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I took a little roadtrip this morning to deliver a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 to Oconee County, Georgia!
Don’t they look happy to have a new car? And what a gorgeous car it is! I especially enjoyed the Driver Assistance Package while cruising the back roads of Georgia. The Distronic PLUS made is such a relaxing drive and the Active Lane Keeping Assist corrected me a couple of times when I took my eyes off of the road. Also impressive was the mileage…429 horsepower should not get over 27 mpg!
The return trip was in a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. This car has always had excellent go-cart handling and with more than 80,000 miles on the odometer it was still tight and responsive.
It was a great day for a couple of great roadsters!
This “concept” vehicle is likely to be produced in the next few years as our smallest SUV. Many of the components are familiar from the GLK-Class and CLA-Class making the concept very close to production ready! You can read all of the details in the Future Models section at MBUSA.com.
“Through careful and near-obsessive engineering, the team at AMG has produced a turbocharged engine that delivers 177.5 hp per liter and develops full torque from 2250 to 5000 rpm. In practical terms, not only can it deliver a mountain of torque on demand, it can deliver the exact level of torque the driver requires.”
“On the road, the CLA45 feels small and agile — not exactly what we’ve come to expect from Mercedes. While it certainly feels every bit the level of quality we expect of anything with the three-pointed star, it is immediately obvious this car uses a cab-forward, transverse-engine layout. The driving position is near ideal, and the seats and steering wheel are a DTM fan’s dream. Rear headroom is compromised by the sloping roof, but on the upside, the trunk has plenty of space. Road noise is minimal and engine noise is fantastic.”
“The CLA45 may not seem like an ideal track-day weapon, but it was one of the most enjoyable cars I’ve had on the track in a long time. On the road, the mixture of luxury and performance make it a world-class sport sedan.”
For the last 6 years I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure! This is a 60 mile walk around the streets of Atlanta with thousands of other participants. Since 2008 my team, the Ribbon Ladies, has raised over $140,000!
The 5k for the 3-Day is a 5k race at the local park that I created to support our fundraising for the 3-Day walk. Atlanta Classic Cars is the presenting sponsor and makes it possible for 100% of the proceeds to go to the 3-Day for the Cure.
If you live in the Atlanta Area please register and come out and run or walk with us this Saturday! The race starts at 9am. You can register online here as a runner or if you you can’t attend but would like a shirt, as a “ghost runner.”
If you would like to support my fundraising for the 3-Day walk there is a link on the left on this page that will take you to my fundraising site to donate directly! Thanks in advance!
Our first 2014 CLA45 is now scheduled for production in early November! We don’t have all of the details yet but I am very excited about the most affordable AMG model. Right now we have it set up to look just like this picture – Cirrus White with Black Dinamica Interior and Red brake calipers. It is not spoken for yet…we can still customize it to your perfect vehicle and have it here before the end of the year!
I have been using the 2011 M-Class cargo tray in the back of GL-Class vehicles with the third row seat folded flat. It turns out that Mercedes-Benz just released a better solution…the Cargo Tray for the GL-Class! This tray is perfectly molded to every contour of the cargo area and has small doors to allow access to the tie downs.
Atlanta Classic Cars installed our first Illuminated Star on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 today! I was worried it would be a little too flashy but it is well done and fairly subtle. It really does add a WOW factor the the vehicle! It was hard to take good pictures in the daytime but I did want to show how the housing for the bulbs is a full star and circle behind the chrome emblem.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and cabriolet are scheduled for release later this month. Base pricing was announced today!
I attended the Caffeine & Octane Car Show this weekend in Alpharetta and it was amazing! I have been going to car shows my whole life and I don’t think I have ever seen such a variety of vehicles. The metro Atlanta Mercedes-Benz delaerships are sponsoring the series this summer and will have vehicles and staff at every show. It is the first Sunday of every month and you need to get there early! By 7am the parking lot was nearly full!
As you can see I brought the 2014 E350, Nash Solanki, our accessories manager, brought a pre-owned 2012 CLS63 AMG and we made friends with the owner of this stunning classic Mercedes-Benz. I think it dressed up our area nicely!
Come say hello if you make it out next month!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will come in 12 colors.
Some are new colors, some are new to the S-Class and I don’t think there is a bad one in the bunch! I just got some new pictures that might help shed some light on what these colors really look like! Hover over the image to see the name. I inlcuded Lunar Blue just as a compariosn to Anthracite.