Mercedes to have 16 new or upgraded models by 2011

Mercedes to have 16 new or upgraded models by 2011

Mercedes to have 16 new or upgraded models by 2011.

Following a global sales increase of 17 percent in May, beating Audi's 15 percent growth and 11 percent for BMW, Mercedes-Benz has announced it will launch 16 new or upgraded models by 2011.

On the schedule of new models is the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, the B-Class F-Cell and the A-Class E-Cell. Mercedes will also launch new 'BlueDIRECT' turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, featuring direct injection and offering a 24 percent improvement in fuel consumption.

Select models will also be offered with a stop-start system for even great efficiency.

While Mercedes has not disclosed the full list of updated models, recent spy photos have revealed that an updated SL-Class, C-Class and the 2011 CLS 63 AMG will likely figure among the 'new' models.

Beyond 2011, Mercedes-Benz is expected to launch an even greater number of new models, including a new C-Class Coupe, the roadster version of the SLS AMG and a new ML-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has also launched a new advertising campaign, dubbed "The Best or Nothing." A new version of the famous three-pointed star is also expected to appear over the next year.

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