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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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