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Mercedes-Benz Trailer Stability Assist combats the dreaded fishtailing: Trailer towing made safe
Stuttgart, Jul 07, 2005 Summertime is the traditional school holiday period. In a number of Germany's federal states, the long summer holidays have already begun, with the other states soon to follow. Traffic on the country's major highways is increasing sharply - and with it, so is the number of trailers.
Many of the passenger cars en route to holiday destinations will have a caravan, a boat trailer or a load-carrying trailer in tow. It is important to remember, however, that passenger cars handle very differently with a trailer attached. Pulling away is an unusually sluggish affair, cornering abilities alter and merely taking the time to load the towing vehicle and trailer properly can have a major impact on handling stability.
Most Mercedes-Benz models can be used to tow a trailer without any problems. This is because the engineers take all aspects of trailer towing into account as early as the vehicle design stage. The broad Mercedes-Benz model portfolio includes vehicles with trailer loads for any application, even up to a gross trailer weight of 3.5 tonnes for anyone wishing to take a particularly heavy caravan or a large boat with them on holiday. Customers ordering a factory-fitted trailer coupling will also benefit from a whole package of technical measures which are extremely complex or even impossible to retrofit.
Most of the models in the Mercedes-Benz range are available with a handy, removable trailer coupling and many offer the option of an ultra-convenient, swivelling trailer coupling too. Both the coupling itself and the overall vehicle set-up are subject to extremely tough operating requirements. The M-Class provides a prime example of just how comfortably a Mercedes-Benz handles these requirements: only recently, at Stuttgart Airport, this state-of-the-art four-wheel drive vehicle proved itself capable of pulling an Airbus A319 aeroplane weighing around 60 tonnes with ease.
The factory-fitted package of measures will in future include the new Mercedes-Benz Trailer Stability Assist (TSA). This is an extra function incorporated into the ESP Electronic Stability Program that is designed to offer drivers even greater safety when towing a trailer. TSA is capable of detecting the dreaded fishtailing motion swiftly and nipping it in the bud effectively. To do this, it uses the ESP program's own sensory system and initiates precision brake applications at the front left and right wheels individually and alternately to stabilise the car/trailer outfit. TSA will make its debut in the W 221-series Mercedes-Benz S Class, after which it will be made available for further model series successively. It is due to be added to the specification of the M-Class from late August 2005.

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