Mercedes-Benz holds over 85,000 patents for the automobile most of which are safety related. Through the introduction of these numerous pioneering safety solutions and technologies, Mercedes-Benz continues to define new standards for vehicle safety. One of the latest to be introduced is Collision Prevention Assist Plus or CPA+ for short. A part of the larger Intelligent Drive System, CPA+ adds autonomous braking to the current Collision Prevention Assist System.
MBUSA May 2014 Sales
Mercedes-Benz continues it’s roll into May with Mercedes-Benz USA posting it’s fifth record sales month of 2014 with 26,617 vehicles sold. MBUSA reports sales up 6.5% over last years record year. Additionally, Sprinter and smart are both having a great year with Sprinter up 23.5% and smart up 8% over last year. All-in-all MBUSA is reporting 138,374 total vehicles sold for 2014.
Top sellers in May continue to be the C, E, M-Class vehicles. The all new S-Class is still out selling it’s BMW, Audi and Lexus counter parts combined as reported by Motortrend in May.
There are still a lot of vehicles yet to make their debut this year for MBUSA including the GLA, S-Coupe, B-Class and the redesigned C-Class. We are looking forward to late summer early fall when these vehicles will become available.
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.
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
Available for all S/CL-Class models, you now have the ability to view two different sources on the same screen. For example, while the driver is using the radio or navigation system, the front passenger can enjoy a DVD video on the very same display screen. The all-new color screen allows for the display of two different images simultaneously. A filter, masking the display, divides the image in such a way that it is viewing angle specific. Therefore, only a single visual source can be seen on either side. As a result, the driver and front passenger can view completely different content on the same screen at the same time – the effect is beyond belief.
The all-new SPLITVIEW system is integrated into COMAND. The 8-inch active matrix color screen allows for the display of two different images simultaneously. A filter, masking the display, divides the image in such a way that it is viewing angle specific. Therefore, only a single visual source can be seen on either side. As a result, the driver and front passenger can view completely different content on the same screen at the same time – the effect is beyond belief.
When active, the driver has full access to the COMAND system while the front passenger uses the included remote control and wireless headphones to enjoy their own entertainment choice.
MSRP is $700
Due to various state laws, SPLITVIEW is currently prohibited on vehicles registered in the following 14 states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
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S400 Hybrid Update:
The Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid will launch in the United States one year from now, marking the German automaker’s first production foray into hybrid technology.
Mercedes started with the S350’s 3.5-liter V-6 and added an electric motor powered by lithium ion batteries – the first in a production vehicle. The battery pack is small enough to fit in the engine compartment (the conventional battery was moved the trunk), while the 20 hp motor sits between the V-6 and the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission. The entire package adds only 165 lbs. Engineers also squeezed more power and efficiency out of the gasoline engine by modifying the valve and camshaft timing while adding new cylinder heads and pistons. The changes net 7 hp, combining with the electric motor to make 299 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque.
In both form and function, the S400 skews toward the mild end of the hybrid spectrum. The electric motor never powers the car by itself, and is tuned to provide more power in addition to economy. Mercedes said the motor adds a “boost” effect during hard acceleration, projecting a 0-62 time of 7.2 seconds and a governed top-speed of 155 mph. Inside, the S400 eschews a prominent hybrid status screen and instead displays the information in the instrument cluster. A stop/start function shuts off the gasoline motor when the vehicle slows to less than 9 mph, and uses the electric motor to ignite the engine again as soon as the driver lets off the brakes. Like most hybrids, the batteries recharge during braking.
The result is a combined fuel economy of roughly 30 mpg, an improvement of about 4 mpg over the S350, with little to no sacrifice in performance and luxury. Carbon emissions are also down by 21 percent. Mercedes said the gains are enough to make the S400 the most efficient car in its class. It should hit U.S. streets in September 2009.
Mercedes-Benz has announced its first hybrid passenger car, the S400 BlueHYBRID. Based on the S350 platform, this mild hybrid pairs an electric motor/generator and the first lithium-ion battery in a production car with a specially tuned version of the company’s 3.5L V6 driving the wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission. The V6 produces 279 horsepower and can be aided by the electric motor during acceleration with an additional 20 horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque, giving the drivetrain a combined torque output of 285 lb-ft and what MB calls an electric “boost” effect. Like most hybrids, the S400 features a start-stop function and regenerative braking, but since Mercedes didn’t want any interior or trunk space sacrificed for batteries, the S400’s special li-ion battery was made small enough to be placed under the hood with the engine. The net result of all this technology is a very large car that would get around 29 mpg in the U.S. The M-B S400 BlueHYBRID will be next summer.
Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue in the “Key To The Cure”. This year Mercedes-Benz is show casing our flagship sedan, the S550. 1000 Special Edition S550’s have been built. The special makeup consists of Diamond White metallic paint with Sahara Beige and Black Leather interior. For every car sold Mercedes-Benz will donate $1000 to the cause, or a total of $1 million dollars. Please see www.mbusa.com or www.saksfifthavenue.com for more information.