2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Up Close

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As Mercedes-Benz's best-selling product, the C-Class is an extremely important car in the U.S. The year 2015 heralds in an all-new C-Class sedan with top-to-bottom changes, including a more spacious interior, larger trunk, and all-new interior and exterior styling. I'm most excited to see the increased interior dimensions let occupants breathe a little easier — the new C-Class is wider, has a longer wheelbase and is longer overall, and the payoff is on the inside where it was needed.

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The 2015 promises an interior with improved quality and high-class materials, which it delivers exceptionally well in the attractive — and genuine — aluminum and wood finishes that would look right at home in Mercedes' $90,000-plus flagship S-Class.

By Joe Bruzek | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Video

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class grows in size and adds more luxury creature comforts to its features list for 2015. With elegant baby S-Class styling and "high-class" interior materials and design, the new C-Class should draw plenty of shoppers, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Mercedes-Benz made a splash last year with its all-new CLA-Class. So much so that some wondered if it would steal too many shoppers from the venerable C-Class. With the reveal of the 2015 redesign though, it is clear Mercedes isn't giving up on its workhorse.

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The smooth lines resemble a smaller S-Class than a beefier CLA, giving it a more regal look outside. Inside the three center air vents and floating multimedia screen look found in other new Mercedes are also present. We shot both the C400 and the C220 diesel at an event in Detroit last night that shows off two distinct grille treatments.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS
Looks like: Bolder lines and a more sculpted body lend the sedan a more aggressive look
Drivetrain: 235-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; the sole transmission is a seven-speed automatic; both models will launch with all-wheel drive; rear-wheel-drive sedans will be available after launch
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

The information about the fourth generation of Mercedes-Benz's most popular car has been trickling in. We've already seen the interior; today the automaker released full details about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The luxury automaker's smallest car is seeing some big changes for 2015, including a jump in size, new powertrains and a host of high-tech safety features. The sedan also gets a new home this year; the current model is imported from Europe, but the 2015 C-Class will be built at Mercedes' plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All are welcome changes for the sedan that landed at the bottom in this year's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. We expect to be able to get up close to the sedan at Detroit's 2014 North American International Auto Show in January, but here's what we know so far:

By Jennifer Geiger | December 16, 2013 | Comments (3)

Move Over Laptops; Touchpads Are on the Rise in Cars

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A budding group of automakers is embracing something that's ubiquitous outside the car: the humble touchpad. Popularized by laptops since the 1990s, the touchpad is everywhere, including in more and more cars.

We first saw Audi incorporate a touchpad with its Multi Media Interface, thereafter dubbed MMI Touch, in November 2009, and we got a hands-on look just six weeks later. MMI Touch augmented MMI with map scrolling and character recognition, which helped with writing-intense functions like navigation entries. MMI Touch debuted on the A8 (pictured above) and subsequent S8 sedans, and Audi has since thrown it in the new A7/S7 and redesigned A6/S6.

In 2012, BMW joined the fray with iDrive Touch, and Mercedes-Benz is close behind with the 2015 C-Class, which mounts a touchpad above the control knob to operate the Comand multimedia system. Lexus is joining the party too; its forthcoming RC Concept adapts a touchpad to the brand's Remote Touch Interface. Touchpads buck the trend in multimedia systems for touch-screens or control knobs — but seldom both. How shoppers will react? For now, the sample size is still too small.

By Kelsey Mays | November 12, 2013 | Comments (2)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: More Details, Interior Photos

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Yesterday, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a teaser video of the next-generation C-Class. Today the automaker gave us a peek of the cabin with a number of interior images of the European-spec 2015 C-Class sedan, which arrives at Mercedes dealers in fall 2014. Expect full production details at January 2014's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new C-Class cabin boasts shapely contours and circular air vents, and the transmission shifter moves from the center console to the steering column. Like in several other Mercedes cars — from the CLA-Class sedan to the G-Class SUV — a tabletlike display governs the navigation and multimedia systems. Along the center console, a new touchpad sits atop the knob controller; we expect the system to use Mercedes' Comand structure, but two company officials have yet to confirm details. The automaker says finger gestures on the touchpad can control the screen — much like with Audi's latest MMI touch-pad — with haptic feedback, too. A head-up display is also new, as are automatic air recirculation with tunnel detection (via GPS) and the new S-Class' active fragrance enhancer.

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2013 | Comments (6)

Mercedes-Benz Teases New C-Class

If you're quick, you can catch a glimpse of the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The automaker released a teaser video today hinting that the successor to its compact sedan will wear the more athletic lines of its larger S-Class sibling. Expect to see the entire car unveiled early next year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In the meantime, check out the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz Is Luxury Car Thieves' Most Wanted

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That Mercedes-Benz in your driveway might have turned the tables on the Joneses, who are now trying to keep up with you, but that envy doesn't end with your neighbors. According to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to steal a Mercedes-Benz is considered an honor among thieves. The German automaker's iconic three-pointed star adorns three of the top 10 most-stolen luxury models in the U.S., with the C-Class taking the No. 1 spot with 485 thefts from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012.

The Des Plaines, Ill.-based nonprofit's analysis divided the luxury-vehicle segment into three subclasses — compact, midsize and premium — with thefts across all three totaling 4,384 for the 2010-12 model years. The compact class accounted for the greatest portion of that total, with 2,150 thefts, followed by the midsize class' 1,734 thefts and the premium's 500. By state, the distribution of thefts largely correlates with population size: California lays claim to 1,063 of the total luxury thefts, the most, while South Dakota and Wyoming each had only one. By core-based statistical area, which includes a densely populated urban center and its surrounding areas, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area had the largest number of luxury thefts at 806, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif., with 491, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., with 452.

By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2013 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' ride is comfortable. Very comfortable. And quiet too — don't forget quiet. But if Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays were to stop there out of respect for the virtue of "If you don't have anything nice to say ... ," he wouldn't be saying much at all about the C-Class, which curiously remains a top seller despite superior sport-sedan competitors. In nearly every other category — interior space, styling, acceleration, fuel economy, brakes and handling — this last-place finisher in Cars.com's $46,000 Sport-Sedan Challenge is strictly riding on its rep, Mays says.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507: First Look

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  • Competes with: BMW M3, Audi S4, Cadillac CTS-V
  • Looks like: The family man's SLS AMG
  • Drivetrain: 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013

Perhaps you've considered the current Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the German uber sports coupe and sedan based off of Mercedes' C-Class and stuffed with a monster 6.3-liter V-8, but felt that its 451-horsepower rating was only just adequate. Well you're in luck: Mercedes-Benz just announced the new 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507, which takes the current car and miraculously boosts output by another 56 hp to a solid 507.

It's done by borrowing heavily from components that go into the fire-breathing SLS AMG gull-wing coupe, including the SLS engine's connecting rods, lightweight crankshaft, forged pistons and composite brake system. This drops the C63 AMG's zero-to-60 time from 4.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds and raises the car's top speed to 174 mph - but to get that top speed, one must attend a course at the AMG Driving Academy, which is included in the car's price.

By Aaron Bragman | February 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

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