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Old 12-19-2008, 05:33 AM
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Mercedes-Benz Concept FASCINATION #4
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:34 AM
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Mercedes-Benz Concept FASCINATION #5
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:34 AM
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Mercedes-Benz Concept FASCINATION #6
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:29 AM
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I like this concept quite a lot.

It's a modern take on the HPE. If only Lancia was making such cars...
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I like this concept quite a lot.

It's a modern take on the HPE. If only Lancia was making such cars...
I bet no one would really buy them. ask the Thesis.

EDIT: or even ask Citroen about the C6
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I bet no one would really buy them. ask the Thesis.

EDIT: or even ask Citroen about the C6
Amongst the reasons of the failure of the Thesis are the fact that they didn't promote it at all. In fact Mercedes-Benz considered it one of closest rivals to the E-class back in the day.

Anyway this is quite different from a Thesis. More like a modern take on the Beta HPE.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:30 AM
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Amongst the reasons of the failure of the Thesis are the fact that they didn't promote it at all. In fact Mercedes-Benz considered it one of closest rivals to the E-class back in the day.

Anyway this is quite different from a Thesis. More like a modern take on the Beta HPE.
but the Thesis fit Lancia's tradition as much as the HPE concept, and in Italy it has been highly advertised, but no one really wanted it for the a very simple fact: it's not one of the German 3.

I remember those comperisons between the Thesis and the E-Klasse, or even the 5 Series...old memories
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but the Thesis fit Lancia's tradition as much as the HPE concept, and in Italy it has been highly advertised, but no one really wanted it for the a very simple fact: it's not one of the German 3.

I remember those comperisons between the Thesis and the E-Klasse, or even the 5 Series...old memories
Yep, the Thesis is possibly the last of a line, a true Lancia.

And while it may have been advertised in Italy, it wasn't here (and I guess in most of Europe either). Anyway, not being german obviously wasn't going to help, but there were many other reasons aside from this one, because even compared to its predecessors the Thesis was a complete failure.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:47 AM
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I think the mercedes benz concept fascination is a great new think outside of the box for a german car marker after all we are only talking about a concept .the swift lines on either side of the car gives the car striking looks as if it is going asome immese speed .it has the grille of the the new e class saloon that is coming in 2009 .




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Driven by a new, powerful and economical four-



cylinder diesel engine

Not content with just indulging the senses, the Concept FASCINATION design study impresses with its technical underpinnings, too. These are drawn from the new E-Class and include the new four-cylinder diesel engine which features BlueTEC technology and develops 150 kW/ 204 hp from a displacement of 2.2 litres.
Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member with responsibility for Research and Development at Mercedes Benz Cars, said: “The show car not only demonstrates a fascinating, new design idiom, but - with our new, high-performance and economical diesel drive system using BlueTEC technology - shows that Mercedes-Benz vehicles will also set standards in the future in terms of sustainability as well as emotional appeal, driving pleasure and comfort.”

Taut, sharply contoured lines and finely sculpted surfaces
The design study’s elongated body is dominated by the dynamic front-to-rear sweep of its lines which gives it a dynamically charged look, evoking movement even when the vehicle is stationary. This impression is emphasised by the long, frameless, side-window line which describes a continuous arc from front to rear, uninterrupted by a B-pillar. As a result, the large load space in the rear is integrated in the vehicle body cohesively and harmoniously while also increasing the impression of length and creating a remarkable sense of lightness. The side windows can be lowered completely – one of the fundamental genetic markers of every Mercedes-Benz coupé – to provide an uninterrupted view of the stylish way in which fine materials have been used inside the vehicle.
A sense of forward-flowing energy is created by the wedge-shaped profile of the design study whose sides are structured by taut, clearly defined lines which grow out of the surfaces organically and disappear back into them in the same subtle way. Sensitively sculpted surfaces, alternately concave and convex, are defined by the shoulder line, undercut feature line and an additional line to form a gentle, yet pronounced linear flow complemented by an intriguing interplay of light effects. In short, flowing surfaces and arching structures create compelling forms.
The wheel arches are powerfully sculpted. In the rear wings in particular, the rounded treatment of the flared wheel arches is characterised by a degree of almost sensual exuberance – a classic Mercedes-Benz design element of the past – which is taken to an elegant conclusion in the lines of the rear. In order to maintain the flow of the surfaces and edges, the door handles are visually extended rearward of the doors into the sides of the vehicle.

A self-assured front section with a new take on the dual headlamp face
The distinctive front section of this gracefully built athlete is a picture of self-assurance. It remains loyal to the dual headlamp face, but interprets it in a more contemporary way. The now rhomboid headlamps, which are set against a grey background reveal the fascinating technical details of the light units which feature the latest LED technology as well as C-shaped fibre-optic inserts which serve as discreet running lights. With its new, sharper eyes and the surrounding lines and surfaces, the “face” of the Concept FASCINATION vehicle is both exciting and forceful.
The bonnet of the design study has pronounced contours with a central ridge which picks up the V-shape of the front end and continues it along the vehicle body. Powerfully framed, the single-louvre radiator grille with the central Mercedes star makes a very dominant and expressive statement of the brand identity.
A distinctive front apron with a small double-wing assembly at the base gives this design gem a wide, confident stance.
The great attention to detail, which can be sensed in the assurance of every line and the graceful sweep of every surface, is exemplified to perfection by a special touch in the front apron: a fine chrome trim strip runs all round the lower body of the vehicle; at the front, LED fog lamps are set into this strip – turning it into a sparkling piece of jewellery.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:52 AM
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I think this looks much better than the current gen. More classy less chintzy and whatnot.
That being said, we know it's a Merc, no need for that awful tristar on the grill.
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Yep, the Thesis is possibly the last of a line, a true Lancia.

And while it may have been advertised in Italy, it wasn't here (and I guess in most of Europe either). Anyway, not being german obviously wasn't going to help, but there were many other reasons aside from this one, because even compared to its predecessors the Thesis was a complete failure.
not compared to the K, that was a compete fail, from every point of view (but at least it was relatively cheap to buy).
that car completely ruined Lancia's reputation with big sedans after the excellent car the Thema was. the Thesis suffered a lot of all the disasters the K created with its embarrassing reliability, low quality and high fuel consumption.
buying a Thesis now (better last year tbh) can be great deal, except if you are planning to sell the car before of say 10 years.
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Lovely concept car n all, but not so sure about the "Mercedes Benz builds the world's most desirable coupes" bit...
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