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Old 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM
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https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/11/...-self-driving/

Mercedes-Benz says its next S-Class sedan will feature the brand's first Level 3 autonomous system, a conditional self-driving system in which the car can handle most of its own driving.

Ola Kaellenius, Daimler's head of research, said at the Paris auto show last week that the technology will debut in the brand's flagship model and then spread to lower segment vehicles, Automotive News reports. The next S-Class is due in 2020, and Kaellenius, who is on track to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO in May, said it will be offered as an option.

That would keep it ahead of the reported 2021 debut of BMW's iNext, an electric crossover that will also have Level 3 self-driving capability, which is a subtle jump from existing Level 2 capabilities found in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and the Super Cruise GM uses in the Cadillac CT6. Those require drivers to keep their eyes on the road, ready to reassume control of the wheel at all times.

Under Level 3, the driver can take his or her hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, but will be alerted to retake control if the vehicle can't handle the functions under certain conditions. Both Mercedes and BMW are behind the 2019 Audi A8, which features six cameras, five radar sensors and a laser scanner to enable Level 3 autonomous driving, though Audi is not ready to sell the Level 3-equipped version in the United States due to several factors including lagging regulatory approvals. Automotive News reports that Germany is the only country so far that has legalized the ability to transfer operation of the vehicle to an onboard computer.

Meanwhile, General Motors has said it plans to begin production of its fully autonomous Cruise AV next year at a plant near Detroit.
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Under Level 3, the driver can take his or her hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, but will be alerted to retake control if the vehicle can't handle the functions under certain conditions.
They better make damn sure that the level 3 system is 99% perfect if they wanna make the claim that you can take your hand off the steering wheel... cuz that is lawsuits waiting to happen if things go wrong.
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https://www.caranddriver.com/news/20...ncours-edition

As Mercedes-Benz readies an all-new S-class for 2020, the automaker is gracing the current flagship sedan with a special edition, the Concours S.

While limited-production S-class models with numbered plaques are uncommon, the Concours S isn't celebrating anything Mercedes hasn't already toasted, bragged about, or thrown parties for on private islands. It's just here to showcase the "legacy of Mercedes-Benz cars at the Concours events," a company rep told Car and Driver after we spotted a mysterious-looking S560 at the Los Angeles auto show.

Two discreet Concours S badges on the front flanks, sparkly Magnetite Black metallic paint, and 20-inch wheels normally reserved for AMG S65 and Maybach models are all that distinguish this stately machine from other S-class models. However, like invite-only events at Pebble Beach, Amelia, and Villa d'Este, the inside is where customers will find special treats.

The tan designo semi-aniline leather seats sport unique perforations and patterns with gray stitching, piping, and Concours S embroidered type. The holes within each quilted diamond, for example, decrease in diameter toward the center. The heated wood and leather steering wheel (until now, Mercedes wouldn't offer heating with wood) has piano black lacquer, which also adorns the dash and doors. More Concours S type on the leather-edged floor mats means you'll know if anyone swipes them, or you can swap them for full-leather mats that match the quilted seats. Another leather-edged mat lines the trunk. The final announcement comes from a numbered plaque inlaid within the front cupholder cover.

Listed on the car's window sticker was a P69 Concours Edition option code that, for now, has an undetermined price. Just 100 cars will arrive in the U.S. early next year, divided evenly between the S560 and S560 4Matic models. If you make the list, surely you'll find a reason to celebrate whatever you've done to afford one.


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No way they put a 36" TV in there.....
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https://www.motor1.com/news/306455/m...l-edition-v12/

Tucked away in a press release talking about what Mercedes will bring to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month is a sentence that will probably ruin your Friday: “The S65 Final Edition, which crowns and brings to an end the long success story of the 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine in the S-Class Saloon.” That’s right, the S65 Sedan will be no more after this Final Edition, much like the recently revealed SLC Final Edition will bid adieu to the roadster formerly known as SLK.

While this is certainly a sad announcement for big-engined car enthusiasts, it’s not all that surprising. After all, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers warned us twice last year about the gradual retirement of the AMG powerhouse. It has already started taking into account there won’t be a new G65 based on the latest-generation G-Class, while the SL65 is nowhere to be found in the German or U.S. Mercedes-Benz configurators.

Now, it’s the Mercedes-AMG S-Class Sedan’s turn to lose the V12, and it’s probably only a matter of time before the two-door AMG-branded coupe and convertible will follow suit.

Silver lining? The V12 isn’t being retired altogether. Tobias Moers told Car and Driver nearly a year ago about AMG’s plans to build the engine for other sub-brands. In other words, the Maybach brand will retain the legendary powertrain found in the S650. For how long? Your guess is as good as ours.

In today’s downsizing-obsessed automotive world in which many European compact cars have puny three-cylinder engines, the V12 is like a dinosaur facing extinction. A recent report indicates BMW will not only drop the M760Li’s V12 for the next installment of the 7 Series, but the Bavarian flagship might even lose the V8. Bugatti has already admitted the Chiron’s quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 is the “last of its kind,” while Audi will ditch the W12 engine after the current-generation A8.
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https://carbuzz.com/news/mercedes-s-...-borrowed-time

Only a new S-Class sedan is due in 2020.

If you’re a fan of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe and convertible and have the money to afford one or both, then consider this as something of an early warning. According to Automobile Magazine, Mercedes will not replace either S-Class variants once the current generation runs its course. The new sedan is still slated to arrive for 2020 and based on initial details and spy shots, it’ll be a magnificent display of many technologies, such as a fully digital cockpit. But none of that will transfer over to coupe and convertible variants. Why? Let’s just look at the sales numbers.

Oh wait, you can’t because Mercedes doesn’t publish breakdown figures by body style opting instead to clump them together. But if we did have the numbers, the results would probably not be particularly good for both. Both body styles are already quite niche and given that coupe and convertible only start at $126,000 and $135,000, respectively, it’s not like either are flying off dealership lots. Demand simply isn't there.

To compare, the S-Class sedan "only” begins at $92,000. But if you’re still saving your pennies and are afraid you won’t make the 2020 deadline, fear not. You still have some additional time.

Mercedes won’t end S-Class coupe and convertible production until sometime in the next decade. That means two S-Class generations will be produced and sold alongside side each other for a period of time. It’s not like demand is high for either coupe or convertible, but Mercedes must have done the math and concluded there’s still some money to be made.

For those diehard S-Class coupe and convertible owners who regularly replace their cars every few years or so, Mercedes will gladly sell you a next-generation SL-Class instead. The eighth-generation SL is also due to debut sometime in 2020 and it will share some basic underpinnings with the second-generation AMG GT coupe and roadster.
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