We may know Mercedes as a luxury marque here, but in Europe, the Silver Star also adorns more utilitarian vehicles, from taxis to buses to trucks. Still, no matter where you are in the world, the CLS-Class is more about form than function, but that hasn't stopped the Finnish police from drafting one in duty.

Or, we should say, having one drafted into duty for it. Because this new addition to Finland's highway patrol was selected by the public. Of all the people or public entities and of all the cars, the readers of the country's Takniikan Maailma chose the Finnish police the most deserving of a new CLS Shooting Brake – specifically a 350 CDI with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 churning out 262 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Which may not be enough to catch a Koenigsegg wandering over the border from Sweden, but should be enough to intercept the average Volvo or Saab.

Skip on down below for an overly-dramatic and completely incomprehensible (but somehow still captivating) video of the converted shooting brake.


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      scarecrow
      • 1 Year Ago
      quick translation of the video(to make it slightly less incomprehensible): (TM Editor-in-chief Velimatti Honkanen) in 1978 when tekniikan maailma had its 25th anniversary then editor-in-chief Mauri Salo had an idea of donating a patrol car to the highway patrol and the car chosen was an american made Dodge aspen Police Special. The tradition has since been continued and now its time for the fifth TM plate police car. For the 60th annivarsary of Tekniikan Maailma police recives a Mercedes Benz CLS 350 Cdi Shooting Break to be used in trafic enforcement. Tekniikan maailma wishes TM-60 and its crews good luck and safe journey.
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Want one here w/ a cdi! heck just a regular one would do.
      scarecrow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tekniikan Maailma has previously donated cars to the highway patrol(liikkuva poliisi, mobile police) to celebrate its anniversaries. First was a 1978 Dodge Aspen Police Special with plate TM-25. After that they gave a Volvo 245 with plate TM-30. Then the next was a Audi 90 quattro(TM-35) and finally a Jaguar S-type R(TM-50). The Jag was retired and donated to a museum in 2010 because a police vehicle may not be used for more than 7 year(the car was in great shape(tho it did end up in a ditch once) and not much on the odometer but they could not make an exeption)
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wish fibland had their own car company. Just to see what they would look like. Im guessing it would look really modern.
        thomas.leopard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thomas.leopard
        *Finland
        Brent Jatko
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thomas.leopard
        They do (or used to). Valmet used to assemble the Porsche Boxster at its Jyväskylä facility.
          Kepe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brent Jatko
          Before the Boxster they made some models of Saab in Finland. Fisker Karma was also assembled in here. And now they are ramping up production of the A-class Mercedes. Valmet Automotive has also made some concept cars of their own, I remember reading about at least one of them right here on Autoblog. But yeah it sure would be cool if we had our real, own car company here. The Swedes have Saab, Volvo and Koenigsegg.
      Danielus
      • 1 Year Ago
      The CLS Shooting brake has got a quite big boot, no? If i recall correct the CLS boot is bigger than the E-class estate...
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does everyone insist on calling cars like this a "shooting brake" nowadays? If it only has two doors, fine...but in my book, if it's shaped like that and has 4 doors, it's a station wagon (estate).
        Time
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Its called moving on with the times...Deal with it.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Time
          "Shooting brake" is not going to happen--just like Star Wars didn't make "that's so wizard" happen. The times have moved on without shooting any brakes. Deal with it,
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a STATION WAGON!
      GCP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonders how many heads would roll, how many reporters would gather around, and how many people would be forced to resign, be fired, or stand trial, if even a moderately sized municipality in the USA ordered one of these - or even a more modest 3 series or E-class wagon for regular police patrol with full decals and markings (remembering that the prices of most European cars is significantly less in the USA than in Europe itself).
        scarecrow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GCP
        it was a gift from a magazine Tekniikan Maailma(world of technology) to the police. just like the 4 previous cars at various points in history no tax payers money was used to buy it. the car has licence plate TM-60 for the 60th anniversary of the magazine(the Jag was TM-50 etc.)
      ANDREW
      • 1 Year Ago
      .... a regular E Class estate wouldnt do?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awkward looking car
      A3TDI
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Sargent, take this suspect back to the station in the Shooting Brake."
      Monthra 77
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's a shooting brake? Looks like a STATION WAGON to me.
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