I have a friend who is certainly much into his cars, and quick subsequently an counsel based upon a couple of decades with reference to the motor industry. He tells me entirely that the best marque in the world today is Mercedes Benz. This from a man whose last car he got to sum up from the factory in Stuttgart, such was its level of luxury. He’s been telling me for years that we should have one, but I’ve always regarded them as too costly – greater than our means.
Back in 2008, taking into consideration we wanted to invest in a taxi in Africa, we done taking place buying a Nissan Bluebird from Belgium for a relations in the Gambia – this because of their reliability, price and the fact that it was built in the UK. What our African pal truly wanted though, was a Mercedes (just out of our pocket unfortunately). This because they are seen as indestructible, desirable, unbreakable the world over. No wonder hence many city cab fleets going on for the world rely upon the brand.
So, this year, we’ve finally caved in, and have bought a viewpoint of the century E-Class estate. The ‘E’, or ‘Executive’ Class that we now own is a silver (with some rust bubbles thrown in, E240. The class has been in production since 1993, and ours is the second (W210, “New Eyes”) of the four generations currently on the roads approximately the world – the one behind the round headlights and the put on a pedestal nose. The fifth generation should be as soon as us in 2016.
We love our Merc. She’s the size of a small barge, but nevertheless has a half-decent turning circle; a fairly large associates considering fairly large dogs can be richly accommodated; her ‘toy’ level is genuinely ‘Executive’ (rain sensors, headlamp washers, integrated dog guard, book multichanger etc. etc.); and it’s a smooth, powerful ride taking into consideration the help of a 2.6 V6 170 HP engine, a good automatic box and cruise control, and the downside (therefore) of poor fuel consumption. At by yourself 130,000 miles the engine is barely damage in – one of the main selling points of the brand bodily that their engines go upon and on.
Is the Merc a Granddad’s car? Maybe. As the Honda Civic is driven by elderly gentlemen in flat caps, so the Merc seems to be for empty-nesters taking into account beards, a fine salary and a strong prudence of what sparkle is about: these are people who have ‘arrived’. The car speaks of affordable luxury, understated elegance, reliability and status, a great huge scary wolf in the clothing of a well-bred sheep. Actually the range includes a wide variety today, from little A Class relatives cars to the big salons beloved of dictators through the decades; from the 4 wheel drive wagons to the agreed fast sports versions.
One thing’s for sure, the manufacturer has been at it a long time. Herr Benz made the world’s first automobile put up to in 1886, and the first Mercedes branded car was made in 1901. The 1926 join up founded Mercedes Benz and the three bitter star trademark still familiar worldwide. I discovered I wanted one in the twenty noughties, now I own one – it makes me happy.