The Ritz-Carlton Introduces Mercedes-Benz CLS500 to 2005 Key to Luxury Package

Elegant Coupe Available at Eight Exclusive Ritz-Carlton Locations
CHEVY CHASE, MD — (MARKET WIRE) — 03/17/2005 — Mercedes-Benz USA, a pioneer and trendsetter in the automotive world, is the ideal partner for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., also considered top of class in the hospitality and service industry. Working together to further enhance the success of The Key to Luxury package, The Ritz-Carlton and Mercedes-Benz are delighted to introduce the innovative four-door CLS500 coupe into The Key to Luxury Package.

The four-door CLS design study is the first vehicle to combine the emotional design of a coupe with the functionality of a sedan. The new CLS500 coupe is powered by a five-liter V8 engine producing 302 hp and 339-lb-ft of torque while accompanied by the standard, seven-speed automatic transmission.

The elegant styling of the CLS-Class extends through the interior. Soft leather and exquisite wood form the most important design elements of the interior, with the seats, steering wheel and automatic transmission selector lever finished in leather trim as standard. Hand-crafted burl wood lends the interior of the CLS-Class a particularly elegant and sophisticated feel. A large and lavishly sculpted trim element distinguished by satin-painted wood dominates the instrument panel.

The four-door coupe also allows the rear passengers to get in and out of the car in comfort. Luxurious individual seats offer impressive freedom of movement, while the 829-millimeter (32.6 inches) distance between the front and rear seats and 1,468 millimeters (57.8 inches) of elbow room provide more space than many sedans. The newly developed seats for the driver and front passenger are electrically adjustable and can be ordered optionally with active ventilation or dynamic multi-contour seats. The CLS-Class can boast of luxury-sedan levels of trunk space, offering up to 17.8 cubic feet (505 liters – VDA measuring method) of capacity for luggage.

“This partnership between The Ritz-Carlton and Mercedes-Benz continues to be a great success. In 2004 we saw a significant increase in guests booking The Key to Luxury package. We are delighted that many guests reserving this package also select to purchase a Mercedes-Benz after enjoying the experience,” said Simon Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton.

The Key to Luxury Package featuring the CLS500 includes deluxe guest room accommodations on The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level; the use of a CLS500 with unlimited mileage for the duration of the guest’s stay; full tank of gas each morning and overnight valet parking. The package which includes the new CLS500 is available at The Ritz-Carlton hotels in the following locations:

Florida: Coconut Grove, Palm Beach, Sarasota and South Beach
California: Half Moon Bay, Laguna Niguel
Washington, DC: Georgetown
Hawaii: Kapalua, Maui

Drivers of the Mercedes-Benz offered in this package must be 21 years of age or older, and possess a current valid drivers license. Prices are per night based on single or double occupancy. Packages do not include state or local taxes and gratuities. Subject to change and availability. Not available to groups. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are available through The Key to Luxury package only and specific models may not be guaranteed.
The Key to Luxury Package featuring the following vehicles: C230, CLK500, E55 AMG, E500, G500, M500, S500, SL500 and SLK350 is available at Ritz-Carlton locations through November 2005 in: Amelia Island, Bachelor Gulch, Boston, Buckhead, Coconut Grove, Georgetown, Half Moon Bay, Huntington (Pasadena), Kapalua, Key Biscayne, Lake Las Vegas, Laguna Niguel, Lake Oconee (Reynolds Plantation), Marina del Rey, Naples, Naples Golf Resort, New Orleans, Orlando Grande Lakes, Palm Beach, Phoenix, San Francisco, Sarasota, South Beach and Washington, D.C. Available car models vary by location and can not be guaranteed.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. currently operates 58 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or to book The Key to Luxury Package, call toll free, 1-800-241-3333, contact a travel professional, or consult the web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

MBUSA, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. In 2004, MBUSA achieved an all-time sales record of 221,610 new vehicles, setting the highest sales volume ever in its history and achieving eleven consecutive years of sales growth. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found on the Internet at www.mbusa.com and www.maybachusa.com.

Related Articles