"We are very pleased about this good result. It confirms that our real-life safety concept is on track, even in standardised rating crash tests", says Prof. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars. In line with the claim that 'One star is sufficient', Mercedes-Benz has always taken a comprehensive safety approach that reflects what actually happens in real accidents.
During the course of its development to date, the new E-Class has successfully come through over 150 high-speed crash tests and more than 5000 realistic crash simulations. These not only included the various impact configurations prescribed for rating tests and worldwide operating approvals, but also the in-house, Mercedes crash tests derived from accident research findings.
Attention Assist, the drowsiness detection system is fitted as standard and monitors over 70 parameters to ensure that the driver is alert and awake when behind the wheel. Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the Intelligent Light System further enhance driver and passenger safety at night and are both standard on the Avantgarde and Sport models.
Optionally available are the Lane Tracking Package, which includes Blind Spot Assist. There is also a Drivers Assistance Package, which includes the Lane Tracking Package, along with Distronic Plus, the radar assisted cruise-control that also features PreSafeâ Brake.