Posted on: Nov 11, 2012 | 10,336 reads

Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 190 in 1982, ushering in an era of Baby Benzes that would follow over the course of the 30 years that have followed since.
With a wide array of models varying in size, shape and style, Mercedes-Benz today covers more segments and niches than we could shake an aluminum-alloy stick at. But that wasn't always the case. Whereas today Mercedes produces four-door models covering the A, B, C, E, S and CLS classes (not to mention an array of crossovers and SUVs), until the early 80s there were only two sedans in the German automaker's stable: the mid-size 200 (precursor to the E-Class) and the full-size 300 (to become the S-Class).
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
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Determined to reach a broader market, Mercedes introduced the 190 series in 1982. Later replaced by the C-Class, the 190 was the first "baby Benz", and now celebrates its 30th anniversary. The first 190 was available with an 88-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 120hp version in the 190 E. Later models included the 71-horse, oil-burning 190 D, the sportier 190 E 2.3-16 (with a 182hp 16-valve engine) and the still more powerful 192hp 2.5-16. All told, Mercedes produced 1,879,629 units of the 190 series before the C-Class replaced it in 1993 after ten years on the market and two facelifts along the way. 30 years later, the 190 will always be the baby Benz.
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz
Mercedes Celebrates 30 Years of the Baby Benz



 
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