As we look back at 2013 for Leith Mercedes-Benz, it’s apparent that it was a year of many cool things. To check what Mercedes-Benz has been most excited about, we combed through their Facebook page from January to December and selected the most newsworthy, interesting and just plain awesome moments of the year. Therefore we give you the top four Mercedes-Benz moments of 2013.
“Effortless superiority” is the official moniker for the 2014 iteration of the—is sedan enough of a word?—car that many other brands aim at. One of the most surprising thing about this year’s model is the 4-cylinder diesel-hybrid variant. Those two fuel-maximizing elements mean that you could have the efficiency of a Toyota Prius with the courtliness of Mercedes-Benz. Not bad at all.
2. Assisted driving with just a touch of autonomy
Ah, self-driving vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is devoting time and research into wedding the intelligence available in computers as small as your smartphone with vehicle safety systems designed to monitor every moving body around your car. The result is new ways to keep the roads safe and reduce traffic collisions. Shouldn’t collisions be so last year?
Of course, besides all the technological advancements you also have to have cars that are just plain fun to drive and fantastic to look at. Borrowing design elements from the A- and CLA-classes, this coupe will also have eight and twelve cylinder variations, and something called “6D vision” to map out the area in front of the car. Awesome.
4. The new GLA
It’s the year of crossover SUVs for what seems like every automaker, and Mercedes-Benz is no exception. The GLA officially went into production about two weeks ago and is slated to be available in North America by the spring. There will be eco-friendly and AMG® versions, and of course Mercedes-Benz’s branded all-wheel drive system, 4MATIC®. Very nice.
So there you have it! Think we missed something? Comment and let us know what you think Mercedes-Benz’s big moments for 2013 were. We hope you enjoyed our picks, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014. Happy New Year!