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Upwardly-mobile Chinese got an unpleasant surprise Thursday when DaimlerChrysler announced that it will recall 95-percent of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans in China due to a fuel tank defect.

The recall is limited to the nearly 24,000 S-Class cars built from late 1998 through early 2005 and sold in China. Curiously, S-Class models sold elsewhere are unaffected. DaimlerChrysler plans to begin manufacturing Mercedes cars in China in 2007.

Reuters reports that DaimlerChrylser sales in Northeast Asia grew 15 percent in 2005, led by a strong performance by Mercedes in Korea and China.

[Source: Reuters]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I read in the China Daily last week (yes I am in China) that the China government was asking Nissan to recall some Chinese Nissan models because of gas tank leaks. Is Japan getting another free pass from the US media again?
      • 9 Years Ago
      haha, but I think that Mercedes is improving, hopefully the current generation will be better made. Until that happens, I'll take an LS460, long wheelbase please.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Horrible PR for what is supposed to be the best car in the world.

      http://automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com/2005/12/first-impression-new-s-class.html