Mercedes-Benz 400

The Mercedes-Benz 400 was a car that was produced by the German automotive marquee Mercedes-Benz. The car was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991, with the first samples rolling off the production line on August 6, 1991. The 40 was initially available as a short, designated SE, or long, designated SEL, wheelbase sedan. Later a coupe, designated SEC became available in January 1992. Like all Mercedes-Benz models, the 400 S-Class was streamlined in 1994 using the new letter-first naming philosophy, which involved dropping the named distinction between body styles. All of the SE, SEL and SEC cars were renamed the S-Class. Their alphanumerical designations were then inverted. For example, both 500SE and 500SEL then became S500 regardless of wheelbase length. Now the true reason behind doing this is not really clear. It seems that it would have made things easier for consumers, but this is also debatable. Later, the W220 S-Class would supersede the 400 series S-Class in 1999. This came after an eight-year production run, which was nothing short of a remarkable span. The 400 was meant to feature air suspension as an option, but Mercedes was still perfecting the technology and chose to launch air-suspension in the next generation S-Class in 2000. This is unfortunate because the addition of this technology may have boosted sales even further and kept the model in production a little longer. However, following a middle of the year makeover in 1995, Mercedes-Benz did make Electronic Stability Control a standard feature for the sedan and coupe body styles in the 400 range. Nevertheless, Benz was trying to keep the model innovative, but at the same time was facing criticism for adding to much engineering that was viewed as purposeless. This might be what is behind their apparent lack of risk taking in years prior.