How Exactly Does the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program Work?

When it comes to choosing your next vehicle, almost nothing is as important as safety. You want a car with the latest safety measures, ensuring that you are as protected as possible when behind the wheel.

Thankfully, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is there to help, with their 5-Star Safety Ratings Program. The program has reflected the highest standards of automobile safety since 1978 and has adjusted to examine the most modern conditions.

These ratings are chosen upon examining three major fields: frontal crash safety, side crash safety, and rollover safety. Crash-test dummies of various sizes are put into simulated car collisions, to best determine a vehicle’s ability to protect its driver and passengers.

The scoring system itself is simple; while 1 star represents the lowest score possible, five stars represent the best score possible. While a four-star rating represents a significantly impressive vehicle, a five-star rating is what you are really looking for.

You can learn even more about the NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings Program here, or you can ask us about the program anytime. Similarly, feel free to stop by or call us at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne, where you can check out our huge selection of high-safety vehicles!

We Are Closer Than Ever to Self-driving Mercedes Vehicles, Thanks to This Partnership

The future of self-driving cars is alarmingly close, and you can bet that the engineers and innovators at Mercedes are doing everything they can to stay ahead of the game. In fact, they recently teamed up with BMW and Audi working with “Here,” a connected car company.

As you can imagine, a self-driving vehicle needs to know where other vehicles are around it at all times. This can be tricky, even with sensors. With a connected car system, like that presented by Here, self-driving cars can report to each other, streamlining the process.

This way, if a Mercedes notices something on the road, it will be reported to BMW and Audi models too. BMW and Audi will be sharing their information with Mercedes models, as well.

Mercedes’s decision to team up with these other auto companies represents their very serious interest in the future of autonomous vehicles. If they are making deals with BMW and Audi, then surely they are planning to offer self-driving Mercedes vehicles very soon.

In the meantime, feel free to contact us or visit us anytime, right here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne, where we have all the latest and greatest Mercedes models waiting for you to test drive them – or perhaps drive them right home!

Signs You Need New Brakes

No matter what you’re driving, the braking system is incredibly important for both your safety and the safety of others on the road. If your braking system fails, odds are you’ll come to a stop the hard – and expensive – way. Spot the signs early and take care of the problem before it becomes a headache! Here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne, we want to share some of the most common signs you need new brakes.

Signs You Need New Brakes - Tips from Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne

  • Listen – One of the most obvious signs you need new brakes is a high-pitched noise when braking. The screech is caused by metal rubbing on metal—in this case the brakes’ built-in indicators hitting the rotors. If you’re hearing the screech, it means your brake pads have worn down and it’s time for a new set. Visit a dealership for service right away!
  • Feel – If the brake pedal vibrates when applying the brakes, it’s a sure sign of warped rotors. Warped rotors are usually caused by braking for long periods under strenuous conditions, like towing. Heat builds up and the brake pads can’t grab the surface evenly, causing the rotors themselves to warp. Make an appointment at a dealership service department to have your system checked out.
  • Look – Peek through the wheel spokes and you’ll see the outside of the brake pad. It should be touching the rotor. If there looks to be more than a quarter-inch of the pad left, there’s no need for worry. If there’s less, it is time for new brake pads.

Mercedes-Benz Reveals Maybach 6 Coupe Concept

The Maybach brand name is the go-to tag when describing luxurious-beyond-belief S-Class sedan, and it looks like the line could be expanding. Mercedes-Benz revealed the Maybach 6 Coupe Concept at the Monterey Car Week Festival. Boasting a unique look with design cues from past models, the concept is one for the ages.

To kick things off, the Maybach 6 Coupe Concept is an electric vehicle powered by an 80 kWh battery that pumps power to four electric motors. Combined, those motors produce an impressive 738 hp as well as a 0-to-60 mph time that comes to less than 4 seconds. To top off the incredible power, the concept is also capable of traveling at least 200 miles on a single charge.

A fast-charging system will be implemented to provide the car with an additional 62 miles on a 5-minute charge. In case you’re wondering, the powertrain and charging system is currently in development to power an actual production model.

This is far from a small car. Stretching more than 18 feet, the Maybach 6 Coupe Concept features gull-wing doors, glass gauges, and a wrap-around-style cabin. The interior is also currently in development for use in production models.

Here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne, we can’t wait to see the Maybach 6 Coupe Concept make it to the production line!

Mercedes-Benz’s New Manufacturing Plant Underway

Mercedes-Benz is a German automaker widely known for producing high-quality luxury vehicles. Unbeknownst to many drivers, the automaker also produces the Sprinter fleet vehicle and with demand continuing to rise, there’s opportunity in the air. Mercedes-Benz is capitalizing on increasing sales by breaking ground on a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina.

Mercedes-Benz’s New Manufacturing Plant Produces Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz’s new manufacturing plant will create 1,300 jobs. It will join the current production center that assembles the Sprinter vans once they arrive in the United States in pieces.

Due to high import tariffs, Mercedes-Benz has always been forced to take the vans apart before shipping them to the United States. With the $500 million investment in the new manufacturing plant, the Sprinter fleet vehicle will be produced in the United States within a few years.

“We are combining all of our global expertise and experience in this plant. In doing so, we make it one of the most advanced facilities in North America,” said Frank Klein, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Head of Operations.

Sales of the Sprinter van increased 11% in 2015 compared to the previous year. With over 28,000 units sold, demand is only continuing to increase and, by avoiding the import tariffs, the vans could become much less expensive as well.

We here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne are happy to see the German automaker coming Stateside!

Cooling Off Your Car

Cooling Off Your Car - Appreciate the Air ConditioningKeeping your car cool is a major problem for drivers across the United States, and there’s no sure-fire way to beat the heat for good. Your car will heat up when left in the sun and that isn’t comfortable for anyone. Here are a few tips on cooling off your car from us:

  1. Oil – Believe it or not, oil plays a major role in cooling off the engine and, by extension, your car. As oil passes through the engine, it carries some excess heat away with it, helping keep the engine cool and preventing carbon build up on cooler parts of the engine.
  2. Air Conditioning – A two-fold strategy to beat the heat, air conditioning has its downside as well. Using air conditioning in a car with engine problems could cause the engine to overheat. On the other side of the spectrum, not using air conditioning could leave you roasting behind the wheel.
  3. Vents – For those that like to blast the air conditioning as soon as they start the car, switch to the floor vents. Doing so will cause the cooler air to push the hot air out of the likely already-rolled-down windows.

Need more tips, or think your car’s A/C needs a tune-up? Come see us at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne!

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

Buying a new car is an achievement and milestone to celebrate but once the party is over, it’s time to get to work. There’s more to a new car than meets the eye. Before you hit the open road in your new car, we here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne have a few new car care tips that could save you a bundle in the years to come.

  1. Owner’s Manual – While you may not be a reader, spending an afternoon going through the owner’s manual could save you both time and money in the future. Mark or make a note of the page that has the service schedule on it for reference later on. Better yet, memorize the first few routine maintenance appointments you need to make.
  2. Driving – Flooring it to experience a thrill is one way to go while other drivers may choose to follow the tortoise rather than the hare. In truth, driving the posted speed limits may be the best way to break in a new engine. Doing so ensures that the car will be able to run under those same conditions for years to come.
  3. Insurance – Considering you just paid a good amount for a new car, it isn’t right to skimp on insurance. Even if it isn’t required in your state, buying proper coverage could save your bank account should you get into an accident.

Mercedes-Benz’s June Sales Soar


Mercedes-Benz June Sales soar

The 2016 model year has been good to mass-market automakers, and it looks like that prosperity is spreading to the high-end luxury market as well. Mercedes-Benz’s June sales closed at a record high, a sure sign the automotive market is continuing to recover steadily.

Mercedes-Benz reported that a total of 28,473 vehicles left lots during the month of June. Combined with Mercedes-Benz Vans’ 3,085 units and Smart’s 407 units, Mercedes-Benz sold a whopping 31,965 vehicles in June alone. That’s a 2.3% increase compared to the same time last year. Closing the second quarter, Mercedes-Benz’s June sales brings year-to-date sales up to 162,777 units.

The E-Class launched in June and helped drive sales to the record high. The C-Class led the pack with 6,687 units sold while the GLE followed up with 4,515 units. The E-Class, which was only available during the final week of the month, sold an incredible 4,292 units.

As for performance oriented models, Mercedes-AMG saw a 56.4% increase in sales compared to last year, amounting to 1,597 units. That brings the year-to-date total to 10,945 units, an 81% increase compared to the same time last year.

We here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne can’t wait to see what else the year holds in store!

Tips for Driving With Your Pet Safely and Comfortably

If you’re planning to hit the road with your beloved pet in the near future, be sure to prepare!

Drive Safely with Pets
Keep your pet safe while driving by following these few tips.

Many pets are stressed out by car trips, especially those who only find themselves in a car when they’re on their way to the vet. An easy way to combat this fear is to take them on short, safe trips regularly, just to familiarize them with the car.

Additionally, if you have a small animal, such as a little dog or a cat, it may be comforting for them to be inside of a crate, inside of the car. This is also much safer for the animal, ensuring that they won’t fall.

Lastly, if you’re going on a long trip, you may want to scope out area veterinarians and emergency clinics that can be found on your route. This way, you’ll know exactly where to go in the event of an emergency.

Driving with your pet can be fun, but be sure to stay safe! For more driving tips, visit us anytime at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne.

There Will Be Four New Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicles on the Road by 2020

Electric Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes will introduce four new electric cars by 2020.

If you weren’t already convinced that we are truly in an age of electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz just announced that they would add four new electric vehicles to their lineup by 2020, leading the industry in clean, EV technology.

It’s safe to assume that the automaker’s decision was largely inspired by a new tax incentive by the German government, calling for more electric vehicles on the road.

The four new cars are said to include two electric SUVs and two electric sedans, adding to the already versatile Mercedes-Benz lineup. Since SUVs are notorious for struggling with fuel efficiency, these models are especially welcome.

The new vehicles are said to have unique styling, though they will be structurally similar to Mercedes-Benz EVs already released. We don’t know much else about the new Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles, but with such a short time frame, we’re bound to get more, official news soon.

Until then, visit us anytime at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne to see what we have in store.

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