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Mercedes to drop CLK and CL Names from Lineup

The Mercedes CLK could be no more after the 2009 model year

Fear not. The venerable E-Class-based coupes and convertibles will remain staples of Mercedes lineup, only they will be known as, quite simply, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Convertible. The streamlining will likely spread a year later, with the CL-Class becoming the S-Class Coupe.

We're not sure what's behind the decisions, especially considering that neither simplicity nor clarity has ever been much of a priority for Mercedes (witness their latest ConceptFASCINATION, a station wagon "coupe").