I had been very curious about the fuel filler flap release button on the ML450 HYBRID that the local Mercedes-Benz technical specialist has been driving. I finally got an answer!
In order to comply with the PZEV emissions standards – zero evaporative emissions – this button triggers the fuel tank to depressurize before the cap is removed so that vapors don’t escape. The ML 450′s increased fuel efficency means that the fuel tank isn’t opened as often as it would be in a non-hybrid so increased pressure could build up and therefore needs this extra step!
Mercedes-Benz has just told us that the 2010 ML450 HYBRID is now scheduled for release in December. It will be a very limited production vehicle due to the limited availability of the necessary batteries. Also, “In order to maximize availability and ensure that we have a sufficient replacement inventory to guarantee the highest level of customer satisfaction, the ML450 HYBRID will be available as lease only without the ability to purchase.” They expect that the ML450 HYBRID lease payment will carry a premium over the ML350 4Matic of $20-$120 per month. Actual payments will be released when the vehicle is released in December.
The order banks are open and there are currently vehicles available. Now is a good time to get on board if you want to lease one of the most technologically advanced green cars in the market!
Last week the 1 millionth M-Class built in Vance, AL rolled off the line. The one that set the record was a ML350 BlueTEC that is heading to a dealer in Phoenix. This is a great acheviement, and we plan to see many future M, R, and GL-Class vehicles make their way to Atlanta Classic Cars from this plant. Maybe someday the ML420 and GL420 (V8 diesel) models that pass through our dealership from Vance on their way to the rest of the world will get to stay a while.
- Update – This ML550 has been sold. If you are even thinking about an ML550 this is the one you should get! Immediately! This car is well-equipped, gorgeous and it will be a great deal! It is technically a new vehicle – it has never been titled – but the warranty started 10 months ago and it has 8175 miles. We can add an extended warranty that will cover it up to 100,000 miles if that would be a benefit to you. Please let me know if you are interested! We only have one, it can’t be replaced, and it will sell fast!
2009 ML550 Arctic White / Cashmere Interior Premium 2 Package: -Navigation -Voice Control -IPod/MP3 Adaptor -Rearview Camera -Parktronic -Memory Seats -Autodimming Mirrors -Power Folding Mirrors -Sirius Satellite Radio -Sirius Live Traffic -Harman/kardon Upgraded Sound -Keyless-GO -Power Liftgate AMG Sport Package: -19″ AMG Wheels -Aluminum Running Boards Trailer Hitch Heated Front Seats Pre-Wired for Rear Entertainment
It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.
2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting
2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights
2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels
2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel
Mercedes-Benz in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original ML55 AMG! The all new 10th Anniversary Package was created by the AMG Performance Studio in Affalterback and uses colors and materials that have never been available before! The 10th Anniversary Package (Code P38) can be ordered on any 2010 ML63 that is currently in production. The package will cost $5,950 and includes:
Exterior: - Unique hood with powerdomes - Front and rear skid plates painted in Himalaya Grey - AMG front grille painted in Himalaya Grey - 21″ AMG 5-spoke wheels painted in Himalaya Grey - Front foglamp surrounds painted in Himalaya Grey
Interior: - Sport seats in two-tone AMG premium leather - Door panels in two-tone AMG premium leather - AMG performance steering wheel in two-tone leather - Anthracite poplar wood trim
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.
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.
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.
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.
I look forward to introducing the first Mercedes Hybrid to a new group of clients!