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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.

Silver Bullet! 2010 Mercedes E350 Just 15,000 miles Over $57k New

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic, Iridium Silver w/ Black interior, just traded in! This one was traded in the other day on another new Mercedes. It’s a Sport model equipped with the Premium 1 Package (P1 Package) and all the goodies that go along with it… Navigation, back up camera, heated seats, Bluetooth, Voice Control Satellite Radio, etc.

This is a one owner, clean Carfax, no stories ‘new body’ E class that’s ready to roll. Original window sticker is below for your reference. Factory warranty of 4 years or 50k miles is intact and stays with the car when you buy it. Save yourself almost $10k in depreciation… it’s available for sale today for $48,981. Feldmann Imports’ stock# M1221A.

Mercedes Benz Sales Figures March 2011: Mercedes Reports Best March and First Quarter on Record with Sales of 22,546

March sales numbers for Mercedes-Benz are in and they look pretty good, in fact, the best March and 1st Quarter ever (see actual sales numbers by vehicle class below and the the MBUSA press release below that). Things are looking good for 2011 as whole as dealerships gear up for the spring and Summer selling season. Here in Minnesota we’ve seen a serious increase in dealership traffic now that the snow has started to melt away.

People seem much more comfortable today when buying a car than they did a year ago based on a silver lining appearing on the dark economic cloud that’s been hanging over us for so long. There seems to be more optimism about the economy and plenty of people excited to take advantage of the great deals that Mercedes-Benz is offering new customers in the form of lease and finance specials and the great deals being offered to current lease and finance customers in the form of “Loyalty Programs” and rebates and incentives only available to current Mercedes-Benz customers. Here are the March 2011 Mercedes Benz Sales Figures:

Mercedes Benz Sales figures by Vehicle Class: March 2011

Here is the official MBUSA PRESS RELEASE:



Sales Up 12.6% for the Month and 10.7% for the First Quarter

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported March sales of 22,546 vehicles, a 12.6 % improvement over March 2010 and the company’s highest March volume and first quarter on record. On a year-to-date basis, the 55,995 vehicles sold represent a 10.7% increase.

The highest volume performers for the month were the C- and E-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – led the pack with sales of 6,542, up 8.9% over March 2010. The 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 6,107, up 21.1% over last year.

MBUSA’s versatile SUV, the M-Class, finished third in volume with sales of 2,792, up 29.6% compared to March 2010. The R-Class crossover also made gains with sales up 76.7% year-to-date, followed by the commanding G-Class, up 59.7% over March 2010. The company also sold 102 of its supercar — the SLS AMG — bringing its year-to-date sales to 255.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 175.1% for the month, with sales of 1,062 – bringing a year-to-date total of 2,649 – up 98.1%.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,236 vehicles in March, a 7.2% decrease when compared to March 2010. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 19,539 vehicles, a decrease of 3.2 % over the comparable period last year.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.

Lightly Used 2010 Mercedes E350 4matic Arctic White – Just 5,399 miles – Save Big $

This 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic in Arctic White with black interior was just traded in here at Feldmann Imports yesterday. This represents an excellent opportunity to get into a new body E class with low miles at a significant savings. It’s got Navigation, back up camera, SIRIUS satellite radio, AMG Sport Package, heated seats and iPod kit, and a bunch of other features.

The original window sticker is below for your reference. This one won’t last long, as the initial depreciation has already been taken on this one. Make it a Merry Christmas and put this white E class in your garage today… 4matic all wheel drive will make short work of the snow here in Minnesota. Feldmann Imports Stock# M1002A, price is $49,981.

Mars Red Mercedes GLK350 with AMG Sport Package at Feldmann Imports

This Mars Red GLK350 is sitting on our showroom floor. In today’s world of black, while and silver cars why not stand out with this red GLK. It’s nicely equipped with the AMG Sport Package which includes the cool AMG wheels and the LED daytime running lamps (close up photo below).

GLKs qualify for 1.9% financing on a short 36 month loan term, 2.9% is available up to 66 months. These represent the lowest interest rates we’ve seen on new GLKs all year and a deal not to be missed. The original window sticker is included below for this particluar GLK. It’s in stock and ready to roll today… did I mention, it’s 4matic? This all wheel drive system will keep you safe with plenty of traction all winter. 

Mercedes Benz E350 and E550 Colors: 11 Standard + Special Colors to Choose From

2011 E350 with Special Order Cuprite Brown paint

When considering any new car, color is always an important choice for most people. The color of a car often defines the car and its owner. The same car can be perceived as elegant in one color and agressive in another, you can drive a cop magnet or an understated sleeper, depending on the color.

I’m putting a series together on the available colors of the different Mercedes-Benz classes. The common colors, the more rare colors, and available special order colors. I’ve decided to start with the E class because it is currently the best selling class of Mercedes-Benz vehicle in the United States.  Year to date sales of the new body E class through the end of October 2010 stand at 50,298, way up from the same time last year when there had been just 32,811 E class cars sold in the U.S. For such a ‘bad’ economy, a lot of people are buying $55,000 (minimum!) cars.

 I see a lot of new E classes come and go each month, I also talk to a lot of customers who want something very specific and assume every dealer will have several cars in each color to choose from. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Of course, you can get whatever color you want… if you want a pink one with ostrich interior, it can be done, at a price. 

Let’s look at what I would consider the most common colors:

Black and Arctic White are the only two ‘standard’ E class sedan colors, they are the only two non-metallic paint colors with no upcharge on the window sticker. Any other color except black or Arctic White will be an additional $720, except for Diamond White Metallic which is a $1,515 upcharge.

Iridium Silver rounds out the top three most popular / most common colors for new E class sedans, this is bright silver, regular silver so to speak. I’ve included two other metallic colors on the list of common colors, they are Steel Grey and Palladium Silver. It’s tough to figure these colors out by looking at the swatches above. Most dealers will have all of these colors represented on their lot, if not on E classes, certainly on something, C, ML and GL class vehicles all come in these colors.

Moving on to the less common colors:

Quartz Blue was a new color for the 2010 model year, it appears on E and C class cars. I’ve seen two E classes come through Feldmann Imports since the new body style was introduced, I actually sold one of them while I was still on the showfloor. That color seems to appeal to a fairly thin market, but when the right person comes in, they fall in love with it.

Capri Blue is not a real uncommon E class color, we usually have one of these in stock, it’s a very nice dark metallic blue and is most commonly found with an Almond Mocha interior, it’s actually one of my favorite colors on an E class, understated and elegant.

Jade Green is always an ellusive color. It’s rare on any car that offers it as a color, and while doing a nationwide search I couldn’t find a single Jade Green E class sedan, in fact, the color does not appear as a search criteria at all for E class sedans, so, I need to do some research and find out if it is still being offered on the E class sedan. There is one E class wagon available in the entire country currently in Jade Green.

Pearl Beige was a new color that was introduced on the E class last year, this color, along with Obsidian Black (a metallic black) and Indium Grey are all good colors, but fairly rare. If you want one of these there is a good chance your local dealer may need to perform a dealer trade to bring it in for you.

Cuprite Brown (the color of the car in the photo at the top of this post) is a special order color available on the E class. There are always some of these special order cars in regular dealer inventory, so if you’re interested in this very deep, rich color just ask around, chances are you’ll find one. We’ve had several of these this year, more of this color in fact that Indium Grey, Pearl Beige or Quartz Blue.

The metallic Diamond White color doesn’t appear in the list of swatches, but it is available on the E class. It’s sort of a pearl white color and quite rare. There are about 5 E class vehicles currently in the United States painted this color. Generally, the cars that are painted this color will be cars with lots of options added to them.

That pretty much wraps up the standard colors available on the E class. There are a number of other colors available if you get into the designo color line. There are several matte finish paints avialble in this line of specialty colors, such as designo Magno Cashmere White, designo Magno Alanite Grey and designo Magno Platinum. There are a number of other special designo paints for the E class as well, some of these colors also appear as special order colors for the new SLS AMG. So, you have quite a few choices if you want to get into these specialty colors. Chances are there won’t be more than about 4 or 5 cars in these colors in dealer inventory across the U.S. so if you don’t like how the available cars are optioned you’ll probably have to place a factory order.

Different car buyers have different ideas about color. If you’re a ‘deal shopper’ always looking for the best deal, you’ll have to be open to color, and probably be open to what’s on your local dealer’s lot. If you’re a ‘absolutely must be my way shopper’ you’re with teh right brand, Mercedes-Benz has a lot of special color choices, and has even been known to develop specific one-off colors for some customers. Most of us usually fall somewhere in between. I’ve found that if you’re open to about three color options, you’ll do just fine locally. You’ll get teh right car and you’ll get a good deal.

Mercedes Cuprite Brown Color E350 – Less than 20 Available in the U.S.A.!

2011 Cuprite Brown E350 Sport on show floor at Feldmann Imports.

A new and interesting color that Mercedes-Benz introduced for the 2011 model year, as a special order color only, is Cuprite Brown. While Cuprite Brown is a ‘special order’ color, a certain amount of cars are built and painted this color for regular dealer inventory. I just performed a nationwide dealer search through the MB ‘intra-net’ and found less than 20 Cuprite Brown E350 4matic cars available at dealers in the entire United States.

What’s Cuprite? Cuprite is a non-magnetic, redish brown, igneous rock often found among granite. So… the color Mercedes-Benz came up with is a very dark redish brown metallic. In some light it looks black, in very bright sun it looks like a dark, dark brown / burgandy color… see the close up photo of the front end of this in stock car:

2011 E350 Sport, AMG Wheel Package, cool daytime running LEDs.

When you stare into a Cuprite Brown E class you can seemingly see for miles, it’s a dark, rich color and looks great with the Almond interior with black accents.

Interior of our subject car: Almond MB Tex, Illuminated door sills, Burl Walnut trim.

Our subject car arrived here at Feldmann Imports a few days ago, it’s a 2011 model with all sorts of options. I took a photo of the right side of its window sticker for your reference. This is Feldmann Imports’ Stock# M9864, MSRP is $61,425. We can ship to you anywhere in the country if this is the right car for you.

New Pearl Beige Color on 2011 Mercedes Benz E350 4matic!

Several new colors were introduced by Mercedes-Benz for the 2010 model year and the introduction of the new generation E class. One of the new colors was Pearl Beige, a sort of metallic light gold color that looks especially nice on the new body E class as well as on the C class. This is only the second E class I’ve seen in this color, and this is the first 2011 model E class I’ve seen in this color.

This particular example is very well equipped as you can see from the original window sticker / option list I’ve included below. It’s got the Premium 1 Package (P1), Sport Package, which now includes the LED daytime running lamps for 2011, and the Panorama Sunroof along with a number of other options.

click option list to enlarge, so it's easier to read.

It’s available today with an MSRP of $61,965, Feldmann Imports Stock# M9792.

What Color is That? Cuprite Brown Mercedes Benz E350 4matic Sedan

When the redesigned 2010 E class came out several new colors came along with it. Quartz Blue was a new color available as an option, but there were several new colors available as special order colors. This car sports the special order exterior color of “Cuprite Brown Metallic”.

At first glance it’s black, up close, and especially in the sun, it’s a deep dark redish brown sort of color. This photo, taken in full sun, really gives it a different look, it looks more red in this photo than usual.

It’s a sophisticated color, lots going on when you put your face right up to it. This is only the second Cuprite Brown car I’ve seen, and available now at Feldmann Imports in Bloomington, MN. This is a Premium 1 Package (P1) car with the Wheel Package (AMG wheels and sport steering wheel) among other options.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Achieves Top Safety Status from IIHS

It's always been safe, but never THIS safe!

I found this article on a site about Mercedes-Benz vehicles that I visit regularly, emercedesbenz.com, I thought it might be of interest to daveknowscars.com readers. I’m not always big on awards, whether the award is actually worth anything, good marks for safety are always good.

The Mercedes E-Class has been given a top safety award for the first time from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

17 May 2010 | JDavis

Adding to its already high appeal, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has achieved top safety status.  The Mercedes E-Class has been given a top safety award for the first time from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A score of “good” must be earned in each of the following: front, side, rollover and rear crash protection tests in order for the Top Safety Picks accolade to be gained.  The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with its many safety features, set the standard in each category.

The IIHS particularly praised the decision of Mercedes-Benz to implement greater padding to the front and rear doors to improve protection in side-impact crashes. Because the safety of drivers, passengers and other drivers are the biggest concern of Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Saloon has been fitted with a host of features to help make driving safer.

These include innovations that take appropriate action in the event of danger occurring, help to limit damage if an accident happens and ensure that things are made easier in aiding people after an incident has taken place. Among the features utilised are Attention Assist to warn motorists if they are at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel flashing adaptive brake lights to warn fellow motorists travelling behind that there may be a danger ahead.

“The E class was redesigned for the 2010 model year. This is the first time the E class has earned the Institute’s top safety designation. Earlier this year design changes were made to the padding in the front and rear doors to improve protection in side impact crashes. The TOP SAFETY PICK award applies to E class models built after March 2010.” http://www.iihs.org