Acknowledging that diesels are making inroads in terms of acceptability in one of the world’s largest markets, Mercedes-Benz of North America is planning to introduce a diesel GLK, concurrent with its plans to also introduce a diesel-powered C-Class. Today’s crop of diesel engines are far removed from their predecessors, which deserved their reputation as oil burners with their unmistakable clatter. Nowadays, diesel engines rival gasoline engines in terms of smoothness and power generation, while significantly offering higher levels of fuel efficiency with much lower harmful emissions. For the 2013 model year, Mercedes’ GLK diesel model will sport a 2200 cc common rail engine with an output of 170 hp and… Continue Reading »
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Carlsson is demonstrating that ECU upgrades are not limited to gasoline-engined cars. Piggybacking onto the Mercedes C-Tronic system used in Mercedes 350 CDI engines, Carlsson’s plug-in module increases output of the type MO642 engine from its base 265 to 310 horsepower. Topping that 45 horsepower increase in output is a 5% increase in fuel economy. This is getting the best of both worlds in terms of performance and fuel consumption. Additionally, peak torque is increased to 700 newton-meters from the original 620. These performance gains provide significant benefits for cars equipped with this engine. For example, the E-Class sedan’s 0-62 time is cut from 6.2 to 5.5 seconds. A company… Continue Reading »
The Mercedes-Benz W138 260D was the first series-production passenger car with a diesel engine. This model was launched in 1936 at the International Motorcycle and Automobile Exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The revolutionary (for that time) model was powered by a 2.6-litre OM 138 four-cylinder engine developing 45 horsepower. Mercedes also featured electrically heated glowplugs in the engine to help start the engine in cold weather. An extended-chassis MB 200 was the basis for the installation of these compression ignition engines, and the resulting variant became the 260D. It was good that a full tank on the 260D lasted 500 kilometers as during that period, because there were very few diesel… Continue Reading »
Goodness, gracious. Don’t say we didn’t tell you earlier. As of right now, 2,297 Mercedes-Benz diesel models have been recalled because of a potential fuel leak problem. These specific models are the 2011 E-Class, GL-Class, R-Class and M-Class rangers. Apparently, there’s an o-ring somewhere in the fuel system that wasn’t installed correctly during production. Mercedes-Benz did the right thing by informing the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (a.k.a. NHTSA) that they failed to lubricate the said o-ring before installing it into the fuel system of these models. This brings about high risk of fuel leaking from the system, specifically the fuel filter. NHTSA officials are actually more worried about… Continue Reading »
The race for efficiency has every auto maker caught by the neck, and Mercedes-Benz is no exception. In its bid to keep up with the eco revolution, Daimler’s breadwinner has just announced plans for bringing into the US the European S350. It’ll pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel that’s capable of 241 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, a bit raunchier than its 235 hp and 398 ft-lb European version. It’ll be the only diesel S-Class to be sold in the US, so hopefully it’ll gain some unique appeal amidst its gasoline-powered sisters. Wearing a BlueTec badge, the US version of the S350 will feature AdBlue urea injection technology to… Continue Reading »
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will re-enter the North American bus and coach engine business with the engines of Dietroit Diesel. “By offering Detroit Diesel engines to independent bus and coach manufacturers in the U.S., we want to further strengthen the leading position that Detroit Diesel has occupied in the North American commercial vehicle industry for the past 50 years,” said Martin Daum, President and CEO of DTNA.
Over past few years, we’ve heard at least a half dozen stories and reports on the possibility of bring the A and B-Class to the States. We’ve even seen spy shots of the B-Class in the desert, but nothing really happened. Mercedes execs are at it again. Stephen Cannon, Vice President of Marketing at Mercedes Benz USA, stated that they are currently deciding if they should offer the successors to the A and B-Class in the US, as they are seeing and feeling a trend towards smaller cars. A final decision has not yet been made, but it is said that if one is made shortly, models could start rolling… Continue Reading »