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Topic: Diesel
2009 GL320 Bluetec Demo Now Available for Sale at Atlanta Classic Cars!

We just acquired this gem from the Mercedes Corporate Fleet. It has not yet arrived at the dealership but we are expecting it this week. It has about 10,000 miles. The asking price will be in the mid $60s. Please get in touch if you are interested!

2009 GL320 Bluetec
Arctic White
Cashmere Interior
Trailer Hitch
Rear-Seat Entertainment
Premium 1 Package:
115V AC Power Outlet
iPod/MP3 Media Interface Cable
RearView Back-Up Camera
Memory Seats
Autodimming Mirrors
Power Steering Column
Power Folding Mirrors
COMAND Navigation with Voice Control
harman/kardon Sound System
Keyless GO
Power Liftgate

2009 E320 BlueTEC Deals!

There was a huge rush last month to buy 2009 E350s because Mercedes-Benz had given us a large rebate. However, the diesels were not included. Well…now they are! If you have been thinking about the E320 BlueTEC this is the time to act! I have 3 well-equipped cars in stock and would love to sell them immediately!

2009 E320 BlueTEC Silver/Grey Premium 1 Package
2009 E320 BlueTEC White/Black Premium 1 Package
2009 E320 BlueTEC Black/Black Premium 1 Package and Panoramic Roof

There will not be another E-Class diesel in the US until next spring so this is your chance! Hope to hear from you soon!

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit – ML320, GL320, and R320

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC

The Alternative Motor Vehicle credit (30b) that can be used to get a tax credit for purchasing one of our diesel SUVs has been improved by the stimulus bill. You can now claim the full credit amount regardless of your personal tax situation and income. This change applies to BlueTEC SUVs purchased after January 1st, 2009.

Important notes on the tax credit:
Must be purchased, not leased
The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale
The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined.
Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits
2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit
2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit
2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC – Motor Trend Magazine Review

2009 ML320 BlueTEC White

“We recently took out the ML BlueTEC to the Autoclub Speedway for some performance testing and found that besides being a relatively fuel efficient and low-emissions people-mover (EPA rated at 18 city/24 highway) the new ML diesel is also a decent Bavarian performer of an SUV.”

“As is the case with the new breed of 50-state legal diesels, it didn’t “act” (or smell) like the dirty, black-plume-spewing cars of yesteryear.”

“Sporty? Check. Luxurious? Check. Capable of actually being used in a towing/hauling/carrying situation? Check. The powertrain is always ready to unleash its smile-inducing torque, while the 3.0L six should prove plenty sturdy thanks to the vast experience its diligent engineers have amassed since pre-WWII.”

Read Motor Trend’s full review here

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC – Motor Trend Review

In Atlanta we don’t get many chances to drive in the snow but since I travel to Illinois every Christmas I can certainly vouch for how great the ML is in the snow. This year I drove a C-class up and even though it wasn’t a 4matic it did really well in the snow. Mercedes’ traction and stability systems allow even our 2-wheel-drive sedans to out handle most SUVs as long as the snow doesn’t get too deep.

This is a great review that Motor Trend just did on winter driving in the 2009 ML320 BlueTEC.

2009 ML320 BlueTEC Motor Trend

“The big Benz powered along straight and true, while nearby several other vehicles skidded right off the highway and buried themselves until spring in mountainous snowbanks.”

“Say you put on 30,000 highway miles a year. Using EPA highway figures for comparison, and assuming that L.A.’s gas/diesel prices remain fixed (though the gap is almost sure to close), with the ML320 BlueTEC’s higher efficiency you’d start coming out ahead after just three years.”

“The engine is that smooth and quiet. Torquey, too.”

“Of particular note was the rear-glass heater, which could likely cook pancakes in Antarctica. In what seemed like seconds, any ice build-up just melted right off.”

Read the full Motor Trend Review here

Our 2009 GL320 and ML320 BlueTEC Test Vehicles are Here!

ML320 BlueTEC

Mercedes-Benz has sent us a 2009 ML320 BlueTEC and a 2009 GL320 BlueTEC to test drive for the next month. You might notice them on the road with their…distinctive wrapping. I went for a spin in the GL320 BlueTEC yesterday. I wanted to see how the 20″ run-flat tires impacted the ride quality. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ride was as comfortable as it has ever been. I think Mercedes took great care to compensate for the run-flats with the suspension set up. Also, the 20″ size is not too big. It almost feels more suited to the size of the GL that the 18″ wheels did.

You can learn more at the Mercedes BlueTEC site or come in and see for yourself!

ML320 BlueTEC

ML320 BlueTEC

Federal Tax Credit For Mercedes 2009 GL, ML & R-Class BlueTEC Diesels

Mercedes has just annouced that the 2009 BlueTEC SUVs will qualify for the federal Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit. This is the same tax credit that has been avaliable on most hybrid vehicles. One interesting thing is that because Toyota and Lexus have already sold their total of eligible vehicles none of their hybrids will qualify for this credit. Here are the details from Mercedes-Benz.

  • Any qualifying vehicle (MY09 BlueTEC GL, ML & R- Class) must be purchased – Leased vehicles will not qualify for the credit.
  • Credit is not realized at retail purchase, but must be applied for individually by the customer, and claimed on their Income Tax Return (1040). Each respective customer should contact their individual tax advisor for more details.
  • Unfortunately, the 40 state MY09 E320 BlueTEC does not qualify for this credit.
  • Maximum tax credit amounts:2009 ML320 BlueTEC: $9002009 R320 BlueTec: $1,5502009 GL320 BlueTEC: $1,800 — Please note: amount is based on a somewhat complicated formula, and since the ML is the lightest of the three vehicles, it is held to a higher standard for fuel economy improvement, but has the smallest improvement of the three vehicles. Therefore the maximum is relatively lower vs. the GL & R- Classes.
  • The credit begins to phase out via a rather complicated tiered structure once the manufacturer sells 60,000 eligible vehicles, (hybrids/diesels) and is then subsequently eliminated.
  • Toyota /Lexus already reached the maximum number of hybrids sold in October 2007, so anyone purchasing a Toyota or Lexus hybrid is no longer eligible for the above mentioned tax credit.

Better fuel economy and a tax credit! Seems like a no-brainer.

Future Mercedes Timeline – Rumors, Predictions and Hybrids!

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz models are just around the corner and we are starting to get a little information for the following model years. This information is preliminary and by no means is it set in stone. It is the best information I have available at this time.

August 2008 – Facelifted 2009 ML – PhotoOptions

October 2008 – BlueTEC SUV’s with 50-State emissions

January 2009 – 2010 GLK arrives in the 300 and 350 gasoline V-6’s

January 2009 – SL63 Black – Only 200 for the US! 600 hp and 722 lb/ft torque

June 2009 – All new CLK Coupe

June 2009 – Facelifted GL

August 2009 – All new 2010 E-Class

Mid 2009 – ML450 Gas/Electric Hybrid

Mid 2009 – S400 Gas/Electric Hybrid

Late 2009 – Facelifted S-Class

Late 2009 – G550 MY2010

Mid 2010 – All new CLK Cabriolet

2010 – E320 Bluetec in new body style

2010 – C-Class diesel…maybe the C250

2010 – GLK diesel (maybe a diesel hybrid)

2011 – S-Class diesel

If you’re interested in one of these vehicles, and plan to purchase from Atlanta Classic Cars, please let me know and I will notify you as more information becomes available.

Mercedes GL320 CDI vs Chevy Tahoe Hybrid – Edmunds Comparison Test

Mercedes GL320 CDI Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Edmunds Inside Line just did a great comparison of the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid versus the Mercedes GL320 CDI. Spoiler alert, the GL wins :-)
“Brand prejudice says we’re making a big mistake comparing a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid to a 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI. Maybe you’re saying this, too. But with a base price of $53,295 for the hybrid Tahoe and $53,775 for the diesel GL, the cost difference is all of $480.

“Our 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI gets 26 mpg on the highway loop, which is a superb figure for a large SUV but not altogether surprising since the diesel carries a 24-mpg EPA highway estimate.

Harder to explain is the Benz’s 22.1-mpg average on the city loop, a clear advantage over the Tahoe.

“Hop into the diesel GL and you realize the benefit of not only fewer pounds, but also of unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension. In fact, the Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI handles phenomenally well for a full-size SUV. Its 60.0-mph speed through our test slalom is the best number we’ve ever gotten out of a full-size SUV.

“…the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI is the better packaged vehicle if you’re going to use all three rows. Its independent rear suspension allows a lower floor and a more comfortable, higher-mounted third-row bench. Plus, that bench can fold away into the floor, improving cargo capacity.”

“The diesel GL also handles and stops better, while offering superior seat comfort and utility. And with its combined fuel-economy average of 23.9 mpg offering a substantial margin over the Tahoe’s 20.9 mpg, the Benz easily wins our fuel-economy test, too.”

Watch the video of this comparion test.

Read the full comparision article at

April Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTEC Special – $1500 Fuel Card!

Just in case you need one more reason to buy an E320 BlueTEC…

“Mercedes-Benz USA is excited to announce a $1,500 gas card for all eligible 2008 E320 BlueTEC new vehicles sales reported between April 1, 2008 and April 30, 2008.”

This card will be mailed directly to you after purchase! (I am sure they meant to call it a fuel card.)

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