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The 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year short list has just been announced, and women motoring writers from around the world will begin voting for their top picks.
Cutting a list of contenders from 300 down to 32, judges will now allocate points to the nominated cars that fall into four categories: Family Car, Luxury Car, Sports Car and Economy Car. Just one of the 10 criteria that cars are allotting points for is Child Friendliness, which is something vehicles aren’t usually judged on in a competition.
Winners of the 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year will be announced before the end of March, and awards will be presented at the Paris Motor Show in September. You can check out the complete short list after below.
With every new Mercedes-Benz refresh on an existing model, one can expect Brabus to not be far behind with a tuning package for it. The tuners at Brabus got to work quickly on the new-generation SLK, releasing both a styling package and power package for various SLK models.
For the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, Brabus’ ECO PowerXtra B20 CGI performance kit will add 26-hp and 22 lb-ft of torque. For the 250 BlueEFFICIENCY model, the B25 CGI performance kit will add similar gains. An additional 10-hp can be found on the SLK 250 thanks to a larger intercooler and an electronically-controlled sport wastegate valve.
The B25S CGI kit, offered for the SLK 250, will bring horsepower to 240-hp and torque to 273 lb-ft, giving it a 0-62 mph time of 6.2 seconds and a stop speed of 154-mph.
For the outside, Brabus has outfitted the SLK with new front spoiler lips, LED daytime running lights, side sill attachments, a rear diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and a center-mounted rear reflector. A stainless steel exhaust system with quad-tips can also be had, giving the car a sportier note. For those looking for interior modifications, Brabus offers high-gloss, polished stainless-steel scuff plates with the Brabus logo alongside aluminum pedals and shifter. Custom requests for upholstery with Brabus Mastik leather and Alcantara are also available.
GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLK
It seems like Mercedes-Benz‘s new SLK-Class has barely rolled off the lots of dealerships and now the aftermarket already has tuning packages available for the German convertible. Carlsson, a popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, has revealed its tuning package for the new SLK-Class, which will comprise of a styling kit, suspension kit, new wheels, interior accessories and engine upgrades for various models.
On the outside, the SLK gets a 1.2-inch lower stance thanks to Carlsson’s suspension kit. The lowered convertible can then sit comfortably on a set of 18- to 20-inch wheels from Carlsson, depending on your preference. Complementing the new lower profile is an aerodynamic styling kit featuring an aggressive front apron while the rear is outfitted with a diffuser as well. The front grille is also swapped out for a polished stainless-steel counterpart.
Engine power can be boosted anywhere from 27- to 40-hp. By utilizing Carlsson’s C-Tronic, the various SLK-Class powerplants can be upgraded to several stages of horsepower gains. The SLK 200 CGI can go from 184-hp to 211-hp or 224-hp, while the SLK 250 CGI can be upgraded from 204-hp to 239-hp.
No pricing was announced.
GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz SLK
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK may look like just a gawky facelift. But under the skin and in its exhaust pipes lies a leaner, cleaner heart: the SLK200 with BlueEFFICIENCY, for example, reduces fuel consumption from 24 percent. Too bad it’s not available in America.
But the entire range has been upgraded (efficiencized?) from beginning to end: from production until end-of-life recycling, the entire process to build the SLK produces 20% less CO2 emissions than the outgoing model. 24 components in the new SLK are made from natural materials—an increase of 67%—and the SLK already meets the recyclable rate of 95% by weight, a new regulation that will become effective in Germany by 2015.
According to the sticklers from the TÜV, Germany’s product testing organization, the SLK received its environmental certificate in accordance with the ISO 14062 standard. Keep that in mind next time you head to Peet’s for an Uzuri Blend.
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes SLK
As the first compact convertible to come with a retractable hardtop, the Mercedes-Benz SLK has to be at the forefront of the segment when it comes to topless technology, and the new car is no exception.
Even though it’s been completely restyled and given a new engine lineup, the big news for the new SLK its its Magic Sky Control system, which is essentially a tinted glass folding hardtop that can adjust the tint from transparent to completely dark. Buyers who don’t want this sorcery can opt for a metal roof, but really, why would you?
Powered by Mercedes’ familiar 3.5L V6 and a new 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder, a 5.5L V8 is also expected for a forthcoming SLK AMG. The 302 horsepower V6 is good for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds while the 4-banger’s 201 horsepower should given it ample acceleration.
Hit the jump for the full press release
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLK
In what might be the most puzzling vehicle packaging discussion ever, the upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will come with an in car internet system.
We’re assuming that nearly 100% of SLK owners have a phone with some kind of data plan, not to mention that there’s no a lot of room in an SLK for one to stretch out and enjoy internet browsing. The Mercedes sytem will even use your smartphone’s browsing capability, saving you money on a separate data plan, but begging the question “why not just use your phone?”
Mercedes-Benz‘s current SLK55 AMG has to make do with the least powerful of the AMG V8 engines, a 5.5L V8 making “only” 360 horsepower.
By any normal persons standards, this is more than adequate, but considering what the rest of AMG’s lineup gets (a 6.2L V8, a twin turbo 5.5L V8 and a 6.5L twin turbo V12), the SLK55 is undeniably the runt of the litter.
The new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is set to right things, when it debuts with a brand new naturally aspirated V8, making well over 100 horsepower more than the current lineup. While AMG has recently been moving to smaller displacement engines, the SLK AMG likely will get a V8 rather than the oft-rumored twin turbo V6.