MercedesBenz CClass 204 series (20082013) Motor Gearheads

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 204 series

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Two front views for the C-Class: the 204

Which do you prefer – the sporty or look? For the first time in a saloon the model variants of the generation of the compact class in 2007 differed from one through their distinctive views. This innovation was one of features introduced in the Mercedes-Benz from the 204 series. The AVANTGARDE with its centrally positioned star was an agile C-Class in a design. The ELEGANCE and CLASSIC with the classic Mercedes-Benz grille, on the other hand, comfort and elegance.

The new C-Class was presented to the Stuttgart public in 2007 as a Saloon (W 204 series). in late March 2007 the new was launched on the European market, soon after by its appearance on the American market. That Mercedes-Benz presented the Estate in the S 204 series at the Frankfurt International Show (IAA). This was the Estate in the compact class Mercedes-Benz.

The C-Class Sports was succeeded in spring 2008 by the CLC-Class. In technological terms, new model series was still on the CL 203 series. But the Mercedes-Benz designers revised the Sports Coupé and around 1,100 new or further components throughout the entire

With a body length of millimetres, the Saloon was 55 millimetres than its predecessor. The body was increased by 42 millimetres to 1770 and the wheelbase by 45 millimetres to 2760 These dimensions provided the for a generously-sized interior and, enhanced comfort. The front room, for example, was increased by 40

But the C-Class underwent development in other than just dimensions – the Mercedes-Benz developers greatly expanded the series Its prime attributes were comfort, agility and great as a product concept. In this way was able to meet the expectations of different customer groups.

The equipment lines, AVANTGARDE, and CLASSIC, gave particular to the areas of comfort and agility, on the variant.

In addition to the typical driving culture, all model offered numerous technical These included, for example, the CONTROL package with shock absorber control, Light System with different lighting functions and the preventive occupant protection The 2007 C-Class was powered by and six-cylinder engines, which up to 13 percent more output the units in the predecessor model, using less fuel.

of the C-Class was based on the modern idiom, which exuded serenity through the interplay of lines and large, quiescent In the C-Class the pronounced V-shape at the end also expressed typical such as agility and readiness to

It was the first time in a Mercedes-Benz that the radiator grille was as a distinguishing feature in order to the model variants more Three extended, horizontal and a large, centrally positioned star characterised the AVANTGARDE as a traditional design feature of Mercedes-Benz models. In interaction the sporty equipment package, design element highlighted the agile appearance of this This was emphasised further by the AMG package, which included styled front and rear and side skirts.

For the ELEGANCE Mercedes-Benz employed a three-dimensional, radiator grille with a paint finish to accentuate classic brand attributes as comfort and luxury. In CLASSIC the new C-Class was deliberately understated and true to its tradition, yet offered the technical innovations as the other two variants. This concept customers to set individual highlights in the of their vehicle and tune the even more distinctively to personal taste and lifestyle.

Under the term AGILITY Mercedes-Benz subsumed all those new and developments designed to enhance comfort and agility. This package included AGILITY suspension, which controlled the absorber forces depending on the situation: when driving with low shock absorber the damping forces were reduced for a noticeable improvement in roar and tyre vibration – but without any compromise in handling When shock absorber were greater, on the other maximum damping forces set and the car was effectively stabilised. In addition, also developed the ADVANCED package with Sport available as an option from 2007.

ADAPTIVE BRAKE was new development in chassis technology. It was on technology from the S-Class and additional support functions for more safety and comfort. of this included Start-Off for uphill gradients, priming of the system in critical situations and contact to dry the brake discs in wet

With a remarkable boost in of up to 13 percent and increase in torque of 18 percent, the engines typified the character of the new C-Class. The four and units were noted not for their spontaneous power but also for increased ride as a result of improved smoothness.

The engine experts paid attention to further development of the engines for the new C-Class. In the petrol the output of the entry-level C 180 KOMPRESSOR from the previous 105 kW (143 hp) to 115 kW hp), with maximum improved by 4.5 percent from 220 to 230 metres. The C 200 KOMPRESSOR developed 15 kW (20 hp) power than before. It had an of 135 kW (184 hp) and generated its maximum of 250 Newton metres from rpm. These modified considerably improved the performance and consumption of the four-cylinder models.

of the four-cylinder units was also the focus for the diesel engines. The further improved each – comprised of engine, turbocharger and rail direct injection – over 90 components in the process. package of measures resulted in the new C 200 CDI 11 percent more output the predecessor model: 100 kW (136 hp) of the previous 90 kW (122 hp). The C 220 CDI a peak output of 125 kW (170 hp) of the former 110 kW (150 hp) and generated of 400 Newton metres at 2000 rpm – an of around 18 percent compared its predecessor.

The modern V6 engines initially unchanged in the new C-Class with a choice of three engines and one diesel unit: the C 230 150 kW (204 hp), the C 280 with 170 kW hp) and the C 350 with 200 kW (272 hp). The of the C 320 CDI developed 165 kW (224 hp). the exception of the C 350, all models in the new were equipped as standard six-speed manual transmission AGILITY CONTROL gearshift. The C 350 left the factory equipped 7G-TRONIC, the world’s only automatic transmission. This was optionally available for the other V6 in the C-Class.

Thanks to advanced engines, lightweight design and good the Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the 204 used up to 17 percent less than the predecessor model of A Life Cycle Assessment for the new approved by the TÜV in February 2007 showed that carbon emissions (CO2) for the current were cut by 15 percent compared the predecessor model.

During its the new C-Class was subjected to over 100 tests. These included the demanding in-house impact the conditions for which went beyond legal requirements. The of occupant protection was an intelligent design, made of up to 70 percent and ultra-high tensile grades of Mercedes-Benz also further the crumple zones compared the previous model and further the impact flow: the new C-Class in its front-end structure four acting impact levels, enabled forces to be distributed a wide area while the passenger compartment.

The safety in the interior was complemented with the latest protection systems. airbags were included as equipment: two adaptive airbags for the and front passenger, a kneebag for the two sidebags in the front seat and two large windowbags which from the A-pillar to the C-pillar in the of a side impact. The driver, passenger and passengers on the outer seats also benefited belt tensioners and belt limiters as standard. The standard restraints operated on the NECK PRO in the event of a rear-end collision the surfaces were pushed within milliseconds to support the of the driver and front passenger at an stage, thereby significantly the risk of a whiplash injury.

developed flashing brake as a major contribution to reducing collisions. These came as of the standard equipment package in the new If the driver needed to brake at speeds in excess of 50 km/h, the lights flashed rapidly to drivers behind.

Another feature of the new Saloon was PRE-SAFE®. The occupant protection system as an option) was linked to active systems such as ESP® and Assist and able to recognise driving manoeuvres at a very stage. If the vehicle was in danger of as a result of heavy under or or if the driver needed to brake sharply in a dangerous situation,

activated certain systems as a to prepare the vehicle and its occupants for an accident. Accordingly the passive phase did not start once an had already occurred, but actually an impending collision.

Developed by the Intelligent Light System was available in this vehicle for the first time. Powerful headlamps facilitated five lighting functions set up for typical and weather situations: country motorway mode, enhanced fog active light function and light function. Accordingly, made a further significant to driving safety in poor

The two-tone dashboard and centre were clearly laid out and The colour display was well in the driver’s field of vision in the centre of the dashboard. It formed of a new control and display concept by the C-Class from the top Mercedes-Benz The key bonus feature was the ready it provided for frequently used Linking the standard-fit multi-function wheel to the instrument cluster rapid access to a large of information and functions directly in of the driver.

The Saloon was followed in autumn by the C-Class Estate from the S 204 The Estate combined typical of the new W 204 such as safety, agility and with an appreciable increase in and flexibility compared with the S 203 With a maximum load of 1500 litres, the Estate the largest transport volume of any estate vehicle in the market The new Estate also borrowed all details – including safety and types, concept of design and lines – from the C-Class

A feature of the S 204 series was its spaciousness and degree of variability and functionality. to the predecessor model, the rear of the Estate was therefore much creating essential conditions for a load capacity. This now from 485 to 1500 litres measuring method) – depending on the of the 1/3:2/3-split rear seat which could be folded This represented an increase in capacity of up to 146 litres compared the predecessor model. The size of the possible cuboid to fit in the load also increased by 66 litres with the predecessor model to 827 beating all other premium in this class by between 50 and 100 The maximum available interior from tailgate to the footwell of the passenger seat measured metres – 17 centimetres longer previously.

A series of practical made loading the new C 63 AMG Estate easier, more comfortable and The load compartment featured two bag and four lashing rings for cargo. Standard equipment side stowage compartments net covers and a collapsible shopping box as as a combined luggage cover and net. The new optional EASY-PACK opened and closed at the touch of a and with the EASY-PACK load-securing kit extras) drivers had even options for dividing the load (approx. 1.80 x 1.20 m) and their cargo.

The new C-Class with a towing capacity of up to kilograms – the heaviest weight for class of vehicle – demonstrated its suitability as a towing vehicle. ride height control the vehicle maintained the same whatever load it was carrying.

efficiency and cleanliness typified the Saloon and Estate versions, Mercedes-Benz engineers had further the fourth C-Class generation in of fuel consumption and carbon emission compared with the 203

At the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, Mercedes-Benz gave a of the future of even more drive technologies: Here the introduced for the first time the exhaust gas aftertreatment in combination a consumption optimised four-cylinder The Vision C 220 BlueTEC demonstrated how it was to meet the even stricter 6 emission standard, applicable to all new Europe-wide from 2015. an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and peak of 400 Newton metres, the Vision C 220 consumed just 5.5 litres of per hundred kilometres. This was thanks to advanced development of engine technology and intelligent management.

Shortly after the launch of the C-Class Mercedes-Benz the models with 4MATIC all-wheel drive: this was from summer 2007 for the models C 280, C 350 and C 320 CDI. to the previous all-wheel drive the latest-generation 4MATIC all-wheel system stood out for its higher lower weight and more design. These advantages the predecessor models translated greater fuel economy and more superior traction. Now for the time a diesel model all-wheel drive was also in the C-Class: the new C 320 CDI 4MATIC developed 165 kW hp) and required 7.7 litres of diesel per kilometres.

Mercedes-Benz combined 4MATIC the Electronic Stability Program and the traction system 4ETS, specifically braked spinning and transferred the torque to the wheels still had good traction. The used sensor signals to the automatic braking impulses increased traction when off on slippery surfaces and could handling in critical situations. achieved the effect of conventional locks and tangibly provided comfort than the technology in other all-wheel drive

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In summer 2007 Mercedes-Benz the C 63 AMG – the new top-of-the-range model in the 204 series. a new generation of the AMG C-Class racing car was ensuring top-class motorsport in the German Touring Masters it was soon followed by a road-legal from the production shops in The market launch of the new V8 top model – was already the fifth model of the AMG C-Class – took place in 2008. Its family tree back to the C 36 AMG of 1993 – the first to be jointly developed by the partnership of and AMG.

The 6.2-litre V8 engine in the AMG version delivered peak of 336 kW (457 hp) and maximum torque of 600 metres. That accelerated the C 63 AMG 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds; top speed was limited to 250 km/h. Combined the all-new front axle, AMG sports steering and the new 3-stage system, the AMG sports suspension ensure maximum driving and excellent vehicle dynamics.

The C 63 AMG was an enough sight simply to at: both Saloon and Estate on their wheels, broad and low The new engine bonnet with powerdomes accommodated the specially AMG 6.2-litre V8 engine, which was in technological terms to the 350 kW (470 hp) from the AMG C-Class racing car. The high output benefited the power/weight ratio, stood at a very favourable 3.6

The C 63 AMG could put its considerable talent in the dynamics department to the newly AMG sports suspension and all-new front suspension. At the same a raft of measures ensured stability and precision in all driving Moreover, the C 63 AMG was the first ever from AMG to offer an automatic function when shifting thereby considerably reducing change reactions.

From 2008 the C 63 AMG went into as the official DTM Safety Car. For special use the top-of-the-range C-Class was with a high-performance radiator, two oil coolers located on either of the front apron and an additional, transmission oil cooler. The rear differential featured cooling and a separate oil cooler. Mercedes-AMG has the DTM Safety Car since 2000, from race to race Audi. In Formula One a C 63 AMG Estate has in service as the Official F1™ Medical Car the 2008 season.

The C-Class the 204 series was initially built in the Mercedes-Benz plants at Sindelfingen and Then series production started up at the East London South Africa, on 6 September That same month the C-Class was voted the most of all saloons and estates to come the market during the past by readers of the car magazine “Auto

In December 2007 the C-Class was awarded five stars by the NCAP (New Car Assessment process for outstanding crash results. According to the European organisation, the W 204 was one of the safest cars, confirming the extent to which the safety concept was in tune the reality of road accidents.

In 2008 the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was voted most popular car by a margin in Germany’s leading for which the ADAC awarded the favourite from Stuttgart its “Yellow Angel 2008”. popularity was also translated market success: on 21 November just eight months production start-up in March the 100,000th C-Class rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen a carneol red C 280 right-hand drive Of the first 100,000 vehicles the best-selling model from the new was the C 220 CDI.

At the Geneva Motor in March 2008 Mercedes-Benz three particularly fuel BlueEFFICIENCY-variants of the C-Class. In the most models, the C 180 KOMPRESSOR and C 200 CDI (available spring 2008) fuel was reduced by up to 12 percent as a result of a package of different measures and while maintaining the high of comfort and typical Mercedes-Benz in the BlueEFFICIENCY version the 100 kW (136 hp) C 200 CDI just 5.1 litres of diesel per 100 the C 180 KOMPRESSOR (115 kW/156 hp) 6.5 litres of premium-grade petrol to 100 kilometres. This equated to 135 and 156 of carbon dioxide emissions per respectively.

In Geneva Mercedes-Benz its third C-Class BlueEFFICIENCY the C 350 CGI with direct petrol Available from late the model completed the BlueEFFICIENCY in the C-Class with the world’s spark-ignition engine with direct injection. The six-cylinder consumed 10 percent less than the C-Class with the V6 engine. The C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY offered a of power delivery, agility, fuel economy and environmental previously unknown in this of vehicle.

For the new BlueEFFICIENCY models the engineers harnessed potentials all fields of development in order to weight, aerodynamic drag and resistance yet further and to organise energy management even efficiently. Together, these added up to a fuel saving on the driving cycle of 0.9 litres per 100 for the C 180 KOMPRESSOR, and 0.6 litres for the C 200 CDI. The in Sindelfingen made very improvements to the comprehensive lightweight concept of the C-Class, and managed to off between 19 and 32 kilograms of weight on the model. This achievement was in due to a newly developed windscreen of laminated glass, which around 1.2 kilograms less before. This was made by technology transfer from the luxury saloon.

In addition to construction measures, Mercedes-Benz devoted particular attention to rolling resistance and aerodynamic In collaboration with Michelin, engineers developed lightweight with a particularly low rolling With a drag coefficient (Cd of 0.27, the

C-Class was among the aerodynamically efficient notchback in its market segment. The Mercedes-Benz further improved this Cd figure with a whole of intelligent details in the new BlueEFFICIENCY of the C 180 KOMPRESSOR and the C 200 CDI. These a smooth underbody, to ensure air flowed beneath the vehicle without turbulence.

The C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY, featuring the world’s petrol engine with direct injection, came the market in late 2008. It around 10 percent less than the C 350 with the conventional while delivering more and even better torque. The CGI developed 215 kW (292 hp) and gave torque of 365 Newton metres at rpm. That meant 15 kW (20 hp) and 15 metres more than the V6 with port injection. to state-of-the-art engine technology, consumption for the C 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY dropped to 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the European cycle – over one litre than the figure for the C 350. became the first car maker to put direct petrol injection series production in 2006. technology was markedly superior to the injection system with combustion used by other since the Mercedes-Benz technology far better fuel utilisation due to its thermodynamic efficiency, meaning reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

Since 2008 the C-Class from the 204 has been global market in its segment. Since the official launch on 31 March 2007 over 300,000 customers opted for a Saloon or Estate the new series.

In autumn 2008 then introduced an all-new engine generation. As a premiere the automotive manufacturer offered a new unit in the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime This engine developed 150 kW hp) from a 2.2-litre displacement and of 500 Newton metres. A limited of 5,000 units, the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition followed the design of BlueEFFICIENCY models in its use of fuel-saving solutions.

By November 2008 had delivered around 500,000 new models worldwide since launch –approx. 440,000 and 60,000 Estates. From 2008 the C-Class Saloons produced at Mercedes-Benz plants in Bremen, East London and in The most popular engine for the new was the C 220 CDI, which was the choice of a of all customers. Also popular was the C 200 which was ordered by 20 percent of all Saloon customers.

Roughly a of all C-Class vehicles were to German customers, meaning the 204 was also able to maintain leadership for its class on the domestic The second most important with an approximately 20 percent of worldwide sales, was the US, followed by the UK, and South Africa. The clear differentiation of the three lines, ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE, proved to be successful: half of all German opted for the AVANTGARDE line – and share was even higher in core markets.

At the North International Auto Show in in January 2011 Mercedes-Benz the completely revised C-Class the 204 series. The C-Class Coupé (C followed at the Geneva Motor in March 2011.

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