Mercedes Benz is, with effect from 1 May 2003, increasing its list prices for most models by an average of 1.3 per cent. These pricing changes affect cars registered on or after Thursday 1 May 2003. This is a result of inflationary increases seen elsewhere in Europe, although most of the recent exchange rate fluctuation between Sterling and the Euro has been absorbed.

Since the significant pricing realignment in 2000, Mercedes Benz has kept its UK prices to a level competitive with its other European markets. Over the past six months, there has been a significant drop in the value of the Pound compared with the Euro (from 0.63 to 0.69 per Euros per Pound). There has also been a European mainland-wide inflationary price increase earlier in 2003.

UK pricing for Mercedes Benz passenger cars remains among the most competitive in Europe, and UK customers enjoy levels of standard equipment and warranty cover unavailable elsewhere. This includes a brace of safety and convenience features, a three year unlimited mileage warranty and the reassurance of the 30 year mobilo-life anti-corrosion and breakdown cover.

List prices for newly introduced models (A 160 CDI, C 320 SE Sports Coupe, SL 350, and ML 350) will not be affected by these measures. Similarly, prices for all options for every car and C-Class Saloon and Estate models with 180 KOMPRESSOR, 220 CDI and 270 CDI engines have not been increased to maintain an even more competitive entry price position in the market.

Additionally, the introduction of the new A-ClasS-Classic SE trim (featuring air conditioning) further improves the competitive pricing position of the range. List prices of M-Class Inspiration special edition models, and all Vaneo and V-Class model ranges are not affected by these changes. However, all models are subject to the £5 increase in vehicle excise duty, announced during the recent Budget, which also comes into effect from 1 May 2003.

Today's announcement shows how Mercedes Benz prices are still great value compared with those prior to the pricing realignment of September 2000. A brand new revised A 140 Classic SE still costs £1,785 less than the equivalent previous A 140 Classic model, and the revolutionary hi-tech E 200 KOMPRESSOR Classic Saloon costs over £1,400 less than its predecessor model did in 2000. The new C-Class Saloon range starts at only £10 more than its previous generation did back in 1997 (now £19,995 on the road (OTR)) – despite being leagues ahead in terms of equipment and safety features.

C 320 Classic Saloon and Estate

Previously only available with automatic transmission, the C-Class's popular 3.2 litre V6 engine is now available with a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the introduction of a 320 Classic model. The new models cost £29,130 OTR (Saloon) or £30,080 (Estate). Featuring a raft of safety and convenience features as standard – including automatic climate control, electric windows and mirrors; ABS Anti-lock brakes with BAS Brake Assist; ESP Electronic Stability Program with ASR traction control, and a five star Euro NCAP rating – the new car adds high performance to a competitive entry price.

Published : 21/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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