Mercedes-Benz B-Class, CLS, and the SLS AMG are the 2015 Residual Value Giants

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 9, 2011

Three of Mercedes-Benz’s vehicles were named “Residual Value Giants” in the 2015 prediction made by Focus Online and Bahr & Fess Forecasts. The B-Class, CLS and SLS AMG are predicted to be affected by the smallest percentage drop in resale value within their segments.

In the upper mid-range segment, for instance, a four year-old CLS 350 CDI will be resold for 54% of its original price. After four years, the SLS AMG will be traded in for 59% of its original price.

The SLK 350, which is another three pointed start vehicle that appeared at the top three of its class, will have a resale price that’s 52% its original price after four years.

Other models that received high scores are the sporty body versions of the E-Class, with the coupe getting a 54% score and the convertible getting 56.5%.

In a press release, it was revealed that the 2015 Residual Value Giants ranking is calculated by the Bähr & Fess Forecast market research institute in Saarbrücken.

This company has been regularly studying the residual value of used cars for several years now.

The company said that on behalf of Focus Online, it figured out a list of vehicles that are anticipated to achieve the highest resale value, with the assumption that they were purchased new in April 2011 and were resold in April 2015.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features breathtaking styling that captures its true potential by taking on and reinterpreting the lines of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Boasting of a purist design, the new SLS AMG features a long wheelbase, a wide track and large wheels. It also features a bonnet measuring less than two meters, a greenhouse well-positioned to the rear and a short rear-end with an extendable aerofoil as well as short overhangs. However, the most appealing and striking design feature of the new SLS AMG is its gullwing doors, which reminds the public of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

Moreover, there are more features that bring back to life the legend of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. These features include the wide radiator grille with the large Mercedes star and the wing-shaped cross fins. The Gullwing’s 3D sculptured front end is also marked by six large cooling air intakes flanked by vertically arranged headlamps.

The central bi-xenon low-beam headlamp comes with a metallic wing section bordered on top by two LED indicators and on the bottom by LED daytime driving lights. The front end of the Gullwing also features low-set, swept-back front apron that further strengthen its already powerful stance on the road.

Upon closer look, the new SLS AMG is clearly laden with a number of influences from aircraft construction, including the Mercedes star which has a tubular section that alludes to the air intake on a jet engine when viewed from the side. It also features a long bonnet that attracts the eyes of the observer to visually highlight the vehicle’s curve. The same visual impression is created by the design of the four fins -- with Silver Shadow finish – decorating the two air outlet grilles on the end of the bonnet. Aside from enhancing the aesthetics of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, these aircraft-styled lines also visually accelerate the air flowing past the vehicle, making the Gullwing look dynamic even while at a standstill.

Lording the flanks of the Gullwing are the bonnet’s fins, in the middle of which the "6.3" lettering is placed -- referring to the displacement of its naturally aspirated V8 engine. In addition, the Gullwing’s side air outlet flows through its prominent feature line, which – along with the convex flanks and the stunning surface treatment -- fuses aesthetics with power.

On the other hand, the SLS AMG features a compact passenger compartment with a high beltline, low side windows and steeply angled windscreen – making it seem like a visor. In addition, the Gullwing features a forward angled B-pillar sweepingly flows to the rear window.

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