It was around this time of the year 30 years ago, that Mercedes-Benz presented the 190 and 190E models, from the W201 model line, to the press, thus introducing the new compact saloon series, alongside the mid-range 200 series and the S-Class. This model line was later to be renamed as the C-Class in 1993 with the launch of the W202 series. Despite being called retro, the W201 features a very clean and simple design, or timeless elegance as all of Bruno Sacco’s designs are.
The passive safety and suspension technology were a big step ahead of the competition as was its aerodynamics. The independent multi-link rear suspension, guaranteeing high precision with equal levels of comfort, became a segment standard many years later. 1,879,629 190-models were produced from the Sindelfingen and Bremen plants and sold in every part of the world, until May 1993, when the W202 was introduced.
You can read more about the classic 190 series after the jump, where you can also find our photo gallery.
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