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Mercedes M-Class gets new name, look at New York Auto Show debut

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The vehicle that launched Alabama’s auto industry – the Mercedes-Benz M-Class – is getting a new name and a new look that will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

To become known as the GLE, the Alabama-made sport utility vehicle family also is getting a new member: a plug-in hybrid model that’s also going to make a world premiere at the New York show. The event officially begins Saturday, but a press preview is being held Wednesday and Thursday.

“Often copied, rarely equaled – the M-Class established the segment of premium SUVs in 1997 and since then has been one of the most successful models in the world. With the launch of the GLE, the edition will surpass the 1.6 million mark,” said Ola Kaellenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

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