Mercedes-Benz Truck testing in Rovaniemi, Finland, the “Official Hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle”, are designed to test the endurance of the company’s trucks under winter conditions. Winter testing provides invaluable data, with conditions plummeting to -25°C, harsh winds, and snowy and icey roadways.
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Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
The luxury 2023 Mercedes Benz EQE SUV will arrive in US dealerships in spring with a ‘starting price’ of US$77,900 (~$CDN108,000), making it out of reach for the majority.
The all-electric EQE SUV is being offered with three powertrains, each available with one of three trim levels. Interestingly, the starting level RWD and AWD models are priced the same.
The main drivers of this doubling of profitability will be the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV (priced from £129,170 / C$209,000 / US$155,000) and its next level luxurious Maybach models.
In a February 17, 2023 release the company said ::
The company is taking a prudent view and sees unit sales of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the prior-year level. Overall Top-End vehicle sales are expected to be slightly above prior year, thanks to new additions to the portfolio, including the new EQS SUV and later the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV. Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) are expected to approximately double. The adjusted Return on Sales (RoS) is expected in the range of 12% to 14%. Net pricing is expected to be slightly positive. Based on current assumptions it is targeted to compensate inflation-related cost increases, supply chain interruptions and one-time commodity charges. The used vehicle business is expected to be slightly negative versus 2022. Research & Development spending is expected to be slightly above the prior year. Investments in property plant & equipment are seen significantly above, mainly due to the MMA platform.
Elsewhere :: Autocar UK
It’s award season and the finalists for the 2023 World Electric Vehicle of the Year award have been announced. They are »
What’s more, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the Nissan Ariya, both EVs, are also finalists for the overall 2023 World Car of the Year award. Interestingly the Nissan Ariya didn’t make the final cut for the EV of the Year 🤔. The Kia Niro is a contender for the overall award. The Kia Niro is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full-time EV.
Other EVs that made the final cut in other categories »