Category: Mercedes News

The AMG 50-Year Anniversary: A Half-Century of Performance

AMG 50-Year Anniversary

It’s the AMG 50-year anniversary, which is reason to celebrate. As the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz, AMG has been developing some of the most impressive and capable models in the industry for five decades. AMG also has a strong legacy in motor racing, as it is now one of the most successful brands on the track.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the brand was founded in 1967 as an engine development and production company. The initials “AMG” stand for Aufrecht, Melcher, and Grossaspach—Aufrecht and Melcher were the founders, while Grossaspach was the former’s hometown. By the mid-1970s, the AMG company began working on racing designs, officially signing with Daimler-Benz AG in 1993. In 2007, AMG changed its name to Mercedes-AMG.

“We’re on the road to worldwide success with our strategic portfolio expansion and can look back on a sensational year. The 63 series models still constitute our core product line, and they continue to delight auto enthusiasts around the world. In addition, our AMG GT series, which was developed entirely in-house, is now available as a broad-based family, with which we have impressively demonstrated our expertise as a sports car brand,” said chairman Tobias Moers.

AMG is well-known for its design and production philosophy, which is “one man, one engine.” That means that every engine is hand-crafted by a single builder, demanding incredible precision to detail and allowing for improved performance. If you’re looking for the best in performance and quality, check out an AMG model at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead today.

Atlanta United the First Team to Play in the New Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Construction on the new Mercedes-Benz stadium is almost complete and the first team to take the field has been announced. Atlanta United, a Major League Soccer team, will play its first season game this summer. The announcement confirms that the stadium will be completed in time for this year’s major sporting events, including the 2017-18 NFL season.

The new Mercedes-Benz stadium cost $1.5 billion and is in the final stages of construction. Workers are currently putting the finishing touches on locker rooms, suites, concessions, and offices. The retractable roof and lower bowl section are nearly complete as well.

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“What has been a work that has gone in for several years, now we’re on the edge of planning to execution,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Arthur Blank Group in charge of the stadium. “We’re in full speed mode. The pace of our construction has increased.”

The Arthur Blank Group will take control between April and June. The Atlanta Falcons will take the field for two preseason games as well as the season opener in August. Two concerts will take place in August as well.

The new Mercedes-Benz stadium replaces the Georgia Dome, which will host its final event in March before demolition.

We here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead are pumped for the completed of the new stadium!

Mercedes-Benz GLS450 Earns Spot on 10Best Trucks and SUVs List

Every year, Car and Driver recognizes the 10 best all-new or significantly redesigned models. This year, on its list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 earned one of the prestigious spots.

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“The GLS, the S-Class of our SUV lineup, continues to set new standards in the premium SUV segment,” said Bernie Glaser, General Manager of Product Management, MBUSA. “We are excited that the GLS450 won the Best Large SUV category in the first ever Car and Driver “10Best Trucks and SUVs” competition.”

Car and Driver editors were impressed with the GLS450 because of its overall refinement, excellent handling, and even family-friendly features. They were also impressed with its ideal size that makes it easy to drive and fit into a garage.

This year, the GLS450 arrives with a new exterior design along with an updated, luxurious interior. Buyers can choose from a wide range of engine options on the GLS lineup, including a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, a turbocharged 4.7-liter V8, and a 577-horsepower turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 on the AMG GLS63.

Every GLS model comes with standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive for superior traction and drivability. Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead to see if the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is a good fit for your lifestyle.

New Mercedes Pickup Truck Unveiled

Mercedes is known for many excellent qualities, such as style, luxury, and power, but now, it’ll be known for something else. Finally, the all-new Mercedes pickup truck has been revealed.

Who says there can’t be a luxury pickup truck? Mercedes is proving that it can be done. The brand-new X-Class concept is already turning heads and it’s not stopping there. It was revealed in all of its beauty at an art gallery in Stockholm.

When you’re in the interior of the X-Class, it’ll be more luxurious than you could ever imagine a pickup truck to be. You’ll get the same premium material that outfits the inside of every Mercedes, plus a crystal-clear screen with a backup camera and a comfy, flat-bottom steering wheel.

Don’t worry though; the X-Class isn’t lacking any of that pickup truck power! It’ll come with a turbocharged V6 diesel engine that’ll give you plenty of “vroom”. Furthermore, a live rear-axle with spring dampers is there to make your truck even more comfortable and capable when you’re driving off the beaten path.

So far, the X-Class is set to be released in South America, Europe, and Australia. Unfortunately, the United States will have to wait a little longer for this luxurious pickup. Are you excited?

Mercedes-Benz EQ Electric Sub-Brand Introduced at Paris Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz EQ, MB’s new all-electric sub-brand, was introduced in early October at the Paris Auto Show. Starting with the Generation EQ SUV coupe concept vehicle, the EQ sub-brand (a combination of “electric” and “IQ”) aims to more clearly define Mercedes-Benz’s EV identity.

The CEO of Daimler AG and Head of MB Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, said EQ is ready to launch a full spectrum of electric vehicles, from “the compact to the luxury class.” The SUV segment is the fastest growing in popularity in North America, as well as the least represented in terms of EVs and hybrids, which means starting off the EQ brand with an SUV is a smart move on the German automaker’s part.

Mercedes-Benz researcher Dr. Thomas Weber said the EQ generation of vehicles will be developed based on a new architecture designed for electric vehicles and will be able to adapt to any model from any segment. Mercedes-Benz says the Generation EQ SUV has a range of up to 500 km or 310 miles, the highest range proposed in an electric vehicle yet, higher than the so far unbeaten Tesla Model S.

Described as “electro-aesthetic,” the Generation EQ SUV has an illuminated grille and blue running lights that make it look sophisticated and futuristic, plus a dashboard-spanning combined infotainment and driver information touchscreen. MB says the Generation EQ shown at the Paris Auto Show is close to what the production model will look like, so hopefully we’ll see it on the market soon.

Mercedes-Benz Creates the Vision Van

The future is here… well, at least a preview of it! Mercedes-Benz is pairing up with a tech startup company called Matternet and together they’ve created the futuristic-looking Vision Van.

The purpose of this concept car wouldn’t just be to look good (though it does look really cool) but to also deliver packages. Sure, we already have vans that deliver packages. But the Vision Van would do it a bit differently.

The roof of the Vision Van is actually a launch pad and landing pad… but not for a helicopter, for a drone! Matternet developed Matternet M2 autonomous drones that can pick up and carry a package of up to 4.4 pounds. The drones can travel across 12 miles of sky on just one battery charge! So they’ll have plenty space to roam.

This drone is smart, and even swaps out batteries on its own. It can get all of its information from the Vision Van. This will help in package delivery if the Vision Van is stuck in traffic or cannot access a particular drop-off location. Instead, they can send out their drone!

So maybe sometime soon, you’ll see a Vision Van on the road… or a delivery drone on your doorstep! Isn’t the future grand?

Mercedes-Benz’s New Manufacturing Plant Under Construction

Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury vehicles, but the German automaker also produces the popular Sprinter Van. Commonly used for business purposes in the United States, demand has been steadily increasing over the years. Due to high import tariffs, the vans, which were assembled in Germany, have been taken apart, shipped, then reassembled in the United States. In order to simplify the process, the German automaker is building a new manufacturing plant.New Manufacturing Plant

Mercedes-Benz’s new manufacturing plant will be located in North Charleston, South Carolina. The German automaker plans to invest $500 million into building the new plant that will ultimately create 1,300 jobs. The new production center will join the existing Mercedes-Benz plant that reassembles the vans once they arrive in the United States.

Overall, 2015 Sprinter van sales jumped 11% compared to the previous year, coming to a total of 28,000 units moved. With 2016 looking even better, the automaker decided to build the new plant in order to reduce delivery time and avoid the high import tariffs.

“We are combining all of our global expertise and experience in this plant. In doing so, we make it one of the most advanced facilities in North America,” said Frank Klein, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Head of Operations.

Here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, we couldn’t be more excited for the building of a new plant here in the United States!

New Mercedes-Benz Golf Car to Go on Sale Next Year

Mercedes-Benz showed off a concept for a high-tech golf cart way back in 2013, and on July 12 of 2016, nearly three years later, the concept became a reality. The Mercedes-Benz Golf Car was built in partnership with golf cart manufacturer Garia and debuted at Royal Troon’s Spectator Village.

The MB Golf Car is the future of golfing. It’s designed in every way to make a golfer’s day on the course easier, from its perfectly angled bag holders for optimum club access to its under-the-seat refrigerator.

Similar in style to a Smart for two besides the door-less sides, the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car was designed to combine golf cart and car for the best of both worlds. The car has an integrated touchscreen that gives information about the vehicle, with updates on power consumption and speed, and the game, including a layout of the course and a digital score sheet.

You can even stream music from your phone via Bluetooth. The car has a street-legal max speed of 30 mph and a range of 50 miles on one charge, so you don’t have to worry about the Golf Car running out of juice. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz doesn’t plan to release this incredibly cool cart until 2017, once it’s collected market feedback.

Mercedes-Benz May Sales 12.9% Higher than April

Mercedes-Benz reported yet another strong sales month, with May sales of 29,299 cars, 2,848 vans, and 420 smarts, bringing the USA total to 32,567 vehicles sold for the month.

The best performers were by far the automaker’s larger models as well as Mercedes-AMG’s high-performance cars. Taking the lead was the C-Class luxury sedan with 6,954 units sold, followed by the GLC-Class luxury crossover with 4,183 units sold, and the GLE-Class luxury SUV with 4,003 units sold. Meanwhile, high-performance models were up 34.6% from last year.

Mercedes-Benz May Sales

The automaker’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models were popular as well, with sales of 11,327 units, up 1% year-to-date. These are some of our most popular vehicles at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead.

Mercedes-Benz May sales were 12.9% higher than in April and particularly successful in China, where they increased by more than a third within five months. In Great Britain, Italy, and Spain too, sales increased around 14%.

So far this year, Mercedes has already sold 818,000 new cars, up 12.3% compared to the same period last year; and it’s only looking up from there.

“Sales continue at a steady pace in the second-quarter,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. “Excitement is building as we look toward the coming months with the launch of three new dream cars, including the S-Class Cabriolet, SL and SLC Roadsters and the all-new E-Class Sedan.”

Muhammad Ali’s bejeweled Mercedes-Benz selling for Charity

There’s no denying that Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of our time, but did you know he also owned a bejeweled Mercedes that was as flamboyant as his personality?\

Nicknamed the “Golden Angel Wing,” Ali’s ride was a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S worth more than most of us make in a lifetime. It features 270 precious stones and jewels, including diamonds, and 23-karat gold flourishes on the bumpers, grill, headlamp assembly, all the knobs and switches, and even the accelerator pedal. We’ve got some luxurious cars here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, but none quite like that!

As you might expect, he didn’t really drive the car. The mileage on it is not much more than 500 miles and Ali only owned it for about two years in the 1980s after it was gifted to him. However, he did say he wished for it to be used or displayed to “benefit mankind” after he passed it on.

He’s going to get his wish, as Muhammad Ali’s bejeweled Mercedes-Benz is estimated to be worth around $1.5 million and will go up for auction, with the proceeds going to fight global world hunger.

That’s a way to pay it forward in honor of a visionary this world always looked up to.