Category: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz-Nintendo Partnership Resurfaces

It’s not often we hear about the Mercedes-Benz-Nintendo partnership but when we do, it usually brings an interesting marketing move with it. That’s certainly true with the newest addition, centering on the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Super Mario Maker, and Mario Kart 8. The latest tactic targets adults who grew up with Mario in their youth.

The game and auto makers started their partnership off right with free downloadable content,(or DLC), for Mario Kart 8. The free DLC include a 1957 300 SL Roadster sports car, a 1934 W 25 Silver Arrow formula racing car, and the modern GLA.

The Super Mario Maker course, titled “Mercedes-Benz Jump’n’Drive” takes the player through a dealership, taking a test drive through the city, and hitting the Autobahn! Once a player completes the level, a Mercedes-Benz GLA with Mario in the driver’s seat is unlocked.

This isn’t some shoddy, half-hearted marketing ploy either. Mercedes-Benz put their heart and soul into designing the Super Mario Maker level.

“While we received a lot of positive feedback on the campaign and the integration of our cars into Mario Kart 8, we also learned that many gamers are skeptical about brands appearing in their games,” said Caroline Pilz, head of product placement and fashion sponsoring. “So we made sure to put a lot of effort and passion into designing the actual level.”

We here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead are proud to see free, fun content that anyone can enjoy!

Tips for Driving: What to do if you’re pulled over

What to do if you’re pulled over

It’s not uncommon for drivers to have one or more mark on their record, though many people still get extremely nervous when they get pulled over. We’ve put together a few hints on what to do if you’re pulled over.

Most importantly, understand your rights. According to wikiHow, a police officer can pull you over for any traffic violation, no matter how minor. Never argue with the police or act aggressively, as this can itself be an act of retaliation. However, you cannot be pulled over because of your age, race, or the type of car you drive. If you believe this has happened, simply record the interaction by placing your phone on your dash.

Find a convenient spot to pull over. Slow down, put your turn signal on, and pull over to the right. Try to find a nearby parking lot or wide shoulder if possible.

Next, make sure to relax. Although it is scary to be pulled over, you will be okay even if you get a traffic ticket. Take deep breath, and don’t get worked up. Take the keys out of the ignition if possible, and move slowly.

Keep answers non-committal and brief. Be polite, refer to the officer as “officer.” Answer questions honestly, such as “Do you know how fast you were going?” by saying simply “Yes” or “I think x miles per hour.” Do not say you are ignorant of the speed limit or admit to fault, if possible.

Finally, comply with the officer. If the officer tells you to do something, you must do it. However, unless they have probable cause, they are not allowed to search your vehicle, and you are allowed to refuse if they ask.

 

Mercedes-Benz Vision Concept: Autonomous Van Technology

The new Mercedes-Benz Vision Concept is causing quite a stir. This sleek multi-purpose vehicle looks like its straight out of the future, with a contoured silhouette and metallic exterior. Though little is known about this model, we can’t wait to see how it performs.

According to Carscoops, the Vision made its premier at the Tokyo Motor Show, taking the form of a high-tech minivan. Described as “autonomous, luxurious, and progressive” and
a vision for future generations” by Mercedes-Benz. This car will have the latest in automotive technologies.

This autonomous van concept is truly one of a kind, made to work as a passenger vehicle, not commercial. Not only is the design progressive, but under the hood this model is a plug-in hybrid set-up with a lithium-ion battery, hydrogen fuel cell, and electric motor powertrain.

The exterior is somewhat reminiscent of old Citroen concept vans, but we like to think it also takes design cues from the DMC DeLorean from “Back to the Future.” We’re excited to see how this model performs on the actual road.

Who knows, maybe if you accelerate to just the right speed something spectacular could happen.

Going to the future is what we mean by that, in case you missed it.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Concept IAA Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz vehicles have always transformed the way that people drive their cars. However, with the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA”, its cars will also transform in ways never imagined.

What does IAA stand for? Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, and that should provide a clue as to what makes the car so special and innovative.

The advanced technology behind the concept IAA allows it to adapt to any environment. When it reaches a speed of 50 mph, it can change its shape to become more aerodynamic on the road. With a more adaptive design, the IAA concept car can speed ahead in the most optimal way possible.

Improved aerodynamics also means better fuel economy on the road. Technology that keeps money in your pocket is always a sure deal.

In the past, cars that transformed were only seen in movies and television shows. However, Mercedes-Benz is working to make science fiction a science-based reality.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Launch Date Announced for New SUV

Mercedes-Benz recently announced that the second-generation, mid-size 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is on its way to dealerships, hitting lots in November of 2015. This new vehicle comes with many upgrades over the GLK model.

Visually, the new GLC will have similarities to other current Mercedes-Benz models, and it is larger in general, gaining two inches in width and five inches in length, which translates to a more spacious interior.

The GLC will boast many new features, including a power driver’s seat with memory, power folding mirrors, a rear-view camera, power tailgate, KEYLESS-Start, touch-pad, Collision Prevention Assist Plus (CPA+), pre-safe, crosswind stabilization, and an integrated garage door opener.

Plus, this upgraded SUV combines incredible power and impressive design, offering a smooth, seamless ride. Interested in learning more about this luxurious new SUV? Get in touch with us or visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead before the Mercedes-Benz GLC launch.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class to Possibly Double in Range

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive was already one of the most impressive electric cars on the market, running purely on electricity, producing zero emissions, and offering up to 87 miles of range.

But new reports are indicating the B-Class’s range could possibly increase enormously. Sources are saying that there’s a major upgrade in the works for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which could include increasing the range to more than 200 miles.

The same source said the luxury automaker would be designing the new motor and power-train components on its own, instead of getting its engine parts from Tesla Motors, as the B-Class currently does.

An increase in range such as this would truly be monumental for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which has already been a total game-changer in the world of electric vehicles. Hopefully, more official data will follow soon.

Would you like to see an increased range Mercedes-Benz B-Class in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

New Mercedes Safety Tech Announced for Upcoming E-Class

Vehicles have come a long way since the days when airbags were an optional feature and the use of seat belts was elective rather than mandatory. These days, technology has advanced so much that we’re now close to seeing self-driving cars on public roads, with many automakers already testing this technology. The new Mercedes safety tech in the next-gen E-Class will help bring the automaker’s vehicles one step closer to achieving autonomous, accident-free driving.

The E-Class is expected to be released in spring 2016. The technology, which Mercedes calls Intelligent Drive next Level, includes steering assistance with hearing and safety protection. The steering assist will help the driver outmaneuver an obstacle in order to avoid an accident. The hearing protection includes systems that protect occupants’ ears and hearing during a crash. Finally, the safety protection helps push the driver and front passenger away from the doors in case of a side impact.

Intelligent Drive next Level is part of the Driver Assistance Package, which includes: Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Remote Parking Pilot, Car-to-X Communication, Digital Car Key, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE Sound, and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. All of these features, along with Intelligent Drive next Level, will help keep Mercedes on the cutting edge of safety technology as we move into the future.

As Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, explains, “”We are taking a further major step along the road to autonomous and connected driving. The innovations that will be available for the future E-Class taking safety, stress relief, and comfort to a new level. And as such further Mercedes-Benz is underlining its leading position as a safety pioneer.”

We look forward to seeing these innovations in person when the new E-Class arrives at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead next year!

GLC-Class AMG Model Coming Soon to Mercedes Lineup

Just when you thought the GLC-Class AMG model couldn’t get any cooler, Mercedes-Benz announces it’ll be adding an AMG Sport variant in 2017. That’s right—the crossover that’ll be replacing the GLK-Class for 2016 will offer a tricked-out sport model that’ll combine utility, performance, and sheer excitement like never before.

The GLC-Class AMG model—also called the GLC450 AMG Sport—will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. While performance figures haven’t been released, we know that it’s the same engine found in the C450 and GLE450 AMG Sport models, both of which pump out 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This should mean a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-to-60 time of just five seconds.

It’s also assumed that the GLC Coupe, which should make its debut around the same time as the GLC450 AMG Sport, will get its own AMG Sport variant. Only time will tell, and we here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead will be on the lookout for more news of these models ahead of their 2016 debuts!

Mercedes C 250d 4Matic Sets Record at Pikes Peak

Mercedes-Benz has set a new record for production diesel cars at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The near-production Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic completed the 12.4-mile-long ascent in just 11 minutes and 22 seconds, beating the previous record of 14 minutes 3.320 seconds set in 2007 by a 2000 Volkswagen Golf TDI.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has long been known for its daunting twists, turns, and bends, putting even the most skilled racers to the test. The dangerous course reaches 5,000 feet in altitude, and features more than 150 bends.

“Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun. It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant,” explained driver Uwe Nittel.

Though the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic was nearly stock, it did have a few modifications, including the disassembly of the interior to accommodate a rollover cage, enhanced brakes, racing tank, ultra-high-performance tires, and a fire extinguishing system.

Maybe most importantly, digitaltrends.com points out that the four-cylinder diesel engine and transmission were stock versions, untouched or modified, proving just how capable and powerful the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic’s engine is.

Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz C 250d 4Matic and the rest of our exciting and powerful lineup. What Mercedes-Benz vehicle would you race up Pikes Peak?

How to Maintain a Rarely Used Car

How to Maintain a Rarely Used Car

It’s not uncommon for car enthusiasts to own a second… or third… or even fourth vehicle. Sometimes these cars go on an equal rotation, sometimes they are taken out on special occasions, or sometimes they only emerge for show. In any case, it’s important to maintain these vehicles just like any car that you would drive regularly, and they also require a little extra TLC if they spend most of the year safely in a garage.

Regardless of how often you drive your secondary vehicle, you need to maintain it according to the owner’s manual. That means oil changes roughly every six months or every 5,000 miles (or whatever your owner’s manual says) – whichever comes first. For a secondary vehicle, that usually means every six months. The “whichever comes first” rule should apply to every type of regular maintenance.

Oils and other fluids break down over time, deteriorating more quickly when the vehicle is not in use. Though it seems counter-intuitive, a vehicle that spends most of its time in the garage may need oil changes more often than one that is driven regularly. To avoid moisture build up and extend the time between oil changes, take your secondary car out for regular highway drives, allowing the car to fully warm up before putting it away again.

Check the tire pressure, fluids, and lights monthly with a simple visual check to make sure your car is still in good condition and ready to drive. If you put your car in storage for more than a month at a time, make sure to fill the tank with gas and add stabilizer (especially for cars left over three months). Doing so will keep the fuel lines and engine from corroding.

For information on long-term storage preparation, visit allstate.com.

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