Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

There have been quite a few busy years for Mercedes- Benz in terms of showing new models. The CLS- class was first reveled as the Vision CLS concept at the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The production version CLS 500 made its showing at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. A new AMG model, the CLS 55 AMG, was also introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. In total, only 3,000 CLS 55 AMG cars will be built each year in order to keep the prestige of the car in tact. Mercedes-Benz has put all of its latest safety features into the CLS-class making this a great selling point to those who intend to drive this car like it's stolen. In addition to front airbags, there are side-impact airbags in the front seats and side curtain airbags throughout. The car includes a "smart" sensor system for the seatbelts and airbags that can detect and react to accident severity. It is amazing at how smart the automobile has gotten. If anyone comes out with a car that drives itself, it very well might be Benz. An optional Pre-Safe system predicts an impending collision; when the system is activated, the seatbelts tighten, the front passenger seat adjusts to crash positioning, and the sunroof closes automatically. In reality, these features are bordering on surreal. Mercedes-Benz engineers describe the feature as a human-like reflex system, which is an understatement. The Mercedes-Benz CLS class is assembled by DaimlerChrysler in Sindelfingen, Germany. This executive-size luxury rear-wheel drive coupe was first offered for sale in Europe in autumn 2004. The model is also known as the Mercedes-Benz W219 designation. Based on the E-Class the CLS is six inches longer than the E-Class and was designed to slot between the E-Class and the S-Class. This also means that it competes against the BMW 6-series, the Cadillac STS and the Lexus GS, along with other fastback sedans.