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Mercedes Benz Adaptive High Beam Assist: New Feature or Old News?

What does this 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic sedan have in common with this 1960 Cadillac convertible? They both have an automatic headlight dimming system! Mercedes-Benz made the Adaptive High Bean Assist feature available on the ‘new body style’ E class cars in 2010. The systems essentially keeps an eye on the road ahead of you at night, while you’re driving with your high beams on a desolate road, the car can sense the headlights of oncoming traffic up ahead and automatically dim the headlamps as not to bother the driver of the oncoming car.

The technology Mercedes-Benz uses is a sensor embedded in the top of the windshield. It’s considered a safety feature by Mercedes-Benz, as it allows you to have the best, brightest lights blazing when appropriate, giving you a commanding view of the road, even at night to keep you safe. One might also consider it a convenience feature, as you don’t constantly have to adjust your high beams as oncoming traffic appears. Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz Adaptive High Beam Assist feature on the E class HERE at MBUSA.com.

Notice the light sensor on the dash of the 1960 Cadillac.

What’s funny is that a similar system was available on a number of American made vehicles, most notably, Cadillacs beginning in the mid 1950s. The red 1960 Cadillac convertible pictured here was at Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis when I visited that shop last week. Bruce Kelly, proprietor of Lake Country Classics and vintage Mercedes-Benz SL authority generally works on and restores Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the occasional Jaguar, but this time he had a customer’s 1960 Cadillac convertible on hand.

I saw this thing sticking up on the dash of the Cadillac and I asked him what it was for. Bruce explained to me that it was the sensor for the automatic high beam adjustment. When it senses the headlights of an oncoming car it automatically adjusts your high beams back down to the regular headlight setting… on a 1960 Cadillac, it was available earlier than that, in the mid 1950s.

Of course, the technology Mercedes-Benz employs for the Adaptive High Beam Assist feature is far more advanced that what Cadillac was using 50 years ago. The modern Mercedes-Benz system works better, more efficiently, more quickly and more reliably than the old Caddy system, but it’s interesting to know that the idea of not having to worry about blinding oncoming drivers at night with your high beams was thought about and essentially ‘solved’ more than 50 years ago in Detroit.

There is always something to see and learn when you visit Bruce at Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis, it’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you can find it, it’s worth a visit. This 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was parked next to the Cadillac when I arrived last week. The 190 is currently for sale on eBay… with its $35,000 reserve price already reached with about 5 days left in the auction.

Mercedes Benz designo E Class Coupe Heated Windshield P2 Package and More!

This new Mercedes Benz E350 Coupe was just rolled on to Feldmann Imports’ show floor this morning. This is the first E class Coupe I’ve seen with this exclusive designo interior. This E class has a special $2500 designo interior package, it has designo classic red leather interior with matching red leather trim, not all that different from the available designo classic red leather that was ordered on a customer’s SLS AMG Gullwing a couple of months ago.

designo red leather interior in this E350 Coupe.

This E350 Coupe is also loaded with the Premium 2 Package (P2 Package) which includes options like the COMAND Navigation system, 6GB music register, harman/kardon sound, Keyless Go, heated seats, even a heated windshield! (see photo of option list from the original window sticker below). Price of admission to this very exclusive club is $61,525.

One of 500 Ever Built! 2009 Mercedes Benz CLK350 Grand Edition – 14k miles!

This 2009 CLK350 Grand Edition was just traded in this past weekend, one of just 500 Grand Edition Coupes ever built! Chances are, if you buy this one, you’ll never see one just like it.

They only made 1000 Grand Edition cars. 500 coupes and 500 cabriolets, so this is one of 500 ever built. All of the coupes were painted Palladium Silver and have a special Tobacco Brown leather interior with contrasting beige stitching and aluminum trim, it also sports 18? twin spoke AMG wheels. Here is a complete list of equipment from its original window sticker:

Grand Edition Floor Mats, Bluetooth Hands Free Communication System, iPod Integration Kit, Garage Door Opener, Autodimming mirrors, Glass Sunroof, Steering Wheel Shift Paddles, Sport Suspension, DVD COMAND Navigation, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Aluminum Trim, Sport Body Styling, harman/kardon Sound System w/ Dolby 5.1, Heated Front Seats. That package cost $8,975 when new, total MSRP for this car was $57,950. (Original window sticker below).

It’s available today with just 14,420 miles on its odometer for $32,981, stock# P9127A.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils E class Cabriolet at Detroit Auto Show

The new Mercedes-Benz E class Cabriolet was unveiled this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. It follows last summer’s introduction of the new E Class coupe and sedan. The E Class Cabriolet replaces the CLK Cabriolet convertible in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

Like the E Class Coupe, the Cabriolet will be available with the 268 hp 3.5 liter V6 as the E350 Cabriolet. If you need more horsepower, it’s also available with the 382 hp V8 in E550 trim.

Like all E Class models before it, the new Cabriolet comes with an extensive list of safety and comfort features. including pop-up roll bars, and the company’s first use of headbag airbags. The E Class Cabriolet is available with the Airscarf option which incorporates vents in the headrest to keep your neck either warm or cool depending upon your environment.

The Aircap is another new feature available on the E Class Cabriolet, it’s a system consisting of a wind deflector mounted to the top of the windshield as well as draft stops inside the cabin. It keeps things calm and comfortable while the top is down.