The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W212 and S212) series represents the fourth-generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range of executive cars, including sedan (W212), station wagon (S212) Coupe (C207) and convertible (A207). Global cumulative E-Class sales reached the milestone 550,000 vehicle mark in July 2011.
The E-Class image suffered a downturn in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It wasn’t until the introduction of the W212 series that things really picked up. The W212 series took the E-Class’s original reputation for solid build quality and refined elegance and established it once again. It is also praised for having a differentiated design from the C-Class and S-Class models. Although the mid-cycle refresh was overwhelmingly praised; the design received mixed opinions as Mercedes decided to take a more streamlined direction with the redesign, replacing the twin headlamp design with a single lens design.