I entered Hall 5 via the right door and was lucky to spot the all new Mercedes CLS, thanks to SG Vehicles. The model on display is a CLS350 and I ran my hands all over its smooth curves. I was glad that the doors were unlocked and I took the opportunity to hop into the 2nd generation of the 4 door coupe. As expected of a car of such stature, it is harder to find a piece of hard plastic in the interior than spotting a speck of dust in a cleanroom.
Next, I moved on to the all new Jetta, which unfortunately left me unimpressed. It was not because I sat in the CLS a few minutes ago, but simply compared it to its popular predecessor. The hard door plastics (mainly) are not what you would expect from a VW, and they felt thinner than the Mark 5ís. They were more comparable to say a Hyundai Elantra. The only piece of padded material on the door is the arm rest. Moving further, the 3rd braking light has moved down to the level of the boot as compared to the previous model, which is mounted at the roof level. I prefer the older configuration as it is better at alerting drivers of tall vehicles and is more ďEuropean-likeĒ. In the Mark 5 Jetta, the access to the boot from the rear seats was covered by a piece of plastic, which is missing in the new model. This projects a negative image of cost cutting.
Great! I have fulfilled my 2 missions and went around snapping photos. I hope readers like the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them, thanks to my trusty Cannon PowerShot A650.
BMW 6 series Convertible
The 'naughtiest' Volvo
Kia's answer to the Camry - The Optima K5
Car graphics for the adventurous type
The transformers - More than meets the eyes
Finally, the smooth curves