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Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Program – E450, CLS53 and E63 Wagon!

E450 Mercedes European Delivery

It was a busy spring on my European Delivery calendar! I had three clients picking up within a month of each other and every one of them made it a different experience. Two of the cars made it back to the dealership this week so it seemed like a good time to share.

1 – E450 Cabriolet – Roadtrip

The gorgeous Rubellite Red E450 with Red top and Titian Red dashboard was the first car to make it back to the dealership. These folks planned a trip similar to my first European Delivery experience. It was go-go-go from the moment they landed. They picked up the car in the delivery center in Sindelfingen and then hit the road. They did 1500 miles in about 10 days and visited several countries!

They reported that it was much easier to drive in Germany and Italy then they had expected and had no issues with parking. Even with a cabriolet they were able to take all of their gear and ride in comfort.

E450 Euro Delivery

2 – CLS53 – Stopover

CLS European Delivery

This lovely couple already had a grand European adventure planned including a few days in Rome and a river boat cruise. They were able to squeeze in the pick-up of their CLS53 at the Center of Excellence in Sindelfingen at the start of their trip. They enjoyed the excellent hospitality, tour of the factory and dramatic unveiling of their new car. They just drove it a few miles that day and dropped it off but it was still a memorable experience!

3 – E63 AMG – Extended Adventure

E63 Mercedes European Delivery

Can you imagine a better vehicle for an extended tour of Europe than the E63 wagon? This client had a lot of friends and family to visit over the course of a month and tied that together with the delivery of his new Lunar Blue E63! He was able to travel at his own pace, take all his gear and enjoy some autobahn time in the new car! This car will arrive in Atlanta in a few weeks and he plans to fly in to take another long road trip home to Colorado!

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Center

There is no right or wrong way to experience the European Delivery Program! I can tell you how I have done it, how others have done it and help you customize the experience for yourself. Many of my clients are also open to sharing their experience directly with you if you need to talk it over! Please do let me know if I can help you plan your adventure! E-mail me, call me, let’s make some memories!

All-New 2020 GLS450 and GLS580 for the US Market – Coming Late 2019!

GLS captains chairs

Expected to arrive “late this year” the 2020 GLS-Class is sure to be a best seller! Look at all of these improvements! You should be ordering now if you want to get one early!

  • New engines -4.0L V8 biturbo engine with EQ Boost and 48-volt onboard electrical system (GLS 580) and 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost and 48-volt onboard electrical system (GLS 450)
  • New 6-seat option with Captain’s Chairs (both 6-seat and 7-seat configuration available as standard)
  • All-new intelligent suspension, E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL
  • 4MATIC® variable torque on demand All-Wheel Drive now available
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control and optionally available MBUX Interior Assistant
  • Revised dimensional concept (Increased length, width, wheelbase, track width)
  • Emotional and dynamic exterior SUV design with power domes on hood
  • New Carwash function enables the car to be prepped for entry into a carwash with the press of a single button
  • Large roof spoiler, wide shoulders and two-part taillamps
  • Black wheel arch claddings
  • New 19″ – 22″ wheels (GLS 450); new 23″ wheels (GLS 580)
  • Illuminated running boards with robust stainless steel inserts
  • Distinguished, chromed underride guard in SUV-specific design
  • New exterior paint colors
  • New, progressive design in interior with new-generation steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons, two grab handles on center console, widescreen dual display with 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster and 12.3″ multimedia display with touchscreen and new generation Touchpad in center console, trim elements in open pore woods and new 64-Color Ambient Lighting
  • SUV-specific storage compartments designed especially for off-road driving
  • Executive Rear Seat Package and Executive Rear Seat Package PLUS

Standard Equipment:

  • 7-seater or 6-seater with Captain’s Chairs
  • 12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster and 12.3” Touchscreen Multimedia Display
  • Burmester Surround Sound System
  • LED Intelligent light system headlamps and LED taillamps
  • 9 USB-C ports
  • 19” wheels (GLS 450), 21″ wheels (GLS 580)

This is just a few highlights from the press release about the car. There are a lot more details and pictures to come. The all-new GLE should give you a very good idea of the styling and the technology. I am guessing the GLS580 will become even more rare than the GLS550 has been. I cannot wait to have captain’s chairs available for my customers!

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 and GLE450 with Third Row Seating

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a complete redesign and is due to arrive in the showroom this week! This has been a highly anticipated redesign for us. I was lucky to get to go to a pre-release training in Jacksonville last week and this video is from that training. I spent the day with our trainers learning the new MBUX technology as well as an hour driving the GLE450 on the road. It is quieter, more luxurious and very advanced technologically!

My first impressions are that it is an evolution, not a revolution on the outside. The headlights and taillights are modern, mirroring the new A-Class and CLS-Class. The vehicle is 4.5″ longer, including 3″ on the wheelbase. This give the second row passengers quite a bit of leg room. The interior is where the major upgrades have occurred. The new dashboard layout is beautiful and gives it an entirely fresh appearance. The MBUX system (which is Mercedes speak for the nav/radio/Bluetooth/voice systems) in intuitive and very cool!

There are two models for the 2020 Model Year. The GLE350 4matic with a 4-cylinder engine and a GLE450 4matic with the inline-6 will both be available at launch. A 2WD GLE350 will be available later. There will be no AMG variants for the 2020 model year but I am sure they will turn up for 2021. No word on 43/53/63 availability.

Pricing will be similar to GLEs from previous model years. We have been playing around with different combinations and I am getting GLE350s in the $59-$62,000 range and GLE450s in the $68-$75,000 range. Of course there are outliers! Wait until you see my $95,000 GLE450 with every option!

This GLE is also a very good preview for the redesigned GLS-Class that we expect to see before the end of 2019. Having a third row option in the GLE will be nice but it will not replace the utility of the full size GLS and the additional space that allows.

The video is just a quick sneak peak with more coming soon!

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan – A220

A220

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is due to arrive very soon! You can see lots of details at MBUSA.com. We do not yet have a firm launch date but it has bee suggested as “1st Quarter” and “Early 2019.”

I am thinking the A-Class will be an excellent vehicle for folks who don’t love the increased size of the C-Class but want something a little more traditional than the CLA. The new technology has been a major focus of the pre-launch campaign but is not the only strength of the A-Class. They styling is very much like the new CLS-Class, there are lots of great wheel options and it should be very efficient. I think there is something for everyone to love!

Here is the pricing announcement from MBUSA:

Today, we are pleased to announce the MSRP for the All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan.

The A-Class Sedan introduces the game-changing new infotainment system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Featuring a completely new user interface, natural speech recognition, touchscreen capabilities and a new Touchpad, MBUX represents a powerful user experience that also incorporates artificial intelligence to learn your habits over time and automatically adapt to changes in patterns of behavior.

The A 220 will start at an MSRP of $32,500, while the A220 4MATIC will start at $34,500.

The A 220 and A 220 4MATIC both feature a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine that produces 188 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. This powerful and fuel efficient power plant is mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. The extensive standard equipment for the A 220 and A 220 4MATIC includes a Panorama roof and the intuitively-operated MBUX multimedia system with intelligent Voice Control. The in-car experience welcomes a new era of connectivity with standard Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a high-resolution widescreen cockpit concept with a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. The exterior design is further refined with standard 17” wheels and LED headlamps and taillamps.

Rally North America – 2019 Wagon Roadtrip in the E63!

E63 wagon

This summer I will be taking the wagon on a roadtrip with Rally North America through New England! This is a scavenger hunt style rally with checkpoints and track visits along the way. A requirement of participation is raising money for charity. This year the charity is Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It will be a great trip for a worthy cause.

If you would like to know more about the Rally Series you can visit Rally North America here. We participated in a similar rally two years ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway and had an excellent time! There are still a few opening if you want to sign up! I think the wagon is going to look fantastic with racing stripes and numbers. I went with the classic #722 for this event. If you remember, the C43 AMG went for a classic Bumblebee look with #43.

Rally North America

Would you like to help me reach our fundraising goal? You can visit our donations page here! Every penny goes to Camp Sunshine and if we meet the $125,000 event goal that will send 50 kids to camp! I will also accept vehicle sponsorships that come with decals and advertising! You know everyone is going to take pictures of a well-wrapped E63 station wagon traveling through the Northeast! Get some prime real estate for your logo!

Also, we do intend to extend our rally past the finishing point in Maine. I have my eye on Nova Scotia! Any recommendations for things to see in that area? I look forward to loading the wagon onto a ferry or two! The rally is in July so I am hoping that Canadian summer is not too cold. While I gre up in western New York I am now a southerner and fear the snow!

As always, follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates. I’m BenzBlogger on both!

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

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