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by Jim Davis | 20 January 2014

The makers at Daimler-Benz AG thought and hard about introducing a model series below the segment in the 1920s and 1930s and from the early 1950s Several projects were some of them very but for one reason or another they came to fruition.

But, in the 1970s, the idea of a compact got an unexpected boost thanks to the Air Act. Introduced under Jimmy Carter, the act specified the fuel consumption for the vehicles of all on sale in the USA. This was as the “Corporate Average Fuel (CAFE). In 1985, it was 27.5 per gallon (8.3 litres per 100 quite a challenge for many car including Mercedes-Benz. Because the was a key market for Mercedes, a shift to a new, more compact and fuel efficient model immediately took precedence.

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Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution (W 1989

In January 1974 of Development Prof. Hans defined the key requirements for such a This is how he phrased it: “It’s that this must be a Mercedes-Benz. So we are not able to make too compromises in terms of refinement, and the associated Mercedes-Benz characteristics.” The specifications book he signed for series 201 specified the following as as 4 February 1974: “The aim this product is not to penetrate the markets, which have occupied by brands such as and Ford for many years. the 201 model is to be deliberately distinct these due to the trademark characteristics expect in terms of quality, and refinement.” Prof. Werner who succeeded Scherenberg as Development in 1977, didn’t feel the to change any of this.

Mercedes-Benz saloon of W 201 model

This meant that the was almost akin to squaring the traditional Mercedes-Benz brand such as comfort, safety, and reliability, which had previously implemented to perfection in larger across all generations, now had to be transferred to a vehicle without exception. major engineering feat was a challenge. So no wonder the expectation journalists was huge when the new vehicles in model series 201 unveiled to the world’s press in Spain in November 1982. And were not disappointed.

The first surprise was the design. A that was unique yet unmistakably a was produced under the guidance of Sacco. Furthermore, the compact had a low drag coefficient (Cd value) of and a sophisticated, uncomplicated design an undeniably youthful and dynamic

Mercedes-Benz W201

Active and passive safety been key quality aspects at for generations. And model series 201 set the in this respect, too, compared with both models and competitor models. The safety system, in which a key was played by the multi-link independent suspension with five arranged at various levels, was upon in issue 1/1983 of car magazine “auto motor und with reference to the 190 E model: configuring the suspension, the Daimler-Benz focussed on conveying the highest degree of driving safety losing any of the pleasure associated the car’s dynamic aspects. The 190 E had the best cornering ability of any with largely neutral characteristics, very high almost fully absent changes – and it offered immense pleasure. [. ] The effortlessness with the 190 E takes bends is nothing of astonishing. For the normal 190 E driver, the offered by the suspension can have a effect.”

Mercedes-Benz W 201 model series, test

One of the major factors this was the multi-link independent suspension conceived by Dr Kurt and, following his early designed by Manfred von der Ohe. It the standard for all subsequent rear designed by Mercedes-Benz. But outside of the too, it became the blueprint for other rear axle over the years. Model 201, a relatively small vehicle, therefore continued the of being a trendsetter for innovative ideas.

Model series 201 was just as when it came to passive This made it the safest in its class and put it on a par with the S-Class of the model series 126. in 1991, a model series 201 displayed exemplary passive when compared to far newer in an offset crash test.

model series 201 a typical in all respects without compromising on the key values – an objective that had seemed like a utopian – therefore became a reality. not only paved the way to success for all the model variants, it also opened up the smaller vehicle for Mercedes-Benz. From May 1993 the brand continued the world-wide story with model 202, the first to bear the name. Having started out as the the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is today one of the popular vehicles in the premium

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