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I know that I am 10 years late to the party, but I finally joined Facebook!  I thought it would be an easy way for clients and Mercedes fans to connect with me as well as keep up with shorter updates.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Pricing Announced!

It’s official! The base price for the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is $129,900! The first customer cars are built and on the way from Germany. Can’t wait to see it in person!

Mercedes-Benz Keyless-GO SmartKey – On and Off!

Mercedes-Benz Keyless Go

Keyless-GO is an option built into your SmartKey. If the car senses the key, it will allow you to open the doors, start the car and lock the doors with the touch of your hand. This extra capability can drain the small battery in the key more quickly than you might like. To combat that battery drain it is now possible to turn off the Keyless-Go functionality of your key!

2015 vehicles (and possibly replacement keys ordered now):

  1. Press Lock
  2. With 2 seconds, double click lock

Now the indicated (and photo enhanced) LED on the key will flash twice quickly and once longer to indicate that the Keyless-GO functionality is turned off. This is a good idea for your spare key so it doesn’t have a dead battery when you need it, or if you are taking your key on a long vacation.

To reactivate, simply press unlock on the key.

Go ahead, try it. Be a Mercedes expert!

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG with Performance Studio Package

Here it is! Our first 2015 CLA45 AMG with the Performance Studio Package has arrived and it is an eye catcher!

CLA details

The red accents look amazing on this black car and I didn’t even notice the lower decal until I was taking these pictures!

The interior is full of red accents and the very sporty dinamica interior.

The red grille surround is my favorite feature.

This one is already sold but you can order your own now!

2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic with designo Amaretto Leather

E63 Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz generally offers 3-5 interior colors from which to choose. Your classic black, tan and grey with the occasional red or brown for variety. But, perhaps you have had all of those colors and are ready for something new, something unique, something you won’t see in every car. Well, then the designo program is for you! Give us a few extra weeks and we will hand-stitch your interior with some very special leather.

This 2015 E63 AMG S-Model was ordered for a client a few months ago with the designo Amaretto leather. I have not seen this color in person before and I would say that the color swatch does not quite convey what a vibrant color it is!

E63 orange leather

orange leather mercedes

E-Class designo

Please pardon my poor quality photos. It is raining and the customer is on the way to pick up the car so I had to make do with a couple of quick pictures. I do love the peek of something special through the back window!

E63 with orange leather

Mercedes-Benz Museum Video Series – Museum Monday!

I am very excited to see the new Museum Monday videos from Mercedes-Benz. Having visited the museum twice I recognize all of the displays and can’t wait to hear some behind-the-scenes info! Nice to meet you Uke!

MBUSA is Moving to Atlanta!

Welcome to the neighborhood! I look forward to the proliferation of Giant Stars all over Metro Atlanta!

For those who haven’t been keeping up the latest MBUSA scuttlebutt, they have officially announced the move to metro Atlanta! The first temporary offices are expected to open this summer, with the major construction project to be completed by 2017.

This will move the US headquarters closer to our factory in Tuscaloosa and our shipping hub in Brunswick. How exciting!

Vehicle Transport Ship Run Aground!

When I tell clients that the vehicle they ordered is on the way from Germany, I usually add a disclaimer about “barring any catastrophe” it should be here in 10 days. This is that catastrophe! This vehicle transport ship was in danger of capsizing so they had to run aground to save it! Good news, no Mercedes aboard. However, it still turns my stomach to look at it!

Automobile Magazine has a Mercedes-Benz Wagon Enthusiast on Staff!

Mercedes wagon

I am a wagon fan. Always have been. We had numerous Volvo wagons when I was a kid – always called The Brick – and the classic E-Class wagons – called the Cool Bus. There is something special about having a row of seats to yourself.

It turns out I am not the only fan! US sales of the E350 wagon have been increasing! As a nod to this small group of wagon enthusiasts, Automobile Magazine has recently published quite a few articles about the E350 wagon, the E63 AMG wagon and the non-US CLS-Class Shooting Brake. All of these articles were written by the same author, Marc Nordeloos.

From: Hot Euro Wagons: Jaguar XFR-S vs. Mercedes CLS63 AMG vs. Audi RS6

“The brilliance of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is that it  offers nearly all of the comfort of the Audi while being far more special to drive quickly.”

“It’s important to remember that the CLS Shooting Brake is a four-door “coupe  wagon” and not a traditional station wagon. Still, if cargo capacity is not one  of your top priorities, the lovely design will far outweigh any of these  complaints.”

From: Interview: Mercedes-Benz Wagon Master Joe Stauble

“There is something special and unique about an E-Class Estate. Customers  recognize this, and it draws them to this product.”

“We have loyal customers who really appreciate the cargo capacity and the driving  dynamics over an SUV. I think there is definitely a niche that would warrant  future variants.

From: The Ultimate Winter Rides

“When you’re done being a rally star in your near-600 hp station wagon, slip the  transmission back into Comfort mode, set the suspension to the softest setting,  and click both the heated and massaging seat buttons. You’ll be hard pressed to  beat the comfort in an S-Class. Add a set of rubber winter mats, and it’s as if  the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon was destined to effortlessly plug through  winter.”

From: Cars I’d Buy With My Own Money – Part 2 (the Over-$40,000 Edition)

“Of all the cars on the list, this is the one I actually do own.”

“There’s just something about a Mercedes that impresses when you live with it.  You don’t fully appreciate this during a brief test drive. I love the fact that  there are three rows of seating, allowing car-pooling without resorting to an  SUV. Plus, who doesn’t love a rear-facing third row seat?”

That’s it! The Rear Facing third row. I’ve obviously outgrown it but I have such fond memories of sitting back there getting big rigs to honk, making faces at other kids and road-tripping like a queen ensconced in a carriage!

So, Marc and I are clearly huge wagon fans…how about you?

Happy New Year!

Mercedes christmas tree

With the holidays behind us it is time to look forward to 2016! Yes, 2016. I work in model years and we are already halfway through 2015! I can’t wait to see what amazing advances Mercedes-Benz will make in technology, safety and design.

It has been a great year. Thank you to all of my readers, clients and fellow enthusiasts! See you next year!

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