2016 E-Class Body Revealed by Mercedes

Mercedes Benz has finally revealed the latest in terms of the 2016 E-Class which has been spotted multiple times across the year, albeit in camouflage. The latest images though, are from the assembly line and the influence of the new design philosophy of the company can clearly be seen on the model as well.

2016 E-Class

The design looks quite similar to that on the new C Class and the new S Class with the interiors too being based on the MRA platform from Mercedes, which is the same as the C Class. This means that the car will be as much as 100kg lighter as compared to the present model and the cabin and interiors too are likely to be quite similar to the S-Class, which is the flagship offering from the company.

The long wheelbase version and a Maybach edition of the E-Class have also been spotted in the past though the German automaker is yet to provide any confirmation to these models. In addition to this, the company may also release a coupe, a cabriolet as well as an estate version ensuring that potential customers have a lot to choose from. An all road edition of the E-Class may also be launched and this will be taking on A6 Quattro Allroad from Audi. The official launch of the 2016 E-Class will take place next year in January at the NAIAS in Detroit.

Top 5 Winter Driving Experience: Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Bentley and Aston Martin

It is been very much popular of times cruising across the long roads to Las Vegas in USA for droning out the winter chills. But the loads of said automotive crank haven’t filled the automakers (nor even the petrol heads) desires of extreme driving. The Winter Driving Programme offered by various car making organizations has garnered enough of the attraction to entice all of eyebrows during winters. Listed below are the famous driving courses conducted by renowned carmaker of world. And needed to mention, one is not needed to get his/her own car to the circuit. Being specific, most of the courses are conducted near to Arctic Circle, so aspirers ‘from any corner of the world’ are needed to fly there as per the schedule, and would also have to bear temperatures mostly below to ‘zero’.

Audi Ice Experience:

  • Location: Muonio, Finland
  • Price: €3,990

Audi conducts its ice driving course in Muonio, Finland, dedicated to beginners as well as professionals. Drivers who signs up for these courses get a chance to drive a S5 Sportback on a seven kilometer circuit, which includes a frozen lake on-route. The Audi Ice Experience curriculum boasts techniques to steer, stabilize, and drift on snow. Drifting here means technique of losing traction while remaining in control of the car, and not exactly the one which we perform on tarmacs. Audi too has dedicated a course for professionals called as ‘The Pro Exclusive’. Under this portfolio, experienced drivers are taught to improving their driving styles using sorts of video analysis and evaluation system. Ingolstadt based carmaker covers accommodation, instruction and flights under the course fees, which starts at €3,990. Flights for the Audi Ice Experience are arranged only from certain airports of Germany.

Audi Ice Experience

AMG Winter Sporting:

  • Location: Arjeplog, Sweden
  • Price: €1,590

AMG Winter Sporting is being held by Mercedes-Benz at two locations: Arjeplog in Sweden and Lungauring in Austria. The course is divided into three parts, basic, pro and advanced. Mercedes-Benz AMG Winter Sporting features some of the most treacherous driving condition, and drivers are given AMG vehicles to sweep past those stretches. Pro course is designed for those who can show up their drifting skills up to the level of Race of Champions. Three-pointed star pampers its generous guests for one day-course with AMG Lodge, meals and instruction, charges a mere €1,590 only. And added as a pinnacle, Lungauring in Austria is also one of the testing grounds for many of the carmakers around the world, so a lucky one can also spot a test mule of the upcoming models.

AMG Winter Sporting

Porsche Driving Experience Winter:

  • Location: Lapland, Finland
  • Price: €3,990

Porsche runs its winter driving experience in Lapland, Finland. The course for beginners includes change of direction and braking during winter in a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, with winter-rigged tires. A course called ‘Ice-ForceS’ fledged three full days of fun driving any of the models from Porsche 911 Carrera S, 4S and 911 Turbo and GT3 models with tires rugged by 4mm spikes, that too given without the traction control. Porsche calls its aspirers for winter driving experience just at €3,990 inclusive of accommodation, meals, and instruction by Porsche Driving Experience instructors.

Porsche Driving Experience Winter

Bentley Power on Ice:

  • Location: Kuusamo, Finland
  • Price: €10,840

Bentley held its winter experience at Kuusamo, Finland, spanned over three days. The driving course is instructed by World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, who also feeds the drivers to complete lap in the fastest pace possible. Drivers get a chance to drive the Bentleys on the ice lake and stay in the most luxury hotels of the venue. Price starts from €10,840 (ranging up to €13,390), with private jets ferrying all the drivers to and fro from Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Bentley’s experience is one of the most costly as well as coziest in the list.

Bentley Power on Ice

Aston Martin on Ice:

  • Location: St. Moritz (Switzerland) & Lapland (Sweden)
  • Price: €3,200 (Switzerland) & €5,900 (Sweden)

Aston Martin’s winter session is held at two locations: St. Moritz in Switzerland and Lapland in Sweden. The one at Swiss is for beginners held for two days. Basic driving tips on snow tires are taught to the drivers in the snow clad country; while in Sweden the pilots are given a more of free hand to learn braking, traction control, all with the spiked tires on Aston Martin for three days. The British supercar maker charges €3,200 for Swiss package and €5,900 for the Swede experience.

Aston Martin on Ice

Mercedes on tops for February 2011 sales

Mercedes Benz India Limited are definitely making all the right noises when it comes to sales for 2011. In January 2011, the German car maker trumped other luxury car makers in India by recording big sales numbers and followed it up in February with almost equal numbers. The sales figures for the month of February 2011 stand at 662 units, which is a 52 percent growth than the sales figures of February 2010.

Of all the cars in Mercedes stable, the bread and butter model, the Mercedes C-class clocked in 362 units whereas its elder sibling, the Mercedes E-class raked in 230 units. Mercedes SUVs weren’t far behind in this number rankings and the Mercedes GL class got 23 units whereas the R-class and ML brought in 27 units all together. Mercedes Benz India Limited’s CEO and Managing Director, Peter T Honegg stated that he appreciated the Indian customer’s mentality towards Mercedes cars and the way they can judge quality cars from the horde of luxury ones. He also mentioned that the year 2011 promises to be better as the months roll on. BMW has yet to report their sales figures and usually the Bavarian manufacturer is one shy thing as far as comments are concerned. It also remains to be seen if Mercedes can complete a hat trick in the month of March.