Automotive News Europe reports that Mercedes-Benz China is pushing company leaders in Germany to hold the worldwide launch of the new S-Class in China. In the report, CEO of Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd. Klaus Maier said, “There is no doubt that the Chinese market will be key to the sales of this product; therefore we have a strong case to make for it to debut in China.”

He also said that Mercedes-Benz would be introducing five new models in China by year-end. Currently, the German carmaker sells the A, B, C, E, G, GL, M, R, S, SL, CLS, GLK, SLK, SLS and Viano to the Chinese market. C, E and GLK are built in China.

There are also plans to expand the number of dealerships in China from 217 to 260. Most of the new dealerships will be found in third- and fourth-tier cities.