Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2015 C-Class in the US over steering problem

Article by Christian A., on October 13, 2014

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of over 10,500 MY2015 C-class sedans in the United States due to a production error that could cause steering wheels to squeak and fail to turn. Mercedes spokeswoman Donna Boland remarked that the issue was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe.

The vehicles had their “steering coupling interlock” in an open position, when they should have been released locked from the factory in Europe. The 2015 C-class model – built in Europe -- was launched in the US at the end of August, Boland said.

The spokeswoman noted models in the US are built at the carmaker’s Vance plant in Alabama, which means there is no reason to say that they also carry the same issue.

Mercedes is also recalling 28,500 MY2015 C-class sedans Germany, where customers were being told to bring their vehicles in for a 30-minute check.

The German luxury carmaker sold 6,285 C-class cars in the US last month, contributing to an 11-percent jump in sales to 27,315 units. Mercedes revamped the C-class sedans to better compete against the BMW 3-series.

Just by looking at the new C-Class, it is easy to discern that its appearance is different from the previous model. Mercedes gave the new C-Class a dynamic design that conveys sensual purity while arousing emotions. Its lines and harmonious surfaces were inspired by modern aesthetic, while its minimalist, purist forms underscore its intelligent technology and engineering.

The progressive interplay between light and shade is born from these precise lines and sculptural surfaces, which display a certain degree of tension to exude a modern character.

Gorden Wagener, Vice President for Design at Daimler AG, remarked that the new C-Class was able to showcase automotive passion thanks to a contemporary design idiom. He noted that the combination of progressive and emotional highlights doesn’t just highlight its innovative design, but also showcases demonstrate sensual purity. Wagener added that the new C-Class redefines modern luxury on a whole new level.

As viewed from the side, the new C-Class reveals Mercedes’ classic, well-balanced saloon proportions as made possible by its long bonnet, a set-back greenhouse and short overhangs. Its stylish and sporty nature, meanwhile, are highlighted by its large wheels.

Mercedes is offering two distinct faces for the new C-Class. The sporty face features a centrally positioned star. Available only for the Exclusive line, the classic face dons the traditional saloon radiator grille with the Mercedes star on the bonnet. The radiator grille has fins that could be completely closed to optimize the coefficient of drag value of the new C-Class.

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