2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class family continues to grow for 2015 as the S600 joins the S550, S65 and S63, bringing with it even more oomph than its already-formidable predecessor. The big, regal, powerful-looking sedan's behemoth 6.0-liter V-12 now makes 523 horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque. The automaker's standard Magic Body Control suspension uses cameras to monitor road conditions and adapts to them.

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Inside, features include a touchpad for inputting commands to the multimedia system and a standard head-up display. Standard safety equipment includes lane-keep assist, blind spot warning, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and a pedestrian recognition system with automatic braking. The S600 hits dealerships in the spring.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Jaguar XJ, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8
Looks like: The redesigned S-Class with V-12 badges
Drivetrain: 523-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 engine; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive only
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Joining the S-Class lineup for 2015 is the all-new S600, which is back after a year off. Mercedes introduced the redesigned S-Class and S550 first and is now showing off a bigger, more-powerful signature V-12 engine in the S600. The S-Class had six variants when the 2013 model exited to make way for the 2014, and the new version is catching up quickly. The new S600 joins the redesigned V-8-powered S550 and S63, and the also-V-12-powered S65.

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Since 1991 the S600 got power from an engine with three times the cylinders of your typical four-banger economy car. For 2015, the 6.0-liter V-12 and its 523-horsepower and 612 pounds-feet of torque make up the most significant difference between it and the S550. The numbers are also up half a liter and 13 hp from the 2013 version, and horsepower is up 74 hp from the S550.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Mercedes-Benz made a splash last year with its all-new CLA-Class. So much so that some wondered if it would steal too many shoppers from the venerable C-Class. With the reveal of the 2015 redesign though, it is clear Mercedes isn't giving up on its workhorse.

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The smooth lines resemble a smaller S-Class than a beefier CLA, giving it a more regal look outside. Inside the three center air vents and floating multimedia screen look found in other new Mercedes are also present. We shot both the C400 and the C220 diesel at an event in Detroit last night that shows off two distinct grille treatments.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW X1, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5
Looks like: A toned-down version of the GLA45 AMG concept we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which looked like an amped-up version of the GLA250 crossover
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 355 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

When we first saw the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder referred to it as a "not-very-concepty concept." Less than two months later, Wiesenfelder's description proves prescient as the production version of the high-performance sibling of the GLA250 compact crossover readies for its world debut next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker expects the all-wheel-drive GLA45 AMG to hit dealerships by fall; no pricing info is yet available.

By Matt Schmitz | January 7, 2014 | Comments (6)

What Does This Button Do?

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I like feeling pampered — even in a car. That doesn't mean a hoity-toity attitude, just some good manners. Naturally, I loved the civility of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe. During my drive, it seemed that the E350's mystery button was saying, "Please, allow me to let me help you." So, what does this button do?

By Sara Lacey | December 31, 2013 | Comments (14)

Jaguar Spoofs Mercedes' Chicken Ad

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It's always fun to see car marketers duke it out, be in on billboards (and the occasional balloon) or ever-popular ads gone viral. Audi is usually the one taking swipes at its German competitors, but Jaguar has the latest ad — and it goes right after the icon of all luxury sedans, Mercedes-Benz's redesigned S-Class.

Naturally, you'd expect to see lots of fast-paced shots where an XJ thumps an S550 'round the Nürburgring, no? Well, there's none of that. In fact, no single vehicle is shown.

But there are chickens. Lots of chickens.

By Kelsey Mays | December 30, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 290 model-year 2014 versions of the S550 sedan; the affected vehicles were manufactured from April 11 through Oct. 14, 2013.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the front seat belt anchor may be faulty, and it could come loose in a crash. This could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners before the end of the month. Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS
Looks like: Bolder lines and a more sculpted body lend the sedan a more aggressive look
Drivetrain: 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; the sole transmission is a seven-speed automatic; both models will launch with all-wheel drive; rear-wheel-drive sedans will be available after launch
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

The information about the fourth generation of Mercedes-Benz's most popular car has been trickling in. We've already seen the interior; today the automaker released full details about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The luxury automaker's smallest car is seeing some big changes for 2015, including a jump in size, new powertrains and a host of high-tech safety features. The sedan also gets a new home this year; the current model is imported from Europe, but the 2015 C-Class will be built at Mercedes' plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All are welcome changes for the sedan that landed at the bottom in this year's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. We expect to be able to get up close to the sedan at Detroit's 2014 North American International Auto Show in January, but here's what we know so far:

By Jennifer Geiger | December 16, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Is a No-Go for Families

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The all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan, which starts at $30,825 including a $925 destination fee, piqued my interest as a budget-conscious parent. The automaker isn't marketing this compact sedan to families, but I couldn't help but think about how it could be a great fit for my family of three. We don't lug around a double-stroller; we're past the rear-facing child-safety-seat stage, and come on, it couldn't be that much of a stretch if it has four doors, right?

I had such high hopes for the 2014 CLA250, but after a weeklong test drive, I was forced to concede that it just doesn't work for families with small children.

By Carrie Kim | December 12, 2013 | Comments (5)

2014 Infiniti Q50 Earns NHTSA Five-Star Honor

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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)

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