Mercedes Heads to the Links With a Luxury ‘Golf Car’

Mercedes-Benz has already placed its three-pointed star logo on the front of electrified cars, SUVs, vans and heavy-duty trucks, so why not an electric golf cart?

Meet the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Cart, which the German carmaker is calling a “golf car.”

It’s the result of input from golf and car lovers and collaboration with golf cart manufacturer Garia that comes with everything the well-heeled golfer might want.

The golf cart has many of the details you might find in a modern luxury sports car: A front grille with an air intake slot; five-spoke alloy wheels; 14-inch wheels, which are large for this kind of vehicle; a rear spoiler; and a carbon fiber diffuser that wouldn’t look out of place on an F1 racecar.

There’s even a double wishbone suspension — ideal for looking for a golf ball in the rough.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Mercedes-Benz without a leather interior and wood decor.

Ensuring golfers are hydrated, beneath a sculpted bench seat is a refrigerator and a handy cup holder on the dashboard.

SEE ALSO: Mercedes-Benz Reveals Electric Heavy-Duty Truck, Ahead of Tesla

The Mercedes golf cart doesn’t have autonomous driving capabilities just yet, but it is a pretty high-tech piece of machinery.

A 10.1-inch iPad-style touchscreen not only displays whether the vehicle is in Sport or Eco mode, it shows vehicle speed and how much driving range remains.

There’s also such things as a golf-course map and electronic scorecard. The system is Bluetooth enabled for keeping an eye on the weather or ordering refreshments for the 19th hole.

The Mercedes Style Edition Garia Golf Cart has a range of 50 miles and can reach a top speed of nearly 19 miles per hour.

The electric motor provides three kilowatts, but can deliver up to 11 kilowatts for short periods, and the lithium-ion battery charges in six hours.

With disc brakes, headlights, taillights, and direction indicators, it can be driven on streets in U.S. states where this vehicle type is legal.

What prompted Mercedes to design and build two of the golf carts in order to receive customer feedback before making a decision before serial production?

“While golf has developed into a premium sport with a modern face, golf carts have remained almost unchanged for decades,” said the company. “This meant that the golf cart needed to go through a long overdue evolutionary stage spanning several decades.”

There has been no mention of price, but it’s likely that if you have ask how much it cost you probably can’t afford it.

The Detroit News

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Volkswagen Was No. 1 in Global Sales Despite ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

Despite intensive scrutiny over the diesel emissions-cheating scandal, Volkswagen AG took the top-selling global automaker spot away from Toyota Motor Corp. in the first six months of this year.

Volkswagen said on Wednesday it delivered 5.116 million vehicles in that time period, a 1.5-percent rise over the first half of 2015. Toyota announced that its global sales of 4.992 units slid 0.6 percent during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.

Toyota had been the top seller for years through 2015, but took a production hit in Japan after an earthquake in April damaged a plant operated by a key supplier. That halted production at many of its lines across the country for weeks. In February, production at domestic assembly plants were stopped after an explosion at one of the automaker’s steel suppliers led to a shortage of parts.

Volkswagen has been feeling the effects of the “dieselgate” scandal since it became public in September, but its other brands have picked up some of the slack. Sales of VW models have suffered, but have been offset by strong demand for luxury and Porsche models as well as for the Czech brand Skoda.

VW anticipates that its full-year sales will come in slightly higher than last year’s 9.93 million vehicle deliveries. Demand in China and Western Europe has been outweighing declines seen in the Americas and Russia.

SEE ALSO: Volkswagen Embraces EVs So You’ll Forget Dieselgate

VW has also been attempting to offset its tarnished image and a multitude of lawsuits by offering incentives in the U.S. and other markets. Consumers are being encouraged to consider VW’s electrified vehicle offerings and newly created on-demand mobility services.

General Motors came in third in global sales during that time period. With six-month sales of 4.76 million new vehicles, GM was down 1.2 percent from a year earlier.


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This Is How To Pass The Time During A Rain Delay

If you haven’t heard, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Pocono Raceway is under rain delay—at that track, it’s really no surprise. Instead of waiting for the track to dry in a boring, conventional way, Kevin Harvick’s kid is swimming in a puddle. He’s brought some drivers in on it, too.


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