Mercedes S600 takes its place as brand’s halo sedan

World premiere of Mercedes-Benz S600 in Detroit

No other car lives up to the legendary standards of company founder Gottlieb Daimler quite as comprehensively as the top model from Mercedes?Benz. The S600 with V12 biturbo engine is the top model of the successfully launched S-Class and is available exclusively with a long wheelbase and a luxurious equipment package. Its performance data: 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The S600 will celebrate its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will be launched in the spring of 2014. But the S-Class will also get even better in other ways: The models in the current range will be upgraded with the addition of a head-up display, touchpad and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

“The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design”, emphasised Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “And our flagship model, the S600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the ‘Essence of Luxury’, in a way that no other model can. Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine.”

With a power output of 523 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor with 510 hp. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5.5L to 6.0L. The maximum torque of 612 lb-ft is available from 1,900 rpm. The S600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard.

The most important features of the engine at a glance:

– All-aluminum crankcase
– One-piece chain drive
– Forged crankshaft in high-grade quenched and tempered steel
– Modified forged pistons
– New engine control unit
– New dedicated ignition coil with twin-spark ignition
– Cam follower
– Two intake and one outlet valves (three-valve technology)
– Hollow-stem outlet valves, filled with sodium
– Low-temperature cooling-water circulation with separate expansion reservoir.

The comprehensive standard specification of the S600 reinforces its role as a flagship model. MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance Package, for example, all come as standard. The latter comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering ASsist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with Pedestrian Recognition and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

Legendary top-of-the-range engine

The figure “600” has long been a legend in the history of the automobile:
the model 600 (W 100) launched in 1963 was the first passenger car from Mercedes-Benz to feature a V8 injection engine. This same powerful (250 hp) and refined engine was also used from 1967 on in the W 109 model series (in the top-of-the-range 300 SEL 6.3). Further top models to feature a V8 engine included the 450 SEL 6.9 from the model series 116 (286 hp) and the 560 SE in the 126 series (300 hp in the ECE version). The 600 SE model in the 140 model series of 1991 marked the introduction of the first twelve-cylinder engine as standard in a Mercedes-Benz passenger car. The M 120 delivered 408 hp from a displacement of 6 liters and began a tradition of V12 units as the top-of-the-range engines in the S-Class. Since the 220 series, Mercedes-Benz has also offered particularly sporty, AMG-optimized variants with V8 and V12 engines at the top of its S?Class range, in the form of the S63 AMG and S65 AMG.

Additional features in the new S-Class

All the functions of the head unit can be controlled at the touch of a finger, as with a smartphone, from the new touchpad. In addition, the touchpad allows letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting – in any language that is available on the head unit. The touchpad thus offers an additional, full-function input option over and above the existing Voice Control System.

A head-up display is also standard quipment on the S600. As in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver’s field of view on the windshield, ensuring that the driver’s attention is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on speed, speed limits and navigation instructions, for example.

COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS is now standard on the model year 2015 S-Class. In addition to the adaptive Brake Assist system, which helps protect against collisions at speeds of over 4 mph, this system now also features another function: if the danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to brake autonomously at speeds of up to 124 mph, thus reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and can prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

A clear windshield even at sub-zero temperatures without the hassle of scraping is now possible thanks to electric windshield heating (optional extra). This is designed to work in conjunction with the air-conditioning blower and ensures clear forward visibility in practically no time at all.

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Mercedes GLA45 AMG is black, white and red all over

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

Compact SUV with Driving Performance

Mercedes-AMG rigorously continues its product initiative: with the new GLA45 AMG the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz makes a dynamic statement in the strongly growing segment of compact SUVs. The combination of powerful-distinctive design, exclusive appointments as well as superior engine power and driving performance is unique: the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world puts 355 hp of power and 332 lb-ft of torque on the road.

The GLA45 AMG also holds pole position with regard to driving dynamics: it accelerates from zero to 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Thanks to the combination of standard performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive and AMG SPEEDSHIFT
DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the GLA45 AMG impresses with its equally sporty and efficient drive system concept.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board at Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The response to the Concept GLA45 AMG during the world premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show has reaffirmed our decision to launch this new AMG model. Currently no segment is growing faster than that of compact SUVs. For Mercedes-AMG it is therefore logical to make a dynamic statement in this segment with the GLA45 AMG. Our new high-performance-SUV not only offers the world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine, but also impressively low fuel consumption and emissions figures. Not least on account of the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive, the GLA45 AMG is a true AMG when it comes to driving dynamics.”

Young target group: styling, dynamics and independence
In addition to the CLA45 AMG, the GLA45 AMG is the second vehicle with a four-cylinder turbo engine to appeal to a young target group. Customers take a great interest in styling, dynamics and independence – traits that are perfectly embodied in the new high-performance SUV from Affalterbach. Meeting a wide variety of customer desires has always been one of the strengths of Mercedes-AMG. The GLA45 AMG now expands the extensive high-performance SUV lineup to four models in the U.S. (GLA45 AMG, ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, and G63 AMG). Mercedes-AMG thus offers the widest range of SUVs among all high-performance premium brands.

Hallmark AMG features: the world’s most powerful series-produced four-cylinder engine
Best in class: the GLA45 AMG engine fully lives up to this claim, as a look at the figures shows. The AMG 2.0-liter turbo engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. It produces 355 hp of power and develops a peak torque of 332 lb-ft. A power output of 178 hp puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on a par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars.

Development of the high-performance turbo engine placed emphasis on a sustainable reduction in particulate emissions. The AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers and an injection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases the thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The injection system’s outstanding flexibility also ensures a high degree of freedom in terms of application. There are up to five injections per combustion cycle in the coldstart and warm-up phase, which is so crucial for emissions. One of the key factors for in-engine particulate reduction is a reduction of the individual injection quantities.

Further highlights of the AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine:
– Gravity-die sand-cast all-aluminum crankcase
– Weight-optimized crank mechanism with forged steel crankshaft
– Forged pistons with friction-optimized piston rings
– NANOSLIDE cylinder liner technology
– Air-to-water intercooling system
– Alternator management
– ECO start/stop function

Twin-scroll turbocharger and AMG sports exhaust system with variable vane
Mercedes-AMG addresses the basic challenge with regard to the throttle response of a small-capacity turbo engine by using a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum de-throttling of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. Twin-scroll technology provides a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure: utilization of the exhaust back-pressure, exhaust-gas temperature and exhaust-gas pulse has a positive impact. This results in a faster build-up of torque even at low engine speeds. A positive side-effect: fuel consumption and exhaust emissions also benefit from twin-scroll technology. With a maximum charge pressure of 26psi, the AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field on this front, too.

The AMG sports exhaust system in the GLA45 AMG features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled viarable vane: this technology reconciles the two conflicting goals of a dynamic driving experience and hallmark Mercedes suitability for long-distance driving. The vane in the rear muffler is continuously adjusted under map control according to the driver’s performance needs, load condition and engine speed. The two rectangular chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system emit a fascinating exhaust note, which is particularly impressive during powerful acceleration. An AMG Performance exhaust system, also equipped with an exhaust vane, is available as an optional extra. Customers opting for this system will experience an even more appealing and distinctive engine sound.

Engine production – a tradition of hand-built excellence
The AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled purely by hand in accordance with the traditional AMG philosophy of “one man, one engine”.

Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine fitter’s signature also attests the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission in the GLA45 AMG features three distinct transmission modes, a double-declutching function dependent on the transmission mode and a RACE START function for optimum acceleration. The strengths of the dual-clutch transmission include spontaneous gear shifts without loss of tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy based on the AMG SPEEDSHIFT functions, extremely smooth gear shifts, and a high level of efficiency.

The shift times in manual mode “M” and in sport mode “S” are similarly sporty in character to those of the SLS AMG GT super sports car. Quick and precise retardation of the ignition and suppressing injection under full load lead to even faster gear shifts in “M” and “S” modes, with a more exciting sound. The transmission control fully utilizes the benefits of direct injection technology right up to the physical limits: the quicker engine response ensures that injection is suppressed with even more precision. The effect: the shift speed and an emotional sound experience make for a fascinating ride. Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving pleasure is the so-called “Momentary M mode” – as seen in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series super sports car.

In “C” mode (Controlled Efficiency), smooth transmission and engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented driving style.

In addition, the ECO start/stop function is active in “C” mode.

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive as standard
The GLA45 AMG comes with variable AMG 4MATIC four wheel drive as standard. In developing this four wheel-drive system, the focus was firmly on performance and dynamic spirit. The all-wheel-drive system transfers the engine power to the road optimally and provides perfect traction – regardless of the weather conditions. It also elevates driving dynamics to the highest level.

The entire drive system boasts a weight-saving and compact design: the power take-off unit (PTU) is fully integrated into the 7-speed sports transmission and handles the power transfer to the rear drivetrain. A two-part propeller shaft sends the power of the engine to the rear axle as well. In the interests of favorable weight distribution, an electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disc clutch is integral with the rear-axle differential. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary. All this goes unnoticed by the driver. Power distribution is fully variable: during normal driving the GLA45 AMG uses frontwheel drive for optimal efficiency. Where needed, the variable four-wheel-drive system splits the torque between the front and rear axles at a ratio of up to 50:50 percent.

Typically for AMG, the Electronic Stability Program is configured as a three-stage ESP®. The GLA45 AMG comes with three transmission modes: “ESP ON”, “SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” – enabling the driver to vary dynamic performance according to individual requirements at the push of a button.

ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist is likewise included as standard. During dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking interventions on the rear inside wheel create a defined yaw moment about the vertical axis. The effect: the GLA45 AMG turns in precisely and controllably at all times while unwelcome understeer is prevented.

AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system
One of the keys to agile handling is axle technology: for enhanced driving dynamics, the McPherson front axle on the GLA45 AMG is fitted with stiffer steering knuckles and new elastokinematics. The four-link rear axle has also been newly developed. Stability and precision of handling are enhanced by the optimized elastokinematics and the rigid connection between the subframe and the body. The AMG sports suspension with specially tuned spring/damper units and bigger anti-roll bars ensures high lateral acceleration and reduced body roll when driving fast on winding roads. An AMG performance suspension with firmer spring and damper tuning is available as an optional extra.

The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with specific, speed-dependent power assist ensures high steering precision and agility. The AMG high-performance braking system with vented, perforated brake discs all-round and gray-painted brake calipers delivers spontaneous and reliable deceleration. Red brake calipers are available as an optional extra.

Three attractive AMG alloy wheels to choose from
In standard specification the GLA45 AMG runs on 5-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels painted titanium gray with high-sheen finish, mounted with tires of size 235/45 R 19. As an optional extra from the AMG Performance Studio, customers can opt for larger 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels with tires of size 235/40 R 20 – these are available painted titanium gray with high-sheen finish or painted matte black with high-sheen rim flange.

Powerful and distinctive: sensual clarity with AMG character
The design of the GLA45 AMG exudes fascination on account of its powerful and distinctive character. As the powerful AMG top-of-the-line model of the GLA class, the high-performance SUV combines the hallmark sensual clarity of Mercedes-Benz as an expression of modern luxury with muscular elements exclusive to AMG. The AMG front fascia with front splitter and the AMG “twin blade” radiator grille provide athletic highlights – both are painted matte titanium gray. Completely new: the distinctive AMG lettering at the side between the louvers of the radiator grille. This will make all new AMG models easy to recognize in the future. Black flics (air deflector elements) above the large cooling air intakes at the sides pay homage to motor sport. Bi-xenon headlights come as standard.

When viewed from the side, the distinctive AMG alloy wheels in three design options certainly catch the eye. The side sill panels with matte titanium gray inserts, the “TURBO AMG” lettering on the front fenders and the aluminum roof rails lend the GLA45 AMG a special touch. The rear end is dominated by the diffuser insert with titanium gray trim and the rectangular, chrome-plated trim of the twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap.

The following AMG equipment features can optionally upgrade the exterior design:
– Aerodynamics package: larger front splitter, additional flics on the front fascia, rear spoiler, Night package
– Carbon-fiber exterior mirror housings
– Exterior Carbon-Fiber package: carbon-fiber front splitter, side sill panel insert and rear fascia trim, with twin blade of the radiator grille in silver chrome
– Rear spoiler
– Night package: black anodized waistline trim strip, silver chrome radiator grille louvers; high-gloss black front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel insert and rear fascia trim, two tailpipes with black rectangular trim
– Red painted brake calipers with black AMG lettering Interior design: high-quality, sporty, exclusive

As in all AMG high-performance automobiles, the interior of the GLA45 AMG delights with its high-quality appeal combined with sporty flair and exclusive equipment features. These include sports seats upholstered with MB-Tex manmade leather/DINAMICA microfiber with red contrasting topstitching and red designo safety belts as well as the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with red contrasting topstitching, perforated leather in the grip area and steering-wheel shift paddles ensures perfect vehicle control. The AMG instrument cluster with 2-tube design and central color display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER is on hand to keep the driver up to date. On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG startup screen. The trim of the instrument panel is made from brushed aluminum and, in tandem with the brushed stainless-steel AMG front door sills, emphasizes the high-grade, exclusive ambiance inside the GLA45 AMG.

The interior can be upgraded with the following AMG optional extras:
– Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/Alcantara®
– Performance seats upholstered in leather or MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber for driver and front passenger, with more strongly contoured seat shape for enhanced lateral support and with integral head restraints, red designo safety belts
– Carbon-fiber trim
– Leather upholstry in black, crystal gray, nut brown or black ‘Red Cut’ design

Expressive and exclusive: the GLA45 AMG “Edition 1”
The GLA45 AMG “Edition 1” is a special option. The expressive arrangement of exclusive exterior and interior details arouses pure fascination. The high-gloss black Aerodynamics package with larger front splitter, additional flics in the front fascia, and rear airfoil creates an uncompromising racetrack feel. The silver gray/red AMG racing stripes on the vehicle sides below the “dropping line” leave a lasting impression. These are complemented by red highlights on radiator grille, exterior mirrors, diffuser insert and rear airfoil. A perfect match to these are the red painted brake calipers and multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels painted matte black with red rim flanges. The alloy wheels feature special

AMG wheel hub covers with central-lock look, and are mounted with tires of size 235/40 R 20 all-round. The AMG Night package is also part of the standard equipment, as is the “Edition 1” badge on the front fender. The metallic paints cosmos black, polar silver and mountain gray are available as an alternative to the cirrus white exterior paintwork.

The interior of the GLA45 AMG “Edition 1” is dominated by the colors black and red. Red contrasting topstitching adorns the AMG Performance seats upholstered in MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber, the door center panels, the upper section of the MB-Tex man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber instrument panel and the nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber AMG Performance steering wheel. Other visual highlights are the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem and the “Edition 1” badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The exclusive trim on the instrument panel perfectly matches the
AMG racing stripes on the sides of the vehicle. The high-quality surface has a convincing look and feel: shiny and matte elements create an exciting interplay.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will celebrate its world premiere on January 13, 2014 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, USA. The vehicle will roll into dealerships in the fall of 2014.

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Are you the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S600?

Mercedes-Benz S600

If you’re hankering for a V12-powered Mercedes-Benz S-Class, there’s very, very little to complain about in regards to the 621-horsepower, 738-pound-foot S65 AMG. That car will hit 60 in just 4.2 seconds and embarrass a fair few sports cars along the way. What if you need a bit more relaxed power delivery, though, but aren’t willing to associate with the plebes in the world of the V8-powered S-Class?

Currently, there’s nothing in the S-Class range that exactly fills the bill – if you want an S-Class with a V12, AMG is the only way to go. If a report from Carscoops is to be believed, that will change at next week’s Detroit Auto Show as Mercedes is set to unveil its new S600. The sleuths over there have acquired not just leaked pictures of the new car, but a spec sheet detailing the new entry.

With its 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 detuned to “just” 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, it sits neatly between the 455-hp S550 and the 577-hp S63 AMG. The new S600 can hit 62 in just 4.6 seconds, and like the rest of the S-Class range, it will be limited to 155 mph.

We’ve included both the images and the spec sheet in a gallery up top. Have a look, and then be sure to check back here next week for our full battery of coverage from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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Mercedes showcases interactive technologies present and future

Mercedes-Benz redefines device integration and remote convenience

Dec 20, 2013
Intelligent connectivity: At CES Mercedes-Benz gives a glimpse of the future

– Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership with Pebble Technology
– Wearable device integration: enhanced vehicle diagnostic awareness and multisensory notifications

Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz has announced a strategic partnership with Pebble Technology in the run-up to the 2014 International CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world. These invaluable partnership gives Mercedes-Benz early access to some of the newest hardware and early releases of application programming interfaces (APIs) offered by the Silicon Valley-based company, allowing it to develop innovative integrated applications that pave the way for the future of in-vehicle use cases.

At its CES booth, Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate how an intelligently networked vehicle becomes a part of the “internet of things” – and what benefits this can have for the customer. For this proof of concept, the developers at Mercedes have reinvented the Digital DriveStyle app in order to allow it to communicate with Pebble smart watches.

Pebble: connect yourself to your car and never miss a beat
Pebble’s smart watch acts as a “second screen” for your smartphone. This revolutionary wearable device unlocks some interesting features for the connected car. For example, when away from their vehicle, Mercedes-Benz drivers can review important vehicle information at a glance like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location using their Pebble smart watch, even when they are outside the vehicle. When hopping into their car, the companion Pebble smart watch app magically transforms, alerting its driver to real-time hazards through V2V technology like accidents, road construction, or stalled vehicles by vibrating the watch. On top of this, users pairing their Pebble smart watch can customize the three watch buttons to activate their favourite Digital DriveStyle features like reporting hazards, auto-routing, Siri activation, remote-controlling media, or quickly showing nearby traffic conditions.

At the heart of innovation: Mercedes-Benz in Silicon Valley
Mercedes-Benz recognized 20 years ago that not just IT history but also the future of the automobile was being written in Silicon Valley, and was the first ever automobile manufacturer to open its own research facility at the home of innovation. In addition to creativity and invention, Silicon Valley mainly stands out on account of its unique culture of collaboration, involving short distances, networking, innovation and informal meetings. The physical proximity to companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook, as well as small, creative start-ups, allows Mercedes-Benz to integrate innovations into its vehicles quickly and in close cooperation with its partners, as well as to keep pace with the world of consumer electronics in terms of development cycles. The newly announced strategic partnership with Pebble Technology is further example of this culture of collaboration.

Interactive Prototype: Predictive User Experience
At CES in 2012, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said “We’re working on a new generation of vehicles that truly serve as digital companions. They learn your habits, adapt to your choices, predict your moves, and interact with your social network.” This was a promise that Mercedes-Benz would become a leader in creating vehicles that, once again, redefines what it means to be an automobile. This year, we will show you how we are delivering on that promise.

Our booth this year sets the stage for the future. You can see hints of our vision in our TODAY kiosks, presenting in a new light the Mercedes-Benz services you are already familiar with. The concept grows with our TOMORROW kiosks, a sneak peak at how your Mercedes-Benz vehicle will deliver intelligent services coming out in the near future, which includes our interactive predictive user experience prototype.

See how it comes to life in our stunning Concept S-Class Coupé, a car that beautifully realizes our design philosophy of Sensual Purity as an expression of modern luxury from the inside out, from the gleaming exterior to the stunning interior, including the digital experience. The all-digital dual-screen system is visually exciting, with a bold new design direction that complements the rest of the car, and intellectually stimulating, by providing a simple interface to a powerful, real-time, predictive engine.

The contextually intelligent predictive engine is continuously learning about you to custom tailor a completely unique in-vehicle experience. By analyzing your behavior, the car becomes aware of your schedule, tastes, moods, and emotions, transforming “the best driving experience” to “an old friend” who knows you and you learn to trust. This relationship moves with you across any Mercedes-Benz vehicle that you travel with.

This prototype is an interactive exploration of how such a system could work. By taking into account the driver’s starting location, the weather, day of the week, time of day, and who’s in the car, the predictive system generates a set of options based on historical data. The driver could choose to accept these proposals which significantly reduces opportunities for distraction and frustration, and over time these proposals get better, more accurate, and more personalized.

The interactive prototype allows you to play with some of the variables that influence predictions so you can see how it might respond in real-time. Move the location of the car, change the weather, day of the week, time of day, and who’s in the car. These inputs trigger predictions from the system, while the dual-screens of the new S-Class Coupé shows what the in-car experience might be like with a simple representation of the top predictions based on what the system has learned.

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Mercedes-Benz at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show: The Future Starts Now
Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan 07, 2014

– Digital preview of the new C-Class
– On the road to accident-free driving – Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive
– Three world premieres: Nest integration, Pebble support and Google+
– Look ahead to forthcoming Mercedes-Benz connectivity features

Las Vegas, Nevada. Exclusively for visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, January 7 – 10, 2014) Mercedes-Benz is taking an unconventional approach to showing the new C-Class. An augmented reality app brings the car to life on the show stand, providing visitors with a digital preview of the vehicle prior to its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show.

The CES is the world’s most renowned and foremost show for entertainment electronics. Starting tomorrow in the North Hall, Mercedes-Benz will provide the fascinated industry audience with a comprehensive insight into current development projects and innovative technologies.

“Everyone is talking about autonomous driving functions – we already have them in series production. Many people want to use the latest communications capabilities in their car – for us, this has long been reality with ‘digital drive style’, be it with COMAND Online or via the Digital DriveStyle app,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Management Board Member of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Mercedes-Benz vehicles offer the highest possible levels of safety with maximum comfort. They are intelligently connected and well on the way to becoming digital, automotive companions.”

C-E-S@CES: The Mercedes-Benz Show Stand in Las Vegas
Alongside the virtual C-Class, Mercedes-Benz is also presenting the E and the S-Class in real life at the CES. Thanks to the high rate of innovation at Mercedes-Benz, all three vehicles are bristling with driver assistance systems right through to partly autonomous driving functions like DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot. Mercedes-Benz calls this innovative combination of comfort and safety systems “Intelligent Drive”. With the aid of a comprehensive package of technologies, including stereo camera and multi-stage radar sensors, partly autonomous driving is today already a reality for Mercedes customers.

On the first day of the show, Mercedes-Benz is showcasing another vehicle highlight on the stand – the Concept S-Class Coupé. Its particularly impressive interior comes with a fully digital instrument panel and innovative operating concept. For instance, driver and passengers in the Concept S-Class Coupé no longer have to waste time searching through their digital music libraries. MoodGrid software, integrated into the vehicle in cooperation with Gracenote, compiles a selection from around 18 million songs in the cloud. This selection is designed specifically to suit the chosen mood and the individual taste of those listening.

Today, Tomorrow and the Day After – Insights into Telematics and Infotainment at Mercedes-Benz
Alongside real and virtual vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz show stand also offers insights into the world of telematics and infotainment. Visitors can enjoy an overview of current Mercedes-Benz apps and test the Digital DriveStyle app complete with car-to-x technology. Mercedes-Benz development engineers are also demonstrating how “wearable devices” like Google Glass or intelligent watches like the Pebble smart watch can be integrated into the vehicle telematics system to provide the customer with added value. Mercedes-Benz is also demonstrating how, in future, relevant vehicle data could be accessed conveniently from home via Vehicle Home.

With the “Predictive User Experience” prototype, Mercedes-Benz offers a look ahead to the revolutionary telematics and infotainment system of the future. Starting tomorrow on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the CES in Las Vegas, you can find out all about the innovations that will turn the vehicle of the future into an intelligent, automotive companion, how it will be able to recognize the desires, moods and preferences of driver and passengers and proactively predict and simplify the next operating steps. For more information go to: http://ces.mercedes-pressevents.com

Three World Premieres at the CES Show a High Pace of Innovation
Mercedes-Benz recently announced partnerships with Pepple Technology and Nest Labs. These alliances give Mercedes-Benz developers access to the latest hardware and application programming interfaces (APIs) from the two Silicon Valley based start-ups to create unique automotive experiences.
Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate information sharing and interactive communication between vehicle and Pebble smart watch. Thanks to the flow of information between vehicle and the smart watch, consumers who are away from their vehicles, will be able to glance at Pebble smart watch to review vehicle information. When hopping into their vehicle, Pebble smart watch will vibrate when vehicle needs to communicate to consumers certain alerts. These features will be released in spring of 2014 as part of Digital DriveStyle app.

Another world premiere is a partnership with Nest Labs to demonstrate a concept of connecting Mercedes-Benz vehicles to the Nest Learning Thermostat using Nest’s web APIs. Mercedes-Benz and Nest are demonstrating how this solution makes life easier and more convenient. The vehicle will interact with the Nest Thermostat so that your home will be at a comfortable temperature upon your arrival. With such intelligent links between the consumer’s home and vehicle, Mercedes-Benz is creating a new interactive experience to increase convenience for its drivers with the planned release in spring of 2014 as part of Digital DriveStyle app.

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Mercedes-Benz and Google announced a partnership to bring Google services to Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The next phase of this partnership will be previewed at CES 2014 with the introduction of Google+ support in the award winning Digital DriveStyle app. Google+ support will be available in all vehicles fitted with the Drive Kit Plus hardware module, and will allow drivers to share updates to Google+, and review their Google+ streams both on screen and via text-to-speech. Mercedes-Benz is the world’s first automotive manufacturer to bring Google+ to their vehicles, with market availability expected on iOS in spring 2014.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class is “Best-Connected Vehicle of 2013”
Readers of German publications AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD have spoken: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the “Best-Connected Vehicle of 2013” according to the results of the reader poll conducted jointly by both magazines for the “Connected Car Award”. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive took first place in the “Best Driver Assistance System Safety” category. The “Connected Car Awards” will be presented today at the CES to Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, who will accept the awards on the Mercedes-Benz show stand.

Mercedes-Benz Honored as “Global Technology Innovator 2013”
Mercedes-Benz is also being honored with the Plus X Award “Global Technology Innovator 2013”. The recipient is chosen by a jury of experts and prominent figures from across 25 industries. Mercedes-Benz is receiving the Plus X Award for the Bertha Benz drive it undertook in summer of last year. The jury praised the first autonomous city and cross-country road trip with a Mercedes-Benz S-Class equipped with close-to-production technology as a “milestone that showed the future of mobility, thus making it tangible.”

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Forza 5’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Reventón, Caterham Superlight and more

Forza 5 IGN Car pack

The team at Turn 10 Studios have released another car pack for the Xbox One-exclusive Forza Motorsport 5, and have elected to show the new entries off with a new video chock full of in-game footage.

First and foremost, those that pay $10 for the IGN Car Pack (or have a season pass for downloadable content) will be gifted a 1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage, the stunning open-topped racer that used a 2.9-liter four-cylinder to haul about a meager 1,323 pounds. We promise, it’s a riot to drive in the game.

Other additions include the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the 2008 Lamborghini Reventón, 1984 Peugeot 205 T16, 1957 Ferrari 250 California, 2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, 2002 Ferrari 575 M and finally, the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432.

Scroll down for the video to take a look at just how sharp these cars are in the game.

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