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Top Gear – Stelvio Pass

Does anyone else take their travel advice from Top Gear? I am planning a driving vacation and actually used this video for reference. Stelvio Pass…here I come!

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic – Coming this August!

v6 mercedes ML

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic will be arriving in August as a replacement for the current ML550. This new model will be a bi-turbo V6 with a long list of standard features and have improved fuel economy over the current V8. The only V8 variant for the US will be the ML63 AMG which will be manufactured in very limited numbers for 2015.

  • Engine: M276 3.0L V6 biturbo with Direct Injection
  • 329 Horsepower and 354 lb-ft of Torque
  • Navigation map updates included for 3-years with COMAND with Navigation
  • No more 6-disc changer! – Single disc CD/DVD standard
  • Premium 1 and Lane Tracking Packages Standard
  • Keyless-GO, harman/kardon, Ambient Lighting Standard

What’s 4Matic? Mercedes-Benz All-Wheel Drive!

‘Tis the season for 4Matic. Here’s a great little video on what your car is doing behind the scenes.

AutoWeek Reviews the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63AMG S-model 4Matic

Mercedes E63 s-series

“The sculptured front end gives it an even more distinctive look than its  predecessor and helps to separate it visually from the standard E-class.”

“In range-topping S-model specification, which replaces the performance package  option, AMG’s forced induction unit kicks out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft — 25 hp and  89 lb-ft more than the BMW M5′s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 and 21 hp and 40  lb-ft more than the CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8.”

“The result is more dependable feel on challenging back roads, something that  allows the driver to delve further into the E63 AMG S-model 4Matic’s considerable performance with greater confidence than ever before.”

“It is the consummate all-season supercar for the family man.”

Read the full review at AutoWeek online.

mercedes E63 white

2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe 4Matic – April Release Date

Mercedes-Benz all wheel drive coupe

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe 4matic has been built and is heading for American shores! The anticipated release date is currently mid to late April. The base price for the model will be  $52,300 and equipment will be the same as the two wheel drive version.

The E350 Coupe was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the availability of 4MATIC – with all its safety and performance virtues – will only add to the appeal of this beautiful model.

This is just what it was like driving in Georgia this week!

For those of you who might be thinking about about a new vehicle this week, might I suggest one of the excellent 4Matic vehicles from Mercedes-Benz? Available in sedans and SUVs, they’ll get you though the snow!

2007 ML320 CDI Battles the Snow!

My 2007 ML320 CDI did a fantastic job getting me home for the holidays! Stuffed with two end tables, a mixer, a ladder, a workbench and other assorted gifts, the ML cruised through a light blizzard on the way to Illinois. And while my other out of town relatives were camped at the airport, hoping to get a flight back east, we headed home – averaging 22 miles per gallon at slightly less than 80 mph. Almost made it a no-stopper on the way home but had to fuel up in Marietta. I love traveling in my Mercedes-Benz!

Sunday Driving with Familiar Faces

Motor Trend First Drive – 2011 Mercedes-Benz R350

“Most of the changes to the U.S.-built 2011 R-Class revolve around its exterior, which is now more in line with its stablemates. Its wider-look mug is highlighted by a more angular three-bar grille and hood, revised headlamps and slick LED light-bar running lamps. The muscular theme also plays out at the rear, with shallower rear glass, rectangular exhaust tips integrated into a diffuser, and edgier taillamps. “

“Seven-passenger seating is an option, but the R-Class works best as a six-seater, with two captain chairs in the second row and a two-person bench at the rear. Adults should have no problem getting into the back row as the second row seats easily flip up and out of the way, and with 32.4-inches of legroom, they’re probably not going to complain about sitting back there for a spell unless they’re on the local basketball team. “

“The R350 4Matic employs the automaker’s 268 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, while the R350 BlueTEC 4Matic gets the 50-state legal 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 210 horsepower and a healthy 400 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are hooked up to Benz’s tried-and-true seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic means both are all-wheel-drive only.”

“For as long and as heavy as it is, the R-Class is a solid handler. It’s not the type of vehicle you’re going to be tossing into corners, but it isn’t going to roll over and play dead either. “

Read Full review here.


2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon – Motor Trend

Mercedes 2011 E-Class Wagon

The 2011 Mercedes E350 4matic wagon is scheduled to arrive in the US this June. I think the wagon is a great vehicle for passengers and cargo. It is also such an iconic vehicle for Mercedes.

“Sure-footed four-corner traction: Standard. Height-adjustable rear AirMatic suspension for deep-snow ground clearance: Standard. Luggage-rack rails ready to accept your Thule ski-rack: Standard…Seating for seven (okay, five and two-halves): Standard. Iconic style and a hood ornament that commands respect from the apres-ski club valets: Standard. Could there be a more perfect vehicle than the new Mercedes E-Class wagon for driving up to Deer Valley, Whistler, or Hochgurgl, Austria?”

“With all systems on, the car faithfully cleaves to the driver’s intended driving line — at least to the extent that physics can allow (which is impressively high when the various electromechanical traction assistants are abetted by a set of Continental ContiWinterContact footwear).”

“The seat is still comfortable, however, offering oodles of headroom and a panoramic view of the passing Alpine scenery. Another cool feature: once the rear doors have been opened and closed, a screen on the driver’s information display indicates which (if any) seat belts have been fastened.”

“The 2011 E350 4Matic wagon goes on sale in June, 2010 (all-wheel-drive sedans are available now) at a price that’s yet to be determined, but if the price difference relative to the sedan stays roughly the same as it was on the W211 generation, it should drop to $54,500 or so.”

You can read the full Motor Trend report Here.

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