Mercedes CLS designer headed to BAIC - report

Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Facelift
Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Facelift

Will develop a rear-wheel drive luxury sedan

Chinese cars aren't exactly attractive or original but that could soon be changing as various firms are hiring noted designers from European companies.

The latest person to head to China is Peter Arcadipane who helped to create iconic Mercedes models like the CL, CLS and M-Class. He will reportedly become BAIC's design director and manage over 130 other designers.

His first task will be to create a range of world class vehicles that have “sophisticated styling and great proportions.” Little is known about the cars, but Arcadipane told GoAuto that BIAC wants them to appeal to people who would buy vehicles from Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

The first model is expected to be a medium to large size sedan that has rear-wheel drive and Daimler underpinnings. It will likely be followed by a crossover, but there's no word on when it could hit the market.

Source: Go Auto via Carscoops
Published May 10th, 2013 10:40pm By Michael Gauthier
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EdBacau EdBacau
I think the first CLS still looks better than the current version.
May 11th, 2013 12:09pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
BAIC has already declared that the aforementioned RWD luxury sedan is based on W212 E-Class. Mercedes supplied the platform to BAIC without getting paid... for the reasons you know... What a shame we Chinese are.
May 10th, 2013 10:57pm
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