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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Magic Body Control!

I have previously posted a more scientific video of the new Magic Body Control. However, this commercial was clearly made for me and is now my go-to video for explaining this feature! Thank you Mercedes-Benz for combining two of my favorite things!

Road Trip – 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Gets 27.4 MPG!

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

I went for a little road trip today in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350. I drove about 120 miles round trip to Fayetteville, Georgia and had a great time! I used less than a quarter of a tank of fuel, seamlessly navigated the highways and rural roads, and interacted with several of our new systems.

Mercedes-Benz V6 Fuel Economy
The 2014 E350 is officially rated at 21 City and 30 Highway but I think it is better than that! I had a lot of stop and go once I got off the main road and the fuel economy is still closer to 30 mpg!

eco start stop

This may be my best ever Eco Display score. Normally on the way to work it gets down into the single digits! Notice in the picture that I am using both the ECO Start/Stop function and the HOLD braking feature at the same time!

The E-Class is a very busy car and there are a lot of features. Here are a few of the features I interacted with on my little trip:

  • Navigation using voice control to enter the destination as well as a waypoint and an alternative route.
  • Collision Prevention Assist alerted me twice that I was closing the gap to the vehicle in front too quickly and boosted the braking power when I did apply the brakes.
  • ECO Start/Stop shut down the engine at stop lights and stop signs to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.
  • HOLD braking allowed me to rest my legs at lights.
  • Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers kept the glass clear through sprinkles and downpours.

…all that in just 2 hours! Imagine what this car could do for you all the time!

2014 E-Class Commercial – “The Soccer Ball Thing”

Ever since this commercial started airing customers have been coming in and asking for “the thing with the girl and the soccer ball.” So, for clarification, that “thing” is Distronic PLUS with PRE-SAFE and Pedestrian Recognition. This is part of the Driver Assistance Package on the 2014 E-Class.

Here is a video about how it actually works.

Distronic Plus now with Steering Assist!

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class should be arriving any minute now and it has some exciting new technology! This is the first of our vehicles to get the Steering Assist upgrade to the Distronic Plus. Now the radar can keep you both an appropriate distance from the vehicle in front and in the center of your lane. This system uses the electromechanical steering to stay centered as oppsed to using the brakes like Active Lane Keep Assist. I can’t wait to try it out! Also, doesn’t the 2014 E-Class look great in this video?

Mercedes-Benz Surround View Camera in the P44 Parking Assistance Package

The Surround View Camera is a part of the P44 Parking Assistance Package available in the 2013 GL-Class. It was delayed at launch but is now starting to arrive on the GL-Class vehicles!

From the Mercedes-Benz website: This innovative driver-assistance system uses four cameras whose live images are automatically combined into a single “overhead” view that’s displayed on the in-dash screen during low-speed maneuvers. To help you better negotiate tight spaces, the system shows an area approximately 3 feet in all four directions around your GL-Class, with the image automatically adapted to the selected gear. Active parking guidelines on the screen help you back into a parking space, while a special rear view zoom mode helps you line up the optional trailer hitch of your GL-Class with your trailer. You can also select the images of each camera individually through the COMAND system controller.

I was able to drive a GL450 with this option for the first time this week. It would certainly be useful in tight spots and in areas with hazards such as kids and pets! I would need a little more time with it really appreciate everything that it can do!

The usual rearview camera is used along with three additional cameras. One under the star in the grill and one under each sideview mirror.

Mercedes-Benz parking system

Mercedes-Benz parking guides

Here are some images from the screen as I cruised around the lot and parked in a few spots. The cameras stay active up to 20 miles per hour!

Mercedesing parking camera

mercedes P44 package

mercedes parking guidance

mercedes parking system

mercedes parking cameras

SiriusXM Improves Traffic Service in your Mercedes-Benz!

Traffic for your Mercedes-Benz

Earlier this month, SiriusXM took a significant step forward in improving the quality of its industry-leading Traffic service.

Highlights include:

  • Incident Coverage: expanded from 90K miles to more than 1M miles of roadways nationwide
  • Speed and Flow: expanded from 90K miles of coverage nationwide to over 131K miles
  • Arterial Roadways: expanded coverage by 34K miles

No action is necessary. Improvements are automatic. Can you see a difference?

Advanced COMAND Functions for your Mercedes-Benz!

Mercedes 3D Navigation

When I demonstrate the features of a new Mercedes-Benz to clients I try to stick to the basics…there is a lot to learn and it can be overwhelming! However, there are so many things that the cars can do! Mercedes-Benz posted a few “advanced” features to their Facebook Page today. If you have been driving your Mercedes-Benz for a while and are ready to learn more then this is for you! Visit the Mercedes-Benz USA Facebook page to see more!

mbrace2 – New Features Coming in 2012!

mbrace 2 Mercedes-Benz Features

A few years ago Mercedes-Benz switched from Tele-aid to mbrace for our in-vehicle service provider. At the time there was not a huge difference in the services provided but we knew that, down the line, Hughes Telematics would have more to offer. Those new features will begin to appear in the 2013 SL-Class this spring in the new mbrace2. Visit the mbrace sneek peek at MBUSA.com for more details about the system including…

  • Mercedes-Benz Apps
  • Remote Access Services
  • Remote Vehicle Diagnostics
  • mbrace Concierge
  • mbrace Mobile App

BlueEFFICIENCY is Mercedes-Benz for Green!

The BlueEFFICIENCY badge has been showing up on many of our 2012 models and it has generated a lot of interest. In general, BlueEFFICIENCY is anything that Mercedes-Benz does to be more fuel efficient or environmentlly friendly. The diesel vehicles have been badged this way for a few years and many of the 2012 models earned the badge as a result of the new direct injected engines.

In short – Blue is the new Green!

Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance Systems Video

There are so many safety features in our vehicles that it is hard to go over them all at one time! This new video from Mercedes-Benz.tv gives a short overview of some of the newer systems that you might have heard mentioned in our commercials.

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