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But What’s the Catch? Sign and Drive Lease: Mercedes Benz C300 4matic Sport

There is no catch! The Sign and Drive Lease from Mercedes-Benz on the 2010 Mercede-Benz C300 Sport was so successful in April that it’s back in May. If you want my no holds barred opinon of leasing have a look at my “Why Lease?” article I posted a couple of weeks ago… no sugar coating here! Below are the details of the new program:

Mercedes-Benz Sign and Drive Lease: C300 4matic Sport
May 2010:

Based on a car with an MSRP (window sticker price) of $40,275
10,000 miles per year
36 month lease term
$459 per month!

So how does it really break down?
A $40,275 MSRP is going to be a Black, Arctic White, or Mars Red C300 4matic Sport model with the Premium 1 Package (Auto-Dimming Mirrors, Four-way power lumbar support – driver only, Garage door opener, Heated front seats, Memory seat w/ poer steering column – driver only, rain sensing windshield wipers, Integrated compass in rear view mirror, SIRIUS satellite radio – first 6 months are free).

You’re still responsible for tax, title, license and fees… however your first payment is taken care of by the dealer and there is no customer cash (cap cost reduction) required at signing.

Remember, if you need 12,000 or 15,000 miles per year you can get them, but the monthly payment changes. If you want a car with the Multi Media Package and thus a higher MSRP, the monthly payment will also change.

Bottom line is that lease rates are good, and there are a lot of cars currently in stock to choose from. C class sales are up significantly from 2009, as you can see from the Mercedes-Benz Sales Figures article I posted the other day, don’t wait any longer, now is the time, before interest rates begin to climb along with lease rates.

Mercedes-Benz to Build C Class in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz will add production of C-class sedans to its plant near Tuscaloosa, Ala., starting in 2014.

Daimler AG Chairman Dieter Zetsche, who participated in the creation of the Alabama plant project as a fast-rising executive in 1993, said in a statement released from Stuttgart that the U.S. operation will take over about one-fifth of the model’s global production.

The Tuscaloosa plant currently is the source of Mercedes-Benz crossovers and SUVs, the M-class, R-class and GL-class.

While the plant expanded several times to keep up with a seemingly insatiable world appetite for the large vehicles over the past decade, the crashing U.S. SUV market has left the plant underused for two years.

Rainer Schmuckle, COO for Mercedes-Benz Cars, said the move would help Mercedes in the “tough competition in the C-class segment.”

“This applies not only to our direct production costs, but also to the import duty and logistics advantages,” he said in the statement.

The likely addition of the C-class has been rumored among Mercedes’ suppliers since last year as the Alabama plant struggled with reduced volumes and staff reductions.

Zetsche’s statement said that moving C-class volume to the United States will require some shifting of products in Germany to protect jobs there. European C-class production from the Mercedes Sindelfingen plant will be consolidated at the company’s plant in Bremen. Bremen will hand off assembly of the SL roadster to Sindelfingen.

According to the statement, Sindelfingen will become “a worldwide competence center for the production of premium and luxury automobiles, increasingly with alternative powertrain systems.”


The world's first hybrid car with Lithium Ion batteries.

Palm Springs, CA – As the official vehicle of the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz rolled-out its environmentally friendly hybrid luxury vehicles for Hollywood’s elite. The Festival, which runs from January 5-18, 2010, starts the winter awards season with a spectacular program of films and a must-attend gala.

The two week celebration of films kicked-off with the Gala Awards Dinner on January 5th, where celebrity presenters and honorees such as Sean Penn, Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Michelle Pfieffer, Lee Daniels, Rob Marshall, Diablo Cody, T Bone Burnett, Anna Kendrick and Jeff Bridges were driven in Mercedes-Benz 2010 S400 HYBRID luxury sedans and ML450 HYBRID SUVs.

“Mercedes-Benz is proud to support the festival and the Palm Springs International Film Society as a sponsor and official vehicle for the seventh consecutive year,” says Jill Martinette, Mercedes-Benz Regional Marketing Manager. “The festival’s red carpet arrivals and A-list honorees are a perfect opportunity to show that being eco-friendly is possible without sacrificing luxury.”

The S400 HYBRID features the world’s first lithium-ion battery in a production vehicle. The 275-hp V6 gasoline engine provides impressive fuel economy with an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

The ML450 HYBRID mid-size SUV uses a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, two electric motors and sophisticated electronics to produce more than 46 percent better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model.

Throughout the two week festival, Mercedes-Benz is displaying several additional eco-friendly vehicles including the C300 Sedan, GLK350 SUV and the 2010 E350 Sedan and Coupe. Built with 85 percent recyclable materials, all four are powered by highly efficient V6 engines that achieve the California Air Resources Board’s most stringent exhaust rating as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV).

Mercedes-Benz Reveals New Design Concept: “abstract” in Detroit

At the Detroit Auto Show Mercedes-Benz takes the idea of a concept car to en entirely new level. Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new Mercedes-Benz Design Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Called “abstract” by Mercedes CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche.

It’s meant to give people a glimpse at the future of Mercedes-Benz design, and is described by the company as a sculpture. “It represents a vehicle rising gently from a level plane – as if formed from liquid silver, or like a shimmering cloth draped gently over a new form,” according to the Mercedes press release. “Clear, contoured surfaces are framed by crisp arcs, lending the sculpture an organic appearance that is both retrospective and forward-looking.”