The Cheapest Benz in China
Published on June 17, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Benz brought the new C180K Classic to the Chinese market for 308.000 rmb. The C-class is made in China by Benz’ joint venture with Beijing Auto. The name of the jv is so ‘Beijing-Benz’.
The C180K Classic comes with a 1.6 ‘BlueEfficiency’ engine that makes the Benz the only sedan in its segment to qualify for the government’s vehicle sales tax discount for clean and energy-efficient cars. Fuel consumption is 7.7 liters per 100 km.
Chinese consumers buy whatever Benz can sell so this entry-level C will likely be a succes. Benz never took the ‘A’ and ‘B’ class to China, they are trying the Smart now but so far without much succes.