In an automotive world obsessed with making premium off-road and soft-road machines handling like regular saloons, the new Mercedes GL-Class is a breath of fresh air. While no slug on the highway, the GLClass defiantly puts offroading capability ahead of on-road finesse. It's an approach Land Rover has long taken with its premium Range Rover model.
Mercedes-Benz has added the letter B to its naming alphabet with the launch of the latest in a new breed of mid-sized people movers that are cleverly packaged alternatives to conventional hatchbacks and wagons.
Mercedes-Benzhas a long tradition of offering large coupes alongside its premium saloon range. The CLS is a new take on this established approach, which combines a traditional four-door saloon configuration with sleek, coupe-like lines.
Just as the world seemed to be getting used to the five-speed automatic gearbox as an automotive standard, BMW joined forces with transmission specialist ZF to launch a six-speed self-shifter in its five and seven-series luxury models. Others, like Jaguar, followed suit.