CARMEL VALLEY, CA – The big S-Class sedan pulls in higher profit margins; the M-Class SUV is pulling in a whole new breed of customers; and the compact C-Class sells in higher volumes; but no car is more important to Mercedes-Benz than the mid-range E-Class, which the auto maker calls "the heart and soul of our franchise." Until the luxury entry-level C-Class started passing it the last couple of years, with bigger sales numbers (thanks to prices starting as low as $27,000 and many ...

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