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Compass Auto Exemplary Rides Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables just celebrated a big anniversary: 55 years as a dealer of the luxury automotive line that brought German car engineering to the U.S. Today, the dealership consistently ranks as a top volume Mercedes- Benz dealer in the nation and has been recognized numerous years with the “Best Of The Best Award” from Mercedes-Benz USA for outstanding performance & customer experiences; 300 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables; 305.445.8593; MBCoralGables.com. Diesel Beauty It’s a sleek little sedan with plenty of power and a surprising secret under the hood: A diesel-powered engine. In addition to a traditional gasoline model, the 2014 Mazda6 will be offered here in the U.S. with a Skyactive-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. The brand promises that the quiet, clean- burning, and super-efficient engine will cut drivers’ monthly fuel costs in half. Is it the first step in a full-on diesel comeback? Only time will tell; MazdaUSA.com. First Ride “Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.” — Françoise Sagan 24 Good Neighbor High Road The first U.S. president to take a public ride in an automobile was Theodore Roosevelt, who took a spin around Hartford, CT, in a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton. It was the first presidential motorcade. When children’s television icon Fred Rogers’ Impala was stolen, the thieves saw the news story and felt so bad about whose car they had taken, they decided to bring it back with a note of apology. If it were possible to drive a car straight up from the ground toward the sky like a rocket ship, you’d be able to reach outer space in a little over an hour. Too bad gravity ruins all the fun.