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Gas and Diesel - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrids

Top:Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid Below : Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec

On 21 December 2011 (Wednesday), two new hybrid E-Class sedans announced by Mercedes-Benz. The E300 BlueTec Hybrid and E400 Hybrid.

The Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec : is equipped with a diesel-electric powertrain, the automaker’s first to be commercialized The E300 BlueTec Hybrid combines a 201-horsepower 4-cylinder diesel engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor and can reportedly travel an estimated 100 kilometers on just 4.2 liters of diesel fuel, or roughly 56 miles per gallon. A stop-start function and regenerative braking also contribute to the car’s fuel efficiency. The combined torque of the diesel engine and the electric motor is expected to rival the level of twist produced by the brand’s high-performance V-8s.

The Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid : has a more conventional gas-electric hybrid system.
The Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid, which is scheduled to be delivered to dealerships in the United States in the second half of 2012, combines a 302-horsepower direct-injection V-6 gasoline engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor to achieve a combined fuel economy of about 27 m.p.g. Like the diesel version, it is equipped with a stop-start function and mild regenerative braking.

The Mercedes-Benz diesel hybrid would be available only in Europe, at least initially. But given the presence of BlueTec models in the United States, as well as the automaker’s investments in so-called clean-diesel technology, few would be surprised if the oil-burning model came to North America. Both hybrid powertrains were described by Mercedes as modular, an indication that they could potentially be fitted to other vehicle platforms.

Thomas Weber (A Daimler board member and head of Mercedes-Benz car development)

“With these two Mercedes-Benz E-Class models we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive,The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models.”

Both Mercedes-Benz cars are scheduled to be formally introduced at the Detroit auto show, where press previews begin on Jan. 9. The price premium for the hybrids over their conventional gas-burning and BlueTec diesel equivalents was not announced, but Mercedes-Benz described the extra cost as “only moderate.”

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Mercedes sets Malaysian luxury pace

Mercedes-Benz : With the economy recovering and premium car sales showing strong growth, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz appears to be the biggest beneficiary of the improving global finances.

Based on sales results of the first six months of 2010, the brand is a class above the rest, setting the pace in all three-flagship luxury passenger car segments with the performance of its Mercedes-Benz C, E and S Class.

Their sales numbers jumped 29 per cent to 2,417 units compared to 1,869 sold in the corresponding period last year.

"The outstanding first half sales performance is testament to Mercedes-Benz being the brand of choice amongst discerning Malaysians. The latest statistics set us apart from the rest as the Number One luxury car brand," said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and CEO Peter Honegg.

"This has been the best half year performance to date and our market leading position in all the three main segments - the C, E and S-Classes - is a reflection of customer confidence in our cars."

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, leads the premium automaker's passenger car sales with 1,097 units sold compared to 857 units in 1H09 registering an impressive 28 per cent growth, buoyed by the introduction of C200 and CGI C250 Blue EFFICIENCY earlier this year.

The flagship's shining star, the elegant and dynamic Mercedes-Benz E-Class, out-performed in its segment with a robust 44 per cent increase delivering 988 units to customers compared to 684 units last year.

With the soon to be introduced new Cabriolet, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class diffamily will be complete. The demand for the E-Class has also charted a month-on-month increase since January this year and looks set to surpass expectations once again come year end.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to awe Malaysia's top corporate and business luminaries with its renowned luxury and sophistication registering a commendable growth of over 10 per cent resulting in 158 units sold.

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