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Mercedes-Benz New Years Reception: World Premiere - The new E-Class
Autonomous driving is getting closer to reality

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class will celebrate its world premiere at the traditional New Years Reception on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show. The tenth-generation E-Class with a wide range of innovative technologies claims to be the most intelligent business limousine in its class, bringing comfortable and safe driving to a new level. The Active Lane-change Assistant for instance enables car and driver to almost magically change lanes. The new infotainment system with touchpad controller in the center console provides a complete new experience. Clarity and emotion define the design of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, high-end materials the interior. Optional extras include two next-generation high-resolution displays, each with a wide screen diagonal of 12.3 inches – a first in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz and smart Press Conference: World Premiere - The new SLC
Additional technical highlights of the new E-Class

With the premiere of the new SLC at the Mercedes-Benz Press Conference, Mercedes-Benz is kicking off its cabrio offensive 2016. The SLC, formerly known as the SLK celebrates its 20th market anniversary in 2016. Since its market launch 670,000 units of the highly popular SLK were sold. The new SLC comes with significantly optimized technology and an enhanced look. The Mercedes-Benz designers have further stressed the roadster`s sporty look with a newly designed front section. All new is the top of the line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 as well as the entry-level model, the SLC 180.
At its Press Conference Mercedes-Benz will reveal more technical details of the new E-Class. Here are some of the highlights: The DRIVE PILOT. This system represents Mercedes-Benz`s next step along the road to autonomous driving and the Remote Parking Pilot. For the first time the vehicle can be moved remotely in and out of parking spaces and garages.

2017 Mercedes-Benz Gets Teased One More Time Before the Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 130 years since its founder applied for the most important patent of the industrial age by revealing its all-new and state-of-the-art E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The carmaker showed another teaser for the model, despite having been leaked in tens of pictures a few days ago.

January 29, 1886, represents a key moment in both human and automotive history, as on that day Carl Benz applied to the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin for a discovery that will change the world: "a motorised vehicle powered by a gas engine." This groundbreaking idea was the foundation for all the other automobile designs in the years to come.

To carry its founder's legacy forward, Mercedes-Benz has more than 90,000 registered patents and a long list of engine, safety, comfort and design innovations that were first introduced to the market in models from the German carmaker. All this vast experience will apparently reflect in the new E-Class.

The new vehicle will sport an innovative plug-in hybrid drive system that together with lightweight construction techniques and aerodynamic performance set new standards for efficiency. A new multi-chamber air suspension that ensures outstanding ride comfort and the new cutting-edge technology included in the new E-Class makes it a pretty solid contender in the business segment.

According to Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of The Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, "For Mercedes, the inventor of the automobile, it was always clear that the next revolution in mobility would be the self-driving car."

Zetsche has been talking about the vehicle of the future since the world premiere of the self-driving Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle, at CES 2015, when he stated that "People have been dreaming of self-driving cars since the 1950s. We at Mercedes were the ones who once turned the vision of mobility without a horse into reality. Now it's time for us to offer the possibility of managing without a driver as well."

Daimler's Board Chairman thinks that "Cars have become mobile homes, in the truest sense of the words [...] where people can pursue their dreams and fulfil their individual needs. This technology will give every occupant of a vehicle completely new opportunities to make us of valuable time.", he concluded.

The new E-Class now going into production marks a thirty-years tradition for driverless cars. In the late 1980s, the first experimental autonomous vehicles from Mercedes-Benz were part of the Prometheus project, while in 2013 the "Bertha Benz Drive" made possible for a self-driving S-Class to follow the historic route of the first journey ever in an automobile.

The German company has more reasons to celebrate as recently the state of Nevada allowed Mercedes to test its fully autonomous, production model, E-Class on public roads.
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