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Mercedes-Benz to exhibit new plug-in hybrid

Dubai, September 15, 2009

Mercedes-Benz will display the future of its hybrid systems - the Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid at a major automobile exhibition in Frankfurt.

The new hybrid will be displayed today (September 15) just months after the launch of the German automaker’s S400 Hybrid, at the 63rd IAA, which will run until September 27.

The Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid can drive for up to 30 kilometres solely on electricity and therefore without producing any local emissions, said a report.

The efficient drive system combined with the CO2 bonus for the battery-electric driving mode enables the vehicle to achieve a certified consumption of only 3.2 litres of petrol per 100 kilometers.

With CO2 emissions of only 74 grams per kilometre in the NEDC (new European driving cycle), the experimental vehicle developed in Stuttgart demonstrates the long-term viability of future S Class generations.

The outstanding values are made possible by the combination of a plug-in hybrid with the efficiency-boosting BlueEFFICIENCY measures. At the same time, the Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid has all of the strengths that are typical of the S Class: top comfort, outstanding safety and masterful performance.

The drive system in the concept car consists of three main components: a powerful V6 petrol engine with a next-generation direct injection system, a 60 hp hybrid module and a lithium-ion battery with more than 10 kWh of storage capacity that can be recharged at charging stations. The Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hr in 5.5 seconds.

“The Vision 500 Plug-in Hybrid is a new milestone on our path toward zero-emission mobility,” says Frank Berhthaler, director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Middle East & Levant.

“It is a luxurious and safe S Class that offers superior driving performance while at the same time consuming less fuel than current compacts.”

“Although it will take some time before this model can go into series production, Mercedes-Benz engineers will be working full steam to carry out the necessary integration measures and ensure that all components can meet the tough everyday demands required of a luxury long-distance saloon,” added Bernthaler. – TradeArabia News Service




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