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  • columbo_investor2001 columbo_investor2001 Mar 6, 2012 11:22 AM Flag

    Mercedes-Benz Intros Viano Pearl Luxury Van Using SPD-SmartGlass Technology at 2012 Geneva Auto Show

    From Concept Car to Production: Mercedes-Benz Introduces Viano Pearl Luxury Van Using SPD-SmartGlass Technology at 2012 Geneva Auto Show

    Viano Pearl Features Four SPD-SmartGlass Panels for Privacy, and Heat, Light and Glare Control

    GENEVA, Mar 6, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Geneva Auto Show World Debut -- Luxury auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has now introduced its third vehicle using Research Frontiers' /quotes/zigman/77470/quotes/nls/refr REFR -1.39% SPD-SmartGlass technology at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show being held now through March 18, 2012.

    The special limited edition of the Viano Pearl features as standard equipment SPD-SmartGlass technology in the luxury van's four side windows, allowing rear passengers enhanced privacy as well as instant heat, light and glare control. This glass is manufactured by Research Frontiers' licensee Isoclima S.p.A.

    A representative for Mercedes-Benz's van division indicated that orders for the Viano Pearl will begin in April with deliveries of this special edition with MAGIC SKY CONTROL using SPD-SmartGlass technology to customers to begin in July.

    The Mercedes-Benz Viano Pearl exclusive touring van is the third automotive production vehicle to use SPD-SmartGlass technology. In January 2012 Mercedes-Benz launched its new SL roadster at the Detroit Auto Show. The SL was the second large-scale series production vehicle to offer MAGIC SKY CONTROL using SPD-Smart technology. In January 2011, Daimler introduced the new Mercedes-Benz SLK as the first car to offer this innovative feature.

    Mercedes-Benz' Viano Pearl luxury van was originally showcased in a video from Mercedes-Benz Reporter. Additional videos of the SPD-SmartGlass operating in the Viano Pearl are available on Research Frontiers' website and on its YouTube channel.

    This is the first vehicle produced by an automotive OEM that offers automotive side windows made using SPD light-control technology. These smart windows allow drivers and passengers to change the tint of their windows from dark to clear instantly with the touch of a button. The use of SPD-SmartGlass technology in roof glass and on its windows offers many benefits including enhanced privacy on-demand, improved security, and increased energy savings due to lower heat build-up within the vehicle. ....

    Mercedes-Benz put the MAGIC SKY CONTROL SPD-SmartGlass roof through rigorous durability and performance testing in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth. This included testing in the arctic cold of Scandinavia (with temperatures below -22ºF/-30ºC) and the blistering desert heat of Death Valley, California (with temperatures exceeding 122 degrees F/50 degrees C).

    The automotive press has hailed the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK and its MAGIC SKY CONTROL sunroof with SPD-SmartGlass technology. Motor Trend magazine calls MAGIC SKY CONTROL the "killer app," "the very coolest part of the SLK," "amazing stuff" and "without question the highlight of the new SLK." Car and Driver says "Being a Mercedes, the SLK will overflow with technology ... but the coolest will be ... MAGIC SKY CONTROL roof." And Automobile Magazine describes it as "Magic indeed."

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