AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
With the Vatican looking to expand their use of green technology, the next generation Popemobile is reportedly set to employ hybrid technology, although His Holiness would reportedly prefer a fully electric vehicle powered by solar panels.
The new Popemobile will be based off the next-generation Mercedes ML-Class, and used a hybrid system with a 10kw electric motor and a gasoline V6 engine good for a 60 horsepower boost. The same powertrain, fitted in an S-Class prototype, is good for 18.5 miles of purely electric driving, and considering the standard range and speeds of the Popemobile, it should be more than adequate for papal duties.
[Source: New York Times]
Looks like our reports of the Mercedes ML63′s death were premature, even if they were easily rationalized. The folks at Motor Trend have confirmed with M-B that the ML63 will continue on for 2011, but it still may not be long for this world.
With a new ML due out for the 2012 model year, it may yet be the last mile for the AMG SUV, as the usual lag time between the launch of a standard model and an AMG variant will likely leave performance SUV fans stranded for at least a year. Not to mention the next AMG ML will almost certain come with the new 5.5L twin-turbo V8 rather than the beloved 6.2L currently being used.
[Source: Motor Trend]
The Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is dead, according to reports out of Europe. The 6.2L hyper-SUV, which used AMG’s raucous 510-horsepower V8, has apparently died, leaving the BMW X5M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo as the sole choices for those who must go fast, but aren’t allowed to buy a proper sports car due to their spouses decree.
With a new ML on the horizon sometime next year, there may be hope for another AMG SUV. In the meantime, the ever obnoxious G55 AMG is still with us, and should be in a rap video near you sometime soon.
Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its Grand Edition package for the ML-lineup (ML63 excluded) and as far as we can tell, it’s an appearance package with new wheels, blue tinted glass, fancy LED headlights and some other minor cosmetic upgrades. Make ours an ML350 Bluetec in white. If the outrageous ML63 AMG isn’t available, then we can at least go for the “sensible” option and still look good doing it.
Press Release After The Jump
A heavily disguised prototype of the 2012 Mercedes ML crashed into a Mazda that was stranded on the side of a road near Stuttgart, Germany. The driver of the Mazda was killed, and the ML rolled down the road for 800 feet before coming to a stop.
Three fatal crashes involving manufacturer test vehicles have occurred over the past seven years, two from Mercedes and one from Porsche. In the previous Mercedes incident, innocent bystanders were the victims, while in the Porsche accident, it was the driver who was the sole casualty. Germany’s transport minister Peter Ramsauer lashed out, admonishing the test drivers not to act like “Rambos” and called for a code of conduct among test drivers.