Super Bowl Ad Announces Price of 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

According to a Mercedes-Benz ad running Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, you won't have to make a deal with the devil to own a luxury vehicle and enjoy all of the "seductive" side effects that come with it. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class — the automaker's first front-wheel-drive compact sedan — will start at $29,900 when it hits dealerships in September (no word yet on the destination charge), according to the TV spot. The CLA-Class starts higher than many competitors, including the 2013 Audi A3 ($28,165), 2013 Acura ILX ($26,795) and 2013 Buick Verano ($23,965). All competitor prices include destination.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (3)

Insurance Study Finds GMC Sierra 1500 Best for Safety

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A new study of insurance rates for injury protection and medical payments ranked the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck highest for occupant injury protection. The Fiat 500 ranks lowest.

Insure.com studied prevailing insurance rates across hundreds of ZIP codes from six major auto-insurance carriers: Allstate, Farmers, Geico, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm. The firm analyzed premiums for injury coverage, including provisions for uninsured motorists and lost wages, on more than 750 new cars.

Besides the GMC Sierra 1500 (SLE/SLT/Work Truck), the best rates came from the Porsche Cayenne, GMC Yukon (SLT/Denali), GMC Sierra 2500 (SLE only) and GMC Terrain (SLE1 only) — all trucks or SUVs. On the other end, multiple trim levels of the Fiat 500 and 500c (cabrio) rated worst among injury-protection rates. The Kia Rio5 (LX/SX), Toyota Corolla (L only), Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Mercedes-Benz CL600 joined the small Fiat among the worst cars for injury-related insurance rates. Four of those five are compact or subcompact, and three of them start under $17,500.
By Kelsey Mays | January 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 5,800 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 5,800 model-year 2011-12 S400, S550, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350, GLK350 4Matic, CL550 4Matic and CL63 AMG vehicles because of a problem in the fuel system that could cause fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from April 18, 2011, through July 12, 2011. The problem is due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process; the fuel filter flange could crack when operated under high temperatures. If cracking occurs, fuel may leak and cause a fire if an external ignition source is present, NHTSA stated.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners starting in January, and dealers will replace the fuel filter at no cost. For more info, owners can contact Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

MotherProof.com's Car Seat Check Recap

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-ClassThe 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class would make for one expensive family hauler. But can a two-door coupe carry child-safety seats? Yes, according to MotherProof.com’s Car Seat Check series. Installing them can be awkward depending on the car seat, but two can fit in the rear. To learn more about the CL-Class and how well car seats fit in the Chevrolet Camaro convertible, continue reading below:

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class: Car Seat Check 
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By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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If you arrange cars in a pecking order, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class would be near the top. The CL is a coupe variant of Mercedes’ S-Class luxury sedan, but don’t let the two-door body style fool you. This beast is as big as a full-size SUV and sucks down gas just like one — did we mention the base CL550 costs as much as some summer homes? Restyled for the 2011 model year, the CL550 is sleek and built with good-looking (and expensive) materials, says Cars.com editor Bill Jackson. But can its charm justify the steep cost?

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review

By Colin Bird | June 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ch-Ch-Changes: Mercedes-Benz 2012 Lineup

SLS AMG Roadster For the 2012 model year, Mercedes-Benz has upgraded most of the powertrains in its lineup with more fuel-efficient transmission and engines, including a new four-cylinder and start/stop technology on some models.

Many models also get a new audio head unit, which has a 5.8-inch display, Bluetooth audio streaming, phonebook download functions, album cover art display and a USB port. We’ll denote which models get the new audio system with *new radio unit. There’s also a new 7-inch touch-screen navigation system available on most models, which includes real-time weather updates, three-dimensional city models and a 10-gigabyte music player.

Continue reading below for more details:

By Colin Bird | May 12, 2011 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz mbrace Plus: Worth the cost?

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Kevin Link, marketing head at Hughes Telematics, punched a button in the overhead console of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. He was in the driver’s seat; I sat shotgun. It was around 11 a.m. on the second media day at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, and a few journalists still trolled the Mercedes display outside our car.
 
Moments later, the E-Class patched through a perky operator. She asked Link what he’d like. He wanted coffee. She sent directions to the nearest Starbucks to the car’s navigation system. Anything else?
 
I pitched a curveball: Say, what’s Google stock running at right now? Could we buy some shares?
 
A moment of silence.
 
She piped up: “As of 10:54, I have the price of Google at $613.39, which is down $3.06 today.”
 
“Would you like to buy any?” Link said, grinning. Not right now, I replied.
 
So it goes with Mercedes’ mbrace Plus.

By Kelsey Mays | February 16, 2011 | Comments (26)

Mercedes-Benz' New Turbo V-8 Engines

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Today, Mercedes-Benz revealed more details about its V-8 engine lineup. The two new V-8 powertrains promise more power, improved emissions and better fuel efficiency.

The more important of the two is the new twin turbo 4.6-liter V-8. It will replace the successful 5.5-liter V-8 that powers most Mercedes with the “550” behind their class designations.

The engine’s decreased displacement is offset by the power boost of the twin turbochargers, which have a fairly high 10.5-to-1 compression ratio. The 4.6 promises 10 percent better fuel economy while producing 30% better torque. In the 2011 CL500, it produces 429 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. That’s 12% better power and 32% better torque than the outgoing 5.5-liter V-8 found in the 2010 CL550. This engine will likely find its way into the E-Class and the S-Class in the near future.

By Colin Bird | October 20, 2010 | Comments (4)

2011 Mercedes AMG CL63 Puts Out Just 563 hp

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In the world of super-fast, super-expensive luxury coupes, there really aren’t many that surpass the CL. Actually, if you’re talking coupes — and not sports cars like, say, a Ferrari — the AMG CL may be at the top of the heap next to the Bentley Continental GT. And who wants to be caught in one of those anymore?

For 2011, the CL gets some exterior design tweaks, most noticeably in the front, which looks a little more snub-nosed than before. There really wasn’t anything wrong with the last model, but there’s nothing really wrong with this one, either.

Most people will care most about what’s under the hood — after making sure they see the AMG logo emblazoned on the wheels and the badge on the back. The AMG CL63 gets a new engine in a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for 563 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque. That’s 45 more hp and a mind-numbing 199 more pounds-feet of torque. But really, Mercedes, you couldn’t eke out one more pound-foot of torque to make the math easier on us journalists? It hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to the automaker. Add the Performance Package, and it’ll shave off a little time.

If you read above and think we’re poking fun at the CL, that’s not the case. We’ve driven the current CL-Class and have hated turning the keys over. Getting all this added power for 2011 just makes us a little more anxious to drive one. The outgoing 2010 CL63 started at $145,200, and we expect the 2011 will be a tad pricier when it goes on sale in November.
By David Thomas | July 27, 2010 | Comments (3)

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