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Exhibition “Milestones Automotive Design - Example Mercedes-Benz” in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich - PART 2


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Stuttgart/Munich, Germany, Jun 24, 2008

The Exhibits


Benz 200 hp record vehicle of 1909
„Blitzen-Benz” (Lightning Benz)
The „Blitzen-Benz” broke the magical record of 200 km/h for the first time in 1909. In 1911, this vehicle set the world record of 228.1 km/h. At show events in the USA, the „Blitzen-Benz” was marveled at as the „eighth wonder of the world”.
  • Reconstruction with original parts
  • Year of manufacture of the original: 1909
  • Engine: 4 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine
  • Displacement: 21,504 cm3
  • Output; 200 hp (147 kW) at 1600 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 228.1 km/h
  • Quantity: 6
  • Production period: 1909 to 1913
Mercedes-Benz 540 K of 1938
„Autobahnkurier” (Motorway Courier)
The „Autobahnkurier” epitomized modernity on wheels and was a symbol for overcoming distances at high speed and in excellent comfort. This vehicle was used by its first owner, a Spanish eye specialist, to travel in North Africa and later for frequent trips between Spain and Switzerland.
  • Year of manufacture: 1938
  • Engine: 8 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with compressor charging
  • Displacement: 5401 cm3
  • Output: 115 hp (85 kW) at 3400 rpm, with compressor 180 hp (132 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h
  • Quantity: 419 (all variants of 540 K)
  • Production period 1936 to 1939 (all variants of 540 K)
Mercedes-Benz 2.5 liter racing car of 1955
„Stromlinie” (Streamliner)
With this vehicle, Mercedes-Benz made its return in 1954 to Grand Prix racing. On 4 July, Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling achieved a double victory at the first attempt at the French Grand Prix. The W 196 won Fangio and Mercedes-Benz the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship Title in 1954 and 1955.
  • Year of manufacture: 1955
  • Engine: 8 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with direct fuel injection
  • Displacement: 2497 cm3
  • Output: 290 hp (213 kW) at 8500 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 305 km/h
  • Production period: 1954 to 1955
Loan from the Technisches Museum Wien

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL of 1955
„Flügeltürer” (Gullwing)
The design of the 300 SL standard sports car can be traced to the racing Coupé of 1952, which in the 1952 racing season, won the Pan-American and 24-hour Le Mans race. The standard 300 SL version presented in 1954 in New York quickly became the dream sports car of the 1950s.
  • Year of manufacture: 1955
  • Engine: 6 cylinder (inline), gasoline engine with direct fuel injection
  • Displacement: 2996 cm3
  • Output: 215 hp (158 kW) at 5800 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h
  • Quantity: 1400
  • Production period: 1954 to 1957
Mercedes-Benz Design Study from 1977
C 111-III
The C 111-III of 1977 was a fascinating design study that served to transform aerodynamic knowledge into a functional design.
The outstanding cd value of 0.178 was achieved thanks to the use in certain areas of the vehicle of sharp-edged design elements running parallel to the air flow lines. The design of the Mercedes 190 subsequently saw these significant elements make their way into series production configuration.
The following year, a diesel record-setting car was developed based on this design study. With its aerodynamic body and 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the C 111-III captured nine absolute world records for Mercedes-Benz.
Its predecessor was the C 111, an experimental vehicle that had already caused a sensation back in 1969 with its futuristic design and Wankel engine.

Mercedes-Benz 2005 research vehicle
Bionic Car
The tropical boxfish was the template for this research vehicle, with which in 2005 Mercedes-Benz addressed current concepts on an aerodynamically-efficient, reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly automobile.
  • Year of manufacture: 2005
  • Engine: 4 cylinder (inline), turbo diesel with common-rail direct injection
  • Displacement: 1991 cm3
  • Output: 140 hp (103 kW)
  • Quantity: 1
The CLS milled model
The model consists of a metal support, a rigid foam core and a coating of 2-component master paste. The data generated from the clay models is used to mill a full-size model – revealing the unmistakable shape of the CLS for series production development. At its market launch in 2004, the CLS was unique among contemporary automobiles as it marked the return by Mercedes-Benz to the hitherto unusual category of the four-door Coupé.




























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Exhibition “Milestones Automotive Design - Example Mercedes-Benz” in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich


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Mercedes-Benz in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
  • Exhibition “Milestones Automotive Design - Example
    Mercedes-Benz” from June 25 through September 14, 2008
  • Organisers: Neue Sammlung Design in the Pinakothek der Moderne in cooperation with Daimler AG
  • Mercedes-Benz contributes seven vehicles of outstanding design to the exhibition
Stuttgart/Munich, Germany, Jun 24, 2008 - The Mercedes-Benz brand is the world's oldest and most renowned automobile brand. In the more than 120-year history of the brand, the design of the vehicles always has played an outstanding role, and over the decades numerous icons of automotive design have been created.

In the “Milestones Automotive Design” exhibition the Pinakothek der Moderne (modern art museum) in Munich is presenting seven vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz brand, beginning with the “Blitzen Benz” of 1909 and extending down to the Mercedes-Benz CLS of 2004. In conjunction with the cars, the exhibition also focuses on the design work. This is illustrated with drafts, sketches, renderings, tapes and models. Neue Sammlung Design presents a walk-in installation in which the cars are featured as the outcome of design processes.
The exhibition runs from the 25th of June to the 14th of September 2008. Open daily except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
These exhibits are on display:
  • The “Blitzen Benz” breaks the world record at 228.1 km/h in 1911 to stay on top until 1919. At exposition runs in the United States it is regarded as the “eighth world wonder”.
  • The “Autobahn Courier” from 1938 is the ultimate in modernism on wheels and stands as a symbol for overcoming distances at high speed and great comfort.
  • The W 196 “Streamliner” returns Mercedes-Benz to Formula 1 racing in 1954, which the brand then dominated for two years.
  • The 300 SL “Gullwing” from 1955 is based on the successful 1952 racing coupe and captures the fresh attitude toward life after the war. It becomes the embodiment of a dream car in due course.
  • The C 111 design study from 1977 is the basis for a record breaker which one year later wins nine absolute world records with a
    five-cylinder turbo diesel under the hood.
  • The tropical boxfish is the model for the “Bionic Car”, a 2005 research vehicle which addresses current conceptions of a streamlined, safe, ecological, and comfortable automobile.
  • A milled model of the CLS shows the unique shape of the four door coupe which Mercedes-Benz brings to market in 2004 to establish a new category of cars.
















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New key visual for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2009: Glamour, drama and a touch of eroticism

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Stuttgart, Germany, Jun 24, 2008 – The perfect combination of Mercedes design and fashion is exemplified by the new key visual for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2009, held for the third time on 17-20 July 2008. Dressed in clothing by well known designers, top model Eva Padberg meets the new and impressive Mercedes-Benz GLK.

This emotional and sensually enticing key visual will really draw attention to advertisements, posters and vehicles at the third Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. It also heightens the anticipation of directly meeting the latest member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV family. Following an excursion into the world of cinema at the side of Kim Cattrall alias Samatha Jones in the film “Sex and the City,” the Mercedes-Benz GLKwill be “personally” presented for the first time to a wider audience at the international fashion event. “With its striking design, the GLK presents a new entry opportunity into the SUV world of Mercedes-Benz,” says Dr. Olaf Göttgens, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Together with our fashion brand ambassador Eva Padberg, we’ve created an extremely powerful key visual for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin that will allow us to appeal to young, progressive and, above all, female target groups.”
The encounter between the top model and the new GLK was staged by Daniel Roché, one of the most promising young fashion photographers in Germany. Using his extraordinary eye for the connection between cars and fashion design, he has produced an exciting combination of glamour and drama with a touch of eroticism. “The key visual has for me a mystical and elegant allure and I think it’s going to turn a lot heads,” says Eva Padberg. “I was deeply impressed with the new GLK. When I first saw it in the studio, I was absolutely delighted. It’s just the right car for me.” At the shooting in Gaukler Studios in Filderstadt, Germany, she stood under the spotlights together with a dark grey (tenoritgrau) GLK 350.

GLK sets new standards in the world of compact SUVs

With its extraordinary design, which combines the time-honoured angular shape of an offroader with the typical design features of a Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle, the GLK has strong character traits that will allow it to set new standards in the world of compact SUVs. This remarkable multi-talented car does more than just stand out from the competition with its functional yet equally attractive bold body lines. It also brings together highly diverse characteristics that can now be adapted to meet a wide range of driving situations. Thanks to the Agility Control suspension, outstanding handling and exceptional safety have merged with extraordinary driving comfort.
The modern, variable 4MATIC four-wheel drive system and the electronic regulating system work together to combine perfect onroad performance with well-balanced offroad capability. It is precisely this combination that makes the GLK so attractive.

Top labels and young designers present their collections

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2009 takes place 17-20 July 2008 at Bebelplatz in the heart of the German capital. Creative young designers from Germanyand top-ranking creators of international fashion like Hugo Boss, Joop!, Michalsky, Sisi Wasabi, Vivianne Westwood and Susanne Wiebe will present their latest collections.

Facts on the key visual
  • Photographer: Daniel Roché
    The 28-year-old is one of the most promising young fashion photographers in Germany today and has already worked for a variety of international fashion magazines and prestigious brands.
  • Model: Eva Padberg (fashion brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz)
  • Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4MATIC
    Exterior package: Sports (Avantgarde)
    Exterior colour: tenorite grey
    Upholstery: cloth/Artico grey
    Interior sports package (grey leather)
    Ornament: aluminium
  • Outfits: Clothing by Roberto Cavalli and Sascha Gaugel/Hausach Couture, jewellery by Chanel and Ferragamo, accessories by Gucci and shoes by Christian Louboutin and Zanotti.
  • Stylist: Sascha Gaugel @ Ballsaal The 34-year-old stylist is also an award-winning fashion designer. His Hausach Couture label combines traditional design school fashion crafting practices with the innovation of today’s spirit.
  • Hair stylist: Helge Branscheidt @ Ballsaal
    Helge Branscheidt is one of Eva Padberg’s preferred hair stylists and has already worked with Anna Netrebko and Franziska Knuppe. He learned his skills from the well known hair artist Armin Morbach.
  • Makeup stylist: Eli Wakamatsu @ Ballsaal
    Originally from Japan, London-based Wakamatsu is a popular make-up stylist among international fashion magazines and she is regularly booked for promotional campaigns with top models like Prada, Stella Mc Cartney, Joop and MiuMiu.
Additional information on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2009 is available at www.mercedes-benzfashionweekberlin.com .



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