Would you mind switching to diesel? Apparently, luxury car companies don’t mind at all, especially with the big names such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. BMW’s new 3-Series models are now running on diesel, while Mercedes-Benz’s C250 cars now running with an 1800cc turbocharged 4-cylinder under their hoods. Another model which will soon be sporting a diesel powerplant is the 2013 GLK. Potential owners will have the option to drive with a 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine for the GLK. Future C-Class, E-Class and SLK models may also be given the diesel option, according to Mercedes-Benz SL roadster project manager Gunter Fischer. Perhaps one of the biggest underlying reasons that the brand is… Continue Reading »
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Featuring a host of innovations in diesel engine technology, Mercedes’ new OM93X series of engines for medium-duty trucks was launched recently in Germany. According to Georg Weiberg, Head of Truck Product Engineering Daimler Trucks, “The new engines set new benchmarks in their class. They have been designed in uncompromising manner for environmental friendliness, economy and performance. As such, Mercedes-Benz is once again assuming the pioneering role in environmental protection.” These are not words to be taken lightly, as Mercedes has taken BlueEfficiency technology to commercial engine use, beginning with its pioneering compliance with the future Euro VI emissions standard. Euro VI will be mandatory in the EU from 2013/14 and… Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
AutoWeek had the privilege of attending and test driving many of the vehicles at the Vermont gathering of the newest Mercedes-Benz Bluetec vehicles. They have gathered a interesting list of significant Mercedes-Benz diesel milestones. Here are some highlights. 1939 260D Introduced in February 1936, this was the world’s first diesel production passenger car. 1955 180D The 40-hp cars took first, second and third in the Mille Miglia’s diesel class (58.8 mph average). Continue reading
Every wondered what the whole fuss is about the so called ‘DiesOtto’ engine is and how it actually operates. This interview with Dr. Günter Karl will enlighten you on the technology behind the DiesOtto and what it actually can do.
The largest order of alternative-fuel and drive-train commercial vehicles to-date was placed with DTNA’s Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation today by UPS. The order, consisting of 200 hybrid electric vehicles and 300 compressed natural gas vehicles. These environmental friendly vehicles will be used by UPS for daily delivery operations across the United States and will function in alongside their current fleet of conventional diesel powertrain vehicles. The hybrid-electric power train, combined with a diesel engine and electric motor, drive the FCCC chassis to achieve an over 40% improvement in fuel economy and an over 90% reduction in emissions compared to baseline non-hybrid vehicles.