Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sleek, Sexy, Efficient, Affordable: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-Benz has added a new vehicle to their line-up, and since October 2013, these beauties have been flying off the showroom floors. Starting at under $30,000 for a standard model or under $60,000 for the hooked-up CLA45 AMG® edition, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is one of the hottest luxury vehicles on the market. Take a look at our in-depth review for a closer look.

by Mark Halpern

Friday, August 16, 2013

7 Things You Didn't Know About Mercedes-Benz (and if you do, you rule)

7. Pope Francis was recently presented with a Mercedes-Benz M-Class based "Popemobile"
That's right, the big man himself rolls around in a Benz complete with waving booth. And he's not the first. The Vatican has a history of using custom Mercedes-Benz vehicles to transport the Pope. Read more here.

6. Mercedes-Benz produced both a hybrid vehicle AND an electric vehicle in 1906! Whaaaaat?
Yes, that is correct. More than 100 years ago Mercedes-Benz created one of the first hybrid and electric vehicles. The hybrid was marketed as "Mercedes Mixte" and the electric as "Mercedes Electrique." However, production was halted due to the favored gasoline engine. Boy did they miss an opportunity! Could they have single-handedly prevented global warming?? Perhaps. Looks like we'll never know...

5. The unsung hero...or should I say heroine of the Mercedes-Benz name.
Many people associate the name with the famous automobile pioneer Karl Benz (also known as Carl Benz), but few know where "Mercedes" comes from. Well the details are a bit foggy, but a German businessman and racer Emil Jellinek was one of the first buyers of the beloved vehicles and his daughter's name was Mercedes. Apparently Emil loved naming things after his daughter, and it looks like this one stuck.

4. SMARTVILLE...A factory in Hambach, France where smart cars are made.
Smartville was established in 1994 as a joint venture between Daimler-Benz and the Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch. The first smart car (it's all lower-case for branding reasons, i'm not disrespecting its proper-nounness) began it's worldwide journey in 1998 but did not debut in the USA until 2008.

On July 1, 2011, smart became a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA (previously distributed in the USA by Penske Automotive Group).

3. Mercedes-Benz on the Silver-Screen.
Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park featured a version of the first generation M-Class: the W163.
Remember that awesome Batman movie??? Batman and Robin??? Many said it killed the franchise... However, I believe the movie would have been Oscar-worthy had it shown more of this awesome vehicle. Poison Ivy's getaway car was the classic 600 Mercedes Pullman, also known as the "Red Baron."
...And my favorite movie cameo of them all. The 2001 Mercedes-Benz SEL Limited Edition from the future. In the movie Spaceballs (the movie was made in 1987). Featuring one of my favorites Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. Anyway, the fresh-from-the-future Mercedes-Benz was the whip of spoiled Princess Vespa. It's hard to see in this image, but the license plate says "Spoil'd Rott'n I." Click here to see a larger image.

2. What does the three-pointed star mean? And wait...a FOUR-POINTED star was also registered as a trademark?!?
The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is one of the most recognizable brand logos in the world. But what does it mean? According to, the three pointed star symbolizes Daimler's ambition of universal transportation, "on land, on water and in the air." But wait, there's more. A four-pointed star was also registered in 1909, but what would the 4th point represent?
Seems that Daimler really wanted to go "universal" and add space travel as the fourth point. However, it was never used as the official emblem of Mercedes-Benz and instead was used by a Daimler-Benz affiliate, DASA. "The four-pointed star became the emblem of Deutsche Aerospace AG (DASA) in the 1980s and is now the logo of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)." (

1. "The first car" was invented by Karl Benz...and we have one for sale!
In 1886 Karl Benz was awarded a German patent for the invention of "the first automobile" known as the MotorwagenKarl's endeavor was actually financed by his wife, Bertha, but because she was a married woman, she was not allowed to apply for the patent. As the saying goes, "behind every great man, there's a sugar-momma..." or something like that. Anyway, we have one for sale!

That's right. We have a working replica of Karl Benz's Motorwagen for sale here at EuroMotorcars Bethesda. For $44,000 you can own a piece of automobile history! Or you can come in and snap a few photos during a service appointment (it's sitting in our Service Department at the moment). 

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-Mark Halpern

Friday, June 21, 2013

Our Review of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sport Sedan

It's here. The 2014 redesigned E-Class. And yes, the evolution of the E-Class has taken some strides that I am all for, particularly the exterior. Mercedes-Benz has made some changes to the beloved E-Class that have resulted in a more impressively aggressive vehicle. Two major additions to the front end that I love: the three-pointed star now sits in the grill (on the sport sedan), and larger front end intakes. The engine is the same, but some handling adjustments and chassis tweaks have improved the handling greatly. I won't give away too watch the video to learn more!

-Mark Halpern

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The S-Class Unveiled! (Soon!...with spy photos)

Mark Halpern

What better way to pay tribute to the Mercedes-Benz brand than to dedicate our first official blog post to the car that has set the industry standard for full-size luxury sedans: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Since the turn of the century, the progressive engineering and ambition of Mercedes-Benz has launched its vehicles into our driveways, our minds, and the tip of our tongues as one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world.

(evolution of the S-Class)

The first official S-Class ancestor was born in 1954: the type 220. The type 220 was the first Mercedes-Benz model with a six-cylinder engine and a unitized body design. In 1956 it was dubbed the 220 S (or W180II) and from that point forward, the 'S' label became the standard for the most opulent of Mercedes-Benz vehicles (

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With the official unveiling of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class less than 30 days away (May 15th), many are anxiously anticipating the new features and body styling this luxury sedan classic has to offer. With the elimination of the Maybach, the S-Class is back on top as the premiere luxury model for Mercedes-Benz. The interior of the 2014 model has been described as a 'spa' on wheels boasting joint flat screen displays on the dashboard, completely redesigned user interface, heated/massage seating, limo-like rear seating, interior fragrance dispenser, and hand-stitching in the throwback steering wheel design to name just a few of the tantalizing goodies in this behemoth reborn ( For a closer look at the magnificent interior, take a look here.

As far as the exterior is concerned, modern touches have propelled the S-Class beyond the realm of superior design aesthetics. The rear of the vehicle pays homage to the Maybach with it's trunk-lid and adds a dash of CL/CLA flavor including LED accents in the taillights. Overall, the car is armed with stronger lines maintaining an airy and luxurious quality as if it could float above the asphalt. How about some spy photos? And some more.

'Exciting' would be a vast understatement when referring to the unveiling of the most powerfully luxurious sedan on planet you can come up with your own term for the exact opposite of how I feel when I think of the apocalypse. Until the unveiling, everyone.

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