Three Mercedes-Benz models earn AJAC awards at the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year Competition

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Three Mercedes-Benz Canada vehicles received
awards at the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) annual
Canadian Car of the Year "TestFest" in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. This year, a
record-breaking 80 top automotive journalists from across Canada participated
in this annual competition. After a week of intensive testing, it was
announced that the Mercedes-Benz CL550 4MATIC and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG tied
for first place in the Best New Prestige Car category, and the Mercedes-Benz
M-Class BlueTEC diesel was named Best New SUV/CUV (over $60k).
    For 2009, the CL550 4MATIC and new generation SL63 AMG both offer sporty,
luxurious driving characteristics and unparalleled levels of safety and
advanced technology. The CL550 4MATIC is powered by a 382 hp V8, and the
new-generation 4MATIC full-time all-wheel drive system, innovative four-wheel
electronic traction control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) integrated
with the seven-speed automatic transmission work together to provide greater
directional stability, even when road conditions are poor.
    The SL63 AMG roadster is powered by a 6.2 litre V8 engine that produces
an impressive 518 hp and 465 lb.ft of torque. With special software
programming for the Active Body Control (ABC) system, AMG struts with firmer
damping and enhanced AMG chassis, the SL63 AMG provides exceptional handling
that is consistent with its legendary racing roots.
    "We are very pleased that AJAC members have selected both Mercedes-Benz
vehicles to receive this prestigious award," said Marcus Breitschwerdt,
President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "For many years the legendary
SL-Class and powerful and luxurious CL-Class have had the distinction of being
benchmarks in their respective classes. The first place tie for the SL63 AMG
and CL550 4MATIC in this important category re-affirms their place at the
pinnacle of the premium luxury segment."
    The ML320 BlueTEC diesel is powered by a 210 hp V6 engine that develops
400 ft-lb of torque. Achieving 20%-40% greater fuel efficiency then comparable
gasoline engines, the BlueTEC engine offers four cylinder fuel consumption
with V8 output; providing impressive acceleration and excellent pulling and
towing power.
    "The M-Class has always been a trailblazer in the premium SUV segment,
and now the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC offers customers more
aggressive styling, a more luxurious interior, and the world's cleanest
state-of-the-art BlueTEC diesel that meets the most stringent BIN5 and ULEV
emissions requirements. The ML320 BlueTEC diesel is versatile and
fuel-efficient without compromising either performance or the environment,"
Breitschwerdt added.

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For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509,

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