• Aug 5, 2010
Back in 2004, there was no Porsche Panamera, no Aston Martin Rapide, no Volkswagen Passat CC or Audi A7 Sportback. Just the Mercedes-Benz CLS: the four-door coupe that started it all. But after six years of production, the first-gen CLS has ended its production run after more than 170,000 units made and sold.

In its place, Mercedes is expected to introduce the second-gen CLS at the upcoming Paris Motor Show next month. And it'll be a tough act to follow, borrowing cues from the F800 Style and CLS Shooting Break concepts.

The final unit of the current model, a CLS 550 with the AMG styling package, is being delivered to an American customer who will undoubtedly enjoy the pioneering svelte lines of his new four-door coupe as it races its way into the history books.

[Source: egmCarTech]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the best designs ever created. Beautiful car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really surprised at all of the positive comments about the appearance. I thought it was moderately handsome at best, definitely one of MB's more feminine designs. To each his own, but I prefer the blockier, chunkier styling of other cars in the lineup. I always saw the CLS as more trendy than classic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        + 1 ... Mercedes-Benz did an awesome job with this car - Brilliant!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        and the follow up act will not be near as good a design as this one
        it's one of those that you can't mess with

        we'll see at Paris, but my hopes are low
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't they end this production like last week? Just saying...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Broke a proverbial car design mold and still looks good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always liked the looks as it was like no other car on the market, to me I always called it the melted Mercedes...just left out in the heat/sun to melt slightly and hence why you got the smooth flowing lines. To bad they could not work that magic in to the C class and come up with something along the lines of the Passat CC. It almost makes driving a 4 door cool.

      I worry about the direction that the stylists at MB are moving (I am a C owner) as I have been less then impressed with the recent births of the E class, E class coupe, SLS. I think that right now Audi has got it right in the style department beginning with the R8 and especially the A/S 5.

      As far and Hyundai is concerned I am sure their designers are studying every possible spy shot of the next car so that they can copy the idea as they are anything but originating
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of my all-time favorite designs. I feel bad that I can't pick one of the last ones up. Gotta keep playing that lottery...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still the best representation of the 4-door coupe style. The new CLS can't hold a candle in terms of design. Often imitated never duplicated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The CLS is a great car when your behind the wheel with great handling and performance; but I just never cared for the way they look. The proportions just don't seem right to me. It doesn't seem like a high-end car like the BMW 6 does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope the term four door coupe dies as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Always hated that 4-door coupe term some wanker came up with.

        I hope the cheap copycats die off as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they are making another one... why all the fuss..
      • 4 Years Ago
      They dress so much better than our domestic plant workers....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Arguably the most hideous MB of the modern era. I live a stone's throw away from MB NA HQ and the first time I saw this model I wanted to heave, and it neither did it age well.

      Sorry, but if you like this design, you have no taste. None.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure Jake, because taste is something very measurable. Your proximity to Mercedes NA HQ, I'm sure give you some extra insight on tasteful designs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's your opinion. But considering how many people like this design compared to you, it appears that you are the one with no taste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No mention of the Hyundai Sonata along with the other models in the article? For shame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lovely car. Had an '06 CLS55 AMG. it was a joy to drive and kept the wife happy as it was 4 doors. Very comfy, fast ,always turned heads and my passengers raved about the interior and how gorgeous it looked

      I made a big mistake when I traded it in for a Ferrari 612. Yes it was faster, but never was the complete package like the CLS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha i agree with Hyundai trying to copy other designs and I agree that Audi has stepped its game in style and luxury. On the other hand, the CLS has a very elegant style. I love the sportiness look to the sedan. The E class as well stepped its game up (not so much for the coupe). The new E class made by benz is beautifull but they seem to destroy all their designs while making the coupes. The coupe E class and CL have a boring rear end and the front does not curve nicely into the back. Overall, I think most people can agree with me that Mercedes fell off.
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