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Crossovers dominate Mercedes’ lineup as the brand offers seven different models ranging from the entry-level GLA to the ultra-luxurious Maybach GLS.

Of course, the company had to start somewhere and that story begins in the early 1990’s. While Mercedes has offered the G-Class since 1979, executives saw the potential for a more comfortable off-road vehicle closely related to their cars.

The “key aspects” were pinned down in 1993 and work began on what would become one of the first luxury crossovers. Three years later, at the 1996 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes unveiled their creation in the form of the AAVision concept.

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Named after the “All Activity Vehicle” segment, the AAVision was a thinly veiled preview of the upcoming M-Class. The front end was largely production-spec, but the sides were a bit ‘bubbly’ and featured exaggerated curves. The concept also sported a chromed dual exhaust system and a distinctive rear-mounted spare tire.

In typical fashion, the interior was over the top as it featured a pop-up display, AAV-branded upholstery and a steering wheel with a ridiculous amount of buttons. The concept also had a metallic shifter, puffy headrests and a few cues that would carryover to the production model.

The M-Class debuted in May of 1997 at the company’s all-new plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Despite some initial quality problems, the crossover was an instant hit as 43,134 units were sold in the United States in 1998. The crossover was renamed the GLE in 2015 and its success has continued as more than two million units have been produced since the original M-Class was launched.

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Cadillac has teased the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings, ahead of their debut on February 1st at 7 p.m. ET.

While there isn’t much to see, both cars make a brief appearance on video as their engines roar. That isn’t much to go on, but fans who watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be given a “special sneak peek” of the “ultra-high-performance sedans.”

Full details will be released in less than a month, but we already know quite a bit about the cars. Previous spy photos have shown they’ll be distinguished by aggressive front fascias, front fender vents and more pronounced rear spoilers. The models will also be offered with forged magnesium wheels, which promise to reduce unsprung weight as well as improve ride and handling characteristics.

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Inside, drivers will find a digital instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with carbon fiber accents as well as a red center stripe. CT5-V Blackwing customers will also be able to order carbon fiber front seats with laser-etched V-Series logos.

On the performance front, there should be familiar engines as the CT4-V Blackwing is slated to have a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6. It produced 464 hp (346 kW / 470 PS) and 445 lb-ft (603 Nm) of torque in the ATS-V.

Likewise, the CT5-V Blackwing is expected to use an upgraded version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that powered the CTS-V. While nothing is official, it could have an output of around 650 hp (485 kW / 659 PS) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. Cadillac has also hinted the car will be able to hit a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).

Both Blackwings will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission that promises to be “quieter and more durable” than the manuals used in the ATS- and CTS-V. Customers will also be able to order an optional ten-speed automatic.

Following their debut next month, the cars will be launched late this summer.

 

The final Corvette Stingray produced for the 2020 model year will soon be auctioned off and could fetch a pretty penny.

This particular ‘Vette rolled out of the factory on December 14, 2020, with Chevrolet now focused on producing the 2021 model year Corvette. It is a Convertible and has a number of nice features.

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Its color is known as Sebring Orange Tint Coat and is a $995 option. While not the most popular color for the Corvette, we think it works quite well with the design of the sports car. Moreover, the Corvette badge on the rear is finished in blue and the rear air vents, which are ordinarily finished in gloss black, are color-matched.

Inside the car, which has just six miles on the clock as revealed by the Mecum listing, comes with the 3LT equipment group and features Natural Dipped leather upholstery, a head-up display, front-facing camera, valet mode, power tilt and telescopic steering column, Bose Performance audio system, as well as heated and ventilated seats.

From the factory, the Corvette Convertible is a touch more expensive than the hardtop, but as Chevrolet engineered the C8 from the outset both as a Coupe and a Convertible, the droptop handles just as well as the fixed-top version while the folding roof allows drivers to enjoy the 6.2-liter V8 even more.

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