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2016 Mercedes CLA gets More Power

Jul 14, 2015 - 3:03 PM - by NickJ

Details on the CLA 45 AMG model for next year are beginning to leak out of the skunkworks. The 2.0 liter force fed 4 cylinder will be pushing out 375 horsepower and have a chest thumping 350 pound-feet of torque. 2015 buyers will be a little upset to see the 20 horsepower bump I am sure. The top end of the gear box will also get some tweaks to help the car be quicker though the longer sprints as well.

All of this translates to 0.3 seconds off off the run up to 60 miles an hour. It gets there in 4.1 seconds which is pretty damned close to the SL63 AMG if you get out your measuring sticks.

You will get some lux stuff as well. As is to be expected from the pint-sized AMG car, you get multiple driving modes via the Dynamic Select System. You get dual zone climate, keyless start, and infotainment systems. There is a fancy badge that reads "Turbo 4Matic" that simply reminds me of 1950's era names for transmission systems, but that is just me. It probably means that this thing is fast and ready to tear down roads without ending up in a ditch without trying too hard.

You get a limited slip differential at the front, AMG Adaptive Suspension, Race Mode, Performance Steering Wheel, and pushes the top speed to 167 mph. At the same time, the AMG Driver's Package is discontinued, and the AMG Performance Studio Package is dropped on the CLA45.

The 2016 CLA45 AMG goes on sale in October here in the US.
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Mercedes yield BMW in global sales race

Apr 16, 2015 - 5:50 PM - by TorqueNews
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BMW remains the global leader in luxury car sales staying ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz. What models are helping BMW?

This story is originally published at and reported by Denis Flierl.

BMW reports their strongest ever first quarter with strong sales of their luxury cars globally. The BMW Group that includes BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce, sold 451,576 vehicles worldwide in the first three months. That’s a 5.4 percent increase from the previous year. Globally, strong sales of the BMW X5 and new 2 Series Active Tourer have helped BMW stay at the top of the worldwide premium sales.

BMW Group stayed ahead of rivals Audi AG and Mercedes-Benz to remain the global leader. The strongest sales came from the U.S., where sales rose 8.4 percent in the first quarter. As reported earlier here, BMW’s new M4 Coupe and 3 Series sedans had a 47 percent sales increase from a year earlier on a brand-leading 14,835 sales. The X5 was another top performer in the U.S. with sales of 4,388 which was a 7.2 percent gain.

Audi and Mercedes

Audi came in second in the global race with 438,250 cars selling in the first three months of the year, an increase of 6.1 percent, 14 percent in the US. Audi says the gains were aided by strong sales of its Q5 SUV. Mercedes-Benz is in third place selling 429,602 vehicles globally in the first three months of the year, an increase of 14.8 percent from a year ago. In Europe, the sales increased 16 percent, while China showed a 16.6 percent improvement.

BMW gets global recognition

BMW’s i8 sprinted to victory in the World Car Awards recently and was honored by the international jury. For the second time, BMW i clinched victory at the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car. The BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious award at the New York International Auto Show following the BMW i3’s award last year. The i8’s plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction helped it win over... [Read More]
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