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06-20-2005, 08:49 PM
New S class (

The trunk looks like the 1998 Maybach concept

I don't like the interior.

10-18-2005, 11:09 PM
BMW's iDrive system of central control of gizmos was predated by the system used in the 1996 Mercedes-Benz F200 concept car.

The F200 had styling similar to the 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL coupe.

From the press release:

"The remaining display segments within the fields of vision of both driver and co-driver can be programmed at will. The required information can be called up by means of a rotary control: interior climate, navigation, TV, video, video games, PC, on-board computer, radio, CD player, telephone and a "help" function. The interior temperature on the driver's and front passenger's sides, out-side temperature and time of day are permanently displayed. The central display segment shows the area immediately behind the car, filmed by the rear video camera, when the F 200 Imagination is reversing.

The controls for heating, electric windows, swing-out-and-up doors, automatic transmission, lights, hazard warning lights, seat heating and stereo unit are arranged on a panel in front of the display where it is within easy reach of both driver and front passenger. This high-quality stainless steel panel provides a visual link with the stainless steel trim of the bodywork. The switches for the electric seat adjustment with memory function and for footrest adjustment are located in the door trim. A bracket for the mobile phone is mounted to the front stowage compartment in the dashboard. Placing the phone into its bracket activates the hands-off system as well as a new speech recognition system which makes manual handling of the car phone largely superfluous."

check this link for the 1996 F200

The following is from DaimlerChrysler on the 1995 Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car:

"DaimlerChrysler engineers had also incorporated a new-style operating and control system into the dashboard of the Vario Research Car which harnessed the wonders of the latest microelectronics to make life easier for the motorist. All key operating information appeared in the form of symbols and text messages on two colour displays integrated into the cockpit and into the top section of the centre console. Easily understood coloured symbols were used to display important information about maintaining the applicable speed limit or a safe distance from the vehicle in front."

1995 Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car's interior shown below

11-29-2005, 03:29 AM

10-03-2007, 08:01 PM
1992-1998 Maserati Ghibli

1994 model shown

06-29-2012, 10:32 AM
Design is never a single personal expression. Leadership in design is like conducting an orchestra, sometimes there are soloists (Hooydonk certainly being one) to the symphony and sometimes there are not. But it is the experience of the performance and the arousal of brilliant musicianship that makes for great symphonic music. Bangle, although often seen as someone who pushed design language too far for the average taste brought new expression into the traditional symphony. Few will ever do what he has done, and like a great conductor, he will bow only AFTER his performers have received their applause

11-01-2013, 03:06 AM

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