Mercedes-Benz USA today reported March sales of 15,602 vehicles, a decline of 25%. The volume leaders for the month were the C, E, and GLK-Class with sales of 5,008, 1,978, and 2,598 respectively. On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 40,234 (56,341 last year) new vehicles, a decrease of 29% over the comparable period last year. smart USA recorded 1,746 sales in March 2009. This figure represents a 1% increase over March 2008, and a 42% increase for the first quarter 2009. There are currently 75 smart centers operating in 35 states. Given the current economic conditions, this decrease in sales is not a big surprise, especially when you take… Continue Reading »
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Daimler AG today reported sales for the Mercedes-Benz Cars division (Mercedes-Benz and smart combined) of 15,614 vehicles in the U.S. for February 2009. Mercedes-Benz USA reported February sales of 14,199 vehicles. While sales for the month were down by 23.5%, the company’s February volume put it ahead of its mainstream competitors for the month. A key contributor to February performance was the all-new 2010 GLK350, MBUSA’s versatile, compact SUV, which made a strong showing during its first full month on the market with sales of 1,918. The GLK’s February sales made it one of the company’s top-selling models behind the C-Class (3,990) and E-Class (2,104). On a year-to-date basis, MBUSA… Continue Reading »
After a successful lunch in the US, our friends to the north are prepping for a similar success story. Mercedes-Benz Canada launched their latest online initiative in support of the Canadian introduction of the all new GLK. Like most microsites these days, it tries to take inspiration from the vehicle, in this care innovative design of the bold new GLK. The microsite blends cutting-edge style with an independent spirit, prompting visitors to answer: “Where Do You See Yourself?” By interacting with a unique personality profiler. Visitors are able to create an image of their own GLK experience, which then remains as the site’s backdrop for the duration of the visit;… Continue Reading »
We’ve just learned that on Thursday, December 18, American Express’ My WishList program will give away three 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 SUVs. This new model is currently available exclusively through the My WishList program, and its retail price has not been disclosed, but we wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t know that it will start at around $35,000. If you already didn’t know, the Mercedes-Benz GLK is a compact luxury SUV that basically fits any lifestyle. On the outside, the GLK’s efficient design lets you take even the tightest shortcuts â€” while on the inside, 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space allows you to haul everything you’ll need for… Continue Reading »
The US debute of the Mercedes GLK is still months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of its destinctive features. Mercedes-Benz.tv is starting to look like a online version of Top Gear Fith Gear, where they actually have some interesting shows. In this episode of Drive Magazine, the GLK is pitted against a Parkour athlete. Let’s us watch and see how this ends up.
Soon it will be time to head for the ski slopes again, and drivers of Mercedes models with the permanent all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC can rest assured as they set off en route to their chosen winter paradise. Mercedes-Benz is demonstrating the high traction reserves coupled with directional stability and safety in the new GLK at its 4MATIC workshop. In extreme winter conditions at a height of 2500 metres on the Austrian Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road this compact SUV is demonstrating that its driving dynamics really are in a class of their own. – 4MATIC control strategies for wintry road conditions – Technology in detail: The permanent all-wheel-drive system 4MATIC –… Continue Reading »
After an intense, 45-day build and grueling 30 days of campaigning for votes from friends (like BenzInsider), family, and total strangers, Mercedes-Benz announced that RENNTECH has won the MBUSA GLK tuner build-off! The competition wasn’t easy, with BLVD Customs’ strong GLK “Urban Whip” roadster and Brabus’ slick “Widestar” each swapping positions with RENNTECH for the lead throughout. At the end of the day, however, Mercedes acknowledged that RENNTECH’s sweeping program of upgrades – which included extensive engine mods, software development, aerodynamic bodywork, suspension and brake upgrades, as well as converting the GLK to hybrid drive – pushed RENNTECH’s GLK 350 Spec.R Pike’s Peak rally racer “over the edge”.