Mercedes Fits New C-Class with AMG Kit

It’s only been a week and a half since Mercedes-Benz revealed the new C-Class, and it’ll likely be a while yet before the replacement for the C63 AMG comes along. But if you want to see a preview of what it’ll look like, look no further than the AMG aero kit that has just surfaced.

Expected to debut on the new C-Class at the fast-approaching Detroit Auto Show, the AMG Line Exterior Pack adds a new bumpers front and rear, side skirts, dual exhaust tips, mesh grille, aluminum window frames and – most importantly – 18-inch alloys packing upgraded brakes and fitted to a lowered sport suspension. All of which will help any C-Class look the part, even if the engine remains stock.

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Mercedes-Benz Magic Moments: Reliving Silver Arrows Glory Days

Mercedes-Benz has a long and storied history in the world of racing and many fans would relish any opportunity to explore that history. The following video, from MB’s series of Magic Moments that are put out by its Classis store, recaps some of the events from the glory days and features quotes from some of the Silver Arrows’ greatest drivers.

Watch for some behind-the-scenes footage with famous drivers and rediscover the magic of motorsport:

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils SLS AMG GT Final Edition, S65 AMG, and AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept

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As Mercedes-Benz begins the process of closing the doors on its SLS AMG supercar with the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, the company begins the process of opening the doors to a future gullwinged sports car in the form of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo.

Let’s start with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition. Like all good things, the SLS AMG must come to an end. After a decidedly brief lifespan, Mercedes-Benz will release 350 SLS AMG GT Final Edition’s to the public. As one of the last vessels of the acclaimed 6208 cubic centimeter V8, the Final Edition not only marks the end of a great sports car but a terrific engine as well.

If you’re so lucky to claim one of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition’s, you’ll be treated to a carbon fiber rear wing reminiscent of the one fitted to the SLS AMG Black Series, and an unpainted carbon fiber hood among other goodies. It will be available as both a coupe and roadster.

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With the demise of the SLS AMG, Mercedes-Benz has room in its model lineup for another sports car to serve as a halo model for the brand. Rumors are this new sports car will be called SLC and be priced to compete with the Porsche 911. And if it looks anything like the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept set to be unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Center on November 19, then Porsche better be prepared to roll up its sleeves for battle.

Earning its name from its inclusion in the forthcoming video game Gran Turismo 6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a gullwinged sports car that employs cab rearward proportions like the SLS AMG. With a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8 pushing 3,053 lbs of car, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo showcases a future of weight-saving technology at Mercedes-Benz.

Of course, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is still a concept car and if it’s ridiculous proportions fail to remind you of this fact, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo’s grille with integrated LED lights and massive wheels certainly will.

While we have our doubts that the AMG Vision Gran Turismo will ever be produced for consumer purchase, we do hope its sleek lines make its way to future Mercedes-Benz models.

Not content with merely making supercars, Mercedes-Benz is also showing off the most powerful version of its large S-Class sedan: the S65 AMG. Armed with a massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, the S65 pushes 621-horsepower through a new seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Unlike the V8 S63 AMG, which relegates its power through a standard all-wheel-drive system, the S65 AMG must tame its torque – all 738 lb-ft of it – through just its rear wheels. Like all S-Class models, the S65 AMG will continue to treat passengers to an unprecedented amount of luxury and technology.

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A Closer Look at the All-New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Nicole Weiss and Head of Product Management Mercedes-Benz USA, Bart Herring, give us a closer look at the all-new redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S-Class full-size luxury sedan has long been the face of class, sophistication, and cutting-edge technology for Mercedes-Benz. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the latest S-Class continues the tradition with perhaps the most pampering cabin on the market and enough gadgetry to put technophiles into a state of utter bliss.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class awarded “Top Safety Pick+” by IIHS

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When you think of vehicle safety, two brands should come to mind: our boxy brethren from Sweden, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz

As the first manufacturer to put both an airbag and seat belt tensioner in a production car, Mercedes-Benz is as committed to safety as it is to performance, style, and luxury. Recent testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class only serves to further this point, where the mid-size SUV received the Institute’s highest honor of “Top Safety Pick+.”

The “Top Safety Pick+” award means that the new M-Class managed to perform to the Institute’s top safety standard of “Good” in front impact, side impact, passenger whiplash, and roof crush tests, and at a level of “Acceptable” or better in the Institute’s new small-overlap test. The small-overlap test is meant to simulate an event where a front impact occurs to 25-percent of the vehicle’s front-end due to a driver attempting to swerve out of the way of an oncoming object. 

During development Mercedes-Benz put the M-Class through 36 different test cases to develop the SUV’s safety features. The IIHS’ results, as well as five star ratings by the U.S. and Euro NCAP tests, reveal that the hard work that went into engineering the M-Class’ safety features was a worthwhile endeavor for both Mercedes-Benz and M-Class owners, who can feel confident in their vehicle’s ability to keep them safe in the event of a collision.

To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and it’s many safety features, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Plano.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 achieves 38 mpg on the highway

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We already know a lot about the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA. We know it will spawn an SUV variant called the GLA, as well as a massively powerful AMG model. We also know that despite it’s more affordable price point, the CLA will offer the style, safety and technology expected of a vehicle wearing the three-pointed star. What we didn’t know was how the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the CLA250 sipped fuel.

Thanks to the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov website, we now know the CLA250’s impressive 0.23 coefficient of drag will help the baby-Benz achieve fuel economy figures of 26 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined from its 208 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine. For comparison, the similarly sized, though less powerful, Acura ILX manages only 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway, with a combined rating of 28 mpg.  Step up to the more powerful six-speed manual ILX and your combined fuel economy will drop to 25 mpg.

Unfortunately we still don’t know fuel economy ratings for the CLA45 AMG, but given its sporting pretensions and 355 horsepower engine, expect fuel economy to be less of a priority for this model.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is all-new for the 2014 model year, and Mercedes-Benz of Plano invites you to come to our store to learn more about the latest model from Mercedes-Benz.

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Mercedes-Benz Radio to Launch at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz will not only be presenting new models to the public, but will also launch Mercedes-Benz Radio making MB the first car manufacturer with its own digital radio program. Mercedes-Benz Radio can be accessed via an app for tablets and mobile devices, through a web player, or with the latest generation of the COMAND Online multimedia system in MB vehicles.

mb-radio“We have long been serving the many digital channels and platforms with exciting international contents. So it is only logical for us to extend our offer with a digital audio format of our own. We are taking this new approach especially with modern target groups in mind, to whom we increasingly appeal with our compact models. The always-on generation uses Mercedes-Benz Radio as an additional channel to get information about our brand and brand world,” says Lüder Fromm, Head of Global Marketing Communications Mercedes Benz Cars.

Mercedes-Benz Radio will present 24-hour English-language programming along with a varied mix of high-quality editorial content, sophisticated music and content derived from select partners. Emphasis will be placed on stories from the product and brand universe of Mercedes-Benz. For example, new vehicles and studies pertaining to all models series will be presented. Other features include topics on travel, culture, sports, fashion, and lifestyle. The music program will be far from mainstream with a mix of songs from burgeoning independent artists.

Listen here http://www.mercedes-benz-radio.com/

or download the app https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id691836854

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