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Airstream Autobahn - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Definitely not aimed at the typical Dad with kids, based on both the materials used and a price that I'm assuming will be nearly double a base Sprinter's price, Mercedes-Benz announced the Autobahn, a collaboration with Airstream. This is my idea of the perfect cross-country road trip machine! Though most if not all will likely end up in the livery business in some form or another. Maybe I should become an Uber driver, and make the van pay for itself? Regardless, photos and specs below, enjoy!

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Airstream and Mercedes-Benz Launch Vehicle with Innovative Personal Comfort and Productivity Features at Mercedes-Benz Sprinter National Dealer Meeting

Airstream, maker of the iconic silver-bullet travel trailers, has unveiled its all-new luxury passenger van – the Airstream Autobahn® – a vehicle that delivers a new standard in VIP travel. Through its ongoing collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Airstream combines its signature quality and design with individualized comfort, convenience and productivity in this new category-creating platform.

First introduced at the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter national dealer meeting this week, the Autobahn stays true to Airstream's heritage of aircraft inspired design and innovation. Taking cues from the private jet experience, the Autobahn offers a sleek, sophisticated interior, expansive space and handcrafted furnishings. With seating for eight, the Autobahn includes the advanced Airstream Smart Control System™ for a flawless passenger experience.

"Airstream continues to set the industry standard for unparalleled luxury travel, a strategy further enhanced by our partnership with Mercedes-Benz," said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler. "Whether your VIP is a professional client or family member, we are creating a new category that delivers an exclusive level of focus on individual passenger comfort and convenience."

With its carefully designed professional and personal functionality, the Autobahn also takes aim at the commercial market, targeting companies that cater to affluent travelers.

Design & Luxury
The Autobahn is equipped with a power entry sliding door that open onto a well-appointed cabin with a stunning array of finishes, materials and amenities including durable wood trim, leather seating, dual refrigerators and individualized controls to enhance the passenger experience.

Each position in the main cabin includes a power footrest, heated seating and power outlets (120v and USB) along with a workspace equipped with a functional desk.

Productivity & Convenience
Autobahn comes standard with the innovative Airstream Smart Control™ System providing centralized control for all main cabin lighting, shades, heating and air conditioning through the user's smart device. The system also controls onboard entertainment, with state-of-the-art electronics including a 32 inch LCD TV screen, Blu-Ray player, Pandora, and an Apple TV box with Air Play functionality. The Airstream Smart Control System can be operated through the vehicle's onboard electronics, any web-enabled smart device (including smart phones & tablets) and laptops with wireless capabilities.

Safety
Superior safety features include collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist, front and rear parking assist, headlight high beam assist and more.

Beyond the reassuring coverage of the three year/36,000-mile warranty, the Autobahn is supported by the premier coast-to-coast Mercedes-Benz dealer network and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Airstream first began its collaboration with Mercedes-Benz with the launch of the Airstream Interstate in 2004. The Interstate remains the top selling Type B motorhome model for the third year in a row.

The Airstream Autobahn is now available and will be sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers across the nation. For more information visit www.airstreamautobahn.com or contact your local Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealer.

#HowToDad

Cheerios new #howtodad campaign for Peanut Butter Cheerios is awesome! Watched it 3 times back to back, then had to share it!

Here are some shorts to go along...

MyFamilyCar on the Dave and Geri FunCast

Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Dave and Geri FunCast! We talked about MyFamilyCar, Teslas, and some local news. Please listen in below, if you like what you hear, you can find the FunCast on TuneIn Radio, various podcast apps, and Dave and Geri's website: daveandgeri.com. 

Here is a link to the August 7 fun cast: http://podcast.daveandgeri.com/DaveandGeri_8.7.14.mp3

Ford Fun

Autoblog has some exclusive soys shots of the the next F-150 based power wheels all-terrain vehicle. You can see them here:

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/17/ford-f-150-power-wheels-spy-shots/


And! Ford has produced a very nice time lapse video in honor of their 111th birthday, which you can see here:

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Fan-Made Tesla Commercials

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