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  • 10 Best Cars From Mercedes AMG’s Performance History

    10/23/2016 5:39:44 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 46 replies
    Cheatsheet ^ | 23 Oct, 2016 | James Derek Sapienza
    For nearly 25 years, AMG has been known as Mercedes’s performance division. But to think of it as just a small engineering department inside a massive corporation couldn’t be further from the truth. In its nearly 50-year history, it has built some of the most incredible performance cars to ever come out of Germany, and it’s been doing it long before it was under the wing of the mighty Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes’s performance prestige remained intact thanks to AMG’s fantastic reputation for quality and performance, and its Mercedes connection kept AMG at the forefront of the performance tuning community. The company...
  • Woman crashes, flips SUV during test drive in Va.

    08/20/2016 1:21:16 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 70 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 20, 2016 1:22 pm | Valerie Bonk
    A driver taking an SUV for a spin struck four cars and flipped the vehicle on its side at a dealership in Ballston, Virginia. WASHINGTON — A test drive took a dangerous turn Friday when a woman trying out a Mercedes struck four cars and flipped the vehicle on its side at a dealership in Virginia, NBC Washington reported. At about 11:30 a.m., a female driver and three passengers were test-driving a Mercedes SUV in the parking lot of the Mercedes-Benz of Arlington dealership on North Glebe Road in Ballston when the woman accelerated at a high rate of speed,...
  • Mercedes replaces robots with people on its assembly line

    02/25/2016 5:50:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | 02/25/2016
    "Robots can't deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today," said the company's head of production Markus Schaefer. "We're saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people." The change comes at a time when a number of companies are replacing people with robotic devices. International Federation of Robotics (IFR) released a survey today stating that 1.3 million of the industrial robots will be in use by 2018. In fact, the number of those machines rose 43 percent in a year between 2013 and 2014. However, as Mercedes continues to expand the options...
  • Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

    03/13/2015 12:11:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/17/14
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for significant campaign contributions to the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported that Menendez, with express written support from Clinton, intervened on behalf of Estefania Isaías, who was banned from traveling to the U.S. due to accusations of visa fraud. Isaías is the daughter of Roberto Isaias, who lives in Miami and is currently fighting extradition to Ecuador for banking crimes and under investigation for...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • Mercedes-Benz sales up almost 15% in first quarter (Record 1 month sales)

    04/08/2015 8:44:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | April 8, 2015 | William Boston
    Mercedes-Benz sold nearly 15% more cars in the first quarter from the same period last year, setting the bar high for rivals Audi and BMW in the race for the top premium brand, amid strong demand for its C-Class sedans, sport-utility vehicles and luxury compact cars. The German the luxury car maker owned by Daimler AG, said on Wednesday that it sold 429,602 cars in the quarter. Mercedes-Benz's sales growth accelerated in March when it sold nearly 16% more vehicles than in the same month last year.
  • Mercedes-Benz launching midsize pickup by end of decade

    03/27/2015 12:59:23 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 33 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/27/2015 | Chris Bruce
    The pickup is about to get a rethink from Germany. In a rather surprising announcement, Mercedes-Benz says that it's planning to have a midsize truck on the market before the end of the decade. Before you get too excited to drive a pickup with the brand's famous star on the grille, there's some disappointing news. Mercedes is quite clear that the US isn't among the intended markets for the midsize truck, and the company specifically outlines the model for Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. Also, this is a product being developed by the more commercially-minded Mercedes-Benz Vans division...
  • Mercedes investing $500 million for new Sprinter plant in SC

    03/10/2015 5:39:56 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/10/2015 | Chris Bruce
    The commercial van segment is exploding in popularity in the US right now with a vast array of recent products from multiple marques, and there's even more on the way from automakers like Hyundai. Mercedes-Benz is trying to grab a bigger share of the expanding market, too, and is launching its smaller Metris here in the fall. Now comes word that Mercedes will construct a $500-million factory in Charleston, SC, that will build the next-gen Sprinter domestically. According to Mercedes, construction of the new plant will begin in 2016, and when complete, the site will cover around 200 acres, including...
  • Mercedes' self-driving car that is built for luxurious living spotted cruising around the streets

    03/10/2015 7:23:25 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10MAR2015 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    It boasts a futuristic silver exterior, a luxury 'lounge area' and most incredibly - no driver. This Mercedes-Benz self-driving car has been spotted cruising around the streets of San Francisco. The F015 Luxury In Motion, first unveiled at a consumer show in January, was caught on camera by stunned bystanders as it traveled through the California city for a photo shoot last Wednesday. Some later took to social media to share their experiences of the autonomous research vehicle, deeming it 'futuristic', 'really cool' and 'radical'. Many questioned its presence on the streets.
  • Southern Like Us (Why Mercedes is moving to Georgia!!)

    02/17/2015 7:06:17 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 62 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2-17-2015 | Lee Habeeb
    When I told my friends in New Jersey nearly ten years ago that I was packing my bags and heading south, they thought I’d lost my mind. ...(snip)......When I told them I had no desire to inherit the pension liabilities that New Jersey’s public unions and politicians were irresponsibly saddling on their own citizens, things got downright gloomy......(snip) Last month, in a move that shocked residents of northern New Jersey, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz USA announced it was moving its headquarters from Montvale (just miles from where I grew up) to Sandy Springs, Ga. And it’s bringing nearly 1,000 people along with...
  • Mercedes selects AM General(South Bend) to make SUVs in the US

    01/29/2015 10:55:05 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-28-2015 | AP
    Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class SUV at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class, which comes with six or seven seats, was briefly sold in the U.S. but has been sold exclusively in China since 2013. Mercedes doesn't release sales numbers for individual models in China, but in a presentation last year the company said it sold 12,700 R-Class SUVs in 2013. Mercedes says it needs to move production of the R-Class from its...
  • Mercedes to Move U.S. Headquarters From New Jersey to Georgia

    01/06/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 54 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 1/6/15 | Patrick McGeehan
    In the latest blow to New Jersey, which is still staggering from the recession, Mercedes-Benz USA said on Tuesday that it would move its headquarters to Georgia from Montvale, N.J.
  • Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the Wagon America Needs

    12/29/2014 3:05:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! Auto's Bold Ride Blog ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonathon Klein
    The new Mercedes-Benz CLA has absolutely killed its sales since it debuted earlier in the year. Mercedes wanted a new entry-level model that would bring in a younger generation of buyer, and the CLA and GLA have absolutely knocked it out of the park. Now Mercedes wants to expand the lineup for the cars’ platform. We’ve already seen the CLA 45 AMG, and the GLA, but according to Mercedes, what the CLA needs is a shooting brake. Or what us Americans call “a wagon.” Gone are the days of dorky wood-lined station wagons. Today’s modern iterations are some of the...
  • New Record: Driving Across the US in Less Than 29 Hours

    10/31/2013 6:25:00 PM PDT · by oxcart · 43 replies ^ | 10/31/2013 | Russell Goldman
    Three men, a souped-up Mercedes, 2,813 miles of American roadway, a bedpan, and a dream. Ed Bolian, and his team, obliterated a cross-country driving record this month, racing from New York to LA in a heart-pounding 28 hours 50 minutes. That’s 11 hours faster than Google maps says it should take, and nearly 3 hours faster than the previous record set in 2006 of 31 hours and 4 minutes. “Honestly, I was so shocked at how much we had beat our target and previous record,” Bolian, a 27-year-old Lamborghini dealer from Atlanta told
  • SEE IT: Students' Mercedes-Benz ad shows car running over young Hitler

    09/10/2013 12:45:00 PM PDT · by wolf78 · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 27, 2013 | Lee Moran
    A spoof advertisement, which shows a young Adolf Hitler being knocked down and killed by a Mercedes-Benz, has outraged bosses at the auto firm. They say the unauthorized spot — where a C-Class' collision-prevention technology avoids hitting two girls before hitting Hitler as his mom screams his name — is "inappropriate."
  • Famed Non-Automotive Journalist Michael Hastings Turns A C250 Into A “Bomb”

    06/19/2013 4:04:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 76 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | June 19, 2013 | Jack Baruth
    The writing-about-writing crowd is abuzz with discussion about the rather unusual death of Buzzfeed/RollingStone/Gawker writer Michael Hastings. Mr. Hastings, whose name is never mentioned in the press without the immediate mention that he was “the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal”, died in a single-car accident in Los Angeles yesterday morning. This in and of itself is not unusual, but the circumstances of the crash and its aftermath won’t do anything to quiet the conspiracy theorists who are already claiming that the military-industrial complex found a way to cap the guy. The definitive video...
  • Turbocharged Luxury Death (The Death of Michael Hastings)

    06/19/2013 5:24:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Other McCain | June 19, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Robert Stacy McCain @rsmccain Does the NSA have technology that can make a sports car veer out of control? …? Asking for a friend ... #NotParanoid 1:01 PM - 19 Jun 2013 10 Retweets 3 favorites The conspiracy theorists have already gotten way ahead of me on this story. I’m on a self-imposed deadline today for a long article about the life and death of Michael Hastings and the first question that interested me was, “How the hell does a journalist afford a brand-new Mercedes-Benz C250?” A bit of research and a couple of phone calls pointed toward...
  • New Jersey car buyer finds out his Mercedes-Benz used to belong to Adolf Hitler

    07/09/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7-9-12 | Michelle Castillo
    (CBS News) EDGEWATER, N.J. - An auto repair shop owner was shocked to find out that a Mercedez-Benz he purchased for a customer used to belong to Adolf Hitler. "He was surprised," Zenop Tuncer, owner of Euro Tech Motors, told CBS News. "We were all surprised!" Tuncer, whose shop specializes in classic cars, got a request from real estate developer Fred Daibes that he wanted a Mercedes-Benz 540K. However Tuncer could only procure a 1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D convertible, which Daibes agreed to buy. Tuncer said he should have been tipped off because the car looked like a military...
  • Don't Mess with Alan Grayson

    03/14/2012 9:12:55 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-14-12 | Stoutcat
    I was enjoying the response to the flowchart at iOwnTheWorld when I noticed an advertisement on the sidebar for Alan Grayson. “Put Progressive Champion Alan Grayson back in Congress!” the ad crowed. But given Mr. Grayson’s recent troubles, I took the liberty of modifiyng the ad slightly. Much better!
  • Viva la gaffe... Mercedes-Benz apologises for using image of Che Guevara to promote ...

    01/13/2012 5:34:12 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th January 2012 | Beth Stebner
    Viva la gaffe... Mercedes-Benz apologises for using image of Che Guevara to promote 'revolutionary' car sharing programme (Viva la revolucion: Mercedes Benz used an iconic image of Marxist revolutionary leader Che Guevara to promote a new ride-share initiative) Che Guevara, the famous Argentinian-born revolutionary and military theorist, wore many hats – including that of physician, author, and guerrilla leader. But he almost certainly never wore one with a Mercedes-Benz logo. The high-end car company, known for its impeccable - and pricey - motor vehicles, used the late leader to promote a new car-sharing program, much to the horror of Cuban...
  • China vehicle maker to open plant in Kenya

    04/10/2011 7:31:58 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 21 replies
    China’s vehicle manufacturer Foton is setting up an assembly plant in Kenya in what is set to heighten the battle between China and Western nations for business in Kenya. The Sh1.2 billion assembly plant is expected to churn out 10,000 units of prime movers, tippers, buses, pick-ups, and light commercial trucks per year, making it one of the biggest foreign direct investments by a Chinese company. Foton said it is setting up the plant to avoid paying a 25 per cent import duty on cars to allow in its low cost products putting it in a head-to-head battle with Japanese...
  • Suspicious Tractor-Trailer Empty [Connecticut]

    10/08/2010 6:25:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 8, 2010, updated 23 minuts ago | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BRANFORD, Conn. — Police and FBI agents Friday night said a tractor-trailer stopped in Branford, Conn., and suspected of carrying explosives was empty, NBC station WVIT of Hartford reported." SNIPPET: "Police were told to be on the lookout for a brown Peterbilt tractor-trailer that may have a bomb in it that was en route from Rhode Island to New York City, the New Haven Register reported. Officers were told if they encountered it to stop it and create a perimeter and stand by. Branford is about 80 miles north of New York City. In another incident, around 6:21 p.m....
  • Hitler's Car Gift to Nepal King to Get a New Life

    09/16/2010 7:34:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 16, 2010 | Gopal Sharma
    A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday. The 1939 Mercedes Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal's last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago. It has been stored at an old palace garage for more than five years, after being abandoned by an engineering college that had been using it for classes.
  • The World's Most Beautiful Cars (according to some folks Forbes talked to)

    07/18/2010 1:01:02 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 29 replies · 3+ views ^ | 7/7/10 | Hannah Elliot
    Looks aren't everything. Given a rainy day on a pock-marked street, even a luxury roadster will look and feel less than stellar. But when it comes to attracting attention on a showroom floor, appearance does matter--a lot. Take, for instance, the case of Jaguar's new XJ sedan...
  • Car breaks through seventh-story wall

    04/29/2010 3:19:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 503+ views
    upi ^ | April 29, 2010
    TULSA, Okla.,- A white Mercedes breached the exterior wall on the seventh floor of an Oklahoma parking garage and rained debris into a parking lot below, police said. Police said the driver's foot became stuck on the gas pedal and he was unable to stop the vehicle before it broke through the wall on the seventh floor of the Bank of America building's parking garage in Tulsa about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Tulsa World reported Thursday. Several cars were damaged by falling debris from the wall but no injuries were reported, police said. Officers were able to drive the car...
  • Drunk Man Tries to Steal His Own Mercedes: Cops

    Thievery under the influence: A drunk Addison man tried to steal his own Mercedes from an impound lot but was thwarted by workers who parked tow trucks at the entrance to stop the car, say cops.
  • REPORT: Mercedes-Benz considering line of three-cylinder engines

    12/17/2009 5:56:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies · 1,431+ views ^ | 12-17-2009 | by Jeremy Korzeniewsk
    According to an unnamed senior company source quoted in Autocar, Mercedes-Benz is currently deciding if it will launch a new range of three-cylinder engines. According to the source, if the German automaker chooses to go the three-cylinder route, the engine may be one cylinder bank of the company's well-regarded V6 line. If MB does go with an inline three, it will join fellow German automaker BMW in lowering its cylinder count. Apparently, though, taking this route is thought to be an expensive proposition that would require extra engineering in the form of a strengthened bodyshell, additional sound deadening and redesigned...
  • Daimler to Shift Mercedes C-Class Production to U.S. [weak dollar, 4-cylinder models coming?]

    12/02/2009 3:14:14 AM PST · by wolf78 · 2 replies · 586+ views / The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 2, 2009 | Christoph Rauwald / Sarah Sloat
    FRANKFURT -- German car maker Daimler AG said Wednesday it will shift production of its best-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class model from its core plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, to its Bremen and U.S. facilities, as part of a wider move to bring production closer to main sales regions and reduce exposure to currency fluctuation. "This step is essential for strategic and operational reasons, so that Mercedes-Benz remains competitive and can fully utilize future growth opportunities," said Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche. The move underscores a trend among auto makers to ramp up local production to reduce exposure to currency fluctuations and benefit from...
  • Mercedes-Benz Offering Sharia Loans in Middle East

    10/20/2009 3:36:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/2009 | Viknesh Vijayenthiran
    Mercedes-Benz is hoping to increase its presence in the lucrative Middle-Eastern market by establishing a pair of financial firms that are fully compliant with the specific regulations of Islamic law, or Sharia. Islamic law prohibits its followers from charging or collecting interest fees when money is lent or accepted, or investing in businesses, goods or services that are contrary to its religious principles. To get around this, Mercedes-Benz has launched Mercedes-Benz Finance Middle East and Mercedes-Benz Leasing Middle East. The new companies are headquartered in Dubai and offer loans and leasing to private and business customers for new and pre-owned...
  • Mercedes Rolls Out the Hybrids (Video)

    09/19/2009 8:13:12 AM PDT · by wrrock · 5 replies · 374+ views
    cdr ^ | 9/19/2009 | cdr
    From the Frankfurt motor show: Mercedes rolls out hybrid S-Class. But the current models do not give the consumer that much fuel efficiency. The Mercedes ML450 Hybrid model tops the list, with 21 mpg city / 24 mpg highway — hardly anything to brag about, especially for a Hybrid.
  • New National Anthem

    02/21/2009 4:44:27 PM PST · by RBW in PA · 3 replies · 635+ views ^ | February 15, 2009 | Subscribe
    Check out this video on youtube, it should be our new National Anthem.
  • Daimler to suspend production for one month: report

    10/26/2008 6:12:06 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 51 replies · 1,132+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/08
    BERLIN (AFP) – German carmaker Daimler, hit by falling demand amid the global financial crisis, plans to suspend production for a month beginning in December, a newspaper said in report due to appear Sunday. The break in production would begin on December 11 and last until January 12, Frankfurter Sonntagszeitung reported, citing a company spokesman. Daimler, the first luxury car maker to present its quarterly results, unveiled big falls in profits on Thursday and issued a new profit warning owing to the global banking crisis. "The financial crisis is turning into an economic crisis," Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche told a...
  • BIG WHEEL BENZ THE RULES (Charlie Rangel, D-NY, has illegally stored car in House garage for years)

    09/18/2008 4:29:36 AM PDT · by Stoat · 64 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Post ^ | September 18, 2008 | DAPHNE RETTER
      Rep. Charles Rangel has been using a House of Representatives parking garage for years as free storage space for his old Mercedes-Benz - a violation of congressional rules and a potential new tax woe for the embattled lawmaker, The Post has learned. The 1972 silver sedan is registered to Rangel, who is already under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, and is parked in a coveted section of an indoor lot, near elevators that lead to his office. The car is covered with a protective tarp and has no license plates. Rangel's registration on the vehicle expired in 2004,...
  • Mercedes Plans Electric Car by 2010

    06/21/2008 7:21:54 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 40 replies · 327+ views
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | June 22, 2008 | Henning Peitsmeier, Susanne Preuß und Holger Steltzner
    General Motors will den Chevrolet Volt schon 2010 für rund 30.000 Dollar auf den Markt bringen. Was wird ein Steckdosen-Smart kosten? General Motors intends to market the Chevrolet Volt as early as 2010 for around $30,000. How much will a plug-in Smart cost? Wir planen für das Jahr 2010 einen Elektro-Smart und für dasselbe Jahr auch ein Mercedes-Modell. Über den Preis ist noch nicht endgültig entschieden. Das hängt davon ab, ob wir die Autos mit den Batterien verkaufen oder ob die Batterien geleast werden. We are planning an Electro-Smart for the year 2010, and for the same year also a...
  • Fiat to Return to the U.S.

    06/09/2008 8:15:35 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 79 replies · 225+ views
    Business Week ^ | 6/6/2008 | David Rocks
    Italian automaker Fiat (FIA.MI) is looking for partners to manufacture its Alfa Romeo brand and its 500 subcompact in North America. Although the company hasn't finalized plans for its return to the U.S. market, an announcement could come later this year, Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said Friday. "The U.S. market is very large, and we're not looking to occupy a premier position," Marchionne said. "But I think we do have a couple of brands and products that we can sell successfully there."
  • Detroit '08 Preview: 2009 Hyundai Genesis shakes things up (Under $30K RWD Luxury Car)

    03/04/2008 5:53:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 403+ views
    AutoBlog ^ | January 8, 2008 | John Neff
    What you are looking at is the physical representation of Hyundai's will to succeed in the U.S., also known as the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. The Korean automaker's first attempt at a rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan will debut in Detroit next week and arrive on our shores later this year (we think) with a price tag that starts below $30,000. As is Hyundai's way, it will feature power, performance and amenities that belie its little price tag. First, the design. The Genesis sedan has clean lines and uncluttered surfaces that look detailed and, frankly, expensive. Yes, it's derivative. There's a bit of...
  • Police Discover, Defuse 'Massive' Explosive Device in West London

    06/29/2007 12:14:31 AM PDT · by AVNevis · 390 replies · 11,624+ views
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  • DaimlerChrysler to sell controlling stake in Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management

    05/14/2007 1:55:54 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 50 replies · 6,210+ views
    Excerpt - BREAKING NEWS: DaimlerChrysler will sell an 80.1% stake in Chrysler to private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. Full article coming shortly.
  • Affordable Luxury (Cars Under $30,000)

    02/23/2007 4:09:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 3,431+ views
    AOL Autos/ASKMEN.COM ^ | December 05, 2006 | MICHAEL BROACH
    Is it time to upgrade your current set of wheels to something a little more professional and comfortable? Are you trying to figure out how to drive something that looks like it should be on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but with a nickel-and-dime budget? So where can you find a car that will impress without breaking the bank? Check out this list of cars that are all high on luxury and under $30,000 on the lot.

    11/25/2006 10:36:40 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies · 762+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 25 November 2006 | Lynn Brezosky
    MERCEDES, Texas (AP) -- With a blare of mariachis and a platform sagging under the weight of public officials wanting to take part, this impoverished Mexican border city recently cut the ribbon on a $50 million outlet mall that boasts status labels like Burberry, Izod and Coach. Although the median household income is half the national average and only 15 percent of its residents have graduated from college, towns like Mercedes are the jackpot for retailers who find their stores accessible to Mexican luxury shoppers, particularly from the mansion-filled hills of Monterrey, 120 miles away. And so far, cross-border holiday...
  • Cindy Sheehan begins guerilla marketing campaign for Mercedes Benz

    11/13/2006 11:18:01 AM PST · by GoldwaterAvenger · 41 replies · 4,478+ views
    AP/Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11.13.06 | Associated Press
    Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan holds a sign while demonstrating for the end of U.S. military involvement and peace in Iraq in front of the White House in Washington November 6, 2006.
  • F1: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - Live on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST

    08/05/2006 1:17:30 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 18 replies · 896+ views ^ | 8-5-06 |
    Two-second penalties for both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher set up a thrilling qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. With the two key championship contenders eliminated before the top-ten shootout, the honours for pole position fell right at the very end to McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen, whose last-gasp lap of 1m 19.599s came just as Felipe Massa looked to have bagged the first Formula One pole of his career. Also, Hungarian Grand Prix stewards have cancelled American Scott Speed’s three fastest qualifying times as punishment for impeding another driver during Saturday’s session. The move means the Toro...
  • F1: GERMAN GRAND PRIX - LIVE on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST

    07/30/2006 12:20:24 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 10 replies · 717+ views ^ | 7-30-06 |
    Kimi Raikkonen repeated his 2005 qualifying position for McLaren at Hockenheim on Saturday afternoon to beat Michael Schumacher. But with Felipe Massa third, Ferrari look very threatening despite too much oversteer in the final session, and everything will depend on fuel loads on Sunday.On paper, Ferrari look set for a strong run tomorrow, and as in Indianapolis, Fernando Alonso has a lot to do to safeguard his championship lead.
  • F1 French Grand Prix -- Live on Speed Channel

    07/16/2006 12:47:37 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 16 replies · 459+ views ^ | 7-16-06 |
    Michael Schumacher took his 68th pole position here in Magny-Cours this afternoon, underlying that his success in Indianapolis was not just due to any Michelin conservatism but also Bridgestone’s improved performance. The former champion looked strong all day and lapped his Ferrari in 1m 15.493s to seal the issue just as arch-rival Fernando Alonso posted 1m 15.785s for Renault and Michelin. It was not quite the result that the partisan crowd had expected, and it will be fascinating to see on Sunday which of them has the greater fuel load.
  • Formula-1: UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (at Indy)

    07/02/2006 9:22:17 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 37 replies · 848+ views ^ | 7-2-06 |
    F1 Grand Prix is on American soil. Don't miss the race LIVE in its entirety from Indianapolis Motor Speedway! SUNDAY: 12:30pm ET on SPEED Channel!
  • World's most expensive lemon? ($1.7 million car won't run)

    06/18/2006 5:18:35 PM PDT · by wjersey · 28 replies · 2,269+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/18/2006 | Staff
    The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership is suing Mercedes-Benz, its parent company DaimlerChrysler and other affiliates, alleging that a $1.7 million car purchased in 2004 wouldn't run for more than 10 blocks without problems. The car, a Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR Limited Edition Roadster, was supposed to be one of only five made. In the lawsuit, the owner of exotic car dealership Grand Prix Motors also alleges that six were actually made, reducing the value of his car. A two-door sports car, the CLK-GTR has a carbon fiber body and a 6.9-liter 12-cylinder engine enabling it to go from...
  • Federal customs agents puts brakes on soldier enjoying ‘possible war trophy (New Haven, CT)

    05/20/2006 10:11:09 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 853+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | 5-20-06 | Matt Apuzzo
    NEW HAVEN — Federal customs agents seized a Mercedes-Benz on Thursday from an Army reservist who said the armor-plated, bulletproof luxury car likely belonged to Saddam Hussein. First Sgt. William von Zehle said he bought the car while serving in Iraq. U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement agents said the car, which was also equipped with loudspeakers and hidden microphones, was being treated as a "possible war trophy." "It belonged to the former Iraqi regime," ICE spokesman Dean Boyd said. He said investigators were unsure whether the former Iraqi dictator actually owned it. Von Zehle, of Ridgefield, was quoted in news...
  • GERMANY'S NEW MERCEDES MUSEUM - From Horsepower to the Popemobile

    05/19/2006 5:17:10 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 24 replies · 670+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | May 18, 2006 | Christian Wüst
    On Friday, Mercedes-Benz will open the world's largest museum dedicated to automobiles. The grand new museum will present the icons of the German automobile industry -- from the earliest cars right up to the Popemobile. The building couldn't be more German. It's equipped with incredible technology, and yet it looks a bit beat-up somehow. It almost resembles a dented can. On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Stuttgart to celebrate the inauguration of the city's new Mercedes Museum. The museum, located near the Mercedes-Benz factory in the Untertürkheim neighborhood, is meant to emphasize the German industrial giant's mythological...
  • Formula-1: SPANISH GRAND PRIX this weekend

    05/12/2006 10:30:07 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 5 replies · 393+ views ^ | 5-12-2006 |
    Barcelona is a circuit that every Formula One team knows well as they complete thousands of kilometres there in testing throughout the season. The mix of high-speed corners, a very long straight and an abrasive track surface, makes the Circuit de Catalunya a uniquely ‘complete’ circuit. Finding the right set-up compromise is always a tricky business at the Spanish Grand Prix. World champion Fernando Alonso was the fastest race driver in Friday afternoon’s second practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya. In front of a huge home crowd, the Spaniard finished third in his Renault, behind Honda’s and Red Bull’s...
  • Ferrari ready for Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Schumacher says

    03/18/2006 4:13:49 PM PST · by soccer_maniac · 16 replies · 613+ views ^ | 3-18-06 |
    Ferrari's Michael Schumacher said that Ferrari was ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Giancarlo Fisichella has pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Jenson Button alongside him and the Williams of Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber behind them on the grid.