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C-Class Trendsetter in design and technology

* to 1993: compact Saloon typical Mercedes qualities

* to 2000: debut of a new product with three lines

* to 2007: Mercedes bestseller Saloon, Estate and Sports variants

* From 2007: new launched on March 31, 2007

the Executive Board of Daimler-Benz AG the go-ahead for the development of a completely new series at the end of the 1970s, the scene was set for The Stuttgart brand wanted to new customers, and above all to win younger over to its products. This a more compact model an attractive price, and in addition the was faced with more regulations covering corporate fuel consumption in the USA – which made a smaller model

Price and economy were by no the only criteria that the new 190 had to meet, however, as the Executive had further things in mind for the and engineers: the compact Saloon was to be a Mercedes-Benz. In all areas where the and passengers come into with the vehicle it had to meet the Mercedes standards of comfort and quality appeal. And not just – it had to be a high-tech vehicle offering protection in an accident, maximum and absolute reliability. And all that in a car had to be 30 centimetres shorter, 10 centimetres and a good 280 kilos lighter the existing mid-range Mercedes (W – and have an average fuel of only 8.5 litres per hundred

These were severe indeed, for in view of the strict standards which the company set — including, even in days, side impact and crash testing – the engineers at found themselves confronted very ambitious goals.

For six years, the development engineers over how to achieve the high set by Mercedes in a smaller, lighter The new model was soon lovingly as the Baby Benz, although the project code W 201 stood for the costly and intensive development ever embarked upon by the company. This began in – initially in the design studios, an enthusiastic team created a which differed markedly the previous Mercedes design This was the right approach, for the 190 needed to create a new market and new customers. Accordingly the compact Saloon needed to be visually to attract attention.

Diamond cut

The team of stylists did this by the vehicle clean lines and a design that caused surprise in some quarters. The was referred to as the diamond cut, as the surfaces were reminiscent of the of a precious stone. This theme came out very on the C-pillars and boot lid, and with an unusually high (in those days) caused a stir.

This was not something had come to expect from – a groundbreaking new design. And a technical for the goal of creating a particularly car could only be achieved the help of top-grade aerodynamics and this called for a high, rear-end which would improve the flow of air behind the The result of months of meticulous in the wind tunnel was impressive: the coefficient of the little Mercedes was — some 25% below the for cars in 1981.

Pioneering new

Another crucial point was the weight. 1100 kilograms was the limit set for the 190 – without sacrificing safety in any way. This for a radical rethink, and the engineers away gram after to achieve their goal. tried out new materials, developed the high-strength steel alloys and their calculation processes, the help of the then new finite method to exploit further for lightweight construction. Thus the new series also became a of new technologies and materials which to revolutionise car-building. And not just at

Compact dimensions and low weight maximum safety – the Mercedes were able to meet apparently irreconcilable demands by a completely new type of body which used all elements to energy in the case of a serious thus compensating for any shortcomings in of deformation paths at the front The forked front member used for the S-Class at the time was for this smaller model, and the reinforced the tunnel and floor to absorb the forces it diverted to the in the case of a frontal collision. An belt tensioners and an anti-lock system, as well as other innovations from the luxury were also available for the new 190, placing it well of other cars in this class.

Another new development which to this day remains — ensured that the car typical Mercedes levels of comfort, directional stability and cornering — multi-link rear suspension. The sales proudly referred to a suspension has never been seen and called the new rear axle a design. This enables us to the handling characteristics of the larger Saloons even in this compact Mercedes class. independently acting steering locate each rear ensuring that in all driving the camber, toe-in and track are controlled in such a way that the of even the best conventional suspension systems are exceeded. special features of this technology included front struts, recirculating ball and disc brakes all-round, and were by no means a matter of in this vehicle class at the

Under the bonnet, depending on requirements, there was a four-cylinder producing 66 kW/90 hp or 90 kW/122 hp. For the powerful version, the engineers for the time used a mechanically/electronically fuel injection system reduced consumption according to the formula to 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres. A manual transmission was standard with the option of a five-speed and a newly developed, four-speed transmission which already a choice of two shift programmes.

At the premiere Mercedes-Benz already it clear that the two four-cylinder models were only a A more extensive engine was planned, and at the end of 1983 the existing were joined by a newly four-cylinder diesel with 53 hp. This allowed a maximum of 160 km/h and was happy with a fuel consumption of 6.6 litres per 100 Two years later this was by the 190 D 2.5 with 66 kW/90 hp, and in autumn Mercedes-Benz introduced the 190 D 2.5 Turbo a turbocharged diesel engine 90 kW/122 hp.

World records as

Mercedes-Benz had invested a total of two billion German Marks in the W 201 – not just for development work, but for the construction of a new plant in Bremen and production facilities in Sindelfingen, and Düsseldorf. For one thing was clear: the new 190 have been the smallest but in terms of units produced it was to very large in the company’s over the years to come.

The personnel had to work hard to the market, as many customers to believe that the 190 was a real However most people their scepticism as soon as went on their first drive – or at the latest after the Mercedes-Benz had proved its qualities a famous non-stop test in August 1983: at an average of 247.54 km/h the Saloon 50,000 kilometres on a circular in Nardò, southern Italy, three world and twelve records. The vehicle used was the new 190 E (136 kW/185 hp) with a engine, which was to be launched in the of 1983. Three years a six-cylinder engine powering the 190 E 2.6 kW/166 hp) became available in Mercedes model series for the time. At the same time the 190 E 2.3 100 kW/136 hp appeared.

Rounded for the C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz 190 had hardly on the market for four years, and was establishing its popularity, when already began thinking its successor. This was in the autumn of when the automobile and Daimler-Benz celebrating their 100th So one thing was clear – the Stuttgart was determined to keep its finger in particular automotive pie. The idea of the ”Baby Benz” now the starting-point for a project targeted at the and one which was of great strategic for Mercedes-Benz.

First the details had to be The dimensions, bodywork, drive and chassis of the 190 were once subjected to close scrutiny in a bid to whether there was any room for New ideas were put forward: for the future generation of the so-called class” was to be provided with a facility linking the boot and the more room was to be created in the modern safety systems as airbags and belt tensioners to become standard equipment and the were to be designed to conform emission regulations which already in the offing. The name was a new one, as the Model 190 developed the C-Class.

Thinking ahead was the of the day – on the design side as well. The team pondered long and on how they could make the generation of the vehicle class and what sort of lines last until the end of the millennium. The of form was beginning to change – rounded, natural shapes on their way in — and the Mercedes were aware that lines of the Mercedes-Benz 190 were the one that would begin to its age. Accordingly they a Saloon with softer, flowing lines.

Unlike the whose lines were designed to provoke, the idea was now to a more relaxed design which would convey an of dynamic elegance. By 1987 the were already able to their ideas in the form of 1:1 models – five were of the exterior and four of the interior.

the computer experts set to work crash tests, testing the and manoeuvrability of the vehicle under a variety of conditions, so as to be able to the engineers early information on was technically feasible. The better the preparatory work, the more the first actual vehicles in 1989 would be, and the better the for the crash-testing phase. The prototypes, took weeks to build by were tested to see whether the of the panels, the reinforcements and mounting would stand up to the stresses and of everyday motoring. Then testing began.

Individuality on

But times change rapidly – in the automotive industry. While the C-Class was being put through its on test rigs and tracks, the in the markets was changing. Competition was up, and customers were becoming sophisticated, more demanding and more price-conscious. “Greater and emotionality on wheels,” was the new catch-phrase it came to selling cars, traditional virtues like safety, environ-mental compatibility, or reliability losing their Customers quite simply them for granted.

A rethink was necessary – and the development of the new Mercedes-Benz Saloon was also affected. In to technical features – which had so large in the case of the 190 – new, concerns were now becoming as important. More than before, the company paid to market impulses and made effort to meet the wishes of its Specialists now consider that was the key to the success of the new C-Class, and indeed the Mercedes-Benz brand, during the

The watchword was more valuable, but not expensive, and this was ample of a new dynamism and determination on the part of A previously unprecedented design and concept characterised the C-Class, in to meet the increasing need of for automotive individuality. Three were offered in addition to the version, namely ESPRIT, and SPORT. Both externally and in the each of these exuded a special aura. The emphasis was on classic and discreet, youthful and (ESPRIT), on dignified and elegant or on dynamic and technical (SPORT).

the basic model, the ESPRIT, and SPORT variants were not to be had with specific engines. The outfit of the SPORT version be equally well combined the entry-level engine (C 180 with 90 hp), the C 200 DIESEL (55 kW/75 hp) or the C 280 a six-cylinder engine and a maximum of 142 kW/193 hp.

The price as part of the

But the product-planners at Mercedes-Benz were of one thing from the very – individuality, attractive design and a brand image would not in be enough to establish the new car in the market and win new customers. The price had to be right as The company did its sums very – with the result that it another first, in addition to the of design and equipment lines. For the time at Mercedes-Benz the purchase became an active element of the message: for a mere DM 40,825, were offered a fully-fledged with all the usual standards of and high-tech developments. This was a convincing argument.

Premiere of the with four-valve technology

the C-Class had its European launch on 18, 1993, there was a choice of six engines which included petrol units with four-valve technology:

* C 180 with 90 hp

* C 220 with 110 kW/150 hp

* C 280 with a 142 hp V6-engine

The model C 200, four-cylinder engine generated 100 hp, entered the market at the beginning of

With the launch of the C-Class, was able to celebrate a further premiere with respect to the engines: for the first time in a car, the C 220 DIESEL (70 kW/95 hp) and C 250 (83 kW/113 hp) were equipped four-valve technology, which had the effect of increasing output reducing exhaust emissions and consumption. The diesel range was off by the further improved two-valve of the C 200 DIESEL (55 kW/75 hp). All the engines featured an oxidising converter and exhaust gas recirculation as and complied with the stringent standard named after Töpfer, the German Environment at the time. The Euromix fuel of all the C-Class model variants was 6.7 and 10.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

In 1995 an upgraded C-Class was launched, the 500,000th example left the assembly lines as as February of the same year – 22 months after the start of The main purpose of this facelift was to update and upgrade the and equipment lines, and to add two more to the range. Great interest was in the C 230 KOMPRESSOR, whose newly 2.3-litre engine was equipped a Roots blower for the first in more than 50 years. supercharger helped to give the 142 hp engine a remarkable torque of 280 metres, which was available a wide engine speed

The second new model also a charged engine, though followed a completely different With the C 250 TURBODIESEL, Mercedes-Benz the first turbocharged diesel car four-valve technology and intercooling. The new whose power unit had developed from the well-proven, aspirated four-valve engine, was the most powerful diesel in its class with an output of 110 hp and a maximum torque of 280 newton from 1800 rpm.

model with recreational

In January 1996 the C-Class was with a further attractive for the first time Mercedes-Benz introduced an estate car into model series, recommending it as an with many varied for touring, hobbies or sport. In of safety, comfort and environmental the Estate model possessed all the characteristics of the C-Class, but rounded off with even more and versatility. According to the VDA measuring the luggage compartment of the new Estate had a capacity of up to 1510 litres loaded to roof level), set a new standard in this vehicle

In August 1996 further to the C-Class lineup were the C 220 was replaced by the C 230 (110 kW/150 whose 2.3-litre engine had very successful in the E-Class for than a year or so. Modifications also made to the other petrol engines. Both the power unit of the C 180 and engine of the C 200 given a modified fuel system in which the previous management system was replaced by the more sophisticated HFM system a hot-film air mass sensor. the two supercharged variants, both were also equipped the variable intake camshaft familiar from the other engines. The new, electronically five-speed automatic transmission became available for all C-Class from August 1996. The new of transmissions allowed a lower consumption, more comfort respect to engine noise and and quality of gearshifts, and greater and durability.

New six-cylinder engines and more safety

In June the C-Class, of which more one million units had been in the four years since the of series production, was presented a revised design, more standard appointments and even modern technology. Despite the appointments, which offered safety and comfort benefits in all the the selling prices remained in accordance with the price-value of the Stuttgart brand. The highlight of model facelift was the introduction of two developed V6-engines with of 2.4 and 2.8 litres. On the domestic market, the C 240 an output of 125 kW/170 hp was positioned as the to the four-cylinder C 230 model, enabling customers to enter the six-cylinder at a favourable price. The 2.8-litre (145 kW/197 hp) replaced the in-line six-cylinder unit.

In to discreet styling modifications the bodyshell and interior, the model also involved a considerably package of standard appointments now included sidebags in the front high-performance belt tensioners belt force limiters for the seats and the electronic Brake system. With the exception of the C 220 and C 180, all models in the C-Class equipped with acceleration control (ASR) as standard.

the future with common-rail

Mercedes-Benz had a further technical up its sleeve for the International Motor in autumn 1997: the C 220 TURBODIESEL, was renamed the C 220 CDI shortly afterwards. diesel model opened up a new in the history of car diesel engines, for it was by a four-cylinder engine featuring fuel injection on the commonrail This made significant possible in the areas of fuel exhaust emissions and noise This four-cylinder unit had an of 92 kW/125 hp and already developed a constant torque of 300 newton from 1800 rpm to 2600 The fuel consumption of the C 220 CDI was just as as the Saloon was happy with 6.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres combined consumption).

Innovative individual design and equipment and a good price/value ratio the great strengths of the C-Class, promptly shot into the lane. The first full of sales saw production rocketing to than 314,000 vehicles – 47 per cent more than in the (1985) of the Mercedes-Benz 190.

continues into the third

All this augured well for the generation of the original Baby which appeared in the showrooms of sales outlets and dealerships in May after a development time of years and an investment of around billion Euro. But it was not just the market position that grounds for optimism – the entire developed for the new model was to play a role in its market success.

before the Executive Board the specifications of the new model early in 1995, ordinary car owners – some of the new customers which intended to win over — had consulted and had come up with ideas for the model concept. One kept reoccurring during many discussions with the car must be fun to drive, it must an enjoyable motoring experience.

The planners responded to this by the new model a youthful, sporty and incorporating important new advances in comfort and safety. Accordingly the new made a distinctly lively and appearance at its world premiere in on March 21, 2000 – and with more scope for individuality, for in to the innovative lines concept, customers were able to from a wide range of new extras to fulfil their wishes.

High-tech features à la

Dynamism and individuality were with a third attribute, high-tech features adopted the S-Class. For the first time the transferred pioneering technical from the S-Class to the C-Class, and even proudly refer to the as the compact S-Class. New developments as windowbags, adaptive airbags for the and front passenger, Headlamp the multifunction steering wheel and a display made the year C-Class more special ever before in this segment – a real high-tech All in all, more than 20 innovations adopted from the Mercedes models were in the standard appointments of the C-Class.

The possible safety was ensured by such as the Electronic Stability (ESP®), Brake Assist, tensioners and belt force in the front and on the outer rear head restraints for all the seats and in the front doors. The electronic limiter SPEEDTRONIC and a six-speed transmission were also in the standard appointments.

Mercedes customers also from the technological leadership of car brand where the choice of extras was concerned. For the first the very latest systems the S-Class also became available for the C-Class: the sensor-regulated, automatic climate control THERMOTRONIC, the display system the dynamic route guidance DYNAPS or a sound system automatic driving noise The LINGUATRONIC voice control which previously controlled the now also became optionally for the radio and CD-player in the C-Class.

The range of the four petrol and diesel engines extended 85 kW/115 hp to 160 kW/218 hp. Particularly equipped with the newly supercharged 2.0-litre engine, the became one of the most dynamic in this displacement class. to its mechanical charger, the 120 kW/163 hp offered the performance characteristics of a six-cylinder: with a torque of 230 metres, the C 200 KOMPRESSOR accelerated zero to 100 km/h in only 9.3 and reached a top speed of 230 km/h. new addition to the C-Class was the 3.2-litre which developed 160 kW/218 hp to effortless performance and occupy the position in this market

The diesel models were no impressive: the new five-cylinder C 270 CDI achieved a speed of 230 km/h, and was therefore 27 faster than the previous C 250 A variable turbocharger and modern fuel injection made possible, also ensuring the C-Class consumed 14 percent fuel than its less predecessor. The same technology was used in the four-cylinder C 200 CDI and C 220 CDI, fuel consumption remained the despite a higher output: 6.1 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC consumption).

The C-Class also set new in the field of bodyshell development. In for example: with a drag of 0.26, the C 180 was the most streamlined Saloon in its market segment. At the time Mercedes engineers front and rear axle by up to 57 percent, creating the conditions for handling stability.

The engineers devoted great time and to improving the axles, steering and so as to better the already high of the preceding model even Innovations in suspension technology a new three-link front axle McPherson struts, an up-to-date steering system and large brakes with an improved air flow for maximum braking The multi-link independent rear was completely revised and reconfigured.

with two doors

But Mercedes-Benz even more – even customers, and even more variants. Accordingly a two-door Coupé was developed on the basis of the and this was unveiled at the Paris Show in September 2000.


The Sports Coupé is easy to characterise. It was youthful, dynamic, and decidedly configured for driving it was and still remains the youngster in the and has carved out an autonomous role for alongside the Saloon and Estate; it the young and young-at-heart an attractive into the sporty world of the star.

The Sports Coupé was based on the C-Class Saloon, and featured all the trailblazing innovations of Mercedes model series. In and conceptual terms the Sports was a completely new departure, however. Its appearance was characterised by the compact of the body, which was around 18 shorter than that of the as well as by muscular proportions. In the typical, louvred radiator with its centrally positioned and the striking ellipses of the headlamps identified the two-door model as a new of the family of sporty Mercedes

Up-to-date four-cylinder engines a high performance potential the two-door model. Initially only offered the high-torque, power unit (145 hp) adopted from the SLK Roadster in the Coupé. Other engines were the 120 kW/163 hp 2.0-litre with a mechanical charger, the of the C 180 (95 kW/129 hp) and the 2.2-litre CDI (105 hp) with common-rail direct

Sporty elegance in the Estate

The Estate model presented in 2001 rounded off the C-Class range. This sporty and Estate appeared in the showrooms of the sales outlets and dealerships at the time as the Sports Coupé in 2001. From September Mercedes-Benz also offered the Estate in the USA.

The Estate the same technical innovations as the reflected its outstanding characteristics as exemplary safety, and attractive excellent handling dynamics and quality, and complemented these with a spacious interior intelligent practicality and versatility. on the position of the multi-functional rear unit, the compact Estate had a capacity of 470 to 1384 litres to the VDA measuring method.

The Mercedes had developed the Saloon and the Estate While the front end of both was characterised by the familiar sporty and lines, the Estate particularly its dynamism with a long, contoured roof whose lines dipped down at the rear to form a transition to the inclined rear roof In this way the Estate underlined its without foregoing the acknowledged of the Saloon.

TWINPULSE under the bonnet

mid-2002, Mercedes-Benz also a further step into the in the field of four-valve technology by a new engine generation. These power units, which became available in the C-Class and also for other Mercedes series, set standards in terms of consumption, torque characteristics, lightweight construction and smoothness.

variants of the 1.8-litre engine available — all with was known as the TWINPULSE system, ensured maximum driving and smoothness for a minimal fuel thanks to a combination of various such as supercharging, intercooling, technology, variable camshaft balancer shafts and adaptive dynamics.

The output generated by the four-cylinder units ranged 105 kW/143 hp to 141 kW/192 hp.

Upgraded and technology

When Mercedes-Benz the technically and stylistically upgraded of the C-Class in spring 2004, 1.3 million drivers worldwide had decided in favour of the Saloon, or Sports Coupé. This set a new as Mercedes-Benz had never before so many units of a model in such a short time.

As of the model facelift, the designers and accentuated the well-proven attributes of the but also enhanced its dynamism, and perceived value. The redesigned end with its bumper, radiator and headlamps already suggested the properties of this Mercedes series when at standstill. The for the new agility of the C-Class was DIRECT a package of measures which newly developed front and axle bearings for more cornering without any loss of a more direct steering and reconfigured standard and sports systems. The likewise new six-speed transmission, which came as excelled with its light, operation and short shift

The supercharged 141 kW/192 hp four-cylinder from the Sports Coupé was now available for the Saloon and Estate, and the of the C 220 CDI had increased by 5 kW/7 hp to 110 kW/150 hp. the new 270 kW/367 hp C 55 AMG, Mercedes-Benz offered an eight-cylinder engine in model series for the first

The interior was made even luxurious with a new cockpit featuring attractively styled line-specific seats and THERMATIC climate control as standard. the C-Class further reinforced its as the technological trendsetter in this segment with further for even more safety and These included e.g. bi-xenon headlamps, which combined with a special light function.

On March 31, this series will be by the new C-Class (W 204), which the field with even advances in safety, comfort and

Model chronology: from the 190 to the C-Class

Mercedes-Benz 190 (W 201 series)

The fourth Mercedes model is launched with two engine the 190 (66 kW/90 hp) and the 190 E (90 kW/122 hp). The price is DM 25 538. In November models are joined by the 190 D (53 kW/72 hp) and 190 E 2.3 16 kW/185 hp). In southern the 16-valve version achieves speeds of over 247 km/h and three new world records.

From October the engine of the Mercedes-Benz 190 increases to 77 kW/105 hp.

Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI 102hp W202

In May the model range is extended the 190 D 2.5 (60 kW/90 hp).

1986

The 190 E 2.3 kW/136 hp) and the six-cylinder 190 E 2.6 (122 hp) are launched in October. For the first Mercedes-Benz also offers a catalytic converter for the petrol

1987

Mercedes-Benz presents the 190 D 2.5 (90 kW/122 hp) with a five-cylinder engine at the International Motor

1988

In spring the one millionth in the 190 series rolls off the assembly The Saloons are given a modified design with a new front and side mouldings. The new 190 E 2.5 16 with 142 hp forms the basis for a Group A car used in the German Touring Car (DTM).

1989

The 190 E 2.5-16 (143 kW/195 PS) appears a modified braking system and wheels. This Saloon is of 230 km/h and costs DM 87,204. All are also available with the equipment package. The diesel are given redesigned engines lower levels of particulate

1990

In March Mercedes the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II as the most variant in this model the four-cylinder engine generates 173 hp and allows a top speed of 250 km/h. The II costs DM 115,259. The new 190 E 1.8 (80 kW/109 hp) the end of carburettor engines at Mercedes-Benz. October an oxidation catalytic is available for the diesel models.

With the exception of the basic 190 E 1.8 and 190 D all 190 sedans are fitted with ABS as equipment.

1992

In March presents a limited edition of particularly youthful models the title of “Avantgarde”.

1993

In the Sindelfingen plant stops of the Mercedes-Benz 190, though the plant continues to produce models until August.

(W 202 series)

1993

The C-Class production in May, with separate design and equipment and seven different engines (55 hp to 142 kW/193 hp). The basic C 180 costs DM 40,825. The diesel feature four-valve technology. A airbag, side impact power steering, ABS and central are included in the standard appointments.

1995

Within 22 months 500,000 examples of the C-Class been produced. The Saloons are remodelled rear lights and tyres (195/65 R 15) as part of a facelift. Newcomers to the range are the C 230 (142 kW/193 hp) and C 250 TURBODIESEL kW/150 hp).

1996

In May presents an Estate model for the time in the C-Class. According to the VDA method, the luggage compartment has a of up to 1510 litres (when to roof level), which a new standard in this vehicle In August the C 230 (110 kW/150 hp) the C 220. A new, electronically five-speed automatic transmission available as optional equipment.

The C-Class appears with a design, additional standard and a number of high-tech innovations. belt force limiters and Assist become standard New V6 units producing 125 kW/170 hp in the C 240 and 145 hp in the C 280 complete the engine range. In 1997 the new C 43 AMG with a 225 kW/306 hp V8 is introduced. Another newcomer is the C 220 CDI (92 hp), the first Mercedes-Benz common-rail direct injection.

The C 200 CDI (75 kW/102 hp) is added to the diesel

1999

The Electronic Stability ESP® becomes standard

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W 203 series)

The new C-Class appears with the Mercedes twin-headlamp face and than 20 technical innovations were previously only in the Mercedes luxury class. is a choice of three lines: ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE. The output of the four petrol and three engines extends from 85 hp to 160 kW/218 hp. The petrol engines meet the EU-4 exhaust standard valid from Mercedes-Benz presents the new C-Class Coupé at the Paris Motor

2001

Mercedes-Benz presents the new Estate in January. The market takes place in March, with the Sports Coupé. The C 180 version of the Estate costs DM The 3.2-litre V6-engine (160 hp) and the 2.7-litre CDI unit with 125 hp are new additions to the C-Class range. The new C 32 AMG a 260 kW/354 hp V6-engine is also

2002

The newly developed petrol engines become from mid-year, featuring a intercooling, variable camshaft four-valve technology and Lanchester shafts. The output range of the new extends from 105 kW/143 hp for the new C 180 to 141 kW/192 hp for the C 230 KOMPRESSOR, which initially reserves for the C-Class Coupé. From the autumn, the and Estate variants of the six-cylinder C 240 and C 320 are optionally available with the four-wheel drive system Another new model joins the from Mercedes-AMG: the C 30 CDI (170 hp), the first diesel by AMG.

2003

With one units in less than years, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a new record in the Stuttgart brand’s car Never before have so examples of a model series produced in such a short From the spring Mercedes-Benz two optional sports packages include stiffer springs and as well as wide-base tyres in 225/45 R 17 at the front and 245/40 R 17 at the A maintenance-free particulate filter available for the CDI models from

2004

Four years its launch, Mercedes-Benz upgraded the in design and technology. The suspension, and six-speed manual transmission given a more sporty The 141 kW/192 hp supercharged four-cylinder from the Sports Coupé now became available for the Saloon and The C 220 CDI has an output of 110 kW/150 hp, and with the new C 55 AMG 270 kW/367 hp, Mercedes-Benz offers an for the first time in this series.

2005

With completely new V6-engines, the C-Class the peak position in its market with respect to output and from mid-2005. The new engines are V6 petrol models (C 230, C 280 and C with outputs up to 200 kW/272 hp, and a new V6 unit (C 320 CDI) with 165 hp. The special model Sport is also new. In many these diesel models are with a particulate filter as

2006

According to the latest breakdown statistics, the C-Class is the reliable car in the medium class. a few weeks before the world of the new model, the last W 203 Saloon the assembly line in Sindelfingen on 14.

2007

On January 18 the new C-Class (W 204 celebrates its world debut in There is a choice of eight and six-cylinder models. The basic C 180 KOMPRESSOR costs 29 988 Euro ex

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