The Opposite Locker - Edition XXX

This is The Opposite Locker where we try and sort out the cool from the square. You are free to discuss your point of view of the cars, on the board and up to bat, within the comments with an optional use of the "Anna Kendrick Test." This is a discussion system detailing how cool a car is, not how fast, fun, or… » 7/22/13 12:52pm 7/22/13 12:52pm

How not to detail the interior of your new Mercedes

When you purchase a new Mercedes CLS 350 CDI it makes sense that you would want to keep your shiny new Benz clean inside and out. What makes absolutely no sense is taking a hose to your brand new leather interior, like this Italian Mercedes owner. » 10/09/11 4:00pm 10/09/11 4:00pm

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: Yes, They're Really Building It

The JIMP-worthy Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake concept's going into production for sale in 2012. If someone at Daimler's screwing with us, we'll have Dieter Zetsche's head on a platter. Hear that Dr. Z? Decapitation. » 11/08/10 12:00pm 11/08/10 12:00pm

The Ten Cars Insurance Companies Hate

Your insurance agent likely prefers you drive a Corvette instead of a Mitsubishi Lancer. That's because, according to the IIHS, Lancer owners report the highest relative insurance losses. Corvette owners? The lowest. Here are the ten biggest insurance losers. » 10/21/10 10:30am 10/21/10 10:30am

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS: A Pretty Face Pummeled

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS's predecessor was a recent high-water mark of form over function with beautiful details and proportions that helped start the coupe/sedan craze. The 2012 sports a fancier interior and a facelift with dowdier features. Progress? » 8/23/10 1:30pm 8/23/10 1:30pm

2012 Mercedes CLS: More Creases, New 429 HP V8

Leaked brochure scans show the 2012 Mercedes CLS combines the CLS Shooting Brake Concept's creased look with the model's influential four-door coupe style and a new 429-hp twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8. A 570-hp AMG model's coming, too. [MBP via eMercedesBenz] » 8/17/10 4:15pm 8/17/10 4:15pm

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: Enter The Wagon

The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake Concept (we don't care if Mercedes of China fucking mis-translates "brake" as "break," we don't regurgitate inaccurate marketing) previews styling of the next CLS and provides a sneak peak at at the upcoming CLS wagon. » 4/23/10 4:30pm 4/23/10 4:30pm

Mercedes CLS Gives BMW The Finger With New Concept

We feel about the portly 5-Series GT the same way Indiana Jones feels about snakes. But the just-revealed Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake Concept? Better than finding a new iPhone in a bar. Glorious photos of the sexy wagon inside. » 4/19/10 10:30pm 4/19/10 10:30pm

2012 Mercedes CLS Previewed By Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Concept With…

This is the Mercedes F800 Style, a concept previewing the 2012 Mercedes CLS. It's got a choice of either plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell powertrains, minivan doors and can steer itself around corners without driver input. Sorry, we're out of expletives. » 2/22/10 9:00am 2/22/10 9:00am

Mercedes Benz Green-Lights CLS-Based Wagon

According to AutoWeek, Mercedes has given the go-ahead to a wagon based on their sexy Mercedes Benz CLS. It'll undoubtedly be influenced by the shooting-brake ConceptFascination from Paris two years ago, something we'll have absolutely no problem with. » 1/06/10 12:30pm 1/06/10 12:30pm

Mercedes-Benz CLS Grand Edition Adds More Style, Little Substance

The first photo shoot of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS features "Brand Ambassador" Julia Stegner with the car as a tie-in for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Berlin 2009. We think that sums up the car nicely. » 1/02/09 12:00pm 1/02/09 12:00pm

2009 Volkswagen CC: First Drive

The car industry and the publications that serve it like order. They like to place things into categories and through doing so, exert some illusion of control over the marketplace. The BMW 3-series competes with the Audi A4. The Honda Accord competes with the Toyota Camry. Vehicles are priced to be a few dollars… » 10/21/08 3:00pm 10/21/08 3:00pm

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS With New Photos

For 2009, Mercedes will be freshening the CLS sedan "coupe". Honestly, we still really can't tell the difference in the changes. The one change that's hard to miss is the addition of a new entry-level model, the CLS 280. But don't be misled by the numbers on the badge; the V6 will actually be a 3.0-liter unit. Peak… » 3/04/08 5:45pm 3/04/08 5:45pm

Where Did Acura's Dynamic Power Plenum Grille Come From?

When we saw the 2009 Acura RL and it's less than spectacular "Dynamic Power Plenum" grille at this past Chicago Auto Show, not only did we think it was a photoshopping joke (we swear we saw pixels), we wondered where the hell it had come from. It's been a while since Acura dropped a styling stinker in our laps —… » 2/25/08 12:45pm 2/25/08 12:45pm

Mercedes CLS Gets A Little Off The Chin, New Entry-Level Package

Two weeks after pictures of the new Mercedes CLS AMG mysteriously leaked onto the internet, Mercedes-Benz has released full photos and details on the refreshed CLS. On the top end there's the newly reconfigured CLS 63 AMG with comes with the AMG-tuned 6.2-litre V8, good for 514 horsepower. The AMG also gets new… » 1/18/08 12:00pm 1/18/08 12:00pm

Mercedes CLS AMG 63 Images Leak on to Internet

Although we'd already heard the new Mercedes CLS AMG wouldn't be getting a power boost beyond 514 HP under the hood, now we're not only hearing what it'll officially look like, we're seeing it. Here's the first shots of the new four-door "coupe" from Daimler — helpfully making the rounds on the internet well before… » 12/31/07 9:30am 12/31/07 9:30am

Tuner Mercedes 350 CLS: The ART GTR 374

The tuning floor at the Frankfurt auto show will be packed to the rafters with tweakage this year. There, among the Brabus and AC Schnitzers, will be upstarts like Nuremberg's ART, a firm not known for restraint. But with its latest tuning job, performed on the Mercedes 350 CLS — the GTR 374 — the company's putting on… » 8/24/07 8:25am 8/24/07 8:25am

Spy Photos: Mercedes CLS

The site that's all about the car scene in the Deutschland just posted a couple of pics of what they're claiming is the new Mercedes CLS. The pictures, taken this week in Bodo, Norway, seem to indicate the heavyweight four-door is in for a mild-mannered facelift with this mid-cycle refresh. Really, that's all we got… » 3/21/07 9:33pm 3/21/07 9:33pm

Can't Front on the Redlines: The ART GTR 374

The tuning gang at Germany's ART appear ready to redeem themselves from sins of flamboyance against Mercedes. The GTR 374 is a far more down-to-business, muscle-car-inspired CLS kit than the company's other baller-docious designs. Supporting a more elegant, though no less testosterone-warped, styling program, the GTR… » 12/20/06 12:00pm 12/20/06 12:00pm