Mercedes Benz Innovations through the Years [INFOGRAPHIC]

I don't post too many infographics on this blog but I thought I would share this fun one.  It shows all the innovations that Mercedes-Benz has developed over the years.  This includes when Gottlieb Daimler originally built the world's first three-wheeled “motor car” which got a lot of things rolling so to speak.  Let me know what you think of this Mercedes-Benz infographic and if we should do more infograhpics on this blog.
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Mecedes-Benz CLA Class Super Bowl Commercial with Kate Upton [Video]

Mercedes-Benz clearly put a lot of effort into their latest Super Bowl 2013 commercial which features the stunningly beautiful and buxom model Kate Upton, Usher, William Dafoe, and the Rolling Stones song “Sympathy for the Devil.”

The Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl 2013 commercial starts off with a young man sitting in a cafe. He notices across the street a billboard going up for the the new Mercedes Benz CLA Class when William Dafoe appears as the Devil and tells him, “If you make a deal with me you can have the car and everything that goes along with it.” The next sequences take you through what his life would be like if he had the Mercedes Benz CLA Class.  Kate Upton would obviously like as well as lots of other screaming girls.  (Of courses most guys would prefer Kate Upton.)  He would dance with Usher and appear on lots of magazines covers… all because he owned the CLA class and

While the Mercedes-Benz commercial is funny, entertaining, and pretty well thought out I am not sure if it is quite edgy enough to be memorable in crowded field of Super Bowl commercials this year.

 Yes, having Kate Upton helps but enough?  It seems like a commercial that you would see any day of the week.  Of course most Super Bowl 2013 commercial are going to be aired again and again on TV in the next couple months.

Let me know your opinions and thoughts about it below.  

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Win One of Six 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupes on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

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Win a 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are full of amazing deals and there are quite a lot of great giveaways going on too.  Slickdeals.net, a forum and website for finding great deals around the web, is holding a pretty sweet giveaway where you have a chance to win a brand new 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe during Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  SlickDeals is not only giving away one new 2013 Smart Car, but six 2013 SmartCars!

Three Smart Cars are being given away for Black Friday on Thursday, November 22th to Friday, November 23rd.  Then another three Smart Cars will be given away by SlickDeals on Saturday, November 24th to Monday, November 26th for Cyber Monday.  This gives you not just one but six chances to win a Smart Car which are valued at a sticker price of $12,490.

All you have to enter the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Smart Car Slickdeals giveaway is to visit this page.  You will have to register and become a member of the Slickdeals community to enter, but it is a quick and painless process.  You can register with a Google or Facebook account if you prefer.  There are ways to gain extra entries for yourself, which is listed on the giveaway page.  You can like Slickdeals on Facebook, Tweet about the contest, sign-up for the Slickdeals newsletters,  etc.  Youu know how these giveaways and contests work, they want you to like and follow them for a chance to win.

Even if you don't want a 2013 Smart Car I would still enter this contest.  You have the option to win $10,000 cash, which is a good chunk of change for buying gifts for the holidays.  You could also use $10,000 to buy yourself a bunch of nice stuff, but I am sure whoever is reading this would be more charitable then that.

To enter the need the Slickdeals 2013 Smart Car Pure Coupe Black Friday and Cyber Monday giveaway you must be over 18 years old or older to enter, live in one of the US states, and obviously will be responsible for all local and federal taxes and fees associated with winning the cash or Smart Car.  Nothing surprising there and to read and familiarize yourself the contest rules click here.  Of course… most people don't bother to read the contest rules but you should at least glance at them! 🙂

Anyway, I already entered the contest and got some entries.  Last time I checked almost 25,000 entries had been recorded so you better start racking up entries if you want to win a 2013 Smart Car or $10,000 in cash.

 

Baltimore Auto Show Coverage with Pictures!

I am a bit late in posting these pictures of the Baltimore Auto Show, but better late than never.  The 2012 Baltimore Auto Show was not too much to brag about though.  There were considerably less cars this year and no luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Porsche. Baltimore being poor, I guess it isn't surprising they didn't show this year.  Also there were no exotic cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc.  Worst part of all, no tuner alley!  It was a big letdown compared to the Washington Auto Show.

While I love seeing the new models automakers are offering and what is in store for new year in the car world, I felt the recent Baltimore Auto Show showed how depressed the economy was.  Through the grapevine I heard the convention center tripled there rates, which explained most of it.  Even considering that the displays weren't anything to brag about and people were generally not having much fun it seemed.  It sort of felt like 2008 was happening in the all over again, but hey this is 2012.

I hope next year will reflect a more robust car market and economy.  Also hopefully the Convention Center will lower their rates!

 

Mercedes-Benz

Have you ever wondered why anybody would have the name Mercedes?  Have you wondered why Mercedes-Benz is called Mercedes-Benz?  The companies origins are traced back to the 2 great German pioneers of automobile and motoring, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz.  It seems odd the company would be called Mercedes-Benz! 

I was watching a PBS show called Great Cars the other day and found out the answer to most of these questions.  An Austrian businessman by the name of Emil Jellinek bought 36 cars from Gottlieb Daimler.  During the time 36 cars was a quite a large order.  Jellinek made a very important demand…. that the cars be named after his daughter… Mercedes.

Emil Jellinek wasn't just a customer, he also sold Mercedes cars, was a member of the Daimler company board, and raced the cars he bought.  The racing success from many of the “Mercedes” cars is what help them become famous.  

These new Mercedes models were very modern, lower, better designed, faster, and handled better than previous Daimler cars.  They were actually called “The Car of the Day After Tomorrow!”  People loved them so much it was obvious that the cars should keep the name “Mercedes!”  As a succession of newer cars were sold, they retained the name.  From 1902 onward any cars that were built by the Daimler company had “Mercedes” on them.

Why wasn't Daimler upset about this?  He died in 1900.  Daimler and Benz never actually meet.  The 2 companies started a relationship in 1924, due to the horrendous economy and difficulty to sell cars at the time.  In 1926 they officially merged creating the Daimler-Benz company.   However…. the cars were named Mercedes-Benz. 

Interesting one demand made a name world famous!