Mercedes Project ONE

Mercedes-AMS boss Tobias Moers announced a few tantalizing details about the car maker’s upcoming Project ONE “hybrid hypercar.” With an estimated price in the $2.5 million range many auto enthusiasts and experts will be going over these details with a fine tooth comb.

Moer released the following details:
-Project ONE will have an a dual motor all-wheel drive system
-Less than 275 of the autos will be produced
-Even with the impressive price tag, over a thousand people have already expressed interest
-The engine will be based on the 1.6 turbocharged V6 from the W07 Pertronas Formula 1 car

Jonathon Klein, MSN Autos, wrote that:
“The AMG boss also confirmed that the upcoming hybrid hypercar will be able to be charged by plugging it into your home wall. Moers stated that after being asked by potential customers about the complications that arise when developing a Formula 1 car for the street,” he said, “This will be a street car. You keep it plugged in the garage. You fill it with 98 [octane] when you buy fuel. That’s it.” Adding, the car will likely have a pure electric range of around 18 miles.”

A Short But Sweet Ride: Gate-to-Gate Chauffeur Service

Many of us would probably place getting from gate to gate to catch a connecting flight in our top 10 list of travel pet peeves. For high flying high rollers this tantrum-causing travel inconvenience just got a lot sweeter.

Three major airlines offer a tarmac chauffeur service to their big spending frequent fliers to get them to their connecting flight in comfort and style. United Airlines teamed up with Porsche to provide this service. Delta has teamed up with Mercedes.

Not wanting to fall behind in the race to keep fabulous jet setters happy, American Airlines teamed up with Cadillac to provide it’s ConciergeKey club members with gate-to-gate service. The service will be test-piloted at Los Angeles International Airport, but American Airlines plans to expand the service to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The service isn’t available by request and ConciergeKey membership is by invitation only! However, Cadillac will soon be offering frequent flier points for test-driving Cadillacs.


Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: 12 Cars We Can’t Wait to Drive III

The annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit can induce serious sensory overload. For a true car nut, it’s like being a kid in a candy store – drooling over all that tasty sheet metal. I asked Jody Victor  to tell us about 12 of them (in 3 instalments) from an article by Kirk Bell of MSN Autos, and

Jody Victor: Hey Joe, can’t wait to see and drive some of these fantastic vehicles. Here’s the third batch.

Lexus LF-LC Concept – Though the LF-LC is just a concept, the hybrid sports coupe signals a new design direction for Lexus. If the luxury car brand gets positive response here in Detroit, it might be inspired to build the car, which would be super. Ideally, we’d like it to possess the handling prowess of the automaker’s celebrated LF-A, come in a rear-wheel drive platform and have the turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain pump out between 450 and 500 horsepower. Now that would be a world-class sports car.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL – In Mercedes parlance, SL stands for Super Lightweight. But the SL roadster hasn’t stuck to that philosophy in recent years. The 2013 SL550 gets back to those roots. With a body and structure rendered in almost all aluminum, the new SL is 242 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the equivalent of a good-sized middle linebacker. That should translate into improved handling for this grand tourer, as well as make the new turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine’s 429 horses all that more effective. Add in Mercedes’ responsive Direct Steer variable steering ratio and available active body control, and the new SL should be sportier than ever.

Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hybrid – Hybrids aren’t usually the objects of passion for auto enthusiasts. They are, after all, usually underpowered and bland in the handling department. But we appreciate the compatible technologies involved in the E300 BlueTec Hybrid. Diesel engines offer great highway fuel economy and hybrids do the same for city efficiency, so combining the two is only natural. Mercedes has said the E300 BlueTec Hybrid will be offered only in Europe, at least initially, so U.S. fuel-economy numbers aren’t available, but we expect 50-plus mpg. Hopefully, Mercedes will see fit to bring this efficient car to these shores in the future. It’ll offer Prius-level efficiency in a fun-to-drive luxury package.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet – The last generation of the Porsche 911 was a model of precision and agility. With its longer wheelbase, wider track and lighter weight, the all-new 911, code name 991, is even better. We’ve driven the coupe and it is more refined, more efficient, more luxurious and even more agile than the outgoing model, which was outstanding. The 2012 Cabriolet, shown here, gets a lighter top thanks to a new design that incorporates magnesium bows. Give us the 400-horsepower 911 Carrera S Cabriolet with the 7-speed manual transmission, a winding road and a clear summer day, and we’ll be in automotive heaven.

Thanks, Jody! We can’t wait to check ’em out!

Joe Victor