New York Yankee’s pitcher, Mariano Rivera, made an appearance at Maserati’s collection in Mondena. The baseball legend took the Maserati Levante SUV for a spin around the Panini Motor Museum and mentioned that he enjoyed the experience. “Today I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the Maserati brand and appreciate the value of its long history. The cars in this collection are wonderful, and so is the Levante. This is such a great representation of what Italy is all about. I want to thank Matteo Panini and Maserati for having made this day possible” said Mariano Rivera.
The relief pitcher, born in Panama in 1969, was a major league baseball player from 1995 until his retirement in 2013, having played for the New York Yankees for his entire MLB career. Mariano carries under his belt 5 World Series championships. Here at Baker Motor Company, we are thrilled to have such a big name as Mariano Rivera get hands-on with the Maserati Brand.
Cadillac now features hands-free highway driving with their Cadillac Super Cruise feature in the CT6. Not only does Super Cruise provide comfort and convenience, it also has an integrated exclusive driver attention system, which supports safe. A LIDAR-based map joins with real-time sensors and cameras to improve vehicle control. Super Cruise adds automatic lane-centering to the CT6’s existing suite of driver assistance and active safety technologies, enabling automatic control of speed and steering during highway driving.
The system, which was designed to promote driver safety and convenience, will be available this fall. Barry Walkup, Chief Engineer of Cadillac Super Cruise, said, “Super Cruise allows hands-free driving and operates only within the environment where it has the most benefit. While it is technically possible for the technology to drive hands-free on other kinds of streets and roads, we feel strongly that this targeted approach is the best to build consumer and regulatory confidence and enthusiasm for advanced mobility.” The possibilities are endless when behind the wheel of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 prestige sedan with Super Cruise technology.
Interested in purchasing your very own 2018 Cadillac CT6? We invite you to visit us at Baker Buick GMC Cadillac at 1621 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.
Yesterday, the team at Baker Motor Company hosted Porsche enthusiasts from the Carolinas in the Porsche Club of America, Palmetto Region. The day began at Baker Motor Company’s Porsche dealership, where breakfast was served for those who attended. Several classic models along with modern 911s and Boxsters traveled through unique Scandinavian-inspired small towns in South Carolina: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland. The Scandinavian driving tour was quite the success, and we’re thrilled for those who joined us with their Porsches for breakfast before the exciting ride.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the first of a series. Nine remarkable Wraith Music vehicles were created for a select number of Rolls-Royce customers and music luminaries including Roger Daltrey CBE (The Who), Sir Ray Davies (The Kinks), Giles Martin, Francis Rossi OBE (Status Quo) and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd). The cars were presented at London’s famous Sanderson Hotel by the artists who have created them in partnership with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. A portion of each of the car’s value will be donated to charities selected by each musician, including The Teenage Cancer Trust. We are thrilled for Rolls-Royce and the opportunity they’ve created to donate to multiple charities.
Design the Rolls-Royce of your dreams with the help of our team here at Baker Motor Company in West Ashely.
Mercedes-Benz is always staying two steps ahead of today’s technology. Bringing the development of transportation, logistics, smart technologies and connectivity to the surface, the ever-growing brand is bringing the unthinkable to the table. The future of transportation is now being presented to customers all around the globe. Discover the latest vision of Mercedes-Benz Vans below.
Expect the unexpected with the all-new 2018 Regal Sportback. Its sleek appearance, excellent driving performance and shocking flexibility will leave those who get behind the wheel astonished.
The Regal Sportback provides a sporty, coupe-like design; the spirited performance of a premium sports sedan combines with unexpected versatility in one sophisticated package for a perfect balance of form and function. “The new Regal Sportback was developed with today’s active, independent, premium car customer in mind,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global Buick and GMC.
The impressive 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces an estimated 250hp and 260lb-ft of torque. The exterior design of the 2018 Regal Sportback is visually low and tailored, hinting at an advanced body structure that is stiffer, stronger and approximately 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation Regal. We can’t forget to mention the safety innovations, which include Front Pedestrian Braking and Lane Keep Assist. The evolving, intelligent Regal Sportback is sure to impress all.
It was such a pleasure to host our Mercedes-Benz clients for Drive & Style this past Saturday, April 8th. Our guests enjoyed a test drive in the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. When they returned to the dealership–hair a mess–the talented team at Urban Nirvana provided blowouts and styling.
The morning was topped off with delicious pastries and fresh coffee from WildFlour. Join us for our next Drive & Style event at Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant coming up on Tuesday, April 25th.
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2018 is bringing a big redesign for the beloved Mercedes-Benz GLA. The vehicle premiered this January at the North American International Auto Show NAIAS in Detroit this past January, and guests saw a more powerful, sporty design. Look for the new GLA in stores this summer.
What did Mercedes-Benz have to say about the vehicle? Check out their detailed description of the redesigned SUV below.
Expressive design, technical performance
An expressive design with a clear SUV character and technical performance remain the most significant reason to buy the GLA for most customers.
Customers have a choice of an off-road comfort suspension (optional) which raises the body by 30 millimeters, resulting in improved off-road capability, a higher seat position and striking off-roader looks.
Modified bumpers, new wheel designs and the new attractive color “Canyon Beige” characterize the 2018 model at first glance. The GLA thus visually underlines its SUV genes to an even greater extent than before. The previously-optional bi-xenon headlamps have made way for efficient LED headlamps characterized by a color temperature similar to daylight.
Valuable Interior and Exterior Upgrades
The attractively styled interior of the GLA with high-quality materials and excellent workmanship is enhanced by new seat covers and trim parts as well as chromed control panels. The free-standing 8-inch media display is slim and is easily legible, as are the new gauges with red needles. The controls for switches on the electric seat adjustment in the doors have been given small yet effective highlights in silver chrome – and the stowage compartment in the center console is also surrounded by a chrome frame. In addition, the air conditioning vent rings are more strongly accentuated and thus underscore the harmonious SUV touch in the interior.
Exclusively available in this market segment, the 360-degree camera records the direct surroundings of the car, which are either shown as a full-image depiction or in seven different split-screen views on the media display. Among them is also a virtual top view of the car – produced from the data of four cameras: front, reversing and one camera in each of the exterior mirrors.
The Interior Package, with standard sports seats, remains optionally available and is aimed at the particularly sporty customer.
The Night Package offering includes 19-inch AMG wheels and black window trim, exterior mirrors, roof rails, exhaust tips and exterior accents that underscores the sporty look of the GLA.
Spot on: LED light turns night into day
Available optionally on the GLA250 and standard on the AMG GLA45, LED High Performance headlamps replace the currently available bi-xenon headlamps. Alongside brilliant illumination, these headlamps are characterized by a color temperature similar to daylight and relieve the strain on the eyes when driving at night. The energy consumption is also lower: around 60 percent less than xenon and approximately 70 percent less than halogen. The low-beam headlamps work with LED projector-beam technology and the high beam with LED reflector technology. Indicators, daytime running lamps and position light are designed as multifunctional fiber-optic cables and enable an unmistakable style through higher degrees of design freedom. For added convenience, changing a bulb is no longer necessary over the entire lifetime of the car.
At the tail end of the new GLA, LED High Performance tail lamps with a multi-level function are used—full brightness by day, a medium level for driving during the night and a lower level when at a standstill during the night, so as not to dazzle other road users– and brake lights and indicators are controlled in three intensities as well. With this multi-level function the GLA automatically offers the correct level of brightness for all light, weather and traffic situations. This light control is especially pleasant for other car drivers when stopping at traffic lights or in traffic jam situations, as they are met by a pleasant, dazzle-free brake and turn signal lamps.
With the GLA model series, Mercedes-Benz further impresses where aerodynamic quality is concerned. The good flow characteristics, which contribute decisively to the low fuel consumption in everyday conditions and a pleasantly discreet noise level even at higher speeds, was achieved through a multitude of aerodynamic optimizations in the high-speed wind tunnel in Sindelfingen. These include a low A- pillar step with corresponding A-pillar geometry and aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror housings. The generously sized trim on the main floor, an additional trim in the center section of the rear axle and even an aerodynamically optimized rear silencer with a connected diffuser further improve the flow of air beneath the underbody. An elaborate roof spoiler lip, specially shaped tail lights plus discreet side rear spoilers also ensure that the air flow at the tail end is aerodynamically optimal.
Safety first: autonomous braking and drowsiness warnings
Vehicle safety is the top priority at Mercedes-Benz. The GLA offers “Active Brake Assist” as standard: it warns the driver if there is not sufficient distance to the vehicle in front and if required, delivers situation-appropriate braking. If the system detects that the driver is reacting too late, it initiates autonomous braking in order to prevent the collision or minimize the consequences. The GLA is also standard- equipped with “ATTENTION ASSIST,” which can detect typical signs of drowsiness via the steering behavior and warn the driver.
More comfort in the end
The rear compartment of the GLA was also the focus of the engineers’ attention, and they have integrated new features here: with the optional extra HANDS-FREE ACCESS, exclusive in this segment, the trunk can be opened and closed with a foot movement, without using the one’s hands. The procedure can be completed at any time and any potential obstacles stop the process immediately.
The new Mercedes-AMG GLA45
Mercedes-AMG is continuing its model initiative with full steam ahead and is enhancing the GLA45 both visually and technically. With intelligent aerodynamic measures like a restyled front apron and spoiler lip on the roof spoiler it was possible to increase driving dynamics and driving stability, while simultaneously reducing wind resistance.
The distinguishing design feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert in silver chrome plus flics in high-gloss black. These guide the cooling air flows to the vehicle radiators even more effectively. Some earlier optional extras like the LED High Performance headlamps are now part of the standard host of equipment. The twin louver on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. As an additional option a multi-spoke 20-inch light-alloy wheel is available for selection in two color variants: painted matte black with high-sheen rim flange or painted titanium grey with a high- sheen finish.
Eye-catching features at the tail end are the new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim in silver chrome and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler which help to improve the driving dynamics of the new GLA45.
Fine interior with exclusive touches
The interior has been similarly upgraded. The dashboard is covered as standard with MB-Tex and has been given exclusive highlights with red contrast topstitching.
A further highlight is the generously sized trim, extending over virtually the entire width of the car: its fundamental structure is printed matte with a high-gloss surface and it bears AMG lettering. It is available in black/red (standard) or in black/silver depending on the choice of upholstery).
The instrument cluster has been given a new number design, new gauge needles with a black needle center and the chrome frame around the gear also ensure a sporty cockpit experience.
Further options for comfort and sport
The new equipment items optionally available include, among other features, a 360- degree camera. With the aid of four networked cameras, this system facilitates parking and maneuvering with a realistic surround view. The car and its surroundings can be depicted in the media display from a birds-eye view, and obstacles beneath the window line are also visible for the driver.
Extremely agile, handcrafted 2.0L turbo engine
With a maximum output of 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of zero to 60 mph is achieved from standstill after just 4.3 seconds. The extremely agile Handcrafted AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine blends thrilling performance and the exemplary efficiency with a further best: the power-to-swept-volume ratio of 187.5 hp marks a record for a series engine with four cylinders – it raises the AMG engine to the level of thoroughbred super sports cars.
One of the high-tech components of the four-cylinder turbo engine is the spray- guided direct petrol injection. Piezo injectors centrally located in the four combustion chambers inject the fuel at a pressure of up to 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multi-spark ignition improves fuel economy and significantly increases thermodynamic efficiency, leading to low exhaust emissions. The twin-scroll turbocharger and maximum dethrottling of the exhaust system improve the charge pressure build-up, and therefore the engine’s response to the accelerator.
On the road the turbocharged, Handcrafted AMG 2.0L four-cylinder engine thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotional engine note. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode.
With the optional AMG Performance Exhaust System® the sound is even sportier through the modified structure of the muffler system and it thus intensifies the emotively appealing sound experience. It can be regulated via selection of the drive program or via a switch. In the interior the impressive sound can be experienced even more intensely at the touch of a button through the more powerful intake noise of the engine.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 is set for release in late 2017, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the new, powerful sportscar. The vehicle boasts 500 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. Check out what Porsche had to say about the new 911 GT3!
Thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 pounds per hp, the 911 GT3 feels very much at home on the test track. With the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) – specifically constructed and tuned for the GT3 – the 3,153 pound two-seater accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds with a top track speed of 197 miles per hour. For purists, Porsche will also offer the 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission. With this transmission, the 911 GT3 weighs in at 3,116 pounds, allowing it to achieve a top track speed of 198 miles per hour and hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
The 2018 911 GT3 is scheduled to reach U.S. dealers in fall 2017. Visit Baker Motor Company in West Ashley for more details.