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    • Mercedes "Baby CLS" spotted testing for the first time - Will be called BLS, not CLC

      Well here it is testing, just in case you were doubting if it was really coming. The baby CLS will be called the BLS and not CLC as previously reported. Additionally, it will share the FWD platform of the upcoming next generation B and A-Class cars. BMW is poised to enter the entry level 4 door coupe market and Mercedes seems to be as well. However, a FWD platform is going to be a considerable turn off. Expect the car in 2013.









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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Bull $#@! Sport, nice.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Looks ugly already. Fwd fail.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        Looks ugly already. Fwd fail.
        exactly, FWD is the worst invention in the human history.
      1. Maverick1975's Avatar
        Maverick1975 -
        Why is Mercedes intent on destroying their brand?Click here to enlarge Must they cater to every single niche of the market?Click here to enlarge If AMG makes a version of this car I think I will shoot myself!Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Maverick1975 Click here to enlarge
        Why is Mercedes intent on destroying their brand?Click here to enlarge Must they cater to every single niche of the market?Click here to enlarge If AMG makes a version of this car I think I will shoot myself!Click here to enlarge
        Audi, BMW, Mercedes, they are all trying to fill every niche and invent new ones.
      1. 220S's Avatar
        220S -
        Like it or not, they're a for profit company with worldwide investors. And shareholders want a return. If they built cars just for us, they'd go broke. The industry is competitive and you have to do what's necessary to stay profitable. Plus don't forget that India, Russia, and China are the new markets. Consumers there have different needs and desires.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 220S Click here to enlarge
        Like it or not, they're a for profit company with worldwide investors. And shareholders want a return. If they built cars just for us, they'd go broke. The industry is competitive and you have to do what's necessary to stay profitable. Plus don't forget that India, Russia, and China are the new markets. Consumers there have different needs and desires.
        All excellent points.

        All they had to do was make it RWD though...
      1. 220S's Avatar
        220S -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge

        All they had to do was make it RWD though...
        Yeah, I totally agree. Although FWD is less expensive to build, so I guess I can see their side of it.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 220S Click here to enlarge
        Yeah, I totally agree. Although FWD is less expensive to build, so I guess I can see their side of it.
        Yep, they are platform sharing with the new A and B so we understand why they are doing it but hard to respect this car as an enthusiast. It could be so much more than it is.