World Exclusive to Canada, the Mercedes-Benz C230 and C230 4MATIC(TM) make their debut at the 2008 Montreal International Auto Show

    MONTREAL, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Mercedes-Benz C230 and C230 4MATIC(TM) are
making their World Exclusive debut to Canada at the 2008 Montreal
International Auto Show, held from January 18-27, 2008.
    The latest addition to the highly successful C-Class family offers a car
with an even greater emphasis on value, agility, comfort and safety. The look
of the new mid-size C-Class reveals the latest Mercedes design that's
characterized by an edgy interplay of taut lines and wide, rounded surfaces.
Revised suspension and steering help make the new C-Class noticeably more
agile, along with a new slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission for the
C230 rear-wheel-drive model and the 7G-TRONIC automatic tramsmission for the
C230 4MATIC(TM).
    The C230 starts from $35,800 and the C230 4MATIC(TM) starts from $39,500,
they are powered by a 2.5 litre V6, producing 201 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque.
Both models are well equipped with such features as 8-way power adjustable
front seats, tire pressure loss warning system, MP3 capable single CD player
with Bluetooth technology, rain sensing wipers and 16" alloy wheels
    To further enhance the model, the optional Premium Package includes:
tilt/sliding glass sunroof, heated front seats, auto dimming mirrors, exterior
power folding mirrors, and the harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system with
in-dash 6-disc CD changer.
    The new C230 and C230 4MATIC(TM) can be ordered with the optional sport
package. It is easily differentiated by the AMG body-styling - deeper front
and rear aprons as well as under-door rocker panels - grille-mounted star -
and twin-spoke 17-inch wheels of staggered width. In addition, the car
features sport shocks and springs that provide a crisper ride and a 15 mm (0.6
inches) lower ride height. Interior features include, a three-spoke steering
wheel and aluminium or no charge black Birdseye maple trim (instead of the
four-spoke wheel and burl walnut trim). An instrument cluster with a
titanium-coloured background and rubber-studded aluminium pedals further
differentiate the models. The sport package is available for the C300 and C300
4MATIC(TM) at no additional charge. The C350 and C350 4MATIC(TM) come standard
with the above mentioned options with the addition of 17-inch 6-twin spoke AMG
wheels and a rear lip spoiler.
    The new C-Class is now available in six V6-powered models - the C230 and
C230 4MATIC, the C300 and C300 4MATIC(TM), the C350 and the C350 4MATIC(TM).
The C63 AMG will be introduced in mid-2008. New standard equipment for the
C300 and C350 models includes a power sunroof, eight-way power front seats
with lumbar support (10-way power front seats with memory and power steering
column on C350 models), two-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels,
bi-xenon headlamps, Bluetooth connectivity and a central controller with a
display screen.

    Renowned Mercedes-Benz Safety

    The 2008 C-Class comes with all the safety features that people have come
to expect from Mercedes-Benz - from four-wheel independent suspension and
four-wheel disc brakes to six air bags, ABS anti-lock brakes, traction control
and ESP (Electronic Stability Program). In addition, active front head
restraints move forward nearly 51 mm (2 in.) and upward by about 25 mm (1 in.)
in the event of a severe rear collision, helping to support the head and
reduce the likelihood of whiplash injuries.

    About Mercedes-Benz Canada

    Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service
of the three brands within the Mercedes Car Group in Canada; Mercedes-Benz,
smart, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada
employs approximately 1000 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a
nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 39
authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 18,547 vehicles in 2007, the
best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550; Arden Nerling, (416) 847-7556,

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