Mercedes-Benz presented the 190 in December 1982. The new Baby-Benz was a mid-size saloon, designated internally as the compact class and positioned below the E-Class and S-Class. The man responsible for the design was Bruno Sacco. To reduce fuel consumption, the engineers optimized the aerodynamics of the body and also used high-strength sheet steel and other innovative materials to reduce the weight of the car. As a result, the 190 weighed just 1180 kilograms.
At the 1987 Geneva Motor Show Mercedes-Benz presented the Coupes of the 124 series. Models 230 CE and 300 CE were the first to debut. In autumn 1989 the 300 CE-24 was added as new flagship model. One year later it was joined by the 200 CE, which was intended solely for export to Italy. The year 1992 saw the arrival of the 200 CE, 220 CE and 320 CE with up-to-date four-valve-per-cylinder engines. In 1993 the powerful E 36 AMG Coupe marked the brilliant climax of the series in regard to output.