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