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Topic: GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz in Alabama – Article

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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 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.”

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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG with designo Auburn Leather and Black Piano Lacquer

Yet anotherr jaw-dropper! This GL63 AMG was ordered for a client but I like to get pictures of the rare interiors whenever possible.

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Auburn GL63

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mercedes auburn brown leather

Combining two of our most exclusive things…designo and AMG!

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG – Available at Atlanta Classic Cars!

2014 Mercedes AMG SUV

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

  • Black
  • Black Leather
  • Burl Walnut Wood
  • AMG Peformance Steering Wheel
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Night View Assist Plus
  • Splitview
  • Accessory Chrome Package
  • 2nd Row Sunshades
  • Power Easy-Entry 2nd Row
  • Pre-Wired for Rear Seat Entertainment
  • MSRP $124,505

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AMG wheels

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Heated and Cooled Cupholders in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class!

GL heated/cooled cup holders

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!

GL heated/cooled cup holders

2014 Mercedes-Benz Model Pricing is Released – CLA-Class, C-Class, CL-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class and SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz 2014 models

Pricing for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz models is out…for everything except the S-Class. Here you go!


  • CLA250 – $29,900 – September/October release date
  • CLA250 4Matic – $31,900 – March 2014
  • CLA45 AMG – $47,450 – November


  • C250 Sport Sedan – $35,800 – August
  • C250 Luxury Sedan – $36,250 – August
  • C250 Coupe – $38,200 – July
  • C300 4Matic Sport – $39,400 – August
  • C300 4Matic Luxury – $39,850 – August
  • C350 Sedan – $42,100 – August
  • C350 Coupe – $43,850 – July
  • C350 4matic Coupe – $45,850 – July
  • C63 AMG Sedan – $60,250 – August
  • C63 AMG Edition 507 Sedan – $70,000 – August
  • C63 AMG Coupe – $62,750 – July
  • C63 AMG Edition 507 Coupe – $72,500 – July


  • All release dates are August/September
  • CL550 4Matic – $116,600
  • CL600 – $162,000
  • CL63 AMG – $154,600
  • CL65 AMG – $215,500


  • CLS550 – $72,100 – Out Now!
  • CLS550 4Matic – $74,600 – Out Now!
  • CLS63 AMG – $99,500 – August
  • CLS63 AMG S-Model – $106,500 – August


  • E250 Bluetec – $51,400 – September
  • E250 Bluetec 4Matic – $53,900 – September
  • E400 Hybrid – $56,700 – Out Now!
  • E350 Sedan  – $51,900 – Out Now!
  • E350 4Matic Sedan – $54,400 – Out Now!
  • E350 Coupe – $52,200 – Out Now!
  • E350 Coupe 4matic – $54,700 – Out Now!
  • E350 Cabriolet – $60,200 – Out Now!
  • E350 4Matic wagon – $$58,600 – Out Now!
  • E550 4Matic Sedan – $61,400 – Out Now!
  • E550 Coupe – $59,000 – Out Now!
  • E550 Cabriolet – $67,300 – Out Now!
  • E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan – $92,770 – August
  • E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model Sedan – $99,770 – August
  • E63 AMG 4Matic S-Model Wagon – $102,370 – August


  • G550 4Matic – $114,200 – October
  • G63 AMG 4Matic – $135,700 – October


  • All release dates are July
  • GL350 Bluetec – $63,000
  • GL450  – $64,550
  • GL550 – $89,000
  • GL63 AMG – $118,560


  • GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic – $38,980 – August
  • GLK350 – $37,480 – July
  • GLK350 4Matic – $39,480 – July


  • All release dates are July
  • ML350 Bluetec 4Matic – $51,790
  • ML350 2WD – $47,790
  • ML350 4Matic – $50,290
  • ML550 4Matic – $59,450
  • ML63 AMG 4Matic – $97,250


  • All release dates are August/September
  • SL550 – $106,700
  • SL63 AMG – $147,300
  • SL65 AMG – $214,500


  • All release dates are July
  • SLK250 – $43,525
  • SLK350 – $56,225
  • SLK55 AMG – $68,925


  • SLS AMG Coupe GT – $201,500 – July
  • SLS AMG Roadster GT – $208,000 – July
  • SLS AMG Black Series – $275,000 – August


Study Says Diesel Owners Save Thousands!

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.

New Cargo Tray for 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

GL cargo tray

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.

  • Part # 166 814 02 41
  • MSRP $130

GL cargo tray

GL cargo tray

Motor Trend Comparison: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 vs. 2012 E350 Wagon!

What a fun test! I’ve never had anyone directly comparing these two models but anything that draws attention to our great wagon is fantastic! You can create your own comparisons at the MBUSA site.

2013 E350 wagon

“Many kids grow up with minivans and sedans, but the lucky ones spend time riding  in the third-row jump seat of an E-Class wagon. The seats, which are located in  the cargo area and face backward, provide a cocoon-like environment where the  rear hatch window gives a unique outside view.”

“On the other hand, the GL’s more conventional third row seems spacious and  welcoming enough for passengers as tall as Big Bird.”

“And while the GL450 provides a higher seating position, visibility is slightly  better in the E350 wagon, making it much easier to maneuver around texting  tweens in a mall parking lot or to stay within SoCal’s narrow freeway lanes.”

“Not only is the GL surprisingly fast, but it sounds quite good, too — drive  with the windows and sunroof open and the combination of the deep exhaust growl  and faint turbo whine provides a strangely entertaining sense that you’re  driving a refined city bus.”

Read the full article at Motor Trend Online to find out who wins!

Mercedes-Benz 2011 M-Class Cargo Tray for 2013 GL-Class!

Mercedes-Benz does not currently have a cargo tray available for the 2013 GL-Class that works with the third row seat folded flat. I have found that the cargo tray for the 2006-2011 M-Class fits perfectly side to side and leaves just a small gap behind the second row seats. Don’t get the mat for the 2012 or newer M-Class…it is much too wide. Contact your local parts department to order.

2013 Mercedes GL550 with ML cargo tray

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Special Order Option U09 Upholstery Wrapped Dashboard for Mercedes-Benz ML350, ML550, GL350, GL450 and GL550

There are a few special order options for our SUVs that do not show up on the Mercedes-Benz website. Lately I have had a lot of questions about the Upholstery Wrapped Dashboard (code U09) that is available for the ML-Class and GL-Class. It is a $330 option, plus the special order charge of $250. It adds stitched MB-Tex to the dashboard and door panels. I have included pictures of a 2013 ML550 with this option and the special order option H09 – Brown Satin Ash Wood Trim. Thanks for sharing Lloyd!

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almond ML interior

uphostery wrapped dash door

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