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Mercedes-Benz World Premieres at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show +VIDEO

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FRANKFURT - September 14, 2011: Mercedes-Benz kicked off the International Auto Show in Frankfurt at the IAA, with the world premiere of a truly revolutionary research vehicle - the F 125! - a fuel cell-powered luxury sedan that will make possible emission-free driving in the future. In the year of the 125th anniversary of the automobile, the company that filed the first ever patent for a motor car takes the leadership role in the reinvention of the automobile.  Unlike any other car company, Mercedes-Benz favors hydrogen-based fuel cell technology - with F-Cell production cars already available in selected markets in Europe and the US and high volume production of F-Cell vehicles slated for 2014.

Here at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz celebrated more world premieres than ever before. Center stage was the second generation B-Class with an entirely re-designed body, reflecting the impressive dynamic performance of the all new four cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging as well as the new diesel engine. The new design makes the B-Class the most spacious car in its class. Equipped with state of the art assist systems, radar based collision warning system and PRE-SAFE, the new B-Class sets a new standard for the compact car segment.

Watch highlights from the Mercedes-Benz Press Conference

The SLS AMG Roadster, equipped with an AMG 6.3 liter V8 front-mid engine, is guaranteed to make the hearts of sports car enthusiasts beat faster and the SLK 55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time, while the SLK 250 CDI proves that diesel drive and roadster excitement go very well together. The sports car accelerates from 0 -- 100 km/h in a mere 6.7 seconds with an outstanding fuel consumption of 4.9 liter per 100 kilometers.

The spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motorsports is the DNA of the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series -- a head turner not only in Frankfurt.

On the road to emission-free driving, smart will premiere the smart fortwo electric drive slated to come to the market in the spring of 2012.

Watch highlights of the smart fortwo EV presentation