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Strong start expected for S class

Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz is expecting a strong start for its redesigned S-class sedan.

The automaker is counting on global sales of at least 65,000 units in 2006, with about 26,000 of them in Germany, the brand's second-largest market after the United States.

Last year, Mercedes sold about 58,000 S-class models.

"In the first full year of production, we can produce up to 88,100 units at the Sindelfingen factory," said Peter de Potzolli, product manager for the Mercedes flagship, at a test-drive event.

That figure refers to S-class capacity at the main Sindelfingen factory, based on the capital investment made for the model there, a Mercedes spokesman said.

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