GERMANY: Daimler launches new Mercedes C-Class
Mini-me S-Class - the 2014 C
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has launched a redesigned C-Class replacing the model launched in 2007 which has sold over 2.4m.
On a wheelbase 80mm longer at 2,840mm, the new vehicle is 95mm longer (4,686) and 40mm wider (1810).
The aluminium hybrid body is around 70kg lighter than a conventional steel body and overall weight is reduced by around 100kg.
The lightweight construction is claimed to cut fuel consumption by up to 20% without any loss of performance. The amount of aluminium has risen from under 10% to almost 50%.
Initial launch models are C220 BlueTEC diesel and C180 and C200 petrol. A 1.6 diesel will follow with two power outputs - 115 or 136hp.
There will also be more 2.2-litre diesels, BlueDIRECT petrol engines with third-generation direct injection and hybrids with I4 diesel and petrol engines.
Transmissions are six-speed manual and seven speed automatic.
Suspension is new front and rear and air suspension is optional.
New features includes air conditioning with tunnel detection via satellite navigation which uses map information and GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.