With a sportier look and a manual transmission, Mercedes-Benz believes its all-new C-Class has what it takes to better compete with its main rivals — the BMW 3-series and the Audi A4. Mercedes forecasts sales of 35,000 to 40,000 in the U.S. in calendar year 2001. Worldwide the automaker expects to deliver 150,000 C-Classes this year and 250,000 in 2001. Some 65% of demand will come from Germany and Western Europe, 20% from the U.S., 5% from Japan and 10% from the rest of the world. The ...

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