Fashion models meet new Benz models
Last week's New York Fashion Week wasn't all about clothes. Sponsor Mercedes-Benz showed off its SL 63 AMG Edition IWC and SL 65 AMG Black Series, two luxury high-performance vehicles. The SL 63, a new roadster, retails for $169,950 with only 63 available in the U.S. The SL 65 two-seater retails for $299,000 with 175 available in the U.S. Sure, the dresses were nice, but 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds is always in style.
Study: Young buyers expect more online
In the Microsoft "Millennials in Automotive Survey 2009," the vast majority of "millennials" -- those born between 1981 and 2000 -- said it's important that auto manufacturers have Web sites that give a full view of purchase options, and that they offer Web-based auto financing and customization of options, such as color and add-ons. Roughly half also wanted mobile alerts regarding new car releases, price drops and more, and would prefer to use self-service kiosks or mobile devices at the dealership to automate the shopping process.
The electric Converj concept has a high-tech dash with a reconfigurable, or customizable, instrument cluster with touch-screen navigation. The Converj has no rear-view or outside mirrors. Instead, cameras provide surrounding panoramic images high on a recessed screen built into the instrument panel.