Omar Abou-Zied
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Jun 5th, 2009 11:03am
I don't like cars that are too aerodynamic. Most appear generic or derivative and serve not as "automobiles" but, at best, merely as kinetic appliances, and, at their worst, as low capacity public transportation. I think lack of character in the contemporary automobile caused the now ubiquitous use of remote door locks. How else are you supposed to find your new car in a crowded parking lot if it can't honk for attention like a pathetic mule?
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1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE-24
Fantasy Garage
1958/9 Bentley S Type Continental 4-light saloon (as seen on chassis BC2FM), painted Midnight Blue with Hermes hides in Cognac.
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, painted Milan Brown with Cognac leather, the entire dashboard and doorskins made of tortoise shell, enhanced by AMG cosmetic and kinetic upgrades.
2016 and beyond: a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe without B-pillars, without fixed sideglass, and an interior with the immediately high tactile sensation of superior leather, wood, and plastic.
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Rolls-Royce crossover officially announced
This is the part where the former British owners would say, albeit rolling in their graves now, “It is not the company’s policy to comment on the taste of Owners.”
Feb 19th, 2015 10:04am
Wrecked Ferrari Dino turns into a 250,000 USD sculpture
It's my understanding that this object is not a Dino anymore. Ferrari's Dino cars are kinetic sculptures. This object is forever stationary. We can no longer look at it the way Ferrari intended. Roadworthy Dinos are apples. This is an orange. Comparisons are futile. (Whatever the artist intended, I'm reminded how a Mercedes-Benz will cease to exist as an automobile when it sacrifices itself in a very serious collision to transform into a safety cage sandwiched by crumple zones.)
Nov 7th, 2013 12:09am
1924 Bugatti T13 worth 250,000 GBP crashes, driver goes for a beer afterwards [video]
"There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games." - Ernest Hemingway or Barnaby Conrad
Jun 8th, 2013 2:19am
Maybach gets a day of reckoning on July 1st
Jun 6th, 2013 10:41pm
Mercedes S-Class Coupe concept headed to Frankfurt - report
The W140 chassis coupes debuted in 1992 as SEC models (e.g., 500SEC, 600SEC). In accordance with the 1994 model range nomenclature revamp, these particular coupes were re-badged as S-Class Coupe models (e.g., S500 Coupe, S600 Coupe). In 1998, these W140 chassis coupes remained in production, but their names changed again to become the CL-Class models (e.g. CL500, CL600). Personally, the CL name carries very negative connotations because, also in 1998, Mercedes-Benz introduced a car I consider the most glaring example of cost-cutting and associated difficulties with the brand: that horrible, first CLK. Allegedly, Marketing thought they could mystify new-to-the-brand buyers that the lowly CLK was a small CL. It was far from it. Worse, it was far from the promise of the 1993 Geneva Coupe concept car. Unfortunately, the combination of chairman Jürgen E. Schrempp's desire for significantly higher production volumes and the purchase of debt-ridden Chrysler tarnished the lustrous character of the three-pointed star. Now, the 2014 S-Class debuts as an auspicious symbol for the brand's future because of its industry leading innovations, the artful return of apparently superior tactile qualities to its interior, and a new boldness to compete directly with Rolls-Royce and Bentley--all on the regular production line! Mercedes-Benz never needed an upmarket brand called Maybach and this car (like many twentieth century Mercedes-Benz cars) proves that to the world. Why should Mercedes-Benz continue to make excuses for the defunct CLK? The flagship of the Mercedes-Benz range has always been the coupe model complementary to the mighty S-Class sedan, therefore, the 2014 top-of-the-line coupe must carry the S-Class flag proudly alongside its spiritual trousseau: the hope of the corporate mantra known as "Enduring Passion."
Jun 6th, 2013 10:03pm
OFFICIAL: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift revealed
I see three, not two, front end treatments! The brown saloon shows the Luxury nose/front bumper/side skirts/rear end, while the red estate shows the Sport nose/AMG front bumper/side skirts/rear end, but the silver saloon appears to combine the Sport nose with the Luxury front bumper/side skirts and what appears to be a Sport rear end. None of the three cars display AMG badges. All three cars display the great influence of the F800 Style Concept. I especially like the Luxury bumper's biomorphic/skeletal openings and am thrilled that the Sport nose's bonnet shutlines are improved to eliminate the catfish look of the current CLS. If we're very lucky, the E-Class Coupe will lose its fixed side glass forever and the estate will regain a completely flat floor with the rear seats folded--both would signal a return to proper Mercedes-Benz standards.
Dec 13th, 2012 10:34pm
OFFICIAL: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift revealed
Dec 13th, 2012 10:13pm
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in the works
I found a quote from my 1990 SL brochure (page 11) that you may appreciate: "The grille is literally of a piece with the hood--the first fully integrated grille design in automotive history. Its titanium-coated aluminum vanes are precisely angled to maximize air flow to the radiator and engine compartment." You're still right about the pioneering design of the SEC, but it was this quote about the integration of cosmetic and functional aspects that blinded me.
Oct 5th, 2012 3:47am
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet confirmed by these spy photos
The 1998 CLK was a severe anti-climax to hopes generated by the pillar-less beauty of the 1993 Geneva Coupe concept car. It will be a shame if the Concept Ocean Drive's sculptured details (e.g., R129 SL-like integrated grille/bonnet) are hacked off the production car by an accountant's ax. Chopping off two doors is going far enough already. http://www.carstyling.ru/en/car/1993_mercedes_benz_coupe_concept/
Oct 5th, 2012 3:04am
2014 Mercedes E-Class Coupe facelift spied
Call me a purist, call me old-fashioned, but I don't like to see fixed side glass on cars marketed as Mercedes-Benz coupes. The use of fixed side glass on contemporary Mercedes-Benz two-door cars usually indicates a measure of cost-cutting. Thankfully, the cabriolet version remains unadulterated, like a diamond with no visible inclusions.
Sep 27th, 2012 5:07am
2016 Jaguar XJ could be more conservative and Germanic - report
X351 already looks Germanic with its Audi-esque greenhouse. Whatever Jaguar does next, learning to engineer wraparound glass should be a priority instead of trying to trick the eye with tacky black plastic on the C-pillars! Thankfully, no corners were cut with the interior's presentation. IMHO, Jaguar should embrace Bertone's B99 Concept immediately because it looks forward while respecting traditions that are key to a singular Jaguar design vocabulary. http://www.worldcarfans.com/111030831012/jaguar-says-no-to-bertone-b99-concept
Sep 14th, 2012 6:27am
Brabus tunes... Bombardier private jets
Luxus, aber Spartan und sauber! (Ich kann nicht Deutsch... but, this phrase comes to mind just looking at these pictures.) Tres cool, vive la difference!
May 19th, 2012 3:20am
Mercedes Concept Style Coupe unveiled in L.A., production version confirmed for 2013 [video]
This Concept is a very strong aesthetic statement. It looks forward by presenting future technologies in an aggressive, sporting, and elegant evolution of the current CLS's form, but also nods to the past by echoing the 300SL's bonnet bulges and by amplifying the graceful slope of many previous coupes' C-pillars. However, Mercedes-Benz established a signature, and a high engineering standard, by producing coupes without B-pillars for decades. What's wrong with the terms sedan, saloon, and limousine, especially if they are worthy of the three-pointed star? Believing in standards is not backwards. Historically and intuitively, this is a marvelous sports sedan, but not a genuine Mercedes-Benz coupe.
Apr 21st, 2012 11:37pm
Mercedes to revamp nomenclature, confuse everyone - report
Sounds like Marketing cannot keep up with Engineering. The number of new vehicle types and engines makes it hard to adhere to a twentieth century nomenclature that is now inherently flawed for today's model range. As a longtime Mercedes-Benz fan and advocate, it perplexes and vexes me to see the iconic SL with a 4.7-litre engine marketed as both the SL500 and SL550, depending on the market, and makes me call into question the integrity of the whole system. Moreover, it is my understanding that the letters “ML” don't even mean anything! If the letters “CLS” stand (unofficially, of course) for “Coupe-Like Styling,” then perhaps “ML” stands for “Marketing's License” or “Macho Limousine.” It seems like certain standards no longer matter, and I think that's a damn shame! Oh well, thank goodness for Mercedes-Benz Classic. Don't misunderstand me, please. Mercedes-Benz is still my favorite marque. Yet, here's some tough love: “What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
Apr 20th, 2012 11:13pm
Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe official details and new materials released [video]
Mercedes-Benz asks us to challenge our perceptions (http://www.worldcarfans.com/112041743478/mercedes-teases-clc-interior-in-design-video) and to trust our instincts. Well, instinct tells me this is not a proper Mercedes-Benz coupe. I trust my eyes. I know the history of the brand. The three-pointed star would shine more brightly without the hidden B-pillar! We are also asked to forget about brands and reputations. Okay, then take another look at Volvo's Concept S60 (http://www.worldcarfans.com/108121615615/volvo-s60-concept-revealed-ahead-of-detroit). Its design was led by Steve Mattin who spent 17 years at Mercedes-Benz. Notice how the Volvo Concept S60 has four doors and absolutely no B-pillar. I like everything else about the Concept Style Coupe, especially the resolution of the bonnet shutlines, a la mode de AMG's SLS.
Apr 19th, 2012 10:54pm
Eric Clapton's Ferrari SP12 EPC caught on video
I would like to surmise that Mr. Clapton shares some of the same dissatisfaction I feel about newer Ferrari designs. Unlike I, he is able to commission a bespoke solution to satisfy his new Ferrari desires. If I could be so bold as to suggest an alteration to the design of SP12 EPC, then I think it would be great to see a different set of tail lamps. Playing off the triplet tailpipes, I imagine that a return of the Ferrari 365 GT4 BB's two trios of tail lamps would be in keeping with the spirit of the design.
Mar 27th, 2012 3:32am
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in the works
You are quite right and worthy of the name Benz Man, thank you!
Mar 27th, 2012 2:18am
Land Rover Evoque Cabriolet Concept spotted on London streets
The Evoque Coupe's design is as definitive as the 1954-'57 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the 1976-'89 BMW 6-Series, and the 1970-'95 Range Rover. IMHO, the cabriolet Evoque appears premature, unfinished, on a lower rung--and slipping towards generic status. Even Classic Range Rovers seem to lose distinction when someone chops their tops. Moreover, I believe the iconic Evoque Coupe already addressed the issue of rear passenger claustrophobia with its panoramic glass roof! Currently, I'm dreaming of an Evoque Coupe with at least two more cylinders, painted in Ecurie Ecosse blue metallic, with a silver panoramic roof, and the Euro-spec “Couture” interior color scheme option.
Feb 26th, 2012 8:34pm
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in the works
A hallmark of quality on the Concept Ocean Drive is the uninterrupted transition from the bonnet into the grille surround, a signature Mercedes-Benz design first seen on the 1990-2002 R129 SL-Class. So many current M-B cars still emulate the R129's grille, but their bonnet shutlines betray the integrity of the original design, probably for cost-cutting reasons. The Concept Ocean Drive's grille looks strong and proud and it would be a great shame if future Mercedes-Benz cars failed to match this concept's optimistic presence.
Jan 16th, 2012 8:02am
Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in the works
Don't forget that the W140 chassis coupe was known in 1997 as the S-Class and in 1998 as the CL-Class. For example, the only difference between the 1997 S600 Coupe and the 1998 CL600 was the model designation on the trunklid. Long live the Concept Ocean Drive!!!
Jan 15th, 2012 10:10pm
Rolls-Royce has no plans to move down market
The W124 chassis E320 Coupe is my daily driver and I am thankful to the world's taxi drivers who gave Daimler-Benz AG input throughout the years on how to build a car that approaches ergonomic perfection. After DBAG bought Chrysler in 1998, cost-cutting affected the Mercedes-Benz catalog and you could literally feel something missing from the new cars. If a proper E-Class Coupe is ever built again (today's so-called E-Class Coupe has fixed sideglass and, IMHO, a comparatively unrefined interior ambience) to the Mercedes-Benz engineers' standards, as opposed to bean-counting accountants' price-point limits, I would embrace change, but I've been driving the older cars for many years and love them as they are. Heck, I'd love to own a 1979 450SEL 6.9 or a 1999 CL600! I know this borders on heresy for a Mercedes-Benz fanatic like myself, but, sincerely, I have never cared for the 2003-current SL. Thank goodness for Mercedes-Benz Classic!
Oct 19th, 2011 11:58pm
Rolls-Royce has no plans to move down market
A Rolls-Royce automobile (the original P.M.C., or Proper Motor Car) should be a joy forever and I am so happy to read here that there is no demand for the coal-burning, myopic, electric vehicle experiment among Rolls-Royce Owners!
Oct 19th, 2011 4:20am
Maybach may get demoted to a sub-brand of Mercedes
Everybody here knows that countless tuners have provided Mercedes-Benz customers with bespoke personalization for decades. Some cars were subtle, some were wild. Such dream machines were certainly less accessible and arguably more desirable than what many already considered the overall best car in the world. With the credibility of the Mercedes-Benz brand as a starting point, owners could push the envelope to fantastic levels and, more often than not, maintain a sense of decorum and dignity. However ambitious the Maybach concept was, I remain convinced that its potential remains obscured by a name and a heritage that were never completely unearthed. I believe the best course of action for Daimler AG is to remain independent, learn a lesson from the Maybach experiment, and dust off its archives to more clearly appreciate the unparalleled heritage and potential of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Only Mercedes-Benz can openly and transparently sell the same model car to a taxicab driver and to a king because only the lesser brands require up-market divisions!
Jun 21st, 2011 5:24am
Maybach gets a day of reckoning on July 1st
I believe the name “Maybach” itself is the brand's worst enemy and the greatest reason why sales of a car that is measurably superior never really had a chance against its famous, fabulous, and legendary chief rival, Rolls-Royce. Everyone knows Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz as the creme de la creme of aspirational brands. Why mess with perfection? Under the recognizable and respected halo of the Mercedes-Benz name competes successfully the “uber-sporty” and wholly owned subsidiary of AMG. Towards a solution to Maybach's problem would be the creation of an “uber-luxury” division that does not segregate against the Mercedes-Benz owner in his own showroom. Waiting one day for my car to be serviced at a Mercedes-Benz dealership, I experienced an unpleasant--and not at all aspirational--feeling while checking out the new Mercedes-Benz cars. There, in the middle of “my” showroom floor, was a clearly off-limits Maybach Studio. It employed frost-covered thick glass windows with what looked like heavily armored walls and doors, all for the Fort Knox effect of reminding Mercedes-Benz owners to KEEP OUT! Even before the Daimler purchase, unlike most tuners, AMG was always allowed to keep the three-pointed star on their creations. Another famous tuner, albeit for luxury conversions as opposed to enhanced kinetics, was Carat by Duchatelet whose cars also were allowed to use the Mercedes-Benz symbol. In my opinion, Daimler AG should purchase rights to the name “Carat” and supersede the Maybach lineup with a collection of “uber-luxury” cars called Mercedes-Benz Carat 57 and Mercedes-Benz Carat 62.
Jun 14th, 2011 3:51am
two doors CLS 2010, can it become a reality? A must see!
No matter which chassis, all "Mercedes-Benz coupes" should adhere to the higher engineering and aesthetic standards provided by a solution with no B-pillars!!!
Sep 10th, 2010 3:14am
Lamborghini Reventon Roadster Promo Video
In my humble opinion, that ad is in very poor taste and may be suitable for consumption in Las Vegas today or the Wall Street of yesterday: the Lamborghini brand should not be tarnished by superficiality and obnoxious frenzy. WCF reported in March that several Lamborghini Reventon coupes around the world became available for purchase via a Web site called JamesList.com. I want to trust that Lamborghini discreetly informed all Reventon coupe owners, well in advance, about the Reventon Roadster. Most personally, if I was in the Reventon Owners' Club last year and saw this ad without prior knowledge of Lamborghini's plans for the Roadster, then I would not be pleased, especially as I consider the Roadster's design far superior to the coupe's—what an improvement! Instead of looking like an indecorous brute or rough neck, the Roadster looks like a lyrically aggressive, new kind of supercar with a healthy respect for history. In other terms, the Reventon coupe is Kanye West (ego, ego, ego) and the Roadster is Beyonce: glamour at a standstill, yet she can move like a bird of paradise and sing like a siren. Ahem... certainly, supercars are "exclusive." Many people want to own them for the same passionate reasons that compel some to pay a fortune for painting, sculpture, and architecture. Let us never forget that ownership is not a prerequisite for the enjoyment and criticism of both a museum and its contents. I'm disappointed to hear that this ad was used officially by Lamborghini at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but I am excited by the Roadster's existence and will consider it the true flagship of the Lamborghini model range.
Sep 20th, 2009 8:51pm
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro Dressed in Chrome Displayed in Frankfurt
This is not mere "bling." Does no one remember the Audi Avus Quattro that was revealed at the 29th Tokyo Motor Show? Polished aluminum is something Audi should trademark. Here, Audi is literally highlighting its Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology and paying homage to the 1991 concept car.
Sep 20th, 2009 9:14am
Official: 2010 Saab 9-5 Revealed
I can't stop looking at it! On the nose, the two halves of the bumper seem to form an angle like that made by swept-back wings of a jet. Also, the wingspan of the tail-lights is beautiful and reminds me of the winged solar disk of the Ancient Egyptian god Horus. Long live SAAB!
Aug 29th, 2009 3:58pm
Official: 2010 Saab 9-5 Revealed
Okay, now this one truly looks "born from jets." I love the use of black on the front pillars (eat your heart out, Jaguar XJ!) and black on the tops of the mirrors to emphasize lightness, like an aircraft's glass canopy, and now those mirrors look like winglets! Turbofan-style wheels are wholly appropriate, too. Author John Heskett's book "Industrial Design" contains a circa 1960(!) sketch by SAAB designer Sixten Sason of his model '99' that looks hauntingly familiar today, quote: "Sixten Sason trained originally as an artist in Paris, then as an engineer, a background that admirably equipped him to combine the treatment of aesthetic and technical factors." I think his spirit lives on with this great example of Scandinavian design. Yes, SAAB's chief designer, Simon Padian, is English, but great car designers can learn to express themselves fluently using the design vocabulary of any country. Bravo SAAB--I want one!
Aug 29th, 2009 3:31pm
Lorinser puts up tuned 450 SEL 6.9 W116 for sale
The movies "C'etait un Rendezvous" and "Ronin" show how a Mercedes-Benz 6.9 can capture your heart and mind and live forever. Personally, I don't like cars that look too aerodynamic and, therefore, too homogenized and ultimately forgettable. This has a lot to do with the fact that I got my driver's license in the late 1980s in a light blue metallic 1979 280SE W116 with many miles on its odometer. Today, it seems few people appreciate the W116, but its shape had one foot in the past and one foot in the future. You can see the glorious chrome details of the past combined with a forward-looking emphasis on safety and aerodynamics in the W116, but you are never in doubt about what kind of car it is because its shape proudly states "Mercedes-Benz" without needing any badges to clarify the point. If those bumpers were fitted to the car in 1975, then Lorinser are even more impressive to me because they would have offered a glimpse of the subsequent S-Class W126. The next owner should be very proud to drive this beautiful piece of rolling art history.
Jul 7th, 2009 12:21pm
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