Auto safety has come a long way! Some of the first automobile designs were rigid and resistant during an accident.
That meant the vehicle did not sustain as much damage, but the occupants did. The force from a collision was usually fatal.
While the problem was well known in the auto industry, a solution had yet to present itself. That is, until 1953, when a Mercedes-Benz engineer, Bela Barenyi, who had studied the problem for a long time, came up with an idea.
He invented the "Ponton" or three-box body for Mercedes, the model series W120, a pre-cursor to the crumple zone technology.
It wasn't until 1967, though, that the Mercedes Heckflosse, or Fintail, featured the first crumple zone technology, which included a safety cage and a trunk that was almost 50% bigger.
• Gas mileage • Technology • Safety • Better warranty • Peace of mind
Each of these benefitsoffers a substantial savings over the life of the truck. And while a new vehicle does depreciate quickly, with regularly scheduled maintenance, the savings in gas mileage, warranty, and technology can make up for the difference in the long run.
New trucks also offer many new safety driving features that you won't find on older vehicles. For example, 40% of US drivers want blind spot detection and prevention. In fact, it's one of their most...