Everyone knows where Mercedes sits in the luxury hierarchy – right up top. The German car maker was formed as Benz & Cie in 1871 on the cutting edge of the motor industry. In 1886, Karl Benz was credited with the invention of the first automobile as most early autos were simply horse carriages with an engine attached. Benz would merge with Daimler Motoren Gessellschaft shortly after World War I, forming Daimler-Benz, the company that would later pioneer the Mercedes name. The company would eventually purchase Chrysler, forming DaimlerChrysler AG.
Today, Daimler AG has split from a floundering Chrysler to focus on the Mercedes-Benz image. They continue to innovate with features such a PRE-SAFE, a system which sets the passenger in optimal position in the event of an imminent crash. For many, Mercedes continues to be the ‘real’ luxury brand, always on the bleeding edge of research and development without neglecting elegance in style and power in performance.
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June 8, 2011
The 2011 Mercedes GLK 350 is much different from last year's model, but why go fixing things that ain't broke?
Sites worth visiting
The official Mercedes-Benz website offers two portals of information: one for vehicles, and one for the brand. The brand website has some nice features for exploring the company. The historical timeline is a bit more obnoxious than informational, but they have nice shots of legacy models and a look at the development of the brand from the ground up. The vehicle section of the site offers a retail oriented look at the cars and the brand.
Mercedes-Benz on Wikipedia
The Mercedes-Benz page at Wikipedia has plenty of solid historical information alongside a comprehensive brand overview. The site also covers brand nomenclature and the history of Mercedes Design. Don’t miss the special sections on McLaren adapted Mercedes and the concepts coming from Daimler AG.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
This is the page for the performance enthusiast. Here you can keep track of the McLaren team as they begin the 2008 F1 season. You’ll find pictures, calendars, and insider goodies to sate your racing palette. Be sure to have a look at the history page for more on McLaren success in their younger racing days.
Around the Blogosphere
Mercedes at Autoblog
It must be tough for Mercedes. They’re right on the cutting edge of technology and luxury, which means guys like our friends at Autoblog are always snooping for the latest and greatest info and pics. Lucky for you, Autoblog almost always gets what they’re looking for.
This is one of the very best independent blogs we’ve seen dedicated to a specific manufacturer. The site is updated regularly and they seem to keep on their toes about any of the goings-on from Mercedes. The only thing the site is missing is a good comments section. After all, where can you gripe if not in the comments?
This site takes ‘anything and everything’ to a whole new level. They cover any news that’s even remotely associated with the Mercedes-Benz name. They boast a nice clean site with frequent updates to fill the late hours of the night or the last few minutes of your lunch break. The best part – you won’t be reading the same coverage as every other news blog out there.
Dashboard News - Mercedes
Get news and trends regarding Mercedes from this car blog.
sub5zero - Mercedes Benz
Mercedes is known for performance cars along with luxury sedans, and this blog has great info on performance car trends for Mercedes and other top brands.
This is the premier fan site for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and owners. The forums alone are some of the best we’ve seen on the web. Coupled with some nice photo galleries and their very own model guide, we’re sure you’ll be happy here. They’ve got 130,000 members posting on those forums, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your niche.
Mercedes-Benz Club of America
The Mercedes-Benz Club of America offers everything you could need to show your allegiance to the German marque. We would definitely recommend their forums, which include regional threads and a robust member base with hyperactive posting habits. They also house a full event calendar and their own club store for your MB swag.
We love to see a forum base of 30,000 people, don’t you? Be sure to take some time out to browse around this fantastic forum for Mercedes lovers of any breed. With class specific forums and a place to showcase your own Benz mods, this is the spot to show the pride in your ride.
Daimler Breaks the CAFÉ Fee Record
While many manufacturers consider the Corporate Average Fuel Economy fee an everyday business expense, it gets a little scary when it hits $30 million. That’s the price DaimlerChrysler AG paid in 2007 for violating regulatory standards. Ouch.
SLK55 AMG Gets a Redesign
We’ve all been waiting for a fresh look at the SLK55, particularly from the front end. The car was rumored to have a ‘striking redesign’ and it looks like the rumors are true. It’s like looking at a mini-McLaren. Awww…how cute!
GLK Goes On Record
You’ve seen all the leak photos, and now it’s finally real. Mercedes-Benz has officially announced the GLK, a model we’ll get to see in person at the Detroit Auto Show in two weeks. Autoblog has the full story, including the officially official Mercedes-Benz press release.