Date registered: May 2004
Location: Southern California
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Why has Mercedes decided to move the gear shifter to the steering column
Just wanted to hear all your opinion on Mercedes' decision to move the gear shifter from the center console to the steering column. They started with the ML, S, CL, GL, E and now the new CLS. Although I have seen some pictures and videos of the W212 E class "SEDAN" with the gear shifter on the center console. Is this an option for certain countries? I know the E coupe still has it in the center for all countries.
Personally, I prefer the shifter to be in the center....the steering column mount reminds me too much of an old Buick. I know this design frees up room for the center but I don't really need that area as the armrest compartment is good enough storage space. I never had issues with the foldup cup holders in previous Mercedes. Ironic how BMW went from the steering column mount back to a center console mount with their new 7 series and Mercedes vice versa.
What's your thoughts/opinions on this?