Unlike imitations, genuine Mercedes-Benz wheels have to withstand extreme endurance tests. Here, much more is demanded of them than the legal requirements. To pass the tests, the wheels undergo a development phase that can last up to three years and begins with the first sketches by Mercedes-Benz designers. So that each wheel precisely matches the corresponding Mercedes-Benz model visually, the designers closely coordinate with the vehicle’s exterior experts.
In the development process of genuine Mercedes-Benz wheels, engineering and design go hand in hand. It also always depends on what kind of vehicle is involved. The wheels of an SUV, for example, are put to completely different endurance tests than those of a saloon. Optimum safety is the highest priority. This is achieved with test procedures that simulate the challenges the wheels will later face in everyday use.
Along with mechanical stress, genuine Mercedes-Benz wheels must be able to withstand all weather conditions. They undergo tests with highly corrosive salt spray and a 28-day variable climate programme. Wheels are tested in oversized drums: several thousand kilometres are simulated with increased contact and lateral forces. This corresponds to the mileage of the entire life of the vehicle. The rotary bending test subjects the wheel to wobbling movements with load changes. These simulate maximum loads during cornering. After passing the tests, the wheels are added to the Mercedes-Benz light-alloy wheel range.
If you also don’t want to compromise on your tyres, choose a genuine tyre to go with your genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel. That’s why we offer customized wheel assemblies for summer and winter, as well as spare tyres. Like the wheels, the tyres go through rigorous testing procedures to earn MO or MOE seals of approval. MO stands for Mercedes Original, MOE for Mercedes Original Extended. Extended means: reinforced sidewalls for emergency use, even without tyre pressure. The genuine tyres are developed to be optimally matched to the assistance systems and offer outstanding ride and acoustic comfort with low wear. If you opt for genuine wheels and tyres, you can therefore expect maximum driving performance and safety.