Om nog maar even door te borduren over hippies; op de IAA in Frankfurt presenteert Mercedes maar liefst zeven (je leest het goed) hybride's in vijf verschillende model-series.
Dit alles wordt gedaan onder het motto Fascination and Responsibility. Volgens eigen zeggen een geheel nieuwe serie modellen die schone energie combineren met intelligente technologie om het rijden te verbeteren / makkelijker te maken.
Een voorbeeld is de S300 Bluetec, wat reeds in de lijn der verwachting lag. De auto heeft 224 pk en een max koppel van 560 Nm. Het verbruik is 5,4 liter diesel per 100 kilometer.
The modular technology concept from Mercedes-Benz includes optimised combustion engines and customised hybrid solutions, which are deployed individually or in combination depending on the vehicle class, application profile and customer requirements.
A prime example comes in the shape of the S 300 BLUETEC HYBRID with its unique combination of BLUETEC and hybrid technology that has given rise to the world’s most efficient, most environment-compatible premium passenger car. As a 4-cylinder with hybrid module it develops a combined system output of 165 kW / 224 hp and a maximum torque of 560 Nm, a figure more reminiscent of a large-displacement V8 petrol unit. The luxury saloon delivers effortless performance yet consumes just 5.4 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres – equivalent to just 142 grams of CO2 per kilometre ‑ 57 grams or around 30 percent less than the current consumption and emissions benchmark in the S‑Class segment.
The S 300 BLUETEC HYBRID has the potential to meet most stringent emissions standards such as EU6 or the BIN5 standard for 50 US states.
Following the successful U.S. launch of the world’s first BLUETEC passenger car – the E 320 BLUETEC, voted the “World Green Car of the Year 2007” – the technology for the world’s cleanest diesel will now also be rolled out in Europe. At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz will announce the European market launch in 2007 of the E 300 BLUETEC, the cleanest (EU5) and most economical diesel passenger car in the business limousine segment worldwide. The R, ML and GL 320 BLUETEC will follow in 2008, the world’s first three diesel SUVs that will also meet the stringent U.S. BIN5 emissions standard for 50 U.S. states and have the potential to fulfil EU 6.
Product highlights at this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt also include the new C-Class Estate, which combines functionality with stylish design and hallmark Mercedes refinement. Mercedes-Benz will also be exhibiting various C-Class BLUETEC versions — with and without hybrid — which are due to be launched successively.