Carlsson opens Headquarters in Shanghai
On the occasion of the opening of the Carlsson China Headquarters in Shanghai on October 20, 2011, the automobile manufacturer from the German town of Merzig, presented the luxury vehicles Carlsson CS60 and Carlsson CGL45, specifically developed for the Chinese market. Carlsson China is a joint venture between the automobile manufacturer Carlsson Germany and its Chinese partners who are responsible for the import of Carlsson complete vehicles for the Chinese market. The finished vehicles are based on the current Mercedes-Benz S600 (model V221) and Mercedes-Benz GL450 (model X164), developed and homologated for the Chinese market.
A selective network of exclusive distributors of China Carlsson will be responsible for the marketing. After the opening of the headquarters in Shanghai in October, the first Carlsson dealer based in Shanghai will make its debut. Then, in early November, the opening of the Carlsson sales office in Guangzhou, China will take place. “We are very proud of our cooperation and, thanks to our expertise in fine-tuning premium cars, we see excellent sales opportunities in the Chinese market”, says Mathias R. Albert, CEO of Carlsson Autotechnik.
The Carlsson CS60 highlights the consistently sporty and elegant development, and it stands for luxury and exclusivity. It is powered by a 12-cylinder engine with 5.5 litres displacement and should appeal to premium customers from all business sections. The most striking modification of the Carlsson CS60 is the aerodynamic package, which consists of high-quality components. Optimized flow with increased contact pressure and improved road grip – these are the modification each vehicle goes through at the manor house “Gut Wiesenhof”. The new front section of the Carlsson CS60 with its characteristic grille insert made of electro-polished stainless steel, four auxiliary headlights (high beams and fog lights), and the vertical LED daytime running lights give the CS60 Carlsson its distinctive appearance.
A new rear spoiler support, a rear spoiler, and a sports rear silencer with four oval tailpipes bring the modifications of the exterior to a full circle. The 20-inch alloy wheels, Carlsson Design 1/10 Brilliant Edition are delivered with high-performance Michelin tyres, size 255/35Z R20 at the front, and 275/35RZ at the rear axle. The interior, too, has been modified in many ways by the automobile manufacturer Carlsson. A plaque with the Carlsson logo, autographed by Chief Executive Officer Markus Schuster, embossed headrests, and blue-illuminated Carlsson scuff plates exude an exclusive ambience. Aluminium pedals and footrests feature the logo of the manufacturer at Gut Wiesenhof. Various leather trims and Alcantara inserts complete the interior’s finishing. Carlsson offers the CS60 with 380 kW/516 hp and the car’s speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The powerful 5.5-liter V12 engine, accelerates the Carlsson CS60 from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds.
The extensive modifications to the Carlsson CGL 45 bestows the luxury SUV its very striking appearance. The front spoiler and the chromed grille with the jumping Carlsson horse logo and the auxiliary headlamps with fog lights and high beams contribute greatly to the new look. The LED daytime running lights in the front spoiler lip complete the new lighting unit. They may also be used as position lamps at night. The design of the electro-polished stainless steel grille inserts in the front apron, the front spoiler lip, and the radiator grille display supreme elegance. New sills provide the powerful side view with its extended wheel arches a much more sporty touch. The rear is dominated by a new tailgate skirt support, which includes the sports rear silencer’s four oval stainless steel tailpipes.
The Carlsson CGL45 comes with 22-inch alloy wheels, Carlsson Design 1/5 Evo Brilliant Edition, and is equipped with high performance Goodyear tyres, size 305/35Z R22. The weight of the elegant design has been optimized for the high load capacity and thus, a wheel with a minimum of unsprung mass was developed that enhances agility and still offers maximum stability. The interior of the Carlsson CGL45 has been extensively refined as well. Even before entering the vehicle, the door sills and their blue-illuminated Carlsson logo manifest the claim of the luxury automobile manufacturer. This is underlined further by details such as the embossed Carlsson logo in the headrests, the door-lock pins, and the aluminium pedals and footrest.
The powerful luxury SUVs Carlsson CGL 45 is equipped with a 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine, reaching an output of 250 kW/340 hp. The top speed is 235 km/h accelerating the vehicle from 0 to 100 in 7.2 seconds.
An extension of the selective distribution network in China is planned for 2012, adding four more locations. Carlsson China is officially registered as an automobile importer and the vehicles have the necessary (Chinese) legal CCC license to operate the vehicles. “The CS60 Carlsson and Carlsson CGL45 are homologated as complete vehicles and therefore comply with all statutory requirements of the Chinese market”, says CEO Mathias R. Albert. “The complete conversion takes place at Gut Wiesenhof in Merzig. Here, we pay special attention to quality and workmanship and meet all ISO certification requirements, and we place high emphasis on the homologation granted by the German TÜV and the Chinese CCC type approval authorities”, CEO Mathias R. Albert continues.