AMGmarket.com Mercedes-Benz AMG Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is important but rarely the main driving force in the decision making process for a $75,000 to $100,000 plus performance vehicle like the Mercedes-AMG. Most buyers of new Mercedes-AMGs are not losing sleep at night based on the fluctuating price of petroleum. But one thing is for sure, used car buyers are typically younger, up and coming eco-consious professionals, and a much larger population of potential consumers for the manufacturer.

Is your first new car purchase influenced by the brand of the vehicle you first purchased used? Likely. And, it appears Mercedes-AMG is now figuring that out. Although, in my opinion, they have been a little late to the game.

If you take a look at fuel economy charts for cars by year, few (rarely any) Mercedes-AMG vehicles make the top 10 or 15 on the list for fuel-efficiency. For those interested, you can find the fuel economy information at websites such as the U.S. Department of Energy: www.fueleconomy.gov – you can search by type of vehicle (sports car, sedan, SUV, etc.) and by year. Take a look at the lists for 2005 models that have depreciated significantly in value since new; often of interest to used car buyers.

Why say Mercedes-AMG is figuring it out? Read more about AMGmarket.com Mercedes-Benz AMG Fuel Economy

Mercedes CLS and SLS AMG Voted Best Cars – Auto Trophy 2010

AMGmarket.com News: Daimler PR from Stuttgart – The readers of the German trade journal “Auto Zeitung” have voted the new Mercedes-Benz CLS the best model in the luxury segment. Another first place – for the second time in succession – went to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG as best super sports car. Both cars received the renowned “Auto Trophy”. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Development, Mercedes-Benz Cars, took receipt of the prestigious awards yesterday evening at the Meilenwerk centre in Düsseldorf. Meanwhile, the campaign for the Mercedes SLS AMG, entitled “Is it still a car?” was voted the best advertising campaign of the year. Andreas Fuhlisch, manager of Bauer Media KG, presented the corresponding award to Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales and Marketing. Read more about Mercedes CLS and SLS AMG Voted Best Cars – Auto Trophy 2010

Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape Blue Mood 10 Free MP3s

Download the latest Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape release. The Mercedes-Benz promo includes music tracks by international newcomers; nice variety of rock, pop and jazz music you likely have not heard before.

Here an excerpt from the newsletter I rec’d earlier this week; it also includes the link to download the 10 free mp3 files. This CD release is titled, “Blue Mood” (Mixed Tape 35): Read more about Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape Blue Mood 10 Free MP3s

Mercedes-Benz Recalls More 100,000 Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Recall For Possible Steering Failure AMG Market News (www.amgmarket.com): Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 100,000 vehicles; about 85,000 in the U.S. and 22,000 or so in the UK and additional vehicles worldwide. The recall is for 2010 and 2011 vehicles for a potential power-steering failure according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). […]

AMGmarket.com: AMG Driving Academy Discounts

AMG Driving Academy Mercedes-AMGPlanning to participate in the AMG Driving Academy for thrills? Well, how about a discount? Here’s how you can save on AMG’s high performance driving school.

Mercedes-AMG offers Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) members special pricing to attend the AMG Driving Academy. The discounts are significant and it only costs $45 to join the club (www.mbca.org). You get it – join MBCA and you’ll qualify for the AMG Driving Academy special pricing discounts listed below (U.S. tracks – see below).

What is the AMG Driving Academy?

AMG Driving Academy offers the opportunity to develop performance driving skills under the guidance of professional racers and instructors. The high performance driving school takes place at two of the most legendary US circuits, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca Raceway. AMG Driving Academy offers three distinct programs, each of which will push drivers to the limit in select AMG vehicles, including the most-advanced AMG vehicle ever built, the 2011 SLS AMG. Read on for discounts – Read more about AMGmarket.com: AMG Driving Academy Discounts

Mercedes-Benz Star Mag Takes Top Honors – International Automotive Media Awards

Mercedes-Benz Star Magazine Receives 13 Medals In 19th International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA)

The official magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA), the Star, led all publications with 13 medals at the 19th International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA), recognized by the automobile industry as the Academy Awards of automotive journalism. The Star magazine won two gold, four silver, and six bronze awards as well as the Best of Graphics Award.

This year’s IAMA’s awards is the highest medal count in the publication’s history. And, The Star earned its first “Best of” Award for Jean Constantine’s photography for the feature article “W154: Back on the Track.” The article discusses the private restoration of one of the legendary 1939 W154 Mercedes-Benz “Silver Arrow” race cars.

Here’s the official press release provided by Lisa Juhl, Marketing Director with MBCA:

AMG Market News (amgmarket.com) from MBCA/COLORADO SPRINGS, CO/July 16, 2010/ —  “The Star, the official magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, led all publications with 13 medals: two gold, four silver, and six bronze plus the Best of Graphics Award” at the 19th International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA), recognized by the automobile industry as the Academy Awards of automotive journalism. Read more about Mercedes-Benz Star Mag Takes Top Honors – International Automotive Media Awards

AMG Sway Bar on E350 Sport

A fellow Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, Jerry, asked us a question about replacing the sway bar on a 2006 E350 Sport with a sway bar from the AMG E55. That question brings up several considerations.  Here’s Jerry’s original question:

Subject: 2006 E350 Sport Sway Bar Replacement
I am looking to upgrade the sway bar in my E350 sport 2006,  the car has a tendency to roll to much going into corners.  I was wondering if switching to a 2006 E55 AMG sway bar would improve this roll.  Or if you have any other suggestions to make the car handle better but not bounce down the road.  Thanks in advance. – Jerry

There are several issues here to consider before making this type of modification to your suspension system. So, we asked our colleague John Olson, which has been custom building springs for SL’s for a decade or so. Here’s Read more about AMG Sway Bar on E350 Sport

MBUSA Launches Sex and the City Microsite

Mercedes-Benz accompanies film launch in cinemas with a campaign
New microsite launched as the focal point of the campaign
Exceptional competition on Facebook with the opportunity to win a trip for four to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York

The “Sex and the City” style icons Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are back. Beginning on 27 May 2010, the much-anticipated sequel “Sex and the City 2” hits cinemas. And without giving too much away, we can reveal that the four friends have stayed true to their exclusive lifestyle. In addition to the S400 HYBRID, Mr. Big now also drives through the streets of New York in the new star from Mercedes-Benz: the E-Class Cabriolet.

Meanwhile, Samantha drives in the legendary offroader from Mercedes-Benz, the G-Class. And for the first time, the four girlfriends head off together for an exotic trip where they are chauffeured in the comfort of luxurious Maybach saloons. As the exclusive automobile promotional partner of “Sex and the City 2”, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to accompany the film’s launch in cinemas with its own microsite and an exceptional competition on Facebook. Offered as the top prize is a trip for four to New York City, including a visit to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. “Style, excitement and elegance – these are the very values which the brands Mercedes-Benz and Maybach represent, as does ’Sex and the City’, hence it is logical for us to have a presence with our vehicles in the sequel to this film phenomenon”, according to Anders Sundt Jensen, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars. Read more about MBUSA Launches Sex and the City Microsite

Daimler AG to Discontinue DAI Listing on NYSE

Supervisory Board and Board of Management of Daimler AG (“ DAI ” ) to apply for the discontinuation of NYSE listing of its shares.

Daimler AG indicated in a press release that the company plans to discontinue their stock-exchange listing in New York (NYSE). According to Daimler, the delisting and deregistration is a consequence of changed investor behavior and consistently low trading volumes. Bodo Uebber, CFO of Daimler AG says,

“Daimler continues to place great importance on having an international shareholder base. At the same time, this step enhances our overall efficiency.”

AMG Market News/Source: Daimler AG – Stuttgart, May 14, 2010: The Supervisory Board and Board of Management of Daimler AG (stock – exchange symbol “ DAI ” ) have decided to apply for the discontinuation of the listing of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Read more about Daimler AG to Discontinue DAI Listing on NYSE

AMGmarket.com: Upcoming AMG Driving Academy Info

Mercedes-AMG and Skip Barber Racing School are both pumping out the PR for the upcoming AMG Driving Academy events.

Here’s the latest info we received at AMG Market:

The AMG Driving Academy is taking place on two of the most legendary U.S. tracks, Road Atlanta (GA) and Laguna Seca Raceway (CA). Participants will experience AMG’s true performance capabilities with the help of trained race instructors and some of the finest hand-crafted performance vehicles made by Mercedes-Benz.

GET READY for an experience that you will never forget… GET SET for some of the best training at two of the world’s best circuits… Accelerate your heartbeat!

ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 14-15, 2010
AMG Driving Academy Mercedes-AMG

ROAD ATLANTA BASIC TRAINING
May 15-16, 2010

BASIC TRAINING – $1,795
Intense, one-day track program focused on performance driving. Learn the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and car control maneuvers. (*Formerly Stage 1) Read more about AMGmarket.com: Upcoming AMG Driving Academy Info