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    Mercedes-Benz Sets a Sales Record

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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    The figures are in and Mercedes-Benz is breaking records with their latest sales figures. They have had their best July ever in 2011, with sales up 2.7% from last years numbers. It appears as if the Mercedes-Benz name carries a reputation of quality and performance regardless of where in the world you travel. China’s sales figures rose 41.7% in only a year, and Mercedes-Benz doubled their sales in South Korea and Taiwan! “Demand for our products is higher than ever before. We expect strong sales for the second half of the year and we want to continue to grow. Overall, we are in an excellent position and are set to sell more than 1.35 million Mercedes Benz passenger cars and Smarts in 2011, which would make it our all-time best year”, said Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Joachim Schmidt. Curious as to what makes a Mercedes-Benz such a remarkable automobile? Come check out the new and pre-owned models we have at our NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership such as the new C-Class and S-Class models which have been helping Mercedes-Benz propel its way to the top!

    CLS 63 AMG

    Source: NitroBahn

    Mercedes-Benz Tweet Rally to the 2011 US Open

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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    Mercedes-Benz Tweet Rally to the 2011 US OpenMercedes-Benz is the official vehicle of the US open and we here at Ray Catena Motor Car are pleased to announce the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Rally to the US Open promotional event!

    Sometime between August 22 and September 5, 2011, an all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will visit our NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership with an incredible prize to give away: a pair of premium loge-level tickets – including hospitality – to one of two dates at this year’s US Open. Once the specially wrapped M-Class arrives on our lot, Mercedes-Benz USA will Tweet about it to anyone following the @MBUSA Twitter handle. The first fans to arrive and find the M-Class will get the tickets. It’s as simple as that. Tickets will be in short supply and once they’re gone, that’s it, so be prepared to act fast! Make sure you follow @MBUSA on Twitter for your chance to grab these incredible tickets!

    Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of Ray Catena Motor Car on Facebook for the latest news and information surrounding the Tweet Rally to the 2011 US Open!

    If you have any questions about the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Rally to the 2011 US Open or the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, give us a call at 732-549-6600 or click here to contact us!

    A Hybrid Mercedes-Benz fit for a Pope

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
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    That’s right! If you didn’t already realize it, the Popes (past and present) have been big Mercedes-Benz fans. Rumor has it that Pope Benedict XVI will be getting a new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The popemobile has been based off of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, as well as the G-Class in the past, and it looks like this time around, His Holiness is ready to go green! But will he? Read on for more details, courtesy of The New York Times.

    Never mind the fact that Mercedes-Benz spokesman, Dan Barile declined to comment about the Pope’s recent special order; if history repeats itself, we’re sure the popemobile will be a Mercedes-Benz! But will it be an M-Class hybrid? Reports are saying that the vehicle’s powertrain will be similar to the Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 plug-in hybrid concept that was on display at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. That means the new popemobile would be packin’ a 10-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, 60-horsepower electric motor and a V-6 gasoline engine to boot.

    Ever since the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, Popes have had to travel in more secure vehicles. The current popemobile features a tall, bullet-proof glass cabin. The Pope enters at ground level and is then raised by hydraulic lift into the secure cabin.

    We here at Ray Catena of Union sure hope the Pope’s next ride is, in fact, a Mercedes-Benz M-Class hybrid. If you’re interested in riding in style like the Pope (well, sort of), visit our NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership and test drive a Mercedes-Benz M-Class today!

    Mercedes-Benz M-Class Popemobile

    For the full article, click here.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class News

    Monday, June 13th, 2011
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    For 2012 the Mercedes-Benz M-Class looks a lot like the old ML, but with significant upgrades in efficiency and style. The exterior is sleeker and more sculpted, and the most noticeable difference inside the M-Class is rectangular air vents as opposed to the round vents in prior models. The new M-Class interior brings a big increase in both quality and design with wood or metal-like plastic set in front of the passenger, along with a meaty steering wheel.  As for the mechanical side of things we decided to let the Car and Driver article speak for itself:

    “At launch, Mercedes will offer two familiar six-cylinders, while the company’s new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 will follow later. (We’re also told to expect another AMG version soon, as well as a gas-electric and possibly a diesel-electric hybrid.) Both V-6 models will be badged ML350. The direct-injection 3.5-liter gas engine produces 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, increases of 34 and 15 over the outgoing port-injection gas V-6, and should see economy increase 2 mpg in both the EPA city and highway cycle for estimated ratings of 17/22; the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel in the BlueTec is now good for 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque, up 30 hp and 55 lb-ft, and will get an estimated 2-mpg city mpg bump for ratings of 20/25. A switch from pressed-in cylinder liners to a spray-on coating in the diesel reduces both weight and friction. Either engine comes coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Mercedes claims curb weights for the new model will be comparable to those of the outgoing ML, despite added content.”

    Can’t wait for the 2012 M-Class to arrive later this year? While you can order a new Mercedes to your specifications, Ray Catena Motor Car also offers a selection of M-Class models in stock. If a model with the specific features you require is not shown, please Contact Us.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will be available at our NJ Mercedes dealership

    For the full article click here.

    Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive Returns to Stuttgart

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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    Three Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the occasion of the 125th birthday of the automobile have crossed through 14 countries on four different continents on a World Drive. After 70 days of driving and more than 18,000 miles, the B-Class F-Cell’s have circled the globe and returned home to Stuttgart becoming the first round-the-world drive with fuel-cell vehicles.  The three hydrogen powered Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL vehicles with zero local emissions drive-lines crossed the finish line on June 1, 2011 in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

    Source: eMercedesBenz

    Mercedes-Benz F-Cell World Drive

    The purpose of the World Drive was to establish a comprehensive network of hydrogen fueling stations – a crucial factor for the market success of this technology. So far, there are only approximately 200 fuel stations worldwide at which fuel cell vehicles can be refueled. A primary focus of Mercedes-Benz is to see to it that, in future, drivers all over the world will be able to refuel with hydrogen – just as they do today with gasoline and diesel fuel.

    The exclusive partner for hydrogen supply on the F-CELL World Drive was the Linde Group. Thanks to its hydrogen knowledge and global presence, it was able to guarantee fuel supply throughout the entire trip. A jointly developed mobile refueling unit based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter accompanied the tour – the only way to ensure fuel supply even on the most remote stretches.

    After 70 days of driving, participants in the F-CELL World Drive collected an abundance of travel notes documenting the multi-faceted aspects of the tour and, at the same time, underscoring the everyday usability of the fuel cell technology on board the B-Class F-CELL. The record distance of 648 kilometers was split between two stretches of more than 300 kilometers each.

    The F-CELL World Drive has a direct connection to the world’s very first long-distance drive – the pioneering endeavor of Bertha Benz, who, in 1888, completed the first cross-country drive with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen from Mannheim to Pforzheim. She faced in principle a similar challenge as her successors with the B-Class F-CELL – she, too, could not exactly roll into the next fuel station and top up.

    Ray Catena Motor Cars sells Mercedes-Benz in Edison and Union, NJ.

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    Ray Catena Motor Car: Mercedes-Benz Walkaround

    Thursday, May 12th, 2011
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    Ray Catena Motor Car is proud to be the Northeast’s largest, authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership 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.  If you’ve never been to our NJ Mercedes dealership before, get a glimpse by checking out the photos below!

    NJ Mercedes dealer

    NJ Mercedes dealer, Ray Catena Motor Car

    Inside our NJ Mercedes showroom

    Our NJ Mercedes showroom

    NJ Mercedes dealer showroom

    AMG performance vehicles at our NJ Mercedes dealership

    Ray Catena Motor Car Service Center | Mercedes-Benz

    Our state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz service center is legendary in Central New Jersey. Set within our 90,000 square foot facility are 72 bays, and 40 Mercedes-Benz Master technicians. Our service consultants will work with you to ensure your Mercedes gets everything it needs, including OEM parts and a complete cleaning in our on-site car care facility. You can choose to wait in the comfort of our facility – with complete concession area, Wi-Fi access, shoe shine services, and even a pool table – or choose a loaner vehicle. It’s luxurious and efficient – and just the attention you and your Mercedes-Benz deserve. Check out some photos of our service center below!

    Our Mercedes-Benz Service Center

    Exclusive Offer: AMG Performance Drive in New York

    Thursday, May 5th, 2011
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    On May 14, 2011 some of the most thrilling, high-performance vehicles in the world will descend on New York as part of the AMG PERFORMANCE DRIVE. Mercedes-Benz USA would like to invite our NJ Mercedes Ray Catena AMG and Mercedes-Benz customers/prospects to drive them–at no cost–on a simulated road course specifically designed to demonstrate their full capabilities.

    The New York area AMG PERFORMANCE DRIVE will take place at the following location:

    Monticello Motor Club
    67 Cantrell Road
    Monticello, NY 12701

    This exclusive event will put you behind the wheel of the latest Mercedes-Benz and AMG models, such as the SL63 AMG, E63 AMG, and C63 AMG.  Guided by knowledgeable Product Specialists, you’ll learn about the sophisticated performance technology behind these vehicles.  You’ll get up close and personal with the SLS AMG, among other models on display. Additionally, you’ll enjoy free refreshments as you mingle with select Mercedes-Benz partners.

    18 spaces (or 9 couples) are being reserved just for Ray Catena Motor Car on Saturday, May 14th!

    To register access the link below and use the following VIP Code when registering: 63MCT7

    http://dialog.mbusa.com/hm?g=1.iv996.d7p.rs.1&h=1

    Guests will receive a confirmation email immediately after completing their registration.  In addition, guests will receive a reminder email 3 days prior to the event.

    Please register by Friday May, 6th as these spaces will be released to wait-listed consumers!

    A Gift Fit for a Prince

    Friday, April 29th, 2011
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    Being from New Jersey in the grand old U.S. of A. hasn’t really stopped anyone in the Garden State from taking a big interest in the Royal Wedding festivities that are happening across the pond. In fact, over 2 billion people worldwide tuned into the event. The Royal Wedding has proven to be an occasion for the history books, and one UK tuning company intends to be a part of it; “Project Kahn” created a special Mercedes-Benz gift for the Royal couple and we’ve got news and pictures for you, courtesy of Benzinsider.

    Source: Benzinsider

    To celebrate the Royal Wedding, Project Kahn has created a Maybach 57 especially for His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness. Aside from decking the car out with 2-inch Kahn RS’s and smoked taillights, they have even created a special license plate reading, “4 HRH” meaning, “for His/Her Royal Highness”.

    The employees at this NJ Mercedes-Benz dealer are wishing they were Royals right about now! However, we’re happy with our Ray Catena of Union Mercedes-Benz models and we’re very excited about the upcoming SLK-class model and CLS-class models! Stay tuned for more information on what’s hot for 2012, but for now, enjoy the photos of this Royal ride!

    Maybach 57 4 HRH

    Maybach 57 4 HRH

    Maybach 57 4 HRH

    For the full article, click here.

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept

    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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    The 2011 New York Auto Show is in full swing. They’re revealing fantastic new cars left and right, but one of the biggest showstoppers so far has been the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept! We’ve got some great photos for you courtesy of Autoguide.com. You don’t want to miss this!

    We’re not sure when the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class would be introduced into the U.S. market, but the Mercedes-Benz car enthusiasts in our NJ Mercedes-Benz dealership sure are impressed by this sporty hatchback! The new A-Class packs a turbocharged direct-injection 2.o-liter 4-cylinder engine, giving this new vehicle 210-hp. With plenty of new features and a bold new look, this new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be sure to please. Take a look at the photos below for a more in-depth look at the newly debuted Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept.

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept 2011

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept 2011

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept 2011

    To watch a video of the A-Class concept and read the full article, click here.

    2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Revealed

    Monday, March 21st, 2011
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    Mercedes-Benz just revealed photos of the C63 AMG coupe which will be landing in showrooms this fall as a 2012 model.  Thanks to autoweek.com we have information on the 2012 C63 AMG coupe!

    “Power is drawn from AMG’s four-year old M156 engine. In standard guise, the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 kicks out 451 hp along with 443 lb-ft of torque–sufficient to eclipse the M3′s naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8 by 37 hp and a generous 148 lb-ft.  Drive runs through AMG’s seven-speed MCT (multiclutch transmission), a development of Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-tronic unit that adds a wet clutch in place of the torque converter, and a 2.85:1 final drive to the rear wheels. Official figures put the 0-to-62-mph sprint at 4.4-seconds–half a second inside the time BMW quotes for the M3. Top speed, as with all standard AMG models, is limited to 155 mph.”

    2012 C63 AMG Coupe coming to our NJ Mercedes dealership this Fall!

    2012 C63 AMG Coupe coming to our NJ Mercedes dealership this Fall!

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