It’s been a bumper start to 2005 for the C-Class range, with a prestigious What Car? Award to add to the kudos of being top performer in the "large car" sector of the recent Which? Depreciation report.
At a ceremony held in London on 20 January, the New Generation C-Class - launched in the UK in the summer of 2003 - beat off tough competitors to be crowned What Car?’s Compact Executive Car of the Year.
David Motton, What Car? Editor commented: "Whether you’re a private punter or a hard-nosed business buyer, the excellent residual values help towards very acceptable running costs. As for comfort and refinement, Mercedes pretty much wrote the book on those particular disciplines.
"The C-Class has the measure of its rivals for space, too. Head- and legroom are so good that the last thing you could call this car is compact. Last, but not least, you’ll be getting a lot of car for your money. No matter what questions a compact executive buyer asks, the C-Class comes up with the answers."Best residual values
The award comes on the back of a depreciation report from Which? that showed compared to rivals, the C 180 KOMPRESSOR retains more of its value over three years than any other car in its sector.
The low running cost message is further reinforced by some tempting offers available through participating retailers on selected C-Class models.
C-Class Saloon, Estate and Sports Coupé models will be offered with enhanced trim lines at no additional charge until the end of March 2005. This means that a customer can purchase a C180 KOMPRESSOR Classic and receive a complimentary upgrade to Classic SE, Elegance SE or Avantgarde SE trim.
Customers who prefer a bigger engine to a greater specification list are also catered for, with the alternative offer of an engine upgrade on selected models registered by the end of March 2005.
Customers ordering a C 200 KOMPRESSOR will be offered the more powerful C 230 KOMPRESSOR. The same applies to diesel models - the refined five-cylinder C 270 CDI is now available for the price of a C 220 CDI.
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