The Mercedes-Benz S-Class of the model series 140 was, right from the outset, systematically designed for comprehensive recyclability and the use of recycled materials. It was also the first CFC-free (chlorofluorocarbon) car. This brought the S-Class the “Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award” from the American Environmental Protection Agency and the title “The World Car 1992”.
A facelift three years after the premiere brought a subtle stylistic revision. The new variant was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1994. The model nomenclature had followed a new pattern for around a year: in June 1993 the model designations were changed, and the “S” was now placed before the three-digit number. Up to the end of production a total of 406,717 saloons of the model series 140 were manufactured at the Sindelfingen plant, some 28,101 units of which with a diesel engine. Also included in this number of units are the special-protection versions and the pullman saloons which were produced after the end of large-scale production up until mid-2000.