More Powerful Mercedes Means More Badges

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When Mercedes-Benz dropped the news of an all-new naming convention for its lineup, we were somewhat annoyed but not entirely surprised. But when it announced it’d also be altering the actual brand name depending on the Maybach or AMG model attached to it, we were floored. As a bonus, the automaker announced an entirely new trim level with a name somewhere in between last month.

Related: We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class, which won our Best of 2015 award, is a perfect example of how these changes have been implemented. There’s the Mercedes-Benz C300 at the low end of the spectrum, the Mercedes-AMG C63 at the high end and the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport right in the middle.

One thing that remains the same is just how many badges each one gets. With Mercedes, the higher up the ladder you go, the more you’re reminded of just how special your car is.

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