2014 Infiniti Q50 Earns NHTSA Five-Star Honor


A pair of luxury nameplates vied for membership in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's coveted five-star safety club, but only one made the cut. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 became the latest to earn the title, while the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class fell just short of the mark.

Both the Q50's gas-only and hybrid models, including rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of both, earned an overall score of five stars in NHTSA crash testing. In individual tests, including frontal-crash, side-impact and rollover evaluations, all versions of the luxury compact sedan scored four, five and five, respectively.

By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon: First Drive

Mercedes-Benz has updated the mainstay E-Class lineup of midsize luxury cars for the 2014 model year, the latest in a barrage of products from the German automaker. Like the others, this one is also designed to keep rival BMW at bay in the global sales race. I recently had an opportunity to sample one of the nearly 15 new variants of the E-Class, the E350 4Matic wagon, at a drive event in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the E-Class representing 20% of Mercedes-Benz's sales in the U.S., this is an important car for the brand, so it has to be right.

Thankfully the company already had a strong contender to begin with. For 2014, the changes to the E-Class are subtle but thorough. A new front and rear design is smoother and more integrated, and the rear doors and quarter panels no longer feature the bulbous fender of the previous model. The overall look is still recognizably Mercedes-Benz, but sleeker and leaner. Two distinct front-end looks are available for the sedan and wagon: Sport puts the three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, and Luxury mounts it more traditionally to the front of the hood. In addition to the sedan and wagon, the E-Class is also available as a coupe and convertible; they're slated to reach dealerships at the end of this month.

By Aaron Bragman | June 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Photo Gallery


Like all families, Mercedes-Benz's E-Class lineup continues growing and changing through the years. The automaker brought the whole clan to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week for a reunion. The revised-for-2014 E-Class family portrait includes the sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon — and each one still looks great.

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A cohesive design boasts a more flowing silhouette, along with a new four-eyed stare from LED headlights and a pair of grilles that display the Mercedes star upright on the hood or integrated into the grille. A new four-cylinder diesel engine joins a pair of V-8 gasoline engines and a hybrid powertrain. Inside, design, materials and overall feel have returned to a distinctive, luxurious quality that in some ways has been missing.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

1 - 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC Sedan & Wagon Modified

  • Competes with: Audi S6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V
  • Looks like: More aggressive styling, dramatic wheels, LEDs aplenty
  • Drivetrain: 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 (optional 570-hp S-Model), seven-speed automatic transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

Mercedes-Benz is planning to use next week's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to unveil its refreshed 2014 E-Class lineup, and it has published details about two models that are sure to get some hearts beating faster. The 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC and E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC will make their global debuts at the show, wearing updated sheet metal and new interiors. They will feature more power and the first-ever standard all-wheel-drive configuration for the North American market.

By Aaron Bragman | January 10, 2013 | Comments (3)

2010 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers: Production Cars


It's been a busy media preview at the Detroit auto show with the launch of a number of new production cars, and now it's time to assess the hits and the flops. All the models below will hit showrooms sometime in the next year — although we have to wait longer on the new Focus — and some are vitally important to their respective automakers. Let us know what your favorite new production car was in the comments.
2012 Ford Focus
Mike Hanley: Winner
The new global Focus doesn't go on sale in the U.S. for another year or so, but from what I saw of it at the show, it definitely looks worth the wait. Stylish design, good fuel economy and high-tech features come together in this small car, positioning it to steal market share from the competition; it's already stolen the Detroit auto show.
By David Thomas | January 14, 2010 | Comments (8)

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: Up Close

Under the auto show lights in Detroit, the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet looks great with the top down, especially the blue E350 on display. The E550's black paint hides the model's tasteful sheet-metal details too much. The top-up look isn't bad, either — good roofline.
By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 11, 2010 | Comments (0)

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: First Look

  • Competes with: BMW 6 Series
  • Looks like: Mercedes is building on the success of the E-Class sedan
  • Drivetrain: 268-hp V-6 or 382-hp V-8
  • Hits dealerships: May 2010
Mercedes’ new E-Class convertible sure will go on sale at the right time. Starting in May, droptop fans will be able to buy the all-new E-Class Cabriolet with either a 268-horsepower V-6 in the E350 or the 382-hp V-8 in the E550. All too often we see a hot new convertible go on sale in the fall, right in time to enjoy it from the comforts of a garage.

The new E-Class sedan has been a hit for the luxury brand, almost single-handedly boosting sales as the year winds down. The coupe followed, and now it seems the convertible continues the design’s overall handsome look. Larger, four-seat convertibles like this aren’t the norm these days.

The E-Class Cabriolet will sport the latest version of Mercedes’ Airscarf technology, which is a vent that’s built into the front headrests and pushes warm air around the neck. This allows more enjoyable top-down driving in chilly weather; we’ve tested the previous version, and it’s never been that impressive.

The E-Class has a new feature Mercedes is calling the Aircap, which is basically an integrated diffuser that doesn’t sully the car’s lines.

What about the top? Well, it’s a soft-top, folks. If you were looking for one of those cool, retractable hardtops you’ll have to stick to the SLK or SL in the Benz lineup. However, soft-tops usually have advantages like less weight and faster closing times. Mercedes says this one will close in less than 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 25 mph, so if you start the process at a stoplight you can go on green and finish up if you have to. The trunk is 13.8 cubic feet with the top up; it only loses 3.2 cubic feet when it’s down, which isn’t awful.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’d expect it to be significantly higher than the coupe’s $48,050 starting price. Think mid-$50,000 range. More photos below.
By David Thomas | December 16, 2009 | Comments (3)

2010 Mercedes-Benz E550: Through Ian's Lens

One of my childhood memories is sitting on the front-seat armrest of my grandfather's early 1980s’ Mercedes-Benz 240D while he drove me and my brother around the flat farmlands of southern Minnesota. Sometimes we’d run errands and sometimes we went just to go for a drive. With the smell of the leather interior in our noses and the comforting clatter of the diesel engine in our ears, my brother and I knew we were riding in something special.

That “Something Special” legacy continues at Mercedes-Benz for 2010. Taking design cues from the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class, the completely redesigned 2010 E-Class combines a fierce front with sleek hard lines throughout the hood, grille, headlights and fenders. It's an aggressive new stance for a model that has felt middle-of-the-road for the past 15 years. Mainstay design elements are prevalent on the E-Class with the dual headlamps on either side of the nose and stacked indicator/reverse lights/brake lights on the rear. In profile, the E-Class carries its major design lines in a slow crease that swoops along the body panels from the top of the front wheel well to the top of the taillight.

When you see it on the street, this new E-Class will definitely stand out against its competitors. Check out the full-screen player after the jump.
By Ian Merritt | October 29, 2009 | Comments (4)

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: Up Close


Earlier yesterday, I had a chance to check out Mercedes’ latest creation, the E-Class coupe. Its proportions are more akin to the six-figure CL-Class than the smaller, tubbier CLK, and if you dig the CL you’ll probably like its latest sibling. I feel the same way about it as I did about the sedan: Apart from those quad headlights, the face looks sharp. The tail, on the other hand, is derivative of half a dozen others.

By Kelsey Mays | April 9, 2009 | Comments (6)

First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe


  • Competes with: BMW 6 Series, Audi S5
  • Looks like: Mercedes is expanding its lineup at BMW pace
  • Drivetrain: 268-hp V-6 or 382-hp V-8
  • Hits dealerships: June 2009

The next-generation E-Class sedan was revealed on the eve of the 2009 Detroit auto show, and now, a few weeks before the Geneva Motor Show, the company has revealed plans for its first-ever E-Class coupe, which will go on sale stateside in June.

The new model will slot below the $107,900 CL coupe and above the $48,100 CLK coupe, which might not be built much longer now that the E-Class two-door is on the scene.

While Mercedes announced a number of trim levels for the European market, the U.S. will get the same two power plants found in the current E-Class sedan. The E350 will feature a 262-hp V-6 engine, and the more powerful E550 will feature a 382-hp V-8. The new, more powerful, more efficient direct-injection gasoline engines that will be offered in Europe will likely take another year or two to make it to the U.S.

Features will most likely mirror the new E-Class sedan, which you can read about here. We’ll have more information on pricing closer to the on-sale date. For now, check out the photos below. 

By David Thomas | February 17, 2009 | Comments (7)

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