GENEVA 2016 REPORT. Live tour of the Mercedes-Benz stand

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Mercedes-Benz took the Geneva 2016 motor show by storm, unveiling not one, but three world premieres. The company’s stand played host for the entire model range as well as the latest concepts showing the shape of things to come. WE BRING YOU THE LIVE TOUR.

The large show stand covers 3,120 square meters with no less than 37 vehicles ready to entertain the Geneva motor show visitors. The “Dream cars collection” is displayed in a stunning “Silver Flow” ambience, placed inside a dynamically shaped, free-floating, large-scale sculpture.

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Taking center stage is the biggest star of all, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible. The new model is the first-ever drop-top to feature the C-Class moniker. Among the treats, four seats and a canvas electrically folding top, meant to keep the weight down. Targeting a low weight was also possible thanks to the MRA lightweight platform, inherited from the four-door, complete with the optionally available air suspension (unique in the segment) and the adaptive drive train offered as standard. The engine range also mirrors other models in the C-Class family, with four and six-cylinder turbo units at the core: six petrol (ranging between 156PS and 367PS) and two diesel models (170PS-204PS). FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW C-CLASS CABRIOLET HERE.

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The C-Class Convertible was not the only show stopper in Geneva. Mercedes’ all-new business sedan, the 2016 E-Class has also celebrated its European premiere at the Swiss exhibition. Everything is fresh and forward thinking, from the lightweight construction and the record drag coefficient of 0.23, to the two large 12.3-inch displays dominating the dashboard. The pinnacle of the new E-Class range will be the all-new 2-liter diesel engine (code named OM654) which comes in two flavors: 110 kW / 150 hp for the E 200 d (not available right from the outset) and 143 kW / 195 hp for the E 220 d. All-new at Geneva was the the E 350 e with plug-in-hybrid technology, which can drive more than 30 kilometres on electric power alone. The four-cylinder petrol engine combines with a powerful electric motor to produce a system output of 210 kW (286 hp) and system torque of 550 Nm. The result is sports-car performance with an average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres (49 g CO2/km). FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW E-CLASS SEDAN HERE.

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Next, we head over to Mercedes’ sports arm, the Mercedes-AMG division, and its two premieres, the C 43 Coupe and the C 43 Convertible powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo. No less than 367 HP (270 kW) and a peak torque of 520 Nm are sent to all wheels via the state-of-the-art 9G-Tronic transmission, the first application of a nine-speed gearbox on a fully fledged Mercedes-AMG model. Sprinting from a standstill to 100 km/h only takes 4.7 seconds. A notable feat is the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages, offered as standard. FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW MERCEDES-AMG C 43 HERE.

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Last but not the least, Mercedes is giving head of states and dictators around the world a warm welcome to Geneva with its top-of-the-line armored Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard limo. The special-protection version of the Mercedes-Maybach is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles. The armoured version of the Mercedes flagship provides the highest levels of ballistic and blast protection ever found in a non-military vehicle, without comprising on spaciousness, ride comfort and luxury on-board features. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard costs €470,000 plus VAT. FIND OUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NEW MERCEDES-MAYBACH S 600 GUARD HERE.