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There's a three-to-four month wait for a new 5 Series and BMW has raised its 2010 global forecast to 1.4 million units. Mercedes-Benz Q2 production exceeded 300,000 units and Daimler's operating profit for the period was €2.1 billion ($2.7B U.S.) Audi's percentage increase in sales in 2010 compared to last year has outdone both BMW and Benz. The reasons for all that, says Bloomberg, is new product, growing U.S. demand and Chinese-market growth "that's way beyond expectations."

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The Chinese market has always had a penchant for stretched-wheelbase versions of luxury sedans, adding a bit of wheelbase to everything from Buicks and Volvos to BMWs and Audis. The most recent vehicle to go on the rack is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Apparently the Benz is lagging a bit in the sales department, trailing even Audi, a company it usually bests handily.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe by Lorinser – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mercedes wardrobe commercial malfunction -- Click above to watch video

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2010 E Class wagon testing in Namibia - Click above for a high-res gallery

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Mercedes-Benz Concept Fascination – Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Click above to watch a Euro-market commercial for the 2010 Mercedes E-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

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As the U.S. media is driving the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class in Las Vegas this week, word comes out that this platform may be the next recipient of hybrid technology. The first two Mercedes-Benz hybrids will be the S400 and ML450 coming this summer and fall, respectively. When the E hybrid lands, it will likely be an E400 using the same mild hybrid system as its big brother. That means a 3.5-liter V6 along with a 15 kW pancake motor/generator. Like the S400, packaging should be straightforwar

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BRABUS E-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

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Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on the replacement for its mid-range E Class line-up, as these spy shots snapped in snow-capped Finland suggest, cunningly camouflaged in white paint to blend in with its surroundings.

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If this is what the next E-Class is really going to look like, we think we prefer the lightly camo'ed prototype better. Still not exactly a beautiful proposition, it could just be that the car looks better in silver and black than it does in purple. If that's the final grille, it loses a crossbar from the current E-Class. And frankly, we wouldn't mind seeing it with that whopping emblem on the new C-Class front and center for some aggression. This could be a car where wheel choice -- and AMG pac

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BusinessWeek gets a shoutout from us for saying what's gotta be said (as many of our readers have) -- Americans need to get over their perception of diesels as being stinky, loud slowpokes already. Truly. Part of the problem is the fact that until we get cleaner UltraLow Sulfur fuel starting in October, the stinky part may have some truth to it; however, there's something to be said for the fact that diesel is 30-percent more efficient than gasoline and current oil burners perform near to or at

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