2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Rolls Out to Dealers with Youth Appeal

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV for sale in Haverhill, MA

In hopes of attracting younger buyers to its luxury auto brand, Mercedes-Benz has launched two new entry-level compact models in the United States during the past year or so. The first vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class four-door coupe, has sold more than 32,000 units since going on sale stateside in September 2013, and its average buyer has been about 10 years younger than the brand’s typical customer. The second vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV, is now rolling out to U.S. dealerships with similar sales expectations.

Housing a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is set in motion by 208 horsepower and class-leading 258 pound-feet of torque. The compact SUV is currently only available with confidence-inspiring 4MATIC all-wheel drive, however a front-wheel-drive model will go on sale in the first quarter of next year with a starting price under $33,000. On the other hand, performance junkies can already opt for the range-topping Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, which is equipped with a 355-horsepower 2.0-liter AMG four-cylinder engine.

“Both the Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA offer unprecedented levels of luxury, performance and technology for their price tags, and they have the fuel-efficient, compact footprint that younger buyers tend to prefer,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Haverhill, Mass. “The new GLA should fit the bill perfectly for buyers who love the swooping design lines of the CLA but want a bit more versatility and capability.”

Shoring up its appeal to younger drivers with convenient technology, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power liftgate, Bluetooth hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, a USB port and Attention Assist, which cues auditory and visual alerts if drowsiness is detected from the driver. The vehicle is available with a number of other driver-assistance technologies to help prevent accidents, including Lane Keeping Assist, Distronic Plus, Parktronic with Active Parking Assist and Exit and a rearview camera.

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Redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Arrives at Dealerships

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

With the successful launch of Mercedes-Benz’s new entry-level CLA-Class last year, it made sense for the luxury automaker to move its best-selling C-Class upmarket. Even so, the redesigned 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is packed with performance and features that buck its modest price increase, all while dropping up to 200 pounds and donning design lines pulled from the flagship S-Class.

Currently arriving at dealerships, the 2015 C-Class offers two new engines, including a 241-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that boosts output by 20 percent in the C300 and a bi-turbo V6 that produces 329 horsepower in the C400. For now, the new C-Class is only available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, though a base C300 model with rear-wheel drive will go on sale early next year. With its large, star-adorned grille, elongated hood and sculpted lines along its flanks, the compact luxury sedan follows in the footsteps of the revered current-generation S-Class when it comes to styling.

“The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is always in heated competition with models like the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS, but this new generation has them beat in style, performance and even standard features,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Haverhill, Mass. “After the new S-Class redefined what’s possible to include in a luxury car and the new CLA-Class redefined value in the luxury market, it was only logical for the 2015 C-Class to inherit cutting-edge qualities from both vehicles.”

Inside the new C-Class’ well-appointed cabin, drivers will find a centrally located, freestanding seven-inch or 8.4-inch color display controlled by a new touchpad, while five round air vents in the dashboard also pull their metallic look from the S-Class. Other new standard features include keyless start and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which incorporates radar to determine the distance and speed difference between the C-Class and the vehicle ahead, alerting the driver to brake if they get too close too fast. For the first time, buyers can also opt for a color Head-Up Display that shows relevant information closer to the driver’s line of sight.

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Mercedes-Benz Looks to Continue Trendsetting Ways with 2015 CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLS-ClassAs the vehicle that kicked off the rise of “four-door coupes” during the past decade, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Classhas showed how flowing design lines can transform a traditional sedan, and for the 2015 model year, it will build on that trendsetting styling while receiving drivetrain upgrades. The most significant of those design changes will be found up front, where the 2015 CLS-Class will sport a new chrome diamond radiator grille, standard LED headlights and a restyled bumper with larger air intakes when it goes on sale this fall.

While the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 will continue to house a 402-horsepower 4.6-liter bi-turbo V8 engine, it will be the first CLS to offer an efficient new nine-speed automatic transmission, starting with rear-wheel-drive models. Buyers seeking a more even mix of power and fuel economy will be able to opt for the new 2015 CLS400, which will feature a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that produces 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. For those who want to invest purely in performance, the range-topping CLS63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC will be available for the 2015 model year, though Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm engine-output figures.

“The Mercedes-Benz CLS has been on the market for nearly a decade now, and still no other luxury automaker has been able to come up with a competitor that matches its sleek coupe styling in four-door form,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Haverhill, MA Mercedes-Benz dealer. “The revisions for the 2015 model year will put the CLS even further ahead stylistically while improving performance, fuel efficiency and connectivity.”

Inside its well-appointed cabin, the 2015 CLS-Class will boast a redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel, reconfigured center-console controls and a new eight-inch color display on the dashboard. Buyers of the entry-level CLS400 will benefit from a new Garmin MAP PILOT navigation system with 3D views, while all 2015 CLS models will be newly outfitted with Collision Prevention Assist Plus to help avert rear-end collisions with autonomous braking. Other active-safety features will be optional, including Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection, Pre-Safe Plus and a 360-degree camera.

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Mercedes-Benz Responds to BMW’s X6 with Concept Coupe SUV

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUVAccording to IHS Automotive, global sales of premium SUVs are expected to rise 32 percent by 2020, and to attract a larger share of those purchases, Mercedes-Benz will be launching a new crossover SUV next year that will take direct aim at the BMW X6. Previewed through the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV that debuted late last month in Beijing, the new production model will be positioned as a sleeker, coupe-like version of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and is intended to provide similar on-road driving dynamics to a sports sedan but in a more versatile package.

Borrowing style elements from the luxury automaker’s S-Class Coupe concept, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV sports a large upright grille with a prominent three-pointed-star logo, while a broad air intake spans the width of the lower front fascia. A pair of design lines along the sides help to emphasize the model’s high beltline, while a raked roofline smoothly flows into the fastback rear window. At night, the Concept Coupe SUV can make a clear statement with all-LED Multibeam front headlights and a wraparound tail lamp that stretches from one rear fender to the other. Meanwhile, all four of the vehicle’s bold 22-inch wheels are put in motion by 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

“The luxury-SUV market is expanding to meet the needs and desires of a wider range of buyers, and the real appeal of the Concept Coupe SUV is that it completely blurs the line between a crossover and the four-door coupe style that Mercedes-Benz has made popular,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Haverhill, MA Mercedes-Benz dealer. “The eventual production version will allow drivers to make a grander style statement than they could with a sports sedan while still gripping each turn tightly on the road.”

In addition to targeting upmarket buyers with its new X6-challenging model, Mercedes-Benz will also be courting first-time luxury shoppers when the new entry-level GLA-Class compact crossover SUV arrives at dealerships this fall. On sale initially as the all-wheel-drive 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC before the front-wheel-drive GLA250 joins it early next year, the GLA-Class will house a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, an impressive output that will be put to good use thanks to the model’s class-leading aerodynamics. Inside, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will offer standard in-car technology to appeal to younger buyers, including the mbrace2 infotainment system and active-safety systems like Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist.

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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Coupe Version of Its Redesigned S-Class Flagship

2015 S-Class CoupeThis past fall, the redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship sedan rolled out to dealerships with unprecedented levels of luxury, and soon, buyers will be able to have all that panache in a sportier two-door form. Tapped as a replacement for the outgoing CL-Class, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe was recently revealed ahead of its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and its on-sale date later this year.

If there was any doubt that the S-Class Coupe could match the extravagance of its sedan sibling, Mercedes-Benz has erased it with the option of 47 Swarovski crystals that accent the headlamps. Elsewhere, the all-new model features swooping design lines like the S-Class Sedan, and its extended roofline, raised beltline and lowered greenhouse are virtually unchanged from the Concept S-Class Coupe that impressed the audience at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Like the new S550 Sedan, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe houses a 4.7-liter V8 engine that churns out 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque; however, the car will initially only be available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

“The new S-Class Coupe will feature all the incredible performance and advanced amenities found in Mercedes-Benz’s flagship sedan, but it’s tailored for luxury buyers who like their elegance to have a bit of an edge to it,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Haverhill, MA Mercedes-Benz dealer. “The S-Class Coupe forgoes the buttoned-up designs of other top-of-the-line luxury cars for styling that is as modern as its intuitive technologies.”

Buyers of the 2015 S-Class Coupe will be able to opt for Mercedes-Benz’s new Magic Body Control technology, which uses a stereo camera to observe the road ahead and then prep the suspension, allowing the vehicle to lean into curves like a motorcyclist or skier might. Safety can also be enhanced with a variety of available Intelligent Drive systems, including Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-Beam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. Inside the cabin, the S-Class Coupe will come standard with a touchpad interface and a widescreen Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display in the dashboard.

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Boosted by Its New CLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz Eyes US Luxury Sales Title

Smith MB CLA class picThrough August of this year, BMW had trimmed down Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. luxury sales lead to just 1,362 units after trailing by more than 4,000 units earlier in 2013. However, that was the month before the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class compact sedan went on sale. Fast-forward to the present, and Mercedes-Benz leads its fellow-German rival by more than 7,000 units through November, and its entry-level Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has played a big role in that success.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class made an instant impact by selling more than 2,300 units in just over a week when it went on sale in September, and it has now moved 10,828 units through November. That impressive performance at dealerships has boosted Mercedes-Benz’s overall U.S. sales to a record year-to-date tally of 279,501 units. With the momentum of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class expected to continue this month, the automaker is poised to take the U.S. luxury sales title from BMW for 2013.

“For a while this year, it looked like BMW had the momentum to repeat as the luxury sales leader, but then the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class arrived and surpassed everyone’s expectations by resonating deeply with first-time luxury buyers,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Haverhill, MA Mercedes-Benz dealer. “Unlike some of its luxury-compact competitors, the CLA-Class doesn’t skimp in the areas of luxury, style or performance despite its affordable price tag, so it makes for an easy purchase decision for many drivers.”

Housing an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the standard 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while returning up to 38 mpg on the highway. Outside, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class features sculpted styling inspired by the larger and more expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Inside the cabin, buyers will find a range of intuitive technologies, including standard Bluetooth hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, an optional 80-gigabyte hard-drive navigation system and an available seven-inch high-resolution tablet-style screen.

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Redesigned 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Rolls Out to Dealerships

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

As the flagship luxury sedan for Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class receives all the latest and greatest amenities from the automaker each time it is redesigned. That is particularly true of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which boasts new options like a hot-stone massage seat function and a cabin-fragrance system to coddle its passengers. The first new S-Class model to hit the market, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550, is currently rolling out to dealerships.

Placing comfort front and center, the 2014 S550 not only comes with standard 16-way heated front seats, but it is now available with heated armrests and door panels. For those who prefer to have a driver, an optional executive right rear seat reclines up to 43 degrees and is complemented by a power calf rest and power footrest. The serene cabin is illuminated purely by LED lights, including multicolor ambient lighting, while all passengers can enjoy a smoother ride thanks to the newly available Magic Body Control technology, which analyzes upcoming road surfaces with a stereo camera and adjusts the suspension accordingly.

“The S-Class doesn’t just feature the best that Mercedes-Benz has to offer; it sets the bar for the entire industry when it comes to comfort and convenience,” said James Buckley, general manager of Smith Motor Sales, a Massachusetts Mercedes-Benz dealership. “That has never been more true than with the 2014 S-Class, which makes every passenger feel like they are in a mobile luxury lounge with its spacious cabin and new technologies and amenities.”

While the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 is ideal for cruising the city between business meetings and dinners, it can also let loose on the open road. The luxury sedan’s 4.6-liter biturbo V8 engine has been tweaked to produce 449 horsepower, an increase of 20 horsepower compared to the outgoing model. When that impressive output combines with a weight loss of about 200 pounds from the increased use of aluminum in the body and suspension, the 2014 S550 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, making it more than a half-second faster than its predecessor.

The most impactful technological advancements on the updated S-Class come in the area of safety, where a new Driver Assistance Package joins a list of more than 30 standard and optional safety features. Distronic Plus with Steering Assist offers radar-based cruise control with semi-autonomous steering, while Pre-Safe Brake, Pre-Safe Plus and BAS Plus with Cross Traffic Assist combine to either automatically apply the brakes or take other precautionary measures if a potential collision is sensed from the front, rear or side of the vehicle. In addition, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection incorporate one-sided braking to prevent drivers from unintentionally leaving their lane.

“The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class protects its occupants just as well as it pampers them, so occupants can feel completely relaxed inside the cabin, even when it gets hectic out on the road,” noted Buckley. “That’s a good thing for the entire auto industry, because similar safety technologies will inevitably be mimicked by mainstream brands in the coming years.”

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