The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a range of executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in various engine
and body configurations. The E initially stood for Einspritz motor(German for fuel
injection engine). A new feature in volume production vehicles at the time that
the E-Class first appeared, with the E as a suffix to the engine nomenclature
(e.g. 230E) in the 1950s. It was not until the launch of the face lifted W124 that the E was
used as a prefix (i.e., E220) and the model referred to officially as the
E-Class (or E-Klasse). At this time all Mercedes cars used fuel injection and the
company felt it was not necessary to add this as a distinguishing feature. Due
to the E-Class's size and durability, the cars also frequently serve as taxis
in European countries. Older models like the W123 and W124 are used in Malaysia
as inter-state taxis, and the W211 is used in Singapore as a taxi.
Mercedes-Benz also offers special-purpose vehicles (e.g., police or ambulance
modifications) from the factory.