The Commodore 16 was based on the designs of the Commodore 116. It was meant to be a replacement for the VIC 20, which had been discontinued. Compared to the VIC, it is indeed an impressive upgrade. 16K to the VICs 3.5K, better video graphics, and full compatibility with VIC peripherals. Had Commodore kept their original plan of marketing these machines in the € 50 price range, sales might have been quite impressive, but as stated on the Commodore 116 page, things were quite different at Commodore at that time.