Good for Mercedes, but I still wish they would stop sacrificing the quality of their vehicles for higher profits! My 2013 C250 has sub-par build quality and a lackluster engine compared with to my previous 2002 C230. I feel Mercedes is sacrificing quality for short term profits. Just look at their goal, 30 new models by 2020. With this many new models, quality will definitely suffer and repeat customers will plummet. Look what happened to Toyota's quality, and subsequent sales, after they tired to grow too fast too soon.
The insurance companies have also taken notice. My car costs me $100+ monthly to insure. My husband drives a Lexus and pays just $30 monthly to insure it (from Insurance Panda). Coincidence? I don't think so. Europen cars have always cost an arm and a leg to repair... with these continuing 'defects', it only makes sense that my premiums would rise!
When will car executives learn that quality keeps current customers coming back and brings in new customers. A large selection of models only creates problems.