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New Names for Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

Naming a Mercedes-Benz is a complicated matter involving tradition, prestige and trademarks. Sometimes an old classic is removed and replaced with something that fits better with the current line-up. Well, that is going to happen in a big way over the next few years!

The goal is to center the model designations around the 5 core models – A, B, C, E, and S. SUVs will start with GL and then add the core model designation that tells you how it lines up. The Coupes and Roadsters get a similar system using the CL and SL pre-fixes.

  • A Sedan – GLA SUV – CLA Coupe
  • C Sedan – GLC SUV – SLC Roadster (formerly GLK and SLK)
  • E Sedan – GLE SUV – GLE Coupe coming in 2016
  • S Sedan – GLS SUV – CLS Coupe – SL Roadster (formerly the GL SUV)

Get it? I think it will take me a while to remember the new names and I know I’ll be calling it the ML for years!

Also, we are shortening the engine designations:

  • d for diesel
  • e for electric
  • f for fuel cell
  • h for hybrid

There is going to be so much extra room on the trunk!

European Delivery – Marten Insurance

If you carefully read through the insurance documents for the Mercedes-Benz European Delivery program you will find that the car has coverage for Marten damage.

Marten Bites

Damage caused by martens chewing through or biting cables, tubes, leads and wires of vehicles licensed as private motor vehicles with the exception of rental vehicles, taxis and self-driven rental vehicles.

Ummm, what kind of monsters do they have in Europe!? Here is a video from Audi addressing the issue. It made me grateful to only have mice.

2015 CLA-Class and CLS-Class Pricing

CLS400

The 2015 CLS400 and CLS550 are scheduled to arrive this month. The CLS400 is a new 6-cylinder addition to the line-up and, based on the early success of the SL400, I bet we sell lots of them!

  • 2015 CLS400 – $65,990
  • 2015 CLS400 4Matic – $68,490
  • 2015 CLS550 –  $73,200
  • 2015 CLS550 4matic – $75,700

2015 CLA

The 2015 CLA-Class will arrive in December with a host of upgrades! The 2014 sold like hotcakes all year and I think these improvements will certainly bring in even more excited new owners.

  • 2015 CLA250 – $31,500
  • 2015 CLA2504Matic – $33,500
  • 2015 CLA45 AMG – $48,500

New Standard features:

  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 7″ color display (replacing 5.8″)
  • KEYLESS-START
  • Media Interface
  • Pre-Wiring for Garmin® Navigation
  • Rear armrest incl. dual cupholder
  • Sunglass Pocket (in roof control unit)

Other 2015 Changes:

  • New 17″ Standard Wheel
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • Keyless Go in P1 or stand-alone
  • New Steering Wheel Design
  • Rearview Camera available as stand-alone
  • Aluminum Trim available
  • 12 Color Ambient Lighting available
  • Multimedia goes to 8″ screen and loses 6 CD changer
  • Power Passenger Seat with Memory is stand-alone option

All of this information should come to MBUSA.com and the Build your Own section when the vehicle is launched. You can order all of these vehicles now!

Setting the Clock in Your Mercedes-Benz!

Don’t wait 6 months for the clock to be right again! You can visit the How-to-Video section at MBUSA.com to get specific directions for setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz!

Mercedes-Benz SL550 White Arrow Edition!

Diamond White SL550
This special edition 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550 just arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars! If you have been looking for something classic, but with a twist, this might be the perfect combination for you!
2015 SL550 – White Arrow Edition
  • designo Diamond White Paint
  • Black Nappa leather with Platinum White Accents
  • Panoramic Roof
  • P38 White Arrow Edition includes:
  • Gloss Black retracting hardtop
  • Piano Black Lacquer Trim
  • AMG Contrast Floor Mats
  • Driver Assistance Package (Distronic PLUS, Active Blind Spot & Lane Tracking)
  • Night View Assist PLUS
  • Illuminated Door Sills
  • 19″ AMG Twin Spoke Wheels in Silver/Black
  • Soft Close Doors
  • Sport Package Brake System
  • MSRP $118,745
This is a limited edition car and once they are gone, they are gone. You’ll have to wrap the roof black like everyone else!
Build Your Own GLA – Online or on Instagram!

I am a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz Build Your Own tool at MBUSA.com. I use it everyday to visualize color combinations, illustrate the differences in sport packages and price custom vehicles. Now MBUSA has taken it to Instagram! I am pretty impressed with their ingenuity. Try it and see what you think. Tag me if you repost your new car!

Atlanta 3-Day Starts Tomorrow! 0-60 in 3 Days!

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is this weekend in Atlanta! This will be my 7th time participating in the event and, as always, I am proud to raise money and awareness for this cause. If you live or work anywhere near our path please come out and cheer us on. We need the encouragement!

If you are looking to send your charity dollars somewhere, my team link is on the left of this page. We’ve hit our minimum but every dollar towards the cure is a good investment.

I’ll be posting pictures all weekend to my Instagram account tagged #the3day if you want to follow along!

2014 3-Day route

Mercedes AMG Petronas is the 2014 F1 Constructors’ Champion!

It has been a great year for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team! With 3 races to go they have already locked in the Constructors’ title and the two drivers are battling for the Drivers’ title! It has been a great season and I think that deserves a t-shirt! I just ordered a couple of these as gifts for my favorite F1 fans from the official Formula 1 store. Mercedes Pride!

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG – Summer and All-Season Tires

Sometimes new vehicles have surprises in store for us! This 2015 GLA45 AMG has the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder and the new owner proclaimed it “cute as a bug.” Unfortunately, we realized the Summer Tires it was equipped with from the factory were not going to be adequate for their winter driving needs.

Here is the solution! From 20″ matte black wheels for the summer…

GLA45 summer tires

To 19″ Silver and Grey Wheels with All-Season Tires for the winter!

We could not find a set of all season tires to mount to the 20″ wheels so we went another route. We found a good looking set of 19″ Mercedes-Benz wheels and mounted an all season 19″ MOE tire to that set. Then we simply exchanged them! The 20″ black wheels are bagged up and ready to make their appearance in the spring! Very European, right?

Speaking of the old wheels…I was shocked to find out they easily fit in the back of the GLA45 with room to spare! Impressive!

Here is a close-up of the 19″ wheel we selected. It still shows off those amazing brakes and red calipers and now the car has two looks! Not a bad idea!

 

The AMG Private Lounge – Have you Signed Up?

The AMG Private Lounge is the place to be if you own an AMG!

This online community is limited to people who share your passion for your AMGs. There are discussion boards, regular interaction from the AMG experts at Mercedes-Benz and lots of sneak peeks, invitations and giveaways!

Right now they are preparing a special sneak peek at the all-new AMG GT. You aren’t invited if you aren’t a member!

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