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by rjw

The Wheels magazine Car of the Year for 2007 is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Wheels editor Ged Bulmer described the third generation W204 series C-Class as “a truly impressive vehicle in practically every area.

Mentioning the C-Class’s standard complement of eight airbags, Bulmer said the prestige sedan represented “a pretty good value story as well.”

Anticipating criticism of the award going to a car with a retail price beginning at $56,990 and extending to close to $100,000, Bulmer praised the value for money of the latest C-Class.

“If you look at 10 years ago, the same car, that was less powerful, less safe was $700 cheaper. So its only gone up $700 in 10 years,” he said.

The Wheels Car of the Year award, established in 1963, is Australia’s best known motoring award. Last year’s winner was Holden’s VE Commodore. Mercedes-Benz last won in 1999 with the S-Class sedan.

The 2007 finalists were: BMW M3; Ford Mondeo; Mazda 2; Mercedes-Benz C-Class; Skoda Roomster and Volkswagen Eos.

Robert Wilson