A brief history of the Mercedes C-Class
Having driven the new C-Class, we look back at the original 'Baby Benz' and its successors. Warning: contains AMG
Posted: 11 Mar 2014
W203 Mercedes Benz C-Class
2000, and another C-Class arrives, proving that Mercedes really rather liked this whole small saloon malarkey. This third generation offers up 20 new technical innovations not seen before for a small Merc; things like adaptive airbags for the driver and front passenger, headlamp assist, a multifunction steering wheel, and fibre optic cables. Plus, it looked pretty dandy too, with its double headlamps and neat detailing.
Sadly, the BMW 3-Series had absolutely hit its stride with the E46 model, and was taking no prisoners. And to make matters worse, Merc thought it prudent to launch a tinier version of the C, in the C-Class Sports Coupe (against the BMW 3-Series Compact), which we won't show on these pages again. Sorry.