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  • Flying Homes And Floating Cities: How Billionaires Travel

    03/08/2018 7:13:59 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 15 replies ^ | 03-08-2017 | David
    In the early 1900s, John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV was thought to be among the richest people in the world, with a net worth of nearly $87 million when he died, equivalent to $2.21 billion in 2017. In April 1912, he was traveling back home to New York after holidaying in Egypt, accompanied by his wife. Naturally, he was the richest passenger on the RMS Titanic. We’ve come a long way since the Titanic, and now the rich travel alone--and in unimaginable style. By Plane Clearly the most efficient way of transport for everyone, wealthy included, is by air. Nowadays,...
  • An infamous Mercedes-Benz used by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned in Arizona

    12/27/2017 9:07:39 AM PST · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 Dec 2017 | Gary Gastelu
    A Mercedes-Benz that was used to shuttle Adolf Hitler around Nazi Germany will be auctioned in Arizona early next year and could be worth millions, if anyone steps up to bid on it. The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen’s anonymous owner will offer the car to bidders at the Worldwide Auctioneers event in Scottsdale on Jan. 17, during the city’s annual classic car extravaganza. While any Nazi symbols on the vehicle were removed long ago, the ghosts of its past remain.
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans chief: North Charleston plant already adding U.S. jobs, with or without new NAFTA

    11/18/2017 2:58:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 17, 2017 | David Wren
    While the debate continues over whether stricter trade rules are needed to boost U.S. jobs, the head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston says his company is already helping to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promise to put more Americans to work. "I think having this facility here and the fact that we've made the decision to expand in North Charleston is something that is already very good in alignment with what your president wants — to have more things done locally and not in Mexico or some other region," said Michael Balke, president and CEO of the...
  • Bibb County portion of $1B Mercedes expansion to create 429 jobs (Alabama)

    09/22/2017 10:38:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | September 22, 2017 | Michael Tomberlin
    Mercedes-Benz is investing $248.2 million to build two very large facilities in Bibb County as the automaker expands its physical footprint into the Birmingham metro area. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the official name of the Alabama operations of the global automaker, broke ground today on its Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American hub. The two facilities will be 800,000 square feet and 1.3 million square feet respectively and are being built on 278 acres in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park near Woodstock. The groundbreaking today comes one day after Mercedes announced the new facilities as part of...
  • Mercedes to launch electric vehicle production in $1B Alabama project

    09/22/2017 5:58:23 PM PDT · by Micro aggressor · 8 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jerry Underwood
    Mercedes-Benz announced plans today to invest an additional $1 billion in its Alabama operation, where it will set up electric vehicle production and build a battery plant. In addition, the German automaker will expand its logistics activities in the U.S. with a new Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American parts hub to be built in nearby Bibb County. Altogether, Mercedes’ new investment in Alabama is expected to create more than 600 jobs and upgrade a plant that the company already describes as one of the world’s “smartest” manufacturing facilities.(Excerpt) Read more at Alabama Newscenter
  • Here's a peek at Mercedes-Benz's new luxury pick-up

    07/07/2017 11:13:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 7, 2017 | William Thornton
    Mercedes-Benz has chosen July 18 to unveil its production X-Class pickup truck, which the company is billing as the world's first premium mid-size pickup. But don't look for it on our shores any time soon. This week saw the premiere of a slick teaser commercial, posted above, and the X-Class website. The model features a GLS-style grille with prominent horizontal bars, a tall hood and a front bumper with a skid plate, according to Autoweek. It has a live rear axle and a transfer case with reduction gears, and is powered by V6 engines. Production is set to begin next...
  • Mercedes-Benz Pulls Ads From ‘O’Reilly Factor’ After ‘Disturbing’ Sexual Harassment Claims

    04/03/2017 8:28:18 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 40 replies
    Fortune ^ | 4/3 | Katie Reilly
    Mercedes-Benz has "reassigned" advertisements set to air during The O'Reilly Factor after reports that the show's host, Bill O'Reilly, was accused of sexual harassment. A New York Times report published Saturday found that Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox and the host himself paid a total of $13 million to five women since 2002. The money was paid "in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him." O'Reilly has said the accusations lack merit, but he has not denied the payments.
  • Thousands of new auto jobs expected in west Alabama

    02/22/2017 1:47:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kelvin Reynolds
    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Thousands of automotive jobs are coming to west Alabama but to get those jobs, you will require technical skill and training. They're jobs with current and future automotive parts suppliers for companies like Mercedes Benz US International. Donny Jones, COO for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, says training for those jobs is already underway. "What we're seeing with the power grant and the $1.5 million we'll have an adult education component in K through 12 and preparing people for the jobs coming available here in West Alabama," Jones said. The positions are coming...
  • Trump Threatens German Car Makers With 35 Percent Tax

    01/16/2017 6:46:30 PM PST · by bobk3 · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Robert Donachie
    President-elect Donald Trump threatened German car makers with a big border tax of 35 percent for cars imported into the U.S. Trump criticized German auto makers like BMW and Volkswagen for producing the majority of their vehicles in Germany, not the United States. “You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay a 35 percent tax,” Trump told German newspaper Bild. If the German firms decide to build factories in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the U.S., “without a 35 percent tax, you can forget that,” Trump...
  • 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 · 12 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...