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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz today announced wide-spread changes to specification levels across a variety of models in its Australian luxury and sports car range.

The majority of these changes are comprised of formerly optional additions now becoming standardised throughout the range. Although several safety enhancements previously not available are now standard such as rear side airbags in the A- and B-Class as well as rain sensing wipers and a parking guidance system in the SLK-Class.

In line with the addition of these new levels of standard equipment prices for models have risen – and the outcome is bitter-sweet. Some models such as the CL-Class have received $1,000 worth of extras at no additional cost, whilst the entry level A-Class has in some models increased by a substantial $4,400 – albeit $1,600 less than if they were added as optional extras.

The B 200 Turbo seems to have suffered the worst from this change, with a price increase of $3,200 representing a miniscule $600 saving.




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