Mercedes wins big at Drive Car of the Year Awards

January 18, 2019 7:11 am | macarthurautomotive.com.au

In 1872, after years working as a gunsmith and in tool factories throughout Europe, Gottlieb Daimler finally found his calling. He was appointed technical director of a German gas engine manufacturer. Eventually, after studying the technology behind the four stroke engine he left to start his own engine manufacturing business with friend Wilhelm Maybach. 

In 1884 they developed an internal combustion engine now known as a Grandfather Clock that is compact and lightweight – perfect for installation in a vehicle. This was the genesis of Mercedes-Benz, which is now one of the most well known and awarded marques of all time. 

On the other side of the world and over 130 years later, Mercedes-Benz is still winning acclaim with great success at Australia's Driven Car of the Year Awards. 

Mercedes-Benz C200 wins Best Luxury Car Under $80,000

The Mercedes-Benz C200 is Australia's best selling luxury car, which isn't surprising considering its relatively low price point of under $70,000. It's the entry level model into the marque's line of luxury sedans, featuring an efficient 1.5 litre motor aided by cutting edge electric hybrid technology that is typical of this new line. 

The electric engine works seamlessly with the petrol motor to deliver additional torque, making the car's acceleration feel zippy and responsive. What's more, the electric engine is able to intelligently shut itself down when it's not needed at cruising speeds, using a belt driven generator to automatically recharge. 

Other standout features include a:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
  • A wide screen 10.25 inch infotainment display.
  • 9 airbags.
  • Dual zone climate control. 
  • Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone mirroring. 
  • Autonomous emergency braking.
  • Blind spot warning. 
  • Reverse Camera. 
  • And much more. 

All these features add up to create a luxury driving experience that's unbeatable at this price  point. This car's won in this category several times, and we won't be surprised to see it in the running again in 2020 and beyond. 

Three separate nominations in luxury and performance categories 

Additional to the win for the Mercedez-Benz C200, the German marque also picked up nominations in the following categories:

  • Best Luxury Car Under $80k: Mercedes-Benz A200.
  • Best Luxury Car Over $80k 2018: Mercedes-Benz CLS450.
  • Best Performance Car Over $60k 2018: Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

The marque achieved podium positions in almost every category that applied to them. What's most surprising about these results, however, is the fact that Mercedes-Benz won and was nominated in the Luxury Car Under $80,000 category. As a high end luxury carmaker this is relatively new territory. 

The Mercedes-Benz A200 was the runner up in this category. The 2019 redesign has won wide acclaim for its commitment to embracing the latest technology and offering a thrilling driving experience at an affordable price. In fact, the car has already won several awards, including a win as outright Car of the Year across the ditch in New Zealand. 

It's clear that Mercedes-Benz has maintained the same commitment to quality and craftsmanship that their founder, Gottlieb Daimler, started the company with in 1884.

To experience the award winning excellence drop in to Mercedes-Benz Macarthur in Campelltown soon for a test drive