In the battle for supremacy in the best executive - and grand saloon categories of next year's Top 12, Mercedes-Benz may see its dominance broken by newcomers from archrivals BMW.

In the battle for supremacy in the best executive - and grand saloon categories of next year's Top 12, Mercedes-Benz may see its dominance broken by newcomers from archrivals BMW.


When the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class was introduced on the South African market last year, it immediately deposed the long-time best executive saloon winner, the BMW 5 Series, in this year's Top 12 best buys feature.


But BMW has since mounted a massive retaliation by launching its new 5 Series - a showcase of the Munich firm's technological prowess (systems included active steering, dynamic drive, adaptive headlights, automatic cruise control, iDrive, heads-up display, ABS, CBC, ASC, DTC and DBC - not all of which were standard specification throughout the range, however).


The 5 Series is bigger, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, but the Mercedes-Benz is still a class act and has a loyal following in South Africa. In addition, the defending champion in the executive saloon section will also have to contend with newcomers from Chevrolet (Lumina) and Toyota (Camry).


As for the grand saloon category, last year's winner, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class , will have to contend with its larger-than-life, supremely-lavish and well-equipped uncle, the Maybach.


However, the BMW 7 Series will also offer more resistance to the S-Class due to six-cylinder turbodiesel- and six-litre V12-powered derivates have been added to the range this year.


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