Mercedes-Benz Went to Absurd Lengths to Stay away from the ‘Chicken Tax’

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2016

We have, maybe unfairly, categorized German automakers as far more calculating and effective than their American counterparts. While there is undoubtedly a case to be created for this good stereotyping, there are also a lot of examples calling this perceived Germanic precision into question. One such instance is the absolutely ridiculous lengths Mercedes-Benz have been going to avoid the chicken tax on its imported vans.

To keep away from the truck-primarily based tariff, Mercedes has spent the last decade manufacturing complete vans in Germany only to tear them apart and ship them to South Carolina. American workers could then reassemble the vans in a small kit assembly constructing, making them technically domestically constructed and saving the firm the 25 percent import tax.

“I truly couldn’t think it,” Volker Mornhinweg, global head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, told Automotive News. “To construct up and tear down, that is genuinely anything that hurts me, personally. And the charges!” he stated, shaking his head at the memory.

The discovery was made in 2010 when Mornhinweg became head of van production. Given that that time, he has steadily been establishing a less convoluted way to get German product into the United States.

Mercedes-Benz Vans intends to remove the wonky supply line starting with the next generation of the Sprinter. The new vans will be be assembled more-typically in South Carolina using a new production and painting system Benz has put collectively for half a billion dollars.

“Finally, we have the opportunity to build the Sprinter from scratch here in the United States, from this new manufacturing facility,” Mercedes-Benz Vans CEO Michael Balke said.

Transforming the MB van factory from a tiny assembly workshop to a full-scale manufacturing plant is no measly feat. The enlarged facility is anticipated to generate more than 1,300 new jobs and should commence accepting applications for these positions by the middle of next year.

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BMW Might Develop a ‘Ute’ Pickup Just to Screw Mercedes-Benz

BMW pickup

If you have ever although the backseat and trunk in your 3 Series would be a perfect spot to put a extended, flat cargo space for hauling dirtbikes, begin organizing a move to Australia.

According to Motoring, the German automaker is taking into consideration fielding a pickup variant Down Under — a move once thought not possible, but now looks significantly far more likely, thanks to Bimmer’s rival.

BMW, purveyor of dignified, higher-finish rolling stock, mentioned “definitely not” when asked final year if it would build a “ute” for utility-hungry Australians. That tune has considering that changed.

When asked once more by Motoring, BMW Australia managing director Marc Werner replied, “Never say by no means.”

Why the modify of heart? Blame Mercedes-Benz, and its tentative plans to provide its own ute in the Australian market place in 2018. Traditionally, whatever Benz does, Bimmer feels compelled to do the identical, whilst trying to best its competitor at its own game. German siblings are the würst.

“We’re watching the space closely,” Werner stated, referring to his rival’s achievable foray into the niche market.

It won’t be effortless bringing a BMW ute to Australia. The automaker lacks the industrial trucks and vans that Benz already sells in the country, Werner mentioned, adding that rival Audi could easily rebadge a Volkswagen Amarok pickup if it wanted its own ute. There’s a ghost of a opportunity that BMW could expand its partnership with Toyota beyond the Supra sportcar the two firms are jointly building.

As an April Fool’s joke in 2011, BMW teased images of an M3-based pickup to satisfy the El Camino crowd.

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Mercedes-Benz Verdict Puts Neck-Warming Technologies on Ice

2017 Mercedes Benz C 63 S Cabriolet driving rear

Sales of scarves are poised to jump in Germany after a court ruled Mercedes-Benz can not blow on its customer’s exposed necks.

A verdict from that country’s Federal Court of Justice just dug a temporary grave for the automaker’s “Airscarf” technique, Carscoops reports, citing the German publication Automobilwoche.

The outcome of the automaker’s legal dispute with the company that holds the original 1996 patent implies a “stop sale” order for models equipped with the warm air-blowing headrest.

1st utilised in 1998, Airscarf adds luxury and maybe even a bit of romance to all drop-best Benz models, permitting drivers to enjoy open-air motoring even after the leaves begin to turn.

A spokesperson for the business told Carscoops, “We are surprised by the verdict.”

Luckily for Mercedes-Benz, inventor Ludwig Schatzinger’s patent runs out on Christmas of this year, which means the automaker can go back to legally blowing air on individuals the subsequent day.

In the meantime, the automaker is becoming fined a quarter million euros ($ 283,137) and is ordered to eliminate any mention of Airscarf from advertising and promotional supplies. It also has to compensate Schatzinger an undisclosed quantity for each and every vehicle sold with the technology.

The verdict does not have an effect on models already sold, and the quit sale on new vehicles applies only in Germany.

After Dec. 25 rolls around, content days and warm necks return to Stuttgart.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon is Coming to North America*

C 250 diamantsilber cranberryrot/schwarz AMG

* But not the U.S. — at least, not yet.

Add the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon to the list of vehicles offered in Canada and not the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada announced Thursday it would begin selling the extended-roof version of the C-Class this year. To add insult to injury, it will be a diesel with all-wheel drive — and that’s it.

Mercedes did not disclose what shades of brown will be offered.

The preceding-generation C-Class wagon was not obtainable in Canada or the United States.

Mercedes Benz C-Klasse T-Modell Fahrvorstellung, Frankfurt/Deid

When the C-Class Wagon goes on sale later this year, it will be powered by a two.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine creating 200 horsepower and 369 lbs-ft of torque sending energy to all 4 wheels by means of the automaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive program. Although not detailed, the C-Class Wagon will probably acquire the very same seven-speed automatic as the E 250 BlueTec.

MSRP and exact on-sale date had been not disclosed.

So, who’s going to be going to The Wonderful White North this year?

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