Mercedes-Benz 220
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 220
Mercedes-Benz 220

As with each new S-Class, the W220 was technologically superior to the other models available at the time of its launch. It brought with it new innovations such as Airmatic air suspension and Active Ventilated seats, which very cleverly use miniature fans in the seats to move air through perforations. Additional innovations were keyless entry, keyless ignition, radar-controlled distance system and a cylinder deactivation system called Active Cylinder Control. This last system improved fuel consumption and reduced emissions. These were all pioneering innovations at the time of the W220's birth. These innovations proved successful, as production over the years totaled 485,000 units, slightly more than the production totals from the W140. The W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans started in the production phase in 2000 and went out of production in 2006. At that time it was replaced by the W221 S-Class and the W216 CL-class. The W220 was itself a replacement for the W140 S-Class after the 1999 model year. The design was fairly new and somewhat radical, although it was not the first model to feature the company's new design theme for the next generation of Mercedes-Benz. This honor was taken by to the A-Class launched in 1997. However, despite being smaller, the new car was roomier inside while the dashboard carried over the new styling details first seen in the Mk I A-Class the year before. But it did have some advantages; the W220 was offered with more engine options than the W126 or the W140. The range started with a smaller 3.2L 224hp V6 motor, which was superseded by an enlarged 3.7L 245hp V6 in the S350. The Mercedes-Benz 220 was nothing short of a great car that lasted in a competitive market for a handful of years while other manufacturers were bailing out and investing in SUVs.

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