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Mercedes Didn't Get The "Blame The Weather" Memo

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While the bulk of retailers are blaming plunging kitchen sink sales on unprecedented and completely unexpected cold winter weather, and shocking snow - that defunct relic in a global cooling warming world - one company apparently did not get the "scapegoat the weather" memo: Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported the highest January retail volumes in its history with sales of 24,413 units across the Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart model lines, a 1.5% increase from the 24,059 vehicles sold the same month last year. The Mercedes-Benz brand alone achieved its best-ever January with sales of 22,604. Gains were made across the MBUSA brand portfolio as Sprinter Vans advanced 19.6% to 1,288 units and smart increased 8.3% to 521.


"We knocked it out of the park last year and are moving into 2014 at a record sales pace," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. "The product milestones will continue this year with an all-new entry point on the SUV side in the form of the GLA, the next generation C-Class and standout additions to our high-end and high-performance lineups."

But... but... the snow?


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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:49 | 4396813 element115
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Dude. Bad weather only affects poor people, duh.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:52 | 4396827 Occident Mortal
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So when it snows everyone stops buying all their usual crap and goes to buy a high power open top sports car?

Makes sense.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:52 | 4396832 john39
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when the angry mobs riot, these expensive cars will be like vampire zombie magnets.  

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:55 | 4396851 Sudden Debt
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a zombie magnet that drive 200 Mph :)

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:07 | 4396910 James_Cole
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They did knock it out of the park - their new line up is fantastic across the board. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:07 | 4396917 economics9698
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Government workers are doing great.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:19 | 4396930 TruthInSunshine
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For everyone who ever wanted a front wheel drive, Camry sized Mercedes Benz that would fill them with pride of ownership as the sun gleaned off the tristar hood emblem, Mercedes has your car, and it's a real piece of shit.

Introducing the Mercedes Benz CLA, because posers gotta' keep on posin',

From $29,999.99*

Lease for $299 per month for not-so-well-qualified buyers.

See Mercedes Benz of Orange County, next to DARCAR Kia.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:34 | 4397046 TruthInSunshine
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The car sucks balls. One of my clients has a chain of dealerships (only 2 of which sell MB), and even the mechanics joke about the shitbox that is the CLA.

Go drive one. A Honda Accord or Ford Fusion is more solid, quiet & better built by far.

It's an idiotic long-term decision by Daimler, no matter how many of these CamCord fighters they sell, as it leads to a tarnishing of the badge/brand.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:03 | 4397179 Freddie
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+1  LOL!  Too true. CLA is supposed to be a BMW 3 series killer but it is a pile of shit.

The main reason they started selling that POS CLA is that BMW was selling more units versus MB.  Audi, BMW and MB are locked in a battle to sell the most cars each month.   This is a stupid way to manage but this is the battle they all want to fight.

I think BMW is killing the 1 series for the new 2 series.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:13 | 4397775 Doomer
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Well, the CLA certainly looks like crap.  And the E and S class look silly with their ricer, boy-racer front ends.  I guess the ricer boys grew up and have cash to spend.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 23:47 | 4398840 Whoa Dammit
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Gasoline is seeping from the tank into the back seat in E class and CLA models, due to manufacturing defect. Over 250,000 cars are affected, MBUSA is currently refusing to pay for repairs.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:06 | 4397438 James_Cole
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The car sucks balls. One of my clients has a chain of dealerships (only 2 of which sell MB), and even the mechanics joke about the shitbox that is the CLA.

Local MB centre here (yeah bit biased obviously) has apparently had good feedback from people, reviews have been almost unanimously solid yet the car "sucks balls."

It's an idiotic long-term decision by Daimler, no matter how many of these CamCord fighters they sell, as it leads to a tarnishing of the badge/brand.

Right, MB USA "best January sales ever" = tarnished brand. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 19:03 | 4397738 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The new optional heavy-duty front end with snow plow mount accounted for almost all of the boost in January sales.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:10 | 4397213 Freddie
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Compared to a BMW 3 series.   I am not saying 3 series is perfect as it is a pretty small car.  Smaller inside than a Accord or Fusion. The 3 series does look nice and has apparent quality while the Mercedes CLA looks like some piece of shit Hyundai sold 7 years ago when their quality was shit.

The Audi A4 is another competitor but the CLA is suppoosed to be a BMW 3 series killer but it ain't.   The A4 is slightly better but Audi's depreciate much faster than BMWs.

The dude is right.  A Fusion, Camry or Accord are a much better choice than the CLA.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:10 | 4397456 James_Cole
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3 series is nice, also decently more expensive. And I do remember having a test drive years ago where a piece of the dash fell off lol

Mercedes CLA looks like some piece of shit Hyundai sold 7 years ago when their quality was shit


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 22:54 | 4398681 TruthInSunshine
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No offense, James, but the CLA is the only front wheel drive architecture vehicle that Mercedes sells in the U.S., it is of a fit and finish that really is no better than an Accord or Camry, and it being purchased because a) it's advertised as $29k, and b) the economy sucks balls and so the posers who are too stupid to buy a better vehicle in the Accord or similar vehicle (see Consumer Reports if you don't want to accept my opinion; they ripped the CLA mercilessly as an overpriced POS that can't hang with an Accord or Fusion) can say drive around with an MB badge in the hood of their CamCord Mercedeeeeez.

"Oh Lord, wonch'ya buy needs a Mercedeeeez-Benz...even a really shitty one...because I'm a douche..."

A BMW 3 Series is 10x the car the CLA is, as it's still a proper rwd vehicle, even of the current BMW 3'Series is worse by far than the last generation.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:06 | 4397437 Freddie
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MB?  You are joking right?  They flogged that Mercedes McLaren which was a piece of crap compared to the old Gordon Murray designed McLaren F1 with a BMW V-12.  The F1 was one of the best if not the best supercar ever made.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:19 | 4396963 seek
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"when the angry mobs riot, these expensive cars will be like vampire zombie magnets."

That's partly why I sold my Porsche not long after the collapse in 2008. The hostility directed at the car by early 2009 was astounding. That, combined with the fact that local governments stopped maintaining roads on top of that made trading it for a 4WD a no-brainer.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:14 | 4397240 kchrisc
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I would be that it was quite a gun and badge thug revenue target as well.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:52 | 4397130 Nue
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By the time everything gets done any home suspected of having so much as a can of frank and beans hidden somewhere in the basement is going to a vampire zombie magnet.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:55 | 4396839 nope-1004
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No, this is a trend away from big USA.



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:05 | 4396900 Sudden Debt
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when you drive on the highway over here in Belgium, you rarely see cars that cost less than 30k euro's. The 75k euro's cars a super frequent and 1 in 20 is a +125k car
But it's all because of our tax system, you can chose to pay taxes or buy a expensive car and write it off and don't pay taxes.
So that's why, not a lot of people pay taxes.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:11 | 4396925 economics9698
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That's fucked up.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:13 | 4396942 Sudden Debt
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which part?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:17 | 4396962 economics9698
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"But it's all because of our tax system, you can chose to pay taxes or buy a expensive car and write it off and don't pay taxes."

Sounds like the law was written by a bunch of tribesmen.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:32 | 4397021 Colonel Klink
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I'm sure the vast majority of those Mercedes were sold in New York, DC, and Miaaaaaami.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:18 | 4397261 pursueliberty
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Same way in this country also.  I bought a new F250 in November not because my three year old truck was wore out, but due to fact it was depreciated out.  It is a game really.  I could have a paid for truck and pay myself more, but guess what?  I'd pay more taxes.  The way it is set up you've got to be buying and leasing new equipment if you are making money as a small business owner or you'll pay it in taxes.  It is a good system to a certain degree in that it spurs spending.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:34 | 4397332 Freddie
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The auto industry is a big deal in Germany and Europe.  It provides a lot of jobs so I can see why they do that.  I am not syaing it is a good or bad idea.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:50 | 4397129 highly debtful
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Most of the expensive cars you see on Belgian roads are company cars. Me personally, I am a car nut (a petrol head in your lingo?) but the three cars we own are:

our daily driver, : a 2001 Citroën Evasion with 231.000 km on the odometer, which we bought second hand, and 2 hobby cars, i.e.:

A 1991 Citroën BX 1900 GTI (that's 1,9 liter) with only 68.000 km (cost me 2.500 euro when I bought it, because although this was considered to be a fast saloon car in its days, it is regarded by most collectors of vintage cars / oldtimers / youngtimers as a veritable piece of shit these days. But its hydropneumatic suspension (controlling the suspension, steering and brakes) give it unparallelled road handling. Drives through curbs like a freight train and evens out all bumps on the road (as long as the system does not start to leak).  

My other hobby car is a ... drumroll ... 1994 Lada/Bohse Samara 1100 (that's 1,1 liter, or the kind of engine you Americans would fit under a bike) half pick up / half convertible, with only 600 km on the odometer (was displayed in show room for 18 years before I bought it). Yes, it's a Russian car and yes, it is horrible to drive, and yes all the plastic parts fall off just by looking at them. But the engine and the gear box are indestructible, virtually everything can be fixed with a sipmle screwdriver and the heating/ventilation system is designed to keep you comfortably warm in Siberian temperatures. And Bohse is the name of the German company who did the conversion of these Lada Samara "fun", as they called it. 

All this is probably seriously off topic, but I felt like sharing when looking at that hot Merc. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:47 | 4397375 Freddie
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Doesn't Lada make a nice little jeep?    Some of those diesel Citroens go like a bomb and get great fuel mileage.   They can cross Europe on the highways like high speed rail.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:21 | 4397519 highly debtful
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Yes, they still build the Niva (came out in 1975 and the bodywork is still pretty much the same now). And as far as Citroën is concerned, I know the PSA company (Peugeot + Citroën) is heaving a very rough time at the moment, but as far as I can tell, there's nothing wrong with their cars, seems to be more of a marketing problem, you know, launching the wrong models at the wrong moment. But their diesel engines are known to be very robust and capable of covering a lot of miles. Even those 1,9 petrol engines, like the one in my 23 year old BX, was known to easily cover 300.000 km and more before any major overhauling was needed.

And yet, the French automobile industry is a mess at present. Bit odd, in my view, given the quality of their current products.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:38 | 4397598 Freddie
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I think the French auto industry problems are a few of these things:

1. Total lack of flexibility is laying off workers or adjusting for growth and slowdowns in business.

2. High taxation.

3. Poor export management.

4. Constant socialist Renault versus less socialist PSA (aga Pug & Cit).

The work rules are a nightmare in France.  Taxation is not helping along with the euro causing havoc for non-northern European countries like France, Italy, Spain, Prot, Greece.  They never should have a strong economy and the EUSSR is totally corrupt.  The French never built a good export market like the Germans did.  The only positive was Renault's investment in Nissan when Nissan was on death's door.

Finally you have endless politics between Renault and PSA.  PSA seems to get punished during socilist govts.   Also the French designs often do not appeal to a lot of people.  Some like them but most do not.


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:57 | 4397697 Analyse2
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By the way, Renault is the supplier for a lot of Mercedes motors:

1.5 DCI 90Ch : Class A, B, CLA

1.5 DCI 109Ch : Class B

1.6 DCI  : Class C

Also Renault is regularly champion of Formula 1 for the motors (at the moment with Red Bull)


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:57 | 4397700 highly debtful
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Well, sounds about right. + 1 for your harsh but fair analysis.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:24 | 4397004 Stoploss
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This is simply the response to future bail in's.

If you have 150K sitting in a bank, earning zero interest, you have a problem.

Take 80% of that cash, put it into an asset that may keep up with inflation. Cause it aint housing...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:22 | 4397279 pursueliberty
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Right on.

I spent a sizeable portion of my "savings" to buy machinery for a business start up recently.  I was going to borrow, but banks wanting 30% down, along with my money further losing buying power, pushed me over the edge and I said screw it. 

It is also nice not seeing that payment show up every month.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54 | 4396847 Bunga Bunga
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SNAP cards don't work in cold weather?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:13 | 4396941 Agent P
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"Dude. Bad weather only affects poor people, duh."

Bad weather is also racist.  Don't believe me?  What color is snow?  I rest my case. 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:18 | 4396969 Heffer
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:51 | 4396816 superflex
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Either did Audi although it looks like most of their increases were in SUVs and used CPOs.


Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:51 | 4396831 EscapeKey
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I'm just gonna go ahead and predict bumper years for BMW and Porsche as well.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:58 | 4396867 Skateboarder
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Especially Porsche, given the upcoming tower in FL?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:59 | 4396873 Sudden Debt
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Bmw will be through the roof.

the reason is pretty normal. all these cars have a new generation engine that consumes low gas with down to 5 to 6 liters for 100km and those cars are 100% tax deductible.

Anpther nice to know, a Tesla that cost 120k euro's is 150% tax deductible because it's a electric car so it's cheaper than a opel corsa.

The more expensive the car, the cheaper it is taxwise.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:53 | 4397393 Freddie
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What does that work out in miles per gallon using US gallons not imperial?  I can do the conversion if you do not know.   Are these BMW direct injection diesels or gaoline engines?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:01 | 4397426 smacker
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The new Porsche Macan will be a hot seller.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:50 | 4396817 texas sandman
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We need a new SEC only get to blame the weather once a year......choose wisely.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:00 | 4396875 Sudden Debt
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per season that is

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:49 | 4396821 Leveraged Algorithm
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Got to get me one of these.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:03 | 4396887 Sudden Debt
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must be funny as hell to see people get out of the car in a underground parkinglot with ceilings of 2.6 meters...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:51 | 4396826 ptoemmes
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Weather aside...maybe this:


In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann's, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving. And at General Electric, the increase in demand for high-end dishwashers and refrigerators dwarfs sales growth of mass-market models.

As politicians and pundits in Washington continue to spar over whether economic inequality is in fact deepening, in corporate America there really is no debate at all. The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.



Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:20 | 4397271 kchrisc
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Sounds like we have entered the end game.

Let's let Morrison and the boys comment.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:56 | 4397410 Freddie
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I think Olive Garden is running a $6.95 all you can eat soup, salad and bread sticks.  I am not sure if this is just lunch or dinner. You know they are doing that just to get people in the door.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:53 | 4396829 walküre
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Future is so bright, you gotta wear shades

GM and Ford should build vehicles with wings obviously.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:25 | 4397001 Turin Turambar
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Those shades would be Maui Jim's btw.  :-D

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:52 | 4396834 Dr. Engali
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It must be the engine ejecting feature that makes them so attractive or, people want to buy a car that drives itself into trees at a high rate of speed.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54 | 4396837 Droel
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The increases were mostly Sprinter vans? Who bought them? That's fleet material there.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:54 | 4396848 Space Animatoltipap
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People of course buy quality cars when it's cold and snowing heavily. That anyone can understand. Always this negativity and cynicism ...

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:57 | 4396849 NOZZLE
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Thanks Bernak, you're the best

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:56 | 4396850 NOZZLE
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:56 | 4396860 denverdolomte
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This field missed the memo too ::


"Demand [for cosmetic surgery] grew despite the scandal over potentially hazardous PIP breast implants and grew by levels unseen since before the recession began in 2008.

Breast enlargement remains the most popular procedure, with 11,135 augmentations performed in 2013 – up 13% year-on-year"

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:59 | 4397422 Freddie
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This is probably due to economic reasons too.  Men may do it to keep their jobs in corporate environments so they don't lose their jobs and ditto for women.  Other women will do it to try to snag a husband.  Most guys like a big rack.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 15:59 | 4396865 FieldingMellish
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I do so hate it when salesmen use sports or military analogies.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:02 | 4396876 CitizenPete
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BitBenz -- now accepting.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:07 | 4396908 Skateboarder
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And UltraBenz, if Reggie gets his way.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:04 | 4396893 Surging Chaos
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Ladies and gentlemen, the Bernank's wealth effect.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4397292 pursueliberty
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Exactly.  I met a GM of Benz dealership in December and he told me sales were brisk and was extremely upbeat. 


He also told me if the buyers don't lease they always do a 72 month payment with nothing down.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:06 | 4396899 noob
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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:16 | 4396949 youngman
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They must be good in the snow and ice....I guess

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:06 | 4400975 fedupwhiteguy
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MB's with traction control is great on ice!!! Just keep your foot on the gas pedal and the computer decides how much fuel to use to keep the tires from spinning. I tested this feature every other morning in North Dakota. Made it to work every time.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:25 | 4396995 yogibear
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More Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati dealers around Wall Street and Washington DC. Fewer GM, Ford and Chrysler dealers. All the money is being transferred to the 1%.

More $100,000 plus cars.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:28 | 4397017 ziggy59
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"The bad weather only seemed to affect our competitors' stores as we had a great January," Reid Bigland, Chrysler's U.S. sales chief, said in a statement.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:37 | 4397058 viator
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Why wasn't this news embargoed? The department of truth is asleep at the switch.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:47 | 4397096 JR
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For the man who has everything, it’s the butter that makes the difference, doncha know… Writes Automobile:

Mercedes-Benz intends to make its new flagship S-Class live up to founder Gottlieb Daimler’s famous credo that the brand be “the best or nothing.” Automotive News reports that the blessing of carte blanche has come down from CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA Steve Cannon, who has delegated to dealers $2,500 of buttering-up cash per buyer to ensure that every 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class owner is fully contented. …

In one instance, a customer was upset that his designer sunglasses did not fit in the S-Class sunglass compartment. While this sounds like a frivolous complaint, Mercedes-Benz happily coughed up $150 on a pair of suitably-sized Ray-Bans to rectify the inconvenience.

Even the smallest gesture appears to have paid off dividends at one Mercedes-Benz dealership, where the check engine light flipped on as S-Class owner drove off the lot. A basic software adjustment fixed the problem quickly, but the dealer bought the customer a gift card to a nice restaurant as an apology for the inconvenience. “That customer was so thrilled he came in the next day and bought an SL[-Class roadster] off the showroom floor,” said Cannon.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class costs $93,825 after destination charges, compared to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA’s $30,825 price tag.

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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:59 | 4397158 ebworthen
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I wouldn't be buying me one of those things; it will be like a red target for carjacking or just riddling it with bullets.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:05 | 4397183 Nana
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Plunge my bonus on one of these babies!!!!!!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:04 | 4397184 PF-9
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Did I read the article wrong or does MB sell 24k cars per month?

If so, that means they produce roughly 6k cars per week.  Can this be right? 

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:15 | 4397238 noob
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Estúpido cupido Internacional 1976

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 17:31 | 4397317 cheetahbaby
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The new C7 Corvettes are also selling like hot cakes, but I doubt their demographics have gotten younger with dealer-premium prices approaching 70K. Driving through a bad part of town in my Z06 gets mutiple head-turns, but the natives instinctively know that their 300M thug rides ain't gonna be boxin' that Vette in for no car jackin. Kinda like the pecking order in the African Savannah.....

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 18:56 | 4397695 assistedliving
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ever drive an SLS in the snow?  dont.  unless u hitch up a horse and like insurance premiums.  enjoy this time, it is the best, yet end of the hi perf combustion engine era. 






Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:10 | 4398012 El Hosel
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1% Bitchez

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 15:16 | 4401008 fedupwhiteguy
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snow and ice!! no problem.. see my comment above.

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