Here's proof that Hong Kong's rich know their cars: Mercedes-Benz China spokeswoman Irene Lo says the Mercedes-Benz E-Class - the South China Morning Post readers' choice as 2003 Car of the Year (from $493,000, below) - offers the best occupant safety of all passenger cars registered in the US. 'That was the conclusion reached by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after extensive accident analysis,' she says. Between 2000 and 2003, the independent IIHS looked at how many drivers were killed in road accidents, Lo says. 'The Mercedes-Benz E-Class obtained the best results of all the models examined. The E-Class accounts for 10 fatal accidents a year for every million vehicles registered. The comparable average figure for all passenger cars is almost nine times higher; the figure for certain models is over 300.' The S-Class did pretty well in the US tests, too, says Lo. 'With a score of 25, the S-Class is the safest in the 'Luxury Class, very large' category,' she says. A couple of marques are making the most of their cars' leading roles in Hollywood this week. Gary Lai of Lamborghini Hong Kong (2893 1838) kindly sent us this still of the new Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, with co-star Christian Bale, in Batman Begins. The 6.2-litre, V12 fastie can rocket to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and Hong Kong's Bruce Wayne types can see a $4.5-million model just like it in the dealer's Gloucester Road showroom. Meanwhile, Samson Leung of Mercedes-Benz China kindly sent us a picture of the C-Class estate car used by bored-housewife-assassin Angelina Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith. We reckon it's a fine, elegant Hong Kong car - smaller, and more sensible, but still the marque - and not just for bored-houswife assassins and mums. The C-Class estates star at $368,000 for the C200 Classic, and might make more sense than SUV's for family outings, boat trips or moving bulky stuff into storage. Post film editor Mathew Scott says the Lamborghini and the C-Class estates almost put Angelina Jolie and Christian Bale in the shade. 'Jolie and Brad Pitt gave the C-Class a thorough workout in Mrs and Mrs Smith, showing it could get up to all sorts of tricks on suburban and open roads, and could keep its passengers on the straight and narrow through the most bitter of family disputes,' Scott says. The Murcielago makes a brief, but impressive, cameo in Batman Begins, he says. 'But forget the babes and the beefcake. Off-road warriors will drool over the new version of the Batmobile - it boasts a 5.7-litre Chevy V-8, mated to a jet engine, and 44-inch 'sportstank' rear tyres. Next up for release, on Thursday, is Initial-D, in which Jay Chou Jie-lun squeals rubber in a Toyota AE86.'