Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Starts New Mercedes-Benz Nomenclature

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Rear Seat

The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600, represents a new nomenclature starting next year and makes a world premiere this month in Guangzhou and Los Angeles. The five core model series, A, B, C, E and S, will continue to be used while SUVs will have the first two letters "GL" in their name.

The "G" here denotes the car's lineage, the "L" is a letter that appears over the history of Mercedes-Benz and the third letter indicates the relationship to the relevant core model series: GLA = GL A-Class, GLC = GL C-Class (previously GLK), GLE = GL E-Class (previously M-Class or ML), GLE Coupé = GL E-Class Coupé, GLS = GL S-Class (previously GL). The system for the 4-door Coupés is "CL" with the third letter the link to one of the core model series: CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, or CLS and CLS Shooting Brake. From 2016 on the Roadsters will all include "SL" in their names to denote their origin, with the third letter again the link to one of the core model series. The SLK therefore becomes the new SLC.

The different types of engines will also be given new designations: c for "compressed natural gas" (Natural Gas Drive until now), d for "diesel" (BlueTEC and CDI until now), e for "electric" (PLUG-IN HYBRID, BlueTEC PLUG-IN HYBRID and Electric Drive until now), f for "fuel cell" (F-CELL until now), and, h for "hybrid" (HYBRID and BlueTEC HYBRID until now).