Diesel technology is something that has been very popular in overseas markets for many years.  These engines are slower to catch on in the US, even though they provide lower environment-harming toxins and higher MPG for roughly the same cost as other engines.  This may have to do with the fluctuating price of diesel gas.  In some markets on the other side of the world, diesel fuel is substantially cheaper than regular petroleum gasoline.

Mercedes-Benz has always been at the forefront of diesel technology with their BlueTEC systems.  As the US becomes more comfortable with the idea of diesel vehicles, and more are being sold each year.  Mercedes alone offers five diesel-powered models.

Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, wrote, “While most auto makers have clean diesel autos on the market in Europe, Asia and Australia, there are growing indications that even more diesels are on their way to the U.S. market.”

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30 Jul 2012

Motor Authority was able to spot a rare find on sale for auction: a 1954 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe prototype.  There were only 50 of these prototypes hand-built before Mercedes’ official initial release of their vehicles in 1955.

The history of the car from production until 1962 is unknown.  Experts have speculated that this particular Mercedes could be the car used in the 1955 Detroit Auto Show as the display car. The reasoning behind this speculation is that the underhood is fitted with a NSL engine, which were not used to drive the steel-bodied SLs.

The vehicle is being auctioned off on ebay instead of at one of more high-profile antique car auctions.  RM Auctions did appraise the vehicle for the seller, who was told to expect as much as $1 million for it.  He has started the bidding at $850,000 and is confident about the interest.  As the car has been in storage for the past 30 years, it should be an excellent condition and coveted by thousands throughout the world.

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24 Jul 2012

Pat Matthews is a 61-year-old retired man living in California and owns 15 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  He is so passionate about the brand, and the 300SL in particular, that he has grouped with five other Mercedes fans to open their own museum.  The museum is in Napa, California and is dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

“They are breathtakingly beautiful,” Matthews said when describing what he loves about Mercedes’ 300SL. “They are fast. They are unbelievably reliable. They are works of art. They are just great cars to drive.  My vision is to show the passion that this car created.”  He also said that one thing that makes the 300SL particularly special is that it was the first production car to use fuel injection technology.

There are two types of 300SL, according to Pat Mathews – the gull wing coupe and roadster convertible.  Both versions of the 300SL were only produced in limited numbers from 1954-1963.  His museum currently has three of them on display, though his goal is to have feature five.

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15 Jul 2012

Though Mercedes has been talking about the newest AMG Shooting Brake for a while, and even released some information before displaying parts of the vehicle during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, they have just officially and fully unveiled the sporty wagon.

The world has not seen a CLS 63 AMG  since the 2006 model powered by a 6.3 liter V8.  The newest incarnation is powered by twin-turbocharged 5.5 liter engine that provides 525 horsepower and paired to a 7-speed transmission.  Though the engine is smaller, technology has become more advanced and engineers are able to get more power with dual turbocharging.

The Shooting Brake is a unique mixture of a sports car and family wagon.  The sports car part of the vehicle features direct injection and air/water intercooling, a top speed of 155 MPH and a 0-62 MPH time of 4.4 seconds.  The car will also be fitted with the best in luxury and comfort accessories.

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7 Jul 2012