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Four Shades of Grey – Palladium vs. Selenite vs. Mountain vs. Steel

For 2016, Selenite Grey has been made available on many models and Palladium Silver has been discontinued. I was trying to describe this color as the New Palladium but the more I looked at it, the less Palladium it looked. So, I pulled together all of my greys and here is what I came up with!

From Left to Right: Palladium Silver S550, Selenite Grey E350, Mountain Grey CLA250 and Steel Grey C300

Selenite

I think Palladium is lighter and has more gold than Selenite.

Steel gray

If you compare the Steel C300 (closest) to the Mountain Grey CLA250, the Steel looks very blue and the Mountain looks a touch brown.

I think this is the best light/angle I captured to show the different colors.

I hope there is a color or paint expert out there that can tell me how to explain these! Until then it will remain light grey, medium grey and dark grey.

Mercedes Me now Live!

Mercedes Me is an updated and improved Owner’s Online. Through this portal you will be able to access your vehicle information, preferred dealer contact as well as a host of new connected and lifestyle information.

If you are already an Owner’s Online member you should be able to sign in now. If not, you can sign up on the Mercedes Me website here!

Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist Video

I had a question about this system from a customer today so I thought I would share this excellent video with everyone. Based on the number of G-Wagens in their illustration this is a very nice neighborhood!

Hands Free Access to your Mercedes-Benz!

I just posted this new video to my YouTube Channel! Search for BenzBlogger to find my other videos!

2016 Mercedes-Benz Model Names, Launch Dates

For Model Year 2016 lots of Mercedes-Benz models are getting new names. I have detailed this once before with a chart but I thought I would add a little more detail.

The sedans are the basis for the new names. The SUVs start with the GL pre-fix and add the associated sedan for size. The 4-Door coupes get the CL prefix and the 2-door roadsters get the SL prefix.

Obviously there are exceptions:

  • The G-wagon stays as-is. No one tells the G to make changes!
  • The SL cannot be the SLS so it stays as the SL-Class.
  • The GL and SLK will not change until next year when they get refreshed/redesigned.

Launch Schedule for new 2016s: (subject to change and change without notice)

  • C-Classes – August/September
  • E-Class – Available now
  • CLS-Class – July
  • S-Class – August (Mercedes-Maybach S600 available now)
  • SL-Class – July
  • SLK-Class – July
  • CLA-Class – October
  • GLA-Class – October
  • GLC-Class – November (pictures this month!)
  • GLE-Class – August/September
  • G-Class – October
  • GL-Class – August
  • AMG GTS – Available Now

As always, keep an eye on the MBUSA Future Models Section for the latest info!

Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Program – Center of Excellence Delivery

Sindelfingen mercedes

On my most recent European Delivery adventure I picked up a 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 coupe. This vehicle is just one of a handful of vehicles (AMG and S-Class) that qualifies for a special Center of Excellence Delivery experience! The CoE is in the same building as the standard pick-up but offers a few extras…

First, your new car is unveiled to you by your personal guide in a secluded section of the building! This guide will spend as much time as you would like going over the features of the vehicle and helping you prepare for your trip. He helped us enter several navigation destinations, arrange the luggage and then personally pulled the vehicle outside for departure!

mercedes restaurantSecond, amazing food! The Center of Excellence service a gorgeous four course lunch in one of the showrooms while you take in the beauty of the surrounding vehicles. There were several other couples and families taking delivery at the same time but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. They were also able to quickly provide a vegetarian option even though it was not on the menu.

Finally, because it is in the same building as the standard deliveries you can still take pictures with the giant star, take the factory tour and shop in the gift shop. It is special, but not entirely separate from the standard experience.

When arranging your European Delivery of an AMG or S-Class your salesperson must make a special request for the Center of Excellence. There are a limited number available each day so requesting early is important.

I can personally handle your European Delivery experience wherever you live in the country. Call me!

Summer Entry with your Mercedes-Benz SmartKey!

This is a great way to let the hot air out of your car before you get in or roll up the windows after you have gotten out.

Unlock = Open

Lock = Close

Changing the Battery in Your Mercedes-Benz SmartKey – I’m on YouTube!

I posted this video on my Facebook page the other day and lots and lots of people watched it. So, I went ahead and posted it on my YouTube Channel. You didn’t know I had a YouTube channel? That’s because I have never uploaded a video there before! So, now you have another place to follow me. Please visit my YouTube channel and Subscribe. I will do my best to start posting useful videos!

Mercedes-Benz First Class Wheel & Tire Protection

mercedes curb damage

This wheel was destroyed by a very deep pothole. It broke the rim, flattened the tire and made it impossible for a new tire to seal properly. Mercedes-Benz First Class Wheel & Tire Protection replaced them both at no charge!

Wheel & Tire, as we commonly refer to it, is just one of many protection plans that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services offers to our customers. You do not have to lease or finance to take advance of these products. As a salesperson it is important to me that my customers have the coverage that matters to them. A flat tire in your new car is sad…but getting it fixed at no charge is helpful. Your teenager curbing two wheels is sad…but getting it touched up at no charge is awesome!

I have countless stories of customers who would have been out thousands of dollars if they had not purchased Wheel & Tire. And I have plenty of customers that just have the curb rash touched up at no charge every time they are in the neighborhood. There are lots of benefits!

Ask your local finance manager about Wheel & Tire Protection Plus as well as the other products from Mercedes-Benz Financial!

Model Year 2016 Mercedes-Benz New Nomenclature

Mercedes Nomenclature

Does this help?

For Model Year 2016 Mercedes-Benz is renaming/reorganizing some of our models. If you think of the C/E/S as the building blocks and then the GL as a prefix for SUVs, SL as a prefix for roadsters and CL as a prefix for coupes, I think it makes sense!

My chart isn’t perfect. I left out the S-Coupe and E-Coupe that are staying the same. Also, the B-Class is a strange case and doesn’t fit here. It is a work in progress! We’ll get it eventually.

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