With only a few weeks left to go until the world premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the last W203 series sedan is rolling off the assembly line today at the Sindelfingen plant. The milestone vehicle, an iridium silver C230 sedan, is destined for a customer in the U.S. Since the series was launched in 2000, the employees at the Sindelfingen plant have produced about 630,000 units of the sedan for customers all over the world. As the successor of the W202 Series, the W203 sedan continued has become the best-selling C-Class in the company's history.

We’ve never been huge fans of the W203, mainly because of its overly conservative exterior and poor handling, at least in comparison to the BMW 3-series. Even the top-of-the-line C55 AMG never felt as “together” as the M3. Spy shots of the next C-class show it’ll be more of the same, at least when it comes to styling. Let's hope that the C63 AMG version being planned will be a lot better than the old one.