The New Mercedes Benz GLS

The renaming of the Mercedes Benz SUV line is complete.  It began with the GLA, aligned with the CLA class--and a better looking alternative to an E-Class wagon.  Then, earlier this year came the announcement of the GLE, dooming the ML nameplate forever.  Great vehicle, awkward name. And now comes the GLS....

The Mercedes Benz Vision Tokyo: An Urban Lounge on Wheels

Growing up back in the day before the VCR and the DVD (to paraphrase Everclear), the van was THE urban entertainment experience.  That is, if you finished the customization job. Today the van is defined as the minivan, the bane of sophisticated men everywhere.  The minivan turns the witty, urbane male...

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Formula E Season 2 Update: More Live TV Coverage

With just one season in the books, Formula E is catching on with race fans worldwide.  For the 2015-2016 season, the electric car circuit is adding more live television coverage. Eurosport to Broadcast Formula E Live All 11 rounds of the 2015-2016 FIA Formula E Championship will be televised live and free-to-air on Eurosport...

The All-new 2016 Toyota Prius: It’s All About the TNGA

The Prius is the most successful hybrid car ever.  Period.  It's name now means hybrid car, no matter what the brand of the hybrid is. Prius has that"top-of-mind" awareness that marketers yearn for, where a product name becomes the standard term for the product.  It joins "Kleenex", "Jet-Ski", and "scotch tape"...

The Mercedes Benz Concept IAA: Stuttgart does a Digital Transformation

Courtesy of Daimler Global Media The automotive industry is changing fundamentally, things are speeding up. Alongside “globalisation”, another megatrend is “digitalisation” – also known in an economic context as “Industry 4.0”. Mercedes-Benz is a pioneer in this development. The inventor of the automobile is actively driving forward the transition from automotive...

Coming to Frankfurt in 2015: The VW Tiguan GTE Plug-in Hybrid Concept

"We are in the process of reinventing Europe's largest automaker, laying the technological, economic and structural foundations." The Group Chairman announced there would be 20 more electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020 – from compact cars to the next Phaeton and Audi A8: "No commitment to electro-mobility can be...

Coming to Frankfurt 2015: The Porsche Mission E

Watch the video and wipe the drool.  You didn't think the other high-line automakers would take Tesla lying down, did you?  The question is not whether high-performance EV's will catch on, its how much traction they make.  How many newly minted and former Porsche owners will come back to the...

Coming to the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Here's a little something from the fine people at Jaguar Land Rover: The stunning new F-Pace will be available to view at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show beginning on September 17th. Camouflaged prototypes have already been seen proving the all-new F-Pace's everyday usability and exceptional ride and handling by supporting Team Sky...

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Update: 2015 Italian Grand Prix

If you just caught the middle of last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, then you saw a pretty routine F1 race. The pageantry and energy surrounding this year's event at Monza was grand in a renaissance Italian way.  But the race?  It was all about the start and the finish. At the start, pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton,...

New for 2016: The Mercedes C350e Plug-in Hybrid

Here's something that I amazingly missed from earlier this year.  Mercedes is deploying a plug-in hybrid C-Class, the C350e.   The C is Mercedes' most popular and affordable model in the US of A, and offering a PHEV model means they have something to stop share loss to the Lexus...

Only You Can Stop Unused and Undiscovered Automotive Tech

Automakers are investing billions of dollars to put technologies in their cars and light trucks that are not being used by many of the owners of those vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report. This is not a surprise, given the customer unfriendly way Americans...

eThos is EV-Only Car Sharing

Car sharing is not new to most city-dwellers; both in the US and abroad.  iGo, Enterprise Car Sharing, and others have cars available for customers to pickup and dropoff.  They've given urbanites and low-income people an opportunity to use a vehicle for grocery shopping, errands, doctors appointments and other common...

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