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2008 Mercedes C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition

2008 Mercedes C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition

Mercedes is ready to launch a new diesel engine in the fall of 2008. First model that will receive this engine will be the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition, a 500 units limited edition that will be priced at €40,638. Mercedes has not given any information on if the car will be available in the traditionally diesel-unfriendly U.S.

In this model the engine produces, with its 2.2 liters of displacement, 204 hp and almost 370 ft. lbs of torque. The premiere model can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds, on the way to its top speed of 250 km/h. The Prime Edition only consumes an average of 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (NEDC), with CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes BlueTEC Diesel - Exclusive Sneak Peak

Mercedes BlueTEC Diesel - Exclusive Sneak Peak

We take an exclusive look at Mercedes new BlueTEC Diesel.

Diesel has been a dirty word in the U.S. for numerous years. Unfortunately for many people, the fuel brings to mind images of black smoke oozing from tailpipes or large trucks with a thirst for power. But times are changing. For decades diesel has been the building block for fuel economy technology, and now it has also shifted into leading the way to cleaner emissions. One prime example of this is the new Mercedes BlueTEC engine, and it has given the TopSpeed Team access to preview the new diesel.

Most diesel fans know that Mercedes has been offering a

low-sulfur enging called BlueTEC since 2006 in the E-Class, but Mercedes has a new innovation for the engine called AdBlue. This additive to the exhaust reduces part of the harmful gasses into harmless nitrogen and water vapor. For more information on the science behind AdBlue, watch the official video below.


The engine will be available in U.S. this fall on ML, GL, and R-Class SUVs. Each car will receive similar V-6 engines, each making 210 bhp and 398 lb.ft. of torque. An example of performance is the GL 320 BlueTEC achieves an estimated 23 mpg (highway), which Mercedes claims is a benefit of approximately 20 to 40 percent over a comparable gasoline engine.

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2008 Mercedes R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC

2008 Mercedes R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC

In October 2006, Mercedes-Benz was the first manufacturer to commence a BlueTEC initiative in the passenger car segment which was timed to coincide with the introduction of low-sulphur fuel in the United States of America. The E 320 BlueTEC proved a great success from the outset, and was voted "World Green Car of the Year 2007". As a next step, Mercedes-Benz is now due to offer the R, ML and GL 320 BlueTEC in the USA, the world’s first three diesel cars which not only meet the particularly demanding criteria of the American Bin 5 standard, but also have the potential to fulfil the stringent EU6 standard due in the future - and which therefore considerably better all the current, worldwide exhaust emission standards for diesel passenger cars.

The muscular V6 diesel engine powering the new BlueTEC models in the GL, M and R-Class shows that a low fuel consumption and very low emissions are also possible for large SUVs. It has an output of 155 kW/211 hp and develops a torque of 540 Nm. Fuel economy is outstanding: the GL 320 BlueTEC, for example, consumes just 9.5 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres (25 mpg). This represents an advantage of around 20 to 40 percent versus a comparable petrol model, and easily makes the Mercedes-Benz GL 320 BlueTEC the most economical full-size SUV in the USA.

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2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

The Mercedes R-Class was introduced back in 2006, a time where minivan sales where plummeting and crossovers were coming out of every design studio. It was no surprise that Mercedes wanted a part of the action, made strong from their alliance with Chrysler, a leader in the minivan market. What was more surprising was the product. The R-Class was a self proclaimed ’Sport Cruiser’. The R-class was touted as a vehicle half way between the comfortable minivan and the smaller and more stylish crossover.

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Mercedes preparing green offensive

Mercedes preparing green offensive

Who said cost can be a stop to anyone? Mercedes is preparing a huge near-future lineup of diesel, hybrids, Diesotto and, later, fuel cell cars.

Even if GM said the cost for producing this kind of cars will be huge, Mercedes has another point of view: "I hear some competitors speculating that whatever it costs to meet the targets, that will be transferred to the customer. But since this is a legal requirement in order to sell the cars, the willingness of the customer to come up with the full bill will be limited. I consider the realistic definition for the pricetag is that the [customer’s] investment has a payback as a fuel saving during the first three or four years of the vehicle’s life."

The Diesotto engine launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in its F700 concept is making significant progress. It is composed of a suite of technologies, the last of which is its variable compression ratio, "which is the toughest step to execute, involving a lot of investment." Mercedes can get about 85 percent of the improvements without it in three to five years he says, with variable compression ratio seven years away.

The S-class Bluetec hybrid will be launched in the next two years. It will be powered by a clean BlueTec diesel engine that is combined to a hybrid module and produces 299 horsepower allowing 0-62mph to come in at 7.3 seconds.

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Mercedes unveils new four-cylinder diesel engine

Mercedes unveils new four-cylinder diesel engine

What better way to mark the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birth than a brand new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz which outstrip all previous benchmarks for performance, torque, emission properties and, most notably, fuel economy in their segment? In its most powerful variant, the new four-cylinder unit musters up 204 hp from its 2143 cubic centimetres, meaning that it delivers around 20 per cent more power than the engine it replaces.

At the same time, peak torque has risen from 400 Nm to 500 Nm, equating to an increase of 25 per cent. Despite the 25 kW increase in output, the new four-cylinder diesel burns substantially less fuel than its predecessor, which was itself highly economical. As a consequence, CO2 emissions are reduced by as much as 13 per cent and the new four-cylinder diesel unit already complies with the future EU5 emissions standard.

The new four-cylinder diesel generation from Mercedes-Benz can be briefly summed up as follows: greater power, greater economy, greater cleanliness. The new power unit from the Untertürkheim plant needs to be explained at greater length to be fully appreciated, however. It really does charter territory from which diesel engines - and four-cylinder units particularly so - have previously been excluded. It redefines standards for power output and torque on the one hand and for fuel consumption and exhaust emissions on the other, setting benchmark figures which no other comparable series-production engine is able to match at the current time.

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Mercedes first three BlueTech diesels coming to the US, first!

Mercedes first three BlueTech diesels coming to the US, first!

Mercedes will bring to USA three new SUVs equipped with the world’s latest and cleanest diesel engine. The new models R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC will initially be available exclusively in America.

They are powered by an up-to-date V6 engine featuring the environmentally friendly Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC technology, with whose help the diesel cars produced by the Stuttgart manufacturer already count as the world’s cleanest. The new models are equipped with AdBlue injection, which has already been demonstrating its exemplary effectiveness and economy in Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses for a number of years.

As a result the three new SUVs achieve even lower emissions, are able to better the stringent Bin 5 limits applicable in the USA, and also have the potential to meet the coming EU6 standards. All three of these new SUVs have also been significantly upgraded with much more extensive standard equipment, and now offer even more comfort together with unique safety features. With these diesel vehicles Mercedes-Benz is once again underlining its status as the technological leader. The new models will be available in the USA from autumn 2008.

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BRABUS PowerXtra D6 BLUE

BRABUS PowerXtra D6 BLUE

Brabus today revealed the PowerXtra D6 BLUE Power Kit for the E 300 BLUETEC. The PowerXtra D6 BLUE increase the power in the E300 Bluetec by 47 hp. The power kit for the Brabus Mercedes E 300 BLUETEC is available for 1790 Euro.

After the conversion kit from Brabus the E300 Bluetec has a maximum power of 258 hp at 3,700 rpm. The engine’s torque grows by a healthy amount as well: Between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm the torque curve reaches a new high of 610 Nm (450 lb-ft), up from standard 540 Nm (398 lb-ft). The 0 to 60 mph sprint in made in 6.8 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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AMG considering diesel engines

AMG considering diesel engines

After Audi unveiled the R8 V12 TDi Concept and Ferrari the Biofuel F430 prototype, Mercedes is also closer than ever to launching an AMG-badged diesel model.

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Mercedes C-Class Estate by Carlsson

Mercedes C-Class Estate by Carlsson

With the new C-Tronic Diesel POWER generation, Carlsson offers 20 % more power and torque for all Mercedes common-rail diesels from the A to the S Class. Increasing the output via the C-Tronic Diesel POWER supplementary control unit results in a significant improvement in performance. Consisting of the control unit and a plug-and-drive adapter, which is connected to the standard engine control unit, the C-Tronic® reads all signals from the series control unit needed to determine the optimum values for fuel quantity and the injection point.

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2008 Mercedes E 350 CGI

2008 Mercedes E 350 CGI

In the E-Class too, Mercedes-Benz is now presenting the world’s first petrol engine with spray-guided direct injection. A favourable fuel consumption and powerful performance characteristics are by no means contradictory for this direct-injection petrol engine from Mercedes-Benz. On the contrary, with an output of 215 kW/292 hp the six-cylinder unit delivers 15 kW/20 hp more than the V6 with conventional injection technology, as well as four percent more torque.

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2008 Mercedes E300 Bluetec

2008 Mercedes E300 Bluetec

The inventor of BLUETEC technology is entering a new era with the E 300 BLUETEC: following positive experiences in the American market since autumn 2006, particularly environmentally friendly BLUETEC diesel technology is now also available in a passenger car model in Europe. Mercedes-Benz has managed to retain the same, low fuel consumption while achieving a massive reduction in emissions and compliance with the EU5 standard. The intelligent BLUETEC system makes the diesel engine one of the world’s cleanest and most efficient power units.

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