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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Keeping 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re planning to hit the road with your beloved pet in the near future, be sure to prepare!
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.
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.
Taking care of your car should be a priority in all seasons, but winter tends to make car care rather difficult. The harsh temperatures and snow make getting out to clean your car a major challenge. Thankfully winter has come and gone and left spring in its wake. Now is the time to prepare your car for spring and the following warm months! Here’s a few must-do spring car care tips from us here at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne.
Interior – Trash likely accumulated over winter, what with the cold weather making it problematic to keep your car’s interior clean. With warmer weather here to stay, clean out all the trash, like old receipts and wrappers, dust your vents and dashboard, and clean your windows. You’ll be glad you did once you roll down the windows to enjoy the breeze!
Exterior – Winter is harsh for many reasons, and the accumulation of dirt and road salt is one of them. Both those problems can cause paint damage and rust if left untreated. To get rid of leftover residue, give your car a good wash and wax as soon as possible.
Wipers – Ice and cold weather can damage wiper blades, making them useless. Spring is known for heavy rains so replacing your blades is a must! Check your wipers for cracks and wear.
The Mercedes-Benz brand is known for its high-scale luxury and high-tech vehicles. Setting the standard is something the automaker does and it continues to do so with the introduction of autonomous driving technology to the E-Class line. Fully revamped for the 2017 model year, the E-Class shows off styling cues from the S-Class and C-Class.
While the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class may share the stylings of its larger siblings, the E-Class features technology that makes it much more intelligent. Equipped with a navigation and infotainment display via a 12.3-inch screen, the E-Class will also feature new autonomous driving technology, like Drive Pilot.
For the 2017 model year, the E-Class will launch with a four-cylinder engine for the first time. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine comes in at 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, this is the first E-Class model in the United States to feature a gasoline four-cylinder engine.
A luxury automaker first and foremost, Mercedes-Benz was sure to make ride comfort a priority. That’s why the sedan has an available air body control air suspension.