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 |  May 27 2011, 3:12 PM

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Mercedes-Benz has successful shed the gas-guzzler label on two models for the 2012 model year. The 2011 U.S fuel-economy guide showed 12 Mercedes models were subject to the “gas guzzler tax”. That has now dropped to 10. Models expected to escape the tax for 2012 are the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG. Both are redesigned and boast new engines that feature improved fuel economy.

The current regulation calls for auto makers to achieve a fleet-wide goal of 35.5 mpg (6.6 L/100 km) by 2016. However, there is growing interest in a goal of 62 mpg (3.8 L/100 km) by 2025.

In addition to eliminating two models from the gas-guzzler list, Mercedes says it also has reduced the amount of tax on five 2011 models: the S600, S65 AMG, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG.

Stephen Cannon, vice president-marketing, Mercedes-Benz U.S.A, said, The elimination or reduction of the gas-guzzler tax is not a deal-clincher in the showroom. “It becomes less of an aggravation,” he says.

“Gas-guzzler’s got a negative connotation, so even though (buyers) are not necessarily looking for a compact car to make their ‘green’ statement, they don’t want to make the opposite statement that says, ‘(Pollution) doesn’t impact me and I’m not concerned about it.’ To be able to remove that is a benefit for the brand and a benefit for the consumer.” The ’12 CLS550 and CLS63 AMG start at $71,300 and $94,900, respectively, so would-be buyers generally can afford the levy. But that doesn’t mean they are not environmentally conscious, Cannon says.

[Source: Wards Auto]

 |  May 17 2011, 3:21 PM

Mercedes-Benz just announced the pricing for the new CLS coupe starting at $71,300 for the CLS500 to $94,900 for the CLS63 AMG high performance model.

The four-door coupe will come equipped with a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant producing 402-hp. The AMG model gets a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 producing 518-hp. There will also be an AMG performance package option boosting power to 550-hp.

The new CLS model will feature 26 percent better fuel economy over the previous model (18 city/26 highway and 15 city/ 23 highway). The Eco start/stop system helps increase fuel efficiency and will be featured in both the CLS500 and CLS63. Mercedes “4MATIC” system will also be offered, and safety features include active blind-spot assist and lane-keeping assist.

The CLS coupe will be available this June.