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  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

    Car shoppers today are spoiled for choice when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles. When else in history have we had the choice between gasoline, diesel, biofuel, natural gas, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicles? When it comes to actually putting fuel in your tank, many turn to hybrids and diesels to get the most miles to every gallon. But which is best? Road & Track thinks it can answer. And if you have a Prius, look away now--because it isn't the hybrid. The magazine lined Toyota's flagship against the Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec--a midsize luxury sedan with a...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Daimler Plans 3-Cylinder Engines For Future Compact Hybrids

    Three-cylinder engines were popular with Japanese automakers back in the 1980s and 1990s, as a way of reducing weight and fuel consumption in smaller vehicles. Now, they're making a resurgence, as low weight and improved efficiency are once again at the forefront of automakers' development tasks...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
    Mercedes-Benz Could Launch Next Fuel-Cell Car In 2017

    Mercedes-Benz has delved into the world of fuel-cell vehicles before, with several concepts and the F-Cell prototype from a few years back. But so far--like most automakers--there's not been a model people can actually buy. That might change in 2017, according to Motoring (via Motor Authority), as...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG Line leaked
    Downsized 3-Cylinder Engines Not Refined Enough For Mercedes

    Three-cylinder engines are all the rage right now. Once the preserve of basic economy cars, they're now used in everything from the latest generation of economy vehicles, through sporty hatchbacks like the 2015 MINI Cooper and Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, to BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class
    Mercedes S-Class Electric Car Could Follow Plug-In Hybrid

    So far, Mercedes' exploration of electric vehicles has been fairly diverse. It started, logically, with the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. But then it jumped to the other end of the scale with the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar. The next stop could be the Mercedes S-Class luxury sedan, as the...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid
    Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-In On Sale Early 2015, C-Class Hybrid Later

    While Mercedes-Benz and other German luxury automakers (Audi, especially) are betting on diesel powertrains on a larger scale in helping to make their lineups more fuel-efficient, they're starting to concede that to some luxury shoppers, plug-in hybrids are seen as a 'greener'...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC 4matic, Catskill Mountains, NY, Sep 2013

    This year has seen several new diesel passenger vehicles hit U.S. roads, and last fall, we were able to spend a full weekend with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC 4matic crossover. We'd driven the luxury compact utility vehicle for a day last spring, and enjoyed it--but we wanted to put it through our usual drive cycle to see what kind of fuel economy it would return. MORE: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC: Fuel Efficiency Drive Report The diesel GLK, with standard all-wheel drive, is rated by the EPA at 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway). Over our usual test route...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive
    2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Teaser Video Emerges From Company

    The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is expected to hit U.S. showrooms in Spring 2014.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
    Mercedes-Benz To Do More Projects With Tesla, Countering BMW i3?

    Look closely enough at the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, and there's probably a little 'Tesla Motors' sticker hiding within its drivetrain. Likewise, eagle-eyed car-buyers may spot the occasional Mercedes-Benz interior component in the Tesla Model S. This curious cross-pollination is a result of...

  • 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
    Tiny Smart Cars Lose $5 Billion For Mercedes-Benz: Report

    The Smart has lost more money than any other European car, a new report says.

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
    2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTEC Diesel Sedan Rated At 34 MPG

    The EPA has released fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTEC, and they put it ahead of its diesel midsize luxury sedan rivals.

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Mercedes-Benz is adding a plug-in hybrid to its redesigned 2014 S-Class range. Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2015 S500 Plug-In Hybrid should be an impressive blend of performance and efficiency.

  • 2014 Audi A6 TDI

    Diesel engines and typical American-style commuting conditions are already a great match. Longer daily-driving distances get diesels up to their peak operating temperature—and hopefully out to higher highway speeds, where they return their best fuel economy. In low-speed stop-and-go driving, however, even modern-day diesel engines are no revelation in efficiency, sipping away at their fuel at a less frugal rate. It's where we’ve noticed, for instance, that a Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid will surge ahead of a Jetta TDI in real-world fuel-efficiency, for example, even if the TDI is...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec  -  First Drive, August 2013
    2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec: First Drive

    While there are a number of new diesel models for 2014, diesels are nothing new for Mercedes-Benz. Yet at first blush, making the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup—the one that packs a new four-cylinder diesel—the entry point for mainstream luxury shoppers could be seen as a...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid
    2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid: Plutocratic 78 MPG Plug-In

    The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid may not have a catchy name, but we've been expecting it for some time--ever since the marque showed off its Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept back in 2009, in fact. No self-respecting luxury automaker can be without a plug-in model these days. Rival Audi...

  • Mercedes-Benz’s 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission
    Mercedes-Benz Launches Fuel-Saving Nine-Speed Auto

    Mercedes-Benz will slowly start rolling out a new nine-speed automatic across its range, starting with the E350 BlueTEC diesel-powered sedan and wagon. The new gearbox, dubbed the 9G-TRONIC, is yet to be announced for the U.S. market but Mercedes says it expects it to be offered as a standard...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive Live Photos
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric On The Way, More FWD Models In A Few Years

    Mercedes-Benz is best known for its big sedans, but lately the German automaker has been looking into smaller and more efficient vehicles. That lineup is expected to increase over the next few years, reports Automotive News. Mercedes will expand its roster of front-wheel drive models when a new...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class
    Mercedes-Benz S Class Plug-In Hybrid Due At Frankfurt Show

    Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a plug-in hybrid version of its flagship S Class at this September's Frankfurt Auto Show. Previously available with hybrid and diesel variants in selected markets, the new plug-in hybrid--called the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid--will be the greenest S Class yet. Autocar...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

    The timing was nothing if not amusing. No sooner had Audi let us drive its R8 e-tron electric supercar and proudly boasted of its lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, then arch-rival Mercedes-Benz stole it from under Audi's nose with its SLS AMG Electric Drive. The striking yellow Mercedes completed a lap of the famous "green hell" in just 7 minutes, 56.234 seconds--the first sub-8 minute lap for an electric production car, and the best part of a minute quicker than Audi's effort. If you compare the two on paper though, it's not hugely surprising. Potent though the Audi is with...

  • Mercedes-Benz A Class diesel: UK drive
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class 200 CDI Driven: Taster For Diesel CLA?

    There are many reasons why certain models aren't sold in certain markets, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when you can't get hold of them. For fans of diesel vehicles, there are almost too many to count--few vehicles in Europe don't have a diesel option in the range, but only a...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)
    Sharing Savvy: Smart & Ford Discuss Fuel-Efficient Three-Cylinder Engines

    In spy movies, information is used as a form of currency; it's traded for hostages, treasure, and occasionally, more information. But the practice isn't just limited to films. It takes place in the business world, too, and the auto industry is no exception. According to AutoNews, Ford and Daimler...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC, upstate New York, April 2013
    2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC: Fuel Efficiency Drive Report

    Launched for 2009 and notably refreshed for the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class luxury compact crossover has never been particularly green. But with the mid-year addition of a new diesel version, its fuel efficiency goes up by a third--which isn't bad for a pricey, heavy crossover. Two...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe
    Next Mercedes-Benz C-Class Will Offer Diesel, Hybrid Options In 2014

    One by one, the luxury automakers are turning towards greener vehicles. First came Lexus, expanding its hybrid range with every model. Then BMW, with a hybrid here and there and a wider diesel range. Then there was Audi, which recently announced a plug-in hybrid A3 e-Tron. Now it's the turn of...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
    Mercedes-Benz AMG Exec Says Hybrids Dominate Diesels In Future

    Mercedes-Benz in-house tuner AMG is best known for its thunderous, cacophonous V-8 gasoline engines. The brand's latest model is something of a departure, though. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG still offers ballistic performance, but uses only a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine--albeit...

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