Merc kicks off Johannesburg International Motor Show 2013 with four launches

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA is due here early 2014.
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA in base 180 form goes for just under R350 000.
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Guard resists small arms fire; even better protection available locally next year.
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG – S63 – has a beefy 420-plus kW/900 N.m output.
  • Employer's view out of new S-Class.
  • Employee's perch in new S-Class (hybrid version shown).
Date:16 October 2013 Tags:, , , , , ,

Gunfire, explosions, a crescendo of thunderous music, smoke, mirrors… the Johannesburg International Motor Show 2013 opened in traditional fashion.

Mercedes-Benz kicked off proceedings with four launches.

* The company’s armoured ML500 M-Guard is rated at B4 level, which means it can withstand small arms fire. The level B6/B7, capable of withstanding military-spec ammunition, will be available next year.
* The GLA compact sport-utility, launched at the Frankfurt show, made its local debut with the news that it will be on sale here from early next year.
* The sporty CLA four-door coupe looks a serious contender for the likes of BMW’s M3 in its high-performance version. It boasts a world-best drag coefficient, for a production car, of 0,22.
* Speaking of drag, the S-Class cuts through the air impossibly well for a flagship sedan with a Cd of just 0,26. In AMG form, it has a formidable 420-plus kilowatts and 900 N.m available.

Related: Renault unveils a concept Détour version of the Duster SUV, the new Koleos and the Clio Sport 200 EDC at JIMS 2013


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