Kababayans at Mercedes-Benz of Encino ready to assist you in getting a new Mercedes


MERCEDES-BENZ has long been known for their Diesel engines, but in recent years Mercedes’ compression-ignition offerings in the U.S. have been pretty limited. However, with several diesel vehicles in the pipeline and several more potentially on the way, diesel’s may again make a comeback.

One vehicle that may make its way to the U.S. is a four-cylinder diesel M-Class in diesel form. In Europe and elsewhere, there will be a new base version of the M-Class: an ML250 BlueTec, powered by a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, making 204 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

That’s the same engine that’s already been confirmed as emissions-certified and U.S. bound—as well as headed to the U.S. as soon as later this year in the smaller GLK-Class crossover, as a GLK250 BlueTec.

Bernhard Glaser, general manager for U.S. product, told MotorAuthority that the automaker hasn’t ruled out offering the four-cylinder diesel in the M-Class—they’re currently evaluating that, and it all depends on how the vehicle would perform in the North American market, and on U.S. highways. It’s likely that the model, if brought here, could achieve 30 mpg highway and significantly affect the brand’s fuel economy average.

At least one other U.S. model will be receiving the four-cylinder engine early on, Glaser confirmed. That will help defray the cost and complication of certifying an all-new engine for U.S. use (considering that diesels don’t typically make up any more than 20 percent of the product mix when Mercedes-Benz offers them). And, according to Glaser, additional models with the engine will potentially follow.

Some outlets have reported that the C-Class will be the other model to initially get the BlueTec four, but Glaser insists that this isn’t a done deal. The automaker has also shown an E250 BlueTec concept – at the 2010 New York Auto Show – also hinting that the E-Class is in contention. The C-Class is already getting a smaller gasoline engine for 2012: an all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the C250.

The automaker has already confirmed that V-8 versions of the all-new M-Class will join the lineup next year, as well as a two-wheel-drive version of the gasoline ML350.

Given pending fuel economy regulations, we can expect Mercedes to hit harder with diesels this time; a diesel version of the S-Class, called the S350 BlueTec, will arrive to dealerships this fall.

In the meantime, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available at launch in ML350 BlueTec form, with a strong 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 making 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet. For more details about that, and how it stacks up with the gasoline ML350, see our full first drive report on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class models.

But if you can’t wait for the 2012 models, other new Mercedes-Benzes await you at Mercedes-Benz of Encino with our kababayans Raymond Orosa and Butch Arradaza ready to assist you.

“We have the best team here,” Raymond says of Mercedes Benz of Encino.

“Everyone is very friendly, extremely professional and here to help you with whatever you need.”

Ramond, a golfer himself, even says with a smile that “We may even give you tips on how to sink a hole-in-one.”

Raymond also shares that the popular dealership gets plenty of Filipino customers.

“We get lots of Filipino nurses, doctor’s assistants and the like,” Raymond says.

“Filipinos are great customers.

They’re very quiet, easy to work with and they come out with great Mercedes-Benz cars.”

The key to the dealership’s success with their clientele is the quality of their customer service and the long lasting relationships the dealership forms with their customers.

“We’re not the typical car salespeople here,” Raymond stresses.

“We’re friendly and definitely not pushy.

In fact, the sale starts after the person buys the car – the car is secondary to the service we are really dedicated to giving them even after they buy the car.”

It is this great ongoing relationship with their customers that has made Mercedes-Benz of Encino highly popular within the Filipino community, and what keeps the positive referrals coming to Raymond.

“I take care of them,” Raymond says, referring to his customers.

“Even when they refer me, I make sure to give them something back.”

Raymond also shares that Mercedes-Benz of Encino has an amazing selection that cannot be beat.  For example, their C Class cars alone have over 100 colors available!  The dealership has three locations just to house all of their available cars, and the dealership itself is a seven story building.

“We have enough inventory to last us a long time,” Raymond laughs.

Best of all, owning a Mercedes-Benz is definitely not an out of reach dream.  For example, Raymond shares that you can own a C Class Mercedes-Benz for just $349 a month!

“Some people think it’s impossible to own a Mercedes-Benz but that’s not true,” Raymond stresses.

“We’re here to help put you in the car of your dreams.

“Just point out which car you want to drive and I’ll give you the best available deal on it.”

So what are you waiting for?  Visit your kababayan Raymond Orosa, who speaks Tagalog, at Mercedes-Benz of Encino located at 16721 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436.  Give Raymond a call at 828.536.2413 today. ■