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The 2010 C, ML, GL, and S Have Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

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 ML550

Mercedes 2010 ML550 Front Bumper Lights

2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting

 Mercedes 2010 GL550

Mercedes 2010 GL550 Wheels


2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Wheels

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Bumper

2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels

Mercedes 2010 C300 Wheels

2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel

Mercedes 2010 S550 Front Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Wood Wheel

2010 E-Class – New Color – Quartz Blue

Mercedes 2010 E-Class Quartz Blue

2010 ML63 AMG – 10th Anniversary Package

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:

2010 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary Edition

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

 2010 ML63 AMG 10th Anniversary Edition Interior

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

Please do let me know if you are interested!

2010 ML450 Hybrid at Atlanta Classic Cars!

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid

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.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid New Hood

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.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid engine cover

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.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid Fuel door release

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.

2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid insturment cluster display

I look forward to introducing the first Mercedes Hybrid to a new group of clients!

2010 Mercedes-Benz Pricing and Release Dates

The 2010 GLK, E sedan and E coupe are already here and the rest of the 2010 models will be arriving soon. Mercedes-Benz has just given us the official pricing and release dates.


Model
Release Date
Base Price
C300 Sport/Luxury
July
$33,600/$35,300
C300 Sport/Luxury – 4MATIC
July
$37,100/$37,300
C350 Sport
August
$39,750
C63 AMG
August
$57,350
CL550 4MATIC
August
$110,400
CL600
August
$154,400
CL63AMG
August
$145,200
CL65 AMG
August
$207,170
CLS550
September
$72,400
CLS63 AMG
September
$97,950
E350 BlueTEC
March 2010
TBA
E350 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
$51,100
E550 4MATIC Sport/Luxury
Late August
$58,800
GL350 BlueTEC
September
$59,950
GL450 4MATIC
July
$60,950
GL550 4MATIC
August
$82,850
ML350 BlueTEC
September
$49,700
ML350 4MATIC
July
$48,200
ML350 2WD
July
$45,700
ML450 HYBRID
December
TBA
ML550 4MATIC
August
$56,750
ML63 AMG 4MATIC
August
$91,050
R350 BlueTEC
September
$50,800
R350 4MATIC
September
$49,300
S400 HYBRID
August
$87,950
S550
August
$91,600
S550 4MATIC
August
$94,600
S600
August
$149,700
S63AMG
August
$133,550
S65 AMG
August
$201,150
SLK300
October
$46,900
SLK350
October
$51,900
SLK55 AMG
October
$66,650


For those of you who have been trying to decide between a 2009 and a 2010 this should help.

ML550 Off-Road Pkg. Versus a Horse


Living in Atlanta, where we hardly even get snow, it’s easy to forget just how capable our SUVs are off-road. To see the landing of the jump at the end check out the making of this video.

2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid – New York Times Review

The New York Times recently reviewed the new ML450 Hybrid that will be arriving at Atlanta Classic Cars this December.

Mercedes-Benz 2010 ML450 Navigation System Hyrid Display

“The gas-electric version of the popular ML-class S.U.V. easily beats the mileage of the regular 6- and 8-cylinder models: 21 miles a gallon in the city and 24 on the highway”

“Even in the barely crawling traffic, I returned to the New York auto show at the Javits Center showing 22 m.p.g. on the trip computer, convinced I could have done much better in a longer test.”

“Mercedes is hoping that its luxury buyers are more receptive to a midsize S.U.V. hybrid, which officials said would be priced between current V-6 and V-8 models: Figure roughly $51,000 to start.”

“Drivers can select an economy mode that maximizes mileage, or a sport mode that mimics having eight conventional gears, which can be operated by steering-wheel paddle shifters.”
Read the full New York Times Review of the 2010 ML450

Mercedes-Benz at the New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit – ML320, GL320, and R320

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC

The Alternative Motor Vehicle credit (30b) that can be used to get a tax credit for purchasing one of our diesel SUVs has been improved by the stimulus bill. You can now claim the full credit amount regardless of your personal tax situation and income. This change applies to BlueTEC SUVs purchased after January 1st, 2009.

Important notes on the tax credit:
Must be purchased, not leased
The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale
The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined.
Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits
2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit
2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit
2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit

2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350, ML550, ML450 Hybrid, ML350 Bluetec and ML63 Colors, Packages and Options

 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Here is the information from the preliminary Dealer Ordering Guide for the 2010 ML-Class. This is a preliminary version and is subject to change at any point. Pricing has not been announced. All versions will be avaliable in August with the exception of the ML450 Hybrid that will be released in December.

ML320 Bluetec name changed to ML350 Bluetec
New Colors: Palladium Silver and Steel Grey
Standard Burl Walnut wood replaces Birdseye Maple wood
Tilt down passenger side mirror – now called “parking support mirror”
Wood Wheel available as stand alone option
Enhanced tire pressure monitoring system (displays PSI)
POST-SAFE added – post-accident safety feature
P2 package, lighting package are now standard on ML63

ML450 Hybrid Added to Line-up
335 horse-power, 354 lb/ft torque
8-Speed CVT transmission
Two-mode full hybrid power train
Reduced fuel consumption and emissions
Purely electric operation
Start/stop function
Brake-energy regeneration
19″ 5-spoke wheel with run-flats
Power dome hood
Graphic hybrid display in COMAND
Air suspension

2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Wheel Options

Pricing for Mercedes-Benz 2009 ML350 2 Wheel Drive

The 2009 ML350 with 2 Wheel Drive has been released for sale! The base MSRP is $44,600, which represents a $2,500 discount to the ML350 4MATIC. That should be about $20/month on an apples to apples lease. The ML350 2 Wheel Drive has the same exact standard and optional equipment and great look as the ML350 4MATIC.

Here in Georgia we don’t get a lot of opportunity to use the all wheel drive capability of the 4MATIC system so the 2 Wheel Drive system is a nice alternative. I should have one shortly and I’ll go drive them back to back to see if they perform any differently on the street.

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