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Yesterday I took a little road trip in a 2012 Merceded-Benz C250 courtesy car. I drove from Atlanta, GA to Columbus, GA and back before noon using about half a tank of fuel. There was heavy traffic in Atlanta that slowed me down a little but the C250 was a great vehicle for this trip - Fun to drive, plenty of space and the fuel economy was impressive! The 2012 C250 is officially rated at 31 mpg on the highway but I was able to do even better!
This beauty will be retired from our courtesy car fleet in about a year but Atlanta Classic Cars has a great selection of Certified Pre-Owned C-Classes available now. Let me know if something catches your eye!
Mercedes-Benz hosted a press test drive event for the all-new 2014 CLA-Class. It looks like everyone loves the looks, quality and sportiness of our new car! Here is a round up on the test drive reviews - click the link for the full review! Test drive for yourself in September!
Autoweek says: "...this entry-level Benz makes no compromises and no excuses."
Autoblog says: "This is a good and solid baby Mercedes sedan with above average build quality, great ambitions, and fresh looks that fit the established brand image worldwide." Tons of great pictures here too!
Edmunds says: "the CLA is a uniquely styled sedan that attracts attention even before people know what it is. Not many of the competitors in this price range can do the same. Add in the sharp interior and solid performance and the CLA is an interesting option at its price point."
Car and Driver Says: "The CLA250 might be the most humble U.S.-market Mercedes in some time, but it follows squarely in the CLS’s footsteps in injecting fashionable design where conservative and derivative are the norm."
MotorTrend says: "...everything you see, hear, touch, or feel has been tailored to the standards of the Mercedes lineup."
In April Mercedes-Benz will be launching the new Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone in the US market. It was introduced in Europe late last year in the A-Class. This system allows you to connect your iPhone to your Mercedes-Benz for a lot more than just phone calls and music!
This website has lots of details and demos about the features!
MSRP is expected to be under $1000 installed. Part numbers are not yet available.
Just added to the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com...
"Vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state will be exempt from sales and use tax and the annual ad valorem tax. Instead, these vehicles will be subject to a new, one-time title ad valorem tax that is based on the value of the vehicle.
In addition, if you purchase and title a vehicle in Georgia between January 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013, you may be eligible to opt-in to the new title ad valorem tax."
From the Georgia Department of Revenue website that features a Title Ad Velorum Tax Calculator.
From what we understand this law is still being tweeked by the state legislature and some changes may be made. Contact your county tag office with additional questions!
"The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG’s S model offers almost 600 horsepower, but we bet few people are terribly disappointed that it’s actually 23 shy. And with 590 lb-ft of torque testing the traction limits on all four tires, it’s hard to feel anything but a giddy sense of awe."
"In a masterstroke of customer understanding, Mercedes will offer E63 wagon buyers—i.e., enlightened lunatics—only the higher-output tune."
"Our tech department’s educated guess predicts that the E63 can hit 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, the S in 3.3, and either version can complete a quarter-mile blitzkrieg in less than 12 seconds."
Read the full article at CarandDriver.com.
All I can say is WOW! I have purchased 3 new Mercedes-Benz automobiles previously, but this fourth one was a very special car buying experience!
I was in the market for a new car so I called my very dear friend Kim Cates. Kim and I became friends when I had my car serviced at Atlanta Classic Car before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. She always provided first class service.
Kim put me in touch with Jesse Cannon-Wallace. After speaking with Jesse by phone, she went right to work finding me the right car and the best financing. Within 30 minutes she called me back and asked me to select the exact vehicle I wanted to purchase.
I flew from Jacksonville to pick up my new car a few days later. I was met at the door by Jesse with a big smile! She offered a test drive and began demonstrating all the great features of my new car. She was gracious enough to add a stop at Fryes to purchase the iPhone 5 adaptor so I could connect my phone to the car. We arrived a little before the store opened and she respected my time by using the opportunity to complete the demonstration.
When we returned to the dealership, Jesse introduced me to Eric Palmsteen, Business Manager, to sign the paperwork. Eric went above and beyond to secure incredible financing for me. Additionally, he was so organized that it took just a few minutes to complete the transaction.
Thanks to Kim, Jesse and Eric, there is absolutely nothing more I could have expected or desired from a car buying experience. I've raved about my experience so much that friends in Florida plan to purchase their next vehicle from Atlanta Classic Cars! I strongly encourage anyone in the market for a new vehicle or needs service for a Mercedes-Benz to contact the amazing team at Atlanta Classic Cars! I look forward to buying all my future cars from them.
Oh, did I mention how much I love my new Mercedes? By far it's the best of the four.
Thank you Bill - It was a pleasure!
"But the new turbo-diesel is a fuel-sipping smoothie, with 195 horses and 369 lb-ft of torque. At a steady highway pace through the swelling hills of Catalonia, we managed 44 mpg, a remarkable gain over today's E350 Bluetec. Another economic upside: Mercedes confirmed that the rear-wheel-drive E250 Bluetec will become the most affordable E-class of all, undercutting the current E350 Bluetec's $53,105 base price."
"Sedan, wagon, coupe or cabriolet, the E-class's reworked body impressed everyone from journalists to janitors at Detroit's auto show in January. With additions where it counts - a sinuous, air-slurping front end - and the tasteful subtraction of the clumsy pontoon rear fender, Mercedes' oft-criticized sedan styling language is suddenly speaking sexy."
"The enriched cabin gets a restyled dashboard and gauges, a handsome analog clock, aluminum-look switches, and striking wood or metal trim. There's a heightened sense of fit-and-finish; corners and joints are executed with a precision nearly befitting an S-class."
"With the carryover V-6 a known quantity, we honed in on the intriguing high-low matchup between the bi-turbo six and the underdog diesel. Mercedes figures a 7.9-second squirt from 0 to 62 mph for the E250 diesel, but the car had no trouble passing dawdlers and its four cylinders were impressively muted."
Read the full review at Automobile online.
"The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a midcycle refresh, and the face-lift is most obvious in the front, where more gracefully contoured headlights perch above larger air intakes, softening the more severe, conservative look of the outgoing E-Class' nose."
"Get your V8-powered non-AMG E-Class while you can. The stonking, 402-horsepower twin-turbo V8-powered E550 will still be available in 2014, but it won't last long. In 2015 the E550 will be dropped. In its place will be the E400, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that generates 329 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque."
"Although it gives up 31 lb-ft of midrange torque to the erstwhile E350 Bluetec, the four-cylinder turbodiesel makes for a surprisingly good facsimile of the bigger engine. Torque builds seamlessly even from very low revs and there's no shortage of thrust. Its indifferent soundtrack doesn't stir the soul, though many people may not be able to peg it as a diesel simply by the way it sounds. There's zero clatter and no smoke. Modern diesels have become remarkably refined, and this one's no exception."
"We also took a turn in the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 and found that the biturbo-6 moves it with authority. It transitions into boost imperceptibly, never feeling flat-footed, and strides to the redline with enthusiasm."
Read the full review at Edmunds.com.