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Robert Downey Jr. walking to his Mercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID on set. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA, Clark Samuels at Startracks)

Robert Downey Jr. walking to his Mercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID on set. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA, Clark Samuels at Startracks)

From Green Right Now Reports

Mercedes-Benz has figured out that many of today’s Hollywood stars are looking for something “green” in their ride. So the luxury automaker is touting that its lineup of hybrids — including the 2010 S400 HYBRID luxury sedan and the ML450 HYBRID SUV — is pulling in the star power.

Mercedes-Benz says its eco line-up is making it easy for celebs to have green transportation by offering the best of both worlds: supreme luxury, safety and technology with “solid environmental credentials.”

And the company is happy to name names. Here are a few:

S400 HYBRID — This new Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan is the vehicle of choice for Robert Downey Jr., who drove the luxury sedan when off-camera while shooting his upcoming film Due Date, and Gerard Butler, among others.

ML450 HYBRID — This mid-size SUV uses a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, two electric motors and sophisticated electronics to produce more than 46 percent better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model, and is the vehicle of choice for international pop star Miley Cyrus.

Mercedes-Benz’s BlueTEC and ML Hybrid deliver “20-30 percent higher fuel economy” than comparable models with gasoline engines, according to Mercedes.  The Hollywood elite you’ll see behind the wheel include:

  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Liv Tyler
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Christina Applegate
  • Molly Sims
  • Giles Marini
  • Felicity Huffman

So how far does Mercedes go to super-serve the “greenerati” with exclusive rides? Well, for 2010 the automaker plans to offer a limited number of B-Class hydrogen fuel cell vehicles available for lease in …California. Essentially an electric car that makes its own power on board, the company says the new F-Cell has a range of about 240 miles before needing refueling. Running on compressed hydrogen, the F-Cell is expected to deliver an equivalent fuel mileage of 86.6 city-highway combined miles per gallon and water is the F-Cell’s only emission.

That’s one vehicle that might cause even the biggest names to queue up for a chance to own one.