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New Mercedes-Benz Color – Mojave Silver Metallic

Mercedes new paint color

A new color has arrived! Mojave Silver Metallic (Color Code 859) is available on quite a few Mercedes-Benz models for 2019. This GLC300 is the first one that I have seen in person. I know we have an E400 cabriolet due in this color soon. It is not necessarily replacing any specific color but adding something new to the spectrum.

Colors are obviously very difficult to capture accurately and can be seen quite differently by different people both in person and online. I feel like these pictures are accurate to what I see in person but maybe your screen is brighter or darker! Let me try to describe it.

Mojave Silver Paint

My first thought was that it was a slightly more modern Pewter (color code 723) which was our most popular silver back in the early 2000’s. Someone else said it reminded them of Smoke Silver which preceded Pewter. It is not nearly as gold as Pearl Beige but is a warm color. It is a touch lighter than Palladium Silver without any of the blue tones. Is this working? Can I describe a color by referencing a bunch of other colors?

It is very overcast today which is making it a little darker. If the sun were out it would be a little more silver and a little less taupe. I also think the black accents from the Night Package and the black interior make it look different than if it had silver accents or a silk beige interior.

Color Code 859 Mojave

I will try to park it with a few other vehicles in the same color family for comparison. I think I’ll wait until the sun comes out to get that grouping done. This is going to be a very popular color across our line-up. My customers really missed Pewter when it went away. I look forward to seeing more examples.

We Got a Used X6 and GLE450 in the Same Color on the Same Day!

The BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class coupe are clearly competitors. They are niche vehicles and generally fill the “I want an SUV but I don’t want it to look like a kid-taxi” space. We happened to get a set of similar cars on the same day and I couldn’t resist filming them together.

These are both pre-owned cars so they do not have the latest styling, tech or engines. However, as a side-by-side comparison I think they work!

Where is My Mercedes-Benz Made?

Mercedes European Delivery

Mercedes-Benz Production Facilities For US Cars

Bremen, Germany

  • C-Class sedan, estate, coupe, cabriolet
  • E-Class coupe, Cabriolet
  • GLC and GLC coupe
  • SL and SLC
  • Also future electric vehicles

Sindelfingen, Germany

  • S-Class and S-Class coupe
  • Mercedes-Maybach vehicles
  • CLS
  • E-Class sedan
  • AMG GT
  • Future electric cars

Rastatt, Germany

  • GLA
  • B-Class
  • A-Class

Kecskemet, Hungary

  • B-Class
  • CLA, CLA shooting brake

Uusikaupunki, Finland

  • GLC
  • A-Class

Tuscaloosa

  • GLE and GLE coupe
  • GLS
  • C-Class

Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr)

  • G-Class produced by Magna Steyr GmbH

East London, South Africa

  • C-Class

Parts Manufacturing Plants

Stuttgart

  • Produces engines, axles, transmissions for MB production
  • Also the location of Daimler worldwide headquarters

Hamburg, Germany

  • Produces axles and other components, steering columns

Berlin

  • Production of engines and Remanufactured engines

VPC

  • 3 VPC centers in North America
  • Baltimore, MD (12-16 days from Germany)
  • Brunswick, GA (16-18 days from Germany)
  • Long Beach, CA (28-31 days from Germany)

In short, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are produced at many locations around the world. Factories are often added to serve the needs or a particular model or market. The Tuscaloosa factory is the second largest exporter of vehicles from the US! MBUSA is also bringing Sprinter production to South Carolina. In the past we have reassembled the Sprinters in the US but not manufactured them here. The new factory will allow for a much faster delivery timeline of our vans.

Production itself in a marvel! I have been to several Mercedes-Benz factories and it is amazing to see both the robot assembly lines and the ones still done by people. I have seen a giant robot arm swing a dashboard through a door opening with just 2mm to spare. They said it couldn’t be done by human hands!  I have seen an AMG engine builder hand assemble a V8 piece by piece in a quiet factory in Affalterbach.

The logistics of building these German engineered cars around the world and shipping to the dealerships by ship, train and transporter is mind boggling!

 

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS450 at Atlanta Classic Cars

2019 Mercedes-Benz E300, E400, E53 and E63

E300 test drive

Model Year 2019 is just around the corner! Mercedes-Benz is beginning to firm up the offerings of engines and options and has recently announced the E-Class.

E300, E400, E53 and E63 will be the choices for the sedan. We had heard rumor of an E350 but that has been canceled. If you ordered an E350 with your dealer you need to revise your order info!

From MBUSA: For MY19, the E-Class Sedan will continue with the 2.0L inline-4 cylinder E300, and the previously announced E350 Sedan will not be available.

Now you know!

AMG Private Lounge at Road Atlanta

 

AMG Private LoungeHave you ever wondered how a Mercedes-AMG would handle itself around Road Atlanta? Are you an owner of a Mercedes-AMG vehicle? Are you a member of the AMG Private Lounge?

On May 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mercedes-Benz USA and the AMG Private Lounge Team would like to welcome Mercedes-AMG owners and their guests to an afternoon of all things AMG at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA.

Don’t miss what will be one of the largest gatherings of Mercedes-AMG vehicles in Georgia, e.g. part car show and part AMG experience. Mercedes-AMG owners will have a chance to try our cars on the autocross track plus an opportunity to hot lap Road Atlanta with AMG Driving Academy Pro drivers!

There is no cost to attend the event but you must be an AMG Private Lounge member and you must register for the event by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12 PM EDT.

To register for the AMG Private Lounge visit: www.mercedes-amg.com/privatelounge.

For more information and to sign up for this event please visit: www.mercedes-amg.com/privatelounge/roadatlanta.

With best regards,
Your AMG Private Lounge Team
For questions, please contact the AMG Private Lounge Team at: amg-privatelounge@daimler.com

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Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door – GT63

Today was the world premiere of the all new 4-door variant of the AMG GT at the Geneva International Motor Show. This model expands on the existing AMG GT line up and gives us the first vehicle exclusively designed by AMG with 4 seats! You have been seeing spy shots of this vehicle for months and it has been referred to as the GT4 or 4-door GT, and now the GT63 seems to be the name.

Yes, you should get on the order list immediately! There is definitely going to be a waiting list when it arrives late this year! I think that a lot of CLS drivers will see this as a possible upgrade from their current vehicle. I also expect to see a huge spike in my Porsche Panamera trade-ins. Huge.

No, we do not have the base pricing or the options list yet. I would expect it to be similar to the current GT models in colors and equipment possibilities. The info I do have shows that there will be three variants with escalating horsepower. I’m hoping that there will be an absolutely jaw dropping launch edition!

No, this is not a replacement for the CLS-Class. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be arriving this year as a complete redesign. It will be available in the CLS450, CLS450 4matic and the CLS53. While the CLS and the new 4-door GT will both be 4-door coupe in styling they will likely feel very different. In the same way that the GT Roadster and the SL63 AMG appeal to different buyers, the CLS and the 4-door GT will also be very different.

Yes, it is absolutely gorgeous and the designers have outdone themselves yet again! I think the GT is certainly winning the Geneva Motor Show and I am sure it will be winning in the showrooms too!

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 in Cardinal Red!

2017 Mercedes C63 AMG Cardinal Red black wheelsThis gorgeous Mercedes-AMG C63 is a part of my pre-owned inventory right now. It just seemed like the perfect day to take some great pictures of a red convertible!

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63

  • Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Black Nappa Leather
  • Black Soft Top
  • Premium 2 Package
  • AMG Performance Exhaust
  • Heated and Ventilated Seats
  • Head-Up Display
  • 19″ AMG Cross-Spoke Forged Wheels in matte black
  • Parking Assist Package
  • Original MSRP $88,625   2017 Mercedes C63 AMG Cardinal Red 2017 Mercedes C63 Cardinal Red spoiler 2017 Mercedes C63 Cardinal Red 2017 C63 AMG Black Interior 2017 C63 AMG Carbon Fiber
How to tell Mercedes-Benz Sedans Apart!

Mercedes Sedans

Over the last few years our core line-up of sedans has developed a “common design language.” This is generally a good thing as it elevates the appearance of all of the sedans and strengthens the Mercedes-Benz family resemblance.

However, for the average person that means it is harder and harder to tell the classes apart! I will admit that from a distance or while the car is moving even I can have trouble telling one from the other. Throwing in something tricky like a Luxury E-Class or a C43 can make it even more challenging!

Here is the secret:

The C-Class, the smallest sedan, has one eyebrow in the headlight. The medium-sized E-Class has two and the flagship S-Class has three. Pretty easy to tell them apart now, right? So easy!

A similar system is employed for the tail lamps too but from the back of the car you usually have the benefit of badging to help you identify which vehicle you are seeing. But be careful! There is an option from the factory to delete badging and some customers choose to debadge cars after the fact as well. You’d hate to be caught out! And what about those very bad Mercedes-Benz owners who add a fake badge to the car? Now you’ll know that that E63 is really a C-Class!

Now, there are exceptions. This only works since the 2018 S-Class received a facelift with the new 3-stripe headlamps. Also, the most basic C-Classes can have halogen headlights with no eyebrows at all. The SUVs and the coupes don’t participate in this easy to decipher head lamp system.

Next time you see Mercedes-Benz in a parking lot you’ll be able to casually say “That’s an E-Class” without having to walk to the back to look at the badging! Consider yourself a Mercedes-Benz expert!

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