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Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:17 am

Took this pic with my phone last week, there were about 10 cars similarly disguised, anyone have an idea what it might be?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/andzz/16022006003.jpg
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:19 am

Got a Mercedes look about it to me
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:25 am

it looks like a mercedes to me aswell. Also, isnt that a german numberplate on it?

[Edited 2006-02-22 21:27:08]
 
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:33 am

Alfa Romero.
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:37 am

Its the new Toyota NASCAR entry ..........
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:39 am

Lexus IS 300 ...in very bad condition  Smile

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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:40 am

Quoting GulfStreamGirl (Reply 5):
Lexus IS 300 ...in very bad condition

oh no... didn't you learn anything??  duck  Big grin
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:40 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
it looks like a mercedes to me aswell. Also, isnt that a german numberplate on it?

yes and there were a couple of German registered Mercedes support cars with it. Care to guess at the model range?
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:41 am

I vote Mercedes on this one.

This car looks like it is a CLS variant (with the swooping side window line) of some kind - note the similarities...



If I was you, I would contact an auto magazine over this picture - they might just pay you a sum of money for it.

[Edited 2006-02-22 21:46:48]
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:42 am

well look at the numberplate.. its a european numberplate. Why would a lexus or a toyota have European numberplates on it? To me it looks like a mercedes :P
 
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:42 am

New E class

The message you were about to post is too short
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:42 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):
yes and there were a couple of German registered Mercedes support cars with it. Care to guess at the model range?

possibly a new C-class? or was it too big? I doubt it would be a new E-class as the current one isn't that old yet. Also, another thing that makes me believe it is a mercedes is the curves. It looks like it has gotten some of its design adopted from the CLS:
http://www.nasharty.com/cars/mbw/cls/4.jpg

[Edited 2006-02-22 21:45:05]
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:46 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 10):
New E class

The message you were about to post is too short

I doubt it is a new E-class.. that would be too soon. Germans usually don't create new cars with the same model name as often as French and Italians. Might be a new C-class.I think the black covers make the car look bigger than it is.
 
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:54 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 10):
New E class



Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 12):
doubt it is a new E-class.. that would be too soon

Exactly what I thought. The E-class is fairly "new", but the C-class is in big need for a replacement, which I've heard is coming this or next year.

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Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:57 am

I doubt its a Benz too. Look at the exhaust... way too small for what would be under the hood of a Mercades Benz.

[Edited 2006-02-22 21:59:12]
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:59 am

here's another view and you can compare the size with the E class station wagon in front of it. Sorry it's not very good, they appeared as we were driving out of a mall car park last Thursday lunchtime so I just grabbed the phone!

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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:00 am

Quoting SK A340 (Reply 13):

Exactly what I thought. The E-class is fairly "new", but the C-class is in big need for a replacement, which I've heard is coming this or next year.

/Micke

great to get it confirmed by someone else

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 14):
I doubt its a Benz too. Look at the exhaust... way too small for what would be under the hood of a Mercadies Benz.

well the c-class is smaller than the e-class. what if they are testing a 2,0 liters engine for the model?

Quoting Andz (Reply 15):
here's another view and you can compare the size with the E class station wagon in front of it. Sorry it's not very good, they appeared as we were driving out of a mall car park last Thursday lunchtime so I just grabbed the phone!

yes it definately is a mercedes since the cars behind it are mercedes cars aswell. And it looks a little smaller than the E-class so my final guess is a new c-class that coming up

[Edited 2006-02-22 22:01:55]
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:01 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
it looks like a mercedes to me aswell. Also, isnt that a german numberplate on it?

Completely correct. And Mercedes does test in South Africa so that's possibly a Mercedes. Can't tell you which model though but it might be a new C class cause they want to do a new one.

But judging by the backlights it could be a BMW as well.
My sisters boyfriend works for BMW in Munich and he has to do test in South Africa for them quite often. So it could be that as well.
Strange to see a Darmstadt registration but that might be disguise as well.
Cause BMW should usually be "M" and Mercedes "S" (for Stuttgart).

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Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:05 am

Hi

If you ask me its a test car for mercedes ( look at the lights they have the distinctive ripple) and they have basically but extra body on it to hide the lines from other car companys and when they get out of town they take the extra body off to do long road test's.

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Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:37 am

It is a new Skoda Superb. Why? Skoda is in Darmstadt and alway have the DA plates in all the advertisements.

So does Opel but not always.



The Above pic is of the current Superb.

Mercedes always have S plates, Stuttgart
Audi always have IN plates, Ingolstadt
VW mostly have WOB plates, Wolfsburg
BMW always have M plates, Munchen

[Edited 2006-02-23 00:40:10]

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Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:13 am

I don't think its the CLS. Its waaay shorter.


Perhaps a new Infiniti G35 coupe?

http://www.nnauto.cn/nnauto/supercar/2005/infiniti_G35/Infiniti-G35-Coupe-019.jpg
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:50 am

Nahhhhhhhhhh youse guys got it all wrong

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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:30 pm

Quoting Rlwynn (Reply 19):
It is a new Skoda Superb. Why? Skoda is in Darmstadt and alway have the DA plates in all the advertisements.

don't you think they are just doing that to confuse people?
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:39 pm

Mercedes' test models usually wear BB, not S. I have seen many disguised cars as well as test cars that are already on the market, all MBs had BB on them.

Opel wears GG.

Judging by the convoi of E-classes I would though guess it is a MB, and I bet on the new C class then as it is about to be unveiled...

Possibly their foreign cars are all registered in DA - for whatever reason... hmmm
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:06 pm

You should send your picture to a car magazine, they often can tell you what it probably is and they even my place the picture in their magazine.
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:14 pm

Quoting A319114 (Reply 24):
You should send your picture to a car magazine, they often can tell you what it probably is and they even my place the picture in their magazine.

I emailed then to UK Car last night so let's see if they reply.
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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:20 pm

Yes, That's a german registration, DA is Darmstadt and that's where Skoda has it's german HQ (Actualy it's a small town near Darmstadt, however that town belongs to the Darmstadt district), so my guess is it's a new Skoda!
However, that might be a competirs thought as well so maybe it's distraction?

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RE: Identify This Car!

Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:29 pm

i know for sure it has to to be an audi but what model i am not exactly sure
 
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RE: Identify This Car!

Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:23 am

Hey All!


L410Turbolet sent me a link to my email account which proves that it is indeed a new mercedes c-class!

http://www.autorevue.cz/Automobilka/AR.asp?ARI=6593

that means that I am right

many thanks to L410Turbolet!

http://www.autorevue.cz/Obrazky/2005/28srpen/cklasse/11.jpg

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Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:50 am

I think Benz is probably the ticket.

SIDEBAR STORY: Years ago Audi would do testing around this part of Florida. I spent many a time trying to catch them at lights, or in parking lots, to ask what the cars were. To my good fortune, a group pulled into a restaurant I was eating at. I finished up, and walked out to the cars. Suddenly about 10 of their group come piling out of the place, wanting to know what I was doing. I asked them what kind of cars they were driving. I got answeres like "Alfa", "Ford", or "European" all at once. I said I doubted the "Alfa" and "Ford" as the cars were too angular for the style of those makers at the time (1988). I said I thought VW or Audi. They told me I was close. As I walked around the cars, I noticed the interlocking rings on the window glass. The cars were coupes, that had fake rear door handles and door frames attached. Fairly clever job of hiding the identity of the vehicles.
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RE: Identify This Car!

Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:03 am

It's the new C-class.
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