Mercedes has ended production of the first generation CLS. The last CLS rolled out today from the production line – a black CLS 550 destined for a U.S. customer.
Over its lifetime more than 170, 000 of the cars have been built.
Previewed for the first time at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show by the Vision CLS concept car, the production CLS didn’t make its world debut until the 2004 New York Auto Show and didn’t go on sale in the U.S. until 2005.
The CLS was first offered for sale in the United States in January 2005 as the CLS 500 and CLS 55 AMG. In 2006, Mercedes phased out both the 5.0L in the CLS 500 and 5.5L Supercharged V8 in the CLS 55 AMG in favor of two new 5.5L and 6.2L V8s. This resulted in the 2007 model year name change to the CLS 63 AMG (6.2L V8) and CLS 550 (5.5L V8) in the United States.
The next-generation CLS will debut in September in Paris, but as far as we’re concerned, Mercedes will have a tough time matching the first-gen car’s slick lines and innovation.