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Mercedes Launches 3 New 2014 S-Class Models...In Miniature

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On: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:40AM | By: Teddy Field

Mercedes Launches 3 New 2014 S-Class Models...In Miniature

It's long been said that to know the future of the automobile, one need only look Mercedes-Benz. Which makes sense when you consider how long they've been making cars, and the sheer volume of technical innovations that they've introduced over the past 125-odd years. And many of these evolutionary ideas debut in their flagship S-Class, which makes the new Factory-Authorized 2014 Mercedes S500 miniatures like little automotive crystal balls.

The just-released 2014 Mercedes S550 comes with a raft of revolutionary features, like rear seatbelt anchors that automatically rise when you enter, heated armrests, and Stop & Go Assist, which can autonomously drive—steer, brake, accelerate—the car at speeds up to 37 mph. Shrinking a car with all of those features really does create a miniaturized glimpse into the future. And you can even get the future in three sizes: 1:18, 1:43 & 1:87.

The largest, the 1:18 model, is hand-made in Germany by Norev, and features 145 exquisitely detailed parts. As you would expect of a model of this size, the hood, trunk, and doors open. The real car's interior has been faithfully translated into miniature, right down to the burl on the wood inlays and the graphics on the TFT gauge display. And since ziss is a German model of a German car, the Norev 2014 S500 LWB model comes with a pair of gloves, so you don't smudge zee exquizid finish.

The 1:43 version is hand-made by Schuco, and it features the same level of fastidious detail found on the larger Norev model. The doors, trunk, and hood don't open on this one, and you get a fancy covered display case instead of gloves—o protect zee exquizid finish.

The 1:87 2014 Mercedes S-500 model is made by Herpa, and it's just a bit bigger than a Hot Wheels. No matter the size, this tiny S-Class has remarkable detailing inside and out. It also comes with its own display case because, apparently, Mercedes thinks that toys aren't to be played with.

Offered exclusively through Mercedes-Benz dealers and the MB website, the thee baby-bigs are only available in Germany right now. But they'll likely be offered in the U.S., once the real car goes on sale this fall. Expect prices to be around $100 for the big Norev, $40 for the Schuco, and $20 for the 1:87 Herpa.

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