Mercs voted 'most beautiful' cars

2011-10-20 12:58

The Mercedes-Benz CLS, SLS AMG Roadster and various C-Class models have been the most beautiful cars in their segments according to results from the 2011 Autonis design awards.

In survey conducted by Auto motor und sport, 22916 readers voted for their most beautiful new cars in each segment ranging from middle-class (C segment in SA), luxury, SUV and sportscar market.

The survey's only criterion is to establish which car readers find the most visually appealing.

ICON: The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing remains an icon of automotive design and performance.

Clear winners in the medium-class category with more than two thirds of the votes, was the C-Class and coupé variant. Readers were reportedly impressed by the dynamic design of the next generation C-Class.

The legendary 300 SL Gullwing of the 1950s has been awarded the title of design icon of recent decades.


In the luxury segment, the Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupé claimed first place in the vehicle beauty contest. Like its predecessor, the new version of the CLS offers a captivating design and refinement.

BEAUTY: With a hat tip to its predecessor the new CLS coupe is easily one of the most stunning cars in its segment.


In the cabriolet segment, the SLS AMG Roadster was overall favourite amongst voters.

The open version of the sports car features the same technical highlights as the coupé version with gullwing doors which caused such a stir in the 2009 awards.

With its compact soft top, which opens and closes in eleven seconds, the new SLS AMG Roadster combines excellent driving dynamics with breathtaking roadster fun.

Even after 60 years, eyes light up when one of the legendary 300 SL models appears on the scene – Gullwing or Roadster, the effect is the same.

  • christo.stone - 2011-10-21 09:12

    Couldn't disagree with that. Mercs are beautiful.

  • Quinton - 2011-10-21 10:05

    I can't say I disagree with that even though I'm not a geat Merc fan. What I like most about their cars is that they age very gracefully.

  • Nitro - 2011-10-21 11:26

    Agreed with the above. Their design principles have been great over the last couple of years with the future models looking promising as well.

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