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Today, Mercedes-Benz produced its 500,000th W212 E-Class at its assembly plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
It took the automaker three years to hit this production milestone on the latest generation of E-Class, first introduced in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show. The 500,000th car is a white E350 4Matic and is destined for the U.S. market.
The E-Class has found success in the business world, but you may be surprised to know it’s also a popular taxi. The E-Class is one of the most popular taxi’s used worldwide.
With over 10 million units sold since its start, the E-Class has been a successful executive-class vehicle for the Mercedes-Benz brand. It marries comfort, performance and technology.
When it was introduced in 2009, the revised E-Class was actually available for $4,600 less than the previous model. Despite that, it was totally refreshed with a an exterior characterize by its new, sharp lines and in interior that took countless hours of engineering. The result, one of Merc’s best cars to date.
Among the new features, Mercedes customers could now enjoy Night View Assist Plus, which allowed drivers to see farther into the dark through the navigation screen among other safety features.
As the brand ushers its half-millionth E-Class it’s hard not to look ahead at the promised 2014 revision and anticipate much better it might be. While we already know there isn’t a drastic redesign like the 2009 model got, there’s still plenty to look forward to.