• #MBsocialcar: C-Class Cabriolet.

    #MBsocialcar: C-Class Cabriolet.

    The first cabriolet based on the C-Class interprets modern luxury with a youthful touch, featuring plenty of high-quality details.

    C 400 4MATIC Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined: 8.3–8.0 l/100 km;
    combined CO2 emissions: 189–181 g/km.* | Photos: Johannes Glöggler
  • The new Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC.

    The new Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC.

    The new Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC represents modern luxury and convinces with the highest quality of the processed materials.

    Fuel consumption combined: 9.3 l/100 km;
    combined CO2 emissions: 209 g/km.*

Expressly sovereign.

Powerful air intakes, a wide bumper, the grill decorated with a proud name: the striking front gives the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class an impressive presence. The upgraded front with extensive chrome trim underscores the exceptional status of the Mercedes-Maybach. Also new is the Maybach logotype between the louvres of the radiator grille. In addition, the rear is equipped with LED lights, including closing lights in crystal optics, which provide a characteristic design day and night. Also new: a final lighting stage during unlocking and locking plus three horizontal pairs of lights.

Engine with landmark technology.

The new V8 in the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC comes to the starting line with 345 kW (469 PS) and 700 Nm. The new 4.0-litre biturbo engine consumes about ten percent less fuel than the predecessor. Under partial load four cylinders are deactivated simultaneously with the help of the CAMTRONIC valve-lift adjustment system. This reduces gas-cycle losses and enhances the overall efficiency of the four firing cylinders.

Future-oriented assistants.

Convenient and safe on every route: Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive combines highly developed assistance systems and provides the vehicle for the journey ahead with the help of intelligent map data. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or junctions. The “Assistance Graphics” menu of the instrument panel shows the driver at one glance which assistance functions he selected and to what situations the systems are currently responding. Unmistakable icons provide him with information on the screen as well in the head-up display. All functions are now controlled from the steering wheel.

Unique networking.

The high-resolution widescreen cockpit and a cordless charging system for smartphones support passengers who need real-time information for important decisions. The wide-screen cockpit contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the centre console. Because the cockpit is fully digital, the driver can choose from three different display styles and also configure the information and views relevant to them at will.

Refreshing exclusive interior.

From the exclusive leather upholstery to the decorative elements of fine wood – it does not get any better. In addition, the chauffeur package offers generous legroom in the rear. The optionally available ENERGIZING Comfort Control is a world-first entering series production and allows all passengers to travel relaxed. It combines comfort systems such as THERMOTRONIC, massage and fragrancing to create an inspiring wellness experience. It uses specific comfort functions as well as light and music moods and allows customers to configure a specific wellness set-up to suit their need. The programmes are visualised on the head unit with colour graphics, and backed by suitable music. ENERGIZING Comfort Control also incorporates the ambience lighting, which is harmoniously tailored to each of the individual screen designs. The light stages the interior like a work of art by composing colour worlds from different colours.

#ChasingStars: With the GLC Coupé from Graz to Bucharest.

Mercedes-Benz and the Transylvanian Alps: 1,700 km across the Transalpina and Transfagarasan. Here, the GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé is the ideal companion for a group of adventurers on their road trip through spectacular landscapes from Graz in Austria via Hungary through to Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

GLC 250 d 4MATIC Coupé:
Fuel consumption combined: 5.4–5.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 143–131 g/km.*
GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé:
Fuel consumption combined: 7.3–6.9 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 170–159 g/km.*

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  • #ChasingStars – With the GLC Coupé from Graz to Bucharest.

    #ChasingStars – With the GLC Coupé from Graz to Bucharest.

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    Text: Fabian Mechtel

At first: The Legend.

The Transfăgărășan was earmarked as the highlight of the #ChasingStars road trip. But we wouldn’t be doing justice to the unbelievable 1,700 kilometre long journey from Graz to Bucharest if we judged it solely on the basis of this famous pass road. First things first: the legend. The G-Class. On the market since 1979 and for the most part still built the way it was 40 years ago. A tour of the factory reveals how much of the work on the body construction and in the upholstery shop is hand-finished, as well as the self-assurance and skill of the staff. Later, on the way up to the summit of the Schöckl – the testing and development route on the local mountain in Graz – the off-road vehicle can then show its strengths to the full and demonstrate why it is the best of its kind.

Graz: More than mere production site of the G.

Of course Graz is more than just a production site for the G-Class and a place for mad off-road experiences. The old part of the city is a Unesco world heritage site. The spectacular view over the city and the mountains is best enjoyed at sunset on the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) in the shade of the clock tower. On the whole, it is that detailed, romantic quality of Austria which sweetened the start of the road trip. We definitely didn’t want to take the shortest route to the Hungarian border, but drifted on as the mood took us.

Agility and off-road capability.

The new GLC 250 d 4MATIC Coupé was the ideal companion in our search for the extraordinary along the route to Bucharest. The sports coupé with the “G” genes unites dynamic agility on the pass roads with solid off-road capability for small trips off the beaten track, whilst also providing the driver with the relief necessary for relaxing travel on this long journey. All of this comes paired with the very best ergonomics and the most modern Intelligent Drive assistance systems.

And thus it was above all during the long trek across Hungary that the 204 PS diesel engine was pushed discreetly into the background by the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Instead, it was the COMAND Online infotainment together with the Burmester sound system that provided a real road trip feeling. Because nothing is more pleasant than just unwinding with your favourite playlist coming out of the speakers and inspiring your thoughts while foreign landscapes roll by.

Pulsating Budapest.

And this is precisely the reason I prefer every road trip to flying: because this way, I’m really travelling and am not just suddenly “there”. You see something of the country, the change in vegetation, the architecture and above all the people. Just being able to stop any time, to be able to make contact with locals, listen to their stories, and to discover new things. For example, that wonderful clear but spicy interpretation of goulash soup at Lake Balaton, the nightlife in pulsating Budapest or the wonderfully restored Alba Carolina in Alba Iulia.

Pearls of the Transylvanian Alps.

However, the absolute highlight was not the picturesque towns on the tour but the Transalpina and the Transfăgărășan. These pearls of the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Alps are not just worth a trip on their own, the combination of the two will take your breath away. Starting from Alba Iulia, it takes a full day to complete the Transalpina and halfway along the route you drive into the Făgăraș mountains – at this point the route couldn’t be any more fantastic. Every kilometre that the strip of asphalt twists up towards its summit at 2,145 metres rewards you with even greater driving pleasure.

GLC 300 4MATIC Coupé: Fuel consumption combined: 7.8–7.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 177–169 g/km.*

Long curves, steep climbs.

Long curves, followed by snaking bends, and then steep climbs which alternate with light downhill slopes. But above all, there is next to no traffic. At the top, just below the cloud cover, you are rewarded with a view which just has to be seen. Being able to take the GLC Coupé on a detour off the beaten track and along the mountain ridge further intensifies the experience. Stopping off in one of the traditional shepherd huts where you can immerse yourself in the unadulterated culture of Romania whilst enjoying mutton goulash and polenta is definitely to be recommended.

The Transfăgărășan: Most beautiful bends.

The Transfăgărășan can no longer offer so much intimacy. It has possibly become a victim of its own fame, but a view from the summit on to the northern section is simply spectacular. It actually appears as if Nicolae Ceaușescu lined up the most beautiful bends of the world’s best racing circuits and put them here in the mountains. However, in order to really be able to enjoy the route, you need to be patient and wait until the tourist traffic starts returning in the direction of Bucharest. The end of the day, when you have the road all to yourself, is the perfect time to enjoy the DN7C – and it doesn’t matter if that means the route itself or this breathtakingly starry sky.

#ChasingStars? Oh yes. And we didn’t just chase them, we found them, too!

All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

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Chase every thrill with Mercedes-Benz Middle East and XDubai.

Live life in the fast lane! Mercedes-Benz and XDubai are promising thrills and excitement – with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, CLA 45 4MATIC und A 45 4MATIC.

Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC and CLA 45 4MATIC:
Fuel consumption combined: 7.3–6.9 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 171–162 g/km.*