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You are in the Sedans
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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class
#265 of 441 Re: Mercedes News [albell]
Jan 05, 2006 (3:48 am)
Well the way I see it all of their core models are either old (C,S) or middle aged (E), and that is where the volume will come from once these models are updated. The new S should turn things around, as should the facelifted E-Class. I see what you're saying, but I don't think it is anything to worry about, yet. Now if this new S does a R-Class type launch then we've got a problem because MB sedans are where the big volume always comes from. The E had a better year than I thought it would considering all the newer competition. The C, well it has a long road ahead of it, that 2008 model can't come soon enough. Still though with all the bad press in 2005 they still managed to wind up selling over 31K cars in one month! That is an astounding number for Mercedes in this country.
It seems that others like BMW and Lexus all now have newer core models (sedans) while Mercedes has been updating their SUVs/Coupes/Roadsters. Now as Mercedes' sedans get some attention the sales will come, if not a problem indeed. This new S will be the first indicator. Still though the R-Class was a big chance missed. I have several theories as to why it has gotten off to such a slow start, with the price/options ratio being the main one.
#266 of 441 Re: S65 AMG to be presented at Detroit! [merc1]
Jan 05, 2006 (4:01 am)
Thankyou soooooooooooooooo much. I wanted to see some high-res pics of the S65 AMG. And here they are. Thankyou once again.
#267 of 441 Re: S65 AMG to be presented at Detroit! [streetster]
Jan 05, 2006 (4:02 am)
#268 of 441 Re: Mercedes News [merc1]
Jan 05, 2006 (6:09 am)
I think the S will be a huge hit. As to the R, I agree about the price/options issue. If I hadn't been able to secure such a great deal, I would not have bought it...or would have delayed purchase.
I do, however, think that MB marketing has gone awry...
#269 of 441 S-Class Makes Official U.S. Debut.....
Jan 05, 2006 (10:58 pm)
S550 is priced at $86,175.
#270 of 441 Mercedes News from Detroit
Jan 09, 2006 (12:46 am)
It appears that we're going to get a ML320 CDI, R320 CDI and GL320 CDI in addition to the E320 CDI, all with the new V6 engines using "Bluetec" technology. The article HERE
#271 of 441 S65 at Detroit....
Jan 09, 2006 (10:32 pm)
#272 of 441 SL Facelift - First Info
Jan 17, 2006 (10:30 pm)
The SL has gone under the knife. The first pictures of the facelifted SL are out:
In short the SL500 (SL550 in the U.S.) gets the new 5.5L V8 from the S550, the SL350 (non-U.S.) get the new 3.5L V6 from every other V6 Benz and happily the SL55 AMG keeps the 5.5L Supercharged V8 with an extra 17 hp, which will put the U.S. SL55 at 510hp. There are now shift paddles on the AMG models instead of buttons on the back side of the steering wheel. Other small lights/bumpers changes and a new 3-slat grille like the CLK top off the exterior changes. Interior changes also, but at this point not sure what else has been changed besides the addition of new shift paddles on the AMG models.
#273 of 441 CL Spy Photos...
Jan 17, 2006 (10:39 pm)
The new CL Coupe (kin to the S-Class) will be presented in March at the Geneva Auto Show. A few more spy photos have surfaced. See Article. Looks a lot more promising than the last batch of photos.
#274 of 441 SL Facelift - Official Info
Jan 18, 2006 (6:46 am)
In Brief: The SL500 gets the new 5.5L V8 from the new S-Class (382hp) and will likely be re-names the SL550 for the U.S. market. SL600 gets the same power boost as the 2007 S600 - 510hp for the U.S. market. The SL55 gets a power boost also - 510hp for the U.S. market. The SL also gains the second generation ABC system from the new S-Class, new steering rack, real shift paddles with the AMG Sport package (7G-Tronic). Many interior trim, exterior color changes and higher quality materials. The facelifted SL will be shown at the Geneva show the first week of March and likely go on sale in the U.S. around June or so would be my guess.