Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

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It seems to be happening all the time in the auto industry. A manufacturer just isn't happy with its vehicles' names, especially when it wants to add new, additional models to the lineup.

Related: Cadillac Changes All Model Names To Alphanumeric, Starts With CT6, etc.

Mercedes-Benz is the latest to do the ole name switcheroo in advance of this year's auto show season. While the company's sedans will continue as-is, that can't be said of its SUV and sports car lineup.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, GLK350 4matic

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Vehicles Affected: More than 200 model-year 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and GLK350 4matic luxury crossovers manufactured between May 31 and Aug. 2, 2012

The Problem: Voltage in the parking lamp circuit exceeds the maximum allowable value. The higher illumination level may cause glare to oncoming vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz began notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the software calibration number of the subject control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: Family Checklist

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There's a dictator in my household who, like many dictators, is short and mightily determined. Her goal is the acquisition of snacks (she's 3 years old and very cute). Despite her authoritarian ways, she's extremely lovable. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is also dictatorlike: It's compact and seems to have an almost singular goal of safety, not snacks.

Though it's not quite as lovable as my own little dictator and does have a few shortcomings (pun intended), the GLK350 is likable thanks to its cute looks, agile handling and dynamic safety efforts.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | June 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic Diesel: First Drive

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Small crossovers are all the rage these days, one of the fastest-growing sales segments in the U.S. market at all price points. From the less-expensive Hyundais and Kias at the bottom end to the high-priced luxury versions like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, Americans seemingly can't get enough of them.

We reviewed the newly restyled 2013 GLK350 last summer, with News Editor Jennifer Geiger finding it a bit compromised in V-6 form, with a smallish interior, fussy audio and navigation system, and styling that's aimed at a male demographic (making the vehicle's public debut as Samatha's ride in the "Sex and the City" movie somewhat odd).

But now Mercedes-Benz is introducing the second powertrain for the GLK, with the arrival of the GLK250 Bluetec diesel, making the GLK the most fuel-efficient luxury crossover in the country. That suddenly makes the little trucklet a bit more interesting.

By Aaron Bragman | May 2, 2013 | Comments (11)

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)

August's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport topped last month's fastest-selling cars — a list that mixed the usual influx of redesigns and introductions with a lot of older cars. The 2013 Toyota Corolla, Honda Fit, Mini Cooper, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen flew off dealer lots last month. All but the A3 saw sales increases, with the Corolla, Fit and Cooper up more than 25% apiece. But all five cars have been on the market for some time since their last update, and none offer major incentives. One possible factor is gas prices, which have risen 20 cents in the past month. All five cars have variants with combined EPA mileage of 30 mpg or better.

Response to the redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe has been "nothing short of remarkable," Hyundai sales chief Dave Zuchowski said in a statement Tuesday. However, sales for the nameplate — whose redesign sprouts a new Santa Fe Sport derivative that's lumped into the same sales figure — fell nearly 50% for the month. What gives?

By Kelsey Mays | September 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets lightly refreshed, with a more powerful engine and slight interior and exterior updates. Although the interior is nicely updated, the needlessly complicated multimedia system and the clamorous start-stop system on the engine leave much to be desired, according to Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger.

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By Colin Bird | August 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Gains HP and MPGs

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Additional horsepower and increased fuel efficiency aren't always mutually exclusive. For the 2013 model year, Mercedes-Benz's refreshed premium compact SUV got both.

The 2013 GLK gets power from last year's 3.5-liter V-6. In the updated model, it makes 302 horsepower, up 34 hp from last year. According the EPA, fuel economy is also up. The 2012 version was rated at 16/21 mpg city/highway and the 2013 model at 19/24 mpg.

Mercedes-Benz says the mpg jump is thanks in part to a new automatic start/stop system and electromechanical steering, which replaces the prior hydraulic setup. When the auto stop/start feature is activated, the car shuts off while stopped and automatically restarts when your foot leaves the brake pedal. It's engaged via a button on the instrument panel. 

The 2013 GLK goes on sale later this summer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 3, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: Car Seat Check

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Mercedes-Benz's smallest SUV got a face-lift for 2013. This stylish five-passenger crossover's compact size shouldn't prevent families from checking it out, however. Although there's not a ton of room in the backseat, accessible Latch anchors mean it has a child-seat-friendly second row.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 31, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: Photo Gallery

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For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets a new face and a diesel engine.

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The GLK250 Bluetec trim features a 2.1-liter inline-four that produces 369 pounds-feet of torque and comes with standard all-wheel drive.

By Colin Bird | April 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

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