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“Along with AirCap, Mercedes also offers its AirScarf neck warming system for the E Cab. At the press of a button, air is sucked from the rear of the seats, warmed by exchangers, and sent to vents positioned behind the necks of the front passengers. The effect is stellar, heating heads and napes to comfortable levels in otherwise extremely chilly conditions not normally suitable for convertibles. It’s soothing and completely relaxing, just what you want in a sporty cruiser. Flip on the seat warmers too, and you’ll soon forget about its capable climate control setup.”
“It was pouring during a large part of our Tennessee test drive, and we were thankful to be encapsulated under the Cabrio’s nearly inch-thick top. By the time the rain’s Gatling Gun-like “smack! smack! smack!” traveled past the layer trio, barely anything was heard inside the cabin while traveling at freeway speeds.”
“Each pull of seven-speed’s right paddle reveals more grunt and speed. Although lively, the 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter’s deep note is a smidge too muffled for our tastes. Do the same throttle smashing in the E350, and its 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 lets out a higher-pitched, athletic yell. Speed builds gradually in both, and that’s not a bad thing for this Cabriolet lineup.”
“Comfortable in the cold, rain, and dry? Check, check, and check. Attractive? Yep. Amply powerful in both V-6 and V-8 forms? Uh-huh. Capable of being tossed around a little? Absolutely. Luxurious? Duh.”
The options list for the 2011 E350 BlueTEC is now available. I still have no release date or pricing but we are a little closer now!
2011 E350 BlueTEC Colors:
Cuprite Brown (special order)
2011 E350 BlueTEC Interiors:
Chestnut Brown Leather (special order)
Natural Beige Leather
2011 E350 BlueTEC Option Packages:
Premium 1 Package: Rear View Monitor, COMAND with Navigation and Voice Control, iPod/MP3 Interface, Power Rear-Window Sunshade, harman/kardon Sound System, Heated Front Seats
Premium 2 Package: All of Premium 1 Package plus Lighting Package, 115V outlet, Electronic Trunk Closer, KEYLESS-GO
(Finally!) AMG Sport Package: 17″ 5-Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels, Black Roof Liner, Sport Suspension, Sport Trim
Standard Non-Sport Package: 17″ 5-Split Spoke Wheel, Comfort Suspension
Driver Assistance Package: Distronic Plus, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist
2011 E350 BlueTEC Stand Alone Options:
Illuminated Door Sills
Chrome Door Handle Inserts
Rear Deck Spoiler
Accessory Styling Package (Rear Deck and Roof Spoilers)
PARKTRONIC with Parking Guidance
Split Folding Rear Seats
Wood/Leather Steering Wheel (Luxury Only)
Side Airbags in Rear
Driving Dynamic Front Seats
Night View Assist
Rear Seat Entertainment
Heated Front Seats
Heated Rear Seats (special order)
Heated Steering Wheel (special order)
The Shooting Break Concept, debuting at the auto show in China this week, is a sneak peek at the upcoming CLS-Class redesign due to be revealed in Paris in September. It is also possible that a version of this concept car will make it to production to compete with some of the other “wagon-coupe” niche vehicles in the marketplace
Our first 2011 E350 Cabriolet arrived at the dealership over the weekend and is now available to test drive. This is the factory demo vehicle and is not for sale. It is Arctic White with Almond Leather, Premium 1 Package and Appearance Package.
I just took my first test drive and I am very impressed! It is stunning to see, a joy to drive, and full of new technology. The AIRCAP wind reduction spoiler on the front of the windshield gets two thumbs up. It made the cabin quiet and calm at 70 miles per hour on the highway!
If you are in the neighborhood, please give me a call and we’ll take it for a spin!
The 2010 Chinese Grand Prix was a great race to watch. With light rain, no rain and then medium rain the teams’ choices for when to change from dry to wet tires made a huge difference. Pushing through the light rain on dry tires brought Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP-3rd) and Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes-1st) to the front while most of the other cars switched to wet weather tires. The rest of the field was able to catch up to them as a result of a few appearances of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Safety Car. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes-2nd) clawed his way up through the field and almost caught Button by the end of the race.
Mercedes-Benz Fleet Program has been working with USAA to offer discounts to members for several months now. It is an excellent opportunity for USAA members to get a special discount on a Mercedes-Benz.
It has been a successful program for both parties but it is scheduled to end on June 30th, 2010. USAA members will not be able to get a Mercedes-Benz Control Number after that date, although Control Numbers issued before that date will be honored for their full 60 day validity.
If you have been meaning to take advantage of this program…now is the time!
JD Power has announced that Mercedes-Benz had the highest, new car buyer, customer retention rate of any brand in 2009. 66% of Mercedes-Benz owners who purchased a new vehicle bought another Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz also ranked in the top 10 of all the major JD Power syndicated surveys for 2009!
1st in Customer Retention
3rd in Sales Satisfaction
6th in Initial Quality
6th in Product Appeal
9th in Customer Service
9th in Vehicle Dependability
That is a well rounded ownership experience! And we are moving up every year!
Mercedes-Benz European Delivery is always a popular option for taking delivery of a new vehicle! There are so many benefits!
The European Delivery Program Spring Special Promotion has begun. For a limited time customers who take delivery between May 1 and June 30, 2010 will receive a 2nd night hotel accommodation, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. There is also available 2-for-1 airfare from Lufthansa through the Mercedes-Benz travel department.
Model Year 2011 European Delivery Launch Dates:*
E350 & E550 Cabriolet May 17, 2010
CLS and SLK-Class June 21, 2010
C, GLK and E-Class July 19, 2010
SL550, SL63 AMG February 22, 2010
S-Class November 15, 2010
*Launch dates are subject to change should there be a delay in the US retail release dates.
The European Delivery Program would like 90-120 days notice but there are ways to speed up the process! Please get in touch if you are interested in the program. You should also read my European Delivery customer testimonial to get another take on the benefits of this program.
MY2011 E350 Cabriolet: $56,850
MY2011 E550 Cabriolet: $64,800
Our E350 Cabriolet demo vehicles to arrive at Atlanta Classic Cars in mid to late April and vehicles should be for sale in mid-May.