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Topic: Future Models
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.

Jay Leno’s SLS AMG Review – Video

Plenty of great SLS exhaust sounds and a quick demo of AMG Race Start

SLS AMG – Weight Savings – Video

SLS AMG – Interior Design – Video

SLS AMG – Aerodynamics & Design – Video

120 kph = 74.5 mph

Mercedes-Benz History And Future Of Passenger Safety

If you ask most people which car company was the first to use seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability systems in their cars they would probably credit another European automaker that is always hyping thier safety. Since a Mercedes-Benz is so much more than just the safest car on the road, their rich history of pioneering safety innovations is often overlooked. We invented airbags, crash testing, stability control and now Attention Assist all with the goal of first, preventing the accident, and then keeping you safe from injury if it can’t be prevented.

SLS AMG – Colors, Options and New Pictures

SLS AMG Silver Doors Up

Mercedes just posted an updated Dealer Ordering Guide for the SLS. All of this information is preliminary and can change as we go forward. It is hard to believe that this dream car is about to become a reality!

SLS AMG Two on RaceTrack

The Basics –
Handbuilt 6.3L V-8
563 hp / 479 lb-ft Torque
7-Speed AMG Dual Clutch Transaxle Transmission
Rear Limited Slip Differential
Compund Brake Rotors
Rearview Camera
Tele Aid
Bi-Xenon Headlamps
LED Daytime Running Lights
Parktronic and Keyless Go
Auto-dimming Side and Rearview Mirrors
Power Folding Mirros
Headlamp Washing System
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
COMAND APS with 6-Disc CD/DVD Changer
40GB Hard-Drive GPS Navigation
Enhanced Voice Control System
SIRIUS Satellite Radio and HD Radio
iPod/MP3 Media Interface

That is a far cry from the stripped down supercars that are usually built! Navigation, Parktronic, iPod? Finally a luxury car in a supercar body!

Options — Remember that this is all subject to change –

No Charge Colors: Obsidian Black, Iridium Silver, AMG Daytona Blue and AMG le Mans Red
Approx $1500 Colors: AMG Imola Grey, designo Diamond White
Approx $3000 Colors: designo Magno Alanite Grey, AMG Magno Monza Grey – Matte Finish
Approx $10,000 Color: AMG ALU-BEAM Silver – a unique process that makes the paint shine like liquid metal

Black, Sand, Red, Porcelain
Aluminum Center Console
2-Tone designo Seats: Sand/Black, Classic Red/Black, Porcelain/Black – No Charge!
Light Brown Woven Natural Leather – Approx $1000

SLS AMG Seat Interior Colors

$4500 Carbon Fiber Console and Door Panel
$9000 Extended Interior Carbon Fiber Package (sill plates and seat frame)
$500 AMG Leather/Alcantara Performance Steering Wheel

SLS AMG Interior Carbon Fiber Options

Wheels: All styles are 19×9.5 front and 20×11 rear.
Twin 5-Spoke – Standard
7-Spoke – no cost option
10-Spoke Forged – Approx $2,400

SLS AMG Wheel Options

Bang & Olufsen Sound System: Approx $6400
10 Speakers, 1,000 Watts
Dual subwoofers
Amplifier (Ice-Power and DSP)
Speakers with Neodymium magnet to reduce weight without loss of sound quality
All speaker grilles are made of high-quality 2mm aluminum
Illuminated tweeter lenses
Selectable sound modes

AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking System: Approx $12,000
Specially-developed carbon ceramic rotors and brake calipers for reduced weight and excellent braking performance.
Bronze painted brake calipers with “AMG Carbon Ceramic” Logo.
Larger carbon-ceramic compound brake discs
Front: six piston caliper, 15.8″ disc (Stock – 15.4″)
Rear: four piston caliper, 14.2″ disc (Stock – 13.0″)

AMG Performance Suspension: Approx $1500
Stiffer steel springs and shock absorbers for enhanced dynamic capability in high-performance driving situations.

More Carbon Fiber:
$5000 Mirror Covers
$5400 Engine Compartment Covers

SLS AMG Carbon Engine Covers

If you are considering purchasing what will probably be the most collectable Mercedes-Benz of this decade please give me a call today.

SLS Silver Doors Up Rear

SLS AMG In Action –

SLS AMG Design and Features –

650N-m = 479 lb-ft of Torque

2010 ML450 Hybrid at Atlanta Classic Cars!

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid

A 2010 ML450 Hybrid was dropped off at the dealership yesterday! It was picked up by one of the Mercedes-Benz technical executives but I was excited to get a sneak peak. It looks a lot like the 2010 ML350 that was dropped off right afterwards but it does have a few striking differences.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid New Hood

Sculpted Hood – It has a very angular power dome hood that looks fantastic. It had to be that way to make room for the 180 pounds of extra electronics under the hood.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid engine cover

Under the hood – The engine cover is pretty extreme. The battery is in the back where the spare tire would be so this has run-flats.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid Fuel door release

Fuel Door Release Button – I don’t yet know why this is the only Mercedes that has one!

I was able to go for a test drive and the ride is fantastic! Much like the diesel, if you didn’t know it was hybrid you really wouldn’t notice any difference in the way it drives. It is obviously a little quieter when the gas motor is off but with the radio on you can’t tell when it turnes the engine on and off. The power was fantastic. It didn’t feel heavy or lacking in any way. The brake feel is different than our other vehicles because they are electric but it stopped just fine.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid insturment cluster display

I look forward to introducing the first Mercedes Hybrid to a new group of clients!

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