After more than three decades since launching the C-Class to the market, Mercedes-Benz has delivered the 10-millionth unit of this popular model line. The carmaker has also delivered over 2.3 million sedans, estates and coupes of the current model series since it was launched in 2007.
The carmaker posted strong demand for C-Class sedan in the United States, South Africa and the BRIC countries, and for the estate version in Europe. Mercedes-Benz posted very high demand for the C-Class coupe in virtually all markets, including in the US, Germany and China.
The C-Class is also well loved by businesses, leading the estate version to be voted as 2011 company car of the year in Germany. Most preferred by business customers is Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI Estate, thanks to its outstanding fuel economy figures. This version is powered by the popular C 220 CDI engine, which BlueEFFICIENCY edition achieved high scores for being environmentally friendly.
Mercedes-Benz C 220 sedan and coupe version consume just 4.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, a figure carbon dioxide emissions of 109 grams per kilometer. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has also been considered as a pioneer in its segment in terms of its safety systems.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class boasts of a number of driving assistance systems like the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection and DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control.
These innovative safety systems allow the Mercedes-Benz C-Class to provide a inclusive level of support and protection for driver and passengers.
Starting 2014, the C-Class model series will be the only Mercedes-Benz vehicles to be built on four continents, in Bremen (Germany), East London (South Africa), Beijing (China) and Tuscaloosa (United States). Mercedes-Benz's Bremen site controls the global ramp-up for the new C-Class generation.
Mercedes-Benz revealed that it implemented a complete redesign for the C-Class under the 2011 model year. With at least a million units already sold, the front and the rear sections of the new version now come with a more striking style. The front in particular is much nearer to the design language of the brand. In addition to having a dynamic curve, the bumper in the front has a more expressive look.
The bumper is also able to support how the radiator grille has been shaped. It does this in a more pronounced manner, given that the grille is the main feature of the front section. There is a central air intake which opens out in an upward manner before forming a V-shape. This configuration serves as the visual base unit of the front section’s radiator grille. The side sections have been made more prominent and extend starting from the athletic V-shape.
Moving to the section under the headlamps, the sections then merge to the feature lines found on the sides. This results in forming that link with the vehicle’s sides. The bumper in the front section shows that the side air inlets have been placed in a rather low position. Because of this, the 2011 C-Class is able to get a more road-hugging look. Mercedes-Benz made changes as well to how the clear-lens headlamps are shaped.
The reason was that the brand wanted this particular feature to give a more dynamic impression and be resolute at the same time. When combined with the bumper, radiator grille, and the bonnet, the effect is that this latest version of the C-Class showcases a new look. Reinforcing this feeling are the headlamps and its exterior form as well as the interior of the housings.
The precision used and how the high-gloss areas and matt relate with one another reveal a contemporary feel. For the halogen headlamps, they follow the classic configuration. That is, the main beam is placed on the inside while the low beam is positioned outside. Meanwhile, the indicators are positioned on the outer corner in line with that of the front wing.
According to the brand, both the estate and the saloon versions have a bonnet that is composed of aluminum. The radiator grille of the C-Class, when combined with the curved areas surrounding the headlamps, highlights the front end’s V-shape to a degree that’s even greater compared to the prior model.