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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz R-Class
#361 of 441 May 2006 Sales
Jun 04, 2006 (8:27 pm)
Sales were up 21+ percent for May 2006 vs. May 2005. The S,E,R,SL,SLK and new GL were all responsible for this huge gain.
Dealers must be giving away 06' E-Classes ahead of the new 07' model arriving at the end of June. The R-Class moved only 1400 or so units, still not up to what MB needs in order to meet their goal of 20K a year. The GL was the surprise, it outsold the ML.
Also Mercedes has confirmed their 2007 model lineup. The new CL550 and CL600 arrive at year-end. In the "I don't understand category", the R500, ML500 and G500 keep the old 5L V8 instead of getting the new 5.5L V8. The CLK550 has also been confirmed.
2007 MB Models
#362 of 441 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Series
Jun 09, 2006 (4:01 am)
As the only eight-cylinder roadster in its segment the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG provides unique driving experience. The two-seater is now even more sporty: Mercedes AMG has developed an exclusive and distinctly puristic special series which sets new standards in driving dynamics. With the AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine enhanced to 294 kW/400 hp and 520 Newton metres, numerous lightweight construction components, carbon hardtop, 19-inch AMG forged wheels, AMG height-adjustable torsion sports suspension and AMG high-performance composite brake system the special SLK 55 AMG demonstrates even more convincingly its sports talent – and makes a good figure on any closed course.
The only bad news is that this appears to be a Germany-only model.
#363 of 441 S65 AMG
Jun 12, 2006 (8:22 pm)
The S65 AMG is now up at MBUSA.com. A hefty $182,275.
#364 of 441 2007 Recap...
Jun 13, 2006 (3:39 am)
New or revised for 2007:
S550, S600, S65 AMG
CLS550, CLS63 AMG
E320 Bluetec, E550, E63 AMG
GL450, GL320 Bluetec (early 2007)
R320 CDI, R63 AMG
ML320 CDI, ML63 AMG
CLK550, CLK63 AMG Cabriolet
CL550, CL600 - all new, more info on these soon.
G-Class - facelift
2008 Model Year - A glimpse into the future:
New C-Class, C350 should get the new direct-injection V6, 292hp. C63 AMG with somewhere over 400hp to combat new RS4 and upcoming V8-powered E90 BMW M3.
SLK - Facelift, SLK350 gets above engine from new C350 and SLK55 becomes the SLK63 with 440hp.
The S63, CL63 and SL63 models should be added for 2008 with a turbocharged version of the new AMG 6.2L making around 570hp.
S320 and E320 Bluetec arrive in 50-state legal form with Adblue.
#365 of 441 The New CL
Jun 26, 2006 (5:01 pm)
The new CL550 and CL600 have been officially shown:
Jun 27, 2006 (1:47 am)
Perhaps MB created the CLS to put another vehicle in the 65-75k area since the new S class is now up well over 80k, and there were no other vehicles in that price range besides the S-500.
It says in some places that the backseat window view is poor over-all, and if that's the case, I don't see why MB just didn't make another sedan rather than trying to create some spaceship-like coupe. That might make more of business sense, although having the E and S already should be enough.
Some of you might suggest to just buy a bigger engine option if you want a vehicle in the 65-75k area, but that doesn't accommodate the consumers who want to pay more for luxury and better over-all vehicle rather than just a more powerful engine.
As for the direction of MB? It's clear. You mentioned BMWs and Lexus. BMWs are sports-luxury cars and Lexus has the identity of quiet, family cars. Mercedes is trying to give us both. Not just a sports car, not just a family car, but everything you could want in a car. That's kind of how I view mercedes-benz at this point, and I admit I do like it. They still engineer and design to high standards, they still drive wonderfully and perform wonderfully, and they still live up to their luxurious name.
I have a BMW and I was not very impressed on how much it compromised on luxury. Power seats didn't even come standard, (something I didn't know until after I got the car lol )
Anyways I still love mercedes-benz and hope to be buying an slk soon!
#367 of 441 Re: The New CL [merc1]
Jun 27, 2006 (2:34 am)
Whatever other issues they may be having, MB is sure turning out the most handsome cars out there.
Jun 27, 2006 (3:56 pm)
I love the look of the new CL. The other model looked a little frumpy after a while.
#370 of 441 Re: The New CL [albell]
Jun 27, 2006 (9:25 pm)
Aren't they! This is reason why Mercedes didn't fall off like Cadillac or others, they never stopped building great performing, looking, well engineered cars. They just go carried away with electronics and didn't take the time to make sure everything was up to snuff. Fingers crossed, but I haven't read anything bad about the new S-Class yet as far as quality/reliability so I think they're getting the reliability demon under control. The design, safety, performance and everything else never left.