Mercedes-Benz C 320
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: C 320
Mercedes-Benz C 320

The C-Class was launched in 1993, as a challenger to the BMW E36 3 Series. It has the huge shoes to fill of its predecessor, the 190. The C-Class proved vastly popular, quickly becoming Mercedes-Benz's best-selling class of vehicles worldwide. Much of its popularity was a result of its affordability. This vehicle opened up the luxury market to a host of consumer that were previously left out. At the time the C-Class sedans were the entry level to the Mercedes-Benz range, but now are no longer the smallest, least expensive sedans offered by Mercedes-Benz. That title was given to the A Class. The model also kept the sporty image of the 190 although it has smoother and more rounded lines than the other vehicles produced by Mercedes at the time. The sporty image gave birth to a competition version in the German Touring Car Championship. In 2001, Mercedes increased the range, with the launch of the new T-Model station wagon and the Sportcoupé. The Sportcoupé was actually a three-door hatchback. Although removed from the United States lineup in 2005, it remains on sale in other markets. A new unit of supercharged four cylinder engines, dubbed M271, also debuted. All of them used the same 1.8 L engine, with various designations according to horsepower levels, included was a version powered by natural gas. The C 230K was initially available only in the Sportcoupé although four-wheel drive versions were also offered for the C 240 and for the C 320. The very first C-Class sedan was produced on June 1, 1993 and the second generation C-Class rolled off the assembly line on July 18, 2000. The third generation is still expected to be available for sale in Europe only in late March 2007. Hopefully, it will arrive in the United States shortly thereafter.

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