February 7, 2014
I got up ridiculously early this morning to attend a CLA45AMG training session with the service department. The technical acheivements of the CLA45 AMG are very impressive and it looks pretty sharp too!
The silver contrast “chin” on the car was a surprise! The one we sold recently was Iridium Silver so I didn’t notice! This would be black on a car with the Night Styling Package!
This is the worlds most powerful production 4-cylinder. 355 horses and it feels like a rocket!
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz Learning and Performance for keeping us up to date on all of the new and exciting vehicles that have been coming our way!
February 5, 2014
I think they like it!
“We just finished our second quarter with the GL and put almost 7,400 more miles on it. The truck is clearly a keeper.”
“Through the first two quarters, all-day comfort has been unparalleled. For those with aging hips and backs, its seat heaters are therapeutic. It can run with everything else on the road and deliver a genuine 22 miles to the gallon, at speed and loaded to the hilt.”
“Road manners remain superb, now with more than 15,000 miles on the ticker. Creature comforts are first-rate for all aboard. In fact, one staffer said it’s almost wrong to classify it a truck: “Its amenities are limo-licious for airport runs or interstate jaunts.” The rear seats rake, and there are rear environmental controls so that the A/C up front need not affect those being chauffeured. Rear-headrest video screens can keep kids of all ages quiet, and the setup features cupholders aplenty, too.”
“At this mileage pace, the GL350 Bluetec is right up there with our long-term fleet’s mileage leaders. Though in denial, we do realize it will leave us eventually. What a sad prospect. Ol’ “Blue” has become a friend, a confidant, a trusted soul. It hasn’t disappointed us when asked to do something with and for us. We will miss it terribly when it’s no longer in the garage. Good thing we have two quarters to go.”
Read the full review at Autoweek online.
February 4, 2014
Mercedes-Benz makes a lot of vehicles that don’t come to the US. Trucks, busses, tiny hatchbacks and a couple of vans. Now that Sprinter is in the US and doing well there may be more vans on the way!
Here is an intro to the V-Class that is arriving in Europe this spring. Car and Driver online
Will it come to the US? I hope so! I love the M-Class and the GL-Class but they just don’t work for families with lots of car seats or a big carpool to run. This would certainly fill a niche!
February 3, 2014
European models shown. Bluetec Hybrid is not currently on the schedule for the US.
January 30, 2014
I’m not sure this app could have helped anyone in Georgia yesterday…but it could come in handy in less dire circumstances!
Available for Apple and Android
Driving across town or across the country, Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance lets you travel with confidence and peace of mind. Designed exclusively for Mercedes-Benz owners, Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance offers 24-hour emergency roadside service.
The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance app has been designed to make requesting assistance faster, more accurate, and convenient.
• Request assistance for a mechanical issue, dead battery, flat tire, out of fuel, lock out, and more
• Use GPS, maps and satellite to pinpoint the vehicle location
• Retrieve confirmation service is on the way and the estimated time of arrival
• Dealer locator
January 27, 2014
The MBUSA website offers a great comparison tool. You can compare Mercedes vs. Mercedes or Mercdes vs. something else in dimensions, features and even pictures. It has helped me numerous times when someone is looking an another make that I am unfamiliar with or the exact dimensions of two of our own models. It is kind of fun to stack them up side by side and see what surprises you. Note: every manufacturer measures differently and you should try on a car in person before deciding it will or won’t work for you.
Mercedes-Benz Compare Vehicles Link
January 23, 2014
Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles are an incredible value. They have been through a 165 point inspection, reconditioned, serviced and have an extended warranty. Now they are an even better value! Mercedes-Benz has just announced that they will have unlimited milage on the Certified Pre-Owned warranty! Please visit the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned site for all of the fine print.
Here’s how this works…You get 5 years, unlimited miles of coverage from the original purchase date. So, if the car is 2 years old, you have 3 years and unlimited miles of coverage. Do you know someone who drives 30 or 40 or 50,000 miles a year? This would be the best thing that ever happened to them!
We also have Certified Pre-Owned special interest rates, payment waivers and included maintenance to sweeten the pot! Now is the time to act! Check out my Certified Pre-Owned inventory and let me know which one is calling your name!
January 20, 2014
This Special Edition C63 AMG just arrived in our AMG Performance Showroom and it is a stunner! It is very obviously a different beast from the “standard” C63 AMG!
- Hand-built, high-revving AMG 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine
- 507 horsepower, 450 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in 4.1*** seconds, and a top speed of 174 mph
- More aggressive exterior styling, including hood vents, new AMG light-alloy forged wheels and AMG sport striping
- Exclusive interior available with designo upholstery, high-gloss black piano-lacquer trim and “Edition 507″ badging
- AMG high-performance braking system with compound rotors and red-painted calipers
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles
- AMG sport suspension
- AMG sport exhaust
Look at those Hood Scoops!
Look at those wheels!
And that Stripe!
Not to mention the extra 55 horses they crammed into the engine!
And the killer exhaust!
Your really need to come try this car on…they are very exclusive and you may never see one in person again!
2014 C63 AMG Coupe Edition 507
- Obsidian Black
- Black Nappa Leather
- Carbon Fiber Trim
- Edition 507 Package
- Multimedia Package
- Lighting Package
- Lane Tracking Package
- Limited Slip Differential Lock
- AMG Performance Media
- AMG Illuminated Door Sills
- Keyless Go
- Chrome Door Handle Inserts
- Wheel Locking Bolts
- MSRP $92,410
January 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is famous for safety and technology. We have been innovating the automobile since we invented it more than 125 years ago! These days there are more Assist and -Tronic features than ever before and it can get a little confusing. Here is short rundown on the common systems. You can visit the Mercedes-Benz Safety Page for some videos and more in depth explanations.
Attention Assist aka “the coffee cup” – Observes driver for initial 20 minutes of driving (over about 30 mph) and looks for changes that would indicate drowsiness. Beeps and flashes a big coffee cup to alert when there is an issue. No intervention in driving. Newer models do not display the coffee cup icon full time.
Collision Prevention Assist (CPA) – A radar on the front of the vehicle looks for impending collisions and alerts by beeping if it sees a problem. It then does the math on necessary brake force to stop in time and primes the brakes and boosts braking power. This system cannot stop the car or slow the car without driver action. Standard on most 2014 models.
Blind Spot Assist – Uses radar in the rear of the car to look for vehicles in your blind spot. Yellow triangle in mirror up to about 20 mph indicates system is on but not functioning yet. The triangle turns red when blind spot is occupied and flashes red and beeps if you engage the turn signal during a red triangle. Active Blind Spot Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Lane Keep Assist - Uses a camera behind the windshield to monitor the lane lines and vibrates the steering wheel if you inadvertently cross the lane line. Will not alert you if you have the turn signal on or the steering angle is severe. Newer cars have more and less sensitive settings available. Active Lane Keep Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Distronic – Radar adaptive cruise control that keeps you a comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. Now functions down to 0 miles per hour. If engaged it can use 100% of the vehicle braking power to prevent an accident. Follow distance is adjustable.
Steering Assist – This system engages over 40 mph and uses the stereo cameras and electromechanical steering to keep the car centered in a lane or behind the vehicle in front. Will only operate for a few seconds if the driver removes their hands from the wheel…but we know they can drive themselves!
PRE-SAFE – If the car senses and impending collision it takes action to protect the passengers. It can cinch the seatbelts, adjust the passenger seat to a more favorable position, close windows and more to reduce injury. If no accident occurs the actions are reversed.
Pre-Safe Plus with Rear-Collision Protection – Looks behind the vehicle for an impending collision and actives Pre-Safe features as well as using the brakes to hold the car in place rather than being pushed into another vehicle or traffic.
Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition aka the soccer ball thing – If the vehicle sees a pedestrian it can automatically engage the brakes while alerting the driver with beeps.
BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist – Uses the stereo cameras to look for cross traffic and can boost braking power when necessary.
Some of these features are standard, some are optional and some are only available on select models at this time. But, just like airbags that we patented in 1971, all of these safety features will probably become standard on every vehicle in the world eventually!
January 16, 2014
« Older Posts
Newer Posts »
It has been a busy week for Mercedes-Benz at the NAIAS in Detriot! They debuted the 2015 C-Class, 2015 GLA45 AMG and the S600. Take a look at the photo gallery on the MBUSA Facebook page.