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There was a great article at AOL Autos today about the advances that have been made in diesel technology. Maybe with enough good publicity everyone will come to understand diesel and love it as much as I do!
Highlights from the article…
“One automaker at the forefront of the clean-diesel movement is Mercedes-Benz. The E320 BLUETEC boasts 40 percent better fuel mileage than a comparable gasoline-powered model, and its EPA city/highway rating of 27/37 mpg means it can cruise more than 700 miles on a single tank of fuel, said Patrik Borenius, manager of advanced product planning for Mercedes.
With a city/highway rating of 21/28 mpg, the R320 CDI gets 32 percent better fuel economy, while the ML320 CDI sport utility (rated at 21/27 mpg) provides a 26 percent improvement. Both CDI models have a cruising range of over 600 miles before refueling.”The new clean-diesel engines provide three key benefits,” Borenius said. “It’s a more fuel-efficient technology, so the customer gets better gas mileage; it offers environmental benefits by producing less carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses, and it’s one of the answers to the energy issue, in terms of reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
In April, the E320 BLUETEC was named the “2007 World Green Car” at the 2007 New York International Auto Show.
At the Geneva auto show Mercedes-Benz showed off their new Vision GLK BLUETEC Hybrid. Based on the upcoming GLK-Class this concept combines a 2.2 liter BLUETEC diesel with a mild hybrid system to result in a stunning 40 mpg. The 2.2 liter diesel by itself is a great package with an output of 224 hp & 413 lb-ft of torque.
I’m a huge fan of diesels and I would love to see this motor with or without the hybrid in the GLK and next years C-Class for the US market. Based on Mercedes past launches I would expect to see the GLK BLUETEC available a few months after the gasoline powered GLK350 comes out this summer. The hybrid GLK will probably launch in 2009 or 2010 along with hybrid versions of several other Mercedes models.
Get in touch with me today to get on the list for the new GLK.
Wow! That was a whirlwind!
I drove my 2008 ML320 CDI demo to Pennsylvania and New York to visit friends and family for a few days last week. I put just over 2000 miles on the ML in 5 days and it performed like a champ! Average fuel economy was 25 mpg at 75 mph and an astonishing 28 mpg at 65 mph! I got about 600 miles per tank!
It can hold a lot too. It’s amazing how much two people can pack for 5 days! And we’ll pack up to do it again for Christmas in 3 weeks!
“We averaged 24 mpg over a 160-mile mix of city and highway roads, and even with frequent excursions to the 4600-rpm redline it seemed hard to ever dip below 20 mpg”
Is it time for you to buy a Mercedes diesel? Check out Car&Driver’s First Drive Review of the GL320 CDI
“Our lead feet averaged 34 mpg on our trip, which included some city driving, and we were able to make the entire 650-mile journey on one tank.”
“The quiet and smooth Benz diesel got 31 mpg on my commute, an impressive number I’ve never achieved in a hybrid. “
From Car and Driver’s full road test of the 2007 E320 BLUETEC
The World Car of the Year Awards has named the new E320 BLUETEC Diesel as the 2007 World Green Car of the Year. You can read the full press release here. Below are some portions of that release.
“Jurors felt that the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec, which the company calls the
world’s cleanest diesel, deserves the award for its role in enabling a diesel
re-entry to the North American market, as well as for paving the way for
super-clean diesel technology around the world. BLUETEC is a modular concept
that utilizes several coordinated technical measures to minimize emissions
within the engine and also provide for effective exhaust gas treatment
downstream. The process involves consistently reducing all relevant emission
components to a minimum. The system includes an oxidation catalytic converter
and a particulate filter in addition to new techniques for reducing nitrogen
The top three contenders for the third annual
World Green Car in addition to the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec were the BMW
Hydrogen 7 and the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion.”
Automotive News published an article in July that says E320 CDI’s are bringing significantly more than their gas counterparts.
“Buyers are bidding up prices of used vehicles with fuel-saving diesel engines, industry analysts say. A diesel engine added about $1,000 to the roughly $50,000 sticker price of a new 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI sedan. Two years later, that option fetches $2,500 more at wholesale auctions than the gasoline-powered engine on the same model, the Black Book used-vehicle price guide reports.”
I have the full article available if you would like to read it. The demand for pre-owned diesels is also very strong. I have quite a few clients waiting for the right one to be traded in!