Types of Mercedes Cars

by Rob Wagner
Daimler AG

In its existence since 1881, the Germany-based Mercedes-Benz produced nearly 100 different variations of cars and perhaps more than 100 when including its long history of building trucks, coaches and buses. Today, Mercedes produces at least 18 different car models in varying sizes marketed to specific buyers. Previous generations of Mercedes-Benz were manufactured for the wealthy, but today there is a car for every buyer.


Given its small size, the A-Class has special safety features.

The entry-left compact Mercedes was introduced in 1997 with a special "Sandwich" feature in which the engine and transmission slide underneath the vehicle instead of the cab in the event of a head-on accident.


The MPV B-Class Mercedes is the junior version of the A-Class.

Debuting in 2005, the compact multi-purpose vehicle B-class Mercedes is an even tinier version of the A-Class.


Perhaps the most recognizable Mercedes is the C-Class executive car.

The C-Class is the compact executive Mercedes that originally was an entry-level model for young professionals, but has since been upgraded for well-to-do buyers since the introduction of the A-Class.


The CLK-Class is popular for its relatively affordable price.

The automaker's mid-size entry since 1996 comes in either a coupe or convertible and can be best described as the "pocket" version of the sportier high-end SL-Class.


The ultra-luxury sedan for only the serious buyer.

The luxury sedan is a top-line model that also comes in a coupe, convertible and an estate wagon.


Merecedes entered the sport utility market in 2000 with the G-Class.

The G-Class luxury four-wheel drive SUV, with roots in experimental military vehicle designs, is sold as a variation of the Peugeot, with Peugeot mechanicals.

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