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2010 Geneva Autoshow: BlueTEC, BlueEFFICIENCY, BlueTEC Hybrid, until we're blue in the face! And a swank SLS AMG F1 Safety Car...

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The theme around the Geneva showfloor is without a doubt Green. Mercedes has done quite a job talking about their latest green concept, the F800. As for production cars, they have long since been at the forefront of diesel technology and were the ones to introduce BlueEFFICIENCY (or anything with « Blue ») first. Lately, they've been on a hybrid run, like everyone else. Unlike everyone else, it was inevitable then that the two technologies meet to create some of the cleanest, most efficient cars the German maker has ever assembled. In a parallel Universe, the 571 hp SLS AMG will be the highest-performing Official F1 Safety Car of all time. It's nice to be able to cater to both extremes.

As reported by Mercedes-benz
“We’re driving for victory not only in Formula 1, but also in ‘Formula Green’ – with premium automobiles that combine environmental responsibility with the pure fascination of Mercedes-Benz.” These were the words of Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, speaking today at the press conference marking the opening of the 2010 Geneva Salon. The brand with the three-pointed star is demonstrating here that the lowest consumption and CO2 figures can also be achieved with large, comfortable vehicles equipped with refined engines.

Dr. Thomas Weber presents at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show premium automobiles that combine environmental responsibility with pure fascination. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

Mercedes-Benz Cars, speaking today at the press conference marking the opening of the 2010 Geneva Salon. The brand with the three-pointed star is demonstrating here that the lowest consumption and CO2 figures can also be achieved with large, comfortable vehicles equipped with refined engines.

Considerable efficiency improvements in the new C and E-Class models
The brand with the three-pointed star is demonstrating its consistent ap-proach to efficiency at the Geneva Salon with two new series production models – the new E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY consumes only 4.9 instead of 5.8 l/100 km, while its CO2 emissions are down from 154 to 129 g/km (preliminary combined figures). The C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY gets by on 4.5 l/100 km or 119 g CO2/km. Both models now have a special auto-matic start/stop system – combined in the E-Class for the first time with the further developed 7-speed automatic transmission.

E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – first diesel hybrid from Mercedes-Benz delivers amazing efficiency
Another particularly impressive example of this is the E 300 BlueTEC HY-BRID. The first diesel hybrid from Mercedes-Benz has already successfully entered everyday testing and is scheduled for market launch next year. Its 15 kW electric motor facilitates electric-only driving and supports the 150 kW (204 hp) four-cylinder diesel engine under acceleration (boost effect). With a combined output of 165 kW (224 hp), the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID con-sumes 4.1 l/100 km.