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    First Look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as a Style Rebel

    Monday, January 14th, 2013
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    THE 2014 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA-CLASS HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY UNVEILED AND ADDED TO THE MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLE LINEUP

    Source: emercedesbenz.com

    The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has been officially unveiled and added to the Mercedes-Benz vehicle lineup. The all-new 2014 CLA250 arrives in U.S. dealerships Fall 2013. The four-door coupe takes the majority of its design cues from the Mercedes CLS that was also considered a style rebel when it debuted in Detroit in 2003. The brand new CLA features world-leading aerodynamics, an avant-garde coupe design and 4MATIC all-wheel drive, that will be available in Spring 2014. With its frameless doors, the four-door coupe seamlessly carried over the design of the Concept Style Coupe into series production. The new model features COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST as a standard feature, that is an assistance program that engages at speeds above 4 mph, kicking in the radar-based braking system that is able to warn the driver of obstacles and is able anticipate braking force when the driver steps on the brake pedal.

    “The response to the Concept Style Coupe was overwhelming. The most frequent comment by far was ‘Please put this car into series production.’ That’s precisely what we are doing now,” notes Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management for Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The CLA is a car that does not confuse ‘mid-size’ with ‘mid-quality’. Its sporty design underscores the sporty side of the Mercedes-Benz brand.”

    The sporty CLA comes with a powerful turbocharged engine generating 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, as well as sport suspension and available 4MATIC all- wheel drive. The technical highlights of this new design icon include a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles (Cd value: 0.23) and a wide range of driver assistance systems, including advanced COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST.

    To read full press release, click here

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    2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Leaked

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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    We here at this NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership is pleased to share this future spy shot Mercedes-Benz vehicles! It will be a little while for this beauty to arrive, but the employees here will be anticipating for its arrival. This NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership believes that the CLA-Class model will be a new hot item in the middle of next year. Make sure to come visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealership in New Jersey to get great deals on all our new and used Mercedes-Benz models.

    Source: motorauthority.com

    Though we’ve been spying prototypes for the upcoming CLA Class from Mercedes-Benz, the sedan version of the German automaker’s new compact range, for more than a year, so far all of these have been heavily camouflaged. Now the first official images of the new compact sedan have been revealed, showing off the car’s design ahead of its debut next month.
    The images confirm Mercedes’ design team has managed to retain the distinctive look of the Concept Style Coupe unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, for the production version.
    The front of the CLA Class is almost identical to the latest A Class hatchback launched overseas, while the body gets four-door coupe styling that makes it resemble the CLS Class, albeit on a smaller scale.

    Under its pretty sheet metal is a version of Mercedes’ latest front-wheel drive platform, code-named MFA (Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture). This new platform is flexible enough to spawn a variety of models including hatchbacks, coupes and even a crossover, and it will offer the option of 4MATIC all-wheel drive. U.S.-delivered cars are likely to come with 4MATIC as standard.

    The car’s overall length will stretch just over 15 feet, and inside there should be ample space for four adults. A fifth-seat option may be available. The interior design, as expected, is identical to that found in the A Class hatchback.

    A performance-tuned 4MATIC system will be standard in the AMG version of the new CLA Class, which is likely to be called the CLA45 AMG and come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at more than 330 horsepower.

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    Ray Catena of Union is a MBUSA franchised dealer and we maintain the area’s largest inventory of new and used Mercedes-Benz cars and genuine Mercedes-Benz parts.  Our award winning service center is backed by a team of knowledgeable technicians who are dedicated to keeping your Mercedes-Benz looking great and in top running condition.

    Mercedes CLC Spy Photos Reveal Baby CLS

    Monday, January 16th, 2012
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    It definitely feels like winter out there and this new Mercedes went through a cold weather testing! We are happy to share with you this Mercedes CLC sedan Spy Photos! This beauty won’t even debut until early next year, but the employees here at this NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership can’t wait! Read here for all of the latest news and spy photos, courtesy of AutoGuide!

    Several spy shots of the upcoming Mercedes CLC sedan have been snapped during the car’s cold weather testing. Expected to be styled as a baby CLS, this compact sedan will be based on the same platform as the upcoming A-Class and B-Class models, meaning it will be a size down from the brand’s C-Class offering.

    Using this flexible new paltform Mercedes will be able to offer both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the CLC. Diesel engines will be offered in Europe, while a North American model will likely sport a 4-cylinder – with the 201-hp turbocharged 1.8L from the C-Class a likely candidate. Both a six-speed manual and 7-speed dual clutch are expected to be offered.

    Rumors have also suggest a high-performance AMG version making over 300-hp.

    The CLC (which may be badged as the CLA) is expected to arrive in showrooms as early as next year.

    Source: autoguide.com

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    Spy Shots: New Mercedes-Benz B-Class

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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    The 4th of July is right around the corner and summer is in full swing here in New Jersey. While others are cruising to the beach or relaxing by the pool, the employees at this NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership are selling cars and bringing you up-to-date Mercedes-Benz news! While you’re enjoying the summer sun, take a look at these spy shots of the 2014 BLS-Class! Mercedes-Benz is developing a whole group of compact cars, all of which will hit the U.S. market at some point. Stay tuned to our blog, website and social media for all the latest updates!

    Source: Motor Authority

    Expected to launch toward the end of 2013, an early version of the new Mercedes-Benz BLS-Class was recently spied testing. This new sedan is expected to be called  the BLS because of its striking resemblance to its older sibling, the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Like the CLS, the BLS is expected to be a 4-door coupe-style Mercedes-Benz.

    Aside from the BLS, the new B-Class family is set to include a van-style model, much like a model that is currently being sold in England. Rumor has it that this B-Class family will also include a “BLK” compact crossover, perhaps similar in concept to the current GLK-Class.

    According to the pictures below, the new BLS-Class boasts a new front-wheel drive system which is supposedly codenamed, “MFA (Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture).” As per usual, we’re suspecting all-wheel drive will also be an option for this new Mercedes-Benz. We can also expect to see a high-performance AMG version of the BLS as well.

    2014 Mercedes Benz BLS Class

    2014 Mercedes Benz BLS Class

    2014 Mercedes Benz BLS Class

    2014 Mercedes Benz BLS Class

    For the full article, click here.

    First Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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    Taking the long way home just got a lot more fun. Mercedes-Benz let the experts at Motor Trend take a spin in the all new CLS63 AMG and now they want to tell you all about their first test drive. The CLS63 AMG is one fast four-door equipped with the all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. Definitely a Mercedes-Benz that will have you looking for any excuse to take the long way home. It is a beautiful sight to see, so head to your local NJ Mercedes dealer and check it out today! Check out the following snippets from the Motor Trend article about the 2012 CLS63 AMG!

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

    Source: Motor Trend

    “When faced with a day’s drive back home, there are usually a few ways you can go. But when you’re in a car like the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, there’s really only one way — the long way.

    The road back from California’s famed Napa wine country — where Benz hosted another CLS-Class press inoculation — to MT HQ in L.A. offers lots of tasty options. This time down I’d peel off Highway 101 at Gilroy heading southeast on Route 25. From the 25 I’d head east onto Route 198, cutting a swath through California’s central valley farm country, then hook back onto the I-5 for the home stretch.

    Routes 25 and 198 offer a wonderful mix of flat, wide-open straights and challenging kinks through practically deserted farm country. Only the stray car (and cow) heard the maniacal roar from the CLS63 AMG’s all-new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 hurtling at them under full throttle, with the massive three-pointed star, single-strake grille, and daytime LED running lights filling up the rear view — fast.

    The exterior of the new CLS63 is taut, athletic, and ready for action, with neat AMG touches including a carbon lip spoiler, more aggressive front fascia, and tasty exhaust tips nestled at each end of a black diffuser. Benz is quick to point out that design is the main reason buyers gravitate toward the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and while one-upping the first-gen car’s now iconic design was a tall order, lead designer Hubert Lee (he was that kid in your history class drawing cars) and his team have arguably pulled it off, depending upon your subjective outlook.”

    For the full article click here.

    Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    Thursday, April 21st, 2011
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    Our General Manager of Ray Catena Motor Car | Mercedes-Benz in Edison had the pleasure of attending the 2011 New York Auto Show on Wednesday, April 20th to check out the latest and greatest coming from Mercedes-Benz! He took some really great photos of upcoming models and concepts coming out of Germany. Pictured below we have the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class, SLS AMG, the C63 AMG Coupe, and a smart vehicle. Check out the photos below and see for yourself why Mercedes-Benz is the best! Also make sure to check out our new Mercedes-Benz dealerships Facebook pages:

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    Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept

    Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    smart at the 2011 New York Auto Show

    BRABUS Brings More Features to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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    Class, luxury, elegance, efficiency and sporty features; that’s what the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by BRABUS is made of. The debut of the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS caught their eyes and they will be presenting an amazing tuning program for the sedan at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. You can visit us at Ray Catena Mercedes-Benz of Union when the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS hits the U.S. market, but for now, we’ve got pictures and info for you from eMercedesBenz. Get a feel for all the great features that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by BRABUS will offer!

    Source: eMercedesBenz

    If you don’t know much about BRABUS, this should clue you in; their trademark is, “Sporty-elegant design paired with aerodynamic efficiency.” For starters, the BRABUS 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS will feature a front spoiler that is mounted directly to the production bumper, reducing front axle lift at high speeds. An upgrade to BRABUS front apron caps will get you LED daytime running lights with dark or chrome surrounds and stylish air inlets.

    Other fancy BRABUS parts and features include, sport fenders, LED lighting in the trunk, Monoblock wheels that come in 6 different designs, custom-tailored interiors, a sport steering wheel that comes in various wood and leather designs, as well as various upgrades, including a BRABUS sport exhaust system that will give you four tailpipes.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz BRABUS

    2012 Mercedes-Benz BRABUS

    2012 Mercedes-Benz BRABUS

    For the full article, click here.

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Friday, February 11th, 2011
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    It’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and the Fashion Police are out in full force. No really…the Fashion Police aren’t just judgmental style critics. For Fashion Week in NYC, they are patrolling the streets in a new 2012 CLS 63 AMG.

    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fashion Force is providing free transportation to trendsetters and fashionistas of their choosing. If they choose you, you’ll have your picture taken and you might even get an invite to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway shows or the official fashion force culmination event hosted by Brad Goreski in the MB Star Lounge.

    You’ll have the chance to see if you spot the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force between February 10th and February 14th. So, if you’re headed to NYC this weekend, dress to impress! You could get the chance to take a spin in a new 2012 CLS 63 AMG!

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fashion Force

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fashion Force

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fashion Force

    For the full article, click here.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

    Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
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    We’re diving head first into details of the all new, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and we’re loving every minute of it! Packed with power and performance options, this AMG is sure to please.

    Source: AutoWeek.com

    This new AMG will be all about power! With a 5.5 liter V8, twin turbos and direct injection, the 2012 CLS 63 AMG boasts 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque if with the optional performance package. The new 2012 CLS 63 AMG drives like a dream too, going from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds!

    Expected to be released sometime in May, the 2012 CLS 63 AMG will handle well, despite being a bit heavier than its predecessor. Several settings will be available including, sport, sport-plus and manual, which will enhance engine management performance and transmission shifts.

    The 2012 CLS 63 AMG has also earned its bragging rights in the gas mileage department, sporting an estimated 23 mpg (combined).

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Exterior

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Exterior

    2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Interior

    For the full article, click here.

    Behind the Scenes: The New CLS-Class Film Shoot

    Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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    MercedesBenzTV just posted this new video to their YouTube account!  MercedesBenzTV was on hand in Vancouver, Canada and took a look behind the scenes of the new Mercedes CLS-Class shoot.  As the filming was taking place the CLS was still top secret and was closely guarded from the public.  This was not so for the actor and stunt driver.  They had the chance to experience the Mercedes CLS before the official world premiere!  Check out the behind the scenes look video below.

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