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Month: June 2013
Roadster Roadtrip! Driving the SL550 and the SLK350!

I took a little roadtrip this morning to deliver a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 to Oconee County, Georgia!

2013 SL550 with Distronic PLUS

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!

fuel economy for 2013 SL550

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.

SLK350 convertible And another winner in the fuel economy department. 302 horsepower with aggressive backroads driving and I still clocked in over 25 mpg!

SLK350 fuel economy

It was a great day for a couple of great roadsters!

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA in Future Models!

Mercedes small suv

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.

  • Coupe-like exterior styling
  • Advanced headlamps with laser technology for greater illumination and projector capabilities
  • Exclusive 20-inch 5-spoke wheels with turbine-inspired design
  • Hand-applied silver Alubeam paintwork
  • 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine
  • DCT (Dual-Clutch Technology) 7-speed automatic transmission
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Handcrafted cabin featuring more than 65 feet of hand-stitched seams
  • Four individual sport seats with central inlay panels and illuminated head-restrain inserts
  • Fiber optic ambient lighting and illuminated, temperature-sensitive air vents

mercedes small suv interior

Motor Trend Reviews the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG!

CLA45 AMG

“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.”

Read the full review at Motor Trend Online.

5k for the 3-Day this Saturday!

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!

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Coming to Atlanta Classic Cars!

white CLA AMG

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!

  • Hand-built AMG 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine
  • 355 horsepower, 332 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • New, fully-variable performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT (Dual-Clutch Technology) 7-speed sports transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • AMG speed-sensitive sports steering
  • AMG sport suspension with independent front and rear axles
  • AMG high-performance braking system
  • AMG sports exhaust system

CLA45 AMG

New Cargo Tray for 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

GL cargo tray

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.

  • Part # 166 814 02 41
  • MSRP $130

GL cargo tray

GL cargo tray

Illuminated Star Installed on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350!

Mercedes light up star

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.

Illuminated Star:

  • $480 for parts. Installation is additional.
  • Available for 2014 E-Class, 2006+ CLS-Class – Part Number BQ6880127
  • 2012+ ML-Class, 2013 GL-Class – Part Number BQ6880126
  • Not compatitible with Distronic

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 and E550 Coupe and Cabriolet Pricing Announced!

lunar blue coupe diamond white cabriolet

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and cabriolet are scheduled for release later this month. Base pricing was announced today!

Coupe:

  • E350 $52,200
  • E350 4matic $54,700
  • E550 $59,000

Cabriolet:

  • E350 $60,200
  • E550 $67,300
Mercedes-Benz Sponsors Caffeine & Octane!

Mercedes 2014 E350 and CLS63

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!

New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pictures – Anthracite Blue, Ruby Black, Diamond Silver and Verde Brook

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will come in 12 colors.

  • Black (Color Code 040 – can be seen on all models)
  • Obsidian Black (197 – can be seen on most models)
  • Iridium Silver  (775 – can be seen on all models)
  • Palladium Silver (792 – can be seen on most models)
  • Magnetite Black (183 – can be seen on SL-Class, C-Class)
  • Verde Brook (474 – Can be seen on 2012 and older GL-Class)
  • Diamond Silver (988 – Can be seen on 2014 E-Class and C-Class)
  • Ruby Black (897 – New!)
  • Anthracite Blue (998 – New!)
  • Diamond White (799 – Can be seen on most models)
  • Lunar Blue (890 – Can be seen on most models – replaced Capri Blue)
  • designo Mocha Black (Edition 1 Only – 033 Can be seen on current S-Class and SL-Class)

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.

S-Class new colors

2014 S-Class paint colors

2014 S-Class blue

2014 S-Class matallic red

Green 2014 S-Class