The CLS Coupe, SLK Roadster And New Generation C-Class | Part Six

Cutting-edge technology, impressive comfort over long distances and sporty agility have helped the C-Class attract over 1.26 million customers worldwide since May 2000. Never before has Mercedes Benz sold so many vehicles from one model series within such a short space of time.

The C-Class Saloon and Estate are among the lowest-depreciating vehicles on the used-car market, holding onto considerably more of their value than average after two years, according to a study carried out by EurotaxSchwacke. German motoring magazine Auto-Bild, meanwhile, crowned the C 200 CDI Estate "Value Champion 2004".

More powerful and even more majestic: The new G 55 AMG with V8 supercharged engine

First unveiled 25 years ago, since when 182,000 units have been sold, the Mercedes Benz G-Class has developed a worldwide reputation. At the Geneva Motor Show the Stuttgart-based auto maker will present the most powerful version of the durable cross-country vehicle yet: the G 55 AMG. The new arrival's supercharged V8 engine brews up 350 kW/476 hp of power and puts maximum torque of 700 Nm on tap as low down as 2650 rpm. The G 55 AMG thus outstrips the output of the predecessor model, with its naturally aspirated V8 power unit, by 34 per cent and boasts an increase in torque of 32 per cent. In other words, the G 55 AMG is blessed with remarkable reserves of power for both on and off-road motoring, treating its passengers to unrivalled authority, exclusiveness and driving dynamics.

There is certainly no doubting the performance credentials of the G 55 AMG, with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h leaving some sports cars in its tyre tracks.

The new G 55 AMG is available as a five-door station wagon with a long wheelbase and will be arriving at Mercedes Benz sales and service outlets and dealerships in June 2004.

Fast, accurate and international: The new Mercedes emergency call system TELEAID

The emergency call and information system TELEAID will soon function across the length and width of nine European countries. Mercedes Benz will unveil the further developed technology for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. In the event of an accident, the system sends out an emergency call signal which identifies the precise location of the vehicle and guides the rescue services to the scene of the accident. In addition, the SOS signal also contains data on the severity of the accident. There is also a button which passengers inside the vehicle can press to call for assistance or contact service experts from Mercedes Benz in the event of mechanical breakdown.

The emergency call centre establishes a mobile phone connection with the vehicle occupants in order to determine the exact assistance measures required. If the call is not answered, TELEAID headquarters immediately alerts the police and rescue services.

The further developed emergency call system will be available around the clock from spring 2004 in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Mercedes Benz will offer the system initially in the S-Class Saloon and the flagship CL-Class Coupé.

Published 21 February 2004 Melanie Carter
 
 

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