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Mercedes Benz Sales Report July 2012! 5.8% Better than July 2011 and Up 18.6% for the Year!

Mercedes Unit Sales Report 2012

Have a look at this chart for July 2012 Mercedes Benz Unit Sales by vehicle class and growth year over year and month over month.

July 2012 was a pretty good month for Mercedes-Benz vehicle sales in the United States. Sales of several Mercedes-Benz vehicle classes were up, most notable the new 2013 SL roadster has been proving a brisk seller, in fact, they last a day or two, if that, in dealer show rooms before they’re sold… most of the first several waves of new SLs were pre ordered and sold before they were ever built.

The C class had a good month as well, the newly redesigned entry level sedans are proving as popular as ever and excellent lease deals during the month of July didn’t hurt. We see the steady decline of the R class coming through, as we sold twice as many G wagens nationally as we did R class vehicles… what does that tell you about the future of the R class?

M class sales numbers were disappointing, but it’s not for a lack of buyers… it’s for a lack of cars. Ask any dealer in the country and they will tell you.. if they could get them from the factory, they would sell them in a heartbeat, they just simply cannot built them fast enough to meet the demand.

Here is the official MBUSA press release that accompanied the sales numbers chart above, August 1, 2012.

MERCEDES-BENZ POSTS JULY SALES OF 19,311 smart up 138.5%, Sprinter up 27.2% for the Month; Total MBUSA at 22,294 up 5.8%

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported July sales of 19,311 for its Mercedes-Benz models, delivering a record year-to-date total of 147,905 new vehicles to customers, up 13.8%.

Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter of the month totaled 22,294, up 5.8% bringing an MBUSA year-to-date total of 164,912, up 18.6% Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of July were led by the C-, E- and GL-Class model lines.

The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 5,663, up 24.4%. The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 5,089 and MBUSA’s largest SUV, the GL-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 2,494, up 32%.

At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring – posted sales of 449 yielding an increase of 382.8% and the flagship coupe, the CL, sold 39 vehicles for an increase of 62.5%.The SLS AMG supercar retailed at 59 for the month, up 20.4% over the same period last year.

On a year-to-date basis, top performers were the C-Class with 43,349, the E-Class with 35,455 and the M-Class with 22,416.

Monthly sales of the high-performance AMG models were 457, up 11.7% versus July 2011 (409) and up 54.3% year to date.
Sales of the company’s BlueTEC diesel models were up 45% for the year at 9,957 compared to the 6,866 diesels sold over the same time last year.

The company’s smart brand continued nine consecutive months of sales increases with July sales of 780 , a 138.5% jump for the month (compared to the 327 vehicles sold in July 2011) bringing the year-to-date volume to 5,528 up 1,590.5%

On the van side, sales of Sprinter vans saw another best-ever sales month in July with 2,203 – up 27.2% over last year and up 30% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,519 vehicles in July; an increase of 10.6% when compared to July 2011 (sales of 5,895 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 45,938 vehicles, an increase of 0.4% over the comparable period (with sales of 45,750 vehicles).

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 14 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans and smart in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com


Mercedes Benz AMG Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Mercedes AMG Red Pig E500 Hammer

I found this article about the 45th Anniversary of AMG over at the Hemmings Blog… some interesting stuff here. I get the ‘Hemmings
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Mercedes Benz AMG Celebrates 45th Anniversary
Written by Terry Shea for Hemmings Daily (July 17th, 2012 at 8:58 am)

Just as BMW’s M division celebrated its 40th anniversary in May, Mercedez-Benz lit a few more candles for its vaunted performance group as AMG marked the 45th anniversary of its founding.

While now a part of Mercedes-Benz as a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, AMG was originally an independent entity, founded in 1967 by two Mercedes engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. They started their business in an old mill, in Burgstall An Der Murr, about 20 miles northeast of Stuttgart, to make racing engines. The “A” stood for Aufrecht, the “M” for Melcher and the “G” for Grossaspach, the nearby birthplace of Aufrecht. Although officially a separate entity from the factory until 1990, the firm enjoyed a close relationship with the automaker from the start.

When Mercedes came out with the 250hp 300SEL 6.3 super sedan, AMG built versions making 280, 300 and even 320hp for customers. When it came time to race, AMG built a 6.8-liter version that produced a healthy 428hp. Painted red and entered in the 1971 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the “Red Pig” won its class and finished an impressive second overall, cementing AMG’s reputation of building high-performance cars. Even today, the Red Pig remains one of the company’s most iconic machines.

In the 1970s, AMG started offering components and modifications for street cars, including exclusive alloy wheel designs, suspension upgrades and, of course, higher performance engines. Busting at the seams of the old mill with 40 employees, AMG moved to nearby Affalterbach in 1976 and began offering body components. Blacked-out chrome trim and five-spoke wheels in body color became signature items for AMG cars and, along with the body kits, practically defined the “Euro” look as it became known in the United States.

In the 1980s, as over-the-top luxury became as important as over-the-top performance, AMG kept pace on both fronts, but in the mechanical department, Melcher and his fellow engineers developed four-valve cylinder heads for the Mercedes-Benz aluminum V-8s, giving them 340hp from the 5.0-liter V-8 at a time when only the most exotic cars made more power, let alone luxury coupes and sedans.

During this time, perhaps their most famous creation was the 5.6-liter, 32-valve V-8-powered E-class sedan from the late 1980s, affectionately known as The Hammer. Its 360hp engine made it capable of 300 KmPH, or 186 MPH, by far the fastest sedan of its day. The final iteration of The Hammer, with a 6.0-liter V-8, was good for 385hp.

Mercedes AMG DTM Touring Car
In 1988, Mercedes-Benz contracted AMG to run their DTM touring car program and AMG rewarded that contract with several titles claimed with the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution model. AMG’s affiliation with Mercedes-Benz helped turn the Stuttgart manufacturer into a touring car juggernaut from the late 1980s through today. In 1998, AMG developed a complete, purpose-built race car (which spawned a handful of homologated models), called the CLK-GTR. Featuring a 612hp, mid-engined, V-12 monster engine, it secured the FIA GT title for the two companies. When the DTM was revived in 2000, AMG returned, again piling up titles for the company.

After more than two decades with an arm’s length understanding, finally, in 1990, Mercedes-Benz and AMG signed an agreement of cooperation, the first joint product of which was the 1993 C36, a 276hp C-class sedan powered by an inline six-cylinder engine, though the agreement also opened up the entire AMG parts catalog to Mercedes-Benz dealers. The C36 was sold in the United States from 1995 through 1997. AMG followed that car up with the 347hp E50 in 1996 and essentially opened the floodgates for virtually every Mercedes-Benz model to have a performance version engineered by the Affalterbach crew.

Since the late 1990s, SUVs and minivans (the R63) have been added to the AMG fray that already included sedans, coupes, roadsters and wagons. AMG engines in the past two decades have included four-cylinder, inline sixes, V-6s, V-8s and V-12s, all with multivalve heads, some normally aspirated, others supercharged and turbocharged, but all with a bottom line of more power. The craziest, over-the-top models, such as the SL65, feature a 612hp, 738-lbs.ft, twin-turbocharged V-12, for which you will pay more than $200,000 to get your hands on, but you will drive away knowing you are in one of the hardest-accelerating roadsters ever made.

AMG makes a big deal – and rightly so – of each engine being hand-assembled by a single, highly trained technician, who then leaves a signature plate atop the completed powerplant before it leaves the factory. They call it “One Man, One Engine” and it delivers the personal touch that the mass production of mainline Mercedes-Benz cars simply can’t offer.

Mercedes-Benz upped the ante in 1999 when they purchased 51 percent of AMG from Aufrecht and then completed the purchase by buying the remaining shares in 2007, renaming the entity Mercedes-AMG, but we all mostly know it by those three letters tacked onto the back of their cars signifying a very fast version of what is already likely a competent and fairly quick car.

In 2009, Mercedes-AMG introduced its first complete car, the SLS AMG, a gull-winged coupe that harks back to the original 300 SL Gullwing from the 1950s, with modern performance, safety, luxury and technology. As modern collectibles go, the SLS AMG is about as blue chip as it gets. (Get your own here at Sears Imports… lightly used low mile, highly optioned 2011 SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe in stock now…!)

For a more detailed and interactive history of AMG, visit Mercedes-AMG.com

2012 Twin Cities Auto Show Mercedes Benz Sneak Preview! See the Mercedes Benz Show Cars Today at Sears Imports!

Minneapolis Auto Show Mercedes

Most of the cars that will be on display on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the 2012 Twin Cities Auto Show are currently here at Sears Imports in Minnetonka. We have a Cuprite Brown C300 4matic, Olivine Grey E350 Cabriolet, white SLK350 and a number of other vehicles that will be shuttled down tot he Auto Show tomorrow. Need more info about the 39th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show? Click this link for information including the Auto Show schedule, calendar, admission and location information.

2012 Minneapolis Auto Show Car

The most significant car, in my opinion, is the new 2013 SL550 that was dropped off by a transporter this morning. There are rumors of a new SLS AMG Gullwing that is due to arrive here, but it isn’t here yet, and that may just be rumor… the new SL is the car that will be new to most people at the show, as it was just released at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in February and then shown at the Chicago Auto Show a couple of weeks ago. You can see more photos of this car by visiting the article I wrote about it earlier today, just click this link for info and lots of photos on the new 2013 SL550 (equipped with the new Magic Sky Control feature) that will be at the Minneapolis Auto Show!
2013 Mercedes SL Magic Sky Control

We will also be taking a new S350 BlueTEC diesel to the show, the first S class diesel from Mercedes-Benz since they discontinued the W126 chassis S class in 1991. A new GL class SUV is cleaned up and ready to go to the show, as well as a new 2012 ML350.

Mercedes C300 Cuprite Brown Auto show
2012 Cuprite Brown C300 4matic with Almond Mocha interior.


Mercedes S350 BlueTEC diesel
2012 S350 BlueTEC diesel destined for the Twin Cities Auto Show.

2013 Mercedes Benz SL with Magic Sky Control Arrives at Sears Imports Ahead of 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul Twin Cities Auto Show!

2013 Mercedes SL Minneapolis

Here it is… the long awaited 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL! The 2013 SL was unveiled to the public at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit last month, this particular 2013 SL550 was delivered to Sears Imports Mercedes Benz this morning to be cleaned up and made ready for the 39th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show.

In my opinion, the new 2013 looks better in person than it does in photos. I’m never one to LOVE a new body style as soon as I see it, it took me months to get my head around the new body style E class that was released back in the Summer of 2009 as a 2010 model, but this car looks great in the flesh.

Minneapolis Auto Show 2013 Mercedes SL

Automotive writers and everyone else normally don’t like the new model of anything either, people don’t like change… but have the Mercedes-Benz designers ever screwed up an SL? Nope, and they aren’t going to start now. The new SL, by design, bares quite a resemblance to the SLS AMG Gullwing. The hood looks and feels quite similar, the upright, vertical grille with huge Mercedes-Benz star is the direction they’ve taken all the models… from the SLK to the new M class. The hood has fins and an array of compound curves that look similar to the SLS, the car looks wicked, just standing still. The side vents on the front quarter panels, are not only functional cooling ducts and a nod to the SLS AMG, but also a nod to the car that started it all, the 300SL of the 1950s.

New Mercedes 2013 SL550
Side vents go all the way back to this 300SL roadster and its contemporaries.

The front headlights on the new 2013 SL have a yellow outline over the top of them, not unlike the ‘eye brows’ you see on some Audi vehicles these days. Daytime running LED lamps are incorporated into the lower front bumper.

2013 Mercedes SL sears Imports

The engine is the real heart of this Bavarian beast, the new 4.7-liter, turbo-charged, V8 produces 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, 0 – 60mph comes up quickly in just 4.5 seconds, top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

2013 Mercedes SL550

The interior has a whole new look and feel, it’s quite similar to the SLS, from the transmission selector to the aluminum vent openings to the back lit Bang & Olufsen tweeters on the dash, the new SL doesn’t fall far from the SLS tree on many levels.

2013 Mercedes SL at Minneapolis Auto Show

This is a classic Mercedes SL color combo, a great looking red leather interior on this car.

2013 Minneapolis Auto Shwo Mercedes SL

2013 Mercedes SL roadster

The new 2013 SL is larger in every dimension than the outgoing model, yet it sheds 175 lbs. from its total weight, largely due to its almost completely aluminum construction.

Mercedes Magic Sky Control SL

There are a number of new options available on the new 2013 SL, one of the most talked about leading up to the car’s introduction has been the Magic Sky Control roof option, currently available on the new SLK. While a glass panorama roof has been available since the detachable hard top days of the R129 SL models, this is the first SL model to offer the new Magic Sky Control option. You’ve basically got a glass panel in the retractable hard top, a lot like the regular panorama roof, but there’s a button inside, near the map lights… when you press this button, light blocking crystals in the glass re-align, tinting the glass panel to keep bright sun out, if you don’t want it in… I tried it this morning on this car… and it seems like magic indeed.

2013 Mercede SL trunk space

I haven’t pulled out my tape measure or actually read the specific dimensions, but this trunk looks larger than the outgoing model’s. There is plenty of room for a couple of overnight bags and even golf clubs in the back.

You can see this car, in person at the 39th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center starting this Saturday, March 10, running through Sunday March 18th. I will be working the show, in the Mercedes Benz booth on Saturday the 10th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm… come by and say hello!

Hardley Used 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster Arrives at Sears Imports in Minneapolis, Original MSRP was $514,690, Buy It Today for Just $339,000!

Used Mercedes SLR McLaren Sears Imports

No joke… we just acquired this 2008 Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster.. and yeah, it was dropped off in 2″ of snow by an enclosed transporter carrying all sorts of cools stuff, a new Porsche 911 Speedster a late 1960s Camaro SS and a wildly customized Porsche Panamera. It was quickly nursed across our parking lot and put inside our detail shop where it got a bath and wax. In case you didn’t know… the SLR McLaren sports 617 Horsepower, 575 lb-ft of Torque at 3,250 – 5,000 rpm. Top speed of 206 mph and 0 – 100km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds.
Mercedes McLaren for Sale

This is a one owner SLR from California with just over 800 original miles on its odometer. The original owner passed away and the car became available, we picked it up. It is a nicely equipped car (aren’t they all?) in a great color combination of Crystal Galaxite Black exterior (a metallic black) and Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather interior it is accented inside with Semi-Aniline leather in black. The laminated original window sticker is with the vehicle as well as all of the associated books, manuals, paperwork, and SLR ephemera that will surely sell for thousands on eBay in 50 years.

Used Mercedes SLR McLaren Sears Imports
Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather Interior Package.

The car shows as new, we are a certified Mercedes McLaren SLR service facility, we have the special lift and tools to work on these cars, it will be inspected and fully serviced at our facility before being delivered to its new owner. It has a clean, no stories Carfax vehicle history report, click here to see that.  Call me today for more info, it’s Sears Imports stock# 20159. Price is $339,000, FOB Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. We can ship worldwide.

Mercedes SLR McLaren Dave Tobin

Lightly Used 2011 SLS AMG Coupe in Imola Red Incoming to Sears Imports Just over 1000 miles, Save $30k!

used Mercedes SLS AMG

I just got word that a lightly used 2011 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Coupe has become available to us here at Sears Imports. I am awaiting full details on the car, but here is enough information to get things started.

This is a 2011 model gullwing coupe, exterior color is Imola Red. The original MSRP was about $225,000, so it goes without saying that this is a very heavily equipped car. I’m working on getting the original window sticker / build sheet. As soon as I have it, I will post it here.

It is a one owner car with just over 1,000 miles, clean, no stories and ready to roll.

Our asking price will be less than $200,000, it hasn’t been confirmed as the car hasn’t arrived here yet, but if you’re interested in this car, seriously interested, please email me and I can send you more information and we can talk about the car in more detail. The photo in this post is of an Imola Red SLS AMG, but not the actual car that is incoming to Sears Imports.

Great Turn Out and Beautiful Weather at the 17th Annual Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section German Car Fest!

It was a beautiful day for the 17th Annual German Car Fest in Shakopee, MN presented by the local Minneapolis / St. Paul Mercedes-Benz Club of America chapter. There were rows of interesting German cars. Many Mercedes-Benz vehicles showed up, BMW, and Porsche were both well represented. There were a handful of Audis, quite a few Volkswagens along with some unique and odd ball marques like Borgward, Lloyd and even a little BMW Isetta.

The great turn out of Mercedes Benz vehicles included new and old models including a 2011 SLS AMG and the brand new 2012 SLK350, they were parked next to each other at the entrance to the show. I drove the SLK to the show from Feldmann Imports, the SLS was brought by the local couple who purchased it here at Feldmann Imports a couple of months ago. There were quite a few W113 ‘Pagoda’ SL models, some incredibly pristine examples. All generations of the SL were well represented… although there was no 300SL this year.

The Bavarian Musicmeisters were there providing entertainment with their 30+ piece German band decked out in leiderhosen and traditional German Dress, great food was on hand and available from Deustchsland Meats.. it was, as usual, a fun event at a great venue that everyone enjoyed.

Thanks must go to Paul and Chris Bergquist, Mercedes-Benz Club Members who have organized this show since its inception 17 years ago. THANKS CHRIS AND PAUL! See you next year. (photos of the show below)>

Photographer Chris Batson took this photo (above) of the front ends of the 2012 SLK and the 2011 SLS… he put took a bunch of great photos and posted them to his online photo album. CLICK THINK LINK to see all of the German Car Fest Photos he took, some very nice, quality shots!

Tobin discussing the finer points of the new 2012 SLK with a show goer.

Mercedes SLS AMG Colors – What Color Will Your Gullwing Be?

There are nine different exterior color choices for the new SLS AMG Gullwing model, tey fall into four different price tiers, from standard, free colors, all the way up to the wild Alu-Beam color that looks about like mercury. There has been a lot of interest in the new SLS AMG model that started being delivered to customer early this past Summer. The development of a GTS class racing car for American Le Mans racing an FIA competition in Europe has added further mystique to this new Mercedes-Benz / AMG model.

We just got our second allocation from Mercedes-Benz to build another SLS AMG and delvier it to a customer. I went over all the details and specs of that car, custom ordered by its future owner, last week. I thought I’d share the color choices available on the new SLS AMG here for your reference and entertainment as well.

No Charge, standard paint options: There are two of them, both are metallic colors, code 197 Obsidian Black and 775 Iridium Silver. Both of these colors are available on most Mercedes-Benz models, Iridium Silver is bright silver, regular silver some people call it, historically one of the most common Mercedes-Benz colors. Obsidian Black isn’t quite as common, although it is available on everything from the GLK and C class to the S class and SL classes.

Special Paint Options, $2,300: 756 AMG Imola Grey, 048 designo Mystic White II, 950 AMG Daytona Blue, 434 AMG Le Mans Red. The Special paint choices offer a red, blue and regular white to customers, as well as a grey option. I have yet to see a blue SLS AMG anywhere, I haven’t even seen photos of one, but it looks like it could be a good color.

Matte Finish Options, $3,950: 044 designo Magno Alanite Grey and 054 Magno Monza Grey. Flat matte finishes started showing up on a lot of cars at the SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the largest industry gathering for automotive after market companies) show about 4 or 5 years ago. Aftermarket accessory companies started painting cars in flat colors, more like stealth fighters than fire engines. It’s a very cool look and a bit understated as well, if that’s possible on an SLS AMG. 

Alu-Beam, $12,750: 047 AMG ALUBEAM Silver “Liquid Metal”. This is probably the coolest color I’ve seen on a car in a long time. As I mentioned above, it looke like mercury, super reflective. It looks like an unpainted airplane from World War II, like highly polished aluminum. I can’t imagine the glare a car this color would create for other drivers in traffic… but very, very cool.

What color would you order if you were going to get an SLS AMG? I’m a bit of a tradionalist, so I think silver with red interior, like so many 300 SL Gullwings of the 1950s and 60s, but I’d give it the modern look and order… AMG Alubeam Silver with red leather. Sure, it’s an almost $13,000 upgrade, but come on, how many such cars will you ever get to order and own?

Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing Wins at the Nurburgring

This piece of news is all over the web at this point, but I thought I’d post it here for Dave Knows Cars readers to see if they haven’t already. There will apparently be several GT3 class SLS AMG cars racing around the world this year. This particular team in Europe got its first win recently over the weekend.

It’s this sort of activity that will help the SLS AMG gain the notoreity as a modern sports racing car, not just an expensive accessory for the affluent. Teh more successful these FIA GT3 class cars become, in racing series in Europe and in the American Le Mans Series here in the U.S., the better chance the SLS AMG cars will have to follow in the foot steps of the original 300 SL Gullwings as collectible, sought after cars that were successful race cars in period and technological marvels of a street car at the same time. Most cars never appreicate to prices above their original purchase prices, the true collectibles do, but as modern cars go, anything less than 30 – 40 years, it’s pretty unusual. Will the SLS AMG be one of them eventually?

Read the full race report and press release below:

Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing Wins at the Nurburgring

At the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing raced by the private team Black Falcon, Thomas Jäger (33) and Christopher Haase (23) were victorious in the ninth race of the VLN long-distance championship on Saturday at the Nürburgring. Bernd Schneider (46) and Christian Mamerow (25), having started from pole position in a gull-wing model fielded by Mamerow-Racing, were forced to drop out on the fifth lap after a collision while lying second. The 4-hour race was the second test outing for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.

Having started from seventh place on the grid, Thomas Jäger succeeded in working his way up to fourth place on the first lap in the SLS AMG GT3 with start number 738. In the course of the race, the gull-wing racer was able to move up through the field thanks to a steady series of excellent lap times, taking over the lead for the first time on the tenth out of 20 laps. On the 13th circuit, Christopher Haase set the fastest lap time of the race in 9:24.565 minutes.

The sister car with start number 739 began the race in pole position, Christian Mamerow having posted the fastest time in qualifying. As starting driver, he dropped back into second place at the beginning of the second lap . On lap five, the SLS AMG GT3 collided with the leading Audi R8 LMS piloted by Frank Stippler/Marc Basseng. The wheel suspension on the gull wing was damaged by the resulting contact with the crash barrier . Following an inspection in the pits, the team decided to withdraw the vehicle from the race for safety reasons .

The SLS AMG GT3, which was developed in accordance with the GT3 regulations of the world governing body, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), again competed in prototype class E1-XP. On the vehicle’s second outing in a VLN race, the focus was once again on methodical further development work as well as on collecting valuable additional test kilometres. The two SLS AMG GT3s were raced by the private teams Black Falcon and Mamerow-Racing, which are experienced on the North Loop, with support from the AMG team. Both customer teams will be racing the gull wing in the next VLN season in 2011 (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring, with 10 motor sport clubs).

Thomas Jäger: “We’re all delighted with the first victory of the SLS AMG GT3 on its second outing here on the North Loop. Despite difficult weather conditions, we had a problem-free race. The gull wing is not only fast, but it also impresses with its excellent stability. Today, we again collected valuable knowledge to assist our further development work in the test programme.”

Bernd Schneider: “Even though I didn’t get to drive today because of the early accident, we’re all highly satisfied with how the overall racing weekend has gone. The SLS AMG GT3 was able to demonstrate its performance credentials both in qualifying and during the race.”

With five titles in the DTM as well as one each in the ITC and FIA GT championships, Bernd Schneider, 46, is one of the most successful German race drivers. Thomas Jäger, 33, was a DTM driver for Mercedes-Benz from 2000 to 2003. Last year, he won the championship title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. In the current season, he raced in the ADAC GT Masters (Germany). Like Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jäger is a member of the AMG Driving Academy’s team of instructors.

Gullwing racing as part of the development and testing program

The next race outing for the SLS AMG GT3 will be in the finale of the VLN series on 30 October 2010. Mamerow-Racing and Black Falcon will continue their further development work with the driver pairings of Schneider/Mamerow and Jäger/Haase. Three SLS AMG GT3s will be at the start for the next-but-one race, the Dubai 24 Hours (UAE) on 13 to 15 January 2011. The first outing in a long-distance race is likewise a fixed part of the development programme with the focus on customer-oriented development.

Cooperation between AMG and HWA AG

The racing version of the SLS AMG is developed and produced by AMG in close cooperation with HWA AG. The HWA team is one of the most successful in international motor sport: nine driver’s titles in the DTM and ITC as well as two FIA GT championships are clear proof of that. No other make has won a similar number of DTM races and DTM titles to the AMG Mercedes vehicles.

Interested racing teams can use the new SLS AMG GT3 in all race series under the FIA GT3 regulations, such as in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters, the VLN long-distance championship as well as in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring or in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

AMG GT3 Gullwing Delivery from February 2011 after FIA homologation

Following homologation by the FIA, the governing body of world motor sport, the SLS AMG GT3 will be available for delivery from February 2011; the sales price will be 334,000 euros (net)/397,460 euros (incl. 19% VAT).

SLS AMG Gullwing Delivered to Customer at Feldmann Imports

L to R: Dr. Scott Nyberg, Rick Engman, Dave Tobin

Last Thursday the gentleman who purchased the SLS AMG that arrived at the dealership a couple of weeks ago came in to pick up his new car. When you buy any new Mercedes-Benz your sales person is required to perform the delivery procedure with you, to show you how to operate the vehicle, the electronics, telematics, etc. I was happy to have been tapped to be a part of the delivery of this very special vehicle to its new owner, Dr. Scott Nyberg of Rochester, MN.

Rick Engman, the Mercedes-Benz shop foreman at Feldmann Imports and a Mercedes-Benz Master Technician and I were waiting by the car when Dr. Nyberg was done with the ‘formalities’ in the finance office. Rick and I took turns going over different features and characteristics of the car while Dr. Nyberg asked questions and listened attentively.

We popped open the hood and pointed out part of the exposed aluminum space frame of the car, total weight of the frame, just 534 Lbs. went over the engine and transmission. Under the hood, this car looks like no other street car I’ve ever seen. It looks more like a racing car, and in fact, the SLS AMG is essentially a racing car built for the street.

Dr. Nyberg had smile on his face from ear to ear the whole time, we all did really. Each delivery is different, some folks just want the keys and want to get on their way, others could care less about what’s under the hood, they might just want to know how the radio works and be done with it. Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles these days have lots of different systems that take some time to learn, this car was no exception.

Dr. Nyberg had great questions and was really engaged through the whole process. This car is really a “dream come true” for him he said. He had been exposed to some classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles growing up and had always loved the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” of the 1950s, now he has his own. He was familiar with much of the history and heritage behind that very special model and how this modern Mercedes-Benz draws on that lineage.

He plans to learn how to really DRIVE the SLS AMG as it was meant to be driven, first by attending the AMG Driving Academy and then perhaps some track events in the future. Of course I was sure to introduce Dr. Nyberg to the Mercedes-Benz Club as well. He is interested in joining the Twin Cities Section of the club and participating in rally and club social events… just in case he needs and excuse to take his new car out for a drive. We’ll look forward to seeing you at an event soon Scott!

About to drive off in his new SLS AMG.

In the end, Rick and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the better part of four hours with Scott and his new car. The three of us told cars stories, marveled at the SLS AMG and crawled all over it as if we were teenagers with the keys to dad’s new sports car. The three of us had smiles the whole time. I can’t think of a nicer guy to have worked with on this one. Scott will be a wonderful steward of this car for many years to come, I hope he enjoys it immensely. If owning a Gullwing was a lifelong dream of his, I suppose delivering one was a dream of mine. Who says real dreams don’t come true? From all of us at Feldmann Imports Scott, Thanks.