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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our partnership and cooperation," Daimler board member Bodo Uebber said of the sale. Nonetheless, evidence of Tesla's work can be found throughout models in Mercedes-Benz's range, from the Smart city car upwards.

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Mercedes bringing hybrid tech to luxury S550 in 2015

Mercedes bringing hybrid tech to luxury S550 in 2015

Mercedes is pairing brains with brawn, as they introduce their first luxury hybrid car, the S550 plug-in. Marrying their penchant for luxury cars and hybrid technology sounds simple enough, but in true Mercedes fashion, they upped the ante. What you’re left with is a familiar car with technological breakthroughs at every turn.

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Mercedes decided to take a luxury penthouse off-roading

Mercedes decided to take a luxury penthouse off-roading

First there was glamping, injecting a little glamour into dull, pedestrian camping; now, Mercedes-Benz wants to crank that up to 11 with its latest bizarre Zetros version, a luxury mobile home with the off-roading capability of a Unimog. The carbon fiber vehicle targets outdoors-types for whom the thought of exploring the wilderness without bringing natural stone floors, real-wood furniture, and a proper glass shower is anathema.

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Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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This is the 2015 Smart car: Is it ridiculous?

This is the 2015 Smart car: Is it ridiculous?

Smart is back with a new version of its ForTwo city car, promising more internal space and distinctive design while still preserving the tiny footprint, and it's resurrecting the ForFour in the process. Sticking to the parking-friendly 2.69m (8.83 feet) length, the new ForTwo keeps its rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with a trio of new three-cylinder engines, an electric version, convertible option, and plenty of safety technology and other components borrowed from Mercedes' C-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz’s S 65 AMG Coupe ladles excess for a quarter-million

Mercedes-Benz’s S 65 AMG Coupe ladles excess for a quarter-million

Mercedes-Benz loves its V12 engines, and the potent powerplant has found itself another suitable home under the lengthy hood of the S 65 AMG Coupé, a monstrous 6-liter biturbo beast pushing out 630 HP. Limited to 155 mph, and capable of doing the 0-60 mph dash in just 4.1 seconds, the S 65 AMG replaces the CL 65 AMG for V12 purists, combining 738 lb-ft of torque with a cosseting cabin.

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BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up on wireless car charging, pushing a super-efficient way of refueling EVs like the BMW i8 and the Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid simply by parking over a certain spot on your driveway. The system, which the two German marques hope to get accepted as the de-facto standard for wireless car recharging, promises a cut in charge times without the hassle of having to regularly plug in: BMW says the batteries in its i8 supercar, for instance, can be topped up in under two hours.

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Future Truck 2025 give transports trucks some brains

Future Truck 2025 give transports trucks some brains

If you thought self-driving cars on the highway were scary, then self-driving trucks might absolutely horrify you. But this is exactly where Daimler and Mercedes-Benz are heading with their vision of the truck of the future. The Future Truck 2025 is equipped with the latest autonomous vehicle technology that will let these transport vehicles travel on their own, save operators some money, and relieve drivers of their stress. Ironically it might also relieve them of their jobs.

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