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Just Curious, does the CLS designation stand for

Coupe / Long Wheel Base / S as "special" (as in the S CLASS, urspr. sonder-klasse) ?

Thanks for any guidance!

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C- Coupe (guessing)
L- Luxury
S- Sedan
Not quite. MB's acronyms are based on German terms. Shocking, no?

CLS = Coupe Leicht (light) Sportlich

similarly, SLK = Sportlich (sport) Leicht (light) Kurz (short)

The CLS is not a C class, it's based on the E class as Jack pointed out.
 

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The CLS is not a C class, it's based on the E class as Jack pointed out.

i just dont like the name CLS.
C230, C320, C300, C320, C350.

"what car do u drive?"
"i drive a CLS"

first thing comes to people mind is C class!

i really hope they change the name to SLS!
 

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i just dont like the name CLS.
C230, C320, C300, C320, C350.

"what car do u drive?"
"i drive a CLS"

first thing comes to people mind is C class!


i really hope they change the name to SLS!
But it isn't one. Get the picture?;)
 

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Okay, folks - here it is ...

Knowing Mercedes is a GERMAN car company, of course the names are from a German origin, however, many also start with the same letter and meaning in English.

IE


I have an SLK now and

it means Sportlich (Sportive) Leicht (Light) Kurz (Short)

(NOT kompressor)


additionally

I know for sure that C stands for Coupe i.e two door and 4 seats..
This is waht I found on a German website...
I could have translated it better but I dont have the time right now....

Bezeichnungen für Motoren D = Diesel (Dieselmotor) Engines...
E = Einspritzung (Ottomotor mit Benzineinspritzung) gas engine with injection
K = Kompressor (SSK), bei neueren Modellen auch ausgeschrieben „Kompressor“
CDI = Common Rail Direct Injection (Dieselmotor mit Common-Rail-Einspritzung)
CGI = Stratified Charged Gasoline Injection (Ottomotor mit Direkteinspritzung)
NGT = Natural Gas Technology (Antrieb mit komprimiertem Erdgas (CNG))

Body
C = Coupé
T = Transport & Touristik (Kombi) Station wagon
K = Kurz (kurzer oder verkürzter Radstand) = Short wheel base

Weitere Varianten L = verlängerter Radstand (longer wheel base)
S = S-Klasse (urspr. Sonder-Klasse) = special Class
SL = Sport-Leicht = sport lite
SLK = Sport-Leicht-Kurz Sport = lite short



so .. CLS presumably does mean:

COUPE +
(urspr. Sonder-Klasse) = special Class +
Weitere Varianten L = verlängerter Radstand (longer wheel base)


That should settle it ... for now !
 

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Knowing Mercedes is a GERMAN car company, of course the names are from a German origin, however, many also start with the same letter and meaning in English.


E = Einspritzung (Ottomotor mit Benzineinspritzung) gas engine with injection


That should settle it ... for now !
Not so fast. Just to throw a wrench in this gear load of fun! The "E" when it was used as a suffix, i.e. 190E, it meant fuel injection. However, when they switched over to using letters as prefixes, i.e. E550, the "E" became "Exekutive", as in executive class. So MB gained another Body designation. Which makes sense since I don't know of any late model MB's that have a carburetor. How's that for fun.;)

Oh! I forgot to add. There have been a lot of people that have asked what a CLS is, but not one them has ever thought it was "C" class.
 

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that would settle everything, except that the "c" class would then have to be a class full of coupes -- and as we all know, the "c" class consists of a bunch of sedans.
 

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Knowing Mercedes is a GERMAN car company, of course the names are from a German origin, however, many also start with the same letter and meaning in English.


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C = Coupé
T = Transport & Touristik (Kombi) Station wagon
K = Kurz (kurzer oder verkürzter Radstand) = Short wheel base

then y are they calling 4 door sedan C230, C320, c300, and c350 a Coupe??
 

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These are just terms that work for some or most of the range. It does not apply to all models.
 

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I've never heard of this confusion between the C class and the ClS that you all speak about.
If thats the case, is the CL mixed in with all the confusion ?

It starts with a C, lol.

For all we know, the arrangement of letters for the names of these cars mean nothing, but there is no confusion between these cars.
 

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if it start with C, people assume it' a C class!
not everybody know about cars!
just cus my C320 coupe looks like a C230, lots of people asking me, "how is your c230?", "are u the one driving a c230"
i dont got a c230, i got a c320!!

another example.
if BMW made a car calls "370" based on 7 series, people will assume it' a 3 series, cus it' start with a 3!

this is a better meaning for mercedes!
C = cheap
E = expensive
S = safety
 

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just to let u know that letter C dosnt make high end mercs in the same catagory as c class. if that was the case then CL65 amg is $195k and competes with bently and meserati. so do u think CL is also a C class? hahaha
 

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that y mercedes need to rename their cars!
remember Acura integra or Acura Legend? now they call RSX, TSX
 

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if it start with C, people assume it' a C class!
not everybody know about cars!
just cus my C320 coupe looks like a C230, lots of people asking me, "how is your c230?", "are u the one driving a c230"
i dont got a c230, i got a c320!!

another example.
if BMW made a car calls "370" based on 7 series, people will assume it' a 3 series, cus it' start with a 3!

this is a better meaning for mercedes!
C = cheap
E = expensive
S = safety
The BMW example makes no sense at all. If it started with a 3, then it IS a 3-Series because that's how BMW nomenclature works. BMW doesn't have any models with several starting numbers to indicate the model and then the next two numbers for the trim/engine level.

You're using an orange to describe an apple.
 
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