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Ray Massey: Mercedes-Benz unveiled its and sporty new CLS — a style owes its heritage to hunting

12:30 GMT, 9 July | Updated: 19:38 GMT, 9 2012

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not every day an international luxury car holds the global launch of its model in Britain — and brings its top brass to do the honours.

But that was the when Mercedes-Benz unveiled its and sporty new CLS ‘shooting brake’ car in Britain — a style invented in country and one that owes its to hunting.

Journalists from as far as China, the U.S. and New Zealand at the futuristic Mercedes- Benz near Weybridge, Surrey, on the of the legendary Brooklands race

The new svelte and sporty CLS model

The shooting brake, pictured goes on sale in late priced from around following a positive response to an prototype shown at the 2008 Motor Show and a near ready model shown at the show in 2010.

Aimed at who need an estate, but want a car, M-B says: ‘In terms of its the new CLS is clearly a coupe. ‘But five doors and a roof continues through to the rear, it remarkable new possibilities.’

Dr Dieter chairman of Daimler AG and head of Cars, said: ‘Outside Britain some may still that crossing a sporty with a full-sized estate is crossing an Arabian stallion a hippo. In other words, but most likely not very

But with a nod to a sparkling summer of sport, which includes the he noted:

‘However, here in the UK, the shooting brake was invented, any car expert knows that these two ends of the automotive can result in very attractive

‘So there’s no better place to our new interpretation of this concept this particular part of during this particular of year.’

As well as the standard floor in the rear luggage there’s an option of an inlaid cherrywood base, to give the of wooden yacht decking.

The CLS Sport Brake has two diesel — a 204 bhp, two-litre, four-cylinder in the CLS 250 CDI and a 265 bhp three-litre V6 CLS 350 CDI. Petrol are the 306 bhp 3.5 litre V6 CLS 350 and the 408 bhp 5.0 litre V8, with from rest to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds and a top restricted to 155mph.

The launch came as Mercedes- celebrated its best-ever half-year for new cars — selling 47,245 in the first six months, a rise of per cent.

Jaguar Land recognised for its quality work

Land Rover has won a well-earned from the Royal Academy Of for the quality of its work on the Range

Evoque built at the firm’s factory on Merseyside.

The Princess Royal presented the team with the solid-gold

medal and a £50,000 prize for its at a ceremony at the Royal Opera in London.

Victoria Beckham the Range Rover Evoque Edition

To add to its kudos, the firm launched a Victoria Beckham-designed edition. What a pity, that poor punctuation let


the down at the Goodwood Festival Of where owners of

There, on a big outside the Land Rover directly

under the firm’s were the words advertising: hospitality.’

Did the company really that Ratan Tata, owner of

Land Rover’s parent firm Tata, was inside dispensing the tea and scones? I not.

Festival of Speed.

Making a appearance at the Goodwood Festival Of racing up the hill with disguise, was the flagship CLS 63 AMG version of the brake, powered by a twin-turbo 557 bhp petrol engine that it from rest to 62mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of

‘Shooting break’.

The name brake’ goes back to an 19thcentury British term for a used to carry shooting with their guns, and

game. The term ‘brake’ was a chassis used to break-in and also to restrict or ‘brake’ urge to move.

It was later to custombuilt carriages by upmarket and then to motorised vehicles features of an estate and a coupe.

They were particularly in the Sixties and Seventies with the of the Reliant Scimitar and shooting derived from Aston Jaguars and Volvos.

Now the style to be having a revival, with new 150mph XF Sportbrake five-seater on in the UK from December from to £45,000.

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