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Issue 5 July 9th, 2009

CARS PLUS

Features 6

The CREW Sales Eric Muehlhausen Camey Maldonado

Wish List Mercedes Benz E Class

10 Underwood & Collins

Publisher Gene Lara

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Wish List Mercedes Benz E Class

The design sits somewhere between crisp and boxy, with a bluff front end desperate (almost too desperate) to imply status. The flank design is pleasing, with good sculpture and, in the fairing behind the rear wheelhouse, a sly reference to its ancestor the 1953 “ponton” Mercedes. The look is a bit busy, but there’s lots of surface detail and it’s hardly boring. And the aero performance is superb, with a Cd of just 0.28. Inside, the instrument binnacle is equally bluff, and the switchgear and surfaces feel like they’re built for the end of time. All models get a high-mounted center ICE/Navigation screen with superb control logic and graphics. The cars we drove featured poly-adjustable heated and cooled massaging seats, but the normal chairs are also shaped for a perfect long-distance driving position. Rear head-and legroom are carefully planned for this car’s pivotal role in the German taxi trade. The bodyshell uses high-strength steel to produce better crash results than ever without adding weight. Indeed, the shell is optimized for the V-6 models: The V-8 and AMG editions get reinforcements, so that the base-engine cars aren’t unnecessarily heavy. To protect pedestrians who stray into its path, the rear of the hood pops up on impact to

give their heads a cushioned landing. A switch to a three-link front suspension improves crash performance, though it required a lot of development driving to ensure the dynamics weren’t compromised compared with the more complex previous design. The new suspension also improves component commonality with the C-Class. In fact, Mercedes engineers no longer talk of the C and E being separate platforms. On the active safety side, a bundled option is radar cruise control with collision mitigation. If the driver neglects to react to a closing gap ahead, it will sound a warning, then tighten the seatbelts, next tap the brakes, and finally, if the driver still remains unresponsive once it deems a crash inevitable, apply the brakes fully. “The electronic crumple zone,” Mercedes calls it. There’s also a night-vision option, lane-change blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, and, as standard, a drowsiness sensor. Mercedes says a quarter of the worst accidents are caused by drivers falling asleep. The new system monitors steering and accelerator input among other factors and, if the driver’s style begins to change in ways Benz research has shown are indicative of overtiredness, a warning sounds and a steaming cup is displayed on the dashboard. Inexplicably, Mercedes has failed to name the system CoffeeTRONIC. Base engine for the U.S. is the 3.5-liter direct-injection gas 350CGI. This makes 268 horsepower and hits 62 mph from rest in 6.3 seconds and achieves 28 mpg on the European mandatory test. Low-resistance tires, variable radiator blanking, as well as the low body mass and drag, all contribute to the fine economy numbers.


It’s quiet in normal driving, but it’s not a motor that relishes working hard. In the upper-mid rev band there are quantities of drab, tingly noise, and it doesn’t rev especially freely. The seven-speed autobox, with column selector and plus/minus paddles, isn’t responsive either, and despite the number of ratios still has a big gap between second and third that makes the powertrain feel clunky in tight twisting road sections. The 5.5-liter 382-horse V-8 in the E500 is nicer by far to use, woofly and muscular at low revs, and happy to be taken by the scruff of the neck for a real power workout. This one cracks 0-to-62 in 5.3 seconds, and that’s traction-limited: Mercedes claims 4.7 for the 4Matic. But driving it out of tight corners, at least in the dry, you seldom feel a want of traction. Watch for a Bluetec clean diesel version in early 2010. The chassis comes in two flavors. The coil-spring layout has Mercedes’ patented stroke-dependent damping, an all-mechanical system. Optional leveling air springs come with electronically controlled dampers. The air system is standard on the V-8 and does an excellent job. The ride is properly plush if you hit the comfort button and still pretty sweet if you hit sport, which moves the adaptive thresholds a little toward the liveliness direction. The steering is superbly accurate and never nervous and imparts just enough road feel to give you confidence. Mid-bend, the E is well-balanced and manages to feel like it’s on a shorter wheelbase. But add excess g-loads and it’s super-safe understeer all the way. This isn’t trying to be a 5 Series. The mechanical chassis option is very nearly as good. Neither ride nor handling suffer much, especially if you go for the higher-geared rack that’s standard on the V-8. The mechanical dampers remain plush on short strokes, then stiffen up on longer suspension excursions to keep body movements in check. Okay, the body control isn’t as strong-willed as with the air system, but it seldom slows you down. There’s clearly a sound base here for AMG to work on. Its manic 525-horsepower E63 will appear at the New York auto show. The E range is also to be widened by the new E coupe, as seen at the Geneva salon in March, and 2010’s matching cabrio, the larger replacements for the CLK. There will also be an E wagon later this year and AWD variants. The E has a wide range because it’s at the heart of the Mercedes business. Quite right then that it feels so like a Benz. You might take issue with the V-6 powertrain refinement — it looks like the price you pay for such clean, efficient combustion — but in other ways this is an utterly respectable sedan. Now, about that AMG model. [source:MotorTrend]


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The Family Business for Three Generations Collins is now located. Every parent enjoys seeing their children follow in their footsteps. For the Underwoods and Collins however, staying in the family business has encompassed not just one child but nearly the entire family thru three generations. Bobby Collins first started in the automotive industry as a mechanic in the 1960’s. For roughly 20 years, Bobby worked as an auto mechanic and during that time started buying and repairing vehicles then selling them as a side business. During that time Bobby and his wife Sheilla also were blessed with a daughter, Rhonda Collins. By 1980, Bobby’s side business had turned into a full time occupation and he opened his first auto sales lot on 3rd Street in Amarillo called Collins Auto Sales. Bobby sold used vehicles at his lot as well as handling wholesale vehicles that he sold to other car dealers. Bobby and Sheilla ran the lot mostly by themselves along with help from their daughter Rhonda. One of Bobby and Sheilla’s regular auto dealer clients were the Underwoods, Thomas Underwood and his uncle Bill Underwood. Bill had a car lot on 6th Street, where Underwood &

Rhonda helped at Collins Auto Sales almost daily, and Thomas would visit the auto lot on a regular basis to peruse the newest wholesale inventory. In addition to

culminate into the automotive success that we know today.

In 1992, Bobby Collins and his new son in law Thomas Underwood joined their two sales lots into one, and Underwood & Collins Autos was born. When Underwood & Collins Autos opened its doors as the new unified dealership, the lot focused on quality cars, pickups, and SUV’s that utilized both conventional and “in house” financing. Over the years, the range of vehicles has broadened to include classic muscle cars and unique automotive specialty vehicles as well as the lot’s mainstays of more common cars, pickups, and SUV’s, with his business reasons for stopping in pickups and SUV’s making up at Collins Auto Sales, Thomas also roughly 60% of its sales. In enjoyed visiting with Rhonda. addition, Underwood & Collins Thomas and Bobby got along very found that their onsite financing well too, and would sometimes options fulfilled a very specific leave the lot all day to browse cars around Amarillo. During the 1980’s Thomas acquired his own dealer’s license and took over the Underwood lot changing it to Thomas Underwood Autos, while his uncle continued in auto sales in a new lot just a few blocks away at what is still Underwood niche in Amarillo’s automotive Autos. In 1989, Thomas economy, and now carries roughly Underwood and Rhonda Collins 75% of its auto business as “in were married and so began the house” notes. union of two families that would


During the years of success that Bobby and Thomas shared in the 1990’s, these two businessmen were blessed with two new additions to the family, Thomas’s sons Tyler, now 19 years old, and Cody, now 16 years old. Both Tyler and Cody have joined in the family business of auto sales and have both found their unique positions in the company of Underwood & Collins. Tyler started working at the lot in 2007, while still in high school, and graduated in 2008 from Amarillo High. Cody started working at the lot in 2008 and has plans to graduate from Caprock High in 2012. Tyler Underwood picked up a great deal of the business aspect of automotive sales and can put together auto deals in a matter of minutes. His footsteps closely mirror those of his father. While still successful in the sales facet of the auto industry, Cody has followed in his grandfather’s path more and has found a knack for the mechanical side of the auto industry. Bobby recalls that when Cody was just 6 years old he had quite an interest in cars and actually laid out a set of wheels, lug nuts, caps, and tires perfectly matched to a vehicle that Bobby was working on, without even being told what to do. Over the past 2 years that Tyler and Cody have been working at Underwood & Collins Autos, these two ambitious young men have already accumulated regular repeat customers and have quickly picked up on the business of running a small dealership. Tyler and

Cody both buy and sell vehicles on their own at the lot and attend auctions to acquire vehicles. In addition, Tyler has not only found

now vast repeat client base. The dealership’s dedication to customer service has afforded it a successful 17 year run of business without

success in the family business, but has also found success in love, and is getting married to his high school sweetheart Jaime Gilliam on July 11th, 2009.

advertising (due in large part to happy repeat customers) save for its newest venture into our very own magazine, Cars Plus. Underwood & Collins’ business success has carried down not only through three generations of family running the Since first opening Underwood & Collins Autos in 1992, the company business, but also through up to three generations of customers. hasn’t changed very much and Many of its first few customers sticks with the basics of customer satisfaction and service to retain its bought cars from Bobby, then their children bought cars from Bobby and Thomas, and now, Tyler and Cody are helping the grandchildren of Bobby’s first customers. Bobby really enjoys what he does but does hope to retire soon, leaving the business to Thomas, Tyler, and Cody, and eventually, when Thomas retires, to Tyler, Cody, and any children that they may have.


In addition to general used vehicle sales, Underwood & Collins Autos also has the capability to find and acquire specialty vehicles, and Bobby currently owns several such vehicles that are waiting for the right customer (i.e. 1960’s and 70’s muscle cars, a 1941 Chevy, as well as two mint condition late model Chevy SSR’s). When asked about the current state of the automotive economy and how Underwood & Collins has been affected as of late, Bobby said, “Business is down about 10% to 15% from this time last year but we do still have many of our regular customers and their families still coming in and I’d say business is still good.” Over the course of the years, Bobby, Sheilla, Thomas, Rhonda, Tyler, and Cody have accumulated some 125 to 150 repeat customers and their families, which make up around 50% of Underwood & Collins’ business. It is very exciting to see an entire family rally around one cause, especially if that cause is a business that serves both to provide a livelihood for its creators and their children, and provide a service to the community. Underwood & Collins’ dedication to quality vehicles with affordable down payments and monthly payments helps to give those that might not be otherwise able to acquire a vehicle, the chance to purchase reliable transportation that they can afford, despite past mistakes or accidents. For some, Underwood & Collins has given them a chance to have a better life by simply getting a vehicle. For others, Underwood & Collins provides a hassle free no pressure sales environment with friendly people that are less like car salesmen, and are more like family. For more information on Underwood & Collins Autos, call 806-374-1406, or visit their lot in person at 1021 W. 6th Ave in Amarillo and let the Underwood and Collins families take care of your automotive needs.


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