Mercedes-Benz has been building hybrid vehicles for quite awhile. We have sold limited numbers of ML450 Hybrid and S400 Hybrids in the US. Recently Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will be adding to our Plug-In Hybrid choices!
"“On average we will bring a new plug-in hybrid to market every four months,” said Johannes Reifenrath, head of product strategy and planning at Mercedes-Benz Cars."
"The S 500 plug-in will offer the performance of a V-8 with the consumption of a four-cylinder engine, according to Mercedes. Additionally, it will give motorists the option to drive emissions free for up to 33 kilometers when its 8.7 kilowatt hour lithium iron-phosphate battery is fully charged, which takes anywhere between two to four hours."
"Part of the savings from the S-class plug-in comes from its predictive energy management system that uses GPS data and radar sensors to calculate a route-based adaptive strategy for when to best drive electrically, use the combustion engine only, or both in combination."
"...We recently spent a few weeks with both cars to find out which green machine does the better job of combining fuel-sipping efficiency with the sky-high levels of refinement expected in an S-Class."
"Diesel-powered Benzes have come a long way since then, and the S350 Bluetec is a fine example. Its turbocharged V-6 is completely modern and clean-burning, sending 240 hp and a whopping 450 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic and Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system."
"According to our data, the S350 and S400 are tied in almost every test evaluation."
"Around town, the hybrid feels plenty strong, and its stop-start system is one of the smoothest applications we've experienced."
"The Bluetec, however, has already proven how well it shines out on the open highway. Last summer, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie drove an S350 from L.A to San Francisco and averaged 29.2 mpg on the 913-mile trip."
Mercedes debuted the "Tree of Innovation" commercial during the Oscar presentation on Sunday. You may have seen it a few times since! It is just a small sample of all the green technology that Mercedes has brought to the marketplace!
The 2010 S400 HYBRID has met the Federal Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit Program requirements as a hybrid motor vehicle. As a result, all purchase customers qualify for the $1150 tax credit. This is regardless of income and tax situation, claimed on your Income Tax Return, and applies only to purchased (not leased) vehicles.
Tax credit amount : 2010 S400 HYBRID $1,150
I also just finished some training on the S400 HYBRID and it is very impressive. With a base price nearly $20,000 lower than the only other competitor, the Lexus LS Hybrid, and this tax credit that the Lexus can't use, the S400 is a fantastic value. The technology for the new Lithium Ion batteries is groudbreaking and allows us to have a normal sized trunk as opposed to toting around a trunk full of batteries. Also, at 19 MPG in the city the S400 offeres a 26% increase in fuel economy over the S550.
I have two S400 HYBRIDs in stock here at Atlanta Classic Cars and would be happy to demonstrate the benefits of a luxurious, efficient and affordable S-Class.
Here is the information from the preliminary Dealer Ordering Guide for the 2010 S-Class. This is a preliminary version and is subject to change at any point. Pricing has not been announced.
New front and rear bumpers, front (Bi-Xenon) and rear (LED) lights, grille, mirrors, exhaust, and wheels New Paint Colors: Diamond White, Palladium Silver Enhanced wood trim and door coverings New seat structure and stitch patterns Enhanced instrument cluster display New 19" and 20" wheels (optional) New Direct-steer system Reduced noise, vibration, harshness New multi-color ambient lighting
Enhanced COMAND system, including: Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling HD Digital Radio® Gracenote® media database In-dash SD memory card reader Media interface (iPod, auxiliary input jack, USB)
Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone, and navigation New Attention Assist driver drowsiness monitor Enhanced PRE-SAFE® system New child rear door safety locks New Adaptive Highbeam Assist system (P1 Package) New Driving Assistance Package, including Lane Keeping Assist (standard on S600 and S65) New Night View Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection (optional) New PARKTRONIC with Parking Guidance DISTRONIC PLUS (with PRE-SAFE® Brake) Blind spot assist Lane Keeping Assist
Sport Package plus one (standard on S600, S63 and S65) Sport bodystyling (front and rear bumpers, side skirts) 20" AMG 5-spoke wheels with all-season tires Dual chrome exhausts
Rear Seat Entertainment Package (standard on S600 and S65) Rear seat video system (dual-source DVD with wireless headphones) Two remote controls
S400 Hybrid Added to Line-up 3.5L V6 Mild-hybrid AIRMATIC air suspension with Adaptive Damping System (ADS II) Heated14-way power adjustable front seats with pneumatic lumbar support Dark Burl Walnut wood trim Nappa leather steering wheel
The Alternative Motor Vehicle credit (30b) that can be used to get a tax credit for purchasing one of our diesel SUVs has been improved by the stimulus bill. You can now claim the full credit amount regardless of your personal tax situation and income. This change applies to BlueTEC SUVs purchased after January 1st, 2009.
Important notes on the tax credit: Must be purchased, not leased The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined. Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits 2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit 2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit 2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit