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What do these WXXX (e.g. W203) numbers mean?

I think most forum members know this, but please excuse my ignorance.

I would like to know how the WXXX numbers relate to the Class of the vehicles. Why is
W202 = C Class 1995 - 2000
W203 = C Class 2001 - present
W140 = S Class 1991 - 1999
W220 = S Class 1999 - present?

Thank you all in advance for your responses.

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RE: What do these WXXX (e.g. W203) numbers mean?

I don’t know (or care) about the newer cars but generally the number refers to a basic chassis upon which one or more models are built. W123s, for example, were available as sedan (300 D), coupe (280 CE), or wagon (280 TE) with either gas or diesel engines.

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RE: What do these WXXX (e.g. W203) numbers mean?

Im sure it has to do with the size of the chassis.
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