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Redesigned, Reengineered Mercedes-Benz C-Class for 2008

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has undergone an astonishing transformation for 2008. Offered in Sport and Luxury versions, the C-Class has been completely redesigned, setting the bar for entry level luxury sedans. The new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds unrivaled style, safety, and engineering, and features at a starting price of $32,425 for the C300 Sport.

The C300 Sport and C300 Luxury models are fitted with a 3.0 liter, 24 valve V6 engine making 228 hp at 6,000 rpm. Sport versions get a standard 6-speed manual, with the option for the 7-speed automatic. C300 Luxury models receive the 7-speed Touch Shift automatic as standard equipment.

The top of the line C350 Sport Sedan is equipped with a 3.5 liter, 268 hp V6 mated to the 7-speed automatic transmission. As far as gas mileage goes, the C350 has a 17 mpg in the city and a 25 mpg on highways. Standard features for the C350 also include AM/FM Radio with 100 watts and 8 speakers total; a CD Player; MP3 Player; and Sirius(R) satellite radio system with a 6-month subscription included (unavailable in Alaska or Hawaii).

A new Agility Control Sport Suspension improves handling dynamics and driving safety. Other safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and ESP stability control.

With excellent features, choosing between the Sport or Luxury version may simply be a question of preference for style. For drivers who would prefer comfort and elegance in a car, the Luxury is likely a better suit. For others who would like a little more edge, the Sport version may be more up their alley. The two versions can be distinguished by their interior trims and the look of the front grille.

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