Eurocopter brings “Mercedes-Benz style” to the EC145
Eurocopter has teamed with Mercedes-Benz to develop a special edition of the EC145 twin-engine turbine helicopter with a high-end interior. It was unveiled today at the 2010 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva.
The EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” was conceived in a design project led by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, and bears all the hallmarks and passion of Mercedes-Benz design.
“Eurocopter has consolidated its position as the leading helicopter supplier for corporate and VIP operators based on a commitment to creativity, efficiency and performance with the world’s most modern rotary-wing product line,” said Olivier Lambert - Eurocopter’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. “The EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ is our third major creative initiative of this type in seven years, ensuring that Eurocopter will continue as the helicopter manufacturer of choice for corporate and VIP customers.”
The EC145’s cabin enabled Mercedes-Benz designers to take a modular approach for the new high-end interior, which is inspired by the automaker’s new R-Class range. Seat upholstery in the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” will be available in deluxe materials and a range of colors, and a choice of elegant woods is offered to provide luxury underfoot. The overall impression of elegance and style is complemented by a stylish arrangement of wood panels for the ceilings.
A multi-purpose storage zone has been included in the EC145’s aft cabin, providing a high-capacity luggage compartment with numerous attachment points on the floor and walls for baggage, golf clubs and other outsized articles.
New production EC145s “Mercedes-Benz Style” will be available from the fourth quarter of 2011.