The second generation was produced between 1979 and 1992 with a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission. In 1981 it won the Car of the Year in Wheels. Approximately 820 000 sedans and 75 000 coupes were sold. In 1988 traction control was introduced and it was the first car with an airbag as a standard for the time. It was with lamps for reading and improved climate control system with heating seats. It also had hydropneumatic suspension and a new cruise control system. A two-door was also introduced in 1985 with some updates on the engine and the outlook. V8 and straight-six engines were used in the models and upgraded with the years to 3, 4.2 and 5.6 liters. Most liked in Europe were the diesel models and the straight-six in the USA. It was offered with 2.6-3.5 liters l6, 3.8-5.6 liters V8, 3 liters 5 cylinder turbodiesel, 3-3.5 liters 6 cylinder turbodiesel engines with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission. The models were named 300 and 350SD, 350SDL, 420, 500 and 560 SE, SEL and SEC, 260, 280, 300, 380 SEL and SE.
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