Every premium automaker has its own take on ultimate 4-door performance, but all pay respect to the mighty BMW M3 and C-Class AMG. Today we review the latter in its most powerful form, the AMG C 63 S…

2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan Road Test Review

No automaker has more fully capitalized on its in-house performance sub-brand than Mercedes-Benz with AMG. Where BMW's M-badged fleet has grown to 10 models in Canada, Audi now offering four cars under its top-tier RS banner (and two R8s that qualify), Cadillac having three Vs vying for contention, Lexus earning street cred with a couple of F models, and Volvo anteing up with an equal pair of Polestars, Mercedes' Canadian division gives you no less than 32 individual AMG models to choose from, plus more will be added to their arsenal soon.

Sticklers might argue that Mercedes' four- and six-cylinder "43" models aren't true AMG cars because they don't house insanely powerful twin-turbo V8s between their front wheels (that are hand assembled by a single technician no less), but drive one and you'll quickly realize they're serious performance cars and a lot more aggressively tuned than, say, Lexus' F-Sport models. Regarding that last point, it would be wholly unfair to hold back a Read Full Story
It was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz combined its much-lauded 4x4 know-how with the ultimate utility of its Sprinter van, the result being one of the most versatile vehicles to arrive on…

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the only commercial van to offer factory 4WD

It was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz combined its much-lauded 4x4 know-how with the ultimate utility of its Sprinter van, the result being one of the most versatile vehicles to arrive on the commercial market. Mercedes-Benz has been building four-wheel drive vehicles for more than a century. Most will be familiar with its lineup of compact and mid-size SUVs, from the diminutive GLA and larger GLC to the mid-size GLE and largest seven-passenger GLS. Serious off-road fans will also be well aware of the legendary G-Class, dubbed Geländewagen when introduced in 1979, and the brand's unstoppable Unimog (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät) range of multi-purpose four-wheel drive medium trucks that were first introduced in 1947 and are still available for commercial application today. Mercedes' commercial van division is newer, at least to Canadians. Similar to its 4WD heritage the German automaker has more than a 100 years of commercial vehicle sales under its corporate Read Full Story
The midsize luxury segment-best E-Class just got better for 2017, a complete redesign resulting in fashionable new sheet metal, more length, less weight, better performance and fuel economy, a much improved…

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4Matic Sedan Road Test Review

It must be uncomfortably embarrassing to go up against Mercedes' E-Class. After all, it outsells its direct competitors so dramatically there's very little contest.

Even mighty BMW pales in comparison, the M-B E Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet, Wagon and CLS four-door coupe resulting in a cumulative 2,953 sales last year compared to just 2,477 for the similarly diverse 5 and 6 Series models. And that's the very best of the rest, with Audi's A6 and A7 combining for only 1,721 sales, Cadillac's CTS and CT6 twosome managing just 1,130 mid-size deliveries, Jaguar next with (here comes the red-faced embarrassment) just 542 XFs (and that was a particularly good year), Lexus with (it gets worse) 415 GS sales (albeit 2,568 if you factor in the similarly sized yet significantly cheaper ES), Lincoln with 372 Continental and MKS buyers (or 1,492 when including the comparatively inexpensive MKZ), Infiniti with a mere 156 Q70 deliveries, Volvo's beautiful new S90 and archaic S80 combining for a scant Read Full Story
Mercedes is just updating its awesome little CLA so we took opportunity to let you know about key 2017 improvements while putting the already upgraded 2016 CLA45 AMG 4Matic through its paces. Wickedly…

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG 4Matic Coupe Road Test Review

If you need a visceral explanation as to why Mercedes-Benz whips every other premium brands' behind when it comes to subcompact luxury segment sales performance, spend some time with a CLA45 AMG 4Matic Coupe.

The word Coupe is used roughly with this car, a misnomer that I happen to think is a good thing. Like the German luxury brand's CLS that ushered in the four-door coupe phenomenon, the CLA is more along the lines of a sleek, low-slung sport sedan, which means it's a lot more practical than a coupe, but it's not as staid and conventional as a more upright sedan. Hence why this best-of-both-world's model has been tearing up the sales charts since inception with 3,653 sold throughout Canada over the first 11 months of this year, 3,870 during all 12 months of 2015 and 3,851 in 2014, or at least that's half the story.

It's always looked great to my eyes, and the top-tier CLA45 AMG version all the better. It boasts more aggressive bodywork, more expressive lighting elements, Read Full Story
Mercedes’ midsize Metris Cargo Van fits neatly between compact and full-size competitors, and is economically powered by a 208-hp turbo four, 7-speed auto with paddles, and RWD. While also available…

2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Road Test Review

Although the Metris just arrived on North American soil last year as a 2016 model, it's been available in Europe and other global markets since 1996 and is already in its third generation. Across the pond it's referred to as Vito, but it's the identical mid-size van sold here and therefore, with more than 20 years under its beltline, has a great deal more experience than Canadian commercial buyers might realize.

Step up to its comfortable driver's seat and grab hold of its sportily shaped three-spoke steering wheel and Mercedes' seasoned approach to the commercial van market begins to sink in, the level of refinement offered to small business owners and fleet drivers alike certainly good for morale. Really, I've driven most cargo vans currently available and the Metris interior goes above and beyond what's expected, with some of the same premium detailing Mercedes is known for in its revered consumer products, such as fabric-wrapped roof pillars and satin metallic finished gauge Read Full Story