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    The Mercedes "lifestyle"

    Evidence for the depravity of the idle rich?

    You decide....

    The Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Collection 2008 and winter accessories: Brightening up those dark winter days

    Stuttgart ? The Lifestyle Collection 2008 adds an extra sparkle to the Mercedes-Benz star. Several of the personal accessories in the range are studded with genuine Swarovski crystals for an exclusive finishing touch, while refined materials and expressive styles ensure a quality look throughout. Several of the Lifestyle products were specially developed to echo the separate Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde design and equipment lines found in the car range. The range of Mercedes-Benz genuine accessories for cars is also packed with seasonal gift ideas.

    Design brings a company?s brand values to life: as the current Lifestyle Collection 2008 from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH demonstrates with an exclusive selection of watches, pens, sunglasses, fashion products, travel items, model cars, gift ideas and sports equipment.

    The attention to detail is evident in, for example, the extensive selection of watches. Some of the intricately designed women?s watches here feature finely cut Swarovski crystals, which add sparkle and glamour. Elsewhere, rhinestone details catch the light ? it?s not just the name of the ?Las Vegas? key ring that recalls the glitter of that UScity. The unisex satin baseball cap is also designed to impress: metallic, shimmering lurex yarns and the silver embroidered emblem on the front create an unmistakable look, and the special colour ? ?champagne? ? adds a hint of luxury.

    The stylish elegance and impressive functionality of the Lifestyle Collection 2008 continue in the selection of high-quality pens. The special appeal here lies in the various contrasts. The fountain pen and rollerball, for example, are all about the effective combination of black and gleaming silver. The ballpoint pen offers further colour variants ? elegant rosé for women or exclusive chrome for men.

    Various products within the collection are designed to reflect the three Mercedes-Benz design and equipment lines ? Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde ? echoing their typical colour schemes and forms. A range of items in timeless black was created for tradition and quality-conscious Classic fans. The Elegance concept ? a perfect combination of high-quality materials and select details ? is reflected, among other things, by the warm brown tone of the collection. The Avantgarde philosophy, shaped by values such as dynamism, comfort and luxury, is reflected in a series of Lifestyle items in sporty red and stylish champagne.

    Basic items for female Classic fans include a women?s fashion watch, which has a black leather strap and a dial studded with Swarovski crystals, a cashmere pullover in the same colour and a coordinating silk scarf. These are complemented by eye-catching, timeless yet contemporary leather accessories ? a handbag, a cosmetics bag, a wallet and a belt. In the men?s range the tone is set by a fashionable striped wool/cashmere scarf and a pullover in merino/pure new wool. There are also practical leather business bags ? the perfect accessories for work, with numerous compartments, a mobile-phone pocket and a special sleeve for attaching to the handle of an upright suitcase.
    The Elegance and Avantgarde lines are equally diverse, each with its own individual styling. Both also include a colour-coordinating women?s watch, studded with Swarovski crystals, a sportily elegant men?s suede jacket and attractive accessories.

    Other items from the current Lifestyle Collection 2008 can be combined with the individual lines. Here the specific use of colours plays a key role. The black 2-in-1 jacket, for example, is ideal for Classic fans. With a reversible jacket inside, this flexible item is ideal for any weather and any situation.For female Elegance and Avantgarde fans there is a highly contemporary short leather coat in beige. And a coordinating women?s luggage edition, exclusively for Mercedes-Benz by Samsonite: the champagne-coloured vanity case conveniently slots on top of the small upright case ? an elegant and functional wheeled suitcase measuring 40 by 55 by 22 centimetres, a practical size, designed to make the most of every journey.

    There?s plenty for the next generation in the new Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Collection 2008 too. The traffic signs and traffic light offer a fun way to learn about road safety. And for those who are keen to sit behind the wheel there?s the Bobby Benz SLK 55 AMG, which mirrors its larger counterpart. This sporty single-seater, from renowned manufacturer BIG, features a sports steering wheel, wheels which echo the aluminium counterparts on the original and two circular instruments. Books of exciting adventure stories, a colouring book, a jigsaw and accessories for kindergarten, school and home round off the range.

    The range of tailor-made accessories for all Mercedes-Benz car models is packed with gift ideas ? including plenty for this colder time of year. Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH offers tailor-made solutions for the safe, convenient transport of valuable sports equipment such as snowboards, skis, sticks or boots. The multifunctional Alustyle carrier system allows the ski and snowboard rack, specially tailored to the basic carrier bars, to be fitted quickly and easily. A wide variety of loading variants extends from two pairs of skis and two snowboards to up to six pairs of skis without sticks. The rack systems are tested to strict Mercedes-Benz standards. They can also be locked to protect them against theft.

    If there are only two pairs of skis to transport, they can be carried securely and cleanly inside the vehicle in a ski bag. With straps for carrying and for securing, the bag can be anchored to the load-securing rings in the load compartment.

    Specially designed luggage sets are available for Mercedes-Benz roof boxes L and XL, made from hardwearing and water-repellent polyester. They can be used to stow away skis, boots or sportswear, keeping them dry. As an alternative there is a ski rack insert which provides a secure hold for up to five pairs of skis, depending on the bindings and the roof box.

    The black/grey 12V coolbox is ideal for warming drinks out on the slopes, as it can be switched from cold to warm. The hard case, with its practical carrying strap, has a capacity of 24 litres and the standard fabric cover offers room for extra items.

    When temperatures fall, winter tyres become indispensable. They significantly shorten stopping distances on snow and ice and increase ride stability and roadholding in the wet too. Switching early means you are ready for the first snow and are able to avoid waiting times and fines.
    Mercedes-Benz collaborates closely with tyre manufacturers on the development, ensuring the tyres are perfectly attuned to the different requirements of the various model series. The result is the ?MO? seal ? for Mercedes-Benz Original ? which is clearly marked on the flank of the tyre. It stands for resilience and durability, coupled with optimum ride comfort and reliability. The Mercedes-Benz products regularly rank top in tests by independent testing authorities and by specialist journals.

    Winter wheel/tyre combinationsare a particularly practical option. Here Mercedes-Benz quality is combined with a brand-typical design and attractive conditions. The range covers all current car models and also allows combination with exclusive incenio designer light-alloy wheels.
    For optimum grip, even in extremely snowy conditions, the range of accessories includes the Rudmatic-Disc snow chain system . The user-friendly design means that the chains can be fitted and removed quickly. A tough plastic ring protects the precious light-alloy wheels from scratches or damage.

    The Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Collection 2008 and Mercedes-Benz accessories are available now.

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    Re: The Mercedes "lifestyle"

    I got a few of their catalogs when I had the ML-320.

    Most of it is tarted-up junk. Just because you put the star on a bottle opener doesn't mean you can charge $39 for it.

    Chip H.

    Former owner: 2012 Honda Civic LX, 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL, 2000 Honda CR-V EX, 2003 MINI Cooper S, 1992 Honda Accord LX, 1999 Mercedes ML-320, 1995 VW Jetta GLX, 1991 Mercury Capri XR2, 1981 Mercury Zephyr, 1975 Chevrolet Impala

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    Re: The Mercedes "lifestyle"

    Somehow, "Pimp My Benz" just doesn't have the right tone.

    Pimping out a Caddy, a BMW, a 300, or a Lexus seems pretty normal but a Benz? Lord help us!

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    The only thing Germans do well is trains, and even then, the French are better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    The only thing Germans do well is trains, and even then, the French are better...
    I used to like BMWs; they were tasteful, very "pure" and lots of fun to drive - but they've become way over-teched, fussy and odd-looking, too.

    I used to respect Benzes - but they've become garish; perfect for the a-hole shyster lawyer or pro athlete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    I used to like BMWs; they were tasteful, very "pure" and lots of fun to drive - but they've become way over-teched, fussy and odd-looking, too.

    I used to respect Benzes - but they've become garish; perfect for the a-hole shyster lawyer or pro athlete.
    I don't know what to think about the Germam psyche. It sure isn't like mine.

    Japanese understand humour and irony.

    ..but it's like wearing clothes. I wouldn't drive a Rover, either.
    J cars are mostly like toasters; they usually work, and if they don't you buy another.

    With German excellence in cars and marketing, the ability of Italians and Brits to defeat them in F1 must rankle. BMW says "I'm better than you", Mercedes says, "I am rich and have lawyers".

    An older car with unusual characteristics says, "I like machines and driving". For new cars? Just look for competence and price and toaster-reliabilty
    I think JDM has an RAV4 because he admires the car but he has snow and a steep driveway.

    But I have met a lot of European people, immigrants trying to 'get ahead', socialized with them and I have to say that none of them 'clicked' ... pretty girl in her twenties, man working his butt off, ...me and my wife with nice house two Jags in the garage. But when the meal was over and the girls were dressed to kill and have to say that humoiur and irony were lacking. A young Dutch wife and her man were clearly not in accord with even being in NZ., she with a boring job he in a factory and with no character at all...
    Jo and I drove home feeling flat.

    Neither did Jo see that the engine in the Jag was built by me from the wheelchair. She thought Jags were a waste of time.

    Subtle things.

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    I would disagree about senses of humor and cultures, I've met a lot of people from a lot of places in the world and found that they all have a sense of humor. It may not involve anything that you or I would find very amusing but that's culcha for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    I would disagree about senses of humor and cultures, I've met a lot of people from a lot of places in the world and found that they all have a sense of humor. It may not involve anything that you or I would find very amusing but that's culcha for you.
    No. Humour is not evident in Europe, unless it is cruel and I'm afraid the Swiss standup-comic is about as likely as a wry smile when a car breaks down.

    Mind you, Americans have gone strange, after magnificent things on TV like 'Cheers' and 'Taxi' and 'Barney Miller' each and all high examples of acting an production art. Seinfield was a great satire on that. He has money and nowhere to go.

    Brits who are 'euro-oriented' ? the kids are 'avarage', I haven't travelled like you have, when will you say that Iranians are in fact more generous to visitors than anyone? But humour perhaps ends up where it belongs.
    In Russia.

    Where French-Russian collides with a broken Fiat and a spare part from a Renault, and , no sorry , even then, an American would not see it.


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    " BMW says "I'm better than you", Mercedes says, "I am rich and have lawyers".

    Brilliant!

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    Yes but Mercedes have devalued to the point where kids have pimped-out 190s.
    BMW OTOH doesn't seem to attract the younger boys.

    Audis are popular with the lifestyle-aircraft set, which is so amusing when they have the full-house racing thing woith enough rubber to land a 747 and never drive it beyond the burbs.

    DKW bubble cars. Now THERE was class...

    oh and if money is no object I'll have a 1949 XK120 alloy body please or a 1956 Bentley with team of young female mechanics....
    There was a guy in front of me in an unusually busy fuel station yesterday, LHD caddie original body a few scuff marks and it clearly had a brilliant engine as he started it to move forward... he looked mid-thirties heavy-set. I shoulda asked him if he knew his mother, but was aiming to get my first $100 fill. I only got $92 for about 60 litres, [US$65] and we all ended up having a pleasant conversation about bikes, and on a high embankment above the road adjacent to the fuel stop a line of diesels ran a long line of containers past, having come 200 miles from Picton, and using inertia and gradient to approach the flood-prone Waimakariri [uncertain waters] river bridge, and there may have been kids on the bridge as I heard horn and more horn with heavy airbrakes as the engines hit the first spans then we all went silent, and the woman in the SUV behind was getting angrier and we moved on, I could see the containers were now moving at maybe 20mph but still moving.

    There are intermittent places on the long brdge over the braided river, the train kept going, I think I heard the engines notch up again slightly, but it's downhill to the next series of grade crossings, a major one less than a mile past the bridge, and cars held up by the train have people who say, "Why to we have these slow trains?"

    At the same time as saying "Less taxes" "Less trucks on the roads"... and when that is shown to be silly to expect roads and infrastructure to be a free, , "It's not my problem."

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    Suddenly I like the idea of a carburettor car.

    Tomorrow Sunday morning I will have to raise the hood on my 2001 OBD2 LS1 5.7 to work out why it pings to a self-destruction level when cold. Possibly temp sensor... thinks it's warm when it's cold

    I am wondering which incantations to invoke.
    With XK Jags or even highly-tuned A-series Mini you just needed to remove the distributor and examine; 30 seconds to one such as me, but maybe it's because I've never really been a V8 man at heart... more a steam engine afficionado.

    If a modest amount of investigation brings no reward I'll trade it for a small socially responsible car... 2.3 turbo Mazda 3 appeals, or a Ford Focus ... sad though because the GM V8 is quite good at everything; appalling plastics switchgear, appalling road noise... but what else can give you 280bhp at the rear wheel with big flat torque all for tuppence?

    Maybe if I got a goat it would take my mind off these things; I have delfiniums taking off, the fruit trees have survived the late frosts and even courgettes and potatos look like like they will do OK.

    Maybe if I cannot see anything obvious in the GM V8 I'll just give the damn thing to Dave and his two mechanics and they can use the thing as a hack. It's still got me perplexed . If it was a bad sensor it probably wouldn't just ping loudly on one side only... and if in open loop it probably wouldn't ping at all. If it is the dizzie why on one side only... as far as one can tell; it is loud pinging under the slightest throttle cold.

    JDM may not have such issues with his RAV4 but I cannot I will not recant.

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    Re: The Mercedes "lifestyle"

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    The only thing Germans do well is trains, and even then, the French are better...
    I used to like BMWs; they were tasteful, very "pure" and lots of fun to drive - but they've become way over-teched, fussy and odd-looking, too.

    I used to respect Benzes - but they've become garish; perfect for the a-hole shyster lawyer or pro athlete.
    How is that different from the general trends in automotive development? It's not as if just these two venerable brands have somehow gone apostate, the entire industry have moved to bigger, heavier, over-teched and overtly complex products.

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    Re: The Mercedes "lifestyle"

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    The only thing Germans do well is trains, and even then, the French are better...
    I used to like BMWs; they were tasteful, very "pure" and lots of fun to drive - but they've become way over-teched, fussy and odd-looking, too.

    I used to respect Benzes - but they've become garish; perfect for the a-hole shyster lawyer or pro athlete.
    How is that different from the general trends in automotive development? It's not as if just these two venerable brands have somehow gone apostate, the entire industry have moved to bigger, heavier, over-teched and overtly complex products.
    Mercedes and BMW have taken it to extremes; on the "over-teched" front alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel

    How is that different from the general trends in automotive development? It's not as if just these two venerable brands have somehow gone apostate, the entire industry have moved to bigger, heavier, over-teched and overtly complex products.
    Unlike Sratoocruiser or Fender not to mention post-production.

    Gimme Gregorian Chants. That's wht I will need trying to work out this LS1...

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