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Here is some 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV info I just picked up:
I think they like it!
“We just finished our second quarter with the GL and put almost 7,400 more miles on it. The truck is clearly a keeper.”
“Through the first two quarters, all-day comfort has been unparalleled. For those with aging hips and backs, its seat heaters are therapeutic. It can run with everything else on the road and deliver a genuine 22 miles to the gallon, at speed and loaded to the hilt.”
“Road manners remain superb, now with more than 15,000 miles on the ticker. Creature comforts are first-rate for all aboard. In fact, one staffer said it’s almost wrong to classify it a truck: “Its amenities are limo-licious for airport runs or interstate jaunts.” The rear seats rake, and there are rear environmental controls so that the A/C up front need not affect those being chauffeured. Rear-headrest video screens can keep kids of all ages quiet, and the setup features cupholders aplenty, too.”
“At this mileage pace, the GL350 Bluetec is right up there with our long-term fleet’s mileage leaders. Though in denial, we do realize it will leave us eventually. What a sad prospect. Ol’ “Blue” has become a friend, a confidant, a trusted soul. It hasn’t disappointed us when asked to do something with and for us. We will miss it terribly when it’s no longer in the garage. Good thing we have two quarters to go.”
“The truth is that while there is a price premium (roughly $5,300 on average) associated with the initial purchase cost of diesel vehicles, they typically get 30% better gas mileage and flaunt superior torque numbers and reliability ratings. The automotive analysis firm Vincentric estimates that driving a diesel car will save $2,117 in fuel costs over one year assuming annual rate of 15,000 miles.”
“But the purchase of something special, like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel, is financially justifiable based on the total cost of ownership: the GL350 Diesel costs $8,315 less to own than its GL350 cousin.” (I think they mean GL450 cousin)
Read the full article online at Forbes.com
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama is a marvel – A little bit of Germany right here in the southeast, assembling some of the best cars in the world! Here is a look behind the scenes with AL.com. There is a video, pictures and an interesting article.
They even made a joke:
“Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa County plant is having a major growth spurt right now, as it prepares to launch production of the C-Class sedan next year. But there won’t be any trips to the off-road test track for that model.
“You could go 70 percent downhill – once,” Grossmann joked. “Then it’s done.”
Yet anotherr jaw-dropper! This GL63 AMG was ordered for a client but I like to get pictures of the rare interiors whenever possible.
Combining two of our most exclusive things…designo and AMG!
Our very first 2014 GL63 AMG has arrived! It is looking for a good home. Do you need 550 horsepower in your family hauler?
2014 GL63 AMG
The first of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Classes have arrived at the dealership. They are nearly identical to the 2013 models…but there are a couple of additions. The heated/cooled cupholders are part of the Premium 1 Package on the GL350/GL450 and standard on the GL550. I had seen this option few times in the past but never with the additional blue for cool and red for heat lighting scheme! It would look even more amazing at night with a clear container of liquid being cooled. Someone send me a picture…we can’t keep a GL on the lot long enough to take a picture at night!
Pricing for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz models is out…for everything except the S-Class. Here you go!
The University of Michigan released a study this week, Total Cost of Ownership: A Gas Versus Diesel Comparison, that shows diesel vehicles can save thousands of dollars over just 3-5 years! As a diesel fan I am always in the mood of good diesel news!
From the press release:
“In the luxury segment, all the diesel versions of the Mercedes-Benz E Class ($4,175), Mercedes-Benz GL Class ($13,514), Mercedes-Benz M Class ($3,063), Mercedes-Benz R Class ($5,951) and VW Touareg ($7,819) save owners money in the three year timeframe.”
“Fuel Costs: All of the diesel vehicles had lower fuel costs than all the gas versions of comparable vehicles, with 11 of the 12 vehicles showing double digit reductions in fuel costs, ranging from 10 to 29 percent.”
“Nine of the 10 diesel vehicles hold their value better than comparable gas vehicles over the five year timeframe, with five vehicles showing double digit percentage savings ranging from 10 percent up to 39 percent.”
Read the full study on the Diesel Forums here.
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.