While most things can be bought a lot cheaper in China than back at home, a car is not one of them. And if the car is not made in China, then it can get really expensive. We dropped by the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Suzhou to get an idea on how much a S Class sedan cost in China vs. the S Class back home.
The S Class Mercedes starts at the S350. We don’t get the S350 in the US or Canada. Our S Class starts at the S550. They’re basically the same car except for the engine size – the S350 has a 3.5L V6 while the S550 has a 5.5L V8. The S Class sells very well in China, which happens to be Mercedes-Benz’s second biggest market after the United States.
One thing for sure. High-end auto makers like Mercedes-Benz seem to love the fact that China’s new rich enjoy overpaying for stuff. If you think the S350 was expensive, you don’t want to know the price of the S65 AMG!