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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a of the largest sedans produced by a division of Daimler AG. The S-Class, a of nine lines of Mercedes-Benz dating since the mid-1950s, is the best-selling luxury flagship As the foremost model in the Mercedes-Benz the S-Class has debuted many of the latest innovations, including safety systems, drivetrain and interior features. Notably, the introduced the first airbag restraint systems, seatbelt and electronic stability program.

The generation, the W221 S-Class, in 2007 as an all-new design. As in iterations, the latest S-Class is in standard and long wheelbase and offers V6, V8, V12, and diesel The W221 is the second consecutive of the S-Class to be solely produced in a body style; past coupe models of the S-Class known as the CL-Class in 1998. 2003, the traditionally rear-wheel S-Class also offers all-wheel drive in some In the U.S. base prices for the S-Class range from for the S550, $144,975 for the S600, for the S63 AMG and $194,775 for the S65 AMG.

The name derives from the German Sonderklasse of which S-Class is an Sonderklasse means special and in automotive terms thus to a specially outfitted car. used colloquially for decades, the designation was first officially in 1973 with the debut of the model line. Contents

* 1 historical overview o 1.1 Role of the o 1.2 Model nomenclature o 1.3 S-Class * 2 Ponton (1955) * 3 Fintail * 4 W108 (1965) * 5 W116 o 5.1 Engines * 6 W126 (1979) o 6.1 * 7 W140 (1991) * 8 W220 o 8.1 Engines * 9 W221 (2007) o 9.1 * 10 Safety * 11 Special models o S-Guard o 11.2 Saks-edition o S-Class hybrid * 12 S-Class vehicles o 12.1 Ocean concept o 12.2 S-Class * 13 Awards * 14 References * 15 External

S-Class historical overview

In Mercedes-Benz history, the S-Class was used colloquially, referring to the S which designated most of the six-cylinder powered vehicles in the lineup (but not the luxurious 600 limousine). A 1950s W128 a 220SE A 1950s W128 a 220SE

In some early as in the Ponton model, the S was applied to requiring premium fuel in Germany) due to the higher compression and output of the company’s top-of-the-line These six-cylinder engines available in the W180/128 chassis Mercedes’ first without a frame, using a unitized construction. This line was in the mid-to-late 1950s, and came to the 220a, 219 (W105), 220S, and (sedan, coupe, and convertible) Both Ponton models produced through the 1950s. A 230S Fintail A W111 Fintail

In 1959, the Ponton was replaced by the new 220Sb with (standard body) with with the different six-cylinder of the W111 mainly differing the smaller 4-cylinder variant by a different length of the front, and the of chrome applied. Thus, the introduced in 1961 as a predecessor to the E-Class, featured a shorter for the economy models 190c and The W112, as 300 SEL with a longer was for the short period the top model of succeeding the baroque Gro©¬er (Grand Mercedes) 300, 300c, and 300d, which often associated with Konrad Adenauer. In 1965, the line also added the sedan. The Mercedes-Benz 600 model into the range above the The Mercedes-Benz 600 model slotted the range above the S-Class

West Germany’s economy in the early 1960s, Mercedes-Benz saw the to build a much larger than hitherto, aimed at an international market and heads of In 1965, the company introduced the 600 limousine (W100 series), assumed the title of Gro©¬er This model became a of luxury and technology, being the luxurious Mercedes-Benz to date and it can be as an early predecessor of the modern models, rather than as of the S-Class lineage, although techologies pioneered in this car did their way into the smaller The 600’s role the flagship of the was later assumed by the modern Late 1960s W108 Late 1960s W108

With Fintails being and dropped in favor of a look to the 600, the updated and larger lines were introduced, included the 250S, 250SE, and 300SEL (long wheelbase) The W108/109 lines, which supplanted the W111 lines, not available with 4-cylinder and thus established the distinct market position which to the present day. Since the of the W111 300SEL, each of the S-Class has included short and wheelbase models, with the models (such as the W109) being the most luxurious, and well-equipped, with the V8-powered 6.3 marking the highlight. Large lights of the 1970s W116, the official S-Class Large lights of the 1970s W116, the official S-Class

In 1973, introduced the W116 line, the to be officially called the S-Class. The of the W116 saw the introduction of much passive safety into the design, with features as anti-lock brakes and a strengthened occupant shell. Also, the of the 350/450 SE/SEL models now regular options. Due to the oil crisis, efficiency was the major concern for the yet they still added the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. The the most successful S-Class example) The W126, the most S-Class (US-spec example)

In 1979, the W126 arrived, the W116 line. The W126 much-improved aerodynamics to the S-Class, yet lighter engines with made of aluminium. Coupe based on the S-Class were (380/500 SEC). It also now well-known safety features as passenger side airbags, pretensioners, and traction control. It the most successful S-Class ever built and was produced for years, its model cycle by the first-ever S-Class mid-cycle A 1990s W140 as German A 1990s W140 as German

The W126 was succeeded in 1991 by the line, which saw the car grow in its proportions, for which it received Also, more technology and features were added in to growing international competition. The The W220

In late 1999, the but more roomy W220 saw a focus on elegance and style, a more rounded shape to the preceding W140. The W220 was in a sedan version only; at time, the W140 S-Class had already been succeeded by the new in 1998, models of which basic design and features the S-Class.

In 2007, the current S-Class premiered, replacing the This latest generation of the is slightly larger than its with sharper exterior (most notably wide arcs) and technological improvements. New features on the W221 include an night vision feature and the Mercedes-Benz pre-collision system. S-Class generation: the W221 S-Class generation: the W221

most W221 S-Class are built at the Daimler AG plant in Germany. Founded by Daimler Company in 1915, the Sindelfingen also produced the model 600 Mercedes and past generations of the Previous S-Class models as the W126) were built in locations ranging from to South Africa, but with models (such as the W220) has been concentrated in Sindelfingen. In 2007, DaimlerChrysler Malaysia’s in Pekan, Pahang began of S350 (model W221) In all, some 2.7 million vehicles have been in the past forty years.

of the Autobahn

Large stretches of the Autobahn freeway system, do not any speed limit except the 130 km/h (81 mph). Driving at high speeds for extended tends to result in increased on a vehicle and requires careful Mercedes-Benz has sought to engineer its most notably the S-Class, to in this unique environment, high speed cruising. standards of engine performance, integrity, and reliability are part of process. For instance, the S-Class is with an electronically-limited top speed of 250 (160 mph), which can maintain when driving on the AMG Manufaktur also offers or reset to 300 km/h (190 Historically, the engineering of the S-Class has occurred without regard to a practice which continued up through the W140 line. The in turn has been able to this as a marketing tool, in its onetime slogan, engineered no other car in the world. This was used throughout the 1980s the marketing of the W126 S-Class.

following the formation of DaimlerChrysler and the of engineer-sanctioned overbudgeting in the late this slogan was dropped; the W220 model S-Class exhibited lower reliability and rates.]

Model nomenclature order original order order current order

In Mercedes-Benz fashion introduced in the 1920s, the traditional designation of car consisted of three numbers engine size (up to 770 in the 1930s), and letters indicating either features (260D since the Diesel of 1936) or body (K for kurz (short) as in the 1930s After World War II, these were often carried from one generation to the next. The stem from German For example, 500SEL denotes an (Sonderklasse) sedan with an size of about 5,000 with fuel injection and a long wheelbase (Lang). that the S and L in SEL are not equal to those in SL Leicht); the SL roadsters are not S-Class In German, the flagship vehicles are to as … S-Klasse.

Until there were only two The new W201 (Baby-Benz) was awkwardly 190 no matter what engine was As in earlier special models, the capacity was indicated as e.g. 2.6, in order to distinguish it the mid-sized 260E, the mid-size 260TE, and the S-Class 260SE the same six-cylinder. In 1994, the W202 was introduced as C-Class, the naming convention (numbers, letters) was reversed, with a letter identifying the line A, B, C, E, G, M, R, S, V are in use). From then on, the models (formerly SEL) and the length models (formerly SE) are labeled with the prefix of S of length. For example, both and 500SE are now labeled as S500, fuel injection being by now anyway.

Currently, the S-Class is in three trim levels; the are given in ascending order to more upscale models S550/S600/S63 AMG etc.) In official publications and on vehicle nameplates, a between the letter and numbers is (e.g. S 600).


The following generations of Mercedes-Benz models are considered part of the of the modern S-Class: Debut code Name/class Major Summary 1955 W180 220S (Article notes) W128 Ponton 220SE notes) 1959 W111 220b/Sb/SEb (Article notes) W112 Fintail 300SE/SEL notes) 1965 W108 N/A 300SE/SEL (Article notes) W116 S-Class 280S/SE/SEL, 300SD (S-Class notes) W126 S-Class 280/300SE/SEL, 350SD/SDL (S-Class notes) W140 S-Class 300SE/SEL, 500/600SEC, 300SD (S-Class 1999 W220 S-Class S320, S420, S350, S500, S600, S320 S55, S63, S65 (S-Class 2007 W221 S-Class S350, S450, S550(500), S320/S420 CDI, S63, S65 notes)

Ponton (1955) W180/W128 Production 1955-1957 (W180) (W128) Layout FR layout 2.2 L I6

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The W180 line debuted in and is the first lineup of Ponton associated with the Mercedes-Benz The W180 featured six-cylinder coupe, and convertible models, and was until 1957. The later lineup was the last to be associated the Ponton name, and featured coupe, and cabriolet models by a 2.2L straight-6. The Ponton referred to pontoon fenders, a feature on the W180/W128 models.

The lineup included four- and models, but only the six-cylinder and W128 lines are considered of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class chronology, as were the most powerful versions available.

Fintail W111/W112 Mercedes-Benz W111 Production 1959?1968 (W111) (W112) Layout FR layout 2.2 L I6 3.0 L I6

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The W111 Fintail series in 1959. Initially powered by a of straight-6 engines (the and M127), it set a new standard for luxury. In the W111 series was augmented a line of 3.0 L straight-6 cars, the The W112 was the most luxurious in the Mercedes-Benz lineup until by the W100 line’s model 600 in 1963. The W111/W112 lines sedan, coupe, and convertible

The Fintail was among the first in the world to have crumple and disc brakes, and for the top of range models, an air suspension. The characteristic referred to a styling feature on the section of the W111/W112 models, the (Fintail) which resembled the fins then in fashion on luxury cars produced by and Buick.

The larger W111/W112 models should not be confused a smaller Fintail line, the which was also produced in (derived from the W111 and was essentially the predecessor of today’s

W108 (1965) W108/W109 Production 1965-1972 Layout FR Engine(s) 2.5L I6 2.8L I6 I6 3.5L V8 4.5L V8 6.3L V8

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the W108/W109 series of 1965, the received V8 power for the first The W108 line launched an initial lineup of straight-6 models. The unusual high-displacement 300 SEL 6.3 V8 was based on this body The W108 line was larger the Fintail models it replaced, and eliminated the characteristic design of the previous model.

During period, the designation S or SE was used for wheelbase models including 250SE, and 300SE. Long models (extended by 4 inches in the door) were designated SEL (L= or long). Since the advent of the series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has included two wheelbase lengths. The powerful 300SE and 300SEL were the most luxurious of the W108 line, with burl walnut dashboards, transmission, and power windows.

In the W108 line dropped the and 250SE in favor of S-Class with the larger engined (in carbureted form) and the 280SE fuel injection); the 300SE/SEL were later offered a 3.5 litre V8 engine (in both the SE and SEL and a 6.3 litre V8 engine (in the SEL model

W116 (1972) W116 Production 1972-1979 Layout FR Engine(s) 2.8L I6 3.5L V8 V8 6.9L V8 3.0L I5 turbodiesel 3-speed automatic 4-speed 5-speed manual

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The W116 produced from 1972 1979, was the first Mercedes-Benz to be officially designated the S-Class. The S-Class featured a four-wheel suspension and disc brakes. The 350, and 450 (4.5L version) featured SE and SEL versions. Production of the totaled 473,035 units.

The models were large sedans. The W116 was larger on the than the W108/W109 series it but had similar interior capacity, as the bulk was driven by new theories on car and occupant protection in a crash. It was one of the cars to be available with a driver’s airbag supplemental system, or a turbo diesel

The 450SE, then the most model in the W116 lineup, was European Car of the Year in 1974. in 1975, the W116 was upgraded a new fuel injection system in to comply with revised emission standards in European A slight power reduction was a of this update, but in 1978, a of further engine upgrades original performance levels the new fuel injection systems.

The most notable W116 was the limited-production 450 SEL 6.9. This model boasted the largest installed in a postwar Mercedes-Benz up to time. Every 450 SEL 6.9 featured a hydropneumatic suspension, and offered the ABS braking system as an option 1978 onwards. Also, in the States only, Mercedes-Benz the economical but powerful 3.0 liter turbodiesel in 1978, sold as the

W126 (1979) W126 500 SE Production 1980?1990 Layout FR Engine(s) 2.6L straight-6 straight-6 3.0L straight-6 straight-6 3.8L V8 4.2L V8 V8 5.6L V8 3.0L 5 cyl. 3.0L 6 cyl. turbodiesel 4-speed automatic 5-speed

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The W126 series premiered in 1979 as 1980 model 1981 in USA and Australia). The W126 introduced a host of new safety and ushered in the next phase of styling. The W126 S-Class was the first luxury car to win the prestigious Car of the award from Australia’s Magazine, which it did in 1981. The line lasted from through 1991, a production run of twelve years. Total of the W126 S-Class sedans 818,036 units, with an 74,060 coupes sold. sales figures make the the most successful S-Class in Mercedes-Benz history.

In 1981, the introduced the modern airbag, as by Mercedes-Benz in 1971, to the world as an measure of occupant protection. safety innovations on the W126 passenger side airbags (in seat-belt pretensioners, and traction In the cabin, additional courtesy and lamps, along with seats and a more advanced control system, added to the interior environment. A four-speed transmission was standard.

Although the top of Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 of the previous was not directly replaced, the W126 forward the hydropneumatic suspension of the 6.9 as an on the 500SEL. A new cruise control was offered as well. Abandoning the based coupes, the W126 a two door variant, the SEC coupe. The of the W126 S-Class model was aided by a mid-cycle update in an upgrade which previously was not in S-Class generations. During the of the W126 model S-Class, a was performed and engine upgrades

Engines The W126 500 SEL. The 500 SEL.

Powerplants on the W126 included straight-6 and V8 engines. sales came from the model in the United States and models in Europe, although the V8 were praised by contemporary During the W126 mid-cycle in 1986, both the straight-6 and V8 were upgraded in several to different displacement levels upgraded from 2.8L to eight-cylinder upgraded from to 4.2L, and 5.0L to 5.6L).

the 500SEL has an interesting place in US despite not being offered in country. American demand for particular car drove the establishment of a grey market. The detuned, yet expensive standard US specification 380 was underpowered, according to contemporary so 25,000 units per year of the import vehicle were in the early 1980s. That then Mercedes-Benz of North to lobby for the elimination of parallel in 1988.

W140 (1991) US-spec W140 Production Layout FR layout Engine(s) 228 hp (170 kW) I6 4.2L 275 hp (205 kW) V8 315 hp (235 kW) V8 6.0L 408 hp (304 kW) V12 6.0L 389 hp (290 kW) V12 (1994-1999) 4-speed automatic 5-speed 6-speed manual

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In 1991, series replaced the W126 in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and the first model of the latest S-Class off the assembly line on August 6 of year. As with its predecessor, the was the first of the next generation of models to feature the company’s new theme. Following S-Class the car was available in two wheelbase lengths with the shorter-wheelbase W140 Production totaled 406,532 the reduced total reflecting the made by the newly introduced LS into the key US export market.

The S-Class is often known as the Mercedes-Benz to be overengineered, a company which was costing Mercedes-Benz in delays and overbudgeting. For the consumer, the cost a considerable 25% more the preceding W126. Intense from competitors such as and Infiniti led to the addition of more and options as to set the W140 apart the rest and to justify the higher The W140 introduced new innovations as double-pane window glazing, boot lid and doors, electric with a jam-protection feature back down when an obstruction), rear-parking markers appeared on the rear wings in reverse), and a heating system emitted warm air even the engine was turned off.

In Mercedes-Benz model nomenclature was rationalized, with the SE/SEL/SEC becoming the S-Class and alphanumerical inverted (e.g. the both and 500SEL became S500 of wheelbase length). In 1995, the new Mercedes-Benz tradition of mid-life (first with the W126 in the W140 received a minor The clear turn signal lenses on the front and rear the most obvious changes. were fitted with low and high beam reflectors. the mid-year facelift, the W140 and sedan were each with Electronic Stability The W140 was to feature an air suspension as an but Mercedes-Benz was still perfecting the and chose to launch air suspension as an in the next generation S-Class in 1999.

W220 (1999) W220 Production Late Layout Front engine, drive / four-wheel drive 2.8L 204 hp (152 kW) V6 3.2L 224 hp kW) V6 3.2L 197 hp (147 kW) I6 diesel 245 hp (183 kW) V6 4.0L 250 hp (190 kW) V8 4.3L 279 hp (208 kW) V8 5.0L 306 hp kW) V8 5.4L 493 hp (368 kW) V8 5.8L 367 hp kW) V12 5.5L 493 hp (368 kW) V12 6.3L 444 hp kW) V12 6.0L 604 hp (450 kW) V12 Transmission(s) automatic and 7-speed automatic

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In late 1999, the W220 was The W220 S-Class was completely with a body that was smaller and lighter than its Unlike its predecessor, the W220 was not the model to feature the company’s new theme for the next generation of This honor was given to the when it launched in 1997. The new incorporated the new styling cues introduced on the Mk I A-Class the year (for example, the dashboard over the new styling details seen in the A-Class). Despite smaller, the W220 S-Class more interior space the W140. Production of the W220 totaled 485,000 units, more than the production from the W140.

As with each new S-Class, the brought in new innovations such as air suspension and Active Ventilated (which used miniature in the seats to move air through A navigation system with console-mounted screen display was along with the COMAND control system. Other included keyless entry and a radar-controlled Distronic cruise system and a cylinder shut-off called Active Cylinder The 4MATIC all wheel drive was introduced to the North America S-Class for 2003.

Consumer classified the W220 model’s as poor, its lowest rating, and it one of the least reliable luxury Build quality, however, was considered to be good. For instance, described the W220 S500 as remarkably well. Early were recalled for issues the trunk spring and the hydraulic line; there were no for the 2005 or 2006 model

In 2002 Mercedes-Benz introduced the first preemptive safety on the W220 with its first of PRE-SAFE.

In 2003, the W220 received an exterior refresh updates to the front fascia. The angle was adjusted to a slightly upright position, and the xenon-discharge were given a new transparent replacing the earlier opaque The front bumper’s lower air were also restyled. In the S-Class was the first vehicle to a TUV Institute environmental certificate the German Commission on Technical for environmentally friendly components.

Introduced in 2005, the S65 AMG offered the powerful engine ever in the S-Class. Introduced in 2005, the S65 AMG the most powerful engine available in the S-Class.

The W220 was with more engine than the W126 or W140. The started with smaller 224 hp (167 kW) V6 motor, which was by an enlarged 3.7L 245 hp (183 kW) V6 in the The S430 was powered by a 4.3L 279 hp kW) V8 and the S500 was powered by a 5.0L 306 hp kW) V8. The S55 AMG was outfitted with a supercharged 493 hp (368 kW) V8 motor, the S55 AMG 2000/2001 was with the naturally aspirated 367 hp (274 kW) V8 motor. The S600 was with a 5.5L 493 hp (368 kW) V12 turbo engine, the S600 was outfitted with the naturally 5.8L 367 hp (274 kW) V12 engine.

For one in 2001, AMG produced the S63 AMG, was sold in very limited The S63 was powered by a 6.3L 444 hp (331 kW) An undisclosed number of were exclusively through AMG in European and markets. The S65 AMG was introduced in 2005. by a 6.0L 612 hp (456 kW) V12 twin motor, the S65 was the most powerful as well as the world’s most production sedan. The S65 had a 0. 60 mph (97 km/h) of 4.2 seconds and could reach 100 mph km/h) under 9.0 seconds.

(2007) W221 2007 S 550 Production 2007?present Layout engine, rear-wheel drive / drive Engine(s) 3.0L 235 hp (175 kW) V6

2.8L 231 hp (172 kW) V6 272 hp (203 kW) V6 4.0L diesel 320 hp kW) V8 4.7L 340 hp (250 kW) V8 5.5L 382 hp kW) V8 6.2L 525 hp (391 kW) V8 5.5L 510 hp kW) V12 6.0L 612 hp (456 kW) V12 Transmission(s) (5-speed on S65) automatic SWB — 3035 mm LWB — mm

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The all-new W221 was introduced in the of 2005 at the Frankfurt International Show, with export to markets beginning in 2006. The S-Class made its North premiere at the 2006 North International Auto Show in The latest S-Class is slightly in all dimensions than its predecessor, and it three newly developed with up to 26% power increase. The is completely new, all materials been upgraded and make for a luxurious ride, and the center transmission gear lever has replaced with a column-mounted

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Models sold in North are the S450 (2008-,SWB and Canada S550, S600, S63 AMG and S65 AMG; models to be sold outside America include the S280, S300, S420 CDI and S320 The first W221 model in North America and Japan was the (called S500 outside America and Japan), with the arriving in the following spring. features on the W221 include: the seven-speed automatic transmission except on V12 engines, where the Sequentronic is used as the 7-speed handle the power of the AMG V12). four wheel drive in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The continue to become more with the new Brake Assist system monitoring for an impending and increasing braking if needed, the Distronic Plus cruise can now bring the car to a complete stop. system works in outdoor a test demonstration by Mercedes-Benz in a hall resulted in embarrassment for the when a new S-Class crashed the back of a stationary W220 an incident later attributed to steel in this hall.

In 2007, Automobile Magazine the W221 S-Class as one of its 2007 over rivals from and BMW, and Car and Driver selected the as the winner in a five-way comparison of flagship luxury sedans. The S-Class was also the recipient of other motoring awards following).

Engines The W221 is sold as the same-engined S500 in The W221 S550 is sold as the S500 in Europe.

The W221 features a similar number and of engine choices as the previous W220 S-Class. The current of gasoline engines includes a V6 with 268 hp (200 kW) in the S350, and two V8 the 4.6 L, 335 hp (250 kW) V8 in the S450, and the 5.5, 383 hp kW) V8 in the S500/S550. Turbo diesel V6 include 3.0L 235 hp (175 kW) and 310 hp (230 kW) variants in the respective and S420 CDI models.

The twin-turbo V12 returns with the W221 and features a 5.5L twin-turbo V12 an output of 510 hp (380 kW). Two S-Class AMG models are currently the S63 AMG with a 6.2L, 525 hp (391 kW) V8, and the S65 AMG with a 6.0L, twin-turbo V12 612 hp (456 kW) and a torque limited to Nm, or about 738 lb-ft. The car weighs 2250 kg, but S65 AMG still makes km/h in just 4.4 seconds, to many top of the line sports The S 63 AMG and the S 600 makes the same sprint in 4.6 seconds. The twin-turbo V12 in the S 65 AMG is also in Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz has traditionally introduced its innovations in the S-Class. For instance, the was the first car in Europe to incorporate S-Class safety features the following innovations in active (accident avoidance), passive (collision protection), and holistic (integration of both active and safety features):

* Active ABS braking in 1978 (acts to braking distances and improve control; co-developed with traction control and Electronic Program (ESP) in 1995 driver control during road conditions); and Brake (provides full braking during emergency stops). In a new infrared night vision was introduced (improves visibility nighttime conditions). Despite the misconception, the S-Class was not the first car with ABS braking technology, some credit can be given for this now largely standard (ABS was initially an option on models of the W126 S-Class).

* safety: crumple zones in (vehicle body structure the force of impact); three-point in 1965 (provides additional protection); collapsible steering (prevents the steering column protruding into the cabin accidents), strengthened occupant enhanced occupant protection severe impacts, rollovers); seatbelt tensioning (tightens prior to impact), and sandwich (allows the engine to slide the occupants in a head-on collision).

* Mercedes-Benz’s holistic safety was introduced on the S-Class in 2002. integrates multiple active and safety features for a safety net to vehicle safety by attempting to accidents; if accidents do occur, aims to reduce occupant In the latest version of this system, PRE-SAFE will the brake assist system, the doors to prevent accidental during the accident, adjust the close the windows and sunroof, and seatbelts during certain of collisions. In the event an accident in a roll over, the PRE-SAFE unlock the doors and lower the approximately one half an inch to you to exit or safety workers to access easily.

Road statistics on a model-by-model basis the UK Department of Transport show the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the safest on the UK roads (measured in terms of of … in an accident).


S-Guard The W220 S-Guard. The S-Guard.

A special armored of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been known as the S-Guard. This is specifically designed for high-risk environments. Customers which may such a vehicle include and celebrities. Special features of the model, produced in 2006, the capability to withstand military-grade arms fire and certain devices, a self-sealing fuel and a special alarm system.

The is widely used at the diplomatic to protect world leaders. governments worldwide are known to use the for transport of government leaders and Commercial buyers may opt for the High-Protection with the ability to withstand arms fire; for those at of assassination and … attacks, the Guard model is designed to military rifles and high-velocity The S-Guard is built on a special line at the S-Class facility in Germany, with specific enhancements integrated at multiple throughout the production process. In Meyer’s book Breaking the protagonist, Bella Swan, a Mercedes S-Guard, but other refer to it as a Mercedes Guardian. ]

Upscale department store Fifth Avenue offered 20 S600 sedans for sale in its Christmas catalog. All 20 cars, at US$145,000 each, sold on 22, 2005 in under seven The Saks-edition S600 sedans finished in a mocha black with an almond beige and were the first examples of the to be sold to private owners. The came with nearly option standard.

S-Class hybrid

In 2007, announced plans for the S400, a mild hybrid model a 275 hp (205 kW) V6 engine mated to a 20 hp (15 kW) motor, slated for release 2009. In early 2008, added that the hybrid would incorporate a lithium-ion a first for mainstream automobiles.

A future hybrid, the F 700 Research was also unveiled at the Frankfurt show. The F700 featured regular opening doors and a door capable of 180 degree

Also an S 300 Bluetec hybrid is appear in the next years, Mercedes-Benz one of the first companies to a hybrid powertrain with a engine (diesel-electric hybrid in a production vehicle.

In April Daimler unveiled battery for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine it developed jointly with supplier Continental AG.

Visionary intends to bring a $35,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class V2G-capable to market around 2010. VV announced it would compete for the

S-Class concept vehicles

Drive concept The Ocean Concept. The Ocean Drive

At the North American International Show (NAIAS) in 2006, unveiled the Ocean Drive a convertible based on the W221 There has since been that this vehicle see production. The Ocean Drive combines both retro and elements; an outsize, more grille hearkens back to Mercedes-Benz models, while body panels and doors, with sculpted side and LED lights, are new design cues.

design features include Airscarf system, which on the SLK roadster and circulates hot air around the and occupant necks. A pillarless design is similar to the current CL and thus offers occupants an view. Bird’s eye maple trim and a champagne exterior were featured on this concept.

S-Class robots

In the Mercedes-Benz built the world’s driverless cars, together the team of Professor Ernst at Bundeswehr Universitat Munchen. The of this effort was achieved in when Dickmanns’ re-engineered S-Class robot completed a from Munich, Bavaria to Denmark and back. On the autobahn, the S-Class achieved speeds 175 km/h. It suggested and executed maneuvers. The car’s abilities a big impression on many observers, and is to have heavily influenced car research and funding decisions


Recent generations of the S-Class have been the of different automotive awards, the vehicle’s status as one of the world’s prestigious luxury flagships. awards include the following

* Quality and customer satisfaction. 1987-1990, with the W126 leading its sales, Mercedes-Benz the highest customer ratings in the Power Sales Satisfaction In 1990, the Mercedes S-Class was the luxury vehicle in J.D. Initial Quality Survey, only the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and LS. Versus an average of 140 problems per 100 the S-Class averaged 74.5, twice better. The latest also tied with the A8 (total) for having the fewest problems in the industry after 90 of ownership, with just 72 per 100 vehicles in the 2007 IQS Ranking.

* and security. Popular Mechanics the W221 S-Class its 2007 Excellence Award in the Safety In 2007, What Car? recognized Mercedes-Benz with its Award, noting safety which first appeared in the In 2006, the S-Class received a Insurance Car Security Award at the UK insurance centre. The W126 was awarded by the U.S. Highway Data Institute as the The Safest Car of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

* and technology. In 2006, Wheels feted the W221 S-Class an Automotive Design Award. analyst group Automotive International (ACI) gave the S-Class its EuroCarBody Award The S-Class’ Distronic Plus cruise control was named a award winner in the Innovation in 2006. In 2005, Popular gave the S-Class its Best of New, Grand Award. In the W221 S-Class received the Seat award for its driver design at the Automotive Interior of the Awards.

* Luxury car. In What Car? magazine the S-Class Best Luxury Car for the time. In 2006, German Bild am Sonntag awarded the S-Class with the Golden Wheel Award in the Luxury the Drive Car of the Year Awards in crowned the S-Class winner of Luxury Car over $60,000, and journalists awarded the S-Class as the top auto in the Topauto 2006

* Car of the Year. In 2007, Fleet named the S-Class its Luxury Car of the for the fifth time. Top Gear named the S-Class Limousine of the for 2006. The S-Class was named Car of the in Wheels Magazine for 1981 and in 1999. The W116 S-Class was Car of the Year in 1974.

* Environmental The S-Class is the first car ever to receive an environmental certificate the German Commission on Technical (TUV).

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