How did an American Ford Granada compare in tests of smoothness and quietness of ride with a US$ 20,000 German Mercedes?

How did an American Ford Granada compare in tests of smoothness and quietness of ride with a US$ 20,000 German Mercedes? 
Read how German engineers rated both cars after 7 days of testing. 
For 1977, a new Ford Granada was brought to Germany for a scientific ride comparison with a Mercedes-Benz 450SE (U.S. sticker price: $20,6891. The Granada was a standard produc-tion car equipped with optional 250CID engine ($122.) and automatic transmission ($186.). Testing was cori-ducted by an independent German en-gineering firm. *Excluding taxes, title, destination charges. 

Aerial view of test site in Bavaria, Germany. Test 1: Smoothness test. To test for ''riding smoothness'' the German engineers drove the Granada and the Mercedes at various speeds over a variety of roads in northern Germany, ranging from cobblestone to smooth highway. Using a sensitive electronic re-
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corder, they measured vibration Test results: Analysis of the enai-neers' data showed that in three out of le four test conditions there were ''no major differences'' in smoothness between the Granada and the Mercedes. 
The Granada idea... ...was to offer American drivers classic styling and great riding comforts—at a sensible price. You've read what this Granada did 

Test 2: Quietness test. In the next series of tests the cars were evaluated for ''quiet-ness'' of ride. Again, they were compared over a variety of Ger-man road surfaces at speeds from 30.55 mph. A sound meter recorded their interior decibel levels on the dBA scale. Test results: Analysis of the data showed that in all tests the Ford Granada consistently rode as quietly as the Mercedes-Benz. 
against a $20,000 Mercedes-Benz in Germany. Take a Granada test drive of your own and see for yourself. 
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When America needs a better idea. Ford puts it on wheels. 

*1977 Ford Granada. Sticker price: $4,038, excluding taxes, title, destination charges. WSW tires, $39. (Photographed in Garmisch. Germany)

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