New technologies are being used in the body shop at Sindelfingen to join cast aluminium alloys. For the aluminium roof, which is going into large-scale series production for the first time, a new manufacturing process has been developed: the roof and steel body will now only be joined once they have been through the paint shop together

New technologies are being used in the body shop at Sindelfingen to join cast aluminium alloys. For the aluminium roof, which is going into large-scale series production for the first time, a new manufacturing process has been developed: the roof and steel body will now only be joined once they have been through the paint shop together

Mercedes-Benz says it will launch not only an "S-Class Coupe" but also "three new models" in addition to the short wheelbase and extended wheelbase variants of the new S-Class sedan.

The announcement was more or less hidden within a press release to mark the start of S-Class build at the firm's main Sindelfingen plant near its Stuttgart headquarters. No further details were revealed, though it is believed that a stretched sedan, or sedans, to replace the Maybach 57 and 62 will be launched in 2014. As for the identity of the remaining car, speculation suggests it might be a convertible version of the as yet unseen coupe. The latter will replace the CL-Class.

Author: Glenn Brooks