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by Brett Davis

Although it does sound like a joke, it’s not. Mercedes-Benz is apparently working on a new ‘Magic Body Control’ system to improve suspension and plans to introduce ‘Magic Sky Control’ technology into sunroofs.

Recent reports are saying the Mercedes-Benz Magic Body Control system will incorporate special mounts within the suspension struts that are said reduce sound-induced vibrations by up to 80 percent. The system will also eliminate body roll and neutralise wheel movements.

Basically, it’ll be the next stage of Mercedes-Benz Active Body Control. Said to be developed in conjunction with ZF – a German engineering and gearbox company – the technology will debut on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and CL-Class.

Other magic to come. The Magic Sky Control system will use magnetorheological glass in the sunroof which will darken in the sunlight – a bit like transitions lenses in glasses. The technology won’t change the shape or property of the glass and could be applied to every window in the car. Adjustable from clear to dark blue, the technology is said to debut on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Although the names suggest the company might have sniffed a bit too much adhesive recently, the new technology sounds quite good, and it’s very likely to trickle down through the Mercedes-Benz range like most other previous S-Class technologies.




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