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Fletcher Jones Motorcars • Mercedes-Benz • Newport Beach

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The Dog Day’s of Summer are in full swing and Fletcher Jones Motorcars has been a beehive of activity with so many new models hitting the showroom floor. This iJones Report highlights several, including the innovative new EQC Electric SUV, that is guaranteed to dazzle any car-crazed enthusiasts. We’re also introducing a new section dedicated to our sales staff and you’ll get a quick glimpse into their work and personal life from their perspective. As always we’ve included a restaurant and new resort review only instead of globetrotting, these hotspots are located right in our own background. Hope you enjoy this latest issue. It should inspire your Summer Adventure to include a new Mercedes-Benz from Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

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Say you’re in love with the Mercedes-AMG® GT, the front-engine, rear-drive sledgehammer from Mercedes-Benz in-house hot-rod division. It’s a blast—but with two seats and minimal trunk space, it’s not for everyone. Enter the Mercedes-AMG® GT 4-Door Coupe, an AMG® muscle-machine built to thrill you and three friends.

The GT 4-Door Coupe was wholly designed by AMG®; it’s a brand-new, unique offering, not an AMG® influenced version of an existing Mercedes-Benz. That means it’s a performer through and through.
The AMG® GT 4-Door Coupe comes in three varieties but let’s step directly up to the top rung. The AMG® GT 63 S, which uses the same engine but cranks the output to 630 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The S model does 0-60 in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph and the V8 models use a wet-clutch nine-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the AMG® GT 4-Door Coupe utilizes Mercedes-Benz new instrument panel layout, placing one digital screen in front of the driver and another atop the center stack. Here, though, Mercedes-Benz takes the tech one step further: Where you would normally find traditionally labeled buttons on the console and steering wheel, they’ve added new “display buttons.” Essentially tiny touchscreens, the buttons can display any of a number of icons to indicate their current function. Available only as a four-seater in the US, the AMG® GT Coupe offers a central display in the console for rear passengers, showing media, navigation, or telemetry data.

The cabin is beautifully finished with soft leathers, Alcantara and gloss black trim, and offers spacious accommodations for both front and rear passengers. Even with the fastback roofline, there’s enough headroom for adults to comfortably sit in back, and US-market cars get two bucket seats in the rear as opposed to a three-across bench. An optional Executive Rear Seat Package adds a fixed center console with an integrated touchscreen that allows passengers to control interior settings and infotainment functions. The console also has temperature-controlled cup holders, not to mention a couple of USBs and a wireless charge pad to juice up smart devices.
For a sportier look, a carbon-fiber pack sees aero elements and various trim pieces constructed from the woven lightweight material, while folks looking for a more sinister appearance can spring for a Night Package to have them all finished in gloss black. To stand out even more, a Chrome Package adds a bright and shiny finish to the front splitter, elements in the front fascia and side sills.
Mercedes-Benz wants the new AMG® GT 4-Door to be a comprehensively capable car, one that gives up nothing in comfort, performance, and attitude. By all appearances, it seems they have succeeded. Prepare to take the long way home from
Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

Mercedes-Benz 2020 EQC An Electric Game Changer For The Three-Pointed Star

Overall driving range is the biggest talking point of any new electric car. Yet it won’t be the key reason to buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC when it arrives in the US in a few months.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is a curvaceous SUV that straddles the line between compact and midsize proportions. It rides on the same 113.1-inch wheelbase as the GLC-Class crossover, but it’s a little longer overall, and doesn’t stand quite as tall. The differences peg the EQC as something more like a refresh of the GLC, with a thin strip of rear lighting and different black-accented front grille being the most noteworthy points. Inside, the EQC has different styling versus Mercedes-Benz other current SUVs with a more horizontal look. The gauge cluster and infotainment screen are both on the same plane and part of the same connected display.
The 2020 EQC uses an 80-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery, with a 7.7-kilowatt onboard charger. On a Level 2 wall-box charger — the kind you’ll have installed at home — the EQC can replenish its battery in about 10 hours. Step up to 110-kilowatt DC fast charging and Mercedes-Benz estimates an 80% charge in about 40 minutes. Given the EQC’s relatively conventional design, you won’t be surprised to learn the charging port is located on the SUV’s passenger side, behind the rear door, just like a conventional fuel tank.
A particularly impressive thing about this powertrain is how seriously silent it is. When developing the EQC,
Mercedes-Benz worked to isolate the electric motor’s operational noises as much as possible. With the radio switched off and under hard acceleration you can hear a faint whirr, but that’s it. Plenty of insulation keeps road and wind noise out of the cabin, too, making for one of the quietest motoring experiences available today.
Mercedes-Benz officials won’t speculate on the EQC’s US-spec range, simply because there are so many variables to take into consideration. But don’t be surprised if the final number ends up being somewhere between 200 and 220 miles on a single full charge.

Gently tucked away within Orange County, surrounded by cliffs that slope down to the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Laguna Beach has worked hard to retain its early artsy scene and oasis, laid-back feel. Thanks to strict city ordinances, and the century-old Laguna Beach Art Association, extreme commercialism has been kept at bay. This preservation of Laguna’s unique culture keeps the sleepy beach town an extremely popular and attractive sanctuary for all manner of Californians seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle.
Laguna’s balanced blend of contemporary and vintage attracted years-long attention from Orange County-native Paul Makarechian, the owner and CEO of Auric Road, a hotel company known for “petite” resorts such as the Korakia Pensione of Palm Springs and the Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. With the Hotel Joaquin, Makarechian and team have brought the former 22-room, Post Modern Motor Inn back to its California Riviera heyday glory—and then some.
Walking into the “Living Room,” guests can lounge by the fire, browse the vinyl collection by the McIntosh turntable or have a drink at the bar—much like you would as a guest at someone’s private beach estate. At night, the hotel acquires the martinis-and-midnight swim mood of a chic Mid-Century California motel, updated for the hygge (“cozy”) generation. The whole effect is a kind of artfully undone St. Bart’s-meets-classic California bungalow style.
Looking beyond the smaller touches to the larger amenities, Makarechian lured chef Leo Bongarra, the former executive chef of LA’s Sunset Tower Hotel, to run the hotel’s own all-day kitchen, Saline, which now only serves hotel guests. If there were no other reason to check in to Hotel Joaquin, this should be it. The eco-friendly eatery (there is no single-use plastic) serves French Mediterranean seafood-centric fare with extensive wine, spirits, and cocktail menus. During dinner, don’t be surprised to have a chat with George, the on-site “adventure guru”, who will outfit you free of charge with surfboards, kayaks, paddleboards, bikes and even diving gear for a currated outside excursion during your stay.
“When guests show up, they disconnect from their phone and want to reconnect with themselves in a place that has such natural beauty,” says Makarechian. “We want you to find the best version of yourself during your stay.”

Model in the Middle Mercedes-Benz 2020 GLE 580

Earlier this month we were tipped off to the possibility of a new Mercedes-Benz GLE variant slotting between the GLE 450 and the AMG®-tuned GLE 53. Those rumors were indeed true, as Mercedes recently revealed the new GLE 580 with a mild-hybrid V8 powertrain.
Thanks to its performance enhancements, the 2020 GLE is now livelier on the highway and will appeal to a wider customer base. Some amazing new tech toys – from the clever adaptive suspension system to the state-of-the-art entertainment options – will also turn heads. 
The amped-up GLE is fitted with Mercedes-Benz familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, tuned for this application to generate 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Aiding the engine, is the EQ Boost system, consisting of an integrated starter-generator (ISG) that can add an additional 21 horses to the powertrain for short periods of time.
Inside you’ll find familiar amenities. The digital cockpit includes dual 12.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment display, and the MBUX system is included as well. It’s further updated with the MBUX Interior Assistant for added functionality. Additional options include a range of interior trims and materials, exterior AMG Line details, and 22-inch wheels.
With the GLE 580 now revealed, the AMG® GLE 63 could arrive in the fall with sales beginning in 2020.
In the meantime, Mercedes says the new GLE 580 will hit dealerships near the holiday’s. This will be a very popular model so head over to Fletcher Jones Motorcars to get an order in soon.

The partners behind A Restaurant and A Market in Newport Beach have started their new venture in Corona del Mar. After months of planning, remodeling and menu creation, Hollywood producer McG and restauranteur Jordan Otterbein (aka River Jetty Restaurant Group partners) opened the new dining concept, CdM, in the space where Crow Bar once stood.
“We are thrilled to welcome all to experience CdM,” says Otterbein. “It’s an exciting
feeling to open a new restaurant that we are so proud of in the amazing community that we grew up in.”
McG stated that CdM restaurant is “born of Sea Kings and Sailors,” referring to the team names from Newport Harbor High School and Corona del Mar High School. “About half the people that come into A Restaurant are Newport Harbor people, the other half are Corona del Mar people. We want to provide a place where everyone is welcome.”
CdM features a ground-floor restaurant and bar. Downstairs in the space below, is a small speakeasy-style bar room with a 1940s vintage photo booth. CdM features a host of vintage design details, including a 150-year-old floor, which once lined a Chicago factory, and light fixtures from old salvage shipyards.
In fact, “no set of vintage salt and pepper shakers are alike”. “We’re always looking for things that are interesting,” McG said. “We want something handmade, bespoke, odd … we always want to add oddness and quirk.”
Vibe is important, but McG said you need more than that. “You’re nothing without quality cuisine. “Everyone today demands the best, so our food needs to be excellent, and the service needs to be excellent and friendly. “Those are the three elements—vibe, food, and service.”
Jonathan Blackford, also of A Restaurant, is designing the menu, which draws its influence from “America’s melting pot of cuisine.” Blackford has an array of offerings including charcuterie boards with Duck Liver Pate, huckleberry Gelee, grilled bread, mustards, and greens.
There are also several veggie dishes such as BBQ Heirloom Carrots with pecan butter, dill, and herb dressing, and Vegetable Samosas with potato, English pea,
carrot, cilantro, and green curry.
And not to forget the house specialty: Salt Baked Whole Branzino with Parisian
potatoes, soft herbs, and a trio of sauces (Piccata, Puttanesca, Salsa Verde).
The restaurant also features a lively cocktail menu, which contains many meaningful nods to Newport’s local culture.
The Corona del MARgarita has roca patron, ancho reyes chili, fresh lime juice, Magdala orange, and house crafted jalapeño honey agave, while the Tower #5 is made with Appleton Estate, liquid alchemist raspberry, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and Myer’s dark rum. There’s also a CdM Mule, and “The Bell” Martini with grey goose, blood orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice.
Earlier it was noted how CdM’s most recently housed the Crow Bar and Kitchen, but before that, it was Matteo’s Italian Restaurant, one of John Wayne’s hangouts. Matteo’s closed in 1993 after a 23-year run. Come visit and keep an eye out – somewhere at CdM, you’ll find one of Wayne’s Scotch glasses.

It’s probably safe to say the new Mercedes-Benz GLS is one of the most technologically advanced SUVs on the market today.

It’s probably safe to say the new Mercedes-Benz GLS is one of the most technologically advanced SUVs on the market today.The Mercedes-Benz GLS has long been flaunted as “the S-Class” of SUVs meant to provide all the refinement and luxury of the German brand’s flagship sedan. But as a full-size, 3-row SUV, it also delivers what’s expected from a utility vehicle, from hauling family and friends to towing toys, and even venturing off road. This dual nature is twice as hard to pull off than a more single-purpose vehicle like, say a sedan or truck.

Your Lease-End Options consist of: 1) A new model from Fletcher Jones Motorcars 2) Extending your lease 3) Purchasing or returning your current Mercedes-Benz.

We’ve prepared this guide to take you through your lease-end options, our vehicle guidelines and how to conduct your own initial vehicle condition review (before the lease-end inspection). Our process is simple, clear and concise, for further information contact your Loyalty Specialist.
We look forward to assisting you in choosing the option that works best for you.
Maintenance Responsibilities
Under the terms of the lease, you agree to have your Mercedes-Benz serviced as the manufacturer recommended. Please refer to your Operator’s Manual to make sure you followed maintenance policies and schedules.
“Excess Wear and Use” Responsibilities
As stated in your lease, you are responsible for excess wear and use. The Vehicle Condition Guidelines help define what is considered excess wear and use and will help determine the condition of your vehicle, including its interior, exterior and mechanics. Generally, when there’s damage there is excess wear and use. And according to your lease agreement, you are financially responsible for its repair. The following pages include specifics on when damage is considered excess wear and use.
Simple, Friendly and Fair
The Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Condition Guidelines were developed in response to input from customers We’ve prepared this guide to take you through your lease-end options, our vehicle guidelines and how to conduct your own initial vehicle condition review (before the lease-end inspection). Our process is simple, clear and concise, for further information contact your Loyalty Specialist.
We look forward to assisting you in choosing the option that works best for you.
Maintenance Responsibilities
Under the terms of the lease, you agree to have your Mercedes-Benz serviced as the manufacturer recommended. Please refer to your Operator’s Manual to make sure you followed maintenance policies and schedules.
“Excess Wear and Use” Responsibilities
As stated in your lease, you are responsible for excess wear and use. The Vehicle Condition Guidelines help define what is considered excess wear and use and will help determine the condition of your vehicle, including its interior, exterior and mechanics. Generally, when there’s damage there is excess wear and use. And according to your lease agreement, you are financially responsible for its repair. The following pages include specifics on when damage is considered excess wear and use.
Simple, Friendly and Fair
The Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Condition Guidelines were developed in response to input from customers like you. They offer clear, concise parameters so there are no surprises at lease-end. In addition to being easy to understand, they are also fair, taking into consideration that wear and use are a normal part of driving. As long as your Mercedes-Benz meets these established guidelines, it will be considered free of excess wear and use.
The Credit Card Test
One way to easily determine what is and what isn’t considered excessive damage is The Credit Card Test. It’s simple. Generally, if exterior or interior damage can’t be seen when placing a credit card over it, then it “passes the test” and you won’t be charged*.
Safety Issues
As your lease agreement states, anything that makes the vehicle unsafe or unlawful to operate is also considered damage.
Mileage Provision
When you signed your lease agreement, you agreed to drive up to a certain number of miles during the term of your lease. If your mileage is over that amount when you return your vehicle, there will be an excess mileage charge. (Refer to your lease agreement for the per-mile rate).
Contact your Loyalty Specialist at <> with any questions and to schedule an appointment for your inspection.
Mechanical and Electrical
All maintenance service specified by the manufacturer has been performed, and the most recent service visit is documented by a stamped Service Booklet or a copy of the repair order.
• Operable Engine.
• Service Booklet (must be returned with vehicle): This is your personal record of maintenance service which works in conjunction with the Flexible Service System (FSS) and is explained in detail in your Operator’s Manual.
Anything added to or changed on your vehicle after the lease was signed is considered an aftermarket alteration and must be removed.
Contact your Loyalty Specialist at <> with any questions and to schedule an appointment for your inspection.
Missing and Broken Parts
All factory-installed parts are present and not broken. Any modification installed by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership must be intact; otherwise, there will be a charge to restore the vehicle to its original condition.
Examples: hardtop; tools; jack; lug wrench; phone (if in contract); CD changer (if in contract); sound system; windscreen; tow hook cover; mirrors; hood ornaments; two infrared keys; LCD screens; navigation system, etc.

*Further details apply. Contact your Fletcher Jones Loyalty Specialist for specific details.

TRAVELING HAS NEVER BEEN THIS EASY Fletcher Jones Airport Shuttle & Parking

According to our customers, Fletcher Jones Airport Shuttle and Parking Service is one of the most popular complimentary owner benefits we offer, eliminating the expense and hassle of parking at the airport. Simply drop your vehicle off at our convenient location on Bristol (across from John Wayne Airport) and be whisked off to your departure gate in one of our pristine Sprinter or Metris vans. Our luxury lounge provides complimentary beverages, real-time flight check status, boarding pass printing, and complimentary Wi-Fi. While you’re gone, your Mercedes-Benz or Audi will be stored in an air-cooled secure parking garage and washed and staged upon your return. If you’d like to have your vehicle serviced while you’re out of town, that can be arranged on the spot. When your flight lands, give us a call and we’ll pick you up in minutes in the lot across from Baggage Claim. It’s the best kept secret for travelers in Orange County and another great reason to choose Fletcher Jones. Estimated savings for frequent travelers $5,760.00 in four years of average use. Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Sunday 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.