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Compare the 4-Door Coupes: 2019 GT63S and the CLS450!

I just happened to have these two cars on the lot at the same time and felt like they deserved to be seen together. I often can’t tell the size or scale of a vehicle when it is featured by itself. Also, having two 4-Door coupes in our line-up is bound to confuse the issue so let’s put them together and see how different they really are!

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63S is the Performance Car. This is a 630 horsepower monster with a 3/1 second 0-60 estimate. It is also quite a looker! This particular car features the carbon ceramic brakes, race seats and 21″ cross-spoke wheels. The vehicle will be available in the GT53, GT63 and GT63S variants. It will be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera and I think it will be bringing a lot of traffic to the showroom!

The 2019 CLS-Class is an evolution of the 4-Door coupe we pioneered with the original CLS in 2006. The CLS460 is an Inline 6 cylinder with EQ boost and there will also be a CLS53 AMG. This car is more of the comfort car of the two. It is a little cushier, the cockpit is a little more open and it is tuned to be a little smoother.

I think they look very different in person. The GT63 looks beefy. The fastback design is very attractive and the hood is both wide and tall. The CLS is actually a touch more conservative which is not a normal thing to say about the CLS! I compared it to an E-Class in a previous video and it looked quite aggressive. Parked side-by-side they look like family, but definitely different.

Both cars are expected to arrive in the US “4th Quarter.” That is a vague amount of time that indicates they hope to get them out before the end of the year. I hope it is soon!

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
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