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Second-generation Mercedes CLS

revealed ahead of Paris debut


MERCEDES-BENZ has lifted its

formal cloak of secrecy from the

second-generation CLS ahead

of its public debut at the Paris motor show

on September 30, immediately before its

European market launch.

Although the all-new 218-series CLS, which

is based on the latest E-class platform, could

then make its Australian debut at the Sydney

show on October 15, it will not go on sale here

until the second quarter of next year.

Benz says the original CLS, which has

already ceased production, created a new

vehicle category when it debuted at the 2003

Frankfurt motor show, and continues to be the

only “four-door coupe” in its class, but that

overlooks Maserati’s Quattroporte, which also

entered production in 2004 and will soon also

be replaced by a redesigned model.

Mercedes-Benz Cars board member for sales

and marketing, Dr Joachim Schmidt, claims

that customers all over the world benefited from

“our bold move to launch a completely new

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