Mercedes M-Class Nominated in the North American Truck of the Year Award

Clarissa December 15, 2011

US and Canadian media people will vote once again for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awardees. For the past 18 years, these distinguished persons votes for the best of the best, and this year, actually next year, in Janary 2012, the winners will be announced.

The Mercedes M-Class was short listed as “North American Truck of the Year Award”, however it did not make it to the final three. The vehicles to join the finals are BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque and Honda CRV. In the car category, VW Passat, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra made it to the top three.

On January 11, at the Detroit Motor Show, the winners will be announced.

Comments (2)

  1. Beware of Mercedes Benz. All those who possess a car of this brand or wish to purchase one (or may know someone who is going to do) you should know that the Airmatic suspension is not a safe or advisable in my opinion. From personal experience, with 110,000 km and a normal road driving and highway (I have a 7 year old daughter as you all know), I was blown right front suspension (10 months ago) and now I change the buffer left for loss of pressure regulating valve (you have to change all the cushion because the valve is internal and can not be changed …). Also MB is not going to take care of this problem once the vehicle warranty is ended. For my part, driving in 20 years, millions of kilometers traveled by car and more than a dozen cars driven, I have not had to change the suspension ever for any reason, neither driving a Ford Fiesta, or with Renault or Volvo or Seat. Only Mercedes Benz, at 110,000 km I had to replace the two front suspension, with the consequent risk of injury to which this entails. It is no reproach or anything, but I think this possibility should warn you before you sell a car from a highly valued brand in technology, safety, reliability and above all economically, as there are cars less price and assumes that the be economic plus for safety, technology, etc.. Greetings to all and hope to have it in mind when buy a car of this brand, not recommending that you change brand, but to walk carefully with this type of suspension order. It is also true that if MB is in charge of the repair (although I do not think so), I’ll let you know, and I think this is an issue of after-sales service or customer service. A warm greeting.

  2. I agree with the OP…that Airmatic and ABC technology should not be on a vehicle that someone drives every day and is going to keep for a very long time. I, myself, have a 2004 CL600 as a daily driver and let me tell you, it’s been in the shop a half dozen times in the past couple years on suspension-related issues. The car doesn’t even have 100K miles and I’ve had to spend more than $15K in maintenance on the car. Tips to new Merc owners: If you’re buying for keeps, get one with NO AIRMATIC or ABC. Look at the C-Class and the E-Class E350. Everything else has this dreaded technology.


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