• Jun 19, 2006
DaimlerChrysler reported Monday that it has already booked more than 30,000 orders for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which only went on sale in Europe June 10, after its world premiere at this year's New York Auto Show (above). A phased roll-out in other markets will get under way in the coming months.

The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz's second biggest model line, selling over 1 million units for the previous version, which debuted in early 2002. It is the biggest selling "business car" in Europe, dominating the segment with a 30 percent share in Europe and a 38 percent share in the German market.

The E-Class is being promoted as the safest vehicle in its segment, with Mercedes Benz's PRE-SAFE system offered as standard equipment. (The PRE-SAFE system automatically activates safety measures for the driver and front seat passenger when it determines that an accident is imminent.) Optional safety equipment includes Mercedes' Intelligent Light System.

A unique promotional event for the new car is planned for October, when a fleet of 33 diesel vehicles begin a road trip leave the Paris Motor Show headed for Beijing. Interested? You can apply for a ride at www.e-class-experience.com.

[Source: DaimlerChrysler]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Chris beat me too it.

      Introduce a new E-class by... introducing the same e-class! brilliant way to generate buzz and keep costs down.

      Oh and Pre-Safe? no thank you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like for once, Americans are the ones excluded from entering a contest, while the Europeans get all the fun!
      • 8 Years Ago
      new E class ???? the designer are blind ?????dump ass, My older E class 2000 lok alot better than this one, get your lazy ass back to drawing board and started drawing...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I dont understand, the supposed new E Class looks almost identical to the current E Class????
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car in the foreground reminds me of nothing so much as the Kia Optima.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is because it IS the same E-class. It was just a minor-to-medium refresh with some technology updates. Same basic underpinnings.

      Thought we covered this...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ehh, if you had to keep an older style around, you could do a lot worse than picking the E-class. They look pretty timeless IMO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHAT A DAMN JOKE!!!
      MERCEDES IS ONCE AGAIN TRYING TO RIP PEOPLE OFF!!!!
      HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE FACTORY IS CURRENTLY OFFERING A 11 % DISCOUNT ON CURRENT SPEC!!! BUT WHY???
      THEY LOOK ALMOST IDENTICAL!!!
      STOP FOOLONG THE PUBLIC!