Mercedes CLS

18Jul07

Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS

-marketed as the four door coupe version of the (W211) E-Class model on which it is based
-the CLS was first displayed as the Vision CLS concept at the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
-the CLS was first offered for sale in the United States in January 2005; only the CLS 500 and CLS 55 AMG are sold in the United States.

The CLS also marked Mercedes-Benz’s return to the executive-size coupe market since the (W124) E-Class Coupe model went out of production in 1995 – the (W210) E-Class not spawning a coupe variant, Mercedes-Benz choosing instead to introduce a new mid-size coupe, the CLK-Class, to compete against the BMW 3-Series coupe. However, the CLK-Class did feature styling cues from the (W210) E-Class to give the impression that the (W124) E-Class Coupe was directly replaced, though this clearly was not the case.

IVM Automotive, a subsidiary of German roof system specialist Edscha, developed the entire vehicle from the Vision concept to the production version. More than 150 IVM engineers were involved, making the CLS the largest vehicle development project in the company’s history.

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