The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ has won the ‘Game Changer’ award at the 2019 Autocar awards and Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG, was awarded Autocar’s 2019 Issigonis Trophy. The Issigonis Trophy recognises outstanding achievements within the automotive industry.
The CLS 53 4MATIC+ was praised for its hybrid technology, EQ Boost, which uses a 48-volt onboard network with a belt-driven starter/alternator. The system adds 22 hp and 250 Nm of torque to the car’s overall output.
Mark Tisshaw, Editor, Autocar, said: “Mercedes-AMG is known for incredible performance cars, but it is now moving into electrification with the adoption of clever mild hybrid technology that has resulted in a powertrain that can deliver both a true 400bhp and a true 40mpg. We believe it’s an important blueprint for future performance cars.”
Mark Tisshaw, Editor, Autocar, said: “[Dr Zetsche] has always cast his eyes relentlessly forward, constantly embraced new products, powertrains and market sectors, and leading his company to the position of world’s largest premium car maker, a fitting achievement for his long reign.”
The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ features the latest driving assistance technology including Active Braking Assist; Lane Keeping Assist; and route-based speed adaptation where the vehicle can detect upcoming curves, junctions and roundabouts and adjust its speed accordingly. The CLS 53 4MATIC+ is available from £74,565.
About Mercedes-Benz Cars in the UK
Mercedes-Benz Cars UK is the sales and marketing organisation responsible for all Mercedes-Benz Cars and services in Britain (including smart).
As well as selling cars, parts, and service, the company runs Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands – a brand experience centre in Weybridge, Surrey. Mercedes-Benz World has welcomed over 3 million visitors since it opened in 2006.
The Mercedes-Benz UK group of companies directly employs over 4000 people, and 11,000 at independent retailers. Over 500 Apprentices have passed their professional qualifications at the company’s in-house Training Academy. The UK is also home to Mercedes-Benz High Performance Powertrains and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula 1™ team.
Mercedes-AMG was founded as AMG in 1967 by two former Daimler-Benz motor sport engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. The company forged its reputation on the racetrack, from the legendary ‘Red Pig’ to the 190 race car, which won over 50 DTM victories between 1988 and 1993 to the latest GT3, which took the first four places at the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour race. AMG is also synonymous with powerful, bespoke road cars, with a model range encompassing hatchbacks, saloons, estates and SUVs, as well as coupés, including the GT series. Today, over 1,100 employees work for Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, and in 2016 the brand delivered almost 100,000 vehicles worldwide.