On this week's show, OnStar decides not to be nosy, BMW's M5 makes some noise, and we get our truck on.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 235 SHOW NOTES
FRANKFURT--Mercedes-Benz has developed a four-cylinder engine family that will power the upcoming A-, B- and C-class lineups in the United States.
Ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 liters, the turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine could offer torque ranging from 185 to 260 pounds-feet, depending on displacement, said Bernard Heil, Daimler AG vice president of power train development.
With help from two fully variable camshaft phases, those torque figures could come on at as low as 1,250 rpm and run at full load up to 5,000 rpm without problems with cooling--impressive for a small-displacement gasoline engine, Heil said in … Read more
Automakers used to innovate slowly, but this year the race is on for integrating apps into the car, and it is moving at a whirlwind pace. Last year Ford kicked off this new era of car technology by integrating Pandora through its Sync AppLink system, and this year nine other automakers jumped on the bandwagon to some degree.
We were impressed to see both Toyota and GM, in the space of a single year, demonstrate and prepare to launch app integration in 2012 model year vehicles.
App integration means bringing services such as Pandora, Google search, and Twitter into the … Read more
FRANKFURT--Daimler AG is considering selling all five variants of the new Mercedes-Benz compact A and B class family in the United States, said CEO Dieter Zetsche. The first U.S. model will go on sale in 2013.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first member of the range--the next-generation B-class four-door--at the Frankfurt auto show and said that model will be sold in the United States. U.S. prices were not announced; in Germany, the four-door will cost 26,000 euros, or about $35,500, when it goes on sale this year.
The new platform also is being used for a B-class four-door … Read more
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept that debuted last Spring at the New York Auto Show was a hit with showgoers, and now its infotainment system is getting a close up. Mercedes released a video demoing its infotainment system, and it could provide clues to what the future of connectivity in Mercedes-Benz vehicles will look like.
In most next-generation infotainment systems, smartphones are seamlessly integrated with the vehicle electronics. In the A Class concept, they're literally inserted into the console like a DVD or coin-operated washing machine. When connected, the smartphone provides Internet access and makes the approved social media and … Read more
The speech, given by Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, will outline Mercedes' vision on the intersection of automotive innovation and the digital realm. Factory-installed automotive technology systems revenue exceeded $5.5 billion in 2010, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and this year will increase to $5.9 billion. Last year, Ford and Audi execs gave keynote addresses at the electronics conference, and the 2012 Ford Focus was named the official car of … Read more
What do you do if you want to upgrade your pathetic meatsack of a body and become a cyborg? If you're Matthew James, a 14-year-old from Britain's Berkshire, you write a letter and end up with a bionic hand.
Born without a left hand, James became enamored of the i-Limb Pulse from Scotland's Touch Bionics, but his family couldn't afford the roughly $48,000 price tag.
After the head of Formula One racing team Mercedes GP Petronas visited his school, James got up the chutzpah to write a letter to the organization's Ross Brawn asking for help in getting an i-Limb Pulse. He suggested the team sponsor what would be a cybernetic part of his body.
Brawn agreed to help, but struck a technology-sharing deal with Touch Bionics in which most of the fee would be waived. Now James has a new hand. … Read more
With its new engine, driver assistance features, and cabin tech, the 2012 CLS550 represents the cutting edge of what Mercedes-Benz has to offer. At the same time, it preserves and enhances the brand's luxury image. The standard air suspension gives the car a superlative ride.
Beyond its telematics service, Mercedes-Benz hasn't ventured into app integration, as some of its competitors are doing. But its cabin tech is still first rate, with a speedy navigation system featuring 3D rendered buildings and just about every modern audio source you can think of. The highlight is the Harman Kardon audio system, … Read more
Awhile back, Mercedes-Benz asked Facebook fans what stunts they wanted filmed while on set for the new commercial promoting the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe and the C63 AMG Sedan.
According to Mercedes, the requests came flooding in. Today the wait is over. The German automaker posted three videos demonstrating the winning requests.
The stunts were done with professional drivers on closed lots. And shortly after the videos were posted.
Check out the videos for yourself.… Read more