MERCEDES-BENZ Launches All-New 2010 E-Class: 'Everything We Know, Everything We Are: This is Mercedes-Benz'
As the all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes on sale today at dealerships across the country, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is rolling out its biggest marketing launch in recent years to herald the arrival of the ninth generation of its iconic sedan and its sibling coupe. The campaign is oriented around the theme "Everything We Know, Everything We Are: This is Mercedes-Benz."
"In a tough market, the strength of the Mercedes-Benz brand - rooted in timeless design, craftsmanship and innovation - has enabled us to outperform both the market and the luxury segment," said
The centerpiece of the new marketing campaign is a portfolio of broadcast and print executions created by MBUSA's lead agency Merkley+Partners (
In the first broadcast spot called "What It's Made Of" (:30), the new E-Class sedan revisits its predecessors from generations past while the voiceover describes how that heritage of innovation -- which includes more than 50,000 crash tests and 889 safety patents and a world record for longevity and endurance -sets the stage for "one of the most technologically advanced automobiles on the planet."
The second spot entitled "Ignite" (:30), narrows the theme of how the past steers to segment-leading innovation with a specific emphasis on safety. The ad focuses on a new suite of safety technology featured in the new E-Class -- a combination not found anywhere else in the marketplace -- including Attention Assist, Lane Departure Assist, Distronic Plus, Blind Spot Monitoring, Intelligent Night View and nine airbags.
A third ad, called "Museum" (:30), intersperses scenes of families viewing generations of classic automobiles at the Mercedes-Benz museum in
There are also three 15-second spots which specifically discuss the safety technology of Attention Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist and Distronic Plus. These are designed to run at the beginning and end of pods and allow flexibility within special programming opportunities.
The complementary print campaign features four inspiring versions entitled "Future of the Automobile," "More Advanced," "Engineering Afficionados" and "Changes the Game." The vibrant campaign includes 117 insertions running in 28 titles (the majority from August to October) in lifestyle, sports and travel publications such as Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, Gourmet, New Yorker, Tennis and Wired.
Eye-catching digital ads which utilize the new Online Publisher Association (OPA) - approved format and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) - enhanced videos deliver high-reach and high-index publishers, including 3-D custom homepage takeover of the NYTimes, Reuters, Washington Post and WSJ.com. Other initiatives include digital extensions of offline programs via FoxSports (MLB), Golf Channel and PGA as well as online media creative to deliver rich media and extensive product demonstration video on http://www.youtube.com/mbusa.
The 2010 E-Class will also have a brand new section on mbusa.com, blending emotion-invoking images with useful, informational content for the consumer as well as eight video vignettes. The site's combination of immersive video, at-a-glance feature comparisons and third-party reviews provides a completely new online luxury car shopping experience for consumers. MBUSA is also turning to mobile Web applications for the first time, targeting users of devices like iPhones, featuring photo galleries, detailed overviews and customized vehicle comparisons as a means to drive consumers to showrooms and test-drive events.
Additional marketing campaign details include three 50-second radio spots and an E-Class direct mailing piece targeting current, former and prospective owners.
About Mercedes-Benz E-Class
About Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Standard Attention Assist -- advanced drowsiness detection system monitors more than 70 different parameters to alert drivers with visual and audible warnings.
- Standard Pre-Safe -- unifies disparate safety elements, from adjusting the front-passenger seat positioning to closing the sunroof, helping to secure the cabin for a collision.
- Standard Brake Assist -- provides additional braking force in emergency situations to help reduce stopping distances.
- Distronic Plus with
Pre-Safe Brake-- sophisticated collision mitigation system provides up to 100% autonomous braking to help reduce rear-end collisions.
- Parktronic with Parking Guidance -- uses sensors in the front and rear bumpers to gauge distances in parking situations, enabling the driver to perform the correct maneuvers to park quickly and safely.
- Adaptive High Beam Assist -- uses a camera mounted in the windshield to recognize oncoming traffic and adjusts the headlamps to reduce the dazzling effect on other vehicles. This technology allows headlamp range to be increased to up to 984 feet.
- Most Tested Mercedes-Benz ever -- tests conducted with hundreds of test cars covering up to 6 million miles and 150 crash tests, more than any vehicle in our history.
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