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Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV concept debuts at the Shanghai Auto Show

April 20, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV concept debuts at the Shanghai Auto Show

The Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV concept debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show. The GLA SUV is based on the platform of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Chinese sources say the production version will (also) be made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture to compete with the China-made BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

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New Mercedes-Benz E-L arrives at the Shanghai Auto Show

April 19, 2013 by Joey Wang

New Mercedes-Benz E-L arrives at the Shanghai Auto Show

The very first pictures of the new Mercedes-Benz E-L, it will debut on Saturday at the Shanghai Auto Show. One silver example was seen arriving completely uncovered at the exhibition hall. The E-L is a China-only stretched variant of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, it is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E400L Hybrid testing in China

April 7, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E400L Hybrid testing in China

The very first spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz E400L Hybrid testing on Chinese roads. The E400L is a new addition to the China-made Mercedes-Benz E-L, which is a stretched variant of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The E400L will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The E400L will be the most powerful Mercedes-Benz ever produced in China and the first hybrid Mercedes-Benz produced in China.

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China launches investigation into Audi, BMW and Mercedes for using asphalt

March 26, 2013 by Joey Wang

China says Audi, BMW & Mercedes-Benz are using asphalt in their cars

China’s top quality watchdog has launched an inspection of luxury cars that use asphalt, a material that could release cancer-inducing substances, China Central Television reported (more).

Car makers involved include Beijing-Benz, Brilliance-BMW Automotive and the FAW-Volkswagen. Asphalt was found in the damping plates of some of their models. Damping plates are used to absorb vibrations and noise. Read more »

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Spy Shots: new Mercedes-Benz E-L seen testing in China

March 25, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: new Mercedes-Benz E-L seen testing in China

The best spy shots so far of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-L testing in China. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was launched on the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, and that means the China-made Mercedes-Benz E-L will be renewed as well.  The E-L is stretched by 11 centimeters for more space in the back, is it made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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Spy Shots: AMG Sport Kit for Beijing-Benz C-class in China

March 19, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: AMG Sport Kit for Beijing-Benz C-class in China

The Beijing-Benz joint venture is working on an AMG Sport Kit for the Mercedes-Benz C-class, marking the first time an AMG factory-kit will be available on a China-made Mercedes. The kit is purely optical and consists of a body kit, sporty alloys, and sporty exhaust pipes.

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Spy Shots: new Mercedes-Benz E-Class testing in China

February 22, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: new Mercedes-Benz E-Class testing in China

New spy shots of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class testing in China. The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was launched on the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, and that means the China-made Mercedes-Benz E-L will be renewed as well.  The E-L is stretched by 11 centimeters for more space in the back, is it made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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Beijing Auto C90L will hit the Chinese car market in 2014

February 6, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto C90L will it the Chinese car market in 2014

The Beijing Auto C90L will hit the Chinese market in 2014, based on the platform of  the current  Mercedes-Benz E-L Class which is made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture. The platform sharing is part of the deal BAIC and Daimler closed last Friday, rumors on the use of the E-Class platform by Beijing Auto first surfaced back in June last year. The brand Beijing Auto is a subsidiary of BAIC, which stands for Beijing Auto Industry Corporation. Read more »

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Working Together: how to change your Beijing Auto E-Series into a Mercedes-Benz B-Class

February 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto E-Series is a Mercedes-Benz B-Class

BAIC and Daimler announced last Friday they are taking the Beijing-Benz joint venture a giant step further. Daimler takes a 12% stake in BAIC and both parties will work closely together to win market share from Audi and BMW. But on ‘grass roots level’ the close cooperation has already begun! On the first picture a Beijing Auto E-Series with a Mercedes-Benz grille. How did that happen?

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Daimler buys 12% stake in BAIC

February 4, 2013 by Joey Wang

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Daimler secured a stake in its partner BAIC Motor ahead of a planned stock offering by the Chinese carmaker, in an effort to catch up with larger German rivals in what could become the biggest market for luxury cars in the world.

Daimler will pay 640 million euros ($869 million) for a 12 percent stake in BAIC Motor and get two seats on the board in a deal that signals the German company’s intention to reverse its flagging fortunes in China.

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