Mercedes-benz C 250 CDI awarded 2011 Drive Car of the Year, Over­all Win­ner

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Mercedes- Benz took home three awards at 2011 Drive Car of the Year, in­clud­ing Over­all win­ner award for the C 250 CDI.

Mercedes- Benz Cars man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Horst von San­den said the lat­est C- Class had been an in­stant suc­cess not only in Aus­tralia but around the world.

‘‘ We worked hard with the fac­tory to come up with the right spec­i­fi­ca­tion that would add additional value to an al­ready great car,” said Mr von San­den.

Not only was the C 250 CDI judged the best pas­sen­ger car, but the judges called it one of the tough­est fields in the award’s his­tory.

Cho­sen from more than 250 mod­els driven by Drive jour­nal­ists dur­ing the past 12 months, cars were se­lected across 13 cat­e­gories with prices rang­ing from $ 18 990 to $ 340 000.

In the cat­e­gory Best Lux­ury un­der $ 80 000, the MercedesBenz C 250 CDI beat BMW, Jaguar and Volk­swa­gen.

The Drive team said MercedesBenz’s C250 CDI stood out in this cat­e­gory with its classy cabin, ex­cel­lent road man­ners and su­per- ef­fi­cient diesel en­gine.

The fam­ily- sized Benz has more torque than many V8s, yet uses less fuel than an av­er­age city run­about thanks to its diesel en­gine that lurks be­neath its stately bon­net.

In the Best Per­for­mance over $ 60 000 cat­e­gory, the C 63 AMG Coupe took out the award against BMW and Jaguar.

The Drive team in­clud­ing rac­ing leg­end John Bowe said the Mercedes Benz had bowled over the high- oc­tane op­po­si­tion with its bul­let- like ac­cel­er­a­tion and won­der­ful ex­haust note.

Mercedes Benz bowled over the high-oc­tane op­po­si­tion with its bul­let-like ac­cel­er­a­tion and won­der­ful ex­haust note

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