With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the first car in the world whose headlamps adapt to the traffic situation and respond automatically to avoid dazzling other drivers.
It is also a very safe car, as well as being well-equipped, stylish and comfortable, with the option of night vision and radar-assisted brake mitigation.
Moreover, thanks to an innovative attention assist drowsiness detection system, the new E-Class can monitor its driver’s attention with highly sensitive sensors.
The entrants for the 2008 Design Los Angeles Challenge have been officially released, with the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of North America unveiling the Formula Zero.
Built around the theme of motor sports racing in the year 2025, the Formula Zero concept aims to combine “the thrill of Formula One, the track dynamics of the bobsled or luge, and the grace and efficiency of yacht racing.”
Reminiscent of the Mercedes Benz racing heritage of the 1930’s, the Mercedes Formula Zero Racer concept is loaded with technology designed to extract the maximum thrust from the electric hub motors, aero-efficient solar skin and high-tech rigid sail.
Mercedes-Benz describes the F700 as â€œa futuristic interpretation of the classic saloonâ€ and predicts much of the technology it previews will begin appearing on production models within the next decade as emission regulations become ever more stringent and buyer expectations are boosted by advances in other fields, most significantly those in consumer electronics.
While officials are quick to play down the relevance of the new four-doorâ€™s styling, Mercedes-Benz sources Drive spoke to suggest various themes explored within its body are likely to be developed further before being committed to production, including its bold front-end treatment which is said to preface the look of its future line-up.
More than its radically styled exterior, however, it is the one-off saloonâ€™s compact variable compression twin-turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder DiesOtto petrol engine that Mercedes-Benz promises will have the biggest bearing on its future model range.
The new DiesOtto engine is claimed to offer the power, smoothness and low emissions of a typical petrol engine in combination with the torque, flexibility and frugal properties of a diesel. The new engine is capable of switching between two distinctively different ignition processes depending on the driving conditions.