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Report: Mercedes FWD platform to last until 2018, convertible and two-seater future uncertain

By Brandon Turkus

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan - front three-quarter view, silver

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Mercedes-Benz seems to be expecting a lot of success from its front-wheel-drive CLA-Class. Automotive News is reporting that the sub-C-Class sedan could grow when its second generation arrives in 2018.

The current FWD platform for MB underpins the CLA, the B-Class, the GLA-Class, and the A-Class. The B-Class will arrive in North America as an EV for spring of 2014, while the production GLA crossover will arrive three to four months after that. The five-door A-Class won’t be crossing The Pond. Sad faces all around.

According to AN, another model will be based on the front-drive architecture, but it won’t be coming to the US market. Set to arrive next year, rumors are that it’ll be a wagon version of the CLA, sort of like the ill-named five-door CLS Shooting Brake that is also a Europe-only item.

As for the rumored CLA convertible and two-seat roadster, if those two arrive, it’s not going to be until the second-generation of the current architecture hits the market. Even then, their future is in uncertain, as Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG told Automotive News, “We are considering the final portfolio of the next generation of our compact cars. We have to define it and we may expand the portfolio.”

Mercedes FWD platform to last until 2018, convertible and two-seater future uncertain originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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What Is Fabry Disease? What Causes Fabry Disease?

Fabry disease is a rare, inherited disease caused by the deficiency of an enzyme called alpha galactosidase A (a-GAL A), which is encoded by the GLA gene. In patients with Fabry disease, a-GAL A is either lacking or deficient. The disease is also known as Anderson-Fabry disease, alpha-galactosidase A deficiency, or angiokeratoma corporis diffusum… …read more

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover spied inside and out

By Jonathon Ramsey

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When the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class entered production last summer, we were told in the accompanying press release that its platform would support the B-Class and “a further three sporty and emotive vehicles, including a coupé and an SUV.” The hidden cameras at KGP have captured the SUV part of that equation, the GLA small crossover, in the Rocky Mountains.

As best we can make out, the contours under its swirly vinyl are those of a burlier copy of the handsome A-Class, only raised off the ground. Inside is the same minimal yet well done interior we’ve seen in the A and the CLA, sales numbers having proved so far that the cabin is a hit with buyers around the world.

Speculation is that GLA powertrains will match those of its platform siblings, the base motor said to be the 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower four-cylinder and chassis options being front- and all-wheel drive. The Frankfurt Motor Show should be when the public gets the first naked look at it. The high-res gallery of spy shots above should suffice in the meantime.

Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover spied inside and out originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA gets official ahead of Shanghai

By Zach Bowman

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Mercedes-Benz has something special planned for the Shanghai Motor Show – a new CUV concept that we first saw when it leaked on the internet yesterday. The GLA Concept compact crossover will hit the show stand with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive, and likely previews a new production model that we’ve already spotted testing.

That’s not news, but the laser-based headlamps with video-projecting capability certainly are. Mercedes-Benz says the array can project any image or video onto a screen, which is handy since there are a pair of HD cameras mounted to the roof rack. The cameras can be removed and taken with you on all sorts of adventures. The lamps also feature a visible cooling system comprised of a series of fans, and the system helps give the headlights their “sparkle” effect.

Step indoors and the GLA offers up the interior of a high-quality crossover, complete with contrasting leather and plenty of aluminum. The automaker says the cabin was inspired by saddle craftsmanship with “more than 65 feet of hand-stitched seams to hold the raw edges of the leather together.”

You can check out the full press release below for more information, and stay tuned for live photos direct from Shanghai later this week.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA gets official ahead of Shanghai originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 03:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA: Resistance is Futile [2013 Shanghai Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

The success of the compact-luxury crossover is inevitable: Customers like the unique combination of a raised seating position, a rugged appearance, and efficient powertrains. Acura has the RDX, BMW offers the X1, and Audi has announced the Q3 will come to the U.S. market. Think of the segment as the Borg: resistance is futile. And soon, Mercedes-Benz will cease its resistance and join the collective with the GLA-class, which is being unveiled in thinly veiled concept form at the Shanghai auto show. READ MORE ››

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Breaking: Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept crossover leaked ahead of Shanghai debut

By John Neff

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With just a few days left before the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, images of the Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept compact crossover have emerged online. The little ‘ute is based on the small A-Class hatchback, and though it shares an identical wheelbase, is larger in every other dimension.

Looking like a rough-and-tumble five-door hatchback on the tippy toes of its 20-inch wheels, the GLA is most certainly destined for production in a toned down form that will borrow many bits and pieces from other cars based on this platform like the aforementioned A-Class and the CLA-Class sedan. Carscoop reports that the production version of the GLA will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of this year, with sales to the public starting in 2014.

Since it’s based on the A-Class, we expect that the production GLA-Class will be powered by your choice of Mercedes’ 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine and a diesel or two, and will offer transmissions that include the company’s seven-speed DCT and perhaps a six-speed manual (at least in Europe). If the GLA follows the same path as the two cars before it, expect a GLA45 AMG producing over 300 horsepower, as well. As for what powers the GLA Concept, that just might remain a mystery until the vehicle is officially revealed in China.

Stay tuned to Autoblog this Friday night and Saturday for our live coverage of the Shanghai Motor Show.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept crossover leaked ahead of Shanghai debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-Benz Execs Talk 13 New Models, Electric Cars, and Hybrid AMGs

By Eric Tingwall

Mercedes-Benz has little fear its entry-level CLA250 will cannibalize sales of its C-class.

Mercedes-Benz has never had a stronger first quarter in the United States than it has had in 2013, but the German automaker isn’t about to slow down. The company is taking strides to secure its position over the long term and to bolster its global sales with 13 all-new new models by 2020. These vehicles aren’t just refreshes and redesigns; the Stuttgart-based marque will introduce 13 new nameplates—vehicles without a predecessor. We know there will be the front-drive-based GLA-class crossover and the S-class will add coupe and convertible variants, but the bulk of the plan remains a mystery. Hoping to fill in some of the unknowns, we sat down with four of the most influential executives at Mercedes-Benz: Thomas Weber, head of R&D; Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz cars; Jörg Prigl, vice president of small-car development; and Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-Benz AMG. Here’s what they had to say about the future of Mercedes:

Car and Driver: We’re struggling to find 13 obvious holes in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. What kinds of vehicles are coming? Should we expect Mercedes versions of BMW’s Gran Turismos?

Thomas Weber: To build such a vehicle is easy. To be successful is the name of the game. You also must be careful not to say a current trend is a trend forever. We will certainly add long-wheelbase models targeting the Asian markets. As we look at these new models, we need to beat our competitors in three areas: design, powertrains, and environmental and safety technologies.

C/D: Is there any concern that the $30,825 CLA250 might dilute the brand image in the U.S. or cannibalize C-class sales?

Dieter Zetsche: Our more-mature, more-affluent customers are very good to us. At the same time, the A-class has an average age drop of 10 years [in Europe]. It’s all about striking the right balance. The new S-class will move into Rolls-Royce Ghost territory. Just as we introduce small cars, we keep the light shining on the brand.

Jörg Prigl: If we saw that as a risk, we shouldn’t have done the CLA. We are not fighting for the loyal customers we have.

Mercedes wants to be at the forefront of EV development.

C/D: Electric vehicles have failed to take off in the U.S. Why bring the electric B-class to market?

Prigl: Technology leadership in a potential future drivetrain is a must for us. The partnership with Tesla will help us speed up and beat the competition. If you believe you can do this alone as an automaker, you will fail. The battery cell should not be done by the OEM. There should be huge competition among suppliers to get the cell right. The specific know-how for the automaker is in the packaging and the battery management. Tesla provides the complete powertrain for the B-class

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Equity One, Inc.'s First Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call to be Held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 a

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Equity One, Inc.’s First Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call to be Held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Equity One, Inc. (NYS: EQY) , an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, announced today that it will release its 2013 first quarter earnings on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 after the market close. On Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Equity One‘s senior officers will conduct a conference call to review the 2013 first quarter earnings and operating results.

Stockholders, analysts and other interested parties can access the earnings call by dialing (888) 317-6003 (U.S.), (866) 284-3684 (Canada) or (412) 317-6061 (international) using pass code 2746646. The call will also be webcast and can be accessed in a listen-only mode on Equity One‘s web site at www.equityone.net.

If you are unable to participate during the live call, a replay will be available on Equity One‘s website for future review. You may also access the telephone replay by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or (412) 317-0088 (international) using pass code 10026525 through May 12, 2013.

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As of December 31, 2012, our consolidated property portfolio comprised 168 properties, including 144 retail properties and six non-retail properties totaling approximately 16.9 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 11 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.2 million square feet of GLA upon completion, and seven land parcels. As of December 31, 2012, our core portfolio was 92.1% leased and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, we had joint venture interests in 18 retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 3.3 million square feet of GLA.

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Mercedes-Benz Confirms Debut of GLA Crossover Concept in China [2013 Shanghai Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

Mercedes-Benz’s intention to produce a crossover based on the wildly popular new front-wheel-drive architecture underpinning the A-class, the B-class, and the CLA-class is no secret. We’ve spied Benz’s littlest ute being tested, and we know it will be built at the brand’s Rastatt, Germany, production site. Now, after being tipped off by a report from Motor Authority, we hear from company sources that a concept version of the compact crossover, called GLA-class, will bow at the Shanghai auto show in April. The GLA shown in Shanghai won’t be up to production specification, but we can expect a fairly accurate interpretation of what will land at dealerships likely by the end of the year.

The GLA will be offered with front- and all-wheel drive, and a choice of four-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines taken from the parts bin available to other Mercedes vehicles making use of the shared architecture. An AMG version is possible, but not confirmed, and it wouldn’t become a reality for some time.



Mercedes’ front-wheel-drive family will receive at least one further model beyond the A-class, B-class, CLA, and GLA. A station wagon version of the CLA—which the Stuttgart-based manufacturer could erroneously call a Shooting Brake—is the likeliest to complete the fab five, but an A-class cabriolet is close to being finalized, as well.

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Infiniti Q50 Will Get Mercedes-Benz Turbocharged Four

By Justin Berkowitz

2014 Infiniti Q50 hybrid

Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen connected the all-too-close dots during the Detroit auto show, explaining that the new Q50—that’s the G37 replacement, remember?—will be offered in the U.S. with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine designed by Mercedes-Benz. De Nysschen was speaking with Autoweek, and Infiniti reps have since confirmed to us the accuracy of the quotes.

The two companies entered an agreement early in 2012 for Nissan to build Daimler’s four-cylinder engines at a factory in Tennessee. Daimler will use the engines in the next-gen C-class, which begins production later this year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and potentially in the upcoming GLA-class compact SUV. In addition to the Q50, Infiniti’s future Q40 compact will also receive the Benz-engineered motors; it’s a handy fit, since the Q40′s front-drive platform is borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, too. (More on the Benz/Infiniti platform-sharing deal here.)



Expect between 210 and 240 horsepower from the 2.0-liter mill. If there’s even a glimmer of hope that Infiniti will offer the Q50 with a manual transmission in the U.S.—so far, the 3.7-liter V-6 and hybrid exclusively mate to a seven-speed auto—it’ll be in the model with this engine. All-wheel drive also will be on the table, we’re quite certain, as Infiniti recognizes that such a setup is necessary to sell premium cars in the U.S. and is even offering it with the Q50 hybrid.

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Report: Mercedes-Benz GLK coupe to get 2016 intro

By Jonathon Ramsey

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK - dead-on front view

Radio chatter around the emerging small, premium crossover coupe genre has thus far been dominated by the Land Rover Evoque and the Mini Paceman. According to a report in Car, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class (shown above) has received its invitation to the party and will spend the next three years getting ready: it’s said that two-door variant of the crisply-angled CUV is coming in 2016, along with a redesign befitting its sleeker intentions.

To be based on the MRA platform – the rear-drive version of the company’s three new modular platforms, it will also support the coming 2013 S-Class and could eventually get an AMG version to help it compete with segment offerings like the forthcoming Porsche Macan. Not much else is known about it beyond its name: Car says it will be called the GLC, a friendly nomenclature we remember best as a Mazda hatchback (allegedly for “Good Little Car”). Internet oldtimers may remember the Mazda GLC as the predecessor to the 323 (which in turn came before today’s Mazda3). Either way, the GLC is not to be confused with the larger upcoming BMW X6 rival based on the ML-Class (reportedly called GLS) which is also said to still be in the works, or the front-drive based GLA, a model also edging toward production.

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Lexus Considering Compact Crossover, According to Sources

By John Lamm

The luxury compact crossover market is booming. So much so that BMW had to push back the American introduction of its X1 because of high demand in Europe. Asked if the company is happy with the X1’s initial U.S. sales, a spokesman tells us that they are “thrilled.” Land Rover’s factory in Halewood, England, currently is utilizing three shifts to pump out enough Evoques. Audi is scrambling to get the Q3 into America dealerships as soon as possible, and Mercedes-Benz is doing the same with its GLA. And if Australian publication The Age is to be believed, it won’t be long before Lexus joins the fray, too.

According to the Australian outlet, Lexus executive vice president Kazuo Ohara said that a compact crossover to slot into the brand’s lineup underneath the RX is under “serious consideration.” Ohara then went on to confirm that a concept vehicle will be uncovered this year, likely to show up at the Tokyo auto show this November, the Australian publication said.

Although Lexus declined to comment on the matter when asked, we can deduce that those quotes are pretty close to to mark based on trademark applications the brand submitted. Lexus has filed to trademark the moniker NX, and specific names NX300h and NX200T. The NX300h indicates a hybrid offering, likely using the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor out of the ES300h. The NX200T, however, indicates a probable turbocharged 2.0-liter—which seems rather inconsequential until realizing that neither Toyota nor Lexus currently feature a turbocharged engine in any offering in this country.



To take on the offerings from Europe, Lexus could potentially already have two in-house options in platform. The architecture that underpins the CT200h already fits into the rough dimensions of today’s compact-crossover segment, and the all-new RAV4 would provide a readymade foundation for the Japanese luxury brand to build upon.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG spied in Sweden

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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We’ve spotted the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA testing a couple times in recent months in getting closer to production form and shedding camouflage, but now it looks like we’re see our first look at the AMG version of this compact crossover. The low ride height might trick some into thinking that we’re just seeing the already-confirmed A45 AMG out testing, but the unique beltline, rear doors and side windows confirm this is some version of the GLA-Class.

What makes us so confident that this is the AMG model? Well, for starters, this prototype has beefier brakes with cross-drilled front and rear rotors and bigger front calipers, but it also sports dual exhaust outlets poking through the rear fascia and a suspension that has been lowered considerably. Our spy shooters said that this car’s exhaust note made it almost certainly an AMG model.

Just to be clear, the GLA AMG will not be powered by a 4.5-liter engine. The closely related A45 AMG will carry the “45” in its name to celebrate the first 45 years of AMG, and our sources seem to indicate the AMG version of the GLA will do the same. We’re expecting this sporty crossover to produce as much as 350 horsepower from its AMG-tuned four-cylinder engine, and like the all-new E63 AMG, it could very well come standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive.

With the standard GLA-Class not expected to debut until this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the GLA45 AMG might have to wait until sometime next year to get its official introduction; although, as a note, Mercedes-Benz did reveal all of its E-Class models (including the E63 AMG) at the same this week at the Detroit Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG spied in Sweden originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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