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2016 Mercedes-Benz Model Names, Launch Dates

For Model Year 2016 lots of Mercedes-Benz models are getting new names. I have detailed this once before with a chart but I thought I would add a little more detail.

The sedans are the basis for the new names. The SUVs start with the GL pre-fix and add the associated sedan for size. The 4-Door coupes get the CL prefix and the 2-door roadsters get the SL prefix.

Obviously there are exceptions:

  • The G-wagon stays as-is. No one tells the G to make changes!
  • The SL cannot be the SLS so it stays as the SL-Class.
  • The GL and SLK will not change until next year when they get refreshed/redesigned.

Launch Schedule for new 2016s: (subject to change and change without notice)

  • C-Classes – August/September
  • E-Class – Available now
  • CLS-Class – July
  • S-Class – August (Mercedes-Maybach S600 available now)
  • SL-Class – July
  • SLK-Class – July
  • CLA-Class – October
  • GLA-Class – October
  • GLC-Class – November (pictures this month!)
  • GLE-Class – August/September
  • G-Class – October
  • GL-Class – August
  • AMG GTS – Available Now

As always, keep an eye on the MBUSA Future Models Section for the latest info!

Happy New Year! It is 2016 in Mercedes-Benz World!

The first of the 2016 models have arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars and there are a lot more on the way! Now is the time to do your research, see what’s new and get in an order if you want to be the first one to have the latest and greatest!

The AMG GTS is here!

AMG GTS

The first 2016 E-Classes have arrived!

The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is on the showroom floor!

Atlanta Maybach

There are also a flurry of releases just on the horizon. Check out the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com for the best pictures and current information.

Don’t be that last to know about the C63 AMG, GLE-Class and coupe, SLC-Class and more!

Win a Mercedes AMG GT S through the Mercedes-Benz Club of America!

mercedes benz club member

Are you a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America? I have a great reason for you to join! You could win a Mercedes AMG GT S! There are lots of other reasons but let’s focus on the amazing raffle price for 2015!

Once you are a member of the MBCA you simply log into the website and buy as many $50 tickets as you want! I bought two. I’m feeling exceptionally lucky. Then, when I win, I simply contact the dealer of my choice (me) and place my order!

If you happen to win instead of me, you can order your AMG GT S from me and we both kind of win!

If you decide to join the Club use my reference number and I get a free month of membership. C119523

Mercedes-Benz Wins Three World Car Awards!

Mercedes-Benz took home three trophies at the World Car Awards announced at the New York International Auto Show this week! “The World Car Awards (WCA) are more than just an awards program. The WCA’s judging panel is made up of 75 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts.   The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale.”

2015 World Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2015 World Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

2015 World Performance Car: Mercedes AMG GT

“Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the premium medium-size category. This is true for the new C-Class as well. It comes to the starting line with qualities usually reserved for higher-class automobiles – ecologically, technically and also with regard to comfort and driving pleasure. It embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury made by Mercedes-Benz to be and has all the prerequisites to be a huge success. Accordingly we are extremely delighted of winning the honour of WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR.”

Read My Reviews at DealerRater!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I am into the cars but maybe you don’t know if I am a good sales consultant. Here you go!

Jesse Cannon-Wallace

And if you would like to write review, please do that too!

Cathy Ellis and Atlanta Classic Cars

Recognized as one of the top women business owners in America, Cathy Ellis leads Atlanta Classic Cars with a combination of gentility and tenacity. This formula has served her, and the business, well during the past 25 years.

The daughter of Mercedes-Benz dealer and founder of Atlanta Classic Cars, John Ellis, Sr., Cathy was exposed to her career path at an early age. Through her father, she gained valuable insights into the business and inherited a passion for success. Although he warned her that car sales is no place for a woman, she set her sights on dealer ownership and has made her own definitive mark on the industry.

After graduating from the University of Arizona, Cathy worked at a small Volkswagen dealership in Illinois, developing the expertise and hands-on knowledge needed to move ahead. In 1988, she moved to Atlanta to assume ownership of Atlanta Classic Cars in Decatur. Under her direction, the dealership grew to become one of the largest Mercedes-Benz retailers in the United States, and among the largest woman-owned dealerships in the country.

After four years of planning, consumer research and customer demands shaped the design for the new Duluth location for Atlanta Classic Cars, Atlanta Classic Cars moved to the $15 million facility in Gwinnett County after outgrowing its Decatur home. The current location opened July 2003, with an expansion for the Pre-Owned facility and Collision Center completed in 2006.

According to Ms. Ellis, “While others might say Atlanta Classic Cars is a success in spite of the fact that I am a woman, I believe it is successful, in part, because I am a woman.”

Ms. Ellis embraces Mercedes-Benz corporate-wide commitment to improving one-on-one service and recognizes relationship building is critical to dealership growth. She considers her greatest business accomplishment to be the familial atmosphere of Atlanta Classic Cars, which has led to the longevity of staff and the loyalty of customers. “We care about each other and our clients,” said Ms. Ellis. “And that keeps everybody coming back.”

Thank you Cathy, for making Atlanta Classic Cars the place that it is today. You will be missed.  -Jesse Cannon-Wallace, ACC since 2003

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is at Atlanta Classic Cars!

The AMG GT S is here! Our AMG trainer brought it by this morning for both technical and retail training. We offered to store it for the weekend while he is out of town. (nice of us, right?) So, come take a look! It is parked in front of my office.

Mercedes coupe

Atlanta AMG GT S

AMG Red leather

AMG GT S

Mercedes supercar coupe

MBUSA Jobs in Atlanta – Hiring Soon!

Everyone wants to work for the best! I certainly understand. There is something about that Giant Star that draws you in!

With MBUSA moving to Atlanta and planning to hire hundreds of new people you might be wondering how to get in on that? Well, here is the website. Good luck!

www.mbatlantacareers.com

Benzblogger Joins Facebook! Like Me!

Mercedes facebook

I know that I am 10 years late to the party, but I finally joined Facebook!  I thought it would be an easy way for clients and Mercedes fans to connect with me as well as keep up with shorter updates.

www.facebook.com/benzblogger

Please look me up, like my page, share with your other friends!

MBUSA is Moving to Atlanta!

Welcome to the neighborhood! I look forward to the proliferation of Giant Stars all over Metro Atlanta!

For those who haven’t been keeping up the latest MBUSA scuttlebutt, they have officially announced the move to metro Atlanta! The first temporary offices are expected to open this summer, with the major construction project to be completed by 2017.

This will move the US headquarters closer to our factory in Tuscaloosa and our shipping hub in Brunswick. How exciting!

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