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The new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé unveiled during a private viewing by T. Gargour & Fils

T. Gargour & Fils, the exclusive and sole agent of Mercedes-Benz in Lebanon, unveiled its flagship model, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé at an exclusive private viewing held at The Mercedes-AMG Performance Center – Dora showroom. AMG owners gathered to experience the reveal of the GT 4-Door, the latest member of the sports car family. Positioned as a true sports car with four doors, it uncompromisingly combines the attributes of an AMG GT sports car with the everyday benefits of a 4-door coupé.

The sports car captured everyone’s attention as it was demonstrated with its most notable features. The event concluded with an exciting draw where one lucky attendee won a trip to the Mercedes-AMG Advanced Experience on ice in Sweden.

On this occasion, Mr. Cesar Aoun, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz at T. Gargour & Fils said: “launching a remarkable sports car like the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé in Lebanon is a proud moment for T. Gargour & Fils, as we work hard to stay on top and we make sure our portfolio expands year after year, providing our customers with an impeccable driving experience that brings together unparalleled luxury and performance.”


A thrill-ride for all those who seek an adrenalin-filled experience on the road, the latest AMG GT 4-door coupé delivers a staggering top speed of up to 315 km/h and comes as a no-compromise creation that acts as the perfect symbiosis of power and elegance. Following the design philosophy of sensual purity, the model takes on a striking muscular body, sporty genes, and boasts familiar features like extremely slim LED tail lights, confidently placing it within the portfolio of its two-door AMG GT counterpart. When it comes to performance, the 6-cylinder in-line and V8 engines allow for a completely new driving experience. The output of the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine has been enhanced further which allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds, a testament of high driving dynamics at motorsport level.


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Stay connected: Mercedes-Benz accelerates digitalisation with ‘Mercedes me connect’


Mercedes-Benz is offering its customers to become part of an intelligently connected world with the introduction of‘Mercedes me connect’ to the region. The innovative services allow customers to connect with their vehicle anytime and anywhere and control certain functionalities, via the Mercedes me portal ( and the Mercedes me App, enabling them to keep in touch with their car and everything that’s important to them.

From Remote Engine Start – where customers can start or stop their vehicle from anywhere and pre-condition it to their last setting, so that every ride begins both quickly and comfortably, to Remote Parking Assist – giving customers the ability to control the parking manoeuvre from outside the car. In addition, the Standard Services feature takes the strain out of various aspects of motoring and offers services such as Maintenance Management, Breakdown Management and Accident Recovery.

With the latest ‘In-Car Office’ function, Mercedes-Benz drivers can now also use office functions directly in the vehicle and access important data on the move – as if they were in an office. The ‘In-Car Office’ uses the locations of calendar entries and automatically transfers them to the car’s navigation system. Using this function, drivers can also dial into a telephone conference on the basis of a calendar entry – the system automatically detects the required PIN access code and simultaneously dials it.


In combination with the pioneering in-car experience: MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), Mercedes me connect offers drivers navigation functions such as information on road conditions, traffic incidents or approaching emergency vehicles. Users will also be alerted in case something has bumped into the parked vehicle or if it has been towed away.


Using prediction features, the MBUX anticipates what the user would like next – from preferred radio stations to frequently driven routes to regular phone calls that take place on a specific day. Mercedes me connect will learn a customer’s routine and thus suggest specific activities on display on the given day.

“We are very excited to bring to the region the sophisticated Mercedes me connect,” said Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications at Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East “We use state-of-the-art technology such as MBUX’s artificial intelligence capabilities to learn about a user’s preferences when driving, gradually turning the car into a personal assistant for the driver – an attribute we know will be a huge success here. Mercedes me connect is designed with our customers’ needs in mind in today’s digital age, and makes life just that little bit easier for them.”

Mercedes me connect is available to all new Mercedes-Benz car owners (post December 2017 production). Customers in the region are advised to consult with their official Mercedes-Benz partner for the availability of the services in their car.


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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé

Automotive intelligence can be this beautiful

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé is not only the most emotional vehicle in its class, it is also highly intelligent: From MBUX Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands to the ENERGIZING COACH that provides individual fitness recommendations, the new CLA offers an array of clever solutions. There are also ingenious details when it comes to the aerodynamics and new functions for the Intelligent Drive driving assistance package. The design underlines the coupé character with its stretched form and design elements such as the bonnet with powerdomes or the rear licence plate which has been moved down. As such it does justice to its predecessor’s status as a design icon.

With MBUX, Mercedes-Benz has been revolutionising how to operate a car and communicate with it since the launch of the A-Class. “Now we go to the next level with an intelligent interior assistance system for the compact class. By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation,” says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “This is not the only new feature by which the CLA offers a great deal of automotive intelligence.”


“With the first CLA we celebrated a huge success by selling some 750,000 vehicles and created a totally new segment with a four-door coupé,” adds Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “The new edition of the CLA has been developed further in an intelligent way and is even more emotional and sportier than its predecessor. Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class.”

The new generation of compacts has made a key contribution to the rejuvenation and image change of the Mercedes-Benz brand and the CLA is important for winning and retaining new customers in particular.

In its first year, the new CLA will also be available as an Edition 1. In terms of both the exterior and the interior, this limited edition special model has numerous visual accents which underline its exclusivity. The new CLA will be manufactured at the Kecskemét plant (Hungary) and will be launched in the region in October 2019.

Design: pure emotion

“As a four-door coupé, the new CLA intrigues with its puristic, seductive design and sets new standards in the design DNA of ‘sensual purity’. It impresses with its perfect proportions reflecting the first design sketch: a long, stretched bonnet, a compact greenhouse, a wide track with exposed wheel arches and our typical GT rear end with a strong distinctive ‘Coke-bottle shoulder’,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG. “In short – the CLA Coupé has the potential to become a modern design icon.”

The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA Coupé its unmistakeable sporty and elegant character. Forming the front end is the striking front section which is raked forwards like a shark nose with a long, stretched bonnet featuring powerdomes.

Flat headlamps together with the low slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with central star create the vehicle’s sporty face. The two-piece, narrow tail lamps and the number plate housed in the bumper make the rear of the CLA look especially wide.

With the greenhouse moved back, the sporty GT rear achieves a balance between elegance and sportiness. Featuring pared-down lines, the precisely modelled side profile provides an interesting interplay of light and shade. Dispensing with the upper shaped edge of the side wall permits extremely muscular and athletic shoulder shaping, stretching from the front wheel arch through to the sculptured rear. Flush with the outer edge of the body, the wheels with their flared wheel arches and wide track epitomise dynamism and give the vehicle a sporty presence.

In the interior, all elements are arranged according to the overarching design themes of ‘high tech’ and ‘youthful avant-garde’ – be that the steering wheel, the door handle operating module, the centre console or the seats. As in the A‑Class, the unique interior architecture is shaped in particular by the avantgarde design of the dashboard: The designers completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. The lower section is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by a ‘trench’, and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The ambient lighting enhances this effect. The air vents in a sporty turbine-look are another highlight.


The concept for its dimensions: longer, wider and more grown-up

CLA Predecessor Diff.
Exterior dimensions
Length mm 4688 4640 +48
Width mm 1830 1777 +53
Width incl. exterior mirrors mm 1999 2032 -33
Height mm 1439 1441 -2
Wheelbase mm 2729 2699 +30
Front track mm 1612 1549 +63
Rear track mm 1602 1547 +55
Interior dimensions
Max. headroom, front mm 1023 1006 +17
Headroom, rear mm 908 905 +3
Legroom, front mm 1062 1063 -1
Legroom, rear mm 861 860 +1
Elbow room, front mm 1457 1422 +35
Elbow room, rear mm 1454 1410 +44
Shoulder room, front mm 1400 1391 +9
Shoulder room, rear mm 1372 1350 +22
Load compartment width max. mm 1444 1331 +113
Load compartment depth max. mm 1054 1030 +24
Width of load compartment opening mm 891 629 +262
Boot capacity, VDA[1] l 460 470 -10

Suspension: exceptionally agile and yet comfortable

In terms of driving dynamics, too, the new CLA keeps the promise of its design: A wide track (an extra 63 mm at the front and 55 mm more at the rear compared to its predecessor) and a lower centre of gravity are the two key features which give the CLA the sportiest driving characteristics of all models in the new generation of compacts from Mercedes-Benz. The technical specification includes a decoupled multi-link axle at the rear for reduced noise and vibration, a Direct-Steer system as standard and hydromounts at the front. A stabiliser bar with a larger diameter reduces body roll. As an option, an active adaptive damping system is available, giving the driver the choice between comfort or a more uncompromising sporty tuning. The ESP® has been specially adapted to the CLA’s potentially high cornering speeds and handling performance.

One year since the première: MBUX keeps on learning

One year ago, MBUX – the Mercedes-Benz User Experience – created a furore at its world première at CES in Las Vegas. A powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, customisable display, full colour Head-up Display, navigation with augmented reality, software that can learn and “Hey Mercedes” – the keyword for voice control that explodes conventional automotive standards. This is how Mercedes-Benz is revolutionising car operation and communication with it. Now the company is igniting the next level. MBUX Interior Assist facilitates natural operation. The voice control feature now recognises topical answers in a growing number of domains. Due to ongoing development of the system, it is also possible to take into consideration country-specific content providers.

“The latest version of voice control for MBUX – the Mercedes-Benz User Experience – can be experienced in the new CLA. For example, the voice assistant ‘Hey Mercedes’ is able to recognise and answer considerably more complex queries,” says Sajjad Khan, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars for CASE and Head of Digital Vehicle & Mobility. “What’s more, the voice assistance no longer gets confused by other passengers conversing. Instead it only responds to the commands of the person who last said ‘Hey Mercedes’ to activate the system.”

MBUX Interior Assist: an even greater experience

By recognising movements MBUX Interior Assist brings added intelligence to the interior. Thanks to innovative technology, MBUX now supports the occupants by making various comfort and MBUX functions even simpler and more intuitive. Interior Assist operates in non-contact mode and functions both in sunlight and in complete darkness.

It enables the adaptation of screen content as soon as a hand approaches the touchscreen in the dashboard or the touchpad on the centre console, for example. Individual elements are highlighted according to the currently active menu. In addition, the system is able to distinguish between the driver’s and front passenger’s wishes and thus knows for whose seat the massage function is to be activated, for example.

A special feature of Interior Assist is the personal favourites function. It is accessed by holding a hand over the centre console with the index and middle finger spread in a V-shape. In this way, any command which is controllable via MBUX can be stored for simple access. One typical favourite command is ‘navigate me home’. As the system is able to reliably recognise who is operating it, the driver and front passenger respectively can even assign different favourites to the same hand position.

There are other functions which can be controlled intuitively, without any need to practise corresponding gestures: In the dark, the reading lamp can be switched on and off by briefly extending a hand towards the rear-view mirror, for example. If the driver reaches over towards the unoccupied front passenger seat in the dark, it will be illuminated automatically. This makes it easier to find any items which may have been deposited on the seat. As soon as the person’s hand leaves this area, the light automatically switches off again.

“Hey Mercedes”: better understanding and even cleverer responses

State-of-the-art of voice control can also be experienced in the CLA. Here too seat recognition has been implemented. The voice assistance only responds to the commands of the person who last said ‘Hey Mercedes’ to activate the system. There is also a growing number of domains for which MBUX can understand complex questions and quickly reply: these include sport (‘Hey Mercedes, how did the UAE play in the Asian Cup? ’), the stock exchange (‘Compare the share price of Apple Incorporated to Microsoft’), calculations (‘What is the square root of 3? ’) or general knowledge (‘How tall is the Burj Khalifa? ’, ‘What is the population of the UAE? ’).

[1] VDA: Verband der Automobilindustrie/(German) Association of the Automotive Industry


ENERGIZING comfort control: wellness while driving

Energizing comfort control links various comfort systems in the vehicle. The intelligent recommendations from the Energizing COACH in the ENERGIZING Package Plus are completely new. In general, the ENERGIZING comfort control systematically uses the functions of the air conditioning system and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage) as well as lighting and musical moods, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the customer.

ENERGIZING packages: the next step in intelligent comfort

ENERGIZING packages with the ENERGIZING COACH are new. This service based on an intelligent algorithm recommends one of the ENERGIZING packages’ programmes depending on the situation and individual. The Mercedes-Benz vivoactive® 3 Smartwatch has its world première at CES. If it or another compatible Garmin® wearable is worn, personal stats such as stress level or quality of sleep optimise the accuracy of the recommendation. The aim is for passengers to feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys. In addition, the pulse rate supplied by the integrated Garmin wearable is shown on the media display.

Aerodynamics: intelligent solutions intelligently designed

On the way to series production, the aerodynamics of the new CLA underwent a considerably longer phase of optimisation than its predecessor in the form of simulations, before the first measurements of models were carried out in the wind tunnel.

Work on optimisation was in close collaboration with the designers and was particularly intensive on the rear apron, radiator grille, the fog lamp recesses (the relief-like diamond-shaped pattern of which was reduced to the edge on the CLA for aerodynamic reasons) and the height of the diffuser. Totally new are the wheel-arch spoilers with their fins in the longitudinal direction; they help air to flow around the wheels with minimal losses. Aerodynamic finessing was also performed on the wheels and tyres – both for the regular wheel-tyre combinations and for what are known as aero wheels, which have been completely redesigned to achieve the best possible aerodynamic values and which also look attractive. Integrated as standard at the front of the vehicle is a two-piece shutter system behind the radiator grille, which regulates air flow through the engine compartment. The almost complete underbody panelling encompasses the engine compartment, the main floor, parts of the rear axle and the diffuser.

Intelligent Drive: functions from the S-Class

The CLA has the very latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, and thus provides the highest level of active safety in this segment with functions adopted from the S‑Class. For the first time, the CLA is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation. Improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead. The CLA also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the optional Driving Assistance Package is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations, and to predictively and conveniently adjust the speed, e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Also on board are e.g. Active Emergency Stop Assist and intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist.

The new CLA comes with enhanced Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or to prevent them altogether.

Active Lane Keeping Assist (likewise standard) is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations in the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h. If the vehicle passes over a solid line, it can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side. In the case of a dotted line, such intervention takes place only when there is a danger of collision with a vehicle in the adjacent lane (including danger from oncoming traffic).

PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, thus lowering the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

MULTIBEAM LED headlamps: better visibility in all conditions

Another example of automotive intelligence and the transfer of technology from the luxury segment to the compact class are the optional MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. They allow extremely quick and precise, electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation. Each headlamp on the CLA incorporates 18 individually controllable LEDs. The daylight-like light colour of the LEDs is easy on the eyes and has a positive effect on concentration. LED High Performance headlamps are a further option. As standard, the new CLA is equipped with halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime driving lamps. The tail lamps are also available with all-LED technology.

Drive system: start with the most powerful engine

At the trade show presentation in Las Vegas, the CLA on display is the CLA 250 with the powerful four-cylinder petrol engine (165 kW/225 hp, 350 Nm) with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (combined fuel consumption 6.3-6.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 143-140 g/km)[1]. By the market launch in May, there will be a broad range of diesel and petrol engines available featuring manual or dual-clutch transmissions and 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

[1]The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.


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HOFELE Design add more luxury to Mercedes Benz S-Class & MAYBACH

Hofele mercedes benz S Class Maybach

The HOFELE family has a history in automotive design and engineering and a connection to the Mercedes-Benz brand for over 100 years when the current generation Michael & Martin HOFELE’s grandfather was an apprentice with Mr. Carl Benz at Benz & Co.

In January 2018 HOFELE-Design GmbH became an authorised contractual partner of Daimler AG for the conversion of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. So far this year we have seen some of HOFELE’s products based on Mercedes-Benz SUV’s like the GLS and the G-Wagon. Now HOFELE turn their attention to Mercedes-Benz saloon models. HOFELE has just released photos of their exclusive program for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the MAYBACH.

HOFELE’s design philosophy is based on “Elegant, Sophisticated with a tough of Sportiness”. Rather than following the trend of some of the other companies modifying Mercedes-Benz vehicles which push the boundaries with large amounts of carbon and aerodynamic add-on’s HOFELE’s designs focus is on discrete individualism. The owner of a HOFELE wants the Mercedes-Benz brand experience with a little bit of extra exclusivity.

We have seen the HOFELE based on a standard Mercedes-Benz GLS400 that looks like a “Special Edition” GLS 63 AMG with its high quality Maybach style leather interior and many other exclusive HOFELE features, the total HOFELE package is made up of a number of styling elements and enhancements that are included with a very high level of attention to detail that they really do add to the feeling and look of an ultra-premium brand.

The HOFELE S-Class & Maybach shown here for the first time demonstrate that HOFELE is committed to building the brand to enhance the whole range of passenger cars available from Mercedes-Benz. We are also informed that HOFELE are now working on the C & E-Class models and we hope to see details of these soon. HOFELE is now actively building an internationally respected brand with a dealer network to cover Europe, The Middle East and China.




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BRABUS refines the 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Exclusive, individual and sporty: These three attributes arguably best describe the extensive BRABUS enhancement program for the refreshed Mercedes A-Class of the 2019 model year.
Attractive aerodynamic-enhancement components in OEM quality, in concert with BRABUS Monoblock wheels with diameters of up to 20 inches, lend the compact car an even more distinctive outfit.
The BRABUS PowerXtra B 25 S performance upgrade bumps the output of the A 250 gasoline model to 199 kW / 270 hp (267 bhp) and the torque to 430 Nm (317 lb-ft), enough to accelerate the compact athlete from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds.
Another specialty is individual interior design, culminating in a BRABUS fine leather interior crafted from the finest leather and Alcantara, every inch of it tailored perfectly to the customer’s preferences.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019


The new BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement program, which in a first step is available for the new A-Class models with AMG Line design., is characterized by sporty elegance. All components are manufactured in OEM quality from high-grade PUR material.

The two-piece BRABUS front spoiler is designed to bolt to the lower section of the production fascia. The flaps with raised sides play their part in further reducing front-axle lift at high speeds. The two elements attached above the two horizontal braces are shaped to direct the airstream optimally to the side air intakes in the fascia.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-05

The BRABUS airfoil on the roof ensures an optimal aerodynamic balance and an even more thrilling appearance from the rear. In addition, BRABUS offers a diffuser-look insert for the rear fascia. Tailor-made cutouts provide the perfect backdrop for the two exhaust tips with hallmark styling on either side. Their stainless/carbon design makes them an extravagant visual treat.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-04

BRABUS Monoblock alloy wheels increase the fascination exuded by the new A-Class and give the car even more agile handling. To this end, the BRABUS suspension engineers and test drivers developed tailor-made tire/wheel combinations with diameters of 17, 18, 19 and 20 inches. There are also exclusive BRABUS complete wheel with M+S tires for winter driving.

The largest available option for the Mercedes compact class features BRABUS 8.5Jx20 wheels in the three distinctive designs Monoblock F, R and T. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires of size 235/30 R 20 for all four corners.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-06

BRABUS offers the world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The top priority of all engine developments is creating a perfect mix of high performance, outstanding ride quality, exemplary eco-friendliness and durability beyond reproach. BRABUS recommends MOTUL high-performance lubricants. 

The first performance upgrade from Bottrop for the refreshed A-Class is the BRABUS PowerXtra B 25 S performance kit, which boosts the output of the four-cylinder turbo engine of the A 250 by 34 kW / 46 hp (46 bhp) and increases the torque by 80 Nm (59 lb-ft). The modification comprises larger ducting to the air box, and the BRABUS PowerXtra module, which provides the engine control unit with reprogrammed mapping for controlling the injection and ignition. It also retunes the boost pressure control.

A new output of 199 kW / 270 hp (267 bhp), up from a stock 165 kW / 224 hp (221 bhp), and the peak torque increased from 350 to 430 Nm (258 to 317 lb-ft) optimize the driving dynamics and the driving fun. A sprint time of just 5.9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) makes the BRABUS-tuned A-Class gasoline model one of the sportiest representatives of its class. The BRABUS PowerXtra B 25 S performance upgrade is available for all current A 250 models with front-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

BRABUS PowerXtra options for the turbodiesel models of the revised A-Class are in the development phase.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-03

The all-stainless BRABUS sport exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps is the perfect complement to the performance upgrade. This exhaust offers drivers of a Mercedes A 250 of the latest generation a wide range of exhaust notes from decidedly subtle to thrillingly sporty. It either can remain visually discreet, because it is invisible as on the production car, or be combined with the BRABUS diffuser and the four characteristic stainless /carbon exhaust tips.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-07
BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-10

Of course, BRABUS also offers a host of refinement options for the interior of the refreshed Mercedes A-Class. The product range includes stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo, BRABUS aluminum pedals and high-quality velour floor mats with BRABUS logo.

BRABUS Mercedes A-Class 2019-08

The company upholstery shop fulfils special requests for the interior with a fine leather interior. To this end, the upholsterers process especially soft and yet particularly durable BRABUS Mastik leather and fine Alcantara with great love of detail. There are endless choices with regard to the color and design of the upholstery and to the extent of the work: The spectrum ranges from a completion of the production leather appointments to an exclusive BRABUS all-leather interior. 


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Code name: Inferno – project based on Mercedes-Benz GLE63 S AMG with 800 Horsepower

Make : Mercedes-Benz
Model : GLE
Year : 2017

Country : Poland
Customized by : auto-Dynamics

Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG [C292] Code Name: “INFERNO” 806HP & 1181Nm

Aero Body Kit: The redefinition of the strictly visual aspects of the project was of an absolutely complex character, a holistic complexity and a meticulous architecture.


AMG metamorphosis began with the professional assembly of a complete, multi-element stylistic package, designed by the renowned studio – Topcar Design.

Exterior Modifications:

Remodeled front bumper
Custom rear bumper with aerodynamic diffuser
widening of all fenders and doors
Door Sills
Various accent panels and decorative elements

Each element of the “Inferno” package was painted according to a pre-determined color concept in order to emphasize specific attributes of the AMG body block in fusion with full stylistic coherence with the baseline of the vehicle body.

Topcar’s package included a complete de-chrome.

Suspension & Wheels:

It would be a shame if all that widening, wildly aggressive stylistic package “Inferno” looked caricatural with a set of modest, factory-made rims. Therefore, the design also reformats the context by manifesting and highlighting the scope of modifications with a set of forged rims from the renowned American producer – Vossen: “Model ML-R1 Forged M-R Series” 23″ in size.

The set of new rims was finished in black, deep, piano gloss.

Precisely redesigned, meticulously calculated, aggressive ET weaving allowed to enter a new set of wheels in the wheel arches, thus perfectly matching their line with the line of widened fenders, and adequate dimensioning enabled the maintenance of the nominal rolling circumference.

The rims are equipped with a set of sports high-performance tires – the German company Continental. Unparalleled, absolutely top model – SportContact 6 [295/35/23 front and 335/30/23 rear] and a package of new, OEM [MB] tire pressure monitoring sensors [TPMS / RDCI].

The Details:

Safe cleaning with attention to every detail, meticulous, intricate correction of the varnish – a prelude to the range of activities was performed. “Inferno” after taking into account all rigorous initiating procedures received a colorless film with self-healing properties from the Ultimate Plus series from the reputable company XPEL. Carefully, a ceramic coating of the Gyeon brand was applied to the entire transparent film. Consequently, all glass and rims were also consistently protected. The entire passenger compartment [textiles, leather, alcantara] and all interior elements were meticulously impregnated with hydrophobic coatings [Gyeon].

In conclusion, the wide spectrum of modifications carried out in Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 by resulting in a phenomenal performance in merger with distinctively-aggressive, coherent and arch-dynamic stylistics, transport GLE63 S to the world of an avant-garde, exclusive automotive, placing the project at the same time, a world leader in the extremely modified AMG. Code Name: “Inferno”.

Mercedes Benz GLE63 S AMG Code Name: INFERNO comes with engine modifications creating more than 806 Horsepower and 1181 Nm Power Pack.



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Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé arrives to the Middle East

Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East (MBCME) unveiled its flagship model, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé, in the region at an exclusive event at the brand-new Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.

Held during the final race weekend of the Formula One season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the launch event was attended by five-time Formula One world champion and Mercedes-Benz driver, Lewis Hamilton, who presented the car to media and guests in attendance.


Commenting on the success of the launch event at this year’s Formula One Championship, Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, said: “It brings us great joy to have unveiled the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé in the region. Mercedes-Benz and AMG have come together to create a car that seamlessly embodies our racing heritage, as well as our vision for the future with a car that delivers power, driving fun, and everyday utility in a way few cars can match.”

The striking silhouette and dynamics of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door Coupé, puts the new model in the portfolio of its two-door brother at first glance. The expressive design with the low bonnet, dominant front and muscular body language emphasises the sporty genes of the four-door coupé. The model delivers a top speed of up to 315 km/h and driving dynamics that cuts an effortlessly superior figure. The 6-cylinder in-line and V8 engines allow for a completely new driving experience.



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Emirates Motor Company displays luxury cars at Abu Dhabi International Boat Show as the official car sponsor

Emirates Motor Company - Arab Motor World

Emirates Motor Company (EMC), the authorized Mercedes-Benz distributor for Abu Dhabi and flagship company of ALFAHIM, is the official automotive sponsor for the largest maritime industry event, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS).

Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre’s on-site show marina from October 17th to 20th, visitors to the ADIBS will have the opportunity to discover the dynamic new Mercedes A-class and explore the advanced and innovative concept of MercedesME Connect.

Frank Bernthaler, CEO of EMC Passenger Cars at ALFAHIM, said: “ADIBS has been one of the highly anticipated shows in the country since it was announced, and we are delighted to have partnered with them to enable visitors to combine their passion for high-end automotive excellence with the latest advancement in maritime technology.”


The exceptional all-new Mercedes-Benz 2019 A-Class redefines luxury with this fourth-generation model, displayed at the show, while optimising sportiness, dynamism and emotion with its low bonnet, flat LED headlamps, striking radiator grille and iconic Mercedes star. The interior design has a more modern, stylish look that combines safety with a feeling of spaciousness to increase the utility value of the A-class.

Alongside the new A-class, EMC also showcased the MercedesME Connect technology that has revolutionised the concept of in-car entertainment and driver assistance.

In addition, EMC is also displaying the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLS & S560 Maybach at the inaugural edition of the event. Visitors are invited to book a test drive for any model of their preference from the display.

Bernthaler added, “We look forward to offering visitors to the ADIBS the opportunity to experience the advancements in intelligent driving technology that are now available across the Mercedes-Benz range.”

More than 20,000 marine industry professionals and boating enthusiasts are expected to visit the ADIBS over four days.

The event features 75 berths for the latest high-end yachts and sports, fishing and leisure boats, alongside exhibits by 150 international companies.


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T. Gargour & Fils launches the new A-Class in Lebanon

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Gargour & Fils unveils the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, completely redefining modern luxury in the compact class and revolutionizing interior design. Technologically, the new A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to feature the new multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience including natural voice control. The new revolutionary voice control lets you control many functions with your voice, from the radio to climate control which is activated with the code word “Hey Mercedes”.

The Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive in the A-Class features the Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function that can warn you in the event of an imminent collision and brake autonomously in an emergency. The purist, surface-accentuating design of the new A-Class is the next step in the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity. The exterior of the car stands for sportiness, dynamism and emotion. The interior of the new A-Class is completely redefined with its modern, avant-garde look. Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach, revolutionizing the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness.

Mr. Cesar Aoun, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz at T. Gargour & Fils, said: “The new A-Class completely redefines luxury. It is equipped with a revolutionary infotainment system that will change the way Lebanese drivers interact with their vehicle. MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience including the natural voice control lets you talk to your car like you would to a friend.”


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T. Gargour & Fils Reveals the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé – The original perfected

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Gargour & Fils launches the revamped Mercedes CLS Coupe in Lebanon offering all the practicalities of a sedan, with the elegance of a coupé. The third-generation is immediately recognizable by its clear contours and reduced lines. Like its predecessors, the new CLS exudes self-assured sportiness and exceptional style offering impressive long-distance and acoustic comfort coupled with thrilling, unrivaled technology.

Mr. Cesar Aoun, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz at T. Gargour & Fils said: “The new CLS coupe is a design icon as the archetype of the 4-door door Coupé. The impressive revamped design and practical lifestyle of the new coupé will definitely captivate the Lebanese drivers. For the first time, the new CLS is in fact a 5-seater.”

The third-generation model features exterior style upgrades: the striking front-end includes the diamond grille typical of Mercedes-Benz coupés. The side design is characterized by the high, arching waistline with frameless side windows. The contours follow the design philosophy of sensual purity: lines and edges are greatly reduced, and the surfaces are generously arched.


Like the headlamps, the LED tail lights, fitted with innovative Edge Light technology have a crystalline appearance.

The third-generation CLS coupe has many things in common with the new S‑Class: It is equipped with the latest generation of driving assistance systems, with route-based driver support provided by the Driving Assistance Package. For instance, thanks to the improved camera and radar systems, the new CLS coupe has an even better view of the surrounding traffic.

All CLS coupe models are equipped with new engines featuring the latest-generation of four and six-cylinder units.

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The most anticipated launch of the year – The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class arrives in style to the Middle East

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The arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class was celebrated at Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai this week. The event introduced to the region the legendary flagship model – taking a leap into a new era in terms of technology while staying true to its unrivalled legacy.

Haven undergone its greatest change in history, the new G-Class maintains its iconic design and remains a benchmark for originality, ruggedness and luxury – with regards to comfort and safety. Beneath its classic rugged exterior lies the latest cutting-edge technology, giving its drivers a much better performance than ever before.

The new model presents itself in top form – whether on or off the road and whatever the operating conditions, the off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, advanced assistance systems, outstanding handling and safety.


At the same time, the new suspension, the DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes including the “Desert” driving mode designed specifically for the G 500 in the Middle East, the “G-Mode”- an intelligent off-road control system – and the three 100 percent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.

Commenting on the launch, Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, said: “The Middle East has eagerly awaited the launch of the latest G-Class. Being one of the first markets around the world to welcome this model, we believe our customers will be immensely satisfied with its new developments, especially innovations made specifically for the region – alongside its unparalleled performance, comfort and world-class safety systems. The G-Class remains an icon, only better and stronger – but at the same time stayed true to itself and kept its character”.

Reinterpreted for today

The luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz has long been considered a design icon. In as much as the new G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider than the previous model, its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979. It follows the philosophy of Sensual Purity and at the same time remains true to the character of the original. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, now as then, and to give the G-Class its unique appearance. All these are still found in the new model: the distinctive door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights. Extraordinary features like these in concert with the off-roader’s angular lines define its special look – giving it an even greater presence, on the road as well as in terrain.

More than ever, the new G-Class appears to be cast from a single piece. All surfaces have a tauter design and have more tension, while the surface quality has been taken to an even higher level. This results in narrower, more precise gaps and more harmonious transitions. In addition, the wheel arches and bumpers form a more integral part of the body and thus look less like add-on features.

Interior: authentic icon

While the exterior maintains the iconic classic look, the interior of the G-Class has undergone a fundamental modern redesign. With its off-road character and top-class luxury appointments, the model has always combined two extremes into a harmonious symbiosis. Unmistakable at first glance and from the first touch, only high-quality materials are used. Every detail is finished by hand with the utmost care.

Getting in the G-Class reveals that numerous design features from the exterior have been transposed into the interior: the shape of the round headlamps, for instance, which is reflected in the side air vents and the design of the iconic indicators, found again in the shape of the loudspeakers. Hallmarks of the model include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks; both have been meticulously optimised and retained as characteristic features.

The very clearly arranged and completely redesigned instrument panel features timeless tube-look analogue round dials as standard – with two 12.3-inch displays blend visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a shared glass cover. In other words, fans of classic round instruments will certainly not be disappointed in the new G‑Class. Drivers can choose between three different styles for the displays – “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive” – and also select relevant information and views according to their individual needs.

Off-road: the legend surpasses itself

The primary goal of development was to redefine the quality of the handling both on and off the road. This goal has been achieved: The new G-Class performs even better off-road, while on the road it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction.

The new suspension emerged from the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. The new front axle is designed in such a robust way that the off-road performance and off-road capabilities of its predecessor are maintained and partly even surpassed.

On-road: agile, comfortable, superior

The specification for the G-Class not only included solidness and superiority in terrain, but also greater driving dynamics and comfort on paved roads. Thanks to the new front axle design, the on-road performance has therefore been enhanced at the same time. On the road, the “G” is as agile as it is comfortable and provides the driver with a better steering feel.

Using a digital prototype, the developers simulated the service life of individual components and closed systems to find out in which places it would be possible to make use of lighter raw materials. The diet worked, as the G-Class has shed around 170 kg. The recipe for success: a new mix of materials comprising strong, high-strength, ultra-high-strength steels and aluminium, as well as improved production processes at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria. The rigid body shell is now made of a variety of steel grades, while the wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium.

However, less mass in no way translates into less stability – on the contrary, it was possible to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts by around 55 percent, from 6,537 to 10,162 Nm/deg.

The new “G-Mode” paves the way where there is none

One of the prerequisites for the improved off-road handling characteristics is the new “G-Mode”. The G-Class changes to “G-Mode” independently of the chosen driving mode as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear has been engaged. This off-road mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristic, avoids unnecessary gear shifts and thus ensures optimum control and maximum off-road capability. Drivers are able to enjoy inch-perfect manoeuvring even in the steepest terrain and receive excellent feedback on the traction capacity of the surface.

New automatic transmission on board

For the transfer of power, the 9G TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the off-road icon. The developers have managed to reduce the shift and response times of the 9-speed transmission by means of a dedicated software application. The wide transmission ratio not only makes driving quieter and more comfortable especially at low engine speeds, it simultaneously also contributes to reducing fuel consumption.

The powerful Mercedes-AMG G 63

The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 underpins its unique position among performance off-road vehicles with the powerful drive system, the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, the AMG-specific transmission modes and new interior with optimal widescreen cockpit.

The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine now also replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine in the G 63. It generates 430 kW (585 hp) in this model and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, providing a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

The eight-cylinder delivers its power with muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption and emission figures.

Unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless-steel cover and three-dimensional Mercedes star.

The front section of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard.

With adaptive adjustable damping: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

The new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road, it is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantial due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.

The AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping is standard equipment. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements, improving driving safety and ride comfort.

Via a switch on the centre console, the driver can choose between three different sets of damping characteristics, namely “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”, and thus individually influence the driving experience from very comfortable to taut and sporty.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, the driving characteristics can be individualised at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes.

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty and “M” button to switch directly to manual mode.

Three off-road modes – “Sand”, “Trail” and “Rock” – are available when driving off the beaten track. These can then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. “Trail” allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. “Sand” modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. “Rock” is the mode for extremely demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.

AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system

For more efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has equipped the V8 engine in the G 63 with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers fuel consumption.

The AMG main menu on the instrument cluster informs the driver whether the cylinder deactivation system is in use and whether the engine is operating in the partial or full-load range.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes make for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.

“Manual” mode can be selected using a separate switch. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.


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T. Gargour & Fils s.a.l. launches the all-new Mercedes-Benz Arocs heavy-duty truck in Lebanon at Beirut port


Gargour & Fils s.a.l., exclusive Authorized General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Lebanon, has introduced the all-new Arocs heavy-duty truck at an event taking place at Beirut Port. The launch of the all-new Arocs marks a major milestone in the company’s history, aiming to further strengthen the outstanding market presence of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Lebanon. The launch was attended by representatives of DAIMLER Commercial Vehicles MENA, Regional Center located in Dubai and customers along with media representatives.

Attendees could enjoy the ceremonial live-unveiling of the all-new Arocs and had the chance to experience the pioneering technology and capabilities of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz Trucks dedicated to construction and off-road applications.

Mr. Cesar Aoun, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz at T. Gargour & Fils s.a.l commented: “Getting behind the wheel gives our guests the opportunity to experience the impressive reliability, robustness and performance. With the all-new Arocs, Mercedes-Benz trucks will continue its success story in Lebanon. In addition, our comprehensive Customer Service and Parts offers provide our customers with the best solutions for their individual business needs.”


The all-new Arocs is available in various chassis variants for tipper, mixer and other rigid applications, and as all-wheel-drive tractor-heads. It stands out with exceptional reliability and robustness, and the further reinforced chassis frame and durable drivetrain provides outstanding load-bearing capabilities.

New powerful in-line 6-cylinder engines complying with Euro III emission standards, available with 12.8 l and 15.6 l displacement,  are perfectly matched with the latest 12- or 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearbox and result in highest fuel efficiency. Customers can select out of a wide range of newly designed and spacious cab variants providing highest levels of safety and comfort.

With the optionally available TurboRetarderClutch, customers of the all-new Arocs can enjoy outstanding performance and driving comfort in heavy-duty and off-road applications, combined with reduced service and maintenance costs. Its single component combines the function of a primary-hydraulic retarder with a hydro-pneumatic wear-free clutch. This impressive feature is exclusive to Mercedes-Benz Trucks only. The guests of the launch event had the chance to experience the TurboRetarderClutch with its the exceptional brake power of up to 720 kW (available at low speeds) and the smooth performance, in combination with the Mercedes PowerShift 3 16–speed transmission.

Gargour & Fils, s.a.l is offering tailor-made services for the all-new Arocs, comprising of extended warranty packages, service and maintenance contracts and driver trainings for safe and efficient driving.

While attending the launch event in Beirut, Mr. Marc Legeay, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Trucks MENA in Dubai, UAE, declared: “Mercedes-Benz Trucks and T. Gargour & Fils s.a.l. enjoy a long-lasting history and strong partnership. Already back in 1954, T. Gargour & Fils s.a.l. was appointed as Authorized General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz – as the very first partner here in the region. Having mutually built strong ties with our customers since then, we are now very proud and delighted to introduce our latest product, the all-new Arocs, to Lebanon. Being extremely reliable and robust, and providing brand new features, we are sure that the Arocs will continue the legacy of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, here, in Lebanon. Alongside our wide range of tailor-made service offers, the Arocs will enable our customers in Lebanon to achieve highest efficiency and profitability for their business.”