Ever since the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests grew more stringent in 2010, few cars have scored a five-star top rating; the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and M-Class can now be added to that exclusive list.
Both vehicles have already received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and both also earned five-star ratings in European NCAP tests. The German automaker attributes its enhanced safety to new technology found on their models, which include “Pre-Safe”, active belt latch and rear belt bag, Attention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, new night driving technology. The new M-Class also features New Collision Prevention Assist.
“For decades, Mercedes-Benz has taken a comprehensive approach to safety that reflects what actually happens in real-world accidents,” said Rodolfo Schoeneburg, head of Mercedes-Benz safety development. “The challenge is to depict reality in our crash lab. To do so, we use some 40 different crash test scenarios. A significant number of these are based on our own accident research and are unique to our brand. The C- and M-Class have each passed more than 200 high-speed in-house crash tests and more than 5,000 numerical crash test simulations.”
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