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The much anticipated 2007 CL series was just released. Shown is the CL600, the flagship of the fleet
Scientific American Award
Like any diesel, the E320 Bluetec will get 20-40 percent better fuel mileage and longer cruising range (less frequent fill-ups) than a gasoline-powered car, but more important, it does it without the usual tradeoffs of diesel ownership. The E320 Bluetec is nearly as quiet and clean as a gasoline-powered model, and under acceleration, the car feels faster than the comparable gasoline-engine car, a result of its whopping 400 foot-pounds of engine torque – the pulling power of a V8!
The Scientific American 50
Selected by the magazine’s Board of Editors with the help of distinguished outside advisors, the Scientific American 50 recognizes research, business and policy leaders who have displayed a critical role driving key science and technology trends over the past year in fields including robotics, genetics Alzheimer’s research, nanotechnology and more.
Past Scientific American 50 lists have spotlighted visionaries from an array of fields such as Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; noted stem cell researcher Douglas A. Melton, professor of the natural sciences at Harvard; Nobel prize-winning neurobiologist Roderick MacKinnon, professor of molecular neurobiology and biophysics at Rockefeller University; aviation leader Burt Rutan, president, Scaled Composites; global public health leader Gro Harlem Brundtland, former World Health Organization secretary general; corporate chief Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric and high-tech innovator Steven Jobs, Apple CEO.
Best of What’s New
Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science, said, “Best of What’s New is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year’s worth of work evaluating thousands of products. These awards honor innovations that not only influence the way we live today, but that also change the way we think about the future.”
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of new products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year – breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners – the Best of What’s New – are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in 1987. Best of What’s New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 10 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, General Innovation, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.
From Tuesday, November 7 through Thursday the 9th, Popular Science is taking over Vanderbilt Hall in New York’s Grand Central Station to showcase The Best of What’s New. Featuring displays of the winners with product experts on hand to answer questions, the three-day consumer event is open to the public, and admission is free.
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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is
The Sainted ML55 AMG and Casper Milquetoast
Airmatic with ADS
Three Zone Climate Control
19" Appearance Package Wheel, with a month's worth of dirt
Things I didn’t get
I haven’t figured out how the new ML, 9” longer than the old one, fits in a smaller space in the garage. The hatch has more clearance room between the vehicle and the door when the front bumper is in the same place. Is a puzzlement, said the King.
But, I’ll admit, much of the time the multi-function display is on the trip computer, and I’m watching the numbers get larger. The sticker says 21 city and 27 highway. The un-broken-in new engine is in the mid-twenties most of the time on the display. Not impressed? This is a 4,600+ lb. SUV capable of towing 5,000 lb. and with full time 4 wheel drive and off road capabilities, not a mini-car. Subaru advertises mileage like this in their shoebox crossover SUV.
A Flying J truck stop (“Travel Stop”) just opened in Brookshire, Texas, and they’re selling ULSD at about 20¢/gallon below prevailing market. It’s been nice going 300 miles and only needing half a tank.
When I get in the truck I can disconnect that @%!#! earpiece you usually see me with and use the Bluetooth connector to connect my phone to the COMAND system, hands free and voice activated.
“Nice” Voice System
The new, improved Valentine 1 ECM package has to be mounted in this silly location to avoid the InfraRed shield in the glass. With 1 EZ tag and 1 "Quick Ride" tag, the holes are all used up. I did some testing with it behind the IR shield, and the shield won.
The Cargo Management System divider rail mounted mid trunk area. The Cargo Tray is in place, holes cut for the Cargo Management System mounts.
The Cargo Management System allows you to tie down delicate/dangerous packages
Without the Cargo Tray in place the Cargo Management System mounts can be put anywhere on the rails. D-Ring attachment shown.
The cargo tray appeared to make this system unusable. Then I discovered there are 3 areas on each side that appear to be designed to cut out easily. Forget about the front two. They’re already pre-punched for the D-Rings at the front of the compartment, and the rails don’t go that far. Just put the D-Rings through them, and they become usable again.
The “What the hell were they thinking?” file?
Supporting Whose Veterans?
Now for the less aggressive folks, if you believe that the real speed limit = (posted limit + 4.99 mph) you can drive on I10 from Brookshire TX to Indio CA at 79.99 mph with out breaking the law. That’s about 1350 miles, which I traveled at, an average speed of 74 mph with an average fuel consumption of 36 mpg. From Indio to Santa Barbara, 230 miles, I averaged 65 mph and got 39.3 mpg. Wow! Equally impressive is the fact that I filled the tank in Houston, and not again until Van Horn Texas. I could have made El Paso! When I started the trip the odometer had 988 miles on it, and I anticipate better mileage as the car continues to break-in. This is a very comfortable car to drive with a very low noise level. I am no spring chicken, but still managed 811 miles on the second day and could have gone farther, that’s a real tribute to the ergonomics of this machine. Obviously I am “sold”. Mercedes has done it again, leading the way in comfort, performance and economy.
Bob Boze Bell
Favorite Jack Palance Line:
Their Blurb: “For several years, Mercedes-Benz has offered a phone option in their vehicles. However, depending on the year of the vehicle, this phone option required the use of a particular Motorola phone. Moreover, the Motorola handsets had to be purchased from a Mercedes dealership because they had special programming, called firmware, that allowed the phone to integrate into the vehicle. If you purchased a V60, for instance, from your local cell phone store and plugged it into the car, you would find that it did nothing (except maybe the phone would shut off!). Since you were required to purchase this phone from a dealership, you had to pay $500 for a phone that costs less than $100 at a cell phone store. So if it was lost or broken, you had to purchase it from a dealer all over again. You also had limited choices in carriers, many carriers simply were not offered.
“Additionally, since 2004, cellular providers will refuse to activate these phones because they depend on aging equipment and do not conform to current 911 laws. In the end, if you own one of these incredible cars, you find that the excellent and safe integrated phone system is rendered either too expensive to maintain or simply not activated at all. Also, if you live in one of the many states or cities that now has laws against handheld phone use while driving, you may find yourself wearing one of those uncomfortable (and dangerous) wired or wireless earpieces. You don't have to settle for this if you drive one of the best automobiles in the world....
“Your New Phone Solution (Bluetooth wireless): Not for pre-1999 : The AIK is a wireless solution that uses Bluetooth technology that is common in many of today’s phones. If you have one of the popular phones, PDA, or smartphone with Bluetooth, you may want to consider this option. It is also well suited to cars that have not previously had a phone system installed. It is called the ARGOS Integration Kit (AIK). The AIK is a solution that allows you to use any brand phone and allows you to choose any carrier you desire. The only requirement is that the phone have Bluetooth capability (most phones do). In addition, it allows you to simply get into the car with the phone in your pocket, purse, even your briefcase in the trunk. It connects wirelessly to your phone (after an initial one time security 'pairing' procedure). This is not another aftermarket solution that makes use of just the built in microphone and loudspeakers. Full integration means, using the COMAND Navigation head unit, radio or steering wheel controls to dial, accept/reject calls, browse the cell phone's directory, voice dialing, etc. The unit simply plugs into the network connection that is in your trunk (hidden by a carpet panel).”
George and the intruder
A Dog that does tricks
|Rules of the road
1. Light travels faster than sound.
Curt Rich November 2006