The mid-cycle refresh for the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has arrived and the changes look great! Here is my last 2014 CLS550 (very basic) parked next to a 2015 CLS550 4Matric. It isn’t my most apples-to-apples comparison but it should highlight the differences in lights, bumpers and interior.
Naming a Mercedes-Benz is a complicated matter involving tradition, prestige and trademarks. Sometimes an old classic is removed and replaced with something that fits better with the current line-up. Well, that is going to happen in a big way over the next few years!
The goal is to center the model designations around the 5 core models – A, B, C, E, and S. SUVs will start with GL and then add the core model designation that tells you how it lines up. The Coupes and Roadsters get a similar system using the CL and SL pre-fixes.
A Sedan – GLA SUV – CLA Coupe
C Sedan – GLC SUV – SLC Roadster (formerly GLK and SLK)
E Sedan – GLE SUV – GLE Coupe coming in 2016
S Sedan – GLS SUV – CLS Coupe – SL Roadster (formerly the GL SUV)
Get it? I think it will take me a while to remember the new names and I know I’ll be calling it the ML for years!
Also, we are shortening the engine designations:
d for diesel
e for electric
f for fuel cell
h for hybrid
There is going to be so much extra room on the trunk!
If you carefully read through the insurance documents for the Mercedes-Benz European Delivery program you will find that the car has coverage for Marten damage.
Damage caused by martens chewing through or biting cables, tubes, leads and wires of vehicles licensed as private motor vehicles with the exception of rental vehicles, taxis and self-driven rental vehicles.
Ummm, what kind of monsters do they have in Europe!? Here is a video from Audi addressing the issue. It made me grateful to only have mice.
I am a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz Build Your Own tool at MBUSA.com. I use it everyday to visualize color combinations, illustrate the differences in sport packages and price custom vehicles. Now MBUSA has taken it to Instagram! I am pretty impressed with their ingenuity. Try it and see what you think. Tag me if you repost your new car!
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is this weekend in Atlanta! This will be my 7th time participating in the event and, as always, I am proud to raise money and awareness for this cause. If you live or work anywhere near our path please come out and cheer us on. We need the encouragement!
If you are looking to send your charity dollars somewhere, my team link is on the left of this page. We’ve hit our minimum but every dollar towards the cure is a good investment.
I’ll be posting pictures all weekend to my Instagram account tagged #the3day if you want to follow along!
It has been a great year for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team! With 3 races to go they have already locked in the Constructors’ title and the two drivers are battling for the Drivers’ title! It has been a great season and I think that deserves a t-shirt! I just ordered a couple of these as gifts for my favorite F1 fans from the official Formula 1 store. Mercedes Pride!