Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Arrives in September. We're Too Excited for Words (Almost).

Unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the production CLA-Class will officially debut in America sometime in September. Mercedes-Benz says CLA stands for "Coupe Light A-Class" in keeping with the CLS that set the four-door coupe standard. Think of it simply as the A-Class that we get. The CLA arrived in European markets this April and will compete with the future BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe sedan and Audi A3 sedan, both of which will be introduced to us over the next twelve months.

The US will get the top trim CLA 250 only, with front-drive models arriving in September of 2013 and 4Matic versions coming by Spring 2014.

If we weren't already giddy about the CLA 250's stunning lines and performance specifications, when we discovered the CLA will be priced at around $30K, our giddiness turned to pure greed. Oh, and every CLA 250 destined for the United States will come standard with a lowered sport suspension. We say, bring this baby Benz on!

 0-to-60-mph acceleration in the CLA 250 Sport should happen in 6.5 seconds or less,
according to Mercedes, with top speed set at 149 mph. Fuel mileage, meanwhile, is seen as roughly five-percent better than in the C250 Sport sedan with 1.8-liter turbo, so around 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg highway. Unfortunately, this hot new C-Class sedan comes only with the Americanized 7G seven speed automatic.

It and we scream for a six-speed manual. Oh, well.

We'll have to take comfort in the sporty yet sumptuous cabin with brushed metal trim, cool racing gauges and high-performance seating. We just can't wait to take a seat in this great-looking little Benz and take it for a well-deserved test-drive.

If you're as impressed as we are with the Mercedes-Benz CLA, then we suggest you drive immediately to Atlanta's premier Mercedes-Benz dealer, Atlanta Classic Cars. Order your 2014 CLA-Class today.

Located conveniently just off I-85 in nearby Gwinnett, Atlanta Classic Cars will help you drive home value when it comes to unrivaled Mercedes-Benz luxury and performance. Trust them for the very best options in new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz' vehicles.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

With Great Looks and a Powerful, Smooth V6, the Infiniti FX37 Luxury Crossover Is a Smart Pick

The F37 has a 325HP V6, an ultra-smooth 7-speed automatic transmission and nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo room. Best of all, it looks bad-ass and will get you where you want to go in a great amount of style. So who needs the FX50 which base price starts at about $17,000 higher than the F37?

At, we say, not too many intelligent car buyers.

Here's why:
Powered by the automaker's new 3.7-liter V6 and backed by a recognizably aggressive exterior, the F37 is doing a good job of stealing the F50s spotlight.

The F37 package received a full update in 2012, and the SUV continues to look sharp with its judicious use of chrome. While the rounded front-end and pinched grille give the nose a touch of the bulbous look found on the QX56, we can't get enough of the raised fenders and inset hood. Attractive headlight arrays and an aggressive, arched roofline give the FX plenty of style. Around back, the handsome LED tail lamps lend the hatch a
glowering, furrowed-brow appearance, which is appropriate for a machine that spits over 300 horsepower out to the rear tires.

Inside, comfort turns to luxury in a hurry. You get beautiful, bold gauges plus plush bolstered front seats. Rich wood-burnished accents add class.

Under the hood, the eager F37 delivers 67 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm, and the new 3.7-liter unit will happily wind all the way to 7,500 rpm. That means there's plenty of thrust to be had. This SUV feels quick, popping off stop lights and building momentum in a sweet, forceful wave that's come to be the VQ engine family's calling card.

Efficient traction keeps everything in check, however, but the rear-wheel-drive dynamics on the FX37 are still playful and a delight to even novice drivers. Its quick steering rack and beefy brakes make handling and stopping precise and safe. The robust V6 engine is teamed perfectly with the 7-speed auto which delivers quick downshifts when necessary and remains unobtrusive in normal driving, serving up smooth transitions between its numerous gears.

If you're ready to gear up for a luxurious, sporty F37 crossover, stop by our featured Infiniti dealer, Roswell Infiniti of North Atlanta, for an exciting test drive.

The selection, savings and service at Georgia's Number One Infiniti Dealer——for the third straight year—will put you in the driver's seat.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Electric Vehicle Sales May Be Down But the Honda Fit EV Fits the Electric Car-Buying Public's Needs

Guess what? There's a price war going on among leading electric vehicles, and it's due to a crowded market and slow sales. So if you've been thinking EV for a while, now may be a great time to make the move to all-electric happy motoring.

The Honda Fit EV recently reduced its retail offering to $259 per month on an attractive lease deal with unlimited mileage. You can get the Fiat 500e for $199, but you'll have to adhere to a strict 12,000-mile annual limit. When you consider the Fit EV's previous lease payment of $389, the idea of choosing a Honda for electric commuting makes a lot of sense.

If you already have a Fit EV and have been paying $389 a month, you'll be happy to know the new lease payment will apply to current customers going forward. The Fit EV is rated at 118 MPGe and has an 82-mile range.

Best of all, the 2013 Honda Fit EV, the Japanese automaker's highly anticipated answer to Nissan Leaf, is quick, agile and actually quite fun to drive. Its cabin is roomy, outward visibility good and its styling is anything but odd. The platform is impressively safe, it has decent range and Honda says it is the most efficient vehicle the EPA has ever tested.

Even with the dramatically reduced lease payment, unfortunately, you may have difficulty purchasing a Fit EV. That's because Honda is only releasing 1,100 of these little blue hatchbacks over the next two model years in the States, and all of them will be delivered on contracted three-year leases. The cool and unique Reflection Blue Pearl paint is only offered on the Fit EV.

In terms of a powertrain, the Fit EV features a maintenance-free 92-kW AC synchronous electric motor (developing 123 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque) driving the front wheels through a high-efficiency single-speed coaxial gearbox. Power is supplied by a Toshiba-produced air-cooled 20-kWh Li-Ion battery, located beneath the passenger compartment completely within the wheelbase. The Fit EV will go 132 city miles per charge and has an EPA-estimated combined driving range of 82 miles.

And as we have come to expect with the Honda Fit, the cabin is unbelievably spacious for the size of the car. So you needn't give up comfort to drive a compact electric.

If you live in South Georgia or North Florida, get in touch with the good people at Honda of the Avenues, the leading Honda dealer in Jacksonville. Even if the Fit EV is in limited quantity, Honda of the Avenues can put you in one at the right price. Contact them soon to take advantage of Honda's excellent lease offer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Powerful, Gas-Efficient Diesel Planned for the Popular Ram 1500

For all you Ram fans, there's a MPG-boosting treat in store come Fall 2013. That's because the highly-rated, sales-accelerating Ram 1500 will offer the same turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 recently introduced in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Best of all, the Ram 1500 is expected to get even better fuel economy than the current 2013 model's
best-in-class 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Power output has not been released for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but in the Grand Cherokee, this engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and it will be paired with Chrysler's eight-speed automatic transmission. This has definitely been a busy and exciting year for the Ram division, bringing home major awards such as the 2013 North American Truck of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and 2013 Truck of Texas not to mention the recent announcement that the Ram HD models will offer a best-in-class towing capacity of 30,000 pounds.

We think pickup owners (and lovers) will take note that Ram will be the only manufacturer to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment of the industry. That makes the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel a very appealing entry into the competition notwithstanding its awards as 2013 Motor Trend's Truck of the Year.

Ram PR gurus say, "The Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter V-6 turbo EcoDiesel and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission deliver on the demands of truckers by providing best-in-class torque, fuel economy and range. There's no doubt that being the only truck manufacturer to offer this game-changing technology will provide Ram with a competitive advantage."

According to sources available to,  the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel is among today's most advanced diesel engines. Its emissions are 60 percent less than those produced by diesel powertrains 25 years ago. The impressive combination of torque and fuel economy marks new levels of performance for small V-6 engines.

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see.
If you would like to see and test-drive a Ram truck in person, at a friendly dealer who emphasizes first-class customer service, we wholeheartedly recommend  Akins Ford-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram. Akins is a hard-working group of professionals with your best interest at heart. They want to give you the best selection, service and savings in Georgia. One example is Akins' Monthly Web Specials which will put you in touch with the best deals possible—just click and save.
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