Around the world, Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with automotive excellence. Our award-winning vehicles combine exemplary performance and class-leading luxury with impeccable safety standards and outstanding environmental credentials.
- Extensive range of vehicles
From the dynamic and highly efficient new A-Class to the luxurious and spacious E-Class or S-Class, we offer a wide range of vehicles to suit you and your requirements.
- Outstanding cost-efficiency
Offering high levels of specification and competitive Total cost of Ownership (TCO), our vehicles deliver outstanding cost-efficiency across the board. Many now offer remarkably low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, reducing the overall running costs of the vehicles.
- Class leading safety
All our vehicles undergo extensive tests that exceed the demands of consumer safety organisations and of European, US and Japanese legislation. So you and your company enjoy maximum peace of mind.
- Strong residual values
In addition to their dynamic looks and performance, our vehicles are noted for their excellent build quality and reliability – and this contributes to consistently strong residual values.
- Expertise and flexibility
We combine extensive expertise in fleet management with flexible finance offers across the range through our General Distributor network to accommodate your requirements on every level.
At Mercedes-Benz, we’re not content just to meet standard safety requirements. Our vehicles undergo extensive tests that far exceed the demands of consumer safety organisations and of European, US and Japanese legislation.
This rigorous approach is nothing new. As early as 1969 we established our own Accident Research Department, which has since analysed and reconstructed thousands of real-life accidents.
We were also quick to realise the limitations of standardized, head-on crash tests and became the first manufacturer to introduce off-set crash testing in 1979.
In recent years, we’ve also led the way in virtual crash testing. This enables us to simulate endless variations of crashes, studying both safety and ease of repair. As a result, models such as the E-Class can now be repaired at relatively low cost.
Such comprehensive testing - combining simulations, crash tests and accident analyses – not only gives rise to innovative safety systems such as Pre-Safe®. It also offers businesses peace of mind, knowing their drivers are in safe hands.
Two very beneficial features which we actively promote on Corporate sales is our Lane Keeping Assist and also Blind Sport Assist options.
Lane Keeping assist can detect a traffic lane based on the road markings and, if the car is about to leave its lane unintentionally, warn the driver by making the steering wheel vibrate gently. If the indicator is operated beforehand or the steering wheel is consciously turned, the system assumes that the lane change is intentional and does not emit a warning.
Blind Spot Assist uses two radar sensors in the rear bumper to monitor the blind spot at speeds above 30 km/h and can warn the driver against dangerous lane changes if the system detects another road user in the critical area to the right or left of the vehicle.
In 1886, we invented the motor car. We’ve been re-inventing it ever since
For over a century, we have pushed the boundaries of automotive engineering, creating a succession of truly iconic vehicles.
Today, the brand’s evolution continues under the guidance of Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz Head of Advanced Design Studio, who relishes the challenge: “a Mercedes needs to have surfaces that reflect emotion, intellect, and execution. A Mercedes should be premium, in every segment.”
With this in mind, Wagener actively encourages creativity and free thinking at our Advanced Design Centres in Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. Yet the guiding principles are clear. A Mercedes must always look like a Mercedes. And it must capture people’s imagination, not just at launch but in 10, 20, 30 – even a hundred - years’ time.
Crucially, as vehicle segments become less clearly defined, opportunities arise to develop entirely new vehicle types, such as the highly acclaimed CLS – our first ever four-door coupé. In addition, alternative fuels and environmental issues raise a new set of design questions.
This is where concept cars play a key role, helping Wagener and his colleagues explore new technologies and visual languages. Research vehicles such as the F 700 – a radical new take on the luxury sedan - offer clues as to where the Mercedes-Benz journey may lead in the near future.
A pioneering tradition
Around the world, the famous three-pointed star is not only recognised as a symbol of quality and safety, it also denotes a proud heritage, a lineage that can be traced back to the very first automobile, patented in 1886 by Carl Benz.
Initially, he and Gottlieb Daimler were rivals, two bold innovators making their way in the fledgling motor industry. Eventually though, competition made way for collaboration and in 1926 their businesses merged and Mercedes-Benz was born.
The founders’ pioneering spirit influenced everything the company did and has done since. Many of the motor industry’s key innovations can be credited to Mercedes-Benz – from the diesel engine to ground-breaking safety features such as airbags, crumple zones, and ABS.
Today, the innovation continues with new initiatives such as Night View Assist Plus being developed all the time. But while Mercedes-Benz is always looking to the future, we also understand the merits of acknowledging the past. Just ask AMG designer Mark Featherston, who drew inspiration from the legendary 300 SL “Gullwing” to create the sensational new SLS AMG.
In February 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a major report. It confirmed that concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is significantly higher today than it was in the 1750s, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
If these CO2 levels are not reduced, the report suggested, it is highly likely that global warming will worsen. The consequences could be disastrous.
Clearly, this report has serious implications for the automotive industry – after all, cars contribute around 5.8% of all CO2 emissions.
Thankfully at Mercedes-Benz we woke up to our environmental responsibilities some time ago. We’ve taken the same pioneering approach to green issues as we take to issues such as safety and technology. In 2006 alone we invested over €1.7 billion in research and development to help reduce our environmental impact.
Our vision is one of sustainable mobility to be achieved in three stages:
- Optimisation of engines
- Development of alternative fuels
- Introduction of zero emission fuel cell technology
The future of motoring
At Mercedes-Benz, our aim is sustainable mobility – and here’s how we plan to achieve it. First, make the combustion engine as green as possible. Second, promote the development of high quality and alternative fuels. And finally, perfect the fuel cell for zero emission driving.
A holistic approach
We’re determined to minimise our vehicles’ environmental impact across their lifecycle – and that includes production.
It begins with our manufacturing plants. All Mercedes-Benz sites worldwide meet ISO14001 Environmental Management Standards. And all our production locations are heated with natural gas – a low carbon energy source. One even uses shredded waste wood to achieve nearly CO2 free heating.
In addition, our transmission plant at Rastatt boasts a huge photovoltaic roof installation. Harnessing 490,000 megawatt hours of solar power a year, it yields annual CO2 savings of around 453 tons.
We also constantly review the materials we use. In the 1990s, we introduced water-based paints, reducing solvent emissions by some 70%. And in 2004, we were the first car manufacturer to use natural fibres in vehicle exteriors, embedding banana fibres in thermoplastics for the A-Class.
In fact, up to 80% of materials used in Mercedes-Benz cars are recyclable and we’ve successfully tested the use of secondary (recycled) raw materials for approximately 10% of the plastics in our vehicles.
Thanks to this holistic approach, the S-Class became the world’s first car to receive the coveted TÜV environmental certificate in 2005. And in 2007, the new C-Class Saloon followed suit.