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Month: February 2011
Media Interface Plus – Updates for Texting and Video

Mercedes-Benz introduced the Media Interface Plus (MIP) several months ago to give advanced functionality to the iPod/MP3 Media Interface Cable. The part is around $500 and can be purchased from your local Mercedes-Benz dealer.

A few weeks ago a free software update was made available for current MIP owners that allows Blackberry users running OS6 with MAP to have e-mails and texts read aloud by the car and  reply with 10 customizable responses. Mercedes-Benz is hoping to expand this capability to other phones/operating systems in the future.

Mercedes-Benz also just released the Video Cable for MIP that allows the playback of video files from iPod/iPhones to the COMAND system or factory installed Rear-Seat Entertainment system. The part number is A001 827 9904 and the MSRP is $30. The Video Cable is compatible with:

  • 2009 E-Class Sedan
  • 2009-2011 CLS-Class
  • 2009-2011 M-Class
  • 2009-2011 GL-Class
  • 2009-2011 R-Class
  • 2009-2011 SL-Class
  • 2009-2011 SLK-Class

2011 E350 Cabriolet at Atlanta Classic Cars – designo Mystic Red

This 2011 E350 Cabriolet just arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars. We ordered it a few months ago and have been eager to see this gorgeous new color! It is a deep red with lots of sparkle. It is on display in the showroom waiting for a new home! Come take a look!

2011 E350 Cabriolet

  • designo Mystic Red Paint
  • Almond/Mocha Leather
  • Black Soft Top
  • Premium 2 Package
  • Wood Trim Package
  • Appearance Package
  • Burl Walnut Wood Trim
  • MSRP $69,225

Atlanta Classic Cars Facebook Trivia Contest

Don’t forget to visit the Atlanta Classic Cars Facebook page and become a fan! The next trivia question will be posted at 10am sharp and the first person with the correct answer is registered to win the grand prize! You can also be registered by posting a picture with your Mercedes-Benz or your dream Mercedes-Benz!

A regular BenzBlogger reader has already won Thrashers tickets and has several entries for the grand prize!

The Trivia Fun Question for 2/22 is: Finish the first line of these lyrics –   “Oh lord, won’t you buy me a…. ” and name the female artist that originally recorded this song in a cappella in 1970.

The next question will be posted on Thursday at 10am!

My 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Roadtrip – 28.0 MPG!

My 2011 E350 and I took a roadtrip to Illinois this weekend. It was an extremely comfortable ride and I was very impressed with the fuel economy. Officially rated at 24 miles per gallon on the highway, my E-Class far exceeded that!

This is my trip odometer on the way up (sorry for the blur): 28.0 MPG @ average speed of 68 for 588 miles.and this is on the way home:The final total was 1456 miles at 26.1 MPG! That includes 1300 miles of highway and 156 miles of in town driving. I got close to 500 miles on a single tank before the low fuel indicator lamp was illuminated. I also experienced the Attention Assist notification for the first time. I highly recommend the E-Class for all of you long distance drivers!

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe at MBUSA.com

The 2012 C-Class Coupe is due to arrive in the US this fall. Mercedes-Benz has posted a lot of details and pictures in the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com.

Key Highlights

  • Available with 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 or 201-hp 1.8-liter inline-four engine
  • Advanced 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • Panorama sunroof
  • LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps
  • New infotainment system with 5.8-inch display, Bluetooth® audio streaming, HD Radio and USB connectivity
  • Available mbrace in-vehicle communications suite
  • ATTENTION ASSIST driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Nine-airbag restraint system
  • Adaptive brake with hold function
  • HD Radio
  • Available Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist technology
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe – Coming Soon!


Please remember that the options talked about in these videos don’t always make it to the United States.

Mercedes-Benz Club of America Visits Atlanta Classic Cars

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America is a very active owners group with branches all over the country. The local chapter of the club stopped by Atlanta Classic Cars this weekend to meet, talk cars and plan their upcoming events. If you are not yet a member of your local chapter you can sign up at the website and start receiving the gorgeous Star magazine and all of the other member benefits!

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery – 2011 Spring Promotion

  • Hotel accommodations for two nights in one of 14 luxurious hotels*
  • 7% discount off the total vehicle price on select models
  • Mercedes-Benz USA personal travel concierge service for assistance with hotel and airline reservations
  • Breakfast or lunch at the Sindelfingen Delivery Center restaurant
  • Two taxi coupons for ride from airport or main railroad station to the Delivery Center or hotel
  • Sindelfingen factory tour
  • Two tickets to Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • 15 days European road insurance
  • Full tank of fuel
  • Vehicle destination and delivery charge is waived ($875 savings)
  • Conveyance from 12 European drop-off points to port of shipment
  • Marine Insurance
  • Return shipment to U.S. port
  • Vehicle Preparation Center processing
  • Transportation to the selling/delivering dealer

*Two nights accommodation provided if you take delivery in Germany between May 1 and June 30, 2011.

Visit the European Delivery site for more details about the program. I have had several clients take the trip to Germany over the last few years and every one of them have been thrilled with the experience!

2012 Mercedes-Benz – Coming Soon!

Mercedes-Benz introduced us to the newest members of the family during the Super Bowl this year. For more information about the C-Class Coupe, SLS AMG Roadster, SLK-Class and CLS-Class you can visit the Future Vehicles section of MBUSA.com and sign up for updates!

Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commercial!

The Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commercial features some upcoming models as well as the classics. What a gorgeous collection of automobiles! Look for it in the 4th quarter this Sunday.

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