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The Continental: The Good, the Bad, and the Ho-Hum from the 2013 New York Auto Show

By Jens Meiners

Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.

Another New York auto show has come and gone, and this year’s was a good one. Most manufacturers were present in the Big Apple last week, and there was a number of new vehicle launches. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf won World Car of the Year honors, and the Porsche Boxster/Cayman duo was voted World Performance Car. The Tesla Model S earned the World Green Car nod, while the Jaguar F-Type roadster took the well-deserved World Car Design of the Year award.

Consulting firm Prime Research surveyed the 66 World Car Awards jurors, a global group of motor journalists which includes myself, and came up with some interesting results. While connectivity and efficiency still rank among the most important topics worthy of coverage, E-mobility has most definitely fallen out of favor. It dropped to sixth—from third last year—out out of ten topics of focus.

Asked only about alternative powertrains, journalists ranked the most conservative approach—the plug-in hybrid—above the range-extended electric vehicle, reversing the two options’ rankings from last year. Only the plug-in hybrid was evaluated more positively than last fall, while ratings for the range-extended EV, fuel-cell-electric, and battery-electric dropped sharply. The media’s love affair with the EV—which I was never quite able to understand—seems to be over.

2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe - rear three-quarter view

Just before the New York show, BMW let a few journalists sample a prototype three-cylinder engine in a European 1-series hatchback body. Contributing editor Csaba Csere has already levied a thorough assessment of the technology, and I too liked the little engine—it is a cheerful, lively motor with a sporty exhaust note. BMW readily admits that the three’s 1.5-liter displacement is not ideal in terms of noise and vibration, but it is the best compromise for fuel economy. The three-banger is part of an engine family that will include four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. It might sound odd, but I found the three-cylinder engine to have more character than most four-cylinder engines. Bring it on. A quick side note: The upcoming BMW M4 and its four-door sister model, the M3, will get an engine based on the current N55 straight-six, not a member of this new engine family.

BMW rival Audi presented the A3 sedan, but not exactly at the show itself. Not wanting to spoil its own upcoming Shanghai show debut, Audi definitely wanted to spoil the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG‘s big reveal. So it put …read more

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Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Photo Drops Ahead of Motown Debut [2013 Detroit Auto Show]

By Erik Johnson

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Sedan

Who’s up for a little pre-partying? The entire revamped-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class lineup will debut next week at the 2013 Detroit auto show, but the company has gone ahead and released a group photo of the brood.

Mercedes has already disseminated official photos and info covering the new sedan and wagon, as well as the coupe and convertible, so the car that interests us the most is the 2014 E63 AMG, which has heretofore only been seen sporting camouflage. We have, however, already experienced a prototype and received a full rundown on what’s to come, including a bump to 550 hp and the fitment of standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive. You can also watch our own Csaba Csere detail the prototype E63 on our YouTube channel.

The E63′s gaping front intakes and blacked-out details are befitting of a performance variant, but the make over keeps the model looking as restrained as ever, especially when you consider the wicked-looking Black Series sleds coming from Affalterbach. Don’t expect performance to hold much in reserve, however, as we predict the all-wheel-drive version (RWD models still will be available in Europe) will hit 60 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class Lineup



With this photo’s release, just one E-class variant remains under wraps, the E63 AMG wagon. (We have a pretty good handle on what to expect from that one, though: pure, undiluted awesomesauce.) The E will share the Motown stage with the production version of the new compact CLA-class sedan. Look for full details on that one—as well as more on the E63—in the coming days.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver