Berlin diesel driving ban - Senate resolution expected in parts of Berlin 

In Berlin, it is likely to decide on Tuesday on which road sections diesel driving bans will be introduced. The air pollution control plan is on the agenda of the Senate meeting (from 10.00 clock), as the Senate Chancellery confirmed.

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Uber launches new offer for group rides UberXL in Berlin

The car broker Uber continues to expand its offer in Berlin with a service for group travel called UberXL. With UberXL, groups of up to six people could travel together to a destination, even from different locations, the company announced on Monday. There should be room for up to six people, with luggage left for four. The offer is for occasions such as meetings or family reunions where several people approach a destination.

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Green Motor | Electric-Racing: Formula E to start in Berlin Tempelhof

Berlin’s Tempelhof field is to be the location of the new Formula E racing series from 2015. According to information in the nationwide German news magazine, Der Spiegel, the organizers of the racing series have reached agreement with the Berlin city senate.

The racing track is to be built in front of the airport terminal building. Read more

Tesla boss calls on mayors for car registration

The head of the US electric car maker Tesla, Elon Musk, has talked to the senate chiefs of Berlin and Hamburg and complained about long waiting periods in the registration of cars in Germany. According to the Berlin Senate Chancellery Elon Musk asked the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) in March for an interview. Also in the telephone call with Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) it was about the so-called dealer procedure in the registration of cars, said a spokesman for the Senate on Friday. First the “world” had reported about it.
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Daimler Project Future

With a new structure and more autonomy in the individual divisions, the carmaker Daimler wants to be more flexible and ready for to arm the change in the industry . In addition, a new man will take over the management of the group at the Annual General Meeting in Berlin: Ola Källenius, formerly head of development, will replace Dieter Zetsche, the long-running chairman of Daimler. Zetsches term ends with the end of the meeting.

New Course: Daimler Project Future 

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McLaren P1 - Nurburgring Nordschleife 2013

Geared to stack up against the likes of Ferrari’s F12 and Lambo’s Aventador LP 700-4, McLaren is reportedly in the works with a new supercar which would fill the void between its 12C and the P1. Codenamed as the P15, the existence of the new supercar has been confirmed to publication Autocar by McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt, who is reported to have said that the P15 will feature carbon fiber monocoque chassis and mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8. Also hinted by Flewitt on the Autocar interview is a successor to the successful P1, allegedly explaining that the next P1 will only arrive after battery and electric drive systems have taken significant leaps forward. Read more

Mercedes-Benz Classic at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance

German Car maker Mercedes-Benz Classic is to mark its attendance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance to be held on 18 August 2013 by exhibiting a “Prinz Heinrich” Benz dating from 1910. Restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic, the vehicle is considered to be one of the first true sports cars ever made.

Another exhibit which will be on display at the event is a 24/40 hp Benz landaulet dating from 1907, representing the long tradition of premium- and luxury-class vehicles at Mercedes-Benz. Read more

Smart Mobility | Carsharing 2.0: Renting out your car via SnappCar

Many car sharing providers have become established in the last few years. Now the next stage of car sharing has appeared online: renting out your own car, or borrowing somebody else’s.

The automobile is losing its meaning as a status symbol. In our big cities, with well-developed bus and suburban rail networks, more and more people are doing without their own four wheels. No surprise, what with the effect of increasing maintenance costs, insurance, tax and fuel prices. But there are of course occasions when we really do need our own motorized vehicle, whether moving something too big to go on the bus or going off somewhere without good public transportation connections. Read more

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013: auction of Mercedes-Benz W 196 R one of highlights at world’s “largest motorised garden party”

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, includes the auction of a Mercedes-Benz Type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car on 12 July 2013.

The auction will be one of the highlights of a weekend dedicated to motor sport. Mercedes-Benz Classic is joining Mercedes-Benz UK at this 20th staging of the unique motorsport garden party (11 to 14 July 2013), where it will be presenting numerous exclusive models from the brand’s motor-racing history, including legendary pre- and post-war Silver Arrows as well as cars from the early days of motor racing, one particular highlight being an original Benz “Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen” from 1910.

Juan Manuel Fangio piloted the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Type W 196 R with chassis number 006/54 to victory at the German and Swiss Grands Prix in 1954. Read more

Spectacular world premiere of the new S-Class at Airbus in Hamburg: Grand unveiling of the new flagship model from Mercedes-Benz

This evening, the new flagship for luxurious motoring landed in Hamburg on board an Airbus A300-600 DHL cargo plane. Mercedes-Benz had the new S-Class flown in exclusively from its birthplace in Stuttgart for its world premiere at Airbus in Finkenwerder.

At the delivery centre for the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft and a benchmark in travel comfort, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new luxury saloon in front of around 750 international guests from the worlds of politics, industry and media. Flanked by the 20 current Mercedes-Benz models and musically accompanied by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the new top-of-the-line model from Stuttgart rolled across the tarmac as part of a spectacular show. Read more