Mercedes-Benz GLB parked outside a building.

What will be the performance capabilities of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB-Class?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB has just made its debut as an all-new model for 2020. The seven-seat crossover is impressing reviewers and drivers alike with its comfort, capability, performance and tech. The machine is proving an irresistible catch for many a luxury SUV acolyte.

However, those with a particularly performance-heavy bent may have caught word of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG iteration of the model. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB-Class is on its way, and its certainly going to be blessed with that plethora of high-performance witchcraft infused into every nook and cranny that the AMG division is known for.

So how will the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB perform? Read on below for details.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan (black) drives along a winding highway.

Where can I find special offers on Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicles in South Florida?

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are a great way for those in-the-know to combine the benefits of buying new and used vehicles into one. While the vehicles are pre-owned, they’ve undergone an extensive inspection to guarantee they hold a like-new quality throughout. Because of this, they come with benefits such as warranty coverage that would traditionally only be offered on a new car.

What CPO vehicles don’t share with new cars are the prices. Price points of CPO vehicles are closer to that of a traditional used car. Of course, that price, whether it be for lease or purchase, can be improved even further if taken advantage of during a special offer. And here at Mercedes-Benz Coral Gables, that’s just what we’ve got underway right now. Read the rest of this entry >>

heavy snowfall on the road with rear exterior of vehicle shown

Drive safe this holiday season

Holiday safety driving tips

While we don’t have snow down here in the Miami area, we still celebrate Christmas the same as the northern states. Luckily, traveling down here is less chaotic with icy conditions and such. However, that doesn’t erase the fact that driving during the holidays can be a stressful and dangerous experience in some situations. Take a look at some holiday safety driving tips! Read the rest of this entry >>

brake, clutch, and gas pedals in a car

How long do brake pads last?

When should I replace my brake pads?

Owning a high-quality car like a Mercedes-Benz brings with it a lot of work to keep it properly maintained. One of the maintenance needs that must be tended to are the brake pads. Brake pads, as you may know, are the component of the braking system that will clamp down on the brake rotors to slow the vehicle down. While they are durable, they won’t last forever. Find out when you should replace your brake pads! Read the rest of this entry >>

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 Coupe exterior profile overlooking a cliff

Check out the newest member of the GLE family!

Specs and features in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GLE 53 Coupe

Here at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, we want to ensure you’re staying up to date on all the newest models available from Mercedes-Benz. While it may seem a little early to be discussing the 2021 model year, we figured you may want to be one of the first to know about the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GLE 53 Coupe. This sporty SUV has a sloped rear profile the same way a coupe would, but it’s built on an SUV frame. The result is an extraordinary vehicle that is sure to turn heads and impress onlookers. Take a look at some specs and features below! Read the rest of this entry >>


Where to get Mercedes-Benz Express Service in Miami and South Florida

If you need maintenance or service work done on your Mercedes-Benz vehicle, look no further! Here at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, we offer Mercedes-Benz Express Service to get you in and out as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, when you need service on your vehicle in Miami or throughout South Florida, you can trust our team at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables. Read the rest of this entry >>

Celette Products Enable Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center to Provide Exceptional Service & Certified Repairs

Celette Products Enable Miami Collision Center to Provide Exceptional Service & Certified Repairs

Written by Autobody News Staff

Since Bill Ussery Motors opened its doors in Coral Gables near Miami, FL, more than 60 years ago, the focus of the family-owned MSO has remained the same: hiring talented people and providing customers with exceptional service and quality repairs.

Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center 
Location: Miami, FL
(305) 661-9666
Company At A Glance…
Type: Collision Repair Facility
Employees: 60
In Business Since: 1990
Number of Locations: Three
Combined Production Space:
42,000 square feet.

“It’s our guide to everything we do,” said Scott Woodard, general manager of Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center. “We have a ton of long-term employees, and the ownership is motivated with investing in the people. You can’t run such a large facility without having hard-working, dedicated employees.”

Bob Brockway, chairman and CEO, attributes the customer philosophy to the company’s tradition.

“We follow the golden rule: treat people fairly and honestly in the same way you would want to be treated, and you will have a customer for life,” he said.

Woodard said the business’s tenured and professional staff guides clients through the insurance claim process, while certified technicians with more than 100 years of combined experience use the latest technologies to complete repairs to like-new condition. This includes using original Mercedes-Benz parts and factory-approved paint systems to return vehicles to their original pre-accident condition.

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, part of the Bill Ussery Motors Group, is the second-oldest Mercedes-Benz dealership in the United States,” said Woodard. “Over the years, we’ve delivered the ideal combination of exceptional Mercedes-Benz sales and service.”

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay continue to be recognized as two of the premier dealerships in the country.

“We have many long-time customers,” said Woodard. “We are even selling to our original customers’ grandchildren.”

As a result of their efforts, the business has been recognized by Mercedes-Benz USA as one of the “Best of the Best,” which includes the top 22 percent of its retail network.

Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center, incorporated in 1990, opened its state-of-the-art, 30,000-square-foot facility in Miami, FL, in 2008. In 2013, the shop evolved into the present-day Elite Certified Aluminum Structural Mercedes-Benz Repair Facility, a prestigious tier II certification awarded by Mercedes-Benz. The certification means that Mercedes- Benz-certified repair technicians perform aluminum structural repairs that strictly adhere to the Mercedes- Benz standards. It also gives the body shop access to purchase certain OEM parts as directed by the manufacturer. Currently, the business has grown into a multi-shop facility that serves customers for both dealerships and South Florida.

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Left: Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center depends on Celette benches to ensure a quality, certified repair. Right: Scott Woodard stands near the Celette bench at Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center.

Woodard has worked in the industry for more than 35 years at every level and been consistently looking for a better way to fix cars and be ahead of the competition. When he joined the collision center in 1999, he was familiar with conventional structural repair methods. That same year, he became familiar with the Celette brand and incorporated the use of the Celette bench in the shop. Since then, he has found that Celette collision repair products offer superior accuracy and efficiency.

“For the last 20 years, we’ve put every car on a Celette bench that had any signs of structural deviation. It’s a very well-designed industrial piece of equipment that seems to last forever,” said Woodward. “Also, it gives us the ability to market what we do and most importantly deliver a quality and safe repair.”

Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center currently utilizes two Sevenne benches and a Sevenne XL and most recently purchased Celette’s NAJA 3D electronic measuring system in an effort to maintain its Elite certification. The measuring system uses a sliding measuring arm connected wirelessly through Bluetooth. It allows the collision center to measure vehicles with or without the mechanical parts installed.

For more than 60 years, Celette has been evolving alongside OEM automobile makers, adhering to the industry’s changes in safety and materials and striving to develop repair options that are quick and easy.

“NAJA 3D does an amazing job,” said Woodard. “It’s similar to triage; we are able to tell exactly where the vehicle is broken.”

Technicians pre-measure vehicles with the Celette NAJA 3D to determine structural damage. As a secondary precaution, they also remeasure vehicles to ensure they are within the specs of the machine and accurately document the damage so it can be shared with the customer or insurance company. The collision center also saves the file so that if there is an issue with the vehicle in the future, there is documentation proving the condition of the car when it left the facility.

Since using the NAJA 3D measuring system in combination with the Celette benches, Woodard has found that the quality standard it gives its customers is unmatched.

“Every vehicle that leaves our shop is structurally straight,” said Woodard. “I’m a dedicated Celette body shop guy forever because of what I’ve seen those benches do. It works so well; it’s fool-proof.”

#Usseryvisits Cape Florida Lighthouse!

#usseryvisits in a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS the Cape Florida Lighthouse, located at the south end of Key Biscayne. Constructed in 1825, it guided mariners off the Florida Reef, which starts near Key Biscayne and extends southward a few miles offshore of the Florida Keys.

The lighthouse has a remarkable and fascinating history including an attack by Seminole Indians in 1836. Although it survived, it was severely damaged and was rebuilt in 1855.  Then, in 1859, it was once again badly damaged by Confederate Sympathizers during the American Civil War.

From 1888 to 1893, the Cape Florida lighthouse was leased by the United States Secretary of the Treasury for a total of $1.00 (20 cents per annum) to the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club for use as its headquarters. It was listed as the southernmost yacht club in the United States, and the tallest in the world. After the lease expired, the yacht club moved to Coconut Grove, where it still is active.

In 1903, a private land owner bought the abandoned Cape Florida lighthouse from the United States Treasury for $400.  The southern third of Key Biscayne, including the lighthouse, was bought by the State of Florida in 1966. It established the land as Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, named for the editor of the Miami News, who had urged protection and helped arrange the deal for preservation of the land. A joint project with the Dade County Historical Society in 1995–1996 restored the lighthouse. A museum was installed in a replica of the keeper’s quarters, to give visitors a sense of the maritime history of Florida. As part of the renovation, the light was replaced with its present optics before its reactivation.The lighthouse was relit in time for the Miami Centennial celebration in July 1996. It is now owned and managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

After your visit, head to the Boater’s Grill for lunch!  Located just 5 minutes from the lighthouse, this is casual waterside dining overlooking Hurricane Harbor.  The menu has a terrific selection of seafood and more.

When you go…

Bills Baggs Cape Florida State Park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until sundown and the lighthouse is open to visitors from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. You must be 42 inches tall to climb to the top of the lighthouse.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Cape Florida!

AI Forecasting Technology Works to Solve Miami Traffic


Launched in Partnership with Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, AI Forecasting Technology Works to Solve for Miami Traffic

MIAMI – APRIL 25, 2019 – Innovative, cross-cultural global creative agency the community has launched Bridge Forecast, a first-of-its-kind system that monitors drawbridges in real time to inform commuters of potential traffic delays. Unveiled in partnership with Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, this smart technology leverages computer vision and machine learning to predict and convey when Downtown Miami’s three major drawbridges, along the Miami River, will rise.

In researching the commuting patterns of Miami, the agency found that the tension between cars and boats had peaked, especially since the population in Downtown Miami had swelled 40 percent since 2010 and expected to grow close to another 20 percent by 2021. Businesses and commuters pushed to limit bridge closure times during peak rush hours to combat the many traffic delays. In turn, boaters and the U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates traffic on the Miami River, fought back, noting this would hurt their industry and cause navigational hazards in the water.

With traffic jams only increasing, and commuters and boaters at a draw, the community, under the leadership of Co-Founders & Chief Creative Officers José and Joaquin Mollá, launched Bridge Forecast as a solution. The system uses artificial intelligence and the placement of around-the-clock cameras overlooking the drawbridges on Miami Ave., Southwest 2nd Ave., and Brickell Ave.

By monitoring boat traffic and bridge openings using Computer Vision technology, the community created an understanding of bridge behavior. Then using machine learning, the agency took the behavioral data and began predicting openings in various time intervals. The system then conveys the information to commuters, allowing them to seek alternate routes and avoid traffic congestion.

“Knowing when a bridge is up is helpful but the gamechanger is predicting when it will go up,” said Raphael Franzini, Creative Director at the community. “The more people using it, the better we believe traffic will be. This is why we opened up our API for all to use.”

“Bridge Forecast started like an infant and, as its brain grew, it became a bridge expert,” said Chris Neff, Senior Director of Innovation at the community. “This brain fuels our forecast but we hope other navigation apps will adopt it as well.”

Recognizing the value Bridge Forecast would bring to commuters, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables has partnered with the community to launch the system and promote it with its customers.

“Mercedes-Benz represents the best in safety and technology,” said Greg Barnes, President of Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables. “It’s beyond exciting to be part of something so forward- thinking that will enhance the driving experience and have an immediate positive impact on so many in our community.”

Bridge Forecast is easily accessible and hands-free on mobile at You can view additional information on the technology here.