Originally Posted by Deangl450
I've noticed over the years that Mercedes seems to lag other car companies in the development of convienience features or certain design elements. Specifically: 1. Originally, Merc was way behind Japanese and American companies with the cupholder thing, finally has improved. 2. I-pod integration and Nav systems were delayed and seem to be technologically a little behind other companies. (of course recently improved, but still....). 3. Moving window controls from center console to door. 4. When in "auto" setting the lights do not come on during the day time if you turn on windshield wipers (Cadillac has this feature as some states require lights on when raining). 5. Waited a long time to jump into the SUV bandwagon. Just wondered why this is the way Merc tends to be so slow with these things? I do notice they do not shy away from more rapid introduction of more inovative engines and safety features; they do that well.
The Mercedes design philosophy (used to be) that their cars were built for safe, comfortable long distance high speed driving, which means this meant both hands on the steering wheel (oversized for long idstance driver comfort and ability to use arm rests, and for dash instrument visibility)
1. No cupholders, (drinking beverages not contemplated while driving)
2. Ipod, navigation, video games "Distracto" are for entertainment, and distraction, and interfere with concentration if you have to take your eyes or ears off the job of high speed driving, they are inappropriate for a serious car
at triple digit sustained speeds like the autobahn
3. Window controls on the center console is a serious safety measure, it was done for safety reasons, it meant that they could be still operable after a serious crash, not necessarily so when on the doors...
4. The wipers and lights are separate and distinct functions, and DRLs were not mandated till some years ago
5. The Mercedes Gelenderwagens (G wagens) have been around since long before the SUV craze of the early 1980's. They are a capable SUV by any reasonable measure, and overkill in some respects..
I don't think some of the "modern" Mercedes contribute to the traditional Mercedes philosophy, they are a response to the perceived market demands. Certainly the Mercedes Benz cupholders are a response to the clamoring of the American market, some American minivans have up to 17 cupholders in them, and cupholders were the most requested accessory for cars by American buyers....