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Mercedes-Benz Vancouver, Exclusive Cars & Coffee

Mercedes-Benz Vancouver, Exclusive Cars & Coffee

British Columbia
Saturday, November 12, 2016 -
10:30am to 2:30pm
Vancouver
British Columbia

MBCA Exclusive Cars & Coffee “Cars & Coffee”, one of the ‘perks’ of MBCA Membership! The BC Section's Matthew Peck, worked with Mercedes-Benz, to organise a seminar on the latest MB Driving Aid technology trending towards Autonomous Drive cars of the near future. Nestor Balce of MB Vancouver Retail Group invited BC Members for an exclusive tutorial and overview, and a test drive of the latest SL63, E-Class, and C450 cars, demonstrating those features. Instructors, Jim and Rod from the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy greeted 25 of us in the Conference Room of the Mercedes “Boundary” dealership, in Vancouver. Settling in with coffee and muffins, we enjoyed a presentation of the latest driving aids and safety features of the current MB offerings. Distronic Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist, Night View Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Cross Traffic Assist, 360 degree Camera… they are all integrated now into an Intelligent Drive package. The latest MB E-Class can not only detect a disabled driver, but change multiple lanes and bring the car to a safe stop. We were told that the new, connected, information-sharing Mercedes cars are already poised for the next step in autonomous driving – what a fascinating insight into the future of motoring! Certainly, it generated lots of animated ‘car talk’, but there was also a great buzz of anticipation, as we lined up for our chance to try out some of these features on the road, in a new Mercedes. I know at least one of us found her dream car, that day. It was a real privilege as MBCA Members, to be invited to this unique showing. As Mercedes fans, we can not only speak with authority about the new features, but we also can’t help but express our enthusiasm for the cars. Many thanks to our hosts, Nestor, Rod, and Jim, and to all those who participated. Photo credits: Victor Chan, Matt Peck, Sean Clark, and Nestor Balce

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