Mercedes-Benz USA will provides its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment on its ’05 S430 and S500 luxury sedans. The auto maker says it decided to make the AWD system standard as a result of strong demand for the option, which has garnered a 30% take rate across the S-Class range. Base price for the ’05 S430 increases by $1,050 to $76,020, while the base price of the ’05 S500 jumps $1,200 to $84,620.

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