Mercedes-Benz S-Class Accumulating Accolades

22 September 1999

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Accumulating Accolades: S-Class Wins Worth Magazine's 'Car of the Year' Award
    German Magazine Impulse Selects S-Class as 'Executive Car of the Year'

    MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 21 -- The all-new Mercedes-Benz 2000
S500 sedan has been named "Car of the Year" by Worth Magazine, the upscale
personal finance monthly published by WorthMedia.  Debuting in the September
issue of Worth, the "Car of the Year" is reviewed by Jim Mateja, The Chicago
Tribune's automotive columnist.
    Mateja writes that the totally redesigned 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 sedan is
"the obvious choice to wear Worth's first-ever 'Car of the Year' crown"
because it's "an automotive machine that comes this close to perfection."  He
also cites the S500's extensive collection of standard features, including:
"a bevy of eight airbags"; the Electronic Stability Program; Brake Assist; and
"Mercedes's standard emergency communication system, Tele Aid, [which] uses
Global Positioning Satellites to pinpoint your location when mechanical help
is needed."
    The Worth magazine award also commends Mercedes' competitive value
strategy.  The S500's base price of $77,850 is evidence that "the best doesn't
necessarily have to cost the most," according to Mateja.
    To select the Car of the Year, Worth Magazine editors considered all other
current luxury models and chose the one that most matched readers' lifestyle
and demographic profile.
    Another addition to the growing list of S-Class accolades is the result of
a subscriber poll conducted by the German entrepreneur magazine Impulse.
Publication readers, who are executives, independent business people and
freelance entrepreneurs, voted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class model line the
"Executive Car of the Year."  Among 12 luxury-class competitors, the
top-of-the line S-Class achieved the highest number of votes with a clear
margin.
    The Mercedes-Benz S500 sedan, powered by a V8 engine, has been praised for
its elegant design and groundbreaking new technology -- technology that
includes more than 30 innovations never before available on passenger cars.
The all-new model year 2000 S-Class, the S500 and S430, went on sale in the
U.S. in March.



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