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News of  July 04, 2001

A Mercedes-Benz Classic Exits the Stage: The Last Current Generation SL-Class Roadster Rolls off the Line

SL-Class Roadster

Photo: DaimlerChrysler

  • More than 200,000 SL-Class roadsters built since 1989
  • New SL-Class to debut at the International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September

Bremen/Stuttgart – The last roadster from the current generation Mercedes-Benz SL-Class — an SL 500 in "obsidian black" — will come off the assembly line in DaimlerChrysler’s Bremen plant today. More than 200,000 units of the current series have been produced in Bremen since the vehicle celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in 1989, making the SL-Class roadster the most successful vehicle in its segment worldwide.

"The SL remains incomparable," says Prof. Jürgen Hubbert, DaimlerChrysler Executive Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and smart. "The SL-Class roadster stands for quality, innovation and driving pleasure. In its 12 years on the market, the vehicle has come to symbolize the ultimate luxury roadster and is already a classic like its SL-Class predecessors. It was extraordinarily successful on the market and exceeded our expectations by far. We’ve offered everything technically possible to our SL-Class customers from the beginning, and have thus set the standards in this market segment and beyond. We’ve also done everything to ensure that the new SL, which we’ll be presenting at the IAA in Frankfurt in September, will continue the legend."

In addition to the SL-Class roadster, the 16,000 employees at the Bremen plant produce C-Class sedans and station wagons, SLK-Class roadsters and CLK-Class coupes.

(July 2, 2001)

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