Mercedes-Benz took home three trophies at the World Car Awards announced at the New York International Auto Show this week! “The World Car Awards (WCA) are more than just an awards program. The WCA’s judging panel is made up of 75 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts. The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale.”
“Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “The C-Class is a best seller that has always been a trendsetter in the premium medium-size category. This is true for the new C-Class as well. It comes to the starting line with qualities usually reserved for higher-class automobiles – ecologically, technically and also with regard to comfort and driving pleasure. It embodies what we understand modern automotive luxury made by Mercedes-Benz to be and has all the prerequisites to be a huge success. Accordingly we are extremely delighted of winning the honour of WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR.”
Wheel & Tire, as we commonly refer to it, is just one of many protection plans that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services offers to our customers. You do not have to lease or finance to take advance of these products. As a salesperson it is important to me that my customers have the coverage that matters to them. A flat tire in your new car is sad…but getting it fixed at no charge is helpful. Your teenager curbing two wheels is sad…but getting it touched up at no charge is awesome!
I have countless stories of customers who would have been out thousands of dollars if they had not purchased Wheel & Tire. And I have plenty of customers that just have the curb rash touched up at no charge every time they are in the neighborhood. There are lots of benefits!
Ask your local finance manager about Wheel & Tire Protection Plus as well as the other products from Mercedes-Benz Financial!
“I’m happy to hear from her, actually, because the Sprinter 4×4 I’m driving is so vast that you need to do a head count every time you climb aboard, and I wasn’t a hundred percent sure we hadn’t left her at that McDonald’s back in North Carolina.”
“The backup camera is nine feet off the ground (I measured), which makes it look like you’re watching drone footage every time you put the van in reverse.”
Customer and enthusiast Ben Wayne is launching his YouTube vehicle review channel with the AMG GT S, filmed right here at Atlanta Classic Cars! I make a brief cameo at the 2:30 mark. Thanks for being a fan Ben!
Recognized as one of the top women business owners in America, Cathy Ellis leads Atlanta Classic Cars with a combination of gentility and tenacity. This formula has served her, and the business, well during the past 25 years.
The daughter of Mercedes-Benz dealer and founder of Atlanta Classic Cars, John Ellis, Sr., Cathy was exposed to her career path at an early age. Through her father, she gained valuable insights into the business and inherited a passion for success. Although he warned her that car sales is no place for a woman, she set her sights on dealer ownership and has made her own definitive mark on the industry.
After graduating from the University of Arizona, Cathy worked at a small Volkswagen dealership in Illinois, developing the expertise and hands-on knowledge needed to move ahead. In 1988, she moved to Atlanta to assume ownership of Atlanta Classic Cars in Decatur. Under her direction, the dealership grew to become one of the largest Mercedes-Benz retailers in the United States, and among the largest woman-owned dealerships in the country.
After four years of planning, consumer research and customer demands shaped the design for the new Duluth location for Atlanta Classic Cars, Atlanta Classic Cars moved to the $15 million facility in Gwinnett County after outgrowing its Decatur home. The current location opened July 2003, with an expansion for the Pre-Owned facility and Collision Center completed in 2006.
According to Ms. Ellis, “While others might say Atlanta Classic Cars is a success in spite of the fact that I am a woman, I believe it is successful, in part, because I am a woman.”
Ms. Ellis embraces Mercedes-Benz corporate-wide commitment to improving one-on-one service and recognizes relationship building is critical to dealership growth. She considers her greatest business accomplishment to be the familial atmosphere of Atlanta Classic Cars, which has led to the longevity of staff and the loyalty of customers. “We care about each other and our clients,” said Ms. Ellis. “And that keeps everybody coming back.”
Thank you Cathy, for making Atlanta Classic Cars the place that it is today. You will be missed. -Jesse Cannon-Wallace, ACC since 2003
I spent three days looking at the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Three days talking about the GT S with lots of customers. Three days taking and posting pictures. Now it’s gone and I miss it! Here’s a nice long video to get over my withdrawal!
The AMG GT S is here! Our AMG trainer brought it by this morning for both technical and retail training. We offered to store it for the weekend while he is out of town. (nice of us, right?) So, come take a look! It is parked in front of my office.
Wow! This 2015 S63 AMG just arrived on the showroom floor and it has it all! I often order cars for customers without being able to show them every feature in person. Well, as long as this car is here I will be able to demo everything!
Take a look at the design Metallized Ash Wood trim! This is real wood…that looks like metal!
The 3 levels of rear seat packages culminate in the Executive Rear Seat PLUS that gives you tray tables and 4 position seating. Fancy!