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Mercedes-Benz CLS Production Comes to an End

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Mercedes-Benz CLS Production Comes to an End

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

It's the end of the road for the car that virtually started the industry-wide trend towards what is being marketed as "four door coupes", the Mercedes-Benz CLS, as the last example of the current generation model, a black CLS 550 destined for a U.S. customer, rolled off the production line today.

But fans of Merc's stylish saloon need not to worry as a second generation of the CLS is on its way (see undisguised photos of the new model here) with the world premiere set for the Paris motor show at the end of September.

The first CLS made its debut as the Vision CSL concept in the fall of 2003 at the Frankfurt auto show, with the production version following the next year. It was available with a variety of V6 and V8 petrol engines as well as a V6 turbo diesel. In the six years it remained in production, Mercedes sold more than 170,000 examples of the car worldwide.



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Mercedes builds last current-generation CLS

By Mark Kleis

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to begin production of the second-generation CLS – the car that is attributed for starting the ever-growing trend of automakers producing four-door saloons with swooping rear lines more commonly found on two-door coupes.

When Mercedes-Benz essentially created the four-door coupe segment in 2005 it did so by utilizing the now previous generation E-Class platform. Now, Mercedes-Benz is ready to move onto the second generation, superseding the old E-Class platform, or W211, with a new platform known as the W212.

But before this new model can go into production, Mercedes-Benz had to produce one final version of the first-gen car, black in color, complete with upgraded Xenon headlamps, the AMG performance body kit – and of course a myriad of high-tech interior options to go with the premium leather seating.

Mercedes-Benz says in total it produced 170,000 CLS models since its introduction in 2005, with the final car heading to the U.S.



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First-Generation Mercedes-Benz CLS Production Ends

Viknesh Vijayenthiran July 29th, 2010

The Mercedes-Benz CLS ignited the four-door coupe market when it was first introduced back in 2004, and since then we’ve seen several other luxury rivals attempt to emulate the design with cars like the 2010 Porsche Panamera, and recently revealed 2010 Aston Martin Rapide and Audi A7.

Now, after almost seven years of sales, production of the first-generation CLS has come to end at the automaker’s plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. Over its lifetime more than 170,000 of the cars have been built.

Previewed for the first time at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show by the Vision CLS concept car, the production CLS didn’t make its world debut until the 2004 New York Auto Show and didn’t go on sale in the U.S. until 2005. The car is based on the previous generation E-Class but it stretches an additional 6 inches and has a much shorter profile.

The very last of the first generation CLS models to be built was a black CLS550 destined for a customer in the U.S. It was ordered with an AMG styling kit, leather trim and bi-xenon headlights. A successor, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, is set to make its world debut at this September’s 2010 Paris Auto Show and should arrive in local showrooms early next year.



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