Mercedes Benz S-Class, Pre-Safe Braking.
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Mercedes-Benz ESF Concept
The ESF 2009, based on the Mercedes S 400 HYBRID, is the first Experimental
Safety Vehicle to be built by Mercedes-Benz since 1974.
Among the highlights of the ESV was the Mercedes-Benz unveiling of the ESF
2009 an experimental safety vehicle with trailblazing innovations
including: inflatable metallic sections to afford more stability to
structural components within fractions of a second, and a Braking Bag
housed within the vehicle floor and more.
Crash Tests Show Impact of Size on Safety
Three front-to-front crash tests, each involving a microcar or minicar into
a midsize model from the same manufacturer, show how extra vehicle size and
weight enhance occupant protection in collisions. These Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety tests are about the physics of car crashes, which
dictate that very small cars generally can't protect people in crashes as
well as bigger, heavier models.
"There are good reasons people buy minicars," says Institute president
Adrian Lund. "They're more affordable, and they use less gas. But the
safety trade-offs are clear from our new tests. Equally clear are the
implications when it comes to fuel economy. If automakers downsize cars so
their fleets use less fuel, occupant safety will be compromised. However,
there are ways to serve fuel economy and safety at the same time."
2009 ESF Mercedes Concept Safety Vehicle
The ESF 2009 is the first Experimental Safety Vehicle to be built by
Mercedes-Benz since 1974. Like its historic predecessors, it illustrates
trailblazing innovations in the field of safety and makes the progress
achieved clearly visible. These amazing but by no means crazy ideas include
inflatable metallic sections which give more stability to structural
components within fractions of a second, as well as the so-called "Braking
Bag". This airbag, housed within the vehicles floor, is deployed when a
crash is deemed to be unavoidable, and uses a friction coating to support
the vehicle against the road surface.
2015 Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG Review - First Drive
Can a lower priced entry-level model, one that is more accessible to the
masses, still hold the same aspirational value as prestigious, more
That is a question Mercedes-Benz asked itself last year with the new
CLA-Class sedan and this year, the manufacturer is at it again.
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