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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Coupe, Sedan
#1 of 28 Official Mercedes-Benz Vision CLS pictures
Sep 08, 2003 (7:00 pm)
... see http://www.automobear.com
('Bear's Desk') section on right of main page.
Sep 09, 2003 (11:17 am)
Awful, but not as ugly as a Misubishi Eclipse
#5 of 28 Styling is poor
Sep 10, 2003 (8:17 am)
Both the interior and exterior are very generic and very Japanese like. I agree that the rear is awful and the interior is actually more Lexus like. Also MB is going to kill itself at the lower range with so many models. They build very good high end $100K+ cars but the low and midrange is no longer premium in my opinion.
#6 of 28 MB and BMW ruined????
Sep 13, 2003 (5:55 am)
When I looked at the 6 Series right here at Edmunds.com I almost had a heart attack.... The vehicle looks like a Chrysler... I mean did they get some styling ques from them??
The 5 Series, I'd say in my opinion is an 'ok' vehicle, but what is happening to BMW?
Mercedes just released the CLS. Nothing I expected. 'The future styling of MBs', Mercedes said. I'm sure the Germans were surprised and said What in the world are they doing, trying to ruin the auto manufacturers?
jstyle, I will agree with you because I don't like it anymore. What is happening???? I wouldn't want a BMW to look like a Lexus. I do like Lexus's but that is an embarrasment to compare a quality luxury brand to a German 'handcrafted' vehicle.
Obviously, it looks like the manufacturers in Germany are running out of ideas, except for VW of course.
Sep 14, 2003 (10:22 pm)
Mercedes just needs to do the correct thing and hire Brunno Sacco back. His last Mercedes design was the current S and CL, and it shows. The latest E-Class, while in raw terms is better looking than the old car, but's also prettier, and less distinctive. The SL was styled by a Brit, and while it's gorgeous, some of the details are just not needed, especially on it's sides and hood. Where Mercedes really missed the styling boat is on the Maybach and new CLK. The new CLK doesn't look like anything compared to the previous car. The Maybach looks like a giant Lincoln, at least in pictures and at the last round of autoshows. I hope it looks a little better on the road, when and if I get to see one. Now this.....the CLS. The exterior styling is not attractive enough to be a Mercedes, I can't stand it. There is way too much Japanese in it's design, it's just short of being ugly. The interior is somewhat better, but the Bentley style ruffles in the seats are another non-Mercedes trait, which need to go. I wonder if they'll show this thing in Detroit.
Why in the world did Mercedes feel the need to take on Jaguar when Jaguar doesn't even compare in worldwide sales and has always been around..in short there was no need for Jaguar to be the stated objective. The Japanese are the competition, not Jaguar as Jaguar has been around forever, and Mercedes will never out-style a Jaguar by veering off in THEIR direction. Memo to Mercedes: Hire Brunno back and stick to the traditional! Hopefully the reaction to the CLS will be lukewarm and Mercedes will back away from producing it. Not likely though as the Germans are stubborn as all outdoors. I hope this is not the styling direction they'll take with the next S-Class.
#8 of 28 Looks Great
Nov 07, 2003 (10:08 am)
I think that this new CLS looks very nice. I don't agree with anyone who has posted about the design changes the MB and BMW have made. I think that both companies are making their cars sleek and give them a very good (and different) look. I am glad to see car makers starting to get away from the box shape and give cars more curve.
#9 of 28 Dimensions
Nov 08, 2003 (7:49 pm)
I read at Edmunds it is 3" shorter than the E sedan; yet I read in Automobile magazine (Dec issue) that it is "as long and as wide as an S-class".......Which is it? Anyone knows?
I would agree that the looks may take getting used to it, and it does look Japanese; my greater dislike is the dash.
#10 of 28 CLS is a go.
Nov 18, 2003 (2:08 pm)
According to the lastest from www.autospies.com, the CLS is being prepared for production. I actually like the design. (FYI, current Lexus owner, former Mercedes owner)