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Mercedes-Benz CLC hatchback to end production?


With the last Mercedes-Benz C Class generation, the company tried to attack the sports hatchback market by releasing the C Class Sports Coupe. Its results weren’t that impressive, but the German company continued that effort with the current generation, by launching the CLC hatchback.

That has failed too. As such, rumors are now saying that MB will soon end the production of the niche model due to low sales and because the C Class is soon set to get another coupe model, this time with a boot.

The rumors are based on the fact that the Juiz de Fora plant Mercedes owns in Brazil will soon receive new equipment, in order to manufacture the Actros commercial truck. As such, it seems that there will be no place left to produce the CLC hatch.

The report has yet to be confirmed by Mercedes-Benz, but we wouldn’t be too shocked if it turns out to be true. Will you miss the CLC? Share your thoughts below.

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Mercedes-Benz set to expand entry level offers with new C Class and B Class models


Mercedes-Benz has a varied product offer in Europe and just about any other territory expect the USA. As such, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about new compact models set to be sold in that specific country.

Now, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb has talked with Automotive News and confirmed the carmaker’s desire to expand its entry-level offers. Current, the C Class is the least expensive model, in just sedan form.

Lieb confirms that the future will see the introduction of three new models based on the next generation B Class, a coupe, crossover and sedan, as well as new C Class versions.

The goal of this new strategy is to take on both BMW and Audi, who have decent priced entry-level sedans, in the form of the 3 Series and A4/A5, but also lower priced hatchbacks in the form of the 1 Series and A3.

Besides the opportunity to take on its rivals at their own game, Lieb also highlighted that it will allow for more growth in terms of sales. Said growth can be easily achieved in the entry level segment with these new models rather than the higher priced E or S Class in their respective niches, according to the MB CEO.

In terms of the C Class, we can expect a coupe model in 2012, while a redesign is expected in 2013. During that year, we can also expect a convertible model, in order to really cover all the bases against BMW and Audi offers.

Overall, Mercedes-Benz has some really big plans for its entry level. Do you think it will be successful in the USA with such a strategy? Share your thoughts below.

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Mercedes-Benz confirms C Class Coupe in 2011


While outlining its plans for the Bremen plant, Mercedes-Benz has officially confirmed that a C Class Coupe model will join the estate and sedan lineup.

As you may remember, there were some intense rumors a few months ago about a presumed coupe model based on the current C Class sedan, which would decrease in size in order to rival the BMW 1 Series. Now, it seems that such a car has been confirmed, and will be arriving with the facelift of the current C Class, at the beginning of 2011.

The new car will replace the CLC hatchback, which disappointed in sales, and will fill in the gap left by the CLK model, which saw its production end in early 2010. Don’t go thinking it will be a completely unique model, as its relatively short life, of at most four years, means Mercedes won’t invest that much money. Also, because of this, a convertible edition, like what happened with the E Class Coupe that spawned the E Class Cabriolet, won’t appear.

No other details are known as of yet, but be sure that Mercedes-Benz is preparing a sneak peek of the two-door model at one of the upcoming major European motor shows (our guess is Frankfurt).

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Mercedes-Benz prepping C Class cabriolet to go along C Class coupe?


Mercedes-Benz started the rumor mill when it replaced the old CLK with the E Class Coupe and the cabriolet version of the same model, allowing for plenty of speculations on whether or not the smaller C Class would follow, taking the fight to both the BMW 1 and 3 Series.

After revealing that a C Class coupe is definitely in the Mercedes plan, InsideLine now ups the ante and says that while MB is at it, a cabriolet version might also follow after the two-door variant, when it will possibly be launched around 2011.

Power options are the same as the ones rumored for the coupe: a lineup of V6 engines, which might be joined by a high performance unit from the AMG division, presumably the rumored 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8.

These two new models will certainly be welcomed by MB fans which wanted something to go against the recently facelifted 3 Series coupe and cabriolet, and the same variants of the 1 Series. Whether or not we will actually see them is still up in the air.

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Future 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe to rival BMW 1 Series?


A few years ago, in case you wanted a coupe from Mercedes-Benz, the default solution was the CLK, which combined the C Class with an E Class price (not the best combo). Now, the new E has its own coupe variant, larger than the CLK, which has been phased out of production.

This leaves an interesting niche which, according to some reports, Mercedes is preparing to occupy with a rival to the successful BMW 1 Series coupe. The new model will be based on the C Class, and will sport a variety of engines, including some direct injected V6 units, a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter one, and even a twin-turbo power plant, which will take on the current top of the range BMW 135i. Bear in mind that it might also take on the bigger 3 Series, but MB is speculated to target the 1 specifically.

Also, according to the same rumors, an AMG version is also a possibility if the bet pays off, and we might see the speculated twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, which might rival the possible 1 Series M-car, which is also highly debated.

Frankly, I’m not that confident that Mercedes-Benz might pull off a C Class Coupe which will battle the BMW 1 Series. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Mercedes-Benz preparing new C Class-based coupe model?


While the new C Class sedan from Mercedes-Benz has definitely broken some boundaries in terms of sportiness for the German carmaker, the company is reportedly planning a new coupe based on the current generation of models, which will be the second after the not-so-popular CLC hatchback coupe.

The new model, which will replace the discontinued but highly successful CLK model, will debut alongside the upcoming facelift for the C Class, which is set to arrive in 2011. It is reported, by an inside source, that the next coupe will draw heavily from the current C Class and its already aggressive lines.

“We went back and studied what made our coupes so popular in the past. If you look at some of the more successful two door models Mercedes-Benz has produced you can see a direct relationship between them and their four door stable mates,” said an insider to Autocar.

But in case the possibility of a C Class coupe makes you interested, be warned that it won’t have a very long life cycle, as the source gives it at most four years in the model catalog before the new generation of the C Class appears, bringing with it another coupe based on it. Also, don’t expect a convertible like with the upcoming E Class coupe, as it isn’t worth the investment, according to the insider.

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Mercedes-Benz considers building the C Class in US to prevent low profit


As the recession takes a heavy toll on exchange rates all around the world, this leaves a big hole for carmakers that ship their models to and from different continents. In order to jumpstart the declining profit rates that its C Class is “enjoying” in the United States, Mercedes-Benz will decide, by January reportedly, if it will begin building it in the USA.

If the decision goes through, the Vance, Alabama plant, which currently handles models like M, GL and R Class will be outfitted with the tools to produce around 80,000 C Class models every year, plenty to fuel the needs of the US public.

While nothing is official just yet, it might prove to be a worthy investment, protecting the C Class from the weak dollar and bad exchange rates.

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Chrome platted Mercedes Benz C63 AMG spotted in Dubai

For someone who like to draw attention to himself, Dubai is one challenging city, because there, everyday you get to see houndreds or thousands of expensive cars. So, what do you do when you have a “modest” Mercedes Benz C63 AMG? You go for chrome. But not for the front grille or the door handles. No, no, you go with chrome for the whole thing. It’s true, you’re gonna get some heads turning your way, but you’re definitely also get some stomachs turned upside down.

Photo Gallery: Chromed Mercedes Benz C63 AMG

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New bodykit for the Mercedes C Class from Expression Motorsport

Belgian tuner Expression Motorsport announced their latest product, the EX C Motorsport widebody kit for the new Mercedes Benz C Class. The package includes a redesigned front bumper that incorporates fog lamps and LED indicators, new carbon fiber front lower lip spoiler, the more aggressive C63 AMG hood with vents, 10 piece fender flair set, new side skirts and redesigned rear bumper with carbon fiber diffuser and LED F1 brake light integrated. The package is completed by a double twin-tip exhaust and 22-inch wheels.

No idea of the pricing, but the package looks great, too bad Expression didn’t mention anything about mechanical or engine upgrades. Check out more photos after the jump. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI BlueEfficiency, power and economy in one car

Mercedes-Benz really takes an interest in the reliability of their engines and their fuel efficiency, having spent lots of funds in that area of expertise, and their latest result is this new 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder engine which will grace the C-Class, in the form of their limited edition C250 CDI BluEfficiency model, which is set to premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Sure, economical engines are all around, but they don’t really have any power, but I can assure you, capable of delivering 204 hp with a torque of 500 Nm (368 lb-ft), it can go to a 100 km/h, or 62 mph from a standstill in a respectable 7 seconds, taking you to a maximum of 250 km/h when coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

According to the NEDC, the reported fuel average is 5.2 litres per 100 km/h or about 45.2 mpg, which for a small-size limousine is quite impressive. CO2 emissions are also pretty respectful, with a result of 138 g/km. The production run of this model is limited to only 5,000 models, with prices reported to start from €40,638 on the German market. Several other improvements were made to increase the fuel average, like low rolling resistance tires and a energy management system, or several aerodynamic tweaks like exterior mirror housing which improve the airflow, or a smooth underbody cladding.

This new engine won’t be limited to the C-Class though, Mercedes having said that it will also appear on the E-Class, GLK-Class and future E-Class coupe ranges.

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2008 World Car of the Year winners announced

Today, the 2008 World Car of the Year awards winners were announced. The cars were nominated for four categories, Overall Car of the Year, World Design of the Year, World Performance Car and World Green Car and the winners were voted by 47 journalists from 24 countries throughout the world.

The winner of the Overall Car of the Year award was the Mazda2, followed by the new Ford Mondeo and the Mercedes Benz C Class. The Mazda2 also came in second at the World Design of the Year, where the winner was the Audi R8 and the third place went to the Volvo C30. The Audi R8 also won in the World Performance Car section, followed by the Audi S5 Coupe and the new BMW M3. The fourth award, for the World Green Car was won by the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics followed by the SmartForTwo cdi and the Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI BlueMotion.

So, we can say that the big winners were the Audi R8, with two awards, and the Mazda2, which won the main category and also came in second at another. The winners of the second and third place in each category are ok, though we don’t really dig the Volvo C30 as a great design.

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