The new Mercedes-Benz CLS class is assembled at the carmaker’s main plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, near Stuttgart. IVM Automotive, a subsidiary of German roof system specialist Edscha, developed the entire vehicle from concept to the production version.
More than 150 IVM engineers were involved, which was the most comprehensive vehicle development project in the company’s history. “The brief time available for development in conjunction with extremely high quality standards for process and product posed a unique challenge,” said Matthias Aydt, IVM managing director.
The CLS class is available with an array of technological features, including adaptive cruise control from ADC, a subsidiary of German tire and technology giant Continental. ADC, which is short for Automotive Distance Control, supplies all Mercedes’ adaptive cruise control systems.
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein supplies the air spring adaptive suspension system that is standard on the CLS 500, and optional on the CLS 350. Bilstein expects that 50 percent of the people who buy the CLS 350 will purchase the technology. The standard passive dampers and coil springs on the CLS 350 are supplied by ZF.
The CLS class will be the last Mercedes to be fitted with Robert Bosch’s electro-hydraulic brake system. The first car equipped with the brake-by-wire technology was the 2001 Mercedes SL. But in 2003, Bosch announced that it would not develop a second generation of the braking device because of its high cost and the complexity. The next S class, due in the first half of 2005, reverts to a hydraulic system.