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Mercedes-Benz Cool Concepts
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 The entries for the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show's Design Challenge have officially been released, three of which belong to Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America. The theme designers were faced with in the newest Design Challenge was "An LA Adventure," and was meant to be "a reflection of the myriad of activities inherrent to Southern California."  The designers then chose what their adventure would be, and designed a vehicle to "enjoy their chosen activity."

Of the three vehicles designed by Mercedes, two dealt with the "adventure" of search and rescue.  One, the Mercedes Mojave Runner, is a "gas-electric hybrid designed to thrive in extreme heat, rough terrain or unpredictable weather."  The second, the smart Rescue Vehicle, is designed for "the adventures and tasks that a lifeguard endures on a daily basis, such as first aid, beach patrol, safety and water rescues."

Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America
Designer: John Gill

Adventure Saving lives in the harsh conditions of the desert.

Mercedes-Benz has a rich history of technological innovation and public service. I chose to design a rescue vehicle for the harsh environment of the Mojave desert. The combination of extreme heat, rough terrain, and unpredictable weather can be challenging for any type of vehicle. The Mojave Runner is designed to thrive under these elements. Off-road racing and medical assistance come together in a uniquely designed vehicle. Night vision, sandstorm radar, and G.P.S. are some of the high-tech sensors that greatly enhance the searching capability. This vehicle is also equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell generator. The generator provides electrical power for tools and rescue equipment along with a secondary water source. The Mojave Runner engine is a mid-mounted 8-cylinder hybrid. A small electrical motor provides extra torque when needed. The strong, lightweight exoskeleton frame is a combination of carbon-fiber and aluminum. The pressurized aluminum frame tubing stores air for pneumatic power tools. Off-road and on-road performance is optimized by intelligent adaptive tires. The tires automatically changes tread depth for best performance. All of these elements (technology, design, an adventure) form a vehicle only Mercedes-Benz can build.



The third vehicle, the Maybach California Gourment Tourer, differs greatly from the two previous vehicles.  Instead of focusing on search and rescue, the Maybach is "the ultimate machine to enjoy a culinary adventure."  It's chauffeured by software using GPS guidance, and comes "fully equipped with every onboard feature imaginable to store and prepare food and wine."

 

For more Mercedes-Benz news and information, visit eMercedesBenz at 
http://www.emercedesbenz.com/


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Composed: 11/23/2005 | Modified: 11/23/2005
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