Mercedes-AMG once again joins forces with Cigarette Racing

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Detroit Auto Show prankster ‘damages’ hundreds of thousands of dollars of cars

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The best Super Bowl car commercials from the last 5 years

If you’ve been dipping into the Autoblog feed over the past days and weeks, you wouldn’t even have to be a sports fan to know the Super Bowl is coming up. Automakers have been teasing their spots for the big game, dropping them days early, fully-formed onto the Internet and otherwise trying to amp up the multi-million-dollar outlays that they’ve made for air time on the biggest advertising day of the year.

And, we’re into it. The lead up to the Super Bowl is almost akin to a mini auto show around these parts; with automakers being amongst the most prolific advertisers on these special Sundays.

The crop of ads from 2015 looks as strong as ever, but we thought we’d take a quick look back at some of our favorite spots from the last five years. Take a look at our picks – created from a very informal polling of Autoblog editors and presented in no particular order – and then tell us about your recent faves, in Comments.

Chrysler, Imported From Detroit

Chrysler, Eminem and a lingering pan shot of “The Fist” – it doesn’t get much more Motown than 2011′s Imported From Detroit. With the weight of our staffers hailing from in and around The D, it’s no wonder that our memories still favor this epic Super Bowl commercial (even though the car it was shilling was crap).

Imported really set the tone for later Chrysler ads, too, repeated the formula: celebrity endorsement + dramatic copy + dash of jingoism = pulled car-guy heartstrings.

Mercedes-Benz, Soul teaser with Kate Upton

One of our favorite Super Bowl commercials (and yours, based on the insane number of views you logged) didn’t even technically air during the game.

Mercedes-Benz teased its eventual spot Soul with 90-seconds worth of Kate Upton threatening to do her best Joy Harmon impression. (Teaser indeed.) It doesn’t win points for cleverness, use of music, acting, or any compelling carness, but it proved that Mercedes’ advertisers knew how to make a splash in the Internet Age. And, hey, it’s still classier than every GoDaddy commercial.

Kia, A Dream Car. For Real Life

Like the Mercedes video above, the initial draw here is a pretty lady; in this case the always stunning Adriana Lima. But this Kia commercial really delivers the extra effort we expect while scarfing crabby snacks and homemades, too.

First of all, Mötley Crüe. Second, a cowboy on a bucking rhino. Enjoy yet again.

Chevrolet, Chevy Happy Grad

Created by a contest-winning young filmmaker rather than a slick Madison Avenue type, Chevy’s 2012 commercial boasted a funny plot that was bolstered by great comedic timing. The ad also does a fantastic job of praising the product, here a Camaro Convertible, without ever having to directly talk about the car.

Chrysler, Halftime In America

The second of an impressive set of entries for Chrysler brands on our list of favorite Super Bowl commercials, Clint Eastwood’s star-turn in Halftime also generated massive buzz at the time it aired. Playing on years’ worth of news cycles filled with job losses and economic gloom and doom, Eastwood’s gritty delivery of hope for the hardworking, seemed pitch perfect for the time, the event and the audience.

Volkswagen, The Force

One of the most-viewed commercial videos ever, VW’s tiny rendition of Darth Vader blended the adorable with the comic, and was pretty much universally praised as the top of its Super Bowl class.

Hell, you know a commercial is pretty good when – in a pristine imitation of the Star Wars franchise it traded on – it even spawned a sequel.

Ram, Farmer

You author, like many of the Gen X generation, is just old enough to have caught the capstone years of Paul Harvey’s decades-long career in radio. With values straight from the heartland of the country, and a lyrical delivery of his own homespun prose, just a few words of Harvey’s voice are enough to send many listeners straight into the wayback machine.

Despite the fact that many people under 30 had likely never heard his name, the use of Harvey’s Farmer essay, overlaid with images of agrarian America, hit home. The spot had surprising emotional weight for a Super Bowl commercial, and was goose-bump-raising goodness for the downhome image of Ram trucks.

Jaguar, Rendezvous

In typical long-form car commercials, the hero of the story drives the hero car. Jaguar turned that convention on its head with the lightly sinister Rendezvous, extolling the virtues of being a badass British brand in the process.

Great casting sold the concept, and the sultry lines and exhaust note of the F-Type sure didn’t hurt, either.

Maserati, Strike

For a brand that had close to zero real consumer recognition (outside of our Italian-loving enthusiast community), the proposition of an ad pimping a car that most folks couldn’t even pronounce the name of seemed risky, at best.

But Maserati offered up a tone-setting, mysterious piece of film with Strike, and capped the menacing prose and evocative imagery with Ghibli’s growling engine note. Perfection.

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Mercedes harkens back to tortoise and hare for AMG GT Super Bowl spot

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Mercedes moves R-Class production to AM General in Indiana

AM General Selected As Mercedes-Benz First and Only Contract Manufacturer of Vehicles in the United States

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AM General LLC and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., today announced that Mercedes-Benz has selected AM General to manufacture the Mercedes-Benz R-Class luxury vehicle at AM General’s world-class 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant. Because of increasing demand for its Sport Utility Vehicles and the need for greater production capacity in the U.S, Mercedes-Benz is moving production of the R-Class from its Tuscaloosa, Ala. plant to AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind.

Under the multi-year agreement, AM General becomes Mercedes-Benz’s first and only contract manufacturing operator in the U.S. AM General anticipates R-Class vehicles will start rolling off its production lines this summer and will hire and train hundreds of new workers in order to prepare for R-class production.

“AM General is pleased to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to build this vehicle at our world-class commercial vehicle facility in Mishawaka. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mercedes and expanding our services to the U.S. and global auto industry,” said Charlie Hall, President and CEO of AM General.

AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant is a full service manufacturing and support facility that utilizes state-of-the-art robotic welding, painting and assembly techniques coupled with a lean manufacturing culture and highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of its customers.

“This is yet another example of AM General’s deep and growing commitment to the cities of Mishawaka and South Bend, the State of Indiana and our highly skilled, hardworking employees,” Hall added.

In this rapidly growing segment of its business, AM General has extensive experience as an automotive Contract Assembler and Original Equipment Manufacturer. Commercial vehicle contract assembly initiatives include work for General Motors and other Original Equipment Manufacturers. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer, AM General, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mobility Ventures LLC, designs, produces and supports the new MV-1 – the world’s first purpose-built, universally accessible vehicle which is expanding choice in transportation for families, livery and paratransit fleets.

About AM General
AM General has more than five decades of experience in two separate assembly plants meeting the changing needs of the defense and commercial automotive industries. The Company has produced more than 1.5 million vehicles, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

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Mercedes-AMG GT S aggressively priced at $129,900*

MERCEDES-BENZ ANNOUNCES PRICING ON ALL-NEW MY2016 MERCEDES-AMG GT S
New Sports Car to Start at $129,900*

January 23, 2015 – MONTVALE, NJ

With the new Mercedes-AMG GT model range, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new segment. As the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, the GT has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG, from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution.

Starting at an MSRP of $129,900,* the Mercedes-AMG GT S features a long list of standard features, including Nappa Leather, Keyless-GO, COMAND, Collision Prevention Assist PLUS, Parktronic, 8 Airbags, 19″ Front / 20″ Rear wheels, AMG Adaptive Suspension, LED Headlamps, Power heated/memory AMG Performance Seats, Rearview Camera, Red Brake Calipers, AMG 3-Stage ESP, and a Burmester Surround Sound System. The GT S is powered by a 4.0 bi-turbo V8 engine that features an output of 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, delivering an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The U.S. market launch of the GT S is scheduled for April 2015.

The base GT variant goes on sale in the U.S. in Spring 2016 with 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. More information on pricing and equipment levels for both the Mercedes-AMG GT S and GT will be available closer to their respective launch dates.

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Weekly Recap: Ford gets serious in Silicon Valley

Ford also has advanced research centers at its base in Dearborn, MI, and Aachen, Germany.

Palo Alto is the home of electric carmaker Tesla Motors, which has grown rapidly in the last decade and has drawn praise for its innovation. The area has attracted other automakers looking to capitalize on its talent and research capabilities. Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai are among the car companies that also have presences in Silicon Valley.

The expanded footprint in Silicon Valley is the latest high-profile research project from Ford, which announced plans earlier in January to team with the Department of Energy and DowAksa to develop manufacturing techniques for mainstream carbon-fiber production.


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1964 ferrari 250 lm 5889gt rm 32 11 Weekly Recap: Ford gets serious in Silicon ValleyFerraris propel record sales at Arizona auctions

The week kicked off on a high note as auction houses tallied a record $292.8 million in sales at the Arizona events, according to Hagerty Insurance. It’s an 18-percent increase compared with 2014, and more than 1,600 cars were sold.

The top seller was a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which went for $9.6 million at an RM Auctions event, and set a record for the most expensive car sold during the Arizona auctions. A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione was right behind, selling for $9.4 million at a Bonhams event, and eight of the top 11 sales in Arizona were Ferraris. Barrett-Jackson was the top-selling company, pulling in $131.9 million based on the strength of 1,599 lots sold. RM was No. 2, netting $63.7 million on 114 lots sold. Though cars were the main attraction, paintings, motorcycles and other memorabilia were also sold at the auctions.

 Weekly Recap: Ford gets serious in Silicon ValleyJeff Gordon says 2015 will be his last as a full-time driver

Jeff Gordon announced Thursday that 2015 will be his final season as a full-time NASCAR driver. Gordon, 43, is a four-time champion and his 92 victories rank third all-time behind Hall-of-Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). Gordon’s success in the 1990s coincided with the rise of NASCAR’s popularity, and he has remained competitive deep into his career, finishing sixth in the driver standings last season.

Gordon wouldn’t call the announcement a retirement and said he would still consider driving in some events after the 2015 season. He’s also a part owner of Hendrick Motorsports, which he has driven for since 1992.

“I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that,” he said in a statement.

2016 mercedes c class coupe 04 1 Weekly Recap: Ford gets serious in Silicon ValleyMercedes C-Class coupe spied

Mercedes-Benz has a sexy C-Class coupe in the works, and we’ve caught it testing on the roads around Stuttgart, Germany. The car is likely to be lower, wider and more athletic than the four-door when it debuts later this year. As expected, the coupe shares styling cues with its well-received sedan sibling that launched in September, and both models are more sculpted and creased than their predecessors. Naturally, the new coupe has a bit more flair than the sedan, especially in the back. Expect the coupe to use the sedan’s powerplants, the turbocharged four-cylinder and the biturbo V6.


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