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    Mercedes Plans On Adding Ten AMG Models This Year


    • Mercedes-AMG, are you feeling ok?

    Mercedes is going a bit overboard with the number of AMG models it offers. At the moment, you have a choice of 38 models that have gone through the AMG treatment. But Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG says more are coming.

     

    "We're going to expand our portfolio to 48 different models by the end of the year," Moers told Automotive News.

     

    The obvious question is 'WHY?' It comes down to growth. Sales of AMG models rose 40 percent to 68,875 vehicles. This is most likely due to the introduction of less-expensive models such as the CLA45 and GLA45.

     

    We wouldn't be surprised if there are '43' models such as the C43 Coupe and E43 that are part of these expansion plans.

     

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    I like their commitment to power and performance. I still think I favor E450 vs E43, but it is the same car, and in a way giving it the AMG treatment for styling and suspension and steering set up makes more sense.  This also lets them batle BMW and S4, S6, S7 Audis, because Audi has RS cars too.

     

    48 models sounds like a lot until you think C43, C63, C63 S and apply that to sedan, coupe, convertible.  That is 9 "models" but all a C-class. 

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    Stupid MB has truly decided to become a CHEAP ASS auto company, no different than a Ford or Chevy. Just turned their product line into a mass crapo series of style numbing stupidity.

     

    Where is the luxury auto maker that MB used to be, clearly not that now.

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    They became "cheap ass" by offering more high trim and higher cost models?  First the CLA and GLA were too cheap and hurting the brand, so they roll out 10 premium trim models and that hurts them.

     

    Every model they have has an AMG trim that adds $20,000 or more to the price of a base car.  The "43" models aren't priced yet, but I'd imagine a C43 will start around $50k, an E43 around $65k, so they are still pushing prices up.

     

    Mercedes is making use of an advantage they have.  Their crossovers are built on rwd chassis, their architectures are flexible, and made for different body styles and to fit 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines.  Lexus can't put a GS-F engine in an NX crossover, Cadillac can't put a CTS-V engine in an XT5.  Lincoln, Acura, Cadillac, Lexus all chose to buld their crossovers on fwd sedan platforms, now they are going to get hammered with horsepower and be irrelevant in the performance crossover market.

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    It's adapting to customer desires.

     

    People want the intangible of having the AMG badge from the factory.

     

    Now the thing is Mercedes brand equity is probably very high, and for the time being - they have convinced people attracted to Mercedes that them going downmarket isn't hurting them too much. And they are pilfering sales from BMW at the top-end.

     

    I think what they're doing is printing money, which luxury carmakers aspire to do.

     

    Cadillac is already doing the same - heck people ask about why XT5 VSport isn't a thing or an Escalade-V isn't here. 

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    They became "cheap ass" by offering more high trim and higher cost models?  First the CLA and GLA were too cheap and hurting the brand, so they roll out 10 premium trim models and that hurts them.

     

    Every model they have has an AMG trim that adds $20,000 or more to the price of a base car.  The "43" models aren't priced yet, but I'd imagine a C43 will start around $50k, an E43 around $65k, so they are still pushing prices up.

     

    Mercedes is making use of an advantage they have.  Their crossovers are built on rwd chassis, their architectures are flexible, and made for different body styles and to fit 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines.  Lexus can't put a GS-F engine in an NX crossover, Cadillac can't put a CTS-V engine in an XT5.  Lincoln, Acura, Cadillac, Lexus all chose to buld their crossovers on fwd sedan platforms, now they are going to get hammered with horsepower and be irrelevant in the performance crossover market.

    And that is why you see crazy discounts on all their products including the HUGE discounts on S class.

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    I like their commitment to power and performance. I still think I favor E450 vs E43, but it is the same car, and in a way giving it the AMG treatment for styling and suspension and steering set up makes more sense.  This also lets them batle BMW and S4, S6, S7 Audis, because Audi has RS cars too.

     

    48 models sounds like a lot until you think C43, C63, C63 S and apply that to sedan, coupe, convertible.  That is 9 "models" but all a C-class.

    It is a lot no matter how you try to sugarcoat it and it just dilutes the AMG branding.

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    Problem for the brand (mercedes) is, AMGs traditionally top all lists for the worst depreciation on the market.

    A CL55 AMG from the early 2000s ends up costing you $100,000 in depreciation after 10 years! That's 85%.

    Maybach 1.0 costs you $200,000 in 10 years!!

     

    By making everything available as a 'AMG' (and I just read that in India, MB discontinued the 4.7L V8 in the s-class…. unless you pony up for the mercedes-maybach trim level), it's going to skew MB's average value retention.

     

    It's just the typical Corporate mindset: Revenue Above All Else.

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    I don`t see any issue with milking the cash cow. Every company does this.

     

    I bet if GM or Ford were in this situation no one would complain, they`d just say it`s good business, and smart move.

     

    Except Mercedes-Pretendz. Get that garbage outta here....

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    I doubt if very many M-B owners keep them 10 years or care about depreciation after 10 years...lease them for 2-3 years, get a new one..

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    I dunno about that. 
    Previous gen S-class was around for 8 years before getting replaced, there's no incentive (out-of-warranty repair bills aside) to get a new one if it's the same car.
    I'll have to ask my one customer what year her's is- I believe it's at least 5 years old.

    Anyway, owners who do buy are seeing whatever slice of the massive depreciation, still running well into the 10s of thousands of dollars at the AMG level.

     

    I just find it interesting that the top trim levels fall faster than anything else.

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    Problem for the brand (mercedes) is, AMGs traditionally top all lists for the worst depreciation on the market.

    A CL55 AMG from the early 2000s ends up costing you $100,000 in depreciation after 10 years! That's 85%.

    Maybach 1.0 costs you $200,000 in 10 years!!

     

    By making everything available as a 'AMG' (and I just read that in India, MB discontinued the 4.7L V8 in the s-class…. unless you pony up for the mercedes-maybach trim level), it's going to skew MB's average value retention.

     

    It's just the typical Corporate mindset: Revenue Above All Else.

    AMG doesn't hurt resale value, in most cases that would help it.  Cars that cost $200,000 new are going to have $150,000 in depreciation in 5 years.  Mercedes actually has one of the better residual values by % among luxury brands.  And Mercedes also doesn't have a lack of demand for their V12 cars that tank in value.  The people buying them have more money than sense, and last year they actually made a move to increase V12 engine production.  

     

    Daimler's corporate mindset is not revenue above all else, the mission of the past couple years has been to get Mercedes operating margin to 10%, because that is where BMW and Audi are.  

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    I dunno about that. 

    Previous gen S-class was around for 8 years before getting replaced, there's no incentive (out-of-warranty repair bills aside) to get a new one if it's the same car.

    I'll have to ask my one customer what year her's is- I believe it's at least 5 years old.

    Anyway, owners who do buy are seeing whatever slice of the massive depreciation, still running well into the 10s of thousands of dollars at the AMG level.

     

    I just find it interesting that the top trim levels fall faster than anything else.

    Mercedes cars are on a 7 year life cycle with a refresh after 4.   The Corvette is on an 8 year cycle, the C4 ran for 15 years.  The Silverado and F150 7-10 years before a new model comes out, yet people are still buying them.   Most of the industry has cars on 6-8 year cycles, yet people still trade in for new, some people keep a car 10 years.  Depends on the buyer's preference.  If they lease, they will trade it in after 3 years, if they buy they'll probably keep it 10 years.  That could hold as true for a Ford Focus as it does for an S-class.

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    Retaining 40% of $50,000 costs you $30,000. Retaining 60% of $150,000 costs you $60,000.

     

    'Percentages' is a 'feel good' metric. What matters is the bottom line, the 'number on the check'.

    In the above example, one would be a fool to brag about their 60% value retention.

     

    Fact is, AMG cars top lists of the worst depreciation models- they cost you MORE to own, not less.

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    By that logic, a Chevy Spark is a better car to buy than an Escalade.  And Escalade will lose $54,000 in depreciation in 5 years.  The Escalade has a 5 year cost to own of $87,000 according to NADA guides.  Yet it is Cadillac's number 2 seller and GM's #1 profitable car.   Why are people buying Escalades?    If depreciation is so bad and driving customers away, they should just stop making the Escalade by that logic.  

     

    Which of course makes no sense, they will keep building Escalades as long as there are people willing to pay for them.  And GM will take their money and laugh all the way to the bank.

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    By that logic, a Chevy Spark is a better car to buy than an Escalade.  And Escalade will lose $54,000 in depreciation in 5 years.  The Escalade has a 5 year cost to own of $87,000 according to NADA guides.  Yet it is Cadillac's number 2 seller and GM's #1 profitable car.   Why are people buying Escalades?    If depreciation is so bad and driving customers away, they should just stop making the Escalade by that logic.  

     

    Which of course makes no sense, they will keep building Escalades as long as there are people willing to pay for them.  And GM will take their money and laugh all the way to the bank.

    That is nowhere even close to comparable to what Balthazaar is talking about and you know it. And your Escalade logic can be easily applied to the fools who continue to buy the fifty year old G-Wagon. I'm sure MB gets a good chuckle on their way to the bank each day, as a result. 

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    The reason why the poor residuals are benefitting the German makes is that buyout is something the luxury buyer rarely does.

     

    Or in the case of a trade-in, they win there as well.

     

    People have different ownership styles, and some people want the own the latest and greatest for a fixed time period, not until the car physically breaks down because of age and wear.

     

    Ultimately, it's nonsensical to not cater to those buyers - not everyone wants a nice small Chevy or Ford that they can make one lump sum on.

     

    And no, wealthy people leasing an S-Class or AMG vehicle is nothing like leasing a CLA.

     

    And have you seen these ATS leases? It is irrefutable. Cadillac intends to fully compete against the German makes, their top brass is a pack of Germans, and saying it isn't so is stupid.

     

    And Cadillac ATPs, again, is a weighted average. However, the majority of future Cadillac growth will come from models lower in their range. Things such as an XT3 and CT3. The ATPs will take a plunge, maybe not in America - because small Cadillacs are an unproven paradigm, but absolutely over the world.

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    By that logic, a Chevy Spark is a better car to buy than an Escalade.  And Escalade will lose $54,000 in depreciation in 5 years.  The Escalade has a 5 year cost to own of $87,000 according to NADA guides.  Yet it is Cadillac's number 2 seller and GM's #1 profitable car.   Why are people buying Escalades?    If depreciation is so bad and driving customers away, they should just stop making the Escalade by that logic.  

     

    Which of course makes no sense, they will keep building Escalades as long as there are people willing to pay for them.  And GM will take their money and laugh all the way to the bank.

    That is nowhere even close to comparable to what Balthazaar is talking about and you know it. And your Escalade logic can be easily applied to the fools who continue to buy the fifty year old G-Wagon. I'm sure MB gets a good chuckle on their way to the bank each day, as a result. 

     

    His original point is how AMG cars depreciate fast, and cost $50,000 or more in depreciation.  

     

    So let's compare 2 cars using NADA projections.   An S550 with a $97,400 MSRP depreciates $64,299, but an E63 with $101,700 depreciates $56,364.  So the AMG brand car holds higher % of value and loses less total dollars.  That debunks his theory that AMG badges hurt resale value, they help it.

     

    An Escalade Platinum 4WD with $91,950 MSRP loses $56,333 in 5 years of depreciation.   Loses 61.2% of value over 5 years.

     

    Let's compare to the G550, $115,400 MSRP, depreciation of $62,981.   Loses 54.6% of value over 5 years.  So yes it loses more total dollars, but it costs $24,000 more when new.  

     

    Throw in a 3rd vehicle, a 2016 GL550 with MSRP of $91,300, virtually the same as the Escalade Platinum.  The GL550 loses $49,843 over 5 years, over $6,000 less than an Escalade will lose.  Balthazar wanted to say how horrible of a purchase a Mercedes is because it looses a big dollar amount in money, the Escalade is even worse, why not criticize it?

     

    That is my counter to the argument,  personally I don't think the people spending $100,000 on a vehicle could care at all how it depreciates.  These are people that have money to burn, they'll spend 1 million on a house, $50,000 a year on property taxes and not really care.   Personally, I also like to buy a used car, after that first 3 years of depreciation has hit.

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    Escalade Platinum loses $61% in 5 years?

    Mercedes SL loses 41% in ONE year.

    SL 65 AMG costs you an average of $15K per year in depreciation. In 10 years that's $140,000 +

     

    I know a number of multi-millionaires personally; they care about money just as much as anyone, maybe more. They'll spend it on themselves, but they absolutely care about value.

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    Escalade Platinum loses $61% in 5 years?

    Mercedes SL loses 41% in ONE year.

    SL 65 AMG costs you an average of $15K per year in depreciation. In 10 years that's $140,000 +

     

    I know a number of multi-millionaires personally; they care about money just as much as anyone, maybe more. They'll spend it on themselves, but they absolutely care about value.

     

    Why are we comparing coupes to SUVs?

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    • By William Maley
      This year at the Detroit Auto Show saw Mercedes-Benz introduce the new E-Class sedan and this kicked off a year-long introduction of other E-Class variants such as the wagon and AMG models. Next year at Detroit, Mercedes will finish up the E-Class with the all-new coupe.
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      December 13, 2016 - Stuttgart
      With its expressive proportions, clear and sensual design and long-distance comfort for four people, the new E-Class Coupe combines the beauty and classic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art technology. It also offers the intelligence of the E-Class family with full smartphone integration, a widescreen cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems. A powerful engine and comfortable suspensions with selective damping guarantee a sporty and agile driving experience.
      Following the introduction of the world's most intelligent sedan and wagon, the E- Class family now welcomes another new member: the E-Class Coupe. "With its clear, aesthetic lines, our new E-Class Coupe appeals equally to the heart and mind. It combines contemporary luxury, agile sportiness and high-tech engineering into an automotive personality with spirit, offering exclusive, refined driving pleasure," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
      Based technically on the sedan, the sportily exclusive Coupe marks a further step in the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz design language. With its attractive proportions, the new Coupe exhibits a puristic, surface-accentuated design with reduced lines and sensual forms. Both hot and cool, the reduced design idiom represents beauty and elegance while emphasizing the Coupe's sporty and luxurious  personality.
      The coupe proportions typical of Mercedes-Benz are characterized by a distinctive front end with a low-positioned sport grille and central star, a long hood with power domes, a rearward-shifted, elongated greenhouse and a muscular rear end. The dynamic looks are underlined by four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar. With these clear forms, the design of the Coupe conveys an air of luxury and style alike.
      Thanks to innovative crystal optics, the taillamps also have a brilliant stardust appearance similar to the glow of a jet engine.
      Sporty, luxurious interior with refined details
      The interior of the new E-Class Coupe embodies the synthesis of sporty emotion and luxurious intelligence.
      The Coupe comes standard with a central 12.3-inch high-resolution COMAND® display. Another optionally available 12.3-inch widescreen instrument cluster– unique in this segment – is merged under a single lens to produce a widescreen cockpit that appears to float in space. The key design element emphasizes the width, as does the fascia-spanning trim. Positioned in the driver's direct field of vision, the digital instrument cluster shows virtual instruments, which can be selected by the driver in three different styles, "Classic," "Sport" and "Progressive," depending on which information and views the driver desires.
      A decidedly sporty note is set by the air vents, the form of which is heavily influenced by the look of a turbine engine. They are styled down to the smallest detail and finished in silver shadow.
      Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel enable the driver to control the instrument cluster and multimedia system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off of the steering wheel. Additional controls come in the form of a touchpad and controller in the center console, which can also recognize handwriting, plus the voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling the air conditioning, for example, and for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems.
      The highly luxurious seats in the Coupe take their cue from the sedan. A wealth of extremely high-grade design details bear witness to the high standards required of a sporty luxury coupe.
      High-grade materials and contemporary colors come together to create a sporty, contemporary luxury look. Especially for the E-Class Coupe, there is a choice of two new innovative, light wood trim packages in natural grain and high-gloss finishes. Precisely executed seams emphasize the seat design of each equipment line. The impressive range of exterior paint finishes is harmoniously matched to the contemporary interior color scheme.
      The interior lighting makes exclusive use of durable, energy-saving LED technology in the standard enhanced ambient lighting with 64 color options to choose from.
      Diversity to suit every taste
      The standard equipment on the base E400 Coupe is abundantly configured. Additionally, the optionally available Sport Package adds edgier detail to such features as front and rear bumpers as well as side skirts and larger AMG-style wheels. The blocks in the diamond-block grille are chrome-tipped, and the interior boasts such features as an AMG leather sports steering wheel.
      Larger and more luxurious
      With a length of 190 inches, a width of 73.2 inches (without mirrors) and a height of 56.3 inches, the new E-Class Coupe clearly outstrips its predecessor in terms of length, width and height.
      Exterior dimensions
       
      E-Class Sedan
      E-Class Coupe
      Predecessor Coupe
      Difference
      Vehicle length (in)
      193.8
      190.0
      185.2
      +4.8
      Vehicle width (in)
      72.9
      73.2
      70.3
      +2.9
      Vehicle height (in)
      57.8
      56.3
      55.0
      +1.3
      Wheelbase (in)
      115.7
      113.1
      108.7
      +4.4
      The significantly larger footprint compared with the previous model is also to the benefit of passengers with extra spaciousness and comfort. They profit especially in terms of rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room as well as rear headroom. In each of the four fully fledged seats with coupe-specific individual seat character, the driver and passengers enjoy genuine comfort on long journeys as well as the classic virtues of a grand tourer.
      Performance with high-tech
      A powerful and efficient 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, equipped with ECO Start/Stop, provides lively performance and great fun behind the wheel.
      The U.S. E-Class Coupe model line-up at a glance:
       
      E400 Coupe
      E400 4MATIC Coupe
      Number of cylinders/ arrangement
      V6
      V6
      Displacement (cc)
      2,996
      2,996
      Rated output (hp @ rpm)
      329 @ 5,250 – 6,000
      329 @ 5,250 – 6,000
      Rated torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
      354 @ 3,500 – 5,250
      354 @ 3,500 – 5,250
      Acceleration 0-60 mph (sec)
      5.2
      5.5
      Top speed (mph)
      130*
      130*
      *Electronically limited
      Both the E400 and E400 4MATIC Coupes are equipped as standard with the 9G- TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts along with lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.
      Suspension – sporty comfort
      The suspension on the new E-Class Coupe offers agile driving pleasure on winding roads together with exceptional ride comfort. The Coupe features a standard lowered suspension with selective damping.
      AIR BODY CONTROL suspension
      Alternatively, the new E-Class Coupe can be equipped with multi-chamber air suspension, including all-round roll/pitch/heave stabilization. Advantages of this system: three chambers of different sizes in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control the hardness of the suspension in three stages. In this way, the occupants enjoy a soft basic suspension, along with the secure feeling of good handling stability at higher speeds.
      The multi-chamber air suspension is augmented by a continuous, electronically controlled adaptive damping system. The damping at each individual wheel is adjusted fully automatically to suit the current driving situation and condition of the road – such as in the case of evasive maneuvers or on rough tracks. The system therefore delivers good ride comfort along with excellent driving dynamics.
      DYNAMIC SELECT – choose your own driving characteristics
      The standard DYNAMIC SELECT system not only makes it possible to select the suspension characteristics in combination with AIR BODY CONTROL, but it also enables the driver to influence other vehicle settings – such as throttle response, ECO Start/Stop function, transmission shift points and more. DYNAMIC SELECT provides the following transmission modes: “Comfort,” “ECO,” “Sport,” “Sport +” and “Individual.” The "Individual" mode allows the driver to configure their own preferred transmission modes.
      Full smartphone integration
      A new era of connectivity and digitalization is marked by the multimedia system in the E-Class Coupe with standard COMAND Navigation. This includes effortless integration of the smartphone into the vehicle's infotainment system by means of wireless pairing and wireless charging, eliminating the need to find a plug and connect a cable.
      Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto
      If the vehicle is equipped with COMAND Navigation, it is possible to use Apple's CarPlay as well as Google's Android Auto. If a compatible smartphone is connected by USB, the customer can, if desired, switch to the CarPlay or Android Auto interface.
      mbrace Concierge: personalized attention
      A further comfort highlight is the Concierge Service, which is available on all carlines for customers with mbrace Connect and mbrace Secure. For participating customers, the range of services includes a host of personalized assistance options: from making a restaurant reservation to obtaining tips about tourist routes, information on cultural and sporting events and bookings through to sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.
      Access is straightforward - registered mbrace subscribers can call up the Concierge Service either via the iCall button in the vehicle or on the Mercedes me app. The personal assistant takes care of everything else.
      E-Class innovations on board
      As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Coupe is significantly more intelligent than its predecessor. It comes with many of the optional driver assistance features of the E-Class Sedan, the most intelligent sedan ever. Active Brake Assist comes as standard and is able to warn the driver of an imminent collision, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, can also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.
      Other highlights include DRIVE PILOT: this system represents Mercedes-Benz's next step along the road to semi-autonomous driving. With Distance Pilot DISTRONIC®, it is not only able to keep the car at the correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, but, for the first time, it can also automatically follow them at a speed of up to 130 mph.
      The E-Class Coupe is also optionally available with other intelligent technical systems, including:
      High-resolution LED Intelligent Light System. These headlamps, each with 72 individually activated high-performance LEDs, automatically activate and deactivate the high beams and illuminate curves. MAGIC VISION CONTROL® (standard on the E400 4MATIC Coupe) - an intelligent and highly efficient wash/wipe system for the windscreen. The wiper blade always delivers washer fluid directly in front of the wiping edge, via the water feed line integrated into the blade – and it does this in both wiping directions. The result is that there is no surge of water when fluid is sprayed, which can impair the driver's vision, and at the same time the maximum cleaning effect is achieved. The complete MAGIC VISION CONTROL system, including the wiper blades, is heated at low temperatures to prevent snow or ice from sticking in winter.
      E-Class Coupe with tradition
      As an exclusive and sporty coupe, the latest member of the E-Class family can look back on an almost fifty-year history. Its first ancestor was unveiled by Mercedes- Benz in 1968 (at that time known as the "Stroke Eight" coupe). Further model series followed – for a while also under the name CLK. Each generation combined superb design with agile sportiness and contemporary luxury at a high level.
      The all-new model year 2018 E-Class Coupe will have its World Premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, and will go on sale in the U.S. in summer 2017.
    • By William Maley
      Automakers go to great lengths to avoid being hit with the 25 percent chicken tax when they import trucks or vans into the U.S. Mercedes-Benz takes the cake for the most absurd method.
      For the past decade, Mercedes-Benz would build Sprinter vans fully in Germany before disassembling them and shipping the pieces to South Carolina. Workers in a small assembly building would put the vans back together. This method allowed Mercedes-Benz to claim the vans as "locally made".
      "I really couldn't believe it. To build up and tear down, that's really something that hurts me, personally. And the costs!" said Volker Mornhinweg, worldwide head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
      Mornhinweg first learned about this back in 2010 and like us, found himself wondering 'WHY?!' Thankfully, Mornhinweg began working on making this process not seem like Rube Goldberg machine which will fully culminate with a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will be tasked with building the next-generation Sprinter, most likely in 2018.
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    • By William Maley
      Automakers go to great lengths to avoid being hit with the 25 percent chicken tax when they import trucks or vans into the U.S. Mercedes-Benz takes the cake for the most absurd method.
      For the past decade, Mercedes-Benz would build Sprinter vans fully in Germany before disassembling them and shipping the pieces to South Carolina. Workers in a small assembly building would put the vans back together. This method allowed Mercedes-Benz to claim the vans as "locally made".
      "I really couldn't believe it. To build up and tear down, that's really something that hurts me, personally. And the costs!" said Volker Mornhinweg, worldwide head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
      Mornhinweg first learned about this back in 2010 and like us, found himself wondering 'WHY?!' Thankfully, Mornhinweg began working on making this process not seem like Rube Goldberg machine which will fully culminate with a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will be tasked with building the next-generation Sprinter, most likely in 2018.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) 
    • By William Maley
      Mercedes-Benz Reports November Sales Of 30,363 Units, Up 1.1%
      ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported November sales of 30,363 vehicles, increasing 1.1% from the 30,043 vehicles sold during the same month last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans also reported November sales with 2,564 units, and smart reported 563 units, bringing MBUSA grand total to 33,490 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 308,226. Adding year-to-date-sales of 30,444 for Vans and 5,025 for smart, MBUSA posted a grand total of 343,695 units in November, increasing 0.6% from the previous year.
      "As we begin the last month of 2016, November momentum positions us for a strong close to the year," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA.
      Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in November included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 7,261, followed by the GLE at 4,694. The E-Class, rounded out the top three with 4,642 units sold.
      Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,590 units in November, with a total of 20,135  units sold year-to-date (up 37.4%).
      Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 10,091 vehicles in November, an increase of 7.1% from last year (9,422). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 112,347 vehicles, an increase of 3.3%.
      MERCEDES-BENZ USA 
      Sales -- November 2016
      Mercedes-Benz
      Passenger Vehicles
      Nov-16
      Nov-15
      Monthly %
      YTD 2016
      YTD 2015
      Yearly %
                    B-CLASS
      52
      41
      26.8%
      578
      1,809
      -68.0%
                    CLA
      2,070
      2,611
      -20.7%
      23,916
      27,731
      -13.8%
                    C-CLASS
      7,261
      7,239
      0.3%
      69,822
      79,057
      -11.7%
                    E-CLASS/CLS
      4,642
      5,205
      -10.8%
      46,045
      50,308
      -8.5%
                    S-CLASS
      1,475
      1,856
      -20.5%
      17,309
      19,825
      -12.7%
                    SLC/SLK
      270
      239
      13.0%
      3,067
      3,892
      -21.2%
                    SL
      273
      296
      -7.8%
      3,418
      3,680
      -7.1%
                    AMG GT
      89
      118
      -24.6%
      1,128
      1,115
      1.2%
                    *SLS AMG
      0
      1
      -
      1
      29
      -
                    GLA
      2,227
      2,721
      -18.2%
      22,194
      23,393
      -5.1%
                    GLC/GLK
      3,876
      1,216
      218.8%
      43,854
      23,536
      86.3%
                    GLE/M-CLASS
      4,694
      5,250
      -10.6%
      46,217
      46,577
      -0.8%
                    GL/GLS
      3,108
      2,916
      6.6%
      27,180
      24,858
      9.3%
                    G-CLASS 
      326
      334
      -2.4%
      3,497
      3,075
      13.7%
                    TOTAL
      30,363
      30,043
      1.1%
      308,226
      308,885
      -0.2%
                    Vans1
      2,564
      2,770
      -7.4%
      30,444
      25,843
      17.8%
                    smart
      563
      662
      -15.0%
      5,025
      6,815
      -26.3%
                    MBUSA
      Combined Total
      Nov-16
      Nov-15
      Monthly %
      YTD 2016
      YTD 2015
      Yearly %
                    GRAND TOTAL
      33,490
      33,475
      0.0%
      343,695
      341,543
      0.6%

      1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.

      *out of production
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