2015 Mercedes Benz GLA: Like an Aged Ribeye, Not Really Necessary but Quite Nice to Have
Aug21

2015 Mercedes Benz GLA: Like an Aged Ribeye, Not Really Necessary but Quite Nice to Have

Does Mercedes Benz need another compact SUV crossover type thing when they have the GLK?  No.  They definitely don’t.  But some of the best things in life aren’t needed.  Do I need a 28-day dry-aged ribeye for dinner?  No.  Do I really, really, really want one?  Yes.  Same deal with the 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA-Class.  It’s not absolutely necessary, but it does make things a little bit better… a little bit more...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC: The Big Merc with Serious Speed
Jul20

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC: The Big Merc with Serious Speed

In the words of Bartok the Bat, “Wow.  I tell you what, wow.”  Mercedes-Benz has just lifted the silks on the latest and greatest iteration of their super-sedan, the 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC.  And, wow.  With 577 horses 664 pound-feet of toque on tap from the hand-built 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 with direct injection and an air-to-water intercooler, this bad mamajama has power to spare.  Engine output is up 41 hp and 74 lb-ft...

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[Update: Price] 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC: The Big Merc with Serious Speed
Jul20

[Update: Price] 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC: The Big Merc with Serious Speed

In the words of Bartok the Bat, “Wow.  I tell you what, wow.”  Mercedes-Benz has just lifted the silks on the latest and greatest iteration of their super-sedan, the 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC.  And, wow.  With 577 horses 664 pound-feet of toque on tap from the hand-built 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8 with direct injection and an air-to-water intercooler, this bad mamajama has power to spare.  Engine output is up 41 hp and 74 lb-ft...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L: China Gets a Stretched E-Class.
Apr26

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class L: China Gets a Stretched E-Class.

Long-wheelbase sedans are all the rage in China.  A while back, to capitalize on the trend, Audi introduced the A6 L, BMW did the same with a stretched 5 Series.  Now, Mercedes-Benz is hoping to take a chunk of the Chinese stretched, mid-level, luxury sedan market with the 2014 E-Class L unveiled in Shanghai at Auto China 2013. The E-Class L is five-and-a-half inches longer than the standard 2014 E-Class, all in the rear seats.  This...

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Mercedes-Benz Leaks Photos of the GLA Concept Before Its Debut in Shanghai
Apr18

Mercedes-Benz Leaks Photos of the GLA Concept Before Its Debut in Shanghai

The forthcoming Mercedez-Benz GLA Concept will debut in a few days at the Shanghai Motor Show.  But, MB leaked a few images of their new crossover.  We do know that the GLA-Class will be based on the A-Class.  So, it should probaly come with a 2.0 liter turbo I4 and perhaps a diesel.  Mercedes’ seven-speed DCT is the most likely trans.  A GLA45 AMG should follow shortly after the GLA.  Other than that, we’ll have to wait...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class: Official Interior Photos & Details
Mar19

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class: Official Interior Photos & Details

For those of who don’t know, the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all new for 2014.  In many a mind over the past few generations, the S-Class has slipped in terms of design, especially inside.  So, for the new 2014 model, Merc has done their best to bring back the glory days of the Mercedes 600 Grosser.  Below are the latest official images of the Big Benz’s interior, which, by the way, includes an “active perfuming...

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Track Test Review Taking to the Track with Cadillac's Two Big Dogs
Oct17

2016 Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Track Test Review Taking to the Track with Cadillac's Two Big Dogs

Taking to the Track with Cadillac’s Two Big Dogs, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. While Top Gear frequently refers (or should I say referred) to itself as a “poky little motoring show,” they did so with the utmost irony as they are, in fact, the yardstick by which all other motoring media are measured. TickTickVroom is in reality a poky little motoring blog. So, when we get invited to do something...

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Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000
Dec08

Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000

2014 Best SUVs Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000 Unbelievably, it’ll be 2015 in like 28 days. Crazy, right? That means it’s winter (or almost winter) in a huge chunk of the country. And, winter means snow. And, snow means you need traction. And, traction means four-wheel-drive,  failing that all-wheel-drive, failing that front-wheel-drive. And, finally, that means SUVs. (Or, at least it...

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Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine
Oct01

Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine

Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine Honda Civic Type R Concept and the Top 10 Best Four Cylinder Performance Cars   Today (or rather yesterday in France) at the Paris Motor Show, Honda has continued their… um, let’s say… extended unveiling of the next-gen four cylinder Honda Civic Type-R. And, in the tradition of the Acura NSX Type-R and Acura Integra Type-R (both badged as Hondas in Europe), this latest über...

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10 Weirdest Production Cars, Ever By Far the Strangest Cars to Ever Roam the Streets
Sep22

10 Weirdest Production Cars, Ever By Far the Strangest Cars to Ever Roam the Streets

I got to thinking about the 10 weirdest production cars. I spend a lot of time talking about the most beautiful, powerful and incredible examples of automotive design and engineering on this site. From limited edition Bugatti Veyrons to classic Jaguar XKEs to the latest offering from Mercedes-AMG, there are cars that boggle the mind in terms of their sheer brilliance.   But, then there’s the other side of the coin…...

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