Mercedes defends `fastest SUV' claim
In response to Dan Perrino's Oct. 4 letter demanding respect for Chrysler, it is difficult to understand how the launch of the Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG can be condescending to the Jeep.
On the contrary, DaimlerChrysler as an entity boasts four of the five fastest-accelerating SUVs - all the Mercedes M-class models and the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7-liter engine.
Mercedes-Benz used a private company to verify that the ML55 AMG is truly the 'fastest SUV on earth.'
The results of tests, conducted on current SUVs (including the out-of-production Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9), showed conclusively that the ML55 AMG is the fastest. That is defined by 0-to-60 mph, quarter-mile and top-speed measurements.
The 6.9-second 0-to-60 time mentioned in the late-August press release was a preliminary figure.
Mercedes-AMG has released the official figure of 6.4 seconds, which clearly is faster than any other SUV.
Granted, Mr. Perrino's Viper GTS will still out-accelerate the ML55 AMG from a standing start. But where will he put his luggage and golf clubs for the long weekend?
Mercedes-Benz USA Inc.
A 50-year tribute to an all-right guy
In July, an auto salesman I know completed 50 years of selling Chevrolets and Buicks at a dealership in Sibley, Iowa.
He has sold more than 4,000 vehicles and brought General Motors about $12 million in profit (figured at $3,000 per vehicle).
Soon, he probably will leave a business that has kept him young, kept him competitive, and kept his intellect sharp.
He could have made a lot more money by going 'metro megastore,' but he and my mother wanted to raise six kids with a father who was home every evening. He made every ball game, concert and school conference. He served three or four terms on the city council, was active in his church, and was looked upon in his community as a consummate professional businessman.
He will be missed by those who trusted his judgment and advice. He will be missed by the consumer looking for honest answers.
In 1949, Bob Huisenga of Classic Chevrolet-Buick (then Horton Chevrolet) in Sibley decided against law school so he could start earning a living and raising a family in a community he loved.
I've never worked for my Dad, even though I have been in the car business for 20 years, but he has made me proud. He elevated the sales profession in stature.
GM got one helluva bargain - no health insurance, no pension, no paid vacations, no union contract.
But on this occasion, a phone call would be nice. A letter or a visit would be even better.
Make me proud, GM. Do the right thing.