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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!

Mercedes-Benz Owner’s Manuals

Mercedes Comand directions

When you purchase a new Mercedes-Benz you will receive a set of Owner’s Manuals. There is the traditional Manual that focuses on the physical features of the car and basic operation. In most new models this information is also available in the vehicle itself in the Digital Operator’s Manual.

Also included in the packet with your new car is a booklet detailing your New Car Warranty, a chart with the details of each regularly scheduled service and various other pamphlets with details about specific options and programs.

Mercedes-Benz stopped printing a separate book for the COMAND system a few years ago. It is not missing from your books! It simply does not exist anymore.

It is fairly common for these books to get lost as the vehicle changes hands over the years. There is nothing in these books that is specific to the vehicle at this point so that is not a big deal. Any set of books for a 2016 E-Class will look the same as any other 2016 E-Class.

COMAN Manual

If you are looking to find the information from these books the easiest way is to download them from the MBUSA website. It is quick and easy to choose your year and model. If you really wanted a hard copy you can print them from this file. This is also the only place to read the COMAND manual.

If you are looking for the authentic hard copies of the books then you will need to order them from your dealership’s parts department. They are rather expensive and take a few weeks to arrive.

You could also look online and see if anyone is selling a set. Perhaps they sold the car and found the books later. (This is the fate of nearly all cargo covers…found in the garage years later.)

So, if your previously enjoyed Mercedes-Benz is missing the books you can download them, order them or look for secondhand sources. Enjoy!

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Coming to the US!

A-Class Sedan

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class made its debut recently and was extensively covered by the automotive press. Normally this hatchback doesn’t get any attention in the Untied States because it has never been sold here. However, this time is a little different.

No, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is not coming to the US. However, the framework and technology will be translated to a more US-friendly sedan styled vehicle that we are expecting to be for sale by the end of calendar year 2018! The Concept A Sedan is featured in the Future Vehicle section of MBUSA and should give you a pretty good idea of what the A-sedan might look like.

Later on this A-Class architecture will be the basis for the next generation CLA and GLA-Class vehicles so we are getting a sneak peek into those models as well.

There are also a lot of great reviews of the A-Class hatchback that might help you understand the underpinnings of this new model.

Car and Driver – “When it comes to the user interface, infotainment, and telematics, the next A-class will be more advanced than the S-class. Or pretty much any other car in the market, for that matter.”

AutoWeek – “The launch of the A-Class sedan will be a pretty significant step for Mercedes-Benz in the States; it’s the first true sub-C-Class sedan model offered here (we’re not counting the near-fastback CLA), which should present a tempting option for those who do not want to stretch their budgets to the now-opulent C-Class but still want a small four-door sedan with a three-pointed star.”

Jalopnik – “The new A-Class is also apparently very safe: each piece of its body is made of high-strength materials and has a very rigid passenger cell, kind of like how Smarts are made.”

I do not have any details yet on this model for the US but we have already started an order list!

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