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Mercedes-Benz reveals compact CLS

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first pictures of its baby CLS concept ahead of the Beijing Motor Show.

The four-door Concept Style Coupé is close to being production ready Mercedes boss Dr Dieter Zetsche believes the new model will be strong enough to be a benchmark for other manufacturers to measure themselves against in the compact coupe segment.

The concept comes with a new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 211bhp and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

The four-seat car is expected to cost from around £20,000 when it goes on sale and effectively is a replacement for the CLC coupé which was discontinued in the UK in 2010, but with four doors and four individual seats it's expected to have broader appeal.

View a full gallery of Concept Style Coupe images in AM's gallery.



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Mercedes-Benz UK

Mercedes-Benz broke new ground last year as it achieved 5% market share in the latest stage of its ambition to become the number one premium brand in the UK car market and eventually the world’s best-selling premium brand.

In percentage terms, its sales growth of nearly 15% beat its German rivals, but when it comes to units sold, Mercedes-Benz only managed to close the gap on BMW with nearly 15,000 additional sales beating 13,000 for BMW, but falling behind Audi's growth of nearly 17,000 units.

However, with greater availability of the A-Class, sales could rise further in 2015, while nearly every segment has a launch by the brand, including the S-Class cabriolet, GLC SUV, BMW X6 rival GLE, B-Class electric drive and V-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz treats car and LCV sales as coming under separate contracts –AMi counts each individually.


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