September 7, 2007 Spearheaded by the F 700 research car – a vehicle that achieves low-emission economy at 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres via its hybrid drive and innovative DIESOTTO engine - and joined by a range of hybrid and clean diesel BLUETEC models, Mercedes-Benz has placed the emphasis firmly on economical and environmentally-friendly vehicles in its line-up for the 2007 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The F 700 boasts CO2 emissions of just 127 grams per kilometre – similar to that of a modern day diesel-powered compact car, and boasts the “lowest petrol consumption figures of a large luxury saloon in the history of the motor car” according to Mercedes-Benz.
S 300 BLUETEC HYBRID The 4-cylinder S 300 BLUETEC HYBRID luxury saloon combines low-emission BLUETEC and hybrid technology that, as a hybrid module, develops a combined system output of 165 kW / 224 hp and a maximum torque of 560 Nm, a figure comparable to a large-displacement V8 petrol unit. Consumption is a meagre 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.
SUVs, the E-Class and C-Class featuring BLUETEC and hybrid Mercedes-Benz will also announce the European market launch in 2007 of the E 300 BLUETEC, billed as 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.
ML 450 HYBRID The ML 450 HYBRID, due to be launched on the market in 2009 as the most economical two-mode petrol hybrid SUV worldwide, will also be on show in Frankfurt. With its two-mode hybrid system that enables electric driving, the combined system produces 250 kW/340 hp and a combined maximum torque of 480 Nm, consuming just 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres - equivalent to CO2 emissions of 185 g/km.
Mercedes-Benz will also be exhibiting various C-Class BLUETEC versions - with and without hybrid - which are due to be launched successively along with future hybrid solutions for smart models. The latter include the fuel-efficient 3-cylinder petrol smart fortwo mhd, or “micro hybrid drive” which will be available from October 2007 and the smart fortwo cdi (88g/km) which has CO2 emissions down to just 78g/km via the micro hybrid drive concept’s start/stop function.