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    "50 state" Benz diesels on their way - finally

    Under the heading ?Vote for BlueTEC?, Mercedes-Benz is continuing its diesel offensive in the U.S. with a vengeance. At the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), the three-pointed star is presenting three new, exceptionally clean diesel SUVs with the latest AdBlue injection technology. The ML 320 BlueTEC, the R 320 BlueTEC and the GL 320 BlueTEC boast such low emissions that they comply with even the strictest exhaust limits such as the Bin 5 and ULEV standards in the U.S. They are also poised to fulfill the future EU6 standard in Europe. The focal point of today?s Mercedes-Benz NYIAS press conference was the facelifted M-Class, which celebrated its world premiere as the ML 320 BlueTEC.

    ?The BlueTEC campaign expresses our ambitious targets for the U.S. We want to make diesel driving popular here again ? especially for SUVs,? comments Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Management Board Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. ?The prospects for this are now even better,? Weber continues, ?because, just in time for the world premiere in New York, we have become the first manufacturer ever to receive certification enabling registration of Bin 5 and ULEV compliant diesel SUVs, thus qualifying them for registration in all 50 states.?

    In preparation for the comeback of the clean diesel to the U.S., Mercedes has been conducting years of pioneering work. The decisive breakthrough came with the introduction of the E 320 BlueTEC in October 2006, which was voted ?World Green Car of the Year 2007? in the U.S., followed by the successful launch of Mercedes diesel SUVs with CDI technology in 45 states.

    ?What began as a cautious attempt at a comeback, soon developed into a new diesel success story,? explains Dr. Weber. ?The E 320 BlueTEC already claims 13 percent of E-Class sales in the U.S. Our diesel SUVs average 22 percent.? These figures already put Mercedes-Benz well over the average diesel market share of 14 percent currently forecast by J.D. Power for the U.S. market in 2017. ?With BlueTEC, we have the potential to build on this success.?

    The BlueTEC SUVs, which will initially be available only in the U.S., are powered by state-of-the-art V6 engines. With 211 bhp and 540 Nm of torque, they bring refined and highly-efficient driving pleasure to the world?s cleanest diesel vehicles. Weber again, ?With the BlueTEC diesel, our three new SUVs consume 20 to 40 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline models. They combine V8 torque with four-cylinder fuel consumption.?

    Mercedes-Benz has considerably upgraded the new-generation M-Class with fresh design accents, and more extensive, even higher quality equipment. When it comes to safety, the M-Class has always been a benchmark within the SUV sector. Now the M, R and GL-Class all come with PRE-SAFE® and NECK-PRO head restraints as standard.


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    Re: "50 state" Benz diesels on their way - finally

    This is all nice. Right in time for diesel to cost 20-40 percent more than gasoline, negating fuel consumption benefits. Its a shame.

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