July 21, 2008

First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

Edmunds Inside Line's First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK

If you would like to know more about the GLK*, and you live in Arizona, please don't hesitate to contact me for more info!

*Please contact your local dealer if you live outside of Arizona, thank you.

2009 Mercedes-Benz Model Year Pricing/Modifications Announced

Below you will find the MY09 pricing and product modifications for all Classes and Models. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested in learning more about the 2009 models, or if you would like to order one to your specs.

Below you will find the MY09 pricing and product modifications for all Classes and Models.

Model Retail Release Pricing:

C300 SPORT/LUXURY July 16 $32,100/$33,850
C300 SPORT/LUXURY4MATIC July 16 $35,400/$35,650
C350 SPORT July 16 $38,200
C63 AMG July 16 $55,100

CL550 4MATIC July 16 $105,100
CL600 July 16 $148,900
CL63 AMG July 16 $139,700
CL65 AMG July 16 $199,700

CLK350 COUPE July 16 $46,800
CLK350 CABRIOLET July 16 $54,800
CLK550 COUPE July 16 $55,500
CLK550 CABRIOLET July 16 $63,500
CLS550 May 15 $68,950

CLSCLS63 AMG May 15 $94,550

E320 BlueTEC July 16 $52,900
E350 SPORT/LUXURY July 16 $51,900/$51,900
E350 4MATIC SPORT/LUXURY July 16 $53,400/$51,900
E350 WAGON 4MATIC July 16 $55,950
E550 July 16 $60,400
E550 4MATIC July 16 $61,900
E63 AMG July 16 $86,000
E63 AMG WAGON July 16 $86,800

G550 4MATIC October 10 TBD
G55 AMG 4MATIC October 15 TBD

GL320 BlueTEC October 1 $56,750
GL450 4MATIC July 22 $57,750
GL550 4MATIC July 22 $79,500

ML320 BlueTEC October 1 $47,250
ML350 4MATIC July 22 $45,750
ML550 4MATIC July 22 $54,450
ML63 AMG 4MATIC July 22 $88,350

R320 BlueTEC October 1 $47,950
R350 4MATIC July 22 $46,450

S550 July 16 $86,950
S550 4MATIC July 16 $89,950
S600 July 16 $144,450
S63 AMG July 16 $128,350
S65 AMG July 16 $194,950

SL550 April 28 $95,900
SL600 April 28 $136,100
SL63 AMG April 28 $132,000
SL65 AMG April 28 $190,700

SLK300 May 1 $44,950
SLK350 May 1 $49,950
SLK55 AMG May 1 $64,300

Maybach 57 October 15 $348,000
Maybach 62 October 15 $399,000
Maybach 57S October 15 $387,500
Maybach 62S October 15 $438,500

SLR Roadster August 14 $495,000

Product Modifications:

Based on your feedback, the MY09 C-Class now has available on all models, Burl Walnut Wood Trim and an Almond/Mocha interior. Additions to the Premium 1 Package include, driver's side memory and power steering column as well as a compass integrated in the rearview mirror (replacing the power folding mirrors). The C-Class also receives two pelvic airbags, integrated into the front seats, bringing total airbags in the vehicle to eight.

We are especially pleased to inform you that the MY09 CL550 will come equipped with 4MATIC allwheel drive as standard equipment. Additionally, similar to the S-Class, the following optional equipment will become standard equipment for the CL550 4MATIC:
• P01 – Premium 1 Package
• Heated and Active Ventilated Seats (code 401)
• Keyless Go (code 889)The MY09 CL550 4MATIC also features a new 18" 7-split spoke wheel.

The CLK-Class offers four unique entries in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles for MY09. Note, the CLK63 AMG Cabriolet has been discontinued. Heated Front Seats and the 6-disc CD Changer have been made standard on all models to further the value message to customers. A new Bluetooth Hands Free Communication Kit is now available as a VPC-installed option for the CLK-Class, and the options and packages have been re-organized for increased consistency and ordering simplicity. Later in the model year, the CLK Grand Edition will debut for both Coupes and Cabriolets - details will follow in a separate communication.

The 321 AMG Sport Package will replace 333 Sport Package as a no charge option. This enhancement brings an even more dynamic look to the E-Class Sport Sedan.
• 321 – Sport Package
• Sport front and rear bumper
• AMG 18” 5-spoke wheels w/ all-season tires
• Sport steering wheel w/ gearshift paddles

4MATIC all-wheel-drive system will be available at no charge for the E350 Luxury Sedan. In addition, the E350 Luxury Sedan and Wagon will receive a new 17” wheel design. (Please note, for E-Class Sport Sedans equipped with 4MATIC, the price remains unchanged. E320 BlueTEC maintains 16” wheel in MY08 design)Other E-Class changes include:
• All-new COMAND system (as on MY09 SL/CLS)
• Bluetooth interface w/ hands-free calling
• In-dash SD Memory Card reader
• In-dash 6 CD/DVD changer w/ Video playback capability
• Enhanced harman/kardon LOGIC7 5.1 surround-sound system
• 40 GB HD Navigation w/ Birdseye View (P1)
• Enhanced Voice control for audio, telephone & navigation (P1)
• 4GB Music Register (approx. 1000 songs) (P1)
• Traffic guidance, Gracenote Database, ZAGAT Guide (P1)
• iPOD/MP3 interface, HD Digital Radio (P1)

Finally, the E320 BlueTEC is no longer available in Washington, Oregon and New Jersey (as of January 2009).

Model Year 2009 G-Class will begin production in September, and is expected to launch by mid-October. Pricing will be released closer to launch. For complete details, please refer to the Dealer Ordering Guide.

The Model Year 2009 GL-Class, featuring the 50-state, GL320 BlueTEC with generous equipment enhancements abound. Every GL320BT/GL450 gets a standard sunroof and wheel upgrade. The GL320 BlueTEC boasts 20” wheels with run-flat tires while the GL450 receives standard 19” wheels. The GL-Class standard equipment includes COMAND with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free communication, with integrated 6-disc DVD changer. Safety enhancements include standard PRESAFE, the addition of a driver’s side kneebag, and child safety locks in the rear doors. The GL550 has added Keyless Go, hard-drive (no longer DVD) navigation and infrared reflecting glass (replaces Blue Glass) to its lengthy list of standard equipment. (The GL450 Appearance package has delayed availability until January 09 production.)

The Model Year 2009 M-Class receives a facelift which includes re-designed headlamps, larger exterior mirrors, and re-designed front and rear bumpers with standard stainless steel skid plates. In addition, the MY09 facelift also offers new 19” wheel designs unique for each engine variant. The ML550’s freshened exterior also has standard stainless steel skid plates, chrome window molding, and brushed aluminum roof rails. The interior enhancements for MY09 include a new seat pattern, MB-Tex leather door panel inserts, a re-designed steering wheel, and a unique seat pattern for full leather upholstery. New for the Model Year 2009 M-Class is the 50-state ML320 BlueTEC, which delivers great fuel economy and impressive torque. The AMG ML63 also receives an updated look which is differentiated from the ML550 exterior. The ML63 now offers optional 21” AMG doublespoke wheels. To further enhance the interior’s convenience, the MY09 M-Class now includes standard Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free communication and an in-dash 6-disc DVD changer.Additional new MY09 features available in the Premium 1 Package:
• Enhanced harman/kardon LOGIC7 5.1 surround-sound system
• 40 GB HD Navigation w/ Birdseye View
• Enhanced Voice control for audio, telephone & navigation
• 4GB Music Register (approx. 1000 songs)
• Traffic guidance, Gracenote Database, ZAGAT Restaurant Guide
• iPOD/MP3 media interface, HD Digital Radio
• 115V AC socket in cargo area

The Premium 3 Package is discontinued for Model Year 2009, and there is a new Lighting Package featuring Bi-Xenon headlamps with new LED tail lamps. The M-Class continues to add to its list of safety features in Model Year 2009 with standard PRE-SAFE and rear door child safety locks.

The Model Year 2009, 50-state R320 BlueTEC, featuring standard 19” rims with run-flat tires. For Model Year 2009, both R-Class models get a standard sunroof. Additional standard equipment highlights: COMAND with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free communication, with integrated 6-disc DVD changer. Safety enhancements include standard PRE-SAFE, and the addition of child safety locks in the rear doors. The two-wheel drive model is no longer available, and option packaging has been further streamlined.

The following optional equipment becomes standard equipment at no additional charge for the S550 and S550 4MATIC:
• P01 – Premium 1 Package
• Heated and Active Ventilated Seats (code 401)
• Electronic Trunk Closer (code 881)
• Wood/Leather Steering Wheel (code 289)

The MY09 S550 and S550 4MATIC also features a new 18" 7-split spoke wheel. Please refer to the on-line Dealer Ordering Guide for all detailed information and highlights for the new MY09 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

July 14, 2008

Coming Soon: Hybrids, Diesels, and GLK

The following vehicles are expected to hit our lot soon. Click the links to see what the automotive press has to say. These are just preliminary estimates, so don't beat me up if they show up even sooner, OK? ;)

August 2008 - Facelifted 2009 ML
October 2008 - BlueTEC SUV's with 50-State emissions
January 2009 - 2010 GLK arrives in the 300 and 350 gasoline V-6's
January 2009 - SL65 Black - Only 200 for the US! 600 hp and 722 lb/ft torque
June 2009 - All new CLK Coupe
June 2009 - Facelifted GL
August 2009 - All new 2010 E-Class
Mid 2009 - ML450 Gas/Electric Hybrid
Mid 2009 - S400 Gas/Electric Hybrid
Late 2009 - Facelifted S-Class
Late 2009 - G550
Mid 2010 - All new CLK Cabriolet
2010 - E320 Bluetec in new body style
2010 - C-Class diesel
2010 - GLK diesel (rumors of a diesel hybrid)
2011 - S-Class diesel

If you're interested in one of these vehicles, and plan to purchase from Mercedes-Benz of Chandler, just let me know and I will notify you as more information becomes available.

Summer of Love July Incentives Announced

Jul 1, 2008
June & July Lease and Finance Specials from Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes has announced the lease and finance specials that are part of the Summer Love Event. The Summer Event is always a great opportunity to get a good deal on the 2008 models before the 2009 models arrive. Also, look for a post about some of the loyalty programs we have in place.

Finance Specials on New 2008 Models:
*1.9% for up to 72 months on:
E-Classes (except E550 4matic and E63 wagon)
CLK350 & CLK550 Coupes and Cabriolets
All R-Classes (R350 2wd, R350 4wd, R320 CDI)
All SLK-Classes NEW
*3.9% for up to 66 months on:
C350 NEW
All M-Classes ( ML350, ML320CDI, ML550, ML63 AMG )
All GL-Classes - (GL450, GL320 CDI, GL550)
CLK63 AMGLease Specials on New 2008 Models

Leasing Specials:
E350 Lease $569/month - 27 Months
ML350 Lease $549/month - 33 Months
R350 2WD Lease $539/month - 33 Months
GL450 Lease $699/month - 33 Months
CLK350 Coupe Lease $509/month - 27 Months
CLK350 Cabriolet Lease $629/month - 27 Months

Our lease specials are 10,000 miles per year, with $4000-$6500 due at signing. I would be happy show you the fine print.

Finance Specials on Certified Pre-Owned Cars:
2005-2006 C-Class: 4.99% for up to 36 months, 5.99% for up to 60 months
2005-2006 E-Class: 3.99% for up to 36 months, 4.99% for up to 60 months
2005-2006 S-Class: 4.99% for up to 60 months
2006 R-Class: 4.99% for up to 60 months

*for qualified buyers

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About Me

Thanks for stopping by! In case you don't already know me, I'm a salesman with Mercedes-Benz of Chandler in the great state of Arizona. Originally from, "Track Town," Eugene, OR, I came to Tempe in 1995 to get a business degree from ASU. Quicky immersing myself into the Southwest, I met my wife while travelling in Mexico. After college, I became the world's first Irish Spanish-speaking geographer with a business degree. After working for seven years in Aerial Photography and Geographic Information Systems, I took the leap into the automotive industry. Mom thought that made sense since my first word was, "wheel." Man, am I gald I did! I used to have a job in a cubicle, now I have four or five good conversations a day, one or two of which result in a sale and a new friend. I would like to use this blog to keep in touch with my customers, and ask that you please subscribe (for the latest info) and pass the blog on to others as well. As always, I pay a tidy referral fee to anyone who sends me a new customer.