September 4th, 2014 at 3:00pm
Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.
Reviewer: Chip Drake
Type: C300 Sedan; C300 4MATIC Sedan; C400 4MATIC sedan
Competitors: BMW 3 Series; Audi A4; Lexus IS; Cadillac ATS
Price: C300 — $38,400; C300 4MATIC — $40,400; C400 4MATIC — $48,590 (all prices do not include $925 d&d charges)
Made in: Mercedes-Benz Vance, Alabama factory for the Americas; Also built in Germany, China & South Africa
Drivetrain: C300 — 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 (RWD); C300 4MATIC — 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 (AWD); C400 4MATIC 3.0L Bi-Turbo V6 (AWD)
EPA Ratings: Not rated yet
Communications and marketing teams try their best to find the perfect location to unveil a new car to the media. There’s a lot that goes into the deciding which city is chosen like the accessibility of its airports, whether or not it has good roads and of course nice hotels don’t hurt either. But then there’s the more cheeky question like the car’s aesthetic: does the environment work with the vehicle? Sometimes it does, many times it doesn’t and then there are times the teams just choose a spot so the box is checked. However, when city and car come together there’s a certain symmetry that works for both of them; and as as far as I’m concerned, that’s what happened when Mercedes brought the media and its new car to the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle, Washington is known at least throughout my world for a couple of important items: Coffee, the tech industry and the Grunge music movement of the ’90s. And what they’ve done for the city — in simplest of cultural terms — is help transform the city and area into a thriving metro scene. Just the kind of area that fits hand-in-glove with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.