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Mercedes-Benz Fleet: Increased Efficiency, Reduced Emissions

In the grand scheme of things, the small stuff do matter. This year, Mercedes-Benz was able to cut back on the average CO2 emissions for its entire vehicle fleet by 6 grammes, from an average of 140 grammes in 2012. On top of increased efficiency in terms of fuel consumption, the German automaker is certainly making a difference for owners and for the environment. According to Daimler board member for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Professor Thomas Weber, the aim is to get to an average fleet CO2 figure of 125 g CO2 per kilometer by the year 2016. That reflects the company’s continued commitment to reducing the emissions… Continue Reading »

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Two Setra ComfortClass 500 Coaches Delivered to Reimund Dirr

A couple of new Euro VI-compliant Setra ComfortClass 500 units were just delivered to Reimund Dirr, owner of a Bavarian coach operator that takes people across several destinations around Europe. The two, an S 516 HD and an S 517 HD, add to the growing ‘green fleet’ of the operator. “As far as I’m concerned, low operating costs and reduced fuel consumption are important factors when it comes to buying new vehicles,” said Dirr, who owns Mindel-Reisen and Stricker-Reisen. “Setra has certainly kept its promise in full.” With Record Run Buses 2012, Daimler demonstrated the capabilities and improvements that the Setra ComfortClass 500 range had over the previous models. These… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Goes Green with Bio-Based Polyamide Engine Cover for New A-Class

In a bid to become more environment-friendly without sacrificing product quality and vehicle safety, Mercedes-Benz decided to go for a new high-performance bio-based polyamide to make the new A-Class engine cover. The  material from DSM mostly makes use of renewable resources, with raw materials derived from Ricinus communis, or the castor plant. The compound will be used on the new A-Class turbo petrol variants, which means the covers have to be able to withstand over 200 degrees Celsius while retaining stability and without warping. Polyamide 410 comes with vital properties like low moisture absorption, high crystallization rate, and a high melting point, and DSM bases its EcoPaXX engineering plastic on… Continue Reading »

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Daimler with Biggest Contingent in Silvretta E-Car Rallye

When the 3rd Silvrette E-Car Rallye kicks off this July 5 at Montafon, Austria, Daimler will be sporting the largest contingent of cars with 7 cars powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Daimler lineup includes proven vehicles and units that will be competing at the event for the first time. The veterans are a couple of Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL units, two B-Class F-CELL units, and an SLS AMG E-CELL. Rounding out the roster are the newcomers: two smart fortwo electric drive units. The electric supercar SLS AMG E-CELL will be manned by former F1 driver and AMG brand ambassador Karl Wendlinger. The Silvretta E-Car Rallye will commence through 3… Continue Reading »

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US Gasoline Not Clean Enough for New Merc Engines

Mercedes-Benz is among the world leaders when it comes to automotive powertrain technology, from the performance front to the greener side of things. Recent developments have led to lean-burn technology aimed at reducing a vehicle’s emissions as well as improving its fuel efficiency. This is something that the United States won’t be able to take advantage of, simply because the gasoline there is too dirty for the engines. According to Ward’s Automotive, Daimler powertrain development VP Bernard Heil stated that US gasoline contains 95 parts per million of sulfur, which is around double the amount that the new engines can handle. This is an excessively high amount and will lead… Continue Reading »

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BRABUS Releases First Tuned Car that Complies with Euro 6 Emissions Standard

Give it to BRABUS for always reinventing themselves. The German Mercedes-Benz tuner has just released the first tuned car that passes the future Euro 6 emissions standard, which will come into force in September 2014. That just means BRABUS is nearly four years advanced for the kind of eco-friendly vehicle the EU wants. The vehicle in question? The new Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC bundled with the tuner’s ECO PowerXtra D6S kit. Aside from being clean and green, the BRABUS S 350 also gets additional power and torque thanks to the performance kit. Power is up by 55 horsepower and torque now reaches peaks of 509 lb.-ft. Prospective buyers can also… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s New Battery Tech Patent

At the 125 Years of the Automobile celebration kickoff, Daimler had announced that yet another technology patent had been granted to the automaker, some 80,000 patents after Carl Benz filed for the patent on the first automobile back in 1886. This new patent, presented by the German Patent and Trademark Office, is for a “bipolar flat-cell frame,” something touted to be a new battery technology breakthrough. Basically, this “bipolar flat-cell frame” allows lithium-ion batteries to be cooler, more efficient and more compact compared to the current batteries that are in use in today’s electric vehicles. This will certainly allow Daimler to fully industrialize lithium-ion batteries and make them more viable… Continue Reading »

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