22 Facts About Mercedes-Benz S-Class


Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse, is a series of full-sized luxury sedans, limousines and armored sedans produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz, a division of the German company Mercedes-Benz AG.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features, and safety systems .

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In 1981, the two-door, four-seat Mercedes-Benz S-Class, designated as SEC, was introduced, sharing the petrol V8 engines with its four-door version, W126.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Fintail is an informal nickname given to Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles notable for the presence of tailfins.

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Since the advent of the W108 series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always included two wheelbase lengths, although not all wheelbases are sold in every country.

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In 1972, Mercedes-Benz introduced the W116 line, the first to be officially called the S-Class.

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a classic chauffeur driven car, and has frequently been used as standard by car hire companies.

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The W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class received a mid-cycle update in 1985 that included both exterior modifications and engine upgrades.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class presented the W220 in July 1998, marketed as a sedan, only.

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In 2002, Mercedes-Benz S-Class introduced the world's first preemptive safety system on the W220 with a system marketed as Pre-Safe.

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In 2005, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the first vehicle to receive a TUV Institute environmental certificate from the German Commission on Technical Compliance for environmentally friendly components.

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The W221 Mercedes-Benz S-Class made its North American premiere at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January.

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The exhaust tailpipes of all Mercedes-Benz S-Class variants were visibly integrated into the rear bumper.

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The W221 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the recipient of several other motoring awards .

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Additionally, the W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the first car in the world to come with rear seat airbags that use ambient air, instead of gas that is widely used in automotive airbag systems.

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The subsequent W220 model Mercedes-Benz S-Class was reported to suffer from relatively lower reliability and quality rates than previous models.

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The culmination of this effort was achieved in 1995, when Dickmanns' re-engineered autonomous Mercedes-Benz S-Class robot completed a trip from Munich, Bavaria to Copenhagen, Denmark and back.

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For instance, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the first car in Europe to incorporate airbags.

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In 2009, Mercedes-Benz S-Class launched a long-wheelbase version of the S-Guard, known as the Pullman Guard.

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Previous Mercedes-Benz S-Class models were built in different locations ranging from Stuttgart to South Africa, but with recent models production has been concentrated in Sindelfingen and Santiago Tianguistenco.

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The S-Class was Wheels Magazine Car of the Year for 1981 and 1999, U S Highway Loss Data Institute "Safest Passenger Car of the Year" in 1988 and 1989, and European Car of the Year in 1974.

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the first car ever to receive an environmental certificate from the German Commission on Technical Compliance .

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