What is too much ‘luxury’?

What is too much ‘luxury’?

The Mercedes-Benz C320 CDi that’s sitting in the carpark, trying to entice me to drive it, has an electric headrest. That means it has a motor and a switch and wires that go between the switch on the door right around underneath the seat and up into the top of the seat. All that means weight. Lots of it. You see, I can understand the reason for an electronic headrest – if you have two drivers, one short and one tall, the Merc has different seating settings, and that may also involve adjusting the headrest.

But, we’re just adding more and more weight to our cars unnecessarily. I predict that many of these items may start to be regretted by the manufacturers as they have to progressively meet emissions requirements. Extra weight equals extra fuel costs. So, if Mercedes has a goal to average, say 180g C02/km you may find that heavy items such as headrest adjustment motors are the unwanted baby that you just can’t throw out with the bathwater.

The Mercedes-Benz C320 CDi that’s sitting in the carpark, trying to entice me to drive it, has an electric headrest. That means it has a motor and a switch and wires that go between the switch on the door right around underneath the seat and up into the top of the seat. All that means weight. Lots of it. You see, I can understand the reason for an electronic headrest – if you have two drivers, one short and one tall, the Merc has different seating settings, and that may also involve adjusting the headrest.

But, we’re just adding more and more weight to our cars unnecessarily. I predict that many of these items may start to be regretted by the manufacturers as they have to progressively meet emissions requirements. Extra weight equals extra fuel costs. So, if Mercedes has a goal to average, say 180g C02/km you may find that heavy items such as headrest adjustment motors are the unwanted baby that you just can’t throw out with the bathwater.

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