By Aaron Bragman
More often than not, the only three-pointed star on a vehicle at any construction site is the real estate developer’s S-Class sitting by the curb, not a contractor’s truck romping through the dirt. But that slowly may be changing as Mercedes-Benz makes inroads in the commercial vehicle market with its latest and greatest Sprinter van. The versatile and increasingly popular Sprinter (which we recently highlighted in our video from the 2013 Work Truck Show) is a European-style van — meaning it’s tall, upright and exclusively diesel powered, a marked contrast from the traditional American-style full-size vans offered by Ford, GM and now Nissan that rely primarily on gasoline engines.
Slow and steady growth for the South Carolina-assembled Sprinter has followed a push to create more than 200 dedicated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers nationwide — separate showrooms sharing space with the brand’s luxury cars. Sixty percent of Sprinters are going to the construction trades market, according to Mercedes-Benz.
With the U.S. market poised to see new European-style vans arriving from Ford (Transit) and Ram (ProMaster), Mercedes-Benz believes the time is right to forge ahead with plans to heavily promote the Sprinter. “We were the oddball for more than 10 years,” says Claus Tritt, Mercedes-Benz’ general manager for commercial vans. “Now with Ford and Ram introducing European-style products, we are the benchmark.”
Mercedes-Benz recently held a media briefing at its emissions testing center in Ann Arbor, Mich., introducing the updated 2014 Sprinter and showing off a handful of the 80-plus outfitters that take part in the official Mercedes-Benz equipment program. Also on hand was a restored 1960 L319 Sprinter — a beautiful, classic model with around 40 horsepower and all the safety features of a shopping cart — to give some historical perspective on how far the Sprinter has come.
The new Sprinter gets only mild styling updates for 2014, losing the high eyebrows and smiley-face look of the old model in favor of a more menacing, horizontal-themed appearance. LED running lights adorn the new headlights, which bear more than a passing resemblance to the units seen on the company’s luxury cars. The rest of the van’s styling, inside and out, is pretty much unchanged. Five versions will be available from Mercedes-Benz: a 12-passenger van, a basic cargo van, an 18-passenger minibus, a cab-chassis model and a four-passenger “crew” van — essentially a cargo van with an easily removable second row of seats. “This is our crew-cab pickup,” says Antje Williams, Sprinter marketing manager.
Styling isn’t all that different, but the big news is under hood where Mercedes-Benz is supplementing the 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel that carries over from the 2013 model with a new 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel as the standard engine. The smaller engine is rated at 161 hp and 265 pounds-feet of torque, considerably less than the 188 hp and 325 pounds-feet that the V-6 makes but still enough to easily motivate the truck, according to Mercedes-Benz, which says that the engine is popular overseas. The four-cylinder makes the most of that torque with the adoption of a new seven-speed automatic transmission; the V-6 continues to make do with a five-speed automatic. Mercedes-Benz claims that the new four-cylinder turbo-diesel results in an 18 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the already-efficient diesel V-6. Exact EPA numbers are not yet available.
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After the comments made on a previous post reporting President Obama’s second-term inauguration, it appeared that some have the “same s***, different day” attitude.
Consequently, we are providing five reasons for why the commander-in-chief was granted an over the top extravaganza another time around.
1. To show that having an African American president wasn’t just a hoax:
When Obama was selected to run this country four years ago it was during a time of desperation. Although it was history in the making, America didn’t want more of the same from Senator McCain. Being re-elected was confirmation that he is more than capable of taking on this position of leadership. The MLK holiday weekend was the perfect time to recognize it.
2. To unify America:
Barack came in at a time of chaos. The United States was divided. Four years ago we were in the middle of two wars. This weekend was to glorify such triumphs like bringing the troops home from Iraq, finally getting Osama Bin Laden, and diversifying the Supreme Court.
3. To inform us on the legacy he wants his administration to leave behind:
Among the achievements listed above, Obama wants to accomplish more. In his inauguration address he mentioned gay rights, immigration, climate change, and gun control. It was an opportunity to summarize what he wants America to look like in the next four years.
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4. For the field staffers to have some pleasure after all the busy work:
These inauguration ceremonies were also to honor all the civilians who canvassed and knocked from door to door during the campaign. This is their proof that all their hard work eventually paid off.
5. Finally, how about this being his last chance to see tons of supporters gathered together to celebrate his second-term in office.
When he left the West Front of the U.S. Capitol after delivering his second inaugural address he took a moment to look back and said:
“I want to take a look one more time. I’ll never see this again.”
Watch the video below to relive this sentimental moment with him.
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Beyonce and John Legend joined many famous faces such as Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Steve Carell and Ellen Degeneres in the black-and-white clip, to help spread a powerful and personal message for the Demand a Plan campaign against gun violence.
On the cover of TIME Magazine, President Obama posed for his first official portrait since his re-election. The picture was captured by legendary photographer Nadav Kander, who is known for his “painterly touch.”
The famed photographer spoke about the portrait saying, “When photographing such a high profile individual, it’s a huge challenge to not let their high profile take over the process. I wanted to make a meaningful photograph that reflected pause in a person’s life and reflect his humanity.”
And TIME’s managing editor Rick Stengel spoke about choosing the POTUS as “Person Of The Year” saying, “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.”
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The announcement that every iPhone fan has been waiting for since the chaotic mess that is Apple Maps is here, Google Maps is back on the iPhone. Yes, Google Maps is back and better than ever (some say even better than Android’s) with a new and improved design, faster load times, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, public transit info, and info sheets for points of interest.
Mercedes debuts its newest E-Class and with it comes a an evolution of the company’s angular styling and a new rear and a completely reworked front-end. The car will come in a variety of engine options including a V6 and V8 in the E350 (3.5L, 302 hp) and
E550 (5.5L, 402 hp) models and a E400 Hybrid that combines a 320hp 3.5L V6 with a 27hp electric engine which will deliver a gas mileage of 24/30 mpg. Diesel fans can also expect an E250 BlueTEC model with 4Matic all-wheel-drive which will produce 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from its 4-cylinder, 2.1L turbodiesel engine. The new E-Class will hit showrooms in Spring 2013. Mercedes
In January’s issue of GLAMOUR, Rita Ora her amazing rise to fame, what she looks for in a man and the advice Beyoncé gave her about the music industry. But Rita’s not the only celebrity to grace our pages: The Hobbit star Richard Armitage is our man of the moment and we tell you who else is going to be hot come 2013.
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Its Cold and flu season and no one wants to get sick. The following are some tips to keep your immune system fighting off the symptoms.
- Remember to take your vitamins
- Get 6-8hrs of sleep a night
- Increase your water intake
- Eat a healthy well rounded diet consisting off foods that are:
1) High In Vitamin C: Including strawberries, oranges, brocoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, bell peppers.
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The n9n3 is an alt/experimental group from Phoenix, Arizona. The group consists of three members, Humble with guitar and production, Chesta with throat and design, and Divide with technical and auxiliary. Their music, mostly produced from an assortment of live instruments and analog music sequencers, is moody and layered with a painful resonance.
Chesta, the vocalist, sings about his life on the streets of Brownsville, NY, using his lyrics as a means of cathartic release. Check them out on Facebook, and Twitter
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Backstage before the show, Jimmy, Mariah Carey, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you’d find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night “Music Room” to sing Mariah’s holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” ENJOY!!! ThisismotionTV
As Uncle Jay turns 43 on December 4th, the hip-hop mogul has much to celebrate. This year he welcomed his greatest joy in the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy, partnered up with Kanye for the Watch the Throne tour and opened the doors to the new Barclay’s Center.
Jay also looked on with pride as Beyonce was named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2012 soon after giving birth to Blue. The couple also raised a whopping $4 million for President Obama’s campaign, which was held at his successful 40/40 club in New York.
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Beyoncé who is a multiple Grammy-winner, entrepreneur and actress will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting February 16, 2013.
HAS UNCLE SPIKE CROSSOVER TO THE NETS ??? LOL
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WOW ! DOWN GOES PIERCE LMAO Shout out to Brooklyn our Boss CEO Jetson’s Home TOWN!!!
GQ Magazine has named Rick Ross Bawse of the Year 2012. Here is a preview of what was discussed during the interview and this issue is on sale right now.
On his advice for readers: “One, for Christmas go get yourself an MMG tattoo. Two, let’s all stop smoking blunts; let’s smoke out of papers.”
On his wishes for the new year: “Ladies, you all should just love me. Let’s all have a beautiful year, let’s get this money.”