Mercedes Benz will pave the way for a new vehicle category when it unveils the Vision Grand Sports Tourer – a new take on the groundbreaking touring saloon concept – at the North American International Auto Show in January 2004. Series production development of this Mercedes model has already reached an extremely advanced stage. "The new Vision Grand Sports Tourer from Mercedes Benz is a highly appealing and versatile touring car that offers space, comfort and power. This latest trend-setter will enable us to gain a firm foothold in what is a new and exciting market segment in early 2005. We believe that the concept offers enormous potential for the launch of a new Mercedes model family," says Professor Jürgen Hubbert, member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management and head of the Mercedes Car Group.
Thanks to its intelligent use of space, the Mercedes concept offers first-class comfort for up to six occupants. Featuring comfortable individual seats and high-grade appointments, the luxurious interior has everything it takes to ensure exemplary driving enjoyment whilst touring. Further innovative features of the Vision Grand Sports Tourer include a newly developed diesel hybrid powerplant which develops 234 kW.
The new SLR McLaren high-performance sports car celebrates its American premiere at the Auto Show in Detroit. In addition, the powerful E 320 CDI becomes the latest diesel model to be unveiled by Mercedes Benz in the US. Delivering highly impressive performance and fuel consumption, it is set to open up a lucrative new segment in the American passenger car market.
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