It was a success, right from the start: In January 1976, customers were thrilled by the new generation. At the beginning the demand is so high customers are forced to wait up to one year for their new vehicle. The following types were already available during the first year: 200, 230, 250, 280 and 280 E as well as 200 D, 220 D, 240 D and 300 D. In 1977, the Coupé enhanced the range of sedans, as did an extended wheelbase sedan and the station wagon variant. The station wagon became a lifestyle and leisure time vehicle suitable for families. The T in its model designation stands for "Tourism and Transport" and indicates its dual role as a versatile vehicle.