Mercedes-Benz

The German firm unveiled the beautiful ConceptFascination, previewing a new design direction for an E-Class coupé. Its luxury fittings include a folding glass table, humidor and fridge in the luggage area. It’s powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. A really great looking car!

Also debuting was the C250 featuring a new 2.2-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine. It will go on sale late next year. Nestling close by was another real star - the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Special Edition roadster looking stunning but menacing with 650 bhp on tap.

The 'green' attention was firmly on the new electric Smart ForTwo ED – set to be available next year, but I don't expect it to impact here. There was also the new S400 Blue Hybrid, which will also not be a hit in Ireland because it will not be available in right-hand-drive.

It is the cleanest petrol saloon that Mercedes-Benz build. It uses a lithium-ion battery and a 20 bhp three-phase engine sandwiched between the petrol motor and seven-speed gearbox. Result? It returns a good 35.8mpg, has a top speed of 155mph, and CO2 emissions of 190g/km.

And for non eco-warriors there was a bomb or was it grenade-proof 517bhp Pullman Guard Limo that weighs in at a whopping 4.5-tonnes.

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