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Germany’s Big Three in China; Audi wins Again, Mercedes-Benz loses more

July 23, 2013 by Joey Wang

Germany's Big Three in China; Audi wins Again, Mercedes-Benz loses more

China sales numbers of the German Three over the first six month of 2013 have just arrived, showing Audi is the big winner and Mercedes-Benz a small loser. The numbers are sales-totals for the brands, including sales of locally made cars and sales of imported cars.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA will be Stretched for China

July 15, 2013 by Joey Wang

Mercedes-Benz CLA will be Stretched for China

Mercedes-Benz is working on a stretched variant of the CLA for the China car market. The stretched CLA will be made in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture, production will start in 2015. Until then the Euro-made non-stretched CLA will be imported into China, and one white test car was seen on the back of a truck on a road near Shanghai.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E Class L is ready for the Chinese car market

June 6, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E Class L is ready for the Chinese car market

New spy shots showing the new Mercedes-Benz E Class L, the China-only stretched variant of the E-Class. The new E Class L debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in April, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in July, priced between 400.000 and 750.000 yuan. Buyers can choose between two different fronts, this rather sporty design or…

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E400L testing in China

May 23, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz E400L testing in China

Spy shots showing a brand new Mercedes-Benz E400L hybrid, powered by a 306hp 3.0 V6 + 27hp electric motor, the very first hybrid that Mercedes builds in China. The new E Class L debuted last month on the Shanghai Auto Show and it will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year.

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New Mercedes E Class L hits the Shanghai Auto Show

April 23, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

New Mercedes E Class L hits the Shanghai Auto Show

This is the very specious and very luxurious back bench on the new Mercedes-Benz E Class L, the China-only stretched Mercedes E. The name is new too, it used to be called E-L Class. The E Class L will compete stretch to stretch with other Chinese-made limousines such as the Audi A6L, the BMW 5Li and the Volvo S80L. Infiniti has a stretched M but that one isn’t made locally and thus too expensive too compete. Read more »

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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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