10-02 :: February 2010
ercedes-Benz’ F 800 Style research vehicle is
showing the future of premium automobiles
from a new perspective, as the five-seat upper-range
sedan combines highly efficient drive technologies
with unparalleled safety and convenience features
and an emotive design idiom, which interprets
current Mercedes-Benz styling in line with the
brand’s hallmark attribute of cultivated sportiness.
The innovative lightweight-construction seats in the F 800 Style consist of a magnesium shell and a carbon
fiber laminate seatback across which a fine yet resistant netting is stretched. The seat shell also features genu-
ine wood veneer. For the wood veneer process, Mercedes-Benz engineers used a 3D surface coating proce-
dure designed especially for the veneering of three-dimensional surfaces. This same procedure was used to
create the wood finishing in the center console, on the doors, and in the driver area. These wood finishing
pieces are molded as 3D laminated components and are augmented by an aluminum core, which ensures
that the components meet the high crash safety standards that are a hallmark of Mercedes.
The innovative protective system known as PRE-SAFE 360° further improves passive safety. PRE-SAFE 360°
is based on the proactive occupant protection system PRE-SAFE
developed by Mercedes-Benz, Germany.