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TWO MERCEDES MODELS NAMED BEST OVERALL VALUES AMONG LUXURY CARS

 TWO MERCEDES MODELS NAMED BEST OVERALL VALUES AMONG LUXURY CARS
 MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Mercedes-Benz sedans -- the 190E 2.3 and the 300D 2.5 Turbo(A) -- have been named "best overall values" among luxury cars, it was announced today by IntelliChoice, Inc., an independent research firm based in San Jose, Calif.
 The mid-sized 300D 2.5 turbodiesel sedan beat out domestic and Japanese competitors for the top honors in the category for luxury cars over $40,000. The four-cylinder 190E 2.3 sports sedan, which carries a list price of under $30,000, led in the category for luxury cars under $40,000. Both cars are five-passenger, four-door sedans.
 IntelliChoice's determination was based on total cost to own and operate vehicles over a five-year period, rather than purchase price alone. In addition to purchase price, criteria included resale value and costs of insurance, financing, fuel, maintenance, repairs and taxes over five years.
 This was the second consecutive year Mercedes models were named as the best overall values in their respective luxury categories by IntelliChoice. In 1991, the winners were the 300E and the 190E 2.3.
 Separately, the 190E 2.3 and the mid-sized, gasoline-powered 300E sedan were cited as having the highest resale values in their price categories (from $20,000-$30,000 and over $30,000, respectively), by MONEY magazine in its November 1991 issue. The magazine's evaluations were done in conjunction with IntelliChoice. As a part of that same research, the 190E 2.6 -- the six-cylinder counterpart of the 190E 2.3 -- was projected to have the lowest total cost of ownership over five years of all cars over $30,000. The 300D 2.5 Turbo was recognized as delivering the best mileage among cars over $30,000.
 The 190E 2.3 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $28,950, With five-speed, manual transmission. The 300D 2.5 Turbo has an MSRP of $42,950. Like all Mercedes-Benz cars, both of these models come with a four-year/50,000 mile warranty.
 (A) Not available in California.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Paulmeno of Mercedes-Benz, 201-573-6893/ CO: Mercedes-Benz ST: New Jersey IN: AUT SU:


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