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Mercedes-Benz tranport solutions
Everything you need
With individual transport solutions for bycicles, skis and snowboards, each tailored to the vehicle in question, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH offers optimum storage space extensions to ensure active enjoyment of leisure activities. Catalogues with the comprehensive model-specific range of accessories from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH are available to download here.
They can be mounted in next to no time, and no additional tools whatever are required – this is the innovative advantage of the new Alustyle Quickfix basic carrier generation, which Mercedes-Benz Accessories can now offer for the new B-Class, and will be offering in future for the new A-Class. The innovative quick-grip mounting can be installed very simply. The lockable plastic caps are an effective theft deterrent, and at the same time ensure that the quick-release lever cannot become detached. Close cooperation between accessory developers, body experts and the designers of the new compact vehicles was needed to develop the Alustyle Quickfix, and so four readily accessible attachment points have been fully integrated into the roof design.
The new Easy-Fix II carrier bars are just as easy to attach, and are available for the current M-Class, the GL and the GLK models. Here too, just a few steps are needed: pre-tension until the bar clicks, and then tighten by shifting the lever, which once again can be easily attached without the use of tools.
Other important criteria in the design of all carrier systems from the range of genuine accessories included optimisation of aerodynamics and the noise level, and also crash testing, which at Mercedes-Benz goes well beyond the legal requirements. All components in the carrier systems meet the highest standards in terms of operating stability and durability.
The Mercedes-Benz Alustyle roof carrier series
The secure and stylish way to attach a roof load
Individual attachment solutions for a wide range of models and body variants, aerodynamically optimised and crash-tested – these are the common features of the Alustyle roof carrier series developed by Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH, available from all Mercedes-Benz partners.
The cross-bars on the basic carriers are made of aluminium and are connected to the vehicle roof with steel elements. They are lockable and can be supplied as an optional extra in a sturdy bag made from high-quality nylon fabric, perfect for storage and transport. A special advantage: the tilt/sliding sunroof still functions normally with the roof carrier attached. The basic carriers form the base for attaching bicycle carriers, ski and snowboard racks and roof boxes from the Mercedes-Benz accessories range. These can be simply and securely attached using the T-slot in the cross-bar. Catalogues with the comprehensive model-specific range of accessories from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH are available to download here.
New Alustyle Quickfix basic carrier: can be attached securely without tools
They can be mounted in next to no time, and no additional tools whatever are required – this is the innovative advantage of the new Alustyle Quickfix basic carrier generation, which Mercedes-Benz Accessories can now offer for the new B-Class, and will be offering in future for the new A-Class.
The innovative quick-grip mounting is failsafe, and can be easily managed by every customer. The lockable plastic caps are an effective theft deterrent, and at the same time ensure that the quick-release lever cannot become detached. Close cooperation between accessory developers, body experts and the designers of the new compact vehicles was needed to develop the Alustyle Quickfix, and so four readily accessible attachment points have been fully integrated into the roof design.
Other important criteria in the design of the Alustyle Quickfix were the optimisation of aerodynamics and noise level, and also crash testing, which at Mercedes-Benz goes well beyond the legal requirements. All components in the carrier systems meet the highest standards in terms of operating stability and durability.
The basic carrier and the special racks and fixtures for bycicles, skis, snowboards and roof boxes, as well as other customised accessories, are now available at all Mercedes-Benz partners for the B-Class, and from September for the A-Class. A reliable spare parts supply service is also in place.
A successful balancing act: lightweight, yet extremely stable
The Mercedes-Benz basic carrier system illustrates that low weight and high stability are not incompatible properties – for example, the two aluminium tubes with the steel bases in the Alustyle Easy-Fix II carrier bar for the new M-Class weigh just 4.8 kilograms, but can withstand loads of up to 100 kilograms. This means they are ideal for transporting bulky roof boxes and complete sets of sports equipment. The Alustyle system also ensures that any roof load is securely protected. In terms of crash safety, for example, it not only meets legal requirements, but also the much stricter Mercedes-Benz standards. Testing includes crash tests, and a road durability test with up to 50 percent cargo overload and high acceleration stresses. As a result, the carrier and carrier lock can withstand even extreme, sudden manoeuvres without falling from the roof or loosening.
Design: elegant silhouette, including with roof carrier
When designing the carrier systems, considerable emphasis was placed on ensuring both stylish looks and optimum functionality. The roof carriers were designed in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Sindelfingen. As a result, their shapes are a perfect match for the elegant design of the Mercedes-Benz models they are designed for. There is a specially developed carrier set for almost each model.
Overview of the basic carriers available:
|Basic carrier||Model series|
|New Alustyle||CLS, E-Class Saloon & Coupé, C-Class Saloon & Coupé, S-Class, R-Class|
|Alustyle Easy-Fix||C-Class Estate, E-Class Estate,|
|Alustyle Easy-Fix II||M-Class, GL-Class, GLK-Class (with roof rail)|
|Alustyle Quickfix||B-Class, future A-Class|
Ideal for leisure activities: special carriers from the Alustyle range
The New Alustyle multifunctional carrier system will be a big attraction for everyone who enjoys recreational sports – to begin with, it forms the base for mounting the generously sized Mercedes-Benz roof boxes (see the next section). As well, the Mercedes-Benz Accessories range includes bicycle, ski and snowboard racks that have been specially customised for the basic carrier bars:
For cyclists: the New Alustyle bicycle rack
Depending on the vehicle in question, up to four cycle racks can be mounted on the roof carrier. Each cycle rack is suitable for transporting bicycles with a maximum frame diameter of 98 mm (for round frame tubes), or 110 x 70 mm (for oval frame tubes). The maximum permissible weight per bicycle has recently been increased, including for New Alustyle bicycle racks that have already been delivered: it is now 20 kg (previously 17.5 kg), and now makes allowance for the trend towards electric bikes. To ensure that the maximum permissible roof load is not exceeded, the weight of the roof carrier, bicycle racks and cycles should be added together.
The support frame on the New Alustyle bicycle rack can be folded down, which reduces drag when driving without the cycles attached. Bicycles can mounted in one of two ways: on the roof, or with convenient mounting at ground level. Coil locks are available as an optional extra to safeguard the bikes against theft.
For winter sports enthusiasts: ski and snowboard racks
The standard version of the Alustyle carrier for winter sports is designed for up to four pairs of skis or two pairs of snowboards. The Comfort model can transport up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards. A special feature of this variant is its practical “pull-out” function, which makes loading and unloading easy. Both rack systems have been tested to the strict Mercedes-Benz standards. They can also be locked to protect against theft. As an alternative, you can use the large roof boxes, which offer protection against the elements, and secure storage space for up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards.
Genuine roof boxes for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars
A second luggage compartment for long trips
Genuine roof boxes from Mercedes-Benz are characterised by their practical functionality, elegant design and generous transport volumes. The robust and easy-to-mount roof boxes are available in three sizes, with capacities of 330, 400 and 450 litres. A common feature of the boxes is that they can be opened from both sides. A further bonus is that the three-point locking system on the transport containers provides effective theft protection. The Alustyle roof carrier systems, which have been precisely tailored to the body sizes and shapes of most Mercedes-Benz passenger car models, form the attachment base for the luggage boxes.
The miracle space-maker: the roof box 450
The Mercedes-Benz roof box 450 is the miracle space-maker among the portable roof boxes in the genuine accessories range from Mercedes-Benz Accessories, and was thoroughly revised in the autumn of 2011. With dimensions of 220 x 80 x 40 cm, its load volume of 450 litres is equivalent to that of a C-Class boot. This means the box can provide enough space for the winter sports gear of a family of four, for example, and the equipment stays fully protected from dirt and splash water.
The grooved plates, with which the box is secured in the T-slot of the roof carrier, have also been optimised. Just a few turns are all that is needed to tighten them, and the wing nuts have been integrated into the box itself so that they can no longer go astray. Mercedes-Benz Accessories made this change in response to frequent requests from customers.
The shape was also revised, and the “dropping line” geometry reflects the design idiom of current Mercedes-Benz models. As well as the classic colour choice of matte silver, in which the surface of the box is slightly grained, the box is also available in metallic black. The roof box 450 has a load capacity of 75 kilograms and offers users plenty of space to plan their holidays and leisure time flexibly and according to individual needs. It weighs just 19 kilograms. A new feature is the six metal rings to secure the three tension straps, which protect the load inside.
The specially developed accessories, which have been exactly tailored to the interior dimensions of the roof box, offer even more options and greater travel enjoyment. For example, there is the practical, six-piece luggage set. Consisting of four roomy bags and two separate ski bags, it provides optimum protection and convenient transport for four pairs of skis and other travel and sports accessories. An especially user-friendly feature: in bad weather, the bags can be packed indoors, in the comfort of your home or holiday accommodation. The design of the luggage set features typical Mercedes-Benz quality, with the bags made from hard-wearing, water-resistant material.
Thanks to the handy shoulder straps included in the set, the bags can also be used outside the roof box. Another practical feature is the ski rack insert for the roof box, offering a secure hold for up to five pairs of skis.
The multifunction box: roof box 400
Featuring the same stylish design and practical advantages as the roof box 450, but with dimensions specially tailored to more compact vehicles, the roof box 400 will be launched on the market in September. It has a capacity of 400 litres, and is 70 cm wide and 40 cm high, but just 190 cm in length: this allows the rear door of the new A-Class to be opened even when the roof box 400 is mounted. Special handles, 80 cm in length and made from an anodised aluminium profile, make it easier to close and prevent the lid jamming when closing. Needless to say, the multifunction box can also be mounted on all other vehicles. The box has an unladen weight of approx. 16 kg and can accommodate a payload of 75 kg.
There is a luggage set for the roof box 400 as well, consisting of three bags together with a ski bag for two pairs of skis, which can be up to 170 cm long. The ski bag is also available separately.
The sports box: roof box 330
The sports box, with a volume of approx. 330 litres, provides additional luggage space in the format of a compact class boot. It is available in the colours titanium metallic and matte silver. A luggage set consisting of four bags and a ski rack insert for up to three pairs of skis is also available for this box as an optional extra. With a payload of up to 50 kilograms, this transport box is also suitable for transporting heavy loads. An advantage of the sports box is that, as well as the box, depending on the vehicle, there is still room on the roof for a further ski or snowboard rack, or a bicycle rack. The roof box 330 weighs 14 kg, and its dimensions are 220 x 60 x 41 cm.
Simple fitting and practical details
If you need to, you can fit the roof box on your own, without requiring additional tools. This is possible thanks to a convenient sliding fastening system, and also thanks to the low weight of the boxes themselves. High-quality pneumatic springs also make it easy to open and close the roof box, which is splash-water protected and made of high-quality plastic. Using the standard tension straps, valuable cargo can be securely fixed in place.
In an accident situation, all the roof boxes offer a high level of safety. They undergo stringent German Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV) and “City Crash” testing, and must also meet the rigorous Mercedes-Benz standards that go well beyond the legal requirements. For example, the tilt/sliding sunroof must open and close smoothly even when the roof box is mounted.
Alternative bicycle rack: transport on the trailer coupling
Piggybacking in the slipstream
The rear bicycle rack, which has been specially designed for Mercedes-Benz models, represents the preferred solution for bicycles with a trailer coupling. As well as the high level of loading convenience, this transport variant boasts excellent aerodynamics in comparison with roof transport, which is reflected in lower fuel consumption figures.
The rear carrier system has been thoroughly revised for the summer season. Two alternatives are available, and both have been designed to handle exceptionally heavy bicycles, such as electric bikes: the rear carrier for transporting two bicycles weighs approx. 16.9 kilograms and can be loaded with weights of 33.1 kg or 58.1 kg on vehicles with drawbar loads of 50 kg and 75 kg, respectively, whereby no single bicycle may weigh more than 30 kg.
The rear carrier for transporting three bicycles weighs approx. 20.2 kg. A weight of 29.8 kg can be loaded with a drawbar load of 50 kg, and 54.8 kg for a drawbar load of 75 kg. Here too, a limit of 30 kg per rail applies.
A common feature of both carriers is that they are easy to mount on the vehicle and also simplify the process of mounting bicycles. When the bicycle rack is not in use, it can be folded down to save space and kept securely in the stowage bag that comes as an optional extra.
It is fixed to the vehicle with a single-point attachment on the ball coupling of the trailer coupling. The carrier is placed on top of the ball coupling and secured using a lever handle. An indicator shows when the lock is securely engaged.
The bicycle rack can be pulled out on rails mounted in ball bearings to ensure that the vehicle’s luggage compartment can still be accessed with the bicycles mounted. This also makes mounting the bicycles easier, since the pull-out rail moves in a curve, thus lowering the loading height.
It is extremely easy to adjust the bicycle rack to suit the bicycles: you simply press a spring-loaded notch and the rails can be adjusted to the particular cycle, with the wheel shoe locking in automatically. The tension straps also clearly indicate when they are tight enough. The bicycle rack can be locked only when the tensioning strap is properly latched.
The brackets accommodate frames with round frame tubes up to 80 millimetres in diameter, or oval frame tubes up to the format 80 x 45 millimetres, making them perfectly suited to the Mercedes-Benz fitness bike.
The package includes a licence plate bracket and rear lights, which can be supplied with electricity via a cable with a 13-pin DIN connector plug.
The additional rear lights can ensure reliable signals if their counterparts in the vehicle are obscured by the load. The rear bicycle rack is ready for immediate use, since it does not need to be entered in the vehicle papers, thanks to its EU operating permit.
Original accessories from Mercedes-Benz undergoing internal load testing
Safely passing the toughest tests in the world
Before a product is approved by Mercedes-Benz and can carry the Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessory seal of approval, it must first pass a series of extremely demanding internal tests. The strict quality and safety standards of the premium manufacturer go well beyond all legal requirements. The rigorous schedule includes crash tests, shake tests, emergency braking at different speeds and sudden changes of lane. There are also strenuous endurance runs, simulating the life of a car in time compression, and also salt spray tests and climate chamber testing. The programme is rounded off with aerodynamic and acoustic measurements. The test requirements are well in excess of what a Mercedes-Benz customer would experience under normal driving conditions.
No compromises with safety-related assemblies
The gruelling quality tests can last up to four months before a new product is approved as a “Genuine Mercedes-Benz Accessory”. Testing of safety-related assemblies, such as carrier systems or roof boxes, is especially demanding.
As a rule, the development, design and testing of accessories is generally aligned towards the model or component it will be used with. Roof racks, for example, are always tested with the type of Mercedes-Benz model on which they are to be mounted. This is done to ensure that the boxes conform precisely to specific aspects such as roof geometry, vehicle dimensions or the intended use of the particular model series. The procedure also helps ensure that the accessory does not damage the vehicle in any way.
Extreme stress loads on the vibration table
Some of the most spectacular tests are those carried out on the vehicle body test rig, also known as the vibration table. Here, the roof and the carrier are shaken back and forth and up and down with such a level of violence that most casual observers are left feeling dizzy. Despite the exceptionally high forces that are brought to bear on the carrier, a bicycle or anything attached to it must not fall down, become loose, or damage any other part of the vehicle. An accessory may feature the Mercedes-Benz star only after it has passed this stringent test and withstood the extreme loads it has been subjected to.
Tests tougher than the “City-Crash”
The internal crash tests at Mercedes-Benz are conducted at higher speeds and acceleration rates than those required by the DIN 75-302 (German Institute for Standardisation) or ISO 11154 (International Standard Organisation) standards, or also the “City-Crash”. Although not required by law, the latter test is recommended by the German consumer watchdog organisation Stiftung Warentest, and by the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The test is meant to simulate a typical rear-end collision at a moderate speed in an urban setting.
A roof rack’s life examined in time compression
Laboratory examinations are supplemented with extensive driving tests on Mercedes-Benz test tracks and in situations based on real-life traffic. One such test is the special driving endurance test over a distance of 25,000 kilometres with a 50-percent roof rack overload. The route here includes fast stretches of motorway, together with winding secondary and rural roads. There are also several hundred kilometres of testing over rough road surfaces.
Additional tests are conducted for handling, emergency braking manoeuvres at various speeds and for driving dynamics, such as the ISO evasion test. The programme is rounded off by high-speed drives and extended trips on rough road test circuits.
Optimised aerodynamics means lower fuel consumption
A key aspect of accessory development involves optimising aerodynamic and acoustic properties. The roof racks and boxes are put through an extensive testing programme in a wind tunnel, where they are placed at different angles to the wind and driven at various speeds, up to the maximum speed of the Mercedes-Benz model in question. A predefined internal benchmark serves as the target value that a new product must achieve. Customers benefit from the resulting improvements in aerodynamics in the form of significantly lower fuel consumption than would be possible with a comparable non-genuine accessory.
Acoustic properties are then tested and optimised on the road; the goal here is to eliminate any unpleasant noises such as whirring and whistling. In many cases, these can be identified only when the accessory is driven with the vehicle it is to be used with, which is also why each rack is approved only for specific model series.
Corrosion tests that go far beyond the norm
Great efforts are also made to ensure the long-term quality that is the hallmark of every Mercedes-Benz product. For example, the corrosion tests conducted on individual components in saltwater sprayers last more than twice as long as the time stipulated in the DIN 75-302 standard. In addition, the products are put through extended corrosion tests while mounted on the vehicle, and are also exposed to extreme temperatures in a climate chamber. All of these tests are meant to ensure that the racks will not develop hairline cracks in freezing temperatures or deform in extreme heat.
Design: perfect alignment with the vehicle silhouette
Mercedes-Benz applies the strictest criteria to design, which is why genuine accessories are developed in close cooperation with design engineers for the vehicle models at the Sindelfingen Design Center. The roof boxes and roof rack systems thus blend in harmoniously with the design lines of the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, combining maximum functionality with supreme elegance.
Tips for transporting holiday luggage
How to pack correctly for the trip
Mercedes-Benz is well known for building extremely safe cars. The motto of “safety first” is one of the brand’s core values, and applies just as much to genuine accessories from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH. Ultimate responsibility for safety, however, lies with the driver, and only drivers who stow sports and leisure equipment and other loads in the proper way can look forward to a safe and enjoyable trip.
Improperly secured loads can have fatal consequences: for example, a bicycle flung from the roof of a car can become a life-threatening projectile for other road users. A drinks crate that is not securely fastened in the boot of an estate car poses a risk for all the occupants. The kinetic energy released after a frontal impact at 50 km/h would, for example, propel the drinks crate through the car with a force equivalent to that of the weight of a smart fortwo. It is therefore understandable that the German road traffic code (StVO) stipulates that vehicle loads must be properly secured in order to protect both the vehicle occupants and other road users. Those who fail to comply risk a fine, criminal charges and the loss of their insurance cover, and, not least, injury or death.
Always pack heavy items first
Drivers should follow these recommendations to exclude potential sources of hazard. First of all, heavy items should always be put in first and placed up against the rear seat backrest so that they cannot slide about. Care should be taken to ensure that there is no free space between the back of the rear seats and the load, since otherwise heavy, unsecured objects could deform the seats in a collision. The rear seat backrests in Mercedes-Benz vehicles with a variable interior are designed to give top priority to occupant protection. Their solid connection to the vehicle body offers the best possible protection against wayward loads that are propelled forward in a collision. Nevertheless, any items that might slide forward should always be fastened with straps to the rings on the luggage compartment floor. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate models, for example, are fitted with six strong load-securing rings: four of these are located on the floor, while the other two are positioned underneath the rear seats. The optional EASY-PACK fastening kit and the Cargo Management System from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH offer additional ways to ensure the safe and secure transport of items both large and small.
Estate cars, compacts and sports tourers should not be loaded any higher than the upper edge of the backrest. The only exception to this rule is if the vehicle is equipped with a stable, crash-tested meshed wire divider. This component, which is also available from Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH, extends all the way to the ceiling, providing full protection against flying suitcases and crates. For the same reason, drivers should always remember to close the luggage compartment covers before starting their journey. Many Mercedes-Benz models feature an electric motor which does this automatically.
Small items should also be securely packed
No road maps, umbrellas or other items should be left on the rear shelf during a journey. Sunglasses and mobile phones should not be left on the dashboard, but instead placed in the side compartments in the doors, or else in special holders. Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH can provide a whole range of solutions here, ranging from luggage nets to customised holders.
Pets must also be secured in the car to ensure that they do not interfere with the driver. Dogs should be kept in the rear and secured with a special seatbelt for dogs, while cats can be safely transported in a special transport cage that should also be secured with a seatbelt.
Only light luggage should be placed on the roof
Light loads can be placed on the roof, but care must be taken to ensure that the maximum roof load capacity is not exceeded. When in doubt, it makes sense to weigh the load beforehand. Bicycles or snowboards must always be firmly secured to their carrier system. The best components to use here are fixed roof rails or the Mercedes-Benz Alustyle system with fixed point attachment. Drivers should make sure that the load is sitting tightly and that the weight is distributed as evenly as possible. They should also pay close attention to the instructions in the user manual when installing the system. Anyone who is still unsure should contact a specialist at their nearest Mercedes-Benz sales partner. Cargo items and carriers should never extend past the roof, and all bicycle accessories, such as child seats, water bottles or panniers, should be removed from the bike and stowed in the vehicle. In the interests of safety, Mercedes-Benz experts recommend never exceeding the German speed limit of 130 km/h on motorways at any time during the journey.
Cargo stored in the roof boxes must be secured with the fastening equipment provided, since otherwise sharp braking could cause loose items such as skis and snowboards to be propelled forward with sufficient force to break through the box. Here too, it should be ensured that the weight is distributed as evenly as possible. Cargo mounted on the roof will significantly alter a vehicle’s centre of gravity and thus its handling. It is therefore wise to drive at a slighly slower speed if you have a roof box attached.
Regularly check all fastening equipment
Whether you are transporting items on the roof, at the rear or in the interior of the vehicle, all fastening equipment must be regularly checked to ensure it holds articles tightly and securely. Special regulations apply to rear transport. For example, the load may not protrude more than 40 centimetres beyond the side edge of the taillights, or otherwise it must be equipped with an additional red light. All bolt connections and tension straps must be regularly checked for tightness and fit. Drivers should also bear in mind that rear visibility is restricted by loads mounted at the rear, which means they should make greater use of their exterior mirrors. A vehicle’s handling is also affected by a loaded cargo rack at the rear, particularly on bends, in side winds and when braking