Production of the first generation Mercedes CLS has ended after six years

Mercedes has ended production of the first generation CLS.

The Mercedes CLS type C129 will be replaced by the second generation type C218 in the Autumn after being shown off at the Paris motorshow in September. The last Mercedes CLS to come down the production line was a black CLS550 complete with an AMG styling pack, destined for a customer in the US.

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The first CLS made its debut as a concept in 2003 at the Frankfurt motor show, before going into production the following year.

It was available with a variety of V6 and V8 petrol engines as well as a V6 turbodiesel. Mercedes sold more than 170,000 CLS units worldwide in the six years it was in production.

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30 July 2010

One of the very few Mercs i truly lust after. Hope the new one is just as sexy.

30 July 2010

It was a real beauty. I had one for 3 years, Obsidian Black, Walnut, Black leather and AMG multispokes. Nicest car I've had to date and I miss it now. Can't wait to see what the new one will be like. It needs to be just as shocking as the first incarnation.Blew away the competition and still looks fresh all these years later.

Common sense does not always prevail!

30 July 2010

View the new one in all its glory here

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/254752/spied_mercedes_...

Autocar a little bit behind with spy photies

30 July 2010

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View the new one in all its glory here

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/254752/spied_mercedes_...

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i saw it on the site and it looks really good. However i am a bit weary of Autoexpress News as they can be shockingly wrong.

30 July 2010

CLS production ends? Not surprising really. I did read in the FT the other day that there was a desperate worldwide shortage of droopiness, so they couldn't keep that production line going forever.

30 July 2010

I never found the CLS that attractive. Sure it was long, low and sleek, but it had a droopy, melted look and seemed uncomfortably reminiscent of a Ford AU Falcon at the back. The Passat CC also does nothing for me - looks like a regular Passat that started melting.

The Jaguar XF and the new Audi A7 do a much better job of making a 4-door saloon (or hatch if you rather) look lithe and taut.

30 July 2010

A very desirable car, even now. However, it was always far too long to park it easily in urban areas. Indeed, the 5 metre long car seems to be a growing (literally) trend. One of my previous cars at 4.8m was longer than some of the parking spaces in Kensington. Thank goodness I don't park there often.


30 July 2010

Shame, the new one doesn't look half as good.

30 July 2010

We liked it or we didn't like it.

For me, it was a success.

30 July 2010

Great design, certain to be a classic. A Merc that people admire rather than a Merc people despise, not that that means much but it was popular among the general public. Very desirable car whose elegance can matches anything Aston could provide.

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