Mercedes-Benz S 420

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the S420 as a mid-range model in its famous S-Class between the years 1994 and 1999. The car had a 4.2 liter V8 engine that produced 275 horsepower. The S 420 marked the divide between smaller engines and smaller chassis in the S-Class lineup and in fact resembled the more expensive S 500 and S 600. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the common description for a series of large luxury flagship sedans produced by Mercedes-Benz, which is a division of DaimlerChrysler. By the 2000 model year, the S 420 was sadly replaced by the S 430 and its 4.3 liter engine in the Mercedes lineup. This was of course only to be expected though. In terms of safety, Mercedes Benz has traditionally introduced their safety designs through the S Class models. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been and continues to be the most significant contributor to automotive safety. This is a great reputation for the brand to hold. Crumple zones, which were introduced in 1957, three-point seatbelts, which were introduced in 1965, collapsible steering column, strengthened occupant cell, stability control systems like ESP, DSC, TC, which were introduced in 1995, Brake Assist, ABS braking, which was introduced in 1978, pre-accident seatbelt tensioning, PRE-SAFE, which was introduced in 2002, and a host of other safety innovations were introduced to the world through the S Class. Road accident statistics on a model-by-model basis from the UK Department of Transport show that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the safest cars on the UK roads. The S-Class was also the first in Europe to incorporate airbags. The reason for all the safety measures in that in Germany large stretches of the freeway system, the Autobahn, do not feature speed limits. This is not only a safety hazard by American standards, but also driving at rather high speeds for extended periods of time tends to place strain on a vehicle and thus requires careful engineering.