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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class E350

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

As our US readers are undoubtedly staring down an overabundance of Black Friday sales and promotions, we thought we’d take today to showcase a little deal of our own…

Today’s find is proof that there’s no limit to the type of cars you can find up for auction in Japan when you’re using our easy-to-navigate Integrity Exports database. I simply selected “Mercedes” as the Maker and “E” as the Model, and in seconds I had a list of 89 different E Class models currently available for bidding. After sorting by Grade, I found the pristine 2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 Avantgard you see below:

2009 Mercedes Benz E Class

You probably don’t need me to tell you that the Mercedes-Benz E class is one of the most popular and highly lauded premium cars today. It’s a prime example of why so many upscale drivers look to European brands like Mercedes; the E Class is a perfectly well-rounded saloon that offers eye-catching looks, superior comfort and a really fun drive, even in the base E350 trim like this one.

Looking at the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, you’ll see that this particular model has a few special details about it. For one, it’s an E350 AG, which denotes the Agility Control Suspension that lets the car automatically adjust rigidity to match the driving conditions. The end result is that you’re comfortable when you care about being comfortable (soft ride) and you’re stable when you care about being stable (fast ride).

2009 Mercedes Benz E350 rear

Of course, Mercedes has a long-standing reputation as having some of the best safety features in-class, so you’ll enjoy things like…

  • Damper Control
  • Drowsiness Detection
  • Flashing brake lights
  • Integrate tire pressure monitor
  • PRE-SAFE Active Protection

You’ll also see AMG appended after the ES350. That means this was one of the models offered with an upgraded AMG tuning package. We couldn’t find exact specs for the E Class’ package online, but the similar E63 AMG package included an upgraded 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, a higher compression ratio, and of course those lovely twin-spoke alloys you can see in the pictures above.

2009 Mercedes Benz E Class interior

The inside of this Mercedes-Benz E Class doesn’t need too much explanation. You can definitely tell that this is the entry-level trim, and that this is a 5-year-old car we’re looking at. Remember, this is before the interior revolution that saw a widespread increase in interior quality at the start of this decade. Still, the cabin is spacious and well-appointed, with automatic climate control, a sun roof, leather seating, built-in navigation with TV/infotainment functionality, automatic windows and much more. Plus, with an A-grade interior, you know everything is in fresh-off-the-lot shape!

With an overall rating of 5, this is Mercedes-Benz E350 is a great Japanese car auction find, and if you’re interested in learning more, you can get our full translation of the auction sheet below:

2009 Mercedes Benz E350 AMG AG auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered August 2009, DBA emissions code, AT, AAC, service book, one owner, E350 Avantgard AMG Sports Package model, one owner, original navigation system, rear view reversing camera, digital TV, seat heaters, smart key, official dealer RHD import, model year unknown, spare smart, seats wrinkled, wheels scratched, front windscreen stone scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”

New Infiniti Q50L Sedan Coming to China this Fall

Posted by Stephen On Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Infiniti is definitely living up to their name this week with a seemingly endless amount of new Japanese cars to talk about. Today they released the first image of a new version of their Q50 saloon. It’s called the Infiniti Q50L, and it will be exclusive to the Chinese market when it makes its official debut at the 2014 Chengdu Motor Show later this month. Check it out:

Infiniti Q50L sedan

As you can see, this is a long-wheelbase version of the recently refreshed Infiniti Q50 sedan. If you’re looking for specific measurements, Infiniti added about 2 inches (48mm) to the normal Q50’s wheelbase and nearly 3 inches (60mm) to the sedan’s body, which puts the Q50L at a total length of 191 inches (4852mm). Almost all of that extra length went straight to the back seat, which is intended to make the new model more appealing to luxury chauffeurs – another big trend in China.

What’s especially exciting about this new Q50L sedan for is that it will be Infiniti’s first domestically manufactured model in China, although probably not the last. After all, this is just one more step towards their promise of a more comprehensive global presence. The new sedan will be manufactured at Infiniti’s new Xiangyang factory in the Hubei province.

Since Infiniti won’t be selling the Q50L outside China anytime soon, the new saloon has been tailored from the ground up for its target market. That means it’ll only be available with one engine option, supplied by Mercedes-Benz. It’s a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder petrol that outputs 211hp and fits within China’s strict emissions regulations. The powertrain will be paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the same Direct Adaptive Steering seen in the normal Infiniti Q50.

The new Infiniti Q50L will be more than just clean and comfy, though… It’ll also feature a boatload of cutting-edge tech features. Infiniti’s touch-screen inTouch infotainment and their active safety suite (including Active Lane Control) will be stock on all trims, as well as a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system and electronic anti-glare mirrors. And that’s just the beginning. There’ll be five total trims, listed in order of price: Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury & Luxury Sports.

We’re sure to learn more about the new Infiniti Q50L later this month when the lengthy sedan makes its debut at the Chengdu Motor Show. Until then, we’ll all just have to make do with the image at the top of this post. Stay tuned for more details – and pictures – in a couple weeks.