Mercedes-Benz’s new SL has picked up yet another award in recognition of its groundbreaking advances in the car’s design. Garnering 1st place at the 2012 EuroCarBody Awards, the SL was recognized for the intelligent design methods that were adopted in producing the all-aluminum structure. As has been pointed out by the carmaker, the new SL’s body is 110 kilos lighter compared to a similarly-sized body that would use traditional steel structures. In fact, the current SL’s structure is 140 kilos lighter than the SL it replaced.
All this was recognized by the more than 500 industry representatives who cast their votes at the 14th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference held in Bad Nauheim in Germany. In casting their votes, these auto industry experts considered things like development and design concepts, material development and application, production efficiency, customer value and engineering focus. As such, these experts have recognized the new standards that Mercedes-Benz has once again introduced in vehicle production.