January 20, 2015
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):
- Press Lock
- 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!
January 17, 2015
Here it is! Our first 2015 CLA45 AMG with the Performance Studio Package has arrived and it is an eye catcher!
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!
January 13, 2015
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!
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!
January 9, 2015
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!
January 6, 2015
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!
January 5, 2015
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!
January 3, 2015
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?
December 31, 2014
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!
December 30, 2014
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric has not yet come to Georgia so I have no first hand experience. However, since it is in 10 other states there are people who do! I read this excellent review on CleanTechnica written by an actual owner, Kyle Field. It is an interesting perspective because normally you just get the highlights from paid reviewers.
Read the Full Review on CleanTechnica here.
“Digging in to our specific EV — the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive — it looks and feels a lot like a normal car. In fact, this is the same B-Class that has been sold overseas as a gasmobile for many years, with the same exterior and interior with the exception of the minuscule “Electric Drive” badge.”
“The front seats felt a bit less roomy when compared to the BMW i3 whereas the rear seats had MUCH more room than the i3. The B-Class seats 5 while the i3 opted for in-seat cupholders, reducing it’s capacity to 4. Finally, the rear seats in the i3 are accessed through split doors, which requires the front door to open before the rear passengers can enter/exit.”
“With the normal looking exterior, the accelerator of the B-Class houses a fun secret — instant torque! This is difficult to put into words for non-EV drivers but suffice it to say that the accelerator on this EV (and most other EVs) is responsive. When you step on the pedal, it jumps.”
“Overall, we are thrilled with the B-Class. We went into our EV purchase with our eyes open about the pros and cons of EVs and couldn’t be more pleased.”
Thanks for sharing Kyle! Love the charts!
December 26, 2014
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Next year Mercedes-Benz will be introducing the GLE-Class Coupe. What’s that, you say? Well, the GLE name means that it is the midsize SUV, currently known as the M-Class, and the coupe designation is like the 4-door coupe styling in the CLS-Class and the CLA-Class.
All of the details are now in the Future Vehicles Section at MBUSA.com. It is scheduled to arrive in the US in August of 2015.
362-hp biturbo V6 engine
4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
DYNAMIC SELECT multimode drive program
Intuitive head unit with 8-inch display screen
COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with autonomous braking
Available DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
Touchpad and safety equipment upgrades
Standard 21-inch wheels; optional 22-inch wheels