Mercedes-Benz Reporter Matthew K. was live on site when the new SLK was unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Sindelfingen on January 29, 2011.
The SLK is a compact roadster manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in three generations; R170 launched in 1996, the R171 in 2004 and R172 in 2011.
Mercedes-Benz announced the new SLK in the autumn of 2010, several months prior to its official 2011 launch, allowing car magazines to drive disguised test cars.
The company took the unusual step of issuing several press releases in October and November 2010 announcing new features such as “Magic Sky Control”.
In January 2011 the car was officially announced and unveiled.