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Old 9th November 2010, 12:12   #1
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Default Mercedes-Benz confirms production of CLS Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to put the CLS Shooting Brake into production in 2012, with the swoopy wagon set to be built along side a handful of other Benz models at its plant in Sindelfingen.

Originally shown in concept form at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, the CLS Shooting Brake will likely debut in production guise early next year. The standard CLS sedan powertrains will carry over to the wagon, including the CLS63 AMG version debuting at the LA Auto Show next week. Make the jump for the press blast.

The CLS Shooting Brake will go into serial production: As of 2012, the sporty four-door Coupé with sloping tail end based on the CLS will roll-off the assembly line in the Mercedes-Benz Plant Sindelfingen.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "In 2004, Mercedes-Benz established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupé CLS and created a design icon. 170,000 customers around the globe show how enthusiastic this car has been received by the market. The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and that is exactly what the customers expect from us."

Sindelfingen, as largest production location of Mercedes-Benz globally, will add another model to its manufacturing portfolio. Currently, the plant is building the C-Class Sedan, the E-Class Sedan and Estate, the S-Class and the coupés CLS and CL as well as the Maybach models and Mercedes-Benz Guard vehicles. Recently, the plant started to produce the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a small series of the B-Class powered by a fuel cell. As of 2014, the Mercedes-Benz SL will also be manufactured in Sindelfingen. The decision for the CLS Shooting Brake also reflects the flexibility of the plant: The new model will be build on the same production line as the CLS and the E-Class Sedan.

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Production and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans: "This new model with its high emotional appeal is another highlight for the Sindelfingen plant. The location decision is an evidence for the significance of the plant as competence centre for the luxury class. The CLS Shooting Brake will contribute to a sustainable capacity utilization in this core location of our production network."

The fresh and exciting interpretation of the emotionally-appealing Coupé-based design had its premiere as a show car at Auto China in April 2010. Now, this insight by Mercedes designers into the possible future development of the Coupé concept will become reality. In 2012, the CLS Shooting Brake will be launched to the market.

Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars: "The CLS still makes waves with its fascinating design and wows customers for our brand. With the new generation of the CLS we expand our pioneering role in this segment. We aim to extend this success story with the CLS Shooting Brake and complement our product portfolio with another appealing model. This car is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further. At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."

The proportions are clearly those of a coupé: the long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has four doors and a large rear lid. The model features some astonishing proportions which at the same time are clearly reminiscent of another design icon - the CLS.

It's all in a name: the origins of the name "Shooting Brake"
Break, or the homonym Brake, was the name once given to carriages used to "break" in wild horses and also to restrict (or "brake") their urge to move, so that they could be put to use as work horses. Since the carts could easily be broken as part of this process, people tended not to use ones which they may have urgently needed for other purposes. Where necessary, "Brakes" were often fitted out with variable bodies, which were only really used to carry along anything that may have been necessary for the hunt, for example. Any such vehicle which was used when going out shooting was called a Shooting Brake or Shooting Break. In the 1960s and 1970s motorised Shooting Breaks were popular in Great Britain – exclusive cross-over vehicles, which combined the luxuriousness of a coupé with extended space on offer and additional variability.

Source: Mercedes-Benz confirms production of CLS Shooting Brake — Autoblog

Official Release: CLS Shooting Brake will be build | Daimler > Brands & Products > News

Picture Source: Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Break Concept -- Autoblog

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Old 10th November 2010, 13:27   #2
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Excellent design , if it comes without that 3 point star we will mistake it for a beemer from front and for an Italian from sides . It is really a different design language from merc .
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Excellent & somewhat different from Mercedes Benz design studio, we all must say. The chromed dual exhausts adds some great details behind the car along with stunning tail lights. The alloys wheels are just awesome.
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That is one excellent design, the car just looks smashing!! The front is oh-so-gorgeous!!

A bit , what is the target segment?
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Target segment?
Seems to be the new segment inhabitated by the like of 5GT and X6, i guess.
Just love the new design philosophy of merc, but can't understand the (here i go again....) styling of the steering wheel!!!
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it looks to me a lot like BMWish both interior as well as exterior design elements
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Default Shooting Brake Concept

Shooting Brake term originated with custom built 2-door luxury estate cars altered for use by hunters and other sportsmen such as golfers, riders, and polo players requiring easy access to larger storage areas than offered by the typical automobile boot (Source: Wikipedia)

The target segment would remain the same including modern day hunters.

+1 Dicky, First came the coupe sedans and now the likes of 5GT, X6 and Panamera. Steering looks good IMO.

Proof that automobile industry in Evolving!
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@jaguar.runs- Am not saying that the steering is bad, it looks sporty, but doesn't gel with mercedes,maybe sportscar models, but nowadays they are using this wheel on all the new cars.
@Sahil- Isn't it too harsh? Highly harsh segment stereotype.
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Finally Mercedes-Benz realised they have such a small lineup of cars, hope they add a few more alphabets to their limited line up.

Bad car, Bad decision, and even worst would be if they now think of adding an SUV on this line.

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