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I am often asked when we will have “self-driving cars.” I say that we do! A Mercedes-Benz equipped with the Driver Assistance Package has just about all it needs to drive by itself. Yes, it still requires a little input from you but it can handle the hard stuff!
When I started with Mercedes-Benz in 2003 Distronic was a $3000 option that only worked at highway speed and could only keep you a set distance behind the car in front of you. Today the Driver Assistance Package costs just about the same and has a suite of features that sound like the future! Radar Adaptive cruise control that works to a complete stop, Steering Assist, Autonomous braking with Collision Prevention Assist and Cross Traffic Detection, and on and on!
Do you use HOLD braking in your Mercedes-Benz? I use it all the time. Constantly. And if I happen to be driving a car that doesn’t have it I feel exhausted by having to hold my foot on the brake pedal through a whole red light!
It is amazing how far voice control has come in the last few years! The newer systems understand a wider variety of prompts and seem to be listening better. I rarely need to repeat myself or fight with her about what I REALLY said. Here is a quick video of a couple of commands given in a 2015 S550 (that has the Metallized Ash Wood Trim). Try it!
I am an avid SiriusXM listener. The only time I listen to terrestrial radio is when I am driving through the car wash!
If you have a loved one with a Mercedes-Benz newer than 2003 it is very likely they have Sirius installed in their automobile. I think a subscription would be a great gift!
All you need is the ESN of the car to call Sirius and set it up. The ESN can be found under Radio < Sirius < Info or some similar combination of words. It is always in the Sirius screen < bottom left < bottom menu < number appears.
You can visit SiriusXM online to get more information or set up the service!
I’ll try to get their impressions organized. Maybe I’ll even have a guest blog post! But for now, here are the highlights.
Nash says the AMG GT S is his new favorite car!
Perfect balance, great looks, fun to drive and a technological marvel. They were able to drive the vehicle on the track as well as in the hills of California for the complete experience.
Doug is one of our Master Certified Technicians. This was his second AMG Expert Training. He also went to Germany last year to see the AMG engines be built in Affalterbach.
As an AMG Performance Center, it is important for us to be able to answer your questions about your current AMG as well as the AMG of your dreams! Our first orders are in for both the AMG GT S and the C63 S AMG. Don’t wait too long!
The Garmin Map Pilot is currently available in several Mercedes-Benz models including the C-Class and CLS-Class. (Fun fact: The Garmin Map Pilot is standard on the CLS400 and the hard-drive system is in the Premium 2 Package.)
I have had a little hands-on experience with this system and find it to be very intuitive. Here is a new video from Mercedes-Benz How-To Videos page on how to use it.
Mercedes-Benz has been building hybrid vehicles for quite awhile. We have sold limited numbers of ML450 Hybrid and S400 Hybrids in the US. Recently Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will be adding to our Plug-In Hybrid choices!
““On average we will bring a new plug-in hybrid to market every four months,” said Johannes Reifenrath, head of product strategy and planning at Mercedes-Benz Cars.”
“The S 500 plug-in will offer the performance of a V-8 with the consumption of a four-cylinder engine, according to Mercedes. Additionally, it will give motorists the option to drive emissions free for up to 33 kilometers when its 8.7 kilowatt hour lithium iron-phosphate battery is fully charged, which takes anywhere between two to four hours.”
“Part of the savings from the S-class plug-in comes from its predictive energy management system that uses GPS data and radar sensors to calculate a route-based adaptive strategy for when to best drive electrically, use the combustion engine only, or both in combination.”
More choices is a good thing, right?
Crash test videos are always interesting to me. It is amazing to see the crumple zones in action! I have always maintained that the Smart is a very safe vehicle because of the safety cell. You’ll be fine…once they hunt down your car!
The Drive Kit Plus is available as a dealer installed option for many Mercedes-Benz models. This accessory allows you to control many of your iPhone features from the vehicle controls.
Mercedes-Benz has just announced that the new Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone 5 is now available as a VPC installed option for the CLA-Class for $700! This will save you labor charges at the dealership and make sure it is ready to go when the car arrives.
Also, VPC installed options can be added to the vehicle after it has already been built, but before it gets to the port. So, if you have a CLA-Class on the way and decide the Drive Kit Plus would be a good option for you, your dealer should be able to add it on!
05Avgc Drive Kit Plus for iPhone 5/5C/5S MY2014 CLA-Class $700
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is coming!
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