The oldest car manufacturer in the world has tradition. And this it showed again when we collected our new B-Class at its dealer Eddy Joosen NV in Kontich. Just read on...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Taking possession of a car is always an important feat. At Mercedes, they fully understand this. Not only are the corks of bubbly beverages popping amidst the congratulations, but they see also to it that this first time when you see and enter your new Mercedes, is an unforgettable moment.
After having offered the celebration drinks, Sales Manager Tom Schoeters had put the car in the centre of a spacious, dramatically lit showroom, with the car standing under a dark grey cover, with the ignition key lying symbolically on top of the engine hood.
Needless to say that we were pleasantly suprised by this ceremonious gesture. I let Mr. Schoeters and my wife lift off the cover of our car, as the pictures show...
Mr. Schoeters then took the time to explain to my wife fully and patiently all the functions of the car, and show her all the state of the art electronic functions of our B Class, which carries the factory designation “W 246” by the way.
Very important, as most users do not use all the modern features which are installed in their cars at all.
Mercedes clearly goes a very long way here to make sure that the new owners fully understand the functionalities and get thoroughly acquainted with their cars, and indeed their dealers see this also as very important.
First miles are (very) smooth...
Mr Schoeters then drove the car out of the showroom, and we then, after some picture taking in front of the dealer's premises (see photo above) , took the wheel.
The brand new engine and the 7 speed DCT transmission are functioning superbly smooth, the car drives indeed as it should.
This 122 HP 1,6 litre petrol unit is very silent and flexible, and it proved indeed to be an ideal choice for the use we will make of this car. Its pulling power is pleasant with 200 Nm being available over quite a wide rev range between 1250 and 4000 rpm.
We bought a plastic cover for the boot floor, to keep it clean and also not to damage the nice chromed lid which openes the extra luggage space beneath the boot floor.
And now we are enjoying the first kilometres with our new purchase. More news to come within a few weeks...
Hans Knol ten Bensel