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Stand anywhere near where an AMG Mercedes is driving and you'd have to be deaf not to hear it. But Mercedes-Benz is convinced that too few potential customers have heard of its performance range, so it's launching an awareness campaign around the United States that seeks to raise the profile of its top shelf performance models.

The project involves the establishment of AMG Performance Centers, a focused advertising campaign and a product-demonstration road show. An initial pilot project will involve seven dealers in California, Florida and New York, but by the end of the year, Mercedes expects that its top 30 dealerships – representing 80% of AMG sales in the US – will sign on to the program. Mercedes will subsidize dealerships on the cost of setting up separate AMG areas within their dealerships and training service personnel, as well as bringing the road show to town, which will demonstrate limited edition AMG models – we're thinking Black Series here – to select customers.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hell, I remember when MB demanded all their badges taken off after AMG got done with one of their cars. The new ones are pretty impressive, but as it's been said, they need a stick or at least an SMG!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I probably would never buy an AMG vehicle, considering the better alternatives in all of their segments (911 turbo v. sl65; rs4 v c55; etc. etc.); but I'm all for Performance Driving Centers and hopefully free roadshows/events.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AMG is simply amazing, there's a pair of 65s in my town, an S65 (the new one) and an SL65, plus an SL55 and i LOVE when they drive by!
      • 7 Years Ago
      right John! its one great hell of a car . . . I also saw the black version, its great! ! !

      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I seem to recall someting like that that also(MB badges taken off after AMG treatment).
      I don't know if AMG is fully integrated with MB now or if they still treat them like a bunch of aftermarket hot rodders?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CLK is a nice car. I agree with Branden, the black version is amazing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      interested people are aware of AMG, i guess.
      go MB!
      • 7 Years Ago
      doesn't AMG stand for Automatic Mercedes for Geezers? if they started making some manual cars with three pedals again, then maybe i'll put them back on the list but until then, i have no choice but to keep it on the M and RS side of the fence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What I can't understand is what's up with all the dummy buttons on the dash? It looks like you could put 16 buttons there, but only, like, five or six are actual buttons and the rest... a waste of space. I could understand something like this on a $15 000 car sold overseas and ported here lacking some features. But on a car this price this is ridiculous. Even if there are features missing from overseas models it's called a MODIFICATION so that it doesn't look like crap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oops broken replies. the x2 was for tsunami racer.

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