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Comic Relief for Friday: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Commercial

April 16, 2010 1 comment

I’m not sure where or when this originally aired, but here’s a funny commercial on YouTube for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.  We have 4 beautiful pre-owned Mercedes E-Class cars in stock, by the way!

“Beauty is nothing without brains”

Used Mercedes-Benz cars are consistently among our top sellers here at Select Luxury Cars.  Our dealership in Marietta, GA currently has about 30 different preowned Mercedes-Benz in stock.  For inquiries or to purchase, visit us at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060, call 770-421-0070 or email info@selectluxury.com

We look forward to helping you.

Toward a New Land Speed Record: the North American Eagle “Turbojet Car”

We found a really interesting article on XConomy Seattle and just had to share it with you.  Ed Shadle, 68, and Keith Zanghi, 55, partners and co-owners of the North American Eagle, are nearing the end of “a more than 11-year journey to build the fastest land vehicle in the world. The goal: 800 miles per hour.”  That’s faster than the speed of sound.  According to Wikipedia, “In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is 343 meters per second (1,125 ft/s). This equates to 1,236 kilometers per hour (768 mph), or about one kilometer in three seconds and about one mile in five seconds.”

There are a number of competitors to break the current world record for land speed of 763.1 mph, held by Great Britain’s Richard Noble and Andy Green since 1997 with their ThrustSSC.  To set the new record and beat its competitors,

the North American Eagle will have to beat the previous record holders by one percent, meaning that it will need to be clocked at a speed of 770.7 mph for a distance of one mile, twice within a 60-minute time period (going in opposite directions). The two measurements, taken to ensure there is no tailwind advantage, are averaged to give a final speed. In order to push the Eagle even harder, the team has made a number of additions to the engine, including switching from a two-line to a four-line burner, allowing twice as much fuel to be pumped into the afterburner in the same amount of time, and adding about 2,000 more horsepower to the engine.

That, my friends, is FAST and POWERFUL.  Take a look at the North American Eagle:

The North American Eagle: Future World Land Speed Record Holder?

The North American Eagle: Future World Land Speed Record Holder?

The North American Eagle is a 56-foot-long tubular car built from the fuselage of a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Shadle and his crew are all based in Washington state.

For both Shadle and Zanghi, the thirst for speed was born out of a love of drag racing at an early age. And naturally, like any “typical teenager of that era,” as Shadle calls himself, drag racing led to more racing at higher speeds, and eventually, flight.

“For me, it started back when I was just a kid back in the late ‘40s, early ‘50s. My uncles were all back from World War II and they got into stock car racing—the old jalopies running on dirt tracks. And of course we used to go to the races, so I’d hang out in the pits and watch my hero uncles,” Shadle said. “My first drag race on a real strip was at an airport. We raced on Friday nights for 50 cents and you could race all night.” Later, in his 20s, Shadle joined the Air Force and developed his career as a pilot.

“Just like Ed, we all grew up with the space program. The Mercury astronauts were my heroes—the Gemini and Apollo [as well]. All I did was build model airplanes when I was a kid,” Zanghi said.

Ed Shadle in the cockpit of the North American Eagle, a contender for the world land speed record

Ed Shadle in the cockpit of the North American Eagle, a contender for the world land speed record

Wish them luck, success, and safety as they speed towards and through the sound barrier!  I wonder if they’ll play Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” at the victory celebration party?  I think it’s appropriate.

We’ve got some fast exotic sports cars here at Select Luxury Cars in Marietta, GA (just Northwest of Atlanta), but nothing quite like this!  Still, you can call us at 770-421-0070 or visit our Atlanta luxury car showroom at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060.  Or email us at info@selectluxury.com.

The Great Customer Reviews Keep on Coming

We’ve shared how one of the best parts of selling beautiful used luxury cars is hearing great feedback from happy clients.  This includes referrals, repeat customers, and sharing their experience with us on review sites and directories.  Here’s one that one of our clients posted on the Select Luxury Cars page on Bing Local:

Select Luxury Cars atlanta car dealership review on bing

Actual customer review on Bing for Select Luxury Cars

Doug really helped me throughout the sales process. I felt like I was helped into buying, not pushed into buying. All of my questions were answered, even a couple of questions I had after I bought my car. I’ve already sent a few friends here when they were looking for a quality used car at a fair price.

CarAficionadoMarch 8, 2010

And here’s one that another customer posted about us on the Select Luxury Cars profile page on CitySearch:

Luxury and cars at its BEST

by carguy5oh at Citysearch

Select Luxury Cars is a first class dealership. I have never been able to say about another dealership, that my entire experience was memorable and completely positive, but at select luxury cars I was welcomed and treated with respect and professionalism. All the staff were very friendly and accomodating. Finance was prearranged and a breeze. Car was an absolute dream and looked better in person then on any of the 30 plus photos. I felt as though I was a priority guest and not just another car being rotated off the lot. I highly recommend Select Luxury to ALL. They are a great organization and a fabulous group of people. They definately know their stuff and have it down to a T.

  • Pros: personal service and high standard of excellence
  • Cons: none

(he gave us a 5-star rating – thank you!)

If you’ve done business with us, would you mind taking a couple of minutes to help us help more people get their dream cars?  We’d certainly appreciate it!   Just visit the pages above and write an honest review about your experience with our luxury car dealership in Marietta, GA.  Or if you prefer to write a review on another site, we’d appreciate that too. Here are a couple to make it easy for you:

Select Luxury Cars on Yahoo! Local

Select Luxury Cars on Yelp

Select Luxury Cars on MerchantCircle

Select Luxury Cars on Kudzu.com

Or if you have another favorite, feel free to share your experience there.

We know that these days, people do their homework online before buying a used car, getting a car loan, or any other major purchase.  Having a number of customer reviews on several sites helps customers make a more educated decision about the company they’re about to do business with, and that also helps us keep our marketing and advertising costs down so we can keep our prices competitive.  It’s a win-win for everyone, so we thank you in advance for your time !

Or if you’d like to contact us directly, feel free to visit our Atlanta used luxury car dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South. Marietta, GA 30060, mail us at P.O. Box 6397, Marietta, GA 30065-0397, call us at 770-421-0070 or toll free at 1-800-283-7224, or email info@selectluxury.com.

Like the guys at Bartle’s & Jayme’s used to say in their 1980’s ads, thanks for your support.  (Just don’t mix wine coolers or other alcohol with driving!)

2010 Chevy Camaro SS For Sale in Atlanta GA

Featured vehicle:  Pre-Owned 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

  • Exterior: Inferno Orange Metallic
  • Interior: Black
  • Stock #: 10629C
  • Engine: 6.2L V8 SFI
  • VIN #: 2G1FJ1EJXA9152737
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Mileage: 7,767

Location:  Select Luxury Cars dealership, 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060

Tel: 770-421-0070 or toll-free 1-800-283-2774

email: info@selectluxury.com

Video slide show:

In case the video doesn’t load, you can watch it here: YouTube Atlanta Used 2010 Camaro SS Video

(Maybe I should have chosen the Ramones’ “Go Lil Camaro Go” as the music for this video? Or The Dead Milkmen’s “Bitchin’ Camaro” (careful – NSFW language) or Kings of Leon’s “Camaro?”)

More details:

*CARFAX CERTIFIED!
*ONE PREVIOUS OWNER!
*CAMARO SS!
*6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION!
*POWER SUNROOF!
*POWER SEATS!
*HEADLAMPS, HIGH INTENSITY DISCHARGE!
*ONSTAR!
*REAR SPOILER!
*20 INCH WHEELS!

* Exterior: Inferno Orange Metallic
* Interior: Black
* Stock #: 10629C
* Engine: 6.2L V8 SFI
* Transmission: Automatic
* Mileage: 7,767

2010 Chevy Camaro SS Front View Used 2010 Camaro Atlanta GA

The 2010 Camaro SS looks pretty mean head-on, eh?

Chevrolet Camaro SS Standard Equipment
EXTERIOR
* Tire sealant and inflator kit, in place of spare tire
* Molding, Black roof ditch
* Moldings, body-color lower rocker
* Hood blanket with debossed Chevrolet bowtie
* Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
* Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
* Wipers, front intermittent
* Door handles, body-color

INTERIOR
* Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual (fore/aft) with power recliner
* Console, floor, with armrest
* Dead pedal, driver
* Steering column, manual rake and telescopic
* Compass, located in Driver Information Center
* Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
* Remote Keyless Entry
* Windows, power with driver and passenger Express-Down/Up
* Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering wheel mounted
* Trunk release, remote, located on driver-side
* Theft-deterrent system, PASS-Key III
* Air conditioning, single-zone manual
* Air filtration system with pollen filter
* Defogger, rear-window, electric
* Glovebox, lockable
* Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, 1 located in center console storage area and 1 located at front of center console
* Cup holders, 2 front
* Map pockets, front doors
* Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
* Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
* Lighting, front reading lamps
* Lighting, interior dome with illuminated entry and theater dimming
* Coat hooks, driver- and passenger-side rear
* Power outlets, 2 auxiliary 1 located in center console storage area and 1 located at front of center console

MECHANICAL
* Transmission, 6-speed manual/automatic
* Rear wheel drive
* Alternator, 150 amps
* Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
* Steering, power, variable ratio
* Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel, with polished tips

SAFETY
* StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control
* Daytime Running Lamps
* Air bags, dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact for driver and front passenger and head curtain side-impact for front and rear outboard seating positions, includes Passenger Sensing System
* OnStar
* Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions
* Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger
* LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats
* Trunk emergency release handle
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System

ENTERTAINMENT
* Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD-ROM and MP3 playback, music navigator, Graphic Information Display (GID) and auxiliary input jack, includes outside temperature display
* Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
* XM Radio, is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service.
* Antenna, integral rear window
* Antenna, OnStar and XM Radio, fin-type (Located on roof.)

Forbes Magazine says Luxury Cars Are Back

According to Forbes Magazine, Luxury Cars Are Back.  According to us here at Select Luxury Cars, they never left.  Well, actually, many of them have left our showroom floor at our dealership in Marietta, GA, delivered to happy customers from Atlanta to Singapore, and from Dubai to London.

Here’s a link to the video on the Forbes Magazine website: http://video.forbes.com/fvn/business/ms_luxury040510

In the video, Forbes interviews several luxury car manufacturers.  The consensus seems to be that they expect a fair amount of growth in the luxury car segment, at least for new luxury cars, as the economy staggers towards recovery.  As a used luxury car dealership, we’ve seen steady and increasing sales despite the recession because consumers of all economic levels have become more sensitive to price and value.  By buying a used luxury car instead of a new one, you avoid that large percentage of depreciation that happens immediately after you drive a new car off the lot.  So you get a better value for a practically-new car, or an older one that has been reconditioned to “like new” condition.

So enjoy the video, and feel free to look at our inventory of pre-owned luxury cars in Atlanta here.

Featured Vehicle: Used Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG G-Class

Featured Vehicle of the day:  A beautiful used Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV.  This one is a 2009 Mercedes G55 AMG.  Black on charcoal, rugged with an uncommon style.  This one really stands out from the pack of less distinctive but popular sports utility vehicles (or, as some say, “Soccer Utility Vehicles‘). It’s boxy yet luxurious, has less than 7,000 miles, is loaded with features and shines like a black pearl. See for yourself here in this video slide show:  

2009 Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG in Atlanta, GA
at the Select Luxury Cars dealership
985 Cobb Parkway South
Marietta, GA 30060

770-421-0070
info@selectluxury.com

* Exterior: Black
* Interior: Charcoal
* Stock #: 10623
* Engine: 5.5L SOHC 24-valve AMG supercharged V8 engine
* Transmission: Automatic
* Mileage: 6,333

2009 Used Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Front View

2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Front View

*CARFAX CERTIFIED!
*PREMIUM ALCANTARA LEATHER ROOF LINER!
*REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT!
*NAVIGATION SYSTEM!
*REAR VIEW CAMERA!
*BRUSH GUARD!
*RUNNING BOARDS!
*XENON HEADLAMPS!
*VENTILATED FRONT SEATS!
*HEATED SEATS FRONT AND REAR!
*HEATED WOOD/LEATHER STEERING WHEEL!
*PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM!
*6-DISC CD CHANGER!
*SATELLITE RADIO!
*REAR PARK ASSIST!

Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Standard Equipment
EXTERIOR
* Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
* Stainless-steel running boards
* Bi-xenon light-sensing headlamps w/heated high pressure washers
* Corner-illuminating halogen foglamps
* Single red rear foglamp
* Power heated windshield
* Privacy glass -inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate
* Pwr heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory, reverse tilt-down
* Rain-sensing intermittent front wipers w/heated washer system
* Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
* Privacy glass-inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate

INTERIOR
* 10-way pwr heated multi-contour front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar 3-position seat memory, adjustable head restraints, pneumatic side bolsters, thigh support
* Heated 60/40-split-folding rear seats w/(3) adjustable head restraints
* Front/rear carpeted floor mats
* Stainless-steel door sill trim
* Multi-function display controls
* Steering wheel audio controls
* 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column -inc: memory, easy-entry & exit feature
* Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge & coolant temp
* Multi-function displays in speedometer face -inc: trip computer, engine oil level check, digital speedometer, message indicator, driver-programmable settings, navigation system route guidance, exterior temp gauge, audio status, engine coolant temp, phone menu
* Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
* SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
* SmartKey infrared remote -inc: windows open/close, sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
* Integrated 3-button HomeLink compatible garage door control
* Cruise control
* Anti-theft alarm system
* Rear view camera
* Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust filter, adjustable rear cabin vents at rear of center console
* Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
* Auxiliary pwr outlet
* Auto-dimming rearview mirror
* Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
* Night security illumination
* Locator lighting w/path illumination
* Leather-trimmed parking brake lever/boot

MECHANICAL
* 2-speed transfer case
* (3) locking differentials
* Permanent 4-wheel drive
* Front/rear tow hooks
* Rigid front/rear axles -inc: longitudinal & transverse links, coil springs, gas shocks
* Front stabilizer bar
* Recirculating ball steering w/power assist, hydraulic damper

SAFETY
* 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) w/brake assist
* Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
* 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS+)
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* Programmable daytime running lamps
* Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: dual-stage driver airbag, BabySmart deactivation system
* Front/rear window curtain side airbags
* 3-point front seat belts w/Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), belt force limiter
* 3-point rear seat belts w/outboard Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD)
* Universal LATCH system (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) at rear outboard seating positions
* Child safety rear door locks
* Advanced tire pressure monitoring system

ENTERTAINMENT
* COMMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth interface, enhanced voice control, harman/kardon sound system, AM/FM stereo, integrated 6-disc CD/DVD changer, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, auxiliary audio input, Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid system

http://www.SelectLuxury.com

For You Hard-Core Ferrari Fans – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

From an interesting post on LuxuryAutoDirect.com – news about the new Ferrari theme park opening later this year on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.  Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will have a number of attractions including rides for all ages, shopping, dining and much more. 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - image linked from LuxuryAutoDirect.com

An exclusive image of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi GT rollercoaster, one of two unique rollercoasters featured at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The GT rollercoaster is a racing coaster, which will send two competing rollercoaster carriages sprinting along twisting parallel tracks on a race to the finish line. Each coaster car is a replica of a Ferrari F430 Spider.

Ferrari Racing Coaster F430 Spider Replica Cars

Ferrari Racing Coaster F430 Spider Replica Cars linked from LuxuryAutoDirect.com

This is one of twenty rides and attractions featured at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi designed to bring to life the Ferrari story and to celebrate the passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. It will open on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi in the second half of 2010.

You can find out more about Ferrari World Abu Dhabi at their website: http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com/

Or if you’d rather buy a Ferrari, visit the Select Luxury Cars dealership website.