Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C200 Avantgarde Review
C-Class act

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
12 Aug 2014
 

Introduction

Filling in the demand for a compact executive sedan to compliment the larger models, the C-Class first began life as the W201 or more commonly known as the 190E. Engineered to the highest levels possible, the 190E was a huge success in the market and was known for its bombproof reliability and build quality.

Not only that, the model also saw much success on the race circuit where it regularly locked horns with the BMW M3 in the German DTM races. But more notably, it was the car that catapulted a relatively unknown racing driver named Ayrton Senna to fame during a race Mercedes-Benz had organized that featured the who’s who of F1 to celebrate the launch of the new 190E as well as the reopening of the Nurburgring circuit after its revamp. Things quickly changed for the young driver after he won the race with a huge lead over the former champions which got him quickly noticed by the larger teams in Formula 1.

The success of the W201 also swfitly led to the follow-up with the W202 model in 1993 where the model first bore the C-Class badging. Since then the model has grown in importance for Mercedes-Benz in each new evolution that has led us to the greatest generation leap yet for the model. 

The extra effort put in by Stuttgart on this latest C-Class shouldn't come as a surprise as globally, the model makes up 20% of their total cars sold with the last generation alone selling 2.2 million units during its production. So the baby Merc rightfully deserves that special attention it's getting. 


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