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German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz formed Mercedes-Benz when they merged their companies in 1926. Forty years previously, in a remarkable coincidence, each man independently filed patents for what might be claimed as the first automobile. Benz designed a three-wheeled vehicle powered by a one-cylinder engine--and invented the spark plug--in 1886. In the same year, Daimler outfitted a four-wheel carriage with a single-cylinder engine of his own design.

The Mercedes name would become tied to Daimler indirectly, as part of a 1900 business deal. Emil Jellinek, a Daimler agent, contracted to sell the first 36 cars of a new Daimler sports car, contingent on, among other things, the car being named after his daughter.

M-B production facilities were decimated by the Allied bombing of Germany during World War II, but the company showed the world that it was still in business by producing a hand-built prototype 170V sedan by February, 1946--and had it in production by that June. The Le Mans-dominating 300SL race cars produced for 1952 would gather international attention, spawning a production version by 1955 that would be the fastest road-going car in the world. With its unmistakable gull wing doors, the 300SL became an immediate automotive icon and infused the Mercedes brand with a newfound sportiness that would be eagerly embraced by the American market. Today, market price for a Gullwing is around three-quarters of a million dollars, with some selling for even more.

A 300SL roadster would soon follow, along with a toned-down but similarly styled 190SL, which was produced until 1963. The SL "super light" line would develop over the coming decades into a very successful luxury tourer. Of the "Pagoda"-series cars, the final-year 1971 280SL cars are considered the most desirable, for their 2.8-liter power plant. The "Panzerwagen" R107-chassis SLs would remain in production for an astounding eighteen years, from late 1971 to 1989.

All Mercedes-Benz cars older than about 1972 were hand-built, and the company's reputation for quality and durability remained unchallenged into the 1980s. Through the 1990s, however, M-B faced stiff competition from Japanese automakers entering the luxury market with Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti brands. To compete with Japanese quality, M-B ramped up the luxury, adding features like power-assist trunks and headlight wipers.

In 1999, custom M-B tuning house AMG was acquired by Mercedes. AMG engines are hand-nutted and individually built, making AMG model cars the most expensive and highest-performers in the Mercedes-Benz line.

Mercedes debuted the small "M-Class" SUV in 1997, and since 2006 has offered a full-sized crossover "GL-Class" SUV. The G-Class "G-wagon" is a luxury SUV styled after the boxy vintage Mercedes-Benz military vehicle.

Among the smaller cars in the M-B lineup are the mid-size CLK-Class convertible and coupe, compact C-Class executive car, and the compact CLC-Class hatchback.

In 2007, Mercedes-Benz's J.D. Power ranking for initial quality jumped from 25th to 5th place--ahead of Toyota. In 2008, they managed to improve their ranking even further, to 4th place.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz C class has enjoyed a long life as the Baby Benz" since its initial release in 1993. Classified as a compact executive car, it serves as the entry-level Mercedes for American enthusiasts. With an initial line-up of eight engines, buyers had a choice of four-cylinder diesel, four-cylinder gasoline power plant, turbo-charged, flat-six, and nearly any permutation imaginable. Initially, only a five-speed manual transmission was offered on the base model. Subsequent years saw the availability of five-speed automatics and eventually a six-speed manual. From the first, the C Class has had a solid core of rabid fans.

The first generation C Class cars were assembled around the globe in India, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and Malaysia in addition to the home facilities in Bremen and Sindelfingen, Germany. The second generation saw a less far-flung origin with most production taking place in Germany, South Africa, and Egypt. Depending on the power plant, the C Class has been capable of fuel economy figures ranging from 13 mpg in the city to 15 mpg on the highway up to 21 mpg in town and 25 on the road. Nearly continuous tinkering under the hood has seen improvements both in fuel consumption and in torque on a year-model basis.

Debuting in 1993 to replace the 190 series, the C Class remains in production. Designed as a compact and more affordable executive car, the C Class has become progressively curvier since its inception. First-generation cars from 1993 through about 1997 had a boxier profile, which has been gradually reworked to become more aerodynamic and in line with overall more round vehicle profiles. At the same time, a double overhead-cam engine replaced the venerable SOHC. Engines from this time forward became increasingly fuel-efficient, with more lower-range power than previous models. Reviews of the 2012 C Class give it high marks for even better engines, interior refinements and minor updates to the exterior.

Interior trim levels in the Mercedes-Benz Class were rather limited in the early years. After all, this was meant to be the Benz's "economy line". However, even in its most stripped-down version, the C Class has always offered leather upholstery and other creature comforts as standard. Beginning in 1997, exterior refinements included alloy wheels and the incorporation of the radio's antenna into the rear window glass.

The Mercedes-Benz C Class has received several nods of approval from safety groups since its release. For example, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration rated the 2006 C as "very good" in frontal driver, frontal passenger, rollover, and side rear passenger crash tests and as "excellent" in side driver crash ratings.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz C class has enjoyed a long life as the Baby Benz" since its initial release in 1993. Classified as a compact executive car, it serves as the entry-level Mercedes for American enthusiasts. With an initial line-up of eight engines, buyers had a choice of four-cylinder diesel, four-cylinder gasoline power plant, turbo-charged, flat-six, and nearly any permutation imaginable. Initially, only a five-speed manual transmission was offered on the base model. Subsequent years saw the availability of five-speed automatics and eventually a six-speed manual. From the first, the C Class has had a solid core of rabid fans.

The first generation C Class cars were assembled around the globe in India, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and Malaysia in addition to the home facilities in Bremen and Sindelfingen, Germany. The second generation saw a less far-flung origin with most production taking place in Germany, South Africa, and Egypt. Depending on the power plant, the C Class has been capable of fuel economy figures ranging from 13 mpg in the city to 15 mpg on the highway up to 21 mpg in town and 25 on the road. Nearly continuous tinkering under the hood has seen improvements both in fuel consumption and in torque on a year-model basis.

Debuting in 1993 to replace the 190 series, the C Class remains in production. Designed as a compact and more affordable executive car, the C Class has become progressively curvier since its inception. First-generation cars from 1993 through about 1997 had a boxier profile, which has been gradually reworked to become more aerodynamic and in line with overall more round vehicle profiles. At the same time, a double overhead-cam engine replaced the venerable SOHC. Engines from this time forward became increasingly fuel-efficient, with more lower-range power than previous models. Reviews of the 2012 C Class give it high marks for even better engines, interior refinements and minor updates to the exterior.

Interior trim levels in the Mercedes-Benz Class were rather limited in the early years. After all, this was meant to be the Benz's "economy line". However, even in its most stripped-down version, the C Class has always offered leather upholstery and other creature comforts as standard. Beginning in 1997, exterior refinements included alloy wheels and the incorporation of the radio's antenna into the rear window glass.

The Mercedes-Benz C Class has received several nods of approval from safety groups since its release. For example, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration rated the 2006 C as "very good" in frontal driver, frontal passenger, rollover, and side rear passenger crash tests and as "excellent" in side driver crash ratings.. View more

Anyone who craves comfort, performance, and speed in a grand touring luxury car will probably have a Mercedes-Benz CL on his or her wish list. The line has assumed different names during its production life, but rest assured the same level of quality and luxury has been present in all the CL's various versions. All three generations have been powered by muscular engines ranging from a 6.0-liter V12 in its first iteration to the present-day 5.5-liter V8 and V12. Continuous improvement has always been the name of the game with this car. Even with today's smaller, more fuel-efficient power plants, the Mercedes-Benz CL still scoots when you mash down on the accelerator.

In keeping with other German auto manufacturers, the CL's top speed of 155 mph is electronically limited. Without this control, today's CL would go much faster. Even the base-model CL500 with its 5.0-liter V8 is capable of astonishing launches from the starting line, turning out 339 foot pounds of torque and going from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. Fuel economy across the various models is approximately a respectable 25 mpg overall. Moreover, while this stylish coupe make look like a sportscar, rear passengers will experience all the comfort of a passenger sedan even as they are pinned to the backs of their seats under rapid acceleration.

The Mercedes-Benz CL Class was launched in 1998 and production continues today. Assembled in Sindelfingen, Germany, its roots lie in the S Class sedan. At various times, the CLs have born the monikers of SEC and S Coupe before assuming its present identity. Presently, the CL 65 AMG is the most expensive Mercedes model and despite the mandates of regulation, it still comes equipped with a turbocharged engine. The current generation is notable for its Distronic Plus cruise control which can bring the car to a complete stop and then resume the driver's pre-selected speed.

Interior trim for the latest edition of the CL Class includes the features Mercedes have come to expect, such as soft leather interiors in a range of color choices and wood trim. Additionally, all models feature driver-assist technology for safer and better parking, land changes, and more. The big differences in the exterior trims include updated grille configurations, LED headlights, LED fog lights, and revised wheel wells and bumpers.

Stepping into any Mercedes means rubbing elbows with luxury. In the AMG model, this takes the form of leather sport seats, a sport-tuned suspension, and high-performance brakes. This is the best of all possible automotive experiences, but the base CL 550 is pretty heavenly.. View more

Anyone who craves comfort, performance, and speed in a grand touring luxury car will probably have a Mercedes-Benz CL on his or her wish list. The line has assumed different names during its production life, but rest assured the same level of quality and luxury has been present in all the CL's various versions. All three generations have been powered by muscular engines ranging from a 6.0-liter V12 in its first iteration to the present-day 5.5-liter V8 and V12. Continuous improvement has always been the name of the game with this car. Even with today's smaller, more fuel-efficient power plants, the Mercedes-Benz CL still scoots when you mash down on the accelerator.

In keeping with other German auto manufacturers, the CL's top speed of 155 mph is electronically limited. Without this control, today's CL would go much faster. Even the base-model CL500 with its 5.0-liter V8 is capable of astonishing launches from the starting line, turning out 339 foot pounds of torque and going from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. Fuel economy across the various models is approximately a respectable 25 mpg overall. Moreover, while this stylish coupe make look like a sportscar, rear passengers will experience all the comfort of a passenger sedan even as they are pinned to the backs of their seats under rapid acceleration.

The Mercedes-Benz CL Class was launched in 1998 and production continues today. Assembled in Sindelfingen, Germany, its roots lie in the S Class sedan. At various times, the CLs have born the monikers of SEC and S Coupe before assuming its present identity. Presently, the CL 65 AMG is the most expensive Mercedes model and despite the mandates of regulation, it still comes equipped with a turbocharged engine. The current generation is notable for its Distronic Plus cruise control which can bring the car to a complete stop and then resume the driver's pre-selected speed.

Interior trim for the latest edition of the CL Class includes the features Mercedes have come to expect, such as soft leather interiors in a range of color choices and wood trim. Additionally, all models feature driver-assist technology for safer and better parking, land changes, and more. The big differences in the exterior trims include updated grille configurations, LED headlights, LED fog lights, and revised wheel wells and bumpers.

Stepping into any Mercedes means rubbing elbows with luxury. In the AMG model, this takes the form of leather sport seats, a sport-tuned suspension, and high-performance brakes. This is the best of all possible automotive experiences, but the base CL 550 is pretty heavenly.. View more

Anyone who craves comfort, performance, and speed in a grand touring luxury car will probably have a Mercedes-Benz CL on his or her wish list. The line has assumed different names during its production life, but rest assured the same level of quality and luxury has been present in all the CL's various versions. All three generations have been powered by muscular engines ranging from a 6.0-liter V12 in its first iteration to the present-day 5.5-liter V8 and V12. Continuous improvement has always been the name of the game with this car. Even with today's smaller, more fuel-efficient power plants, the Mercedes-Benz CL still scoots when you mash down on the accelerator.

In keeping with other German auto manufacturers, the CL's top speed of 155 mph is electronically limited. Without this control, today's CL would go much faster. Even the base-model CL500 with its 5.0-liter V8 is capable of astonishing launches from the starting line, turning out 339 foot pounds of torque and going from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. Fuel economy across the various models is approximately a respectable 25 mpg overall. Moreover, while this stylish coupe make look like a sportscar, rear passengers will experience all the comfort of a passenger sedan even as they are pinned to the backs of their seats under rapid acceleration.

The Mercedes-Benz CL Class was launched in 1998 and production continues today. Assembled in Sindelfingen, Germany, its roots lie in the S Class sedan. At various times, the CLs have born the monikers of SEC and S Coupe before assuming its present identity. Presently, the CL 65 AMG is the most expensive Mercedes model and despite the mandates of regulation, it still comes equipped with a turbocharged engine. The current generation is notable for its Distronic Plus cruise control which can bring the car to a complete stop and then resume the driver's pre-selected speed.

Interior trim for the latest edition of the CL Class includes the features Mercedes have come to expect, such as soft leather interiors in a range of color choices and wood trim. Additionally, all models feature driver-assist technology for safer and better parking, land changes, and more. The big differences in the exterior trims include updated grille configurations, LED headlights, LED fog lights, and revised wheel wells and bumpers.

Stepping into any Mercedes means rubbing elbows with luxury. In the AMG model, this takes the form of leather sport seats, a sport-tuned suspension, and high-performance brakes. This is the best of all possible automotive experiences, but the base CL 550 is pretty heavenly.. View more

The debut of Mercedes-Benz CLK class was a breath of fresh air for luxury-car enthusiasts. Its sportier demeanor caught the eye of all those drivers who were seeking more style from the German automaker. No longer limited to staid and reliable sedans, Benz served up tasty two-door coupe and convertible versions of the CLK that still seated four. Sleek, sexy, and curvy, it appealed to the price-conscious luxury market.

Assembled at Mercedes-Benz plants in Bremen, Germany, and Monterey, Mexico, the CLK was a mid-sized grand touring machine featuring a wide range of engines. First-generation CLKs were available with base-model 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engines cranking out 134 horsepower. The top-of-the-line model offered a 5.4-liter V8, delivering a righteous 367 horsepower. Second-generation CLKs offered power trains ranging from a 1.8-liter engine producing 184 horsepower, to a 6.2-liter V8, serving a whopping 475 horsepower.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK arrived on the scene in 1996 and continued in production through 2009, when it was replaced by the E Class. The CLK cabriolet was the most successful convertible ever produced by the automaker in its first year of availability. First-generation CLKs were only available with four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. The second generation, lasting from 2002 to 2009, underwent a significant redesign that made the CLK a little longer, a little wider, and offered 10 engine choices. Mercedes upgraded the automatic transmission to a seven-speed while still offering a six-speed manual option.

Trim levels reflected predictable Mercedes-Benz standards in both generations, with leather upholstery, power seats, and dual climate control. Upgrade options included a sports package, an on-board navigation system, keyless entry, more interior color choices, and a high-quality audio system. Exterior trim options included a V8 ground-effects package, and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission models. Trim versions varied according to engine size and power, rather than according to interior and exterior amenities.

Mercedes offered the CLK-DTM-AMG sportscar model as a hot speedster option in the CLK line, based on the GTR model designed for the 1997, FIA GT championship series. A more street-worthy version of the GTR, the DTM-AMG beast used a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with an output of 582 horsepower. The top speed for the coupe model was 200 mph. The convertible version's top speed was only about 190 mph, because the ragtop could not withstand the air speed above that mark.. View more

The debut of Mercedes-Benz CLK class was a breath of fresh air for luxury-car enthusiasts. Its sportier demeanor caught the eye of all those drivers who were seeking more style from the German automaker. No longer limited to staid and reliable sedans, Benz served up tasty two-door coupe and convertible versions of the CLK that still seated four. Sleek, sexy, and curvy, it appealed to the price-conscious luxury market.

Assembled at Mercedes-Benz plants in Bremen, Germany, and Monterey, Mexico, the CLK was a mid-sized grand touring machine featuring a wide range of engines. First-generation CLKs were available with base-model 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engines cranking out 134 horsepower. The top-of-the-line model offered a 5.4-liter V8, delivering a righteous 367 horsepower. Second-generation CLKs offered power trains ranging from a 1.8-liter engine producing 184 horsepower, to a 6.2-liter V8, serving a whopping 475 horsepower.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK arrived on the scene in 1996 and continued in production through 2009, when it was replaced by the E Class. The CLK cabriolet was the most successful convertible ever produced by the automaker in its first year of availability. First-generation CLKs were only available with four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. The second generation, lasting from 2002 to 2009, underwent a significant redesign that made the CLK a little longer, a little wider, and offered 10 engine choices. Mercedes upgraded the automatic transmission to a seven-speed while still offering a six-speed manual option.

Trim levels reflected predictable Mercedes-Benz standards in both generations, with leather upholstery, power seats, and dual climate control. Upgrade options included a sports package, an on-board navigation system, keyless entry, more interior color choices, and a high-quality audio system. Exterior trim options included a V8 ground-effects package, and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission models. Trim versions varied according to engine size and power, rather than according to interior and exterior amenities.

Mercedes offered the CLK-DTM-AMG sportscar model as a hot speedster option in the CLK line, based on the GTR model designed for the 1997, FIA GT championship series. A more street-worthy version of the GTR, the DTM-AMG beast used a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with an output of 582 horsepower. The top speed for the coupe model was 200 mph. The convertible version's top speed was only about 190 mph, because the ragtop could not withstand the air speed above that mark.. View more

The debut of Mercedes-Benz CLK class was a breath of fresh air for luxury-car enthusiasts. Its sportier demeanor caught the eye of all those drivers who were seeking more style from the German automaker. No longer limited to staid and reliable sedans, Benz served up tasty two-door coupe and convertible versions of the CLK that still seated four. Sleek, sexy, and curvy, it appealed to the price-conscious luxury market.

Assembled at Mercedes-Benz plants in Bremen, Germany, and Monterey, Mexico, the CLK was a mid-sized grand touring machine featuring a wide range of engines. First-generation CLKs were available with base-model 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engines cranking out 134 horsepower. The top-of-the-line model offered a 5.4-liter V8, delivering a righteous 367 horsepower. Second-generation CLKs offered power trains ranging from a 1.8-liter engine producing 184 horsepower, to a 6.2-liter V8, serving a whopping 475 horsepower.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK arrived on the scene in 1996 and continued in production through 2009, when it was replaced by the E Class. The CLK cabriolet was the most successful convertible ever produced by the automaker in its first year of availability. First-generation CLKs were only available with four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. The second generation, lasting from 2002 to 2009, underwent a significant redesign that made the CLK a little longer, a little wider, and offered 10 engine choices. Mercedes upgraded the automatic transmission to a seven-speed while still offering a six-speed manual option.

Trim levels reflected predictable Mercedes-Benz standards in both generations, with leather upholstery, power seats, and dual climate control. Upgrade options included a sports package, an on-board navigation system, keyless entry, more interior color choices, and a high-quality audio system. Exterior trim options included a V8 ground-effects package, and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission models. Trim versions varied according to engine size and power, rather than according to interior and exterior amenities.

Mercedes offered the CLK-DTM-AMG sportscar model as a hot speedster option in the CLK line, based on the GTR model designed for the 1997, FIA GT championship series. A more street-worthy version of the GTR, the DTM-AMG beast used a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with an output of 582 horsepower. The top speed for the coupe model was 200 mph. The convertible version's top speed was only about 190 mph, because the ragtop could not withstand the air speed above that mark.. View more

Mercedes-Benz is finally releasing the replacement for its original CLS that brought the automaker back into the executive car market segment. Today's edition of the CLS is a bit more sedate than its previous incarnations. However, the 2012 model features a righteous twin turbo-charged 4.8-liter V8 power plant capable of 402 horsepower and 443 foot pounds of torque. Rear-wheel drive continues to be the drive train of choice in the CLS as in other Mercedes.

The newest iteration of the CLS has received a bolder and more muscular look, giving it a presence unknown in preceding model years. Outfitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission, this car is capable of an impressive takeoff velocity because of the inclusion of paddle shifters. While huskier in appearance, the CLS still seats four in comfort during a memorable ride. Fuel economy numbers are yet to be released, but, if it holds true to form, the 2012 should be capable of an overall 20-plus mpg.

Available with only a 3.0-liter 224-horsepower V6 in 2004, subsequent model years offered up a tasty feast of increasingly more powerful engines culminating in a 6.2-liter V8 that produced 507 horsepower. Confusion reigned for sometime over the proper name of the CLS because Mercedes labeled it a four-door coupe" to reflect the smooth, aerodynamic shape of a car that also gave drivers and passengers a comfort level associated with more legroom and amenities associated with a sedan. Designed by Michael Fink of Mercedes CLK fame in Stuttgart, assembly takes place in nearby Sindelfingen, Germany.

The trim level in the CLS is what you would expect in an executive car. The interior sports all that a high-end driver could want including dual climate control, a sexier three-spoke steering wheel, and a wraparound dash tricked out with the latest electronics and hand-sewn leather. The exterior trim is a testament to the overhaul the CLS has received. The somewhat broad-beamed rear has been trimmed down to a more athletic profile with reworked taillights, while the front sports an almost tiger-like grille. The sides' contouring is central to the CLS's more aggressive stance. It looks dangerous parked at the curb.

In keeping with environmentally friendly engineering, LED lighting is standard in all exterior lights. Further refinements in creature comforts include a stellar Dolby sound system, a 40GB onboard GPS system, Bluetooth, a full complement of CD/DVD changer-SD card reader options built into the dash, high-definition radio, burled walnut trim, a power sunroof, and 14-position power front seats for openers. Of course, the upholstery is that famous buttery-soft leather that helps define the Mercedes-Benz marque.. View more

Mercedes-Benz is finally releasing the replacement for its original CLS that brought the automaker back into the executive car market segment. Today's edition of the CLS is a bit more sedate than its previous incarnations. However, the 2012 model features a righteous twin turbo-charged 4.8-liter V8 power plant capable of 402 horsepower and 443 foot pounds of torque. Rear-wheel drive continues to be the drive train of choice in the CLS as in other Mercedes.

The newest iteration of the CLS has received a bolder and more muscular look, giving it a presence unknown in preceding model years. Outfitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission, this car is capable of an impressive takeoff velocity because of the inclusion of paddle shifters. While huskier in appearance, the CLS still seats four in comfort during a memorable ride. Fuel economy numbers are yet to be released, but, if it holds true to form, the 2012 should be capable of an overall 20-plus mpg.

Available with only a 3.0-liter 224-horsepower V6 in 2004, subsequent model years offered up a tasty feast of increasingly more powerful engines culminating in a 6.2-liter V8 that produced 507 horsepower. Confusion reigned for sometime over the proper name of the CLS because Mercedes labeled it a four-door coupe" to reflect the smooth, aerodynamic shape of a car that also gave drivers and passengers a comfort level associated with more legroom and amenities associated with a sedan. Designed by Michael Fink of Mercedes CLK fame in Stuttgart, assembly takes place in nearby Sindelfingen, Germany.

The trim level in the CLS is what you would expect in an executive car. The interior sports all that a high-end driver could want including dual climate control, a sexier three-spoke steering wheel, and a wraparound dash tricked out with the latest electronics and hand-sewn leather. The exterior trim is a testament to the overhaul the CLS has received. The somewhat broad-beamed rear has been trimmed down to a more athletic profile with reworked taillights, while the front sports an almost tiger-like grille. The sides' contouring is central to the CLS's more aggressive stance. It looks dangerous parked at the curb.

In keeping with environmentally friendly engineering, LED lighting is standard in all exterior lights. Further refinements in creature comforts include a stellar Dolby sound system, a 40GB onboard GPS system, Bluetooth, a full complement of CD/DVD changer-SD card reader options built into the dash, high-definition radio, burled walnut trim, a power sunroof, and 14-position power front seats for openers. Of course, the upholstery is that famous buttery-soft leather that helps define the Mercedes-Benz marque.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class line has been an automotive Atlas for the German-based manufacturer, helping to shoulder the success of Mercedes for more than 50 years. The E-Class lineup in 2011 includes four models: sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon. The rear-wheel-drive E-Class Cabriolet (convertible) is a new addition, sporting an all-weather soft top and seating for four. The E-Class Coupe has the distinction of being the most aerodynamic production car ever marketed, according to the automaker, with the lowest drag coefficient on record.

Manufactured in Germany, the Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon, sedan, coupe, and convertible feature standard 3.5 liter V-6 engines with 268 horsepower and 7-speed automatic transmissions. While the coupe and the convertible are available solely with rear wheel drive, the wagon is equipped with full-time all-wheel-drive, and the sedan has optional all-wheel-drive. All E-Class models with the standard 3.5L engine get about 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the open road.

Mercedes-Benz has been producing its E-series, named for Einspritzmotor, which signifies fuel injection engine, for over half a century. However, the E-series appellation was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1994. The sedan has traditionally carried the annual selection of E models and has earned international renown as a durable and reliable vehicle, as evidenced by its common usage by taxi companies throughout Europe. The darling of the 2011 E-Class is the Cabriolet, a less stuffy but eminently road-worthy sports model that has received excellent reviews for responsiveness due to its Dynamic Handling suspension system.

E-Class interiors begin with standard E350 features. The enduring luxury which is a hallmark of Mercedes makes travel a pleasure. Digital dual climate controls keep both driver and passenger comfortable. Burl walnut trim, leather upholstery, a surround sound system, and high-tech navigation all contribute to the opulence of the E-Class vehicles. The sedan and wagon are extra-roomy inside, and the wagon has 57 cubic feet of cargo area plus a rear-oriented third seat in back. Interior upgrade options include seating with three-stage heating and 14-way adjustability with memory pre-sets.

Mercedes-Benz's 2011 E-Class lineup received top honors for safety from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with high marks in side, front, and rear roll-over crash testing. Such safety features as Attention Assist, which alerts drivers when they are becoming drowsy, and an increase in protective padding on front and back doors, which gives optimum protection during side collisions, earned E-Class models IIHS's praises. Other safety features, such as retracting roll bars for the Cabriolet and the Pre-Safe anticipatory injury protection keep Mercedes-Benz products at the forefront of auto safety. E-series autos also won the designation of most popular car of German manufacture, taking Germany's Unser Award for 2010.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class line has been an automotive Atlas for the German-based manufacturer, helping to shoulder the success of Mercedes for more than 50 years. The E-Class lineup in 2011 includes four models: sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon. The rear-wheel-drive E-Class Cabriolet (convertible) is a new addition, sporting an all-weather soft top and seating for four. The E-Class Coupe has the distinction of being the most aerodynamic production car ever marketed, according to the automaker, with the lowest drag coefficient on record.

Manufactured in Germany, the Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon, sedan, coupe, and convertible feature standard 3.5 liter V-6 engines with 268 horsepower and 7-speed automatic transmissions. While the coupe and the convertible are available solely with rear wheel drive, the wagon is equipped with full-time all-wheel-drive, and the sedan has optional all-wheel-drive. All E-Class models with the standard 3.5L engine get about 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the open road.

Mercedes-Benz has been producing its E-series, named for Einspritzmotor, which signifies fuel injection engine, for over half a century. However, the E-series appellation was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1994. The sedan has traditionally carried the annual selection of E models and has earned international renown as a durable and reliable vehicle, as evidenced by its common usage by taxi companies throughout Europe. The darling of the 2011 E-Class is the Cabriolet, a less stuffy but eminently road-worthy sports model that has received excellent reviews for responsiveness due to its Dynamic Handling suspension system.

E-Class interiors begin with standard E350 features. The enduring luxury which is a hallmark of Mercedes makes travel a pleasure. Digital dual climate controls keep both driver and passenger comfortable. Burl walnut trim, leather upholstery, a surround sound system, and high-tech navigation all contribute to the opulence of the E-Class vehicles. The sedan and wagon are extra-roomy inside, and the wagon has 57 cubic feet of cargo area plus a rear-oriented third seat in back. Interior upgrade options include seating with three-stage heating and 14-way adjustability with memory pre-sets.

Mercedes-Benz's 2011 E-Class lineup received top honors for safety from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with high marks in side, front, and rear roll-over crash testing. Such safety features as Attention Assist, which alerts drivers when they are becoming drowsy, and an increase in protective padding on front and back doors, which gives optimum protection during side collisions, earned E-Class models IIHS's praises. Other safety features, such as retracting roll bars for the Cabriolet and the Pre-Safe anticipatory injury protection keep Mercedes-Benz products at the forefront of auto safety. E-series autos also won the designation of most popular car of German manufacture, taking Germany's Unser Award for 2010.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class line has been an automotive Atlas for the German-based manufacturer, helping to shoulder the success of Mercedes for more than 50 years. The E-Class lineup in 2011 includes four models: sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon. The rear-wheel-drive E-Class Cabriolet (convertible) is a new addition, sporting an all-weather soft top and seating for four. The E-Class Coupe has the distinction of being the most aerodynamic production car ever marketed, according to the automaker, with the lowest drag coefficient on record.

Manufactured in Germany, the Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon, sedan, coupe, and convertible feature standard 3.5 liter V-6 engines with 268 horsepower and 7-speed automatic transmissions. While the coupe and the convertible are available solely with rear wheel drive, the wagon is equipped with full-time all-wheel-drive, and the sedan has optional all-wheel-drive. All E-Class models with the standard 3.5L engine get about 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the open road.

Mercedes-Benz has been producing its E-series, named for Einspritzmotor, which signifies fuel injection engine, for over half a century. However, the E-series appellation was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1994. The sedan has traditionally carried the annual selection of E models and has earned international renown as a durable and reliable vehicle, as evidenced by its common usage by taxi companies throughout Europe. The darling of the 2011 E-Class is the Cabriolet, a less stuffy but eminently road-worthy sports model that has received excellent reviews for responsiveness due to its Dynamic Handling suspension system.

E-Class interiors begin with standard E350 features. The enduring luxury which is a hallmark of Mercedes makes travel a pleasure. Digital dual climate controls keep both driver and passenger comfortable. Burl walnut trim, leather upholstery, a surround sound system, and high-tech navigation all contribute to the opulence of the E-Class vehicles. The sedan and wagon are extra-roomy inside, and the wagon has 57 cubic feet of cargo area plus a rear-oriented third seat in back. Interior upgrade options include seating with three-stage heating and 14-way adjustability with memory pre-sets.

Mercedes-Benz's 2011 E-Class lineup received top honors for safety from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with high marks in side, front, and rear roll-over crash testing. Such safety features as Attention Assist, which alerts drivers when they are becoming drowsy, and an increase in protective padding on front and back doors, which gives optimum protection during side collisions, earned E-Class models IIHS's praises. Other safety features, such as retracting roll bars for the Cabriolet and the Pre-Safe anticipatory injury protection keep Mercedes-Benz products at the forefront of auto safety. E-series autos also won the designation of most popular car of German manufacture, taking Germany's Unser Award for 2010.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a four-wheel SUV that is recognized as being a rugged and reliable off-roader. It offers seating for five. For many years since its inception, many different countries have used the G-class in their military operations. Currently, it is use by Vatican City as the Popemobile, the bulletproof car in which the Pope travels.

It has a 32V 5.5 L V8 engine that produces 382 hp and 391 ft. lb. of torque. It also has a 7-speed automatic transmission. Its fuel economy is 11 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. The fuel tank holds 25.4 gallons of premium unleaded gasoline. Acceleration is 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. It is an all-wheel drive vehicle that seats up to 5 adults. It also has up to 79.5 cu. ft. of cargo space and can tow up to 3500 lbs.

The G-series was originally produced in 1979 because Germany wanted a light weight military vehicle, but eventually a cheaper vehicle was chosen. In 1981, the first major changes to the vehicle occurred, including an automatic transmission, air conditioning and an auxiliary fuel tank. In 1982, fuel injections became an option. In 1984, the G-class got its current name. In 1989, all-wheel drive became a permanent feature and ABS became optional. In 1996, the transmission became an electronically controlled 5-speed unit, and headlamp washers, cruise control and a front passenger's air bag were added. The year 2001 was the U.S. launch of the vehicle. In 2004, it got a supercharged V-8 engine, and in 2006 was recognized worldwide as a vehicle able to reach the coldest regions of the world without breaking down.

The interior of the G-series vehicles offers many luxury amenities. Some include a COMMAND system with voice control, a GPS navigation system that can hold up to 40 GB of memory; mbrace, which keeps drivers connected to personal assistance 24 hours a day; Zaggat Guide to find reviews of hot spots near the vehicle's location; Bluetooth interface; in-dash SD card reader; in-dash 6 CD and DVD changer; iPod or MP3 media interface; 4 GB of space for music; SIRIUS Satellite Radio; walnut wood trim; leather seats; dual zone automatic climate control; heated seats and steering wheel; ambient lighting; driver's seat memory; and 60/40 rear split.

Exterior features include 18 inch alloy wheels and optional wheel locks, wheel hub inserts, tire valve stem caps and flexible cargo stabilizers.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a luxury crossover SUV that has been in production since 2006. The car was made for the American market, and it performed much better in the U.S. than it did in Europe. The GL-Class comes in three models: GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 and top-of-the-line GL550. It has a less boxy style than other Mercedes SUVs and is the largest SUV by the maker. It offers much more luxurious amenities than the G-Class.

The GL 350 CDI BlueTEC has a 3.0 L V6 diesel engine, the world's cleanest diesel engine. It produces 215 hp and 400 lb. ft. of torque. It has an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. It has a fuel tank that holds 26.4 gallons and a reserve of 3.4 gallons. The 350 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds. Towing capacity is 7500 lbs. The GL-Class is built at Mercedes' Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant as well as in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was introduced its 2006 model with two trim levels: GL 320 CDI and GL 450. The GL 320 CDI's diesel power plant was not cleared for sale in California and emissions states such as Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The GL 550 got a more powerful gasoline V8 in 2008. In 2009, the GL 320 BueTEC model replaced the GL320 CDI because it had cleaner emissions and was able to be legal in all 50 states. That same year, the navigation system became hard-drive-based. For 2010, the diesel model became the GL350 BlueTEC and received a bit more torque. In 2011, the GL 550 was introduced.

The interior of the GL-Class has more amenities than any other Mercedes SUV. Coming standard on the GL 350 is seating for seven adults, power folding rear seat, 4 way lumbar support for driver, in-dash 6-disc CD or DVD changer, surround sound system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and leather steering wheel. Optional equipment includes COMAND system with enhanced voice control, hard-drive navigation, Zaggat Guide, PARKTRONIC (which helps you avoid unseen obstacles when parking), rear view camera, power front sun roof, rear panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, comfort head restraints, iPod or MP3 media interface, rear entertainment system with two 8 in. LCD monitors, 3 zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, and leather upholstery. Exterior options include roof rack basic carrier, chrome fins, Chrome Accessories package, and illuminations kit for side running boards. The wheels are 20 in. 5 spokes alloy standard.

The Mercedes Benz M Class is a mid-sized SUV with a body-on-frame construction that began life in the Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a 1998 model. The USA plant was built expressly for production of the M Class vehicles. With only a few minor modifications, the M Class remains in production today. For a short time, these SUVs were also built in the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

Initially, the model lineup was limited to an ML 320, powered by a 3.2-liter overhead cam V-6, driving all four wheels through an effective all-wheel-drive system. In 1999 the ML 430 was added, with a 4.3-liter V8 under the hood. Like other notable European auto manufacturers, the model number often designates the engine size.

Though it is mid-sized, the ML in weighs in at close to 2.5 tons because of the complex drive system and a plethora of features. Even so, the gasoline-powered ML delivers fuel economy better than most SUVs in its class, while the diesels deliver amazing fuel mileage.

The W-163, M-B's internal designation for the original ML, was built until the 2005 model year, when a redesigned W-164 replaced it. Models of the W-163 included: ML 320, ML 320 diesel, ML 350, ML 430, ML 500 and ML 55 AMG. The latter vehicle was prepped by the Mercedes Benz AMG High Performance Division for substantially-improved power and handling. Essentially, it was a race car thinly disguised as an SUV. The Popemobile in current use is based on the 2002 ML 430 model.

Even the base models of the M Series are fairly opulent, but the upscale models featuring a V8 are downright luxurious. Automatic features abound: light-sensing headlights that turn on automatically in low light; rain sensing windshield wipers (front and rear); automatic window lifts; as well as a navigation and sound system with an integrated telephone.

The ML Series is a competent off-roader, too. There is sufficient ground clearance to handle moderately rough terrain and the all-wheel-drive system is very effective, offering a low range in the transfer case. On the highway, the ride is smooth and supple. These vehicles comfortably carry five to seven passengers. Though it is classified as a light truck, the handling of an M Class is very much like a luxury automobile. In 1998, the ML Class was Motor Trend's Truck of the Year and Mercedes Benz has upheld that standard of quality and performance ever since.. View more

The Mercedes Benz M Class is a mid-sized SUV with a body-on-frame construction that began life in the Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a 1998 model. The USA plant was built expressly for production of the M Class vehicles. With only a few minor modifications, the M Class remains in production today. For a short time, these SUVs were also built in the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

Initially, the model lineup was limited to an ML 320, powered by a 3.2-liter overhead cam V-6, driving all four wheels through an effective all-wheel-drive system. In 1999 the ML 430 was added, with a 4.3-liter V8 under the hood. Like other notable European auto manufacturers, the model number often designates the engine size.

Though it is mid-sized, the ML in weighs in at close to 2.5 tons because of the complex drive system and a plethora of features. Even so, the gasoline-powered ML delivers fuel economy better than most SUVs in its class, while the diesels deliver amazing fuel mileage.

The W-163, M-B's internal designation for the original ML, was built until the 2005 model year, when a redesigned W-164 replaced it. Models of the W-163 included: ML 320, ML 320 diesel, ML 350, ML 430, ML 500 and ML 55 AMG. The latter vehicle was prepped by the Mercedes Benz AMG High Performance Division for substantially-improved power and handling. Essentially, it was a race car thinly disguised as an SUV. The Popemobile in current use is based on the 2002 ML 430 model.

Even the base models of the M Series are fairly opulent, but the upscale models featuring a V8 are downright luxurious. Automatic features abound: light-sensing headlights that turn on automatically in low light; rain sensing windshield wipers (front and rear); automatic window lifts; as well as a navigation and sound system with an integrated telephone.

The ML Series is a competent off-roader, too. There is sufficient ground clearance to handle moderately rough terrain and the all-wheel-drive system is very effective, offering a low range in the transfer case. On the highway, the ride is smooth and supple. These vehicles comfortably carry five to seven passengers. Though it is classified as a light truck, the handling of an M Class is very much like a luxury automobile. In 1998, the ML Class was Motor Trend's Truck of the Year and Mercedes Benz has upheld that standard of quality and performance ever since.. View more

The Mercedes Benz M Class is a mid-sized SUV with a body-on-frame construction that began life in the Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a 1998 model. The USA plant was built expressly for production of the M Class vehicles. With only a few minor modifications, the M Class remains in production today. For a short time, these SUVs were also built in the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

Initially, the model lineup was limited to an ML 320, powered by a 3.2-liter overhead cam V-6, driving all four wheels through an effective all-wheel-drive system. In 1999 the ML 430 was added, with a 4.3-liter V8 under the hood. Like other notable European auto manufacturers, the model number often designates the engine size.

Though it is mid-sized, the ML in weighs in at close to 2.5 tons because of the complex drive system and a plethora of features. Even so, the gasoline-powered ML delivers fuel economy better than most SUVs in its class, while the diesels deliver amazing fuel mileage.

The W-163, M-B's internal designation for the original ML, was built until the 2005 model year, when a redesigned W-164 replaced it. Models of the W-163 included: ML 320, ML 320 diesel, ML 350, ML 430, ML 500 and ML 55 AMG. The latter vehicle was prepped by the Mercedes Benz AMG High Performance Division for substantially-improved power and handling. Essentially, it was a race car thinly disguised as an SUV. The Popemobile in current use is based on the 2002 ML 430 model.

Even the base models of the M Series are fairly opulent, but the upscale models featuring a V8 are downright luxurious. Automatic features abound: light-sensing headlights that turn on automatically in low light; rain sensing windshield wipers (front and rear); automatic window lifts; as well as a navigation and sound system with an integrated telephone.

The ML Series is a competent off-roader, too. There is sufficient ground clearance to handle moderately rough terrain and the all-wheel-drive system is very effective, offering a low range in the transfer case. On the highway, the ride is smooth and supple. These vehicles comfortably carry five to seven passengers. Though it is classified as a light truck, the handling of an M Class is very much like a luxury automobile. In 1998, the ML Class was Motor Trend's Truck of the Year and Mercedes Benz has upheld that standard of quality and performance ever since.. View more

The Mercedes Benz M Class is a mid-sized SUV with a body-on-frame construction that began life in the Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as a 1998 model. The USA plant was built expressly for production of the M Class vehicles. With only a few minor modifications, the M Class remains in production today. For a short time, these SUVs were also built in the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

Initially, the model lineup was limited to an ML 320, powered by a 3.2-liter overhead cam V-6, driving all four wheels through an effective all-wheel-drive system. In 1999 the ML 430 was added, with a 4.3-liter V8 under the hood. Like other notable European auto manufacturers, the model number often designates the engine size.

Though it is mid-sized, the ML in weighs in at close to 2.5 tons because of the complex drive system and a plethora of features. Even so, the gasoline-powered ML delivers fuel economy better than most SUVs in its class, while the diesels deliver amazing fuel mileage.

The W-163, M-B's internal designation for the original ML, was built until the 2005 model year, when a redesigned W-164 replaced it. Models of the W-163 included: ML 320, ML 320 diesel, ML 350, ML 430, ML 500 and ML 55 AMG. The latter vehicle was prepped by the Mercedes Benz AMG High Performance Division for substantially-improved power and handling. Essentially, it was a race car thinly disguised as an SUV. The Popemobile in current use is based on the 2002 ML 430 model.

Even the base models of the M Series are fairly opulent, but the upscale models featuring a V8 are downright luxurious. Automatic features abound: light-sensing headlights that turn on automatically in low light; rain sensing windshield wipers (front and rear); automatic window lifts; as well as a navigation and sound system with an integrated telephone.

The ML Series is a competent off-roader, too. There is sufficient ground clearance to handle moderately rough terrain and the all-wheel-drive system is very effective, offering a low range in the transfer case. On the highway, the ride is smooth and supple. These vehicles comfortably carry five to seven passengers. Though it is classified as a light truck, the handling of an M Class is very much like a luxury automobile. In 1998, the ML Class was Motor Trend's Truck of the Year and Mercedes Benz has upheld that standard of quality and performance ever since.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class five-door wagon is the top choice of auto enthusiasts looking for the features and convenience of a mini-van with the luxury features of a higher level brand. The R-Class is categorized as a large MPV/full-size CUV, and has front engine power with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. R-Class vehicles are built upon a Mercedes-Benz W251 platform and have several engine size options from 3.0-liter V-6 to 6.2-liter V-8.

Since 2005, the Mercedes-BenzR-Class lineup is assembled in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant as well as in Mexico City, Mexico. This vehicle was the first ever full-sized multi-purpose model produced by Mercedes-Benz, and it is loaded with the amenities expected from this manufacturer. Fuel economy is rated highly, at 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. The vehicle offers plenty of room for six adults, as well as a comfortable and quiet ride. R-Class vehicles come in several variants, including the R-500 and R-63 AMG. Despite their power attributes, these two models were discontinued after the 2007 model year due to low sales.

Mercedes Benz-R-Class vehicles perform their tasks quite well, but they are pricier than other brands, at an MSPR of $50,240 to $51,740. They can seat up to seven adults, and have a cargo capacity of up to 85 cubic feet, with maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. There were two variations in the R-series lineup: the R350s and R500s. The 500-series was discontinued due to slow sales, despite its larger V-8 5000cc engine with 306 horsepower, compared to the 350-series engines starting with a V-6 3500cc engine producing 272 horsepower. Both had respectable take-off power, with the R-500 registering 0-100 kph in 7 seconds, and the R-350 moving from 0-100kmh in just 8.4 seconds.

In 2009, the R-Class includes a new R-320 Bluetec turbodiesel engine to replace the diesel R-320 CDI. This change makes the R-Class vehicles compliant for emissions with all 50 states in the U.S. Other new changes include making the sunroof standard and the addition of an iPod interface and voice controls for certain features. The R-Class models have new audio, a navigation head unit with HD radio, real-time traffic updates and Bluetooth. The rear doors are still large and somewhat bulky swing-outs, but they offer greater room for passengers entering and exiting the vehicles.

For interior design and comfort, look for luxury all the way: leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, bird's-eye maple inserts, power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, upgrade options for leather upholstery, burl walnut trim, satellite radio and a surround-sound 12-speaker system from Harmon Kardon. The rearview camera makes backing and parking easier and safer. Front seats are full power with heat, and keyless entry is available. Safety features are numerous, including head restraints, airbags, rollover-sensing stability control, and antilock disc brakes.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a large, German luxury sedan. It offers room for a family of five as well as a large trunk holding over 16 cubic feet of luggage or other cargo. More than its commodious size and comfort, the S-Class is the world's standard for luxury vehicles. Well suited for use as a family sedan, it is also one of the world's leading chauffeur-driven cars, whether in a regular sedan configuration, or stretched out as a limousine.

The S-Class comes with a choice of three engines-a V6 mild hybrid making 285 horsepower, a 382 horsepower 5.5 liter V8 engine or a 510 horsepower V12 with a 5.5 liter displacement. The hybrid S400 generates 25 freeway miles per gallon while the V12-equipped S600 still achieves 19 miles per gallon on the highway. Designed in Germany, the S-Class is currently built in Mercedes' main plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, although they have been built all over the world in the past.

The first Mercedes to be called the S-Class was released in the 1972 model year, although the line has a history going back to the 1954 W180, also known as the Ponton". Over the years, the S-Class has gone from being a car powered by a large six-cylinder engine to one containing the most advanced technology and largest engines available from Mercedes. One constant in the line is that they have typically represented Mercedes' most advanced safety technologies with innovations such as padded steering wheels, front and side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, radar based cruise control and even an infrared camera to assist with night vision.

The modern S-Class offers a broad range of features. Even the least expensive S400 edition includes such items as a 600 watt surround sound stereo with media card reader, hard drive navigation system and sixteen-way front power seats with memory and heating. The S600 adds a Bang and Olufsen stereo, ventilated massaging front seats and two powered seats in the rear.

As the world's standard for luxury cars, the S-Class has collected awards and positive praise for decades. Awards include the number one spots in the JD Power satisfaction index, a safety award from the Highway Loss Data Institute, European Car of the Year and Limousine of the Year. Although it is a large, gasoline powered car with a large engine, it also received the German TUV's certificate for its environmental friendliness in 2005, beating the Prius to that honor.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a large, German luxury sedan. It offers room for a family of five as well as a large trunk holding over 16 cubic feet of luggage or other cargo. More than its commodious size and comfort, the S-Class is the world's standard for luxury vehicles. Well suited for use as a family sedan, it is also one of the world's leading chauffeur-driven cars, whether in a regular sedan configuration, or stretched out as a limousine.

The S-Class comes with a choice of three engines-a V6 mild hybrid making 285 horsepower, a 382 horsepower 5.5 liter V8 engine or a 510 horsepower V12 with a 5.5 liter displacement. The hybrid S400 generates 25 freeway miles per gallon while the V12-equipped S600 still achieves 19 miles per gallon on the highway. Designed in Germany, the S-Class is currently built in Mercedes' main plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, although they have been built all over the world in the past.

The first Mercedes to be called the S-Class was released in the 1972 model year, although the line has a history going back to the 1954 W180, also known as the Ponton". Over the years, the S-Class has gone from being a car powered by a large six-cylinder engine to one containing the most advanced technology and largest engines available from Mercedes. One constant in the line is that they have typically represented Mercedes' most advanced safety technologies with innovations such as padded steering wheels, front and side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, radar based cruise control and even an infrared camera to assist with night vision.

The modern S-Class offers a broad range of features. Even the least expensive S400 edition includes such items as a 600 watt surround sound stereo with media card reader, hard drive navigation system and sixteen-way front power seats with memory and heating. The S600 adds a Bang and Olufsen stereo, ventilated massaging front seats and two powered seats in the rear.

As the world's standard for luxury cars, the S-Class has collected awards and positive praise for decades. Awards include the number one spots in the JD Power satisfaction index, a safety award from the Highway Loss Data Institute, European Car of the Year and Limousine of the Year. Although it is a large, gasoline powered car with a large engine, it also received the German TUV's certificate for its environmental friendliness in 2005, beating the Prius to that honor.. View more

Sports Leicht (Sport Light), or SL, is the designation given to a class of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, most of which are two-seat sports models. The SL-Class was introduced in 1954 with the 300SL and 190SL models. The 300SL was a true sports car and won many competitions during the mid-1950s, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 300SL series was available in a gull-wing coupe—the doors raised vertically instead of opening horizontally—for 1954 through 1957 and in a softtop roadster for 1957 through 1963. During the same period, the smaller, lower-powered 190SL was available as a two-seat roadster with an easily lowered convertible top and a removable hardtop. The 300 was powered by a 215-horsepower inline six, while the 190 had an inline-four-cylinder engine under the hood.

In 1963, Mercedes-Benz introduced a new design for their SL models. The little 190SL was replaced by the 1963–1967 230SL, which sported a 2.3-liter I-6. In 1966, an additional model was added, the 250SL, which had a larger 2.5-liter I-6. In 1967, the engine was again increased to 2.8 liters in the 280SL. The larger, more powerful 300SL sports car and racer was not replaced after it ceased production in 1963.

For 1972, Mercedes introduced a new 350SL Series coupe/roadster. Sporting a 3.5-liter V-8, the 350SL was faster and more luxurious than the previous models had been. It was produced until 1980. In 1973 through 1980, Mercedes-Benz also built a 450SL, powered by a 4.5-liter V-8. From 1974 through 1980, a 280SL model was offered, which had a 2.8-liter inline six. In 1980 through 1986, the SL line consisted of a 380SL with a 3.8-liter V-8 and a 500SL with a 5.0-liter V-8. The downsized displacement on the entry-level SL was a response to the fuel crisis of that era and the emission requirements of Germany and the United States. For 1986 through 1989, the SL models were the 420SL, 500SL and 560SL, all with variously sized V-8 engines, and the 300SL with an inline six.

The SL was face-lifted in 1994 and again in 2003. The engine offerings during this period ranged from an I-6, V-6 and V-8 to a V-12. Mercedes-Benz AMG division produced several high-performance versions of the SL over the years, the most notable and rare being the SL73 AMG, offered in 1995 and concealing a 525-horsepower V-12 under the hood. Only 85 of these roadsters were produced. The 7.3-liter V-12 was used in several exotic cars, including a Pagani Zonda. Today, the Mercedes-Benz 500SL is the primary offering, but AMG is also producing several performance versions of the venerable coupe/roadster.. View more

Sports Leicht (Sport Light), or SL, is the designation given to a class of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, most of which are two-seat sports models. The SL-Class was introduced in 1954 with the 300SL and 190SL models. The 300SL was a true sports car and won many competitions during the mid-1950s, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 300SL series was available in a gull-wing coupe—the doors raised vertically instead of opening horizontally—for 1954 through 1957 and in a softtop roadster for 1957 through 1963. During the same period, the smaller, lower-powered 190SL was available as a two-seat roadster with an easily lowered convertible top and a removable hardtop. The 300 was powered by a 215-horsepower inline six, while the 190 had an inline-four-cylinder engine under the hood.

In 1963, Mercedes-Benz introduced a new design for their SL models. The little 190SL was replaced by the 1963–1967 230SL, which sported a 2.3-liter I-6. In 1966, an additional model was added, the 250SL, which had a larger 2.5-liter I-6. In 1967, the engine was again increased to 2.8 liters in the 280SL. The larger, more powerful 300SL sports car and racer was not replaced after it ceased production in 1963.

For 1972, Mercedes introduced a new 350SL Series coupe/roadster. Sporting a 3.5-liter V-8, the 350SL was faster and more luxurious than the previous models had been. It was produced until 1980. In 1973 through 1980, Mercedes-Benz also built a 450SL, powered by a 4.5-liter V-8. From 1974 through 1980, a 280SL model was offered, which had a 2.8-liter inline six. In 1980 through 1986, the SL line consisted of a 380SL with a 3.8-liter V-8 and a 500SL with a 5.0-liter V-8. The downsized displacement on the entry-level SL was a response to the fuel crisis of that era and the emission requirements of Germany and the United States. For 1986 through 1989, the SL models were the 420SL, 500SL and 560SL, all with variously sized V-8 engines, and the 300SL with an inline six.

The SL was face-lifted in 1994 and again in 2003. The engine offerings during this period ranged from an I-6, V-6 and V-8 to a V-12. Mercedes-Benz AMG division produced several high-performance versions of the SL over the years, the most notable and rare being the SL73 AMG, offered in 1995 and concealing a 525-horsepower V-12 under the hood. Only 85 of these roadsters were produced. The 7.3-liter V-12 was used in several exotic cars, including a Pagani Zonda. Today, the Mercedes-Benz 500SL is the primary offering, but AMG is also producing several performance versions of the venerable coupe/roadster.. View more

Sports Leicht (Sport Light), or SL, is the designation given to a class of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, most of which are two-seat sports models. The SL-Class was introduced in 1954 with the 300SL and 190SL models. The 300SL was a true sports car and won many competitions during the mid-1950s, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 300SL series was available in a gull-wing coupe—the doors raised vertically instead of opening horizontally—for 1954 through 1957 and in a softtop roadster for 1957 through 1963. During the same period, the smaller, lower-powered 190SL was available as a two-seat roadster with an easily lowered convertible top and a removable hardtop. The 300 was powered by a 215-horsepower inline six, while the 190 had an inline-four-cylinder engine under the hood.

In 1963, Mercedes-Benz introduced a new design for their SL models. The little 190SL was replaced by the 1963–1967 230SL, which sported a 2.3-liter I-6. In 1966, an additional model was added, the 250SL, which had a larger 2.5-liter I-6. In 1967, the engine was again increased to 2.8 liters in the 280SL. The larger, more powerful 300SL sports car and racer was not replaced after it ceased production in 1963.

For 1972, Mercedes introduced a new 350SL Series coupe/roadster. Sporting a 3.5-liter V-8, the 350SL was faster and more luxurious than the previous models had been. It was produced until 1980. In 1973 through 1980, Mercedes-Benz also built a 450SL, powered by a 4.5-liter V-8. From 1974 through 1980, a 280SL model was offered, which had a 2.8-liter inline six. In 1980 through 1986, the SL line consisted of a 380SL with a 3.8-liter V-8 and a 500SL with a 5.0-liter V-8. The downsized displacement on the entry-level SL was a response to the fuel crisis of that era and the emission requirements of Germany and the United States. For 1986 through 1989, the SL models were the 420SL, 500SL and 560SL, all with variously sized V-8 engines, and the 300SL with an inline six.

The SL was face-lifted in 1994 and again in 2003. The engine offerings during this period ranged from an I-6, V-6 and V-8 to a V-12. Mercedes-Benz AMG division produced several high-performance versions of the SL over the years, the most notable and rare being the SL73 AMG, offered in 1995 and concealing a 525-horsepower V-12 under the hood. Only 85 of these roadsters were produced. The 7.3-liter V-12 was used in several exotic cars, including a Pagani Zonda. Today, the Mercedes-Benz 500SL is the primary offering, but AMG is also producing several performance versions of the venerable coupe/roadster.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a two-door sports coupe convertible. It is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicle. Mercedes-Benz classifies the SLK-Class as a roadster and it features a retractable hardtop. The car is noted for its speed and handling. It is available as the base line SLK300 or the upgraded SLK350. The SLK-Class seats two and has a very limited cargo capacity, making this a car most appropriate for individuals without children.

The SLK-Class has two available engine models. The SLK300 features a 3.0-liter, V6 engine that can generate 228 horsepower and the SLK350 has a 3.5-liter, V6 that produces 300 horsepower. The baseline SLK300 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The SLK300 is available as a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, while the SLK350 is available only as a seven-speed automatic. Both feature anti-lock brakes with brake assist and speed-sensitive steering. An electronic stability system and multilink suspension add to the SLK-Class' appeal, as does automatic collision notification. It has 9.6 cubic feet of trunk space, though this already small area decreases to 6.5 cubic feet when the top is down. The SLK-Class demonstrates above-average fuel economy with a rating of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Mercedes-Benz debuted the SLK-Class as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1994. A second concept car, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1995, further refined the SLK-Class' sleek lines and performance specifications. Production began in 1996. Four years later, the car introduced new front and rear bumper designs. Another redesign, presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008, included upgraded engines and better fuel economy. As of 2011, it continues to be sold by Mercedes-Benz.

The SLK-Class is available with leather seats, chrome door handle inserts and dual-zone climate control. Burl walnut wood trim adds to the luxury, as does the convertible hardtop that can be raised or lowered in just 22 seconds. A trip computer calculates average speed and fuel economy and displays it for the driver. Front, side and knee airbags, combined with a fixed hoop convertible rollover protection, add to the car's safety. The steering wheel features mounted audio controls and the sound system includes MP3 compatibility with nine speakers. The SLK-Class also includes cruise control and rear window windshield wipers.

Car and Driver named the SLK-Class to its Ten Best List in 1997. The magazine also named it North American Car of the Year in 1998. It won the 2004 Red Dot Award for product design and the 2012 production model features Mercedes-Benz' award-winning PRESAFE® crash protection system.. View more

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a convertible, grand touring class vehicle that comes as either a two-door coupe or two-door roadster. It is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive vehicle and represents a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and British supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The SLR McLaren seats two and is classified a supercar. With limited seating and an extremely small cargo area, the SLR McLaren is designed for speed and handling, not for simply driving around town. It is best suited to racing enthusiasts who can afford the car's hefty price tag.

Few cars are all about power, but the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is one of them. This stunningly powerful vehicle features a hand-built, 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that can generate an astonishing 617 horsepower. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and of reaching 190 mph in only 24.8 seconds. It is built with five-speed automatic transmission that also has three manual modes to enhance the durability of the gearbox, and the SLR McLaren features a break fade resistance of 2,200°F. It has active aerodynamics built into its rear spoiler, which automatically adjusts to increase down force when the vehicle reaches 59 mph. Despite all of this power, the fuel economy for the SLR McLaren is surprisingly good. It gets 13mpg/city and 18mpg/highway, much better than many of its supercar cousins.

Developed as a joint effort between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive when Mercedes owned 40% of McLaren, the SLR McLaren debuted in 2003 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car began production that same year, and production continued until 2010. Several special edition versions of the SLR McLaren were also produced, including the 722 Edition, Roadster, Roadster 722 S, 722 GT, and the Stirling Moss. In 2010, McLaren announced a final edition of the supercar, the McLaren Edition, of which 25 units would be available for 2011.

With such a finely-tuned vehicle, luxury is part of the package. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is no exception to this rule, offering its driver many luxuries. A voice-activated phone system is standard, as is a Bose RDS audio system, Bluetooth technology, a navigation system, and an online information system. Leather upholstery and a microfiltration system with active carbon filtering add to this luxury, and safety is enhanced with front multi-stage deployment airbags and knee airbags.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren had the distinction of being the ninth most expensive street-legal car in 2008. The SLR McLaren Stirling Moss edition was awarded the Good Design" award by the renowned Chicago Athenaeum. The SLR Roadster also took home the top roadster/cabriolet spot at European car magazine Auto Bild's "Auto 1 von Europa" (Europe's Number One Car) awards.. View more






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