New ML and C Coupe receive 5 stars on latest Euro NCAP safety tests

Five stars for new B-Class, new M-Class and C-Class Coupé: Euro NCAP: three more Mercedes-Benz model series with best grades for safety

Three new model series from Mercedes-Benz have passed crash tests based on the European NCAP procedure (New Car Assessment Programme) with flying colours. The B-Class, M-Class as the best in each of their vehicle classes, and the C-Class Coupé consequently get the top rating of five stars for outstanding occupant protection. In addition, Mercedes-Benz receives several Euro NCAP Advanced prizes for safety innovations including PRE-SAFE® and the radar-based collision warning system COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST in the B-Class.

“The Euro NCAP awards are a striking recognition of the safety level of our vehicles, and we’re very happy about them,” stated Ulrich Mellinghoff, Head of Mercedes Safety Development. “But the standardised crash tests cover only a small part of the real course of events leading up to and during road accidents. For this reason Mercedes-Benz designs all model series employing some 40 different accident constellations, most of which we define based on the experience of our in-house accident research. Additionally, focusing on anticipatory systems and accident avoidance we equip our vehicles with systems which are not even taken into account in the rating.” Continue reading

The new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG: Efficiency and superlative performance

Affalterbach – The new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG stands for efficiency and performance, exclusivity and a superlative driving experience. Running on 11.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined, 276 g CO2/km), the high-performance SUV undercuts its predecessor by 4.7 litres, or 28 percent. The basis for low fuel consumption and top-class performance is provided by the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a maximum power output of 386 kW (525 hp) and maximum torque of 700 Newton metres, representing an increase of 11 kW (15 hp) and 70 Newton metres. The optionally available AMG Performance package boosts the V8 engine’s power output to 410 kW (557 hp) and its maximum torque to 760 Newton metres. The newly developed ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM for active roll stabilisation, the AMG-specific design and the broad scope of standard equipment and appointments provide for a highly attractive overall package. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz SLK and M-Class Win Golden Steering Wheel

This year’s double win for Mercedes-Benz at the “Golden Steering Wheel” awards marks the continuation of a fine tradition

With over a quarter-million voters ranking their favorites in this year’s Europe-wide reader  vote, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Mercedes SLK won their respective category. These two additional wins have made Mercedes-Benz the most successful automotive brand at the “Golden Steering Wheel” awards over any other car brand in history. Mercedes-Benz has won the “Golden Steering Wheel” 21 times including last year’s “Golden Steering Wheel” win for the Mercedes-Benz CLS. On hand to accept the awards were Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

More than 260,000 readers of the German publications “Bild am Sonntag”, “Auto Bild” and their European sister publications in 22 countries registered their votes in this year’s “Golden Steering Wheel” awards. The winner of the SUV class was determined in a direct vote, so making the Mercedes-Benz M-Class the winner of the “Golden Steering Wheel” in this group. The SLK won its category after being shortlisted along with four of its competitors. In the unimpeachable judgement of a panel of experts, and after undergoing real-life testing, it too was awarded the “Golden Steering Wheel” in its category.

Readers from across Europe valued not only the M-Class’s characteristic and distinctive design and its variable interior, with that all-important sense of wellbeing, but also the excellent energy efficiency and thus environmental acceptability of this premium SUV. The permanent all-wheel drive system of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class also proved a determining factor thanks to its well-balanced ride comfort along with excellent driving dynamics, both on and off road, along with the car’s outstanding range and high level of safety.

What ultimately swayed the result in favour of the SLK Roadster in the “Golden Steering Wheel” competition was, above all, the way it manages to combine light-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, striking sports car design with absolute everyday practicality, and superb performance with exemplary ecological credentials. With the excellent performance it derives from its economical and yet powerful engines, along with technical innovations such as the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which can be switched from light to dark at the touch of a button, the SLK takes driving pleasure and open air enjoyment to a whole new level.

This year’s double win in the “Golden Steering Wheel” awards marks the continuation of a fine tradition: with a total of 21 victories to date, the brand with the three-pointed star now leads the field of the most successful car brands to win the competition for the “Golden Steering Wheel”, a prize that has been awarded since 1976.

2012 Mercedes-Benz Model Year Updates

C-Class Sedan

With over 2,000 new parts, the MY12 facelifted C-Class Sedan marks the most extensive facelift in the  history of Mercedes-Benz. Along with the completely redesigned interior, highlights for the new model year include the following:

  • C250 – New 1.8L I4 (201hp), turbocharged, direct injection engine
  • C350 – New, direct-injection 3.5L V6 (302hp)

Standard equipment upgrades including automatic transmission, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirrors, garage door opener, compass, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming,  ATTENTION ASSIST, and adaptive brake with HOLD function.

  •  New paints/wheels/upholstery options
  •  New Lane Tracking Package
  • PARKTRONIC available as stand alone option
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps standard for both sport and luxury
  • Color Instrument Cluster
  • Media Interface relocated to center console
  • All non-AMG C-Class models receive the updated version of our familiar 7-speed automatic transmission which provides better fuel economy and smoother shift quality.

C-Class Coupe

The introduction of the all new MY12 C-Class Coupe will allow Mercedes-Benz to compete for the first  time in the entry level luxury coupe segment. The coupe will share many of the same styling cues found on the sedan such as a completely redesigned interior, new generation of telematics, high resolution color instrument display and increased levels of standard equipment. The coupe will also be differentiated by such standard features as:

  • Panorama sunroof
  • Steering wheel shift paddles
  • 10 way power driver seat with 3 position memory, 4 way power lumbar and power steering column
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Unique C250 wheel

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Mercedes-Benz customers are the most satisfied

Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz customers are the most satisfied. The proof comes with the results of the latest J.D. Power Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSSSM) Germany, undertaken by the world-renowned market research organisation J.D. Power and Associates into the satisfaction of car buyers. The C-, E- and M-Class each scored the best marks in their respective segments. In the category Service Satisfaction, the three-pointed star also once again secured first place among the premium brands. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has won silver in the editorial awards presented by the German magazine AUTO TEST, based on more than 500 tests and pre-purchase consultations.

Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Incentives June 2010

Loyalty Accelerator 3 Payments

Now through June 30th, 2010, eligible M-Class, R-Class, S-Class, CL-Class, SL-Class, CLS-Class, GL-Class and G-Class customers with a First Class Lease or Walkaway Balloon Contract are eligible for 3 Loyalty Accelerator Credits in conjunction with the lease or finance of any New MY2009, MY2010, or MY2011 vehicle through Mercedes-Benz Financial between June 2, 2010 and June 30, 2010.

Loyalty Accelerator 5 Payments

Now through June 30th, 2010, eligible C-Class, E-Class, CLK-Class, and SLK-Class customers with a First Class Lease or Walkaway Balloon Contract are eligible for 5 Loyalty Accelerator Credits in conjunction with the lease or finance of any New MY2009, MY2010, or MY2011 vehicle through Mercedes-Benz Financial between June 2, 2010 and June 30, 2010.

2010 E-Class Sedan Loyalty Cash Program

All C-Class, E-Class, M-Class, R-Class, CLK-Class, SLK-Class, and CLS customers with an Active MBF First Class Lease, First Class Finance or Walkaway Balloon Account are eligible for: $2000 Loyalty Cash with the lease or finance of any new MY2010 E-Class Sedan through Mercedes-Benz Finance between June 2 and June 30, 2010.

2 Payment Credits

Let Mercedes-Benz make your first 2 payments…

  • Purchase any C300, C350, or GLK350 through Dec 31st and  receive 2 payment credits up to $1300 in value.
  • Purchase any ML350 Bluetec, ML350w2 or ML350w4 through December 31st and receive 2 payment credits up to $1500 in value.

*Vehicles must be financed through Mercedes-Benz Finance (purchase only).  Purchaser will receive either 2 payment credits or payment value listed, whichever is less.

2010 ML450 Now available

Our 2010 ML450 Hybrid just arrived.  It is unique, because it is not the normal silver, black or white color that most other dealers ordered for thier inventory.  Below is a copy of the MSRP.  Per Mercedes-Benz it is available for lease only.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

     ML450H                                                   $55,000
792  Palladium Silver                                    $720
151  M-B Tex Black                                                  
P01  P01 Package: Auto-Dimming Mirrors, COMAND                 $3,950
     U80 : 115V AC Power Outlet                                     
     049 : iPod/MP3 Media Interface Cable                           
     218 : Rearview Camera                                          
     249 : Autodimming Mirrors                                      
     275 : Power Dr.Seat & Steering Col. w/ Memory                  
     441 : Power Steering Column                                    
     500 : Power Folding Mirrors                                    
     512 : COMAND System w/hard-drive Navigation                    
     517 : SIRIUS Satellite Radio and HD Digital Radio                 
     518 : iPod/MP3 Media Interface                                 
     890 : Power Liftgate                                           
R55  R55 Wheel Pkg: 19″ twin 5-spoke wheel                       $770
     R55 : 19″ Wheels                                               
     R66 : Extended Mobility Tires                                  
731  Burl Walnut Wood Trim                                          
846  Brushed Aluminum Running Boards w/ Rubber                $660
866  Rear Seat Entertainment System Pre-Wiring                   $160
     SUBTOTAL                                      $61,260
     DESTINATION & DELIVERY              $875
     TOTAL                                             $62,135