Mercedes Delivers 500,000th SLK Roadster

Written by tonks on May 6, 2008

Mercedes SLKMercedes delivered the 500,000th SLK compact roadster since it was first released in 1996. Over the years 310,000 consumers have bought the model from the first generation. Then when the successor for the SLK was launched in 2004 it was able to sell 190,000 units.

“With the launch of the SLK in 1996, Mercedes-Benz successfully established the premium segment for compact roadsters. Thanks to innovative technology such as the vario-roof and the neck-level heating system AIRSCARF, the SLK has long been recognized as a cult car of modern times,” expains Dr. Klaus Maier, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars, responsible for Sales and Marketing. “The new-generation SLK models, which we are delivering to customers since April 2008, are sportier than ever. I’m confident that the dynamic looks and performance of the new SLK will again set pulses racing among sports cars enthusiasts around the world.”

The newest generation SLK is one of the more unique cars that Mercedes has produced. They designed it in a way that gives it a sporty look combined with the power that everyone loves. Mercedes changed up the interior by giving it a three-spoke steering wheel and a new combination instrument panel. The engine has also been modified with more power – but less gas to consume. The total horsepower that it can punch out is now 305.

The SLK is also available with the newly developed direct-steer system and new-generation audio and telematics features. Like its predecessor, the latest SLK is manufactured in the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant, the brand’s center of excellence for its open-top vehicles.

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