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Mercedes-Maybach to Launch S 600 Guard in India on March 8

Snapshot: Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is ready to roll out in the country on March 8.

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Following the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, the company is all set to roll out the new S 600 Guard in the country. Not to get confused with the S 600 Guard that was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo offers the highest level of VR9-level ballistics protection to its occupants. The new S 600 Guard is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class fuses the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. It measures 5453 mm in length with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, possibly the world's safest car is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class saloon with long wheelbase and this benefits the rear passengers from the increased size, as well as from standard equipment that includes executive seats on both left and right and other exclusive details such as innovative voice amplification. This armoured version of the Mercedes flagship delivers the highest levels of ballistic and blast protection available for non-military vehicles.

The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard has been officially certified by the Ballistics Authority in Ulm; for the first time it meets the requirements for VR10 protection rating according to Directive BRV (Bullet Resistant Vehicles) 2009 Version 2. These guidelines specify that the bodywork and windows are capable to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. The vehicle also has an ERV (Explosive Resistant Vehicles) 2010 rating. The test criteria used to determine this rating are not in the public domain. After inspection by Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, the vehicle was approved without any constraints.

Apart from protection, it also offers high level of comfort that is maintained by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements. Already at the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramid and PE components help ensure the protection offered by the vehicle. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points, such as material transitions and interstices, provide comprehensive ballistic protection. The windows are a fixed and essential part of the protective elements. The windows are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics, despite their laminated structure.

The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protective space which not only includes ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. During the test an explosive charge detonating at the side of the vehicle, the armouring protects the occupants as effectively as it does in an assault with explosives beneath the vehicle: the new underbody armouring, already tried and tested in the S-Class, entirely covers the underbody under the occupant compartment, a unique feature in the civilian special-protection segment.

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