The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a line of compact executive cars produced by Mercedes-Benz. Introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the 190 (W201) range, the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque’s lineup until the arrival of the A-Class in 1997. The C-Class is built at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany, as well as numerous satellite factories in other countries. The very first C-Class (W202) sedan was produced on June 1, 1993, and the first second generation (W203) rolled off the assembly line on July 18, 2000. The most recent third generation (W204) launched in 2007.
Although originally sold as sedan and station wagon body styles, the W203 series in 2000 debuted a fastback/hatchback coupe version that later diverged into the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class. The CLC-Class remained in production through to 2011 when replaced by a new W204-based C-Class coupe for the 2012 model year. All three generations of C-Class have also formed the basis of Mercedes-Benz’s larger mid-size coupes: the CLK-Class (C208 and C209) and E-Class (C207) coupes.