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Many modern Mercedes-Benz models have a name that is a letter, designating the "Class" or chassis/body style, followed by a number, designating the engine.  Specific models of the C chassis, such as C230 and C320, are collectively referred to as the C-Class.

C-Class models include the C220, C230, C240, C250, C280, C300, C320, C55 AMG, C63 AMG.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mercedes-Benz C-Class page on 28 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a line of compact executive cars produced by Daimler AG. Introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the 190 (W201) range, the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque's lineup until the A-Class arrived in 1997. The C-Class is built at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany as well as numerous satellite factories in other countries. The first C-Class (W202) sedan was produced on 1 June 1993, and the first of the second generation (W203) rolled off the assembly line on 18 July 2000. The C-Class has been available with a 4Matic (i.e. four-wheel drive) option since 2002. The third generation (W204) was launched in 2007. The latest generation C-Class (W205) came out in 2014.

Though originally available as a sedan and a station wagon, the W203 series in 2000 debuted a fastback coupé (SportCoupé) version that, when facelifted, became the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class. The CLC-Class remained in production until 2011 when it was replaced by a new W204 C-Class coupé for the 2012 model year.

W202 (1993–2000)

In October 1986, three years into Mercedes-Benz W201 (190)'s production run, work began on a successor. Design work began in 1987, with the final design by Murat Günak being selected in 1989 and the production design by Olivier Boulay delayed in January 1990, finally being patented on 19 December 1990. Rough prototypes went into testing in 1989, with first production design prototypes commencing testing in 1990. In May 1993, the first generation W202 C-Class was introduced as a replacement for the 190. The C-Class sedan was the company's entry-level model up until 1997, when Mercedes launched the A-Class. Styling themes were carried over from the previous W201 series, but the new series had a smoother and rounder design than the previous generation of compact Mercedes, with styling cues from the W124 E-Class (short, high trunk and taller tail lights), W140 S-Class (front end), and R129 SL-Class (headlights).

During the 1996 and 1997 Formula 1 seasons, the C36 AMG served as the sport's Safety Car.

W203 (2000–2007)

In 1994, development began on the W203 C-Class. Design work commenced in mid-1994, with the final design being approved in December 1995 by the executive board. Design patents were filed on 20 April 1998 and 4 March 1999. Testing began in 1997, with development concluding in 2000. The second generation C-Class was introduced in March 2000. The sedan debuted with a range of inline-four and V6 petrol engines and inline-four and -five diesels. Most of the engines were carried over from the W202, but the C 320 was exclusive, offering 160 kW (218 PS). The diesels now featured common rail direct fuel injection and variable geometry turbochargers. Six-speed manual gearboxes were now standard for the entire range, except the C 320. Notably, for the first time, the number designations were no longer equivalent to the engine displacement, more specifically in the C 200 (1.8-litre), C 240 (2.6-litre) and C 200 CDI (2.2-litre).

W204 (2007–2014)

DaimlerChrysler introduced the W204 C-Class on 18 January 2007 and displayed it in the 2007 Geneva Auto Show. Sales started on 31 March 2007 in almost all European countries. The new family had an extended wheelbase and tracks, a stiffer bodyshell and a design inspired by the W221 S-Class with some influences from the C219 CLS-Class. The C-Class received a facelift in 2011 for the 2012 model year including new LED taillights, a revised dashboard and instrument cluster layout, and a revised front fascia and headlights.

W205 (2014–present)

The current generation W205 C-class was launched at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It is the first car to use the all-new Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) platform. The new structure is significantly lighter using aluminium and high strength steel extensively throughout the body, resulting in a 100-kilogram (220 lb) weight decrease.

The car was officially unveiled on 16 December 2013. W205 production commenced on 4 February 2014 at the Bremen plant. European sales began in March 2014, while the vehicle went on sale in North America in September 2014.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
October 2010Models 204, 207, 212 Model Year 2010, Model 207.4 Model Year 2011 Check Power Steering Line Connection Fitting
Mercedes-Benz USA
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 378KB - 8 pages
October 2010Safety Recall #2010100002
Power Steering Line Connection Fitting
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 108KB - 2 pages
4 October 2010NHTSA Recall 10V459000
2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
4 October 2010Part 573 Defect Information Report
From: Frank J. Diertl & R. Thomas Brunner, Mercedes-Benz USA
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 324KB - 3 pages
5 October 2010Recall Campaign
Power Steering Line Connection Fitting, Models 204, 207, 212, Model Years 2010 - 2011
Mercedes-Benz USA
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 108KB - 2 pages
8 October 2010Power Steering Pump
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Frank J. Diertl, Mercedes-Benz USA
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 28KB - 3 pages
25 October 2010Part 573 Defect Information Report
Amended and Updated Information for 10V-459
From: Frank J. Diertl & R. Thomas Brunner, Mercedes-Benz USA
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 122KB - 3 pages
4 April 2011Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Report
Quarterly Report Defect Notification Campaigns
Frank J. Diertl & R. Thomas Brunner, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 67KB - 2 pages
6 July 2011Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Report
Quarterly Report Defect Notification Campaigns
R. Thomas Brunner & Stephen Kraitz, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 70KB - 2 pages
3 October 2011Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Report
Quarterly Report Defect Notification Campaigns
R. Thomas Brunner & Stephen Kraitz, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 35KB - 2 pages
5 January 2012Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Report
Quarterly Report Defect Notification Campaigns
R. Thomas Brunner & Stephen Kraitz, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 43KB - 2 pages
10 April 2012Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Report
Quarterly Report Defect Notification Campaigns
R. Thomas Brunner & Stephen Kraitz, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V459000

PDF
- 42KB - 2 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
22 June 2007New Mercedes-Benz C Class To Be IntroducedAnthony Fontanelle
12 July 2007Baby Benz Goes UpscaleAnthony Fontanelle
13 September 2012Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, on Behalf of Daimler AG, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
22 July 2013Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, on Behalf of Daimler AG, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
17 December 2013The New Mercedes C-Class Has A Supercharged Diesel Engine - Updated Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
5 February 2014Smart New Mercedes C-Class On Its Way Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
16 April 2015Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)
12 April 2016Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Gregory K. Rea)


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