The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car first introduced in 1993. The C-Class was the smallest model in the marque's lineup until the arrival of the A-Class in 1997.
On its debut, the C-Class was the only Mercedes model with a complete lineup of multi-valve engines. The new family of four-cylinder petrol units, called M111.
At the launch of the C-Class, all W202 variants were equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In 1996 this old transmission was replaced by a 5-speed automatic gearbox, which received the manual shifting in 1999.
At the launch the C-Class had a standard driver airbag, ABS and integrated side-impact protection; the front passenger airbag became standard from 1995 onwards, and from the same period Traction control was available as extra cost.
Source: Wikipedia, 2012