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Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb (center) was dismissed this week over allegations of major breaches of compliance, according to a report by German newspaper Handelsblatt.
Lieb is reported to have paid for an addition to his home, as well as golf club fees at the expense of parent company Daimler. ”Ernst was repeatedly warned, but he did it again,” said an unnamed Daimler executive. A spokesman for Daimler would not comment on the matter.
The Truth About Cars reports that earlier in the decade, another Mercedes executive was fired for similar improprities, and that even Lieb’s excellent standing within the company couldn’t save him from losing his job over the matter.
[Source: Fox Business]
Perhaps there’s nothing more fitting than a Mercedes-Benz rolling on the mean streets of Camden or Newark. And it’s about high time the company got some credit: in a story that just happens to hit the right buttons, Mercedes-Benz USA was voted one of the best places to work in New Jersey, where they pump fists and not gas.
For the second consecutive year to boot, Mercedes’s American headquarters in Bergen County were cited by NJBIZ Magazine as one of the best large-sized company (over 250 employees), coming in 6th and gaining a position over last year—and being the only car company on the list.
“Mercedes has a long tradition of doing business in the Garden State,” said Ernst Lieb, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “To achieve this accolade in a recovering economy is a true statement of how unified we are, working together to inspire our entire organization and deliver the dream that customers associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand.”
Perks at Mercedes include the 3rd-floor water cooler filled with Jager bombs, a call center that plays Ke$ha for hold music, and for being one of the few offices that doesn’t overlook Staten Island.
New retail prices have been revealed for the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible/hardtop and CLS models.
The former, which has received a new 3.5-liter direct injected V6 with multi-spark ignition technology, rated at 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, will sticker at $54,800, while the CLS, which has been extensively revamped for ’12 will start at $71,300 in 550 form, with the CLS63 AMG version will retail for $94,900.
Despite the nomenclature, both U.S. bound CLS models will receive new engines, the former a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, will the AMG model gets the 5.5-liter twin turbo bent-eight, delivering a staggering 518 hp and 516 lb-ft, likely enough to move California Redwoods.
According to an official release from Mercedes-Benz USA, the 2012 CLS is slated to go on sale this summer. The company is also keen to point out that the prices listed for these two models, exclude delivery charges, taxes and other fees.
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes SLK
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes CLS
Mercedes-Benz is conducting customer clinics to determine whether their B-Class compact car is suitable for sales in the U.S. market. The B-Class is currently sold in Canada, where its five-door quasi-hatchback bodystyle is extremely popular, but small cars have traditionally struggled in the United States.
If the B-Class does come to America, it won’t make it until the new B-Class is released in 2012. Mercedes is looking to determine whether the hatchback, or another configuration like a sedan, coupe or crossover is most appropriate. American Mercedes dealers have protested the B-Class’ inclusion into the lineup, saying the vehicle does not fit into the brand’s luxury image.
[Source: Automotive News]