AD #1559 – Mercedes Stretches the S-Class, PSA Profitable, Buick’s New Ad Goes to the Dogs

February 18th, 2015 at 12:00pm

Runtime: 7:54

- That’s O-Kei with Me
- Mercedes Stretches the S-Class
- Peugeot-Citroen Profitable
- Executive Changes at Infiniti, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler
- A Pain in the UAW’s ACE
- New IndyCar Can Really Break Wind
- Bark for Buick

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20 Comments to “AD #1559 – Mercedes Stretches the S-Class, PSA Profitable, Buick’s New Ad Goes to the Dogs”

  1. Mike Says:

    I happened to see a Mercedes 600 the other day. In it’s time, probably roughly equivalent to the new Pullman. The 600 is so complicated, the owner tells me that at this point it is effectively impractical to repair/restore.

  2. Tony Gray Says:

    I thought Subaru had a lot of dog commercials lately that were really cool. Dog tested…dog approved.

    That IndyCar at least dumps the ungainly hump ahead of the rear wheels…but wow that is a LOT of aero aids on that thing. Looks like an open Swiss Army Knife.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Honda used dog ads for the Element, and I remember them having a “dog package,” or something similar. I guess the ads weren’t too effective, though.

  4. w l simpson Says:

    In reference to aerodynamic efficiency , I would prefer the term “slice” to “break”

  5. MJB Says:

    You know, I’ve always wondered how much actual business gets conducted in the passenger cabin, scratch that, “generously-sized and tastefully-appointed club lounge” of any given stretch sedan that could not be conducted in your average extended wheelbase sedan. Is the ride in the from the country estate to the office THAT long that it affords one time to conduct an amount of business that justifies the added expense of such a purchase?

    Not that I have a problem with this type purchase. If you have it to spend, why not? But I guess I’m just wondering how many owners actually NEED this level of appointments for conducting business, versus those for which it is more of a power trip.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 No one needs cars like that. It’s just that some people still have a lot of spare money, even after buying their McMansion, their condo overlooking Central Park, their 300 foot yacht, and the political system.

    I doubt if anyone buys such a car to drive themselves, though. I can’t imagine that it would be much fun, even though it would have plenty of power.

  7. pedro fernandez Says:

    That Merc is meant to be enjoyed by its owner in the back “lounge” not be driven. Should do well in China where the money is and rich folk like to be driven.

  8. MJB Says:

    6.

    Ahh, I must correct you, dear sir. At the level of income necessary to own a Maybach, a “McMansion” is but lodging for the help.

    Pass the grey Poupon, please…

    (McMansions are the 3,000 to 5,000sq.ft. dwellings of the upper middle class and lower upper class folk with mansion-like architecture and appointments)

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Yeah, the buyers of that car would have a real mansion, not a McMansion, unless they wanted to avoid being too conspicuous in their housing, but didn’t mind riding around in something quite conspicuous. I think Pedro is right, though, in that most of these machines will go to China.

  10. Mike Says:

    I looked through the Mercedes 600 article on Wikipedia. Benz made them for 18 years including a “Pullman” version. 2700 made over that time. Seems like the 600 was very popular with assorted dictators and heads of State, rock stars and the Pope. I guess their taxpayers were good for the $30K+ cost in the early 60′s. Pbly $400K plus in today’s money; maybe more. MB has been making this type of product for a very long time.

  11. cwolf Says:

    I guess it wouldn’t be a good idea to take a Pullman to take a drivers test.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Pullman is only about 3 feet longer than the L version of the last Lincoln Town Car, so maybe it will be a nimble driver’s car.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    #11 you can always bribe the DMV examiner by letting him ride in the back and sip some champagne.

  14. Bob Aubertin Says:

    #3 The Element was a perfect size box to carry/drive your dog around.

    Now,how dare you mention or compare the Luxurious Buick Enclave to the aforementioned Honda box?

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I guess the ‘news’ with the stretch “S” is that it is being ‘made from the factory’, though even that is probably going to be sub-contracted to a specialty shop (my speculation). But hardly new; they’ve been making stretch limos (forever). Just my “two-cents”, and maybe not worth even that. :)

    Nice to see a little variation in the Indy League; nice to be able to tell the difference in cars without having to just look a different colors.

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    No one compared the Buick to the Honda, it was a mention of how dogs have been used in ads before.

  17. C-Tech Says:

    This won’t be the first time Buick has gone to the dogs. At least the dogs are in the ads, not coming off the production line.

  18. Chuck Grenci Says:

    When the ‘General’ was putting out, let’s say, non-stellar vehicles (going back to the ’90′s), Buick was receiving accolades for reliability and value. Okay, agreed that perhaps they got a little lazy in the styling (for a while), but “to the dogs”, I don’t think so.

  19. pedro fernandez Says:

    #18 Agree, Buick built what was at the time, a state of the art factory that was putting out good stuff, plus remember they were mostly driven by elderly drivers who pampered their pooch.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I still see quite a few 90′s Buick LeSabres on the road. Those 3800 engines were very reliable, as were the 4 speed transaxles used with them. A couple friends had water pumps fail on 3800′s, though.