Carbon fibre is a lightweight, high-strength material that is ideal for use in high-performance cars that improve performance by reducing the overall weight of the body. Carbon fibre, however, is much more expensive than steel and must be hand-laid into moulds to create parts for automobiles (further adding to the expense of using it).

Carbon Fibre Mercedes are only found in the top range of the automakers offerings such as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren which was the first production car to use carbon fibre in the construction of the body shell, doors and hood of the vehicle. Expertise with carbon fibre came from the company’s involvement with Formula One racing and is gradually being worked into designs for consumer vehicles where it is used for the interiors and for larger areas (such as the roof panel) such as in Mercedes/Benz new GLE Coupe.