The best of 2011 – Part II: April to June

Concept A-Class
The Mercedes Concept A-Class is the first heartbeat of a new generation whose expressive design stands for concentrated dynamism.

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One major characteristic of the new design idiom at Mercedes-Benz is the expressive interplay between lines and surfaces – which the designers refer to as a “clean” Concept. Thanks to concave and convex surfaces with the resulting light modulation, this creates a unique sculpture-like presence. The Concept A‑Class emphatically continues this theme of defined edges and interacting surfaces, which Mercedes-Benz first showed in the F 800 Style.

The new C 63 AMG coupé
The new C 63 AMG Coupé, a stand-alone, high-performance car that appeals to all the senses: unmistakable design is teamed up with a high-performance drive system and dynamic handling.

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The new Coupé rounds off the successful C-Class AMG model range, which includes the classic Saloon as well as the practical Estate models. The design of the C 63 AMG Coupé fits seamlessly into the C 63 AMG model family, which includes the classic Saloon as well as the practical Estate. The top-of-the-range AMG model differentiates itself from the Coupé in the C-Class model series through specific modifications to its appearance.

The SLS AMG Roadster
AMG, the high-performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, is presenting a new dream car: the SLS AMG Roadster. Two years after the sensational launch of the gullwing model, the open-top variant of this super sports car is now set to follow.

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Perfect proportions and purist lines for an exciting presence: the design of the SLS AMG Roadster stirs the emotions. Whether with the soft top open or closed, the Roadster exudes passionate sportiness and sheer exclusivity. The new super-sports car reinterprets the breathtaking lines of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s, and continues the legend of exciting sports cars bearing the Mercedes star.

Finale – F-CELL World Drive reaches Stuttgart after circling the globe
The “Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive” – the first round-the-world drive with fuel-cell vehicles – reaches successfully in Stuttgart.

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After more than 30,000 kilometers, three Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL vehicles with zero local emissions drivelines crossed the finish line in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The hydrogen-powered B-Classes and their support vehicles set off from Stuttgart at the end of January on the occasion of the official 125th birthday of the automobile, and on their way have crossed through 14 countries on four continents.

The new M-Class
The vehicle body design for this third-generation model, with the very typical shape of its C-pillars, is full of character and immediately recognisable as an M-Class. Its styling, high-quality appeal and excellent ease of operation combine to give it a forceful presence.

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The interior in particular is even more impressive than in the predecessor models and combines the best of both worlds, boasting a strong off-road heritage at the same time as making its passengers feel as if they are travelling in a luxury premium saloon. Ground aluminium or exquisite woods as well as the finely detailed switches and trim highlights blend with electrifying surfaces and powerful, harmonious lines to create a high-class interior ambience and a tremendous sense of wellbeing.

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros
The main rival to the new Actros is its predecessor, which has set a very high benchmark over the course of 15 years and several stages of development, with more than 700,000 units sold during this time.

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The new Actros is following in illustrious footsteps, but its new concept signals a different approach: all versions of the new premium truck are uncompromisingly designed for long-distance transport. Yet for all these superlatives, the most important aspect for those responsible at Mercedes-Benz and for customers is the fact that it has been tested like no other truck generation before it. It is the first all-new truck to have been developed uncompromisingly under the “Trucks you can trust” premise. Among other things, this means that the new Actros has undergone 2600 hours of fine-tuning in the wind tunnel, 50 million kilometres of engine testing on test rigs and in real-life operation, and 20 million kilometres on the road.

Source: Daimler AG