Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
in car circles, "merc" is short for mercury, a division of the ford motor company
Sorry. I can't imagine Mercury being worthy of an abbreviation. Especially one it stole from one of the oldest and until the last 15 years finest automakers in history. Especially the old boats, which have driving dynamics inferior to anything offered today. (Unlike many of the Italian and British cars of the day.) Though in fairness the new Mays/Thomas designed Mercury sedan looks much crisper than the snoozy, Detroit-like boat anchor that is pictured in the first post in this thread.
The last Merc to be worth a damn from a driver's perspective was probably the W124. Even today I wouldn't mind driving a 300CE with the 1992-5 (maybe 1991-5) twincam straight six and the Sportline suspension package. Or using a 300TE as a family hauler. From an appliance perspective the A-Class is pretty neat, but pity about the (lack of) driving dynamics there.