Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 2008 C230 4MATIC; 2008 ML320 CDI 4MATIC
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I am not too sure about this whole demographic/market/demand/small engines/etc. Just look at the used car market here - you can hardly find a used diesel for sale, and those are being sold for more than their used petrol counterparts. As far as affecting luxury and performance - out of the current BMW lineup take the 335 for example. 335i produces 300hp/300torque versus 335d which produces 265hp/425hp torque. Power comparison looks fairly equal, but the gas mileage is 25 mpg on 335i versus 35 mpg on 335d. If I were into Bimmers, I would get the 335d without a second thought. Then look at Cadillac - the new CTS has the direct injection option on their 3.6 V6. Produces gobs of power and gets better mileage than their regular 3.6 V6. But Caddy does offer both.
Now Mercedes is doing some weird things I can't figure out - E-class is considered to be more of luxury vehicle than the C-class. So it kinda make sense (at least to me) to start offering the cheaper model with diesel (or Bluetec) than the more luxurious one. Mercedes, however, thinks otherwise. Then Merc offers the CLS350 CGI in Europe. Once again a big and luxurious car, whose buyers are typically not looking for economy. Why not offer the C350 CGI in addition to or even instead the CLS?
It seems like they are playing some weird game. The product they have is amazing, the technologies they have are amongst the best, but putting those 2 together doesn't seem to interest them too much.
92% of all people suck at math. I am a part of the 9% who don't.
2008 ML320 CDI 4MATIC (W164) - Silver/Black
2008 C230 4MATIC (W204) - White/Black
2002 E320 (W210) - Silver/Black - Sold due to rust