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by Tim Beissmann

Mercedes-Benz Australia is celebrating 30 years of the German brand’s entry-level luxury car with the special ‘Edition 30’ package for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The $3390 Edition 30 pack is available on the C200 and C200 CDI variants. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, Comand system with satellite navigation and a reversing camera, saving customers more than $3000 if they ordered the options individually.

The Edition 30 option takes the price of the C200 sedan to $61,990 and the C200 CDI sedan to $64,290 before on-road costs.

Mercedes-Benz first entered the compact executive class in 1982 when it launched the Mercedes 190 (codenamed W201). The first-generation C-Class (W202) debuted in 1993 and was followed by the second-gen C-Class (W203) in 2000.

The current C-Class (W204) entered production in 2007 and received a facelift in 2011, updating it to the form that is sold in showrooms today.

Mercedes-Benz Australia celebrated another C-Class milestone this year, as it passed 30,000 sales of the current-generation car in February.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most popular vehicle in Australia’s $60,000-plus medium car segment. Between January and April, 2149 were sold across the country, giving Mercedes a 38.1 per cent share of the market, well clear of the BMW 3-Series (1269 sales, 22.5 per cent) and the Audi A4 (949 sales, 16.8 per cent).

The C-Class is actually the fourth highest selling medium car in the country, regardless of price. It trails the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord Euro and Mazda6, but so far this year has outsold the Subaru Liberty, Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and the Hyundai i40/i45.




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