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New Color – Anthracite Blue (Code 998) on 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550!

Here are some pictures of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 that just arrived for a client. This is the first car we have received in Anthracite Blue and I wanted to try to get some pictures for future reference. As always, color is hard to capture so I parked it next to an Indigo Blue E350 Bluetec and a Lunar Blue E350. I’m not sure it helped!

Dark Blue S550 Mercedes

At first glance it looks Steel Grey to me. In the right light, if you are looking for it, you can see the blue.

S-Class new Blue

Mercedes Blue S-Class

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This car also features the Deep Sea Blue designo Interior which is stunning!

mercedes designo blue

rear seat package S550

That is my best attempt to capture this new color. If you are considering it I would recommend you like Steel Grey and then picture it a little blue.

S550 taillights blue

 

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is So Aerodynamic!

This can only be topped by my favorite Chicken video.

Everyone Reviews the 2015 GLA45 AMG!

Silver GLA45

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will arrive later this year and Mercedes-Benz invited journalists for a test drive this week. Here’s the first impression.

From Autoweek:

“In many ways, the AMG is a more pleasant everyday driver than the CLA45 AMG. The GLA delivers the same rousing performance, but offers a more comfortable ride, better for daily commuting.”

“…the transverse four-cylinder is most impressive from 4,500 rpm and up, where its character hardens and delivers explosive qualities on a planted throttle. It also sounds fantastic: a raspy growl under load and the occasional exhaust crackle.”

From Edmunds:

“We tried it on some rocky terrain and it happily traverses trails and loose gravel roads without feeling overly fragile or vulnerable. Whether you like it for its looks or its capabilities, the GLA fitted with the off-road package is uniquely appealing.”

“It adds more cargo space, a higher seating position for better visibility and even some rough road ability if you need it. Not bad considering it has the same footprint, similar styling and should likely deliver equivalent mileage numbers.”

GLA45 amg

Lewis and Nice React to New F1 Rules!

Mercedes-Benz CLA45AMG Training!

CLA45 class

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!

CLA45 silver trim

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!

panoramic roof mercedes

355 hp 4 cylinder

This is the worlds most powerful production 4-cylinder. 355 horses and it feels like a rocket!

amg led CLA

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!

Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec – AutoWeek Long Term Test Review

I think they like it!

mercedes GL diesel

“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.

Mercedes-Benz Minivan – Coming to the US?

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!

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Arriving in September!

European models shown. Bluetec Hybrid is not currently on the schedule for the US.

Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance App

apple android mercedes app

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.

Functions:
• 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

Compare Vehicles Online – Mercedes-Benz Website

vehicle comparisons

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

picture comparison

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