Mercedes-Benz News

  • Mercedes-Benz Vito taxi from Eco City Vehicles PLC

    We happened to be in London earlier this week, where it's hard to avoid the sight of the ubiquitous "London Taxi," a distinctive vehicle purpose-built to meet a specific set of regulations involving tiny turning circles, top-hat headroom, and other arcana. That hasn't stopped a consortium of British companies from developing a radically new way to meet the specs and transport Londoners and their visitors around the capital. Their project, the E-Vito electric taxi, was announced last February and is now ready for road tests. Carriage requirements The all-electric taxi project was partly funded...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
    Mercedes-Benz Decides All U.S. S-Class Cars To Be Hybrids

    While our colleague Nelson Ireson was driving the (very un-green) 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Mexico this week, he heard an interesting item that's much more along our lines. It is: Mercedes-Benz plans to sell only hybrid models of the S-Class in the U.S. when the next generation car arrives...

  • 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
    Green-Car Tip: Hybrid Vehicles Get Discounts, Incentives Too

    While the auto industry in general offers an average incentive of more than $1,000 off the sticker price of any new vehicle, many buyers somehow assume this doesn't apply to hybrids. Oh, but it does. You can get money off pretty much any hybrid out there at the moment, since gasoline prices are far...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid
    2010 Geneva Motor Show: 57-MPG Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid

    Earlier today, we ran down our list of new green production cars at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, where press days are now underway. There's one more we might have added to the list: the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid. At the show today, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the car "has already...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept
    Geneva Motor Show Preview: BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept

    We've already seen two hybrids from BMW: the 2010 ActiveHybrid X6 "sport activity vehicle" and 2010 ActiveHybrid 7 full-size sedan. Now BMW's third hybrid model, which it has hinted at for several months, will be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show. As a show car, its full name is the BMW...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz F800 Style
    Geneva Motor Show Preview: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Concept

    Mercedes-Benz rarely creates concept cars just for fun. Whether they're the "Vision" models that show up at the Frankurt Motor Show every other year, or lesser concepts for other shows, they always hold clues to what's coming down the pike with a three-pointed star. For the 2010 Geneva Motor Show...

  • 2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe

    Mercedes entered the entry level luxury vehicle category years ago with it C230 Kompressor coupe.  The vehicle was a capable model with strong performance, solid handling and a refined driving experience.  Mercedes buyers showed little interest and sales were unexpectedly low.  Then BMW entered the same segment with its recent 1 Series.  A capable performer on all fronts with a price that undercut the 3 Series by thousands and according to sales numbers, the model is a hit. Why is the BMW a success and the Mercedes a failure?  It could easily be a result of the economic times right now...

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe rendering
    S-Class PHEV to Launch in 2012

    According to Mercedes, the next generation S-Class will launch with a plug-in hybrid model available immediately. As Thomas Weber of Mercedes research and development said in an interview with Autocar, "It makes a lot of sense to bundle the high-price tech option to the sort of customers willing to...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Diesel Hybrids From Peugeot and Mercedes Get Closer to Reality

    Peugeot is still on track to launch the world's first diesel-hybrid vehicle late this year. Its 3008 HYbrid4 Concept is a thinly disguised version of a crossover fitted with a mild-hybrid system that will go into production late this year as a 2011 model. Now other manufacturers are joining the...

  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
    Mercedes-Benz To Launch Pricey Plug-In Hybrid S-Class In 2012

    After lagging in development of hybrid and plug-in cars for years, Mercedes-Benz is now attacking the new technology with a vengeance. The latest proof: reports that it will offer a pricey plug-in hybrid version of its next S-Class large luxury sedan in 2012. The British magazine Autocar writes...

  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
    Why Can't We Buy Small European Diesels in the U.S.?

    It may be the one question we hear most often here at GreenCarReports.com: Why can't I buy one of those great little fuel-efficient diesels, like they have in Europe? Take, for example, the ultra-high-mileage Econetic version of the Ford Fiesta, sold in Europe with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that...

  • 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero
    2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

    Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric...

  • Silverado Hybrid Badge

    The Two-Mode Hybrid project was hailed as a model of technical cooperation when it was announced five years ago. But now the partners are going their separate ways, and the complex hybrid system may end up solely as a General Motors technology. GM said in late 2004 it would partner with Daimler and Chrysler (then a single company) to develop a shared hybrid system for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, derived from a larger system designed for GM transit buses. BMW signed on in September 2005. The system is made up of an electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT) containing two...

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    More Hybrids On the Way From BMW, Including 1-Series

    We've covered BMW's first two hybrid vehicles, just launched for the upcoming year: the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "sports activity coupe", the world's most powerful hybrid, and the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7, the world's fastest hybrid sedan. Now a spy photo from the British magazine Autocar shows that...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
    Preview: 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid

    While Mercedes-Benz has focused its first green marketing efforts on the undeniably impressive 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, it was joined by a second hybrid Benz that went on sale earlier this month after previewing in April at the New York Auto Show. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid brings...

  • 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
    BMW's Other Hybrid: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan

    For 2010, BMW is releasing two hybrid vehicles that are very different both in style and in their approach to using electric power to assist the gasoline engine. We've already covered the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "sports activity coupe", which uses the Two-Mode Hybrid system jointly developed by...

  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz C Class
    Alabama May Be New Home to C-Class Production

    Mercedes Looks At Taking Advantage of the Weak Dollar to Euro Currency Exchange

  • 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
    Forbes Calls Jeep Grand Cherokee Dirtiest Car, Readers Slam Methods

    That old capitalist tool, Forbes magazine, has issued a list of the 10 dirtiest cars sold in the U.S. At the very top, in first place for filth, is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. But it turns out there are some problems with their list. There's history behind this. A decade ago, the website for Forbes...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

    • What is it?: The first-ever hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz sedan • The basics: All the S-Class virtues, much better gas mileage • On sale: This fall • Price: $87,950 This weekend, GreenCarReports.com will be one of the first media outlets in the States to test the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. We'll offer our impressions, and the gas mileage we get, next week. Meanwhile, we wanted to preview the car for you. Unlike Asian carmakers, European manufacturers have been slow to adopt hybrid-electric technology. As recent comments from German executives show, many feel...

  • Mercedes-Benz 190 D BlueEfficiency, based on 1992 Mercedes 190 E 2.6 diesel
    Fast Forward: Mercedes-Benz Updates 1992 Diesel

    Now, this is cool. You've likely seen the Mercedes-Benz diesels of the 1980s and 1990s chugging along somewhere or other. But how much better are today's clean diesels than the solid old oil-burners of 20 years ago that still power those sturdy survivors? Back to the future: 1992 to 2009...

  • Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO Adds Range-Extending Technology

    At the NAIAS this January in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a triad of sleek EV concepts called BlueZERO. The modular build of the three concepts makes it possible for them to share architecture and technology, such as front-wheel drive, but have three different drive system configurations. That...

  • Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, to be fitted to 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickups
    Ford Super Duty Pickups To Offer Clever PowerStroke Turbodiesel V8

    Ford's been around a long time; it just celebrated the 100th birthday of its Model T. Much of its green news these days focuses on its upcoming 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact, the well-received new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan, and its Escape Hybrid sport utility. But Ford had never designed and...

  • Electric SLS AMG
    Rumor Confirmed: Mercedes-Benz To Produce Electric SLS AMG Supercar

    Less than a week after it was first reported, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed its intentions to build an electric version of the SLS AMG Supercar. The all-wheel-drive green dream machine will pack 526 horsepower and 649 pound feet of torque. Power will be stored in a 400-volt liquid cooled...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Supercar?
    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Supercar Going Electric (Without Tesla)

    The Mercedes-Benz AMG division has historically been about ungodly power and torque, space shuttle-like acceleration and street legal race car performance. Each AMG engine is hand built by one engineer from start to finish. With so much emphasis on making cars fast and exclusive, fuel economy has...