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Apr 232010
 
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.


Nov 192009
 

From Green Right Now Reports

A host of new greener vehicles will be making their North American debuts at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show from Dec. 4 through Dec. 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Mercedes-Benz will show off the fuel-sipping E350 BlueTEC and the fuel-cell-powered F-Cell. The company also will showcase the just-launched ML450 Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz’s first hybrid SUV.

Essentially an electric car that makes its own power on board, the new Mercedes-Benz F-Cell  has a range of about 240 miles and, running on compressed hydrogen, boasts an equivalent fuel mileage of 86.6 city-highway combined miles per gallon. In 2010, Mercedes-Benz says 200 production F-Cell cars will be delivered to customers in the U.S. and Europe as part of a special lease program.

The car show also will include the E350 BlueTEC,  powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 210 horsepower that delivers 400 lb.-ft. of torque and approximately 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine. Mercedes-Benz says the car uses “AdBlue injection” that makes diesel exhaust super-clean. The E350 BlueTEC will go on sale in all 50 states in spring 2010.

Making its West Coast debut at the L.A. Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid 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. Integrated within the modified automatic transmission, each magneto-electric motor is dedicated to a specific purpose — one for pulling away under electric power, the other specifically for acceleration. With both electric motors, the ML450 Hybrid has a total system performance of 335 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque.

Honda concept shows potential of ultra-compact, city-focused vehicle

Honda will present the world debut of its Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT)  at at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Dec. 2. The company also plans to demonstrate a futuristic concept for an ultra-compact, aggressively designed coupe. The Advanced Design Studio of Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles developed the P-NUT design study model.

Mazda to Unveil All-New Small Car at 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2011 MAZDA2 will make its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

The 2011 MAZDA2 will make its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

The 2011 MAZDA2 will make its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show as well.  The vehicle will be sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning in late 2010.

Takashi Yamanouchi, representative director, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation, will debut the car to media Dec. 2. In addition to a stock MAZDA2, a selection of unique MAZDA2 vehicles will be on display to showcase the car’s creative potential and versatility, the company said.

MAZDA2 has won 48 awards and has been recognized as Car of the Year in more than 20 countries.

Chevrolet to show its green side

Chevrolet said it will affirm its commitment to fuel solutions and building refined, eco-friendly vehicles with the debut of the U.S. production version of the Cruze sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Dec. 2. The Cruze, along with the much-anticipated Volt electric vehicle, will give visitors to the L.A. show a close-up view of Chevrolet’s expanding lineup of gas-friendly to gas-free products.

“With expected highway fuel economy up to 40 miles per gallon, Cruze will be extremely gas friendly while the Volt electric vehicle can be operated gas-free,” Brent Dewar, vice presidentof Chevrolet, said in a statement. “Chevrolet’s focus is on forward-looking technologies to the benefit of our customers, such as the highly efficient, small-displacement turbocharged engine in the Cruze or the Volt electric vehicle with extended range.”

The Cruze has already launched in Europe and Asia. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2010 but has already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making it one of the most globally tested Chevrolet products prior to a U.S. launch, the company said.

Cruze is designed to achieve class-leading highway fuel economy using a new family of efficient engines that include a 1.4L turbo.

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability. It is expected to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery is depleted of energy, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling.

Chevrolet said it will announce plans for initial retail markets where the Volt will be sold. Production for the Volt is expected to begin in late 2010. Pricing has not been announced.

From Nov. 27-29, the Volt will be on display next to Bloomingdale’s at the Westfield Century City mall in West Los Angeles. During regular mall hours, visitors to the Chevrolet Volt display may get two free tickets each to the L.A. Auto Show, while supplies last. The L.A. Auto Show opens to the public Dec. 4.


Nov 132009
 
Mercedes-Benz will launch the ML450 Hybrid (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

Mercedes-Benz will launch the ML450 Hybrid (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

From Green Right Now Reports

Mercedes-Benz said today that on Nov. 16 it will launch the first European full hybrid vehicle to be offered in the US. The company said the ML450 Hybrid will feature “V8-like power with four-cylinder fuel economy.”

The new Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid uses a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and two magneto-electric motors that produce 46 percent better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model. The SUV achieves 21 miles per gallon around town and 24 mpg on the highway.

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Apr 152009
 


Photo: PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA, ALBERT MICHAEL

From Green Right Now Reports

Singer and environmental activist Sheryl Crow is lending her support to clean diesel vehicles as an alternative to other green technologies. She is pictured above with her Mercedes-Benz R320 BlueTEC, one of a new breed of diesel vehicles that are quieter and more environmentally clean than the old diesel engines.

“The newest clean diesel vehicles are eco-friendly and deserve as much attention as other gas alternatives like hybrids,” Crow said in a statement.

The government is placing clean diesel on a par with hybrids — they are eligible for the same federal tax credit. Mercedes-Benz says current diesel tax credits for owners of a 2009 Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC are $1,800 for the GL320; $1,550 for the R320; and $900 for the ML320.

According to the EPA, the nation would save 1.4 million barrels of oil a day if just one third of all light-duty vehicles in the USA were state-of-the-art diesel vehicles. Mercedes-Benz says its BlueTEC vehicles deliver 20-30 percent higher fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.

In addition to Sheryl Crow, Mercedes-Benz says other celebrities driving its BlueTEC vehicles include Kim Cattrall, Billy Baldwin, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.

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Feb 212009
 

Mercedes-Benz is launching its first passenger car model equipped with a hybrid drive system in summer 2009 – the S 400 BlueHYBRID. The sedan will combine a modified V6 gas engine and a compact hybrid module that Mercedes-Benz says will make the S 400 BlueHYBRID, based on the S 350, the world’s most economical luxury car with a spark-ignition engine. The new S 400 BlueHYBRID is the first series-production model to be equipped with a particularly efficient lithium-ion battery specially developed for automotive use.


Photo: © 2009 Daimler AG

The new Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID is based on the S 350, and features an extensively modified drive train. This encompasses a further development of the 3.5-litre V6 gas engine, an additional magneto-electric motor, the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission specially configured for the hybrid module, the necessary operating and control electronics, the transformer and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery.