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based on the new B-class plat­form.’’

The new coupe is ex­pected to be called the CLC and will be pre­sented along­side a rounded five-door A-class that is a world away from the out­go­ing model. Wagener says the ar­rival of the new B-class fam­ily also opens the way for Amghot-rod ver­sions of the cars, which were pre­vi­ously ex­cluded from the work of the per­for­mance divi­sion.

And he prom­ises cleaner de­sign on the go-fast mod­els.

We now have to­tal con­trol of al­lamgde­sign. It is now fully in­te­grated,’’ he says.

It’s about the de­tail­ing. Some of the stuff in the past has not been par­tic­u­larly el­e­gant.’’

De­sign crimes: The B-class (left) ‘‘dam­aged’’ the brand; an­damg cars (above) lacked el­e­gance, says Gor­don Wagener

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