Mercedes-Benz celebrates 50 years of luxury cars

Posted on Thursday, 15 November 2012 , 12:11:57 byEmil

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Mercedes-Benz celebrates 50 years of luxury cars


German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been manufacturing luxury vehicles since the beginning of the 1920s. Since 1951, they have managed to sell more than 3.5 million saloons turning it into the best-selling luxury vehicle in the world. We are, of course, talking about the S-Class which received great technologies especially in terms of safety. Next we will make a brief presentation of the S-Class and its predecessors, models that have defined the full-size saloon segment.



The current S-Class can be found in the type 220 with the internal designation W187 which was actually replaced three years later. In 1956 received the S suffix which only indicated a stronger 6-cylinder engine. The fins on the rear wings of the W111 series 220, 220S and 220SE were launched in 1959. The 300E was launched in 1961 equipped with air suspension and a new automatic transmission developed by Mercedes-Benz specialists. A V8 engine was added in the engine lineup in 1968 for the 300 SEL 6.3 which was capable of providing sports car performance in a luxury package. The first model to bear the S-Class name was the 116 series which was launched in 1972. It was also the first model to be fitted with an anti-lock braking system, a safety element that was later offered as standard in all cars. The S-Class was the first production car equipped with a turbo diesel engine. The second generation of the S-Class was offered with an airbag, for the first time. The electronic stability program was offered as standard in the V12 models and starting 1995 it became an option on the V8s. Starting the beginning of 2011, a 4-cylinder turbo diesel was offered in the form of the S 250 CDI. Thanks to its fuel consumption it became the most frugal luxury saloon in the world. It was capable of generating 204 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds and to reach a top speed of 240 km/h. In the photo gallery below you can see what we were talking about.



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