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If the 240TD and 280TE Were Imported to the U.S.
Is it true that the W123-based 240TD and 280TE wagons weren't imported to the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz of North America due to voluntary import quotas? I didn't include the 230TE and 250TE wagons as the respective engines in those two wagons weren't available in the U.S. on any Benz model in the 1977-85 period.
But if ever they had been, legally, then of the two I could only see the 280TE with its 2.8-liter fuel-injected gas six as having the most potential of being sold here since we Americans also had the 280E and 280SE sedans and the 280CE coupe, all of which were dropped from the U.S. market after 1981 in favor of expanding on the diesel lineup to make the intermediate-sized 300D and 300CD both turbo diesel models, which seemed a little late in the game since 1981 was the year in which not only was the 300TD wagon given a turbocharged engine, but also when diesel cars in the U.S. had enjoyed their finest hour in contributing up to 6 percent of all car sales (both domestically-made and imported) and, like a sinking ship, sales of diesel cars had fell down since then.
The 240TD diesel wagon would not be quite as desirable over the 280TE since being a wagon, it would carry a little more weight than the already-slow 240D sedan and the 1979-80 300TD (non-turbo diesel).
Do you folks think the 280TE and 240TD could've had potential in the U.S. and Canada?
Last edited by MercedesFan1981; 04-09-2014 at 02:24 AM.