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Sadly, earlier this year, Daimler AG made the decision to end production of the beautiful luxury sedan, the Maybach.  It was never the outstanding success it should have been and Mercedes-Benz now offers the top-of-the-rang S-Class with many of the attributes found on the Maybach.
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was launched earlier this year at Hamburg airport.  Long awaited, the new model incorporates many advanced features in terms of both comfort and safety. In addition, Mercedes-Benz added a hybrid to its line-up.
The S400 Hybrid is powered by both a 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor.  The gasoline motor delivers 370 Nm of torque between 3,500 and 5,250 rpm, while the electric motor puts out 250 Nm.  Priced at HK1,656,000, this is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious hybrids on the market.
The S500 features a V8 engine of 4663 cc, delivering a healthy 455 bhp at 5,250 rpm with a huge amount of torque, 700 Nm, produced between 1,800 and 3,500 rpm.
Ten years ago Mercedes-Benz pioneered a groundbreaking safety concept called PRE-SAFE, an anticipatory occupant protection system.  This has been undergoing continuous refinement ever since.  The new PRE-SAFE functions can help prevent collisions with pedestrians and vehicles in front in city traffic, defuse dangerous situations caused by following traffic and enhance the protection offered by the seat belts.
With the standard PRE-SAFE impulse, the driver and front-seat passenger are pulled away from the direction of impact by their seat belts at an early phase of the crash before the resulting occupant deceleration sets in.  This can substantially reduce the risk and severity of injuries in a frontal collision.
In addition, the new S-Class has greatly enhanced safety features for rear seat passengers.  There are seat belt buckle extenders, belt bags and a cushionbag.  With the illuminated seat belt buckle extender, an electric motor extends and retracts the belt buckle automatically. In this way, any belt slack in the area of the pelvis and thorax can be reduced so that passengers are secured more firmly in both sideways and lengthways directions.  
The beltbag is an inflatable seat-belt strap that is able to reduce the risk of injury to passengers in the rear in the event of a head-on collision by lessening the strain on the ribcage.  When the seat is reclined, it prevents the passenger from sliding beneath the seat belt, or ‘submarining’.
Other safety features include adaptive highbeam  which allows the headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling oncoming traffic, by masking out other vehicles in the beams’ cone of light.  There is also Attention Assist which can warn of drowsiness and inattentiveness in an extended speed range and can notify the driver of their current state of fatigue and the driving time since their last break.

LED Technology
One hundred years after the introduction of electric lighting on motor vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is now making a complete switch to LED technology.  The new S-Class is the first vehicle in the world in which the interior and exterior do without a single light bulb.  Once again, Mercedes-Benz pioneering a new concept.  
In addition, the lighting’s multi-level functionality is another world first: the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night or while waiting at traffic lights.  Almost 500 LEDs illuminate the road, the vehicle, the interior and the trunk.
The new S500 sells for HK$1,899,000.

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