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The Future of Mercedes-Benz?

rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
edited March 8 in Mercedes-Benz
Fintail, here's a forum for us guys so we can leave the "I spotted a new make/model" alone

I just was checking on the new make models under the Mercedes site and boy they are expensive brand new. :surprise:

Rocky
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  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Do you know when a redesign is going to happen for the C-Class ? The 268 hp manuel did pretty good and if MB, would add a bit more power it would blow past the 3 series as king of that segment IMHO.

    I just hope Chrysler doesn't take down Mercedes. It would be ashame. :sick:

    Rocky
  • grbeckgrbeck Posts: 2,361
    ...if Mercedes eventually sells Chrysler. It has now veered into the red for the second time in less than a five years. Zetsche recently admitted that the economies of scale originally envisioned from combining Chrysler with Mercedes are not likely to materialize.

    Sooner or later, Mercedes is going to have to ask itself: "How is control of Chrysler benefiting this company?"
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    C class is getting a reskin soon, for MY 2008 I believe, but it will never be a real threat to the 3er - it's simply more luxury over sport. Manual versions are very uncommon. I hear the C63 will be the new AMG variant - should be fun in a power for the sake of power way. Styling will be 'baby S-class', like the current one. Here's an interpretation:

    http://images.km.ru/auto/mercedes-c-2008-2.jpg

    I too think there's a good chance that MB and Chrysler will part ways. Things haven't gone to quite the optimistic dreams of 1998. In fact, MB really hasn't seen benefits. MB won't be taken down, they'll bail in time, if need be.
  • I would be surprised if DC split off and sold Chrysler. Mind you, I was shocked/dismayed at the initial merger.

    Wouldn't MB take a big financial hit selling Chrysler now when the whole Mopar lineup is in the doldrums?

    Not long ago the Chrysler side was contributing more than its share to DC: it could happen again.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    That's pretty sharp. Do you know what the hp. ratings are for that car fintail ?

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    I have no idea, really. C63 will be huge.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    I just was checking on the new make models under the Mercedes site and boy they are expensive brand new.

    On a dollar basis, the prices are about the same as they were in the late '80s. Problem is that $50,000 bought you a lot more car under Bush padre than it does under Bush hijo. The Plaza Accords really don't get as much credit as they deserve for degrading the German and Japanese auto industry.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Thanx...

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    I gotta agree.... ;)

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    What MBs past looks like, just for Rocky

    image

    I saw this today at a shopping mall. Very late S600, I'll guess a 1998 based on some of the trim. For a black car, it was pretty immaculate. Still by any educated guess a black hole, or one in the making. Still an impressive old beast though.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Fintail, thanks. Now that's my kind of "Big Body" pal. She's a sexay beast. :blush: :shades:

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    Those cars have retained their presence...they just scream 'organized crime' even today.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    LOL, well to me they are a intimidating presence. Maybe the mob connection has something to do with it ?

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    Kind of a chicken vs egg game there...but yeah it's an intimidating car, all big MB have those qualities even today. Do criminals make the cars intimidating, or choose them because they are intimidating?
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    A little of both I think.

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Wanna know what my favorite Mercedes Benz made today is ? The G-Class Military SUV. I'd love to own one of those Gas-Hawging Dinosaur Burners. :D I honestly love em' AMG built engine for sub-5 second bursts to 60. That is engineering excellence. :D

    You need to find me one used "of course someday" pal. I honestly would think about getting myself one. The 2007' has alot of new features too. :)

    Per Motor Trend:

    Originally dervived from a German Military vehicle, the G500 and high-performance G55 AMG were suppose to be dropped this year and replaced by the more domesticated GL-class models. An outcry from Gelaendewagen fans reversed the decision, and the two models remain on the market. That doesn't mean Mercedes-Benz has neglected them, as the 2007' models get the more refined seven-speed automatic transmission as standard along with a DVD-navigation system.

    BEST BUY: If you're looking for the Ultimate off-roader with luxury touches, this is one of a few remaining.

    SUM UP: THE SPORT/UTE THEY DARE NOT KILL

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    Those things are cool in their own way, but if I was to have one it would be a stripped down diesel Euro model, no fancy leather or nav or anything. I'd want one I could ride hard and not feel bad about it. Real SUVs with so much luxo trim seem silly to me. The G is too competent an off roader to be relegated to trophy wife mall cruising status.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The G is too competent an off roader to be relegated to trophy wife mall cruising status.

    ROTFLMAO :D

    Oh well, I can't say much. I'd be a Trophy? :P Husband driving it 95% of the time on-road. I like the G55AMG ;)

    Rocky
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Well Fintail I just joined the ranks....I bought a 2003 CLK430 Cabriolet yesterday. The last of the W208 series CLK. I guess I'll have update my carspace page!!

    M
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