Germany and the U.S. represented the strongest market for the latest generation E-Class, with each country taking approximately 25 percent of total production. Most popular models were the E 220 CDI and E350. Mercedes launched its clean diesel BlueTEC technology in this E-Class, specifically the '07 E 300 BlueTEC available in Europe.
To date, Mercedes has sold about 12 million of its mid-size luxury sedans in total, including the E-Class and its predecessors. The mid-size Mercedes sedan story began in 1953 with the W120 "Ponton" 180. The fourth generation was the legendary 123-series, of which over 2.3 million were sold between 1977 and 1985, and which helped popularized the diesel as a relevant engine for the passenger car.
The 300TD turbodiesel wagon I just drove from Atlanta to Los Angeles on waste vegetable oil is a venerable E-Class predecessor, and a legendary 123-series at that. Stay tuned as I pick the car from the paint and body shop this weekend and get a first glimpse at its body, finally removed of rust, dents, and bathed in a fresh coat of black pearl metallic paint.
1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TDEnlarge Photo