wheelbase, the GLK still offers plenty of cargo space behind the rear seats. It's wide enough to place golf bags sideways in the rear and roomy enough to accommodate lots of large luggage pieces. Surprisingly, up front the GLK is short on storage cubbies and shelves for stashing your cell phone and other small cargo; they're relegated to the center console cup holders, which your passengers may not appreciate.
There's plenty of space everywhere else. At 74.3 inches wide, the GLK delivers lots of elbow and shoulder room. Rear-seat passengers have abundant space to stretch out, even with tall riders up front. The width might make it tough to sneak into tight parking spaces, though.
The GLK350 may have the potential to be a capable off-roader, but it clearly prefers the pavement. On the asphalt, it's sure to please luxury-loving drivers with its compliant ride and tight handling, as well as its spacious interior and high-tech features. Stick to the road, and the GLK provides much to like-including a low $33,900 starting price. It'll be even more likable if gas stays cheap.


Fifth Gear test drives the all new Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG and is disappointed. The main problem is that it’s too heavy which is true and that the previous sl55 AMG is faster. I personally love the look of the new SL 63 but have to agree and say that it is too heavy. But this car sounds very nice and a lot better than the sl55 AMG.

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