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Paris to Beijng will start tomorrow

From Paris to Peking: Mercedes-Benz on a 450,000-kilometre diesel marathon with 33 E-Class cars

On October 21, 33 E-Class cars with clean diesel drive will start on a fascinating long-distance drive from Paris to Beijing, each covering around 13,600 kilometres. With this automotive marathon, Mercedes-Benz is once again demonstrating the capabilities of its latest diesel engines with respect to emissions, economy and operating range, even under the most extreme conditions. Over long stretches of the journey, this long-distance event follows the route of the first transcontinental car race in history, which went from Peking to Paris in 1907.

During the five stages of the journey, the new-generation E-Class models will be driven by around 330 drivers from 35 nations, covering a total of more than 450,000 kilometres in nine countries within 26 days.

The E-Class fleet leaving Paris on October 21 consists of 33 standard E-Class models with clean diesel engines, some of them equipped with 4MATIC four-wheel drive. In addition to 30 E 320 CDI models, three E-Class cars equipped with BLUETEC are included.

This forward-looking technology makes the Mercedes-Benz saloon the world’s cleanest diesel car. The E 320 BLUETEC is the first and only diesel worldwide that can undercut the US exhaust emission standard BIN 8, which is particularly stringent with respect to nitrogen oxide emissions. From October 15, 2006 the E 320 BLUETEC will initially become available in the USA (in 45 states) and Canada, and consumes up to 30 per cent less fuel than comparable petrol-engined cars in North America. Owing to its enormous operating range of up to 1,200 kilometres with a full tank, it is ideally suited to an automotive marathon like the Paris-Beijing event – as is the E 320 CDI.

The long-distance journey from Europe to Asia passes through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Kazakhstan before ending in China. This event is not only a particular challenge owing to very low temperatures, ice, snow and short hours of daylight.

Absolving the daily stages of up to 750 kilometres through sometimes unpassable areas, under unusual traffic conditions and crossing passes at altitudes of up to 2,900 metres will require outstanding concentration, experience and fitness of the approximately 330 drivers from 35 nations, who will take turns at the wheel during the five 1,900 to 3,400-kilometre stages of the event. They include international journalists, celebrities and online applicants who were chosen from more than 50,000 who expressed interest in the Internet.

The most unusual vehicle in the fleet is an E-Class taxi from Paris, which will accompany the convoy for the entire distance across eight national borders and six time zones. Altogether the 33 diesel saloons will cover around 450,000 kilometres within 26 days, corresponding to eleven and a half times the orbit around the earth on the equator.

Their arrival at Beijing is planned for November 17. “70 years after Mercedes-Benz as the first car producer introduced the diesel engine in passenger cars, we now want to underline the performance of our modern diesel technology with the long-distance drive from Paris to Beijing”, explains Dr Thomas Weber, member of the board of DaimlerChrysler AG and responsible for Group Research & Development at the Mercedes Car Group. As fuel prices increase, independent experts forecast an accelerating worldwide trend towards diesel cars. The latest JD Power study “Global Outlook For Diesel” forecasts that the worldwide market share of diesel will increase from the present 18 to around 30 per cent by 2015.

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I bet we won't hear much about it in US news.
Clean and efficients diesel technology?
Who would buy hybrids then?
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No CA from what I have read.
It's possible I would consider this car, let's see how it performs in this race, this is going to be interesting.
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This is amazing.

But as it mentioned only 45 states in the US started selling it. I guess CA is one of remainder 5 states since I haven't seen any E-Class diesels yet.
As of this past June, the People's Republik of California made Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) the law of the land. That's 15 parts per million of sulfur, the same as the European standards. Since the fuel is finally OK, it sounds as if the diesel E would be a perfect fit. However, the Kalifornicators in charge won't allow MB Diesels to (allegedly) pollute our countryside.

Rumor has it the Kalifornia diesel school bus union has exclusive rights to soot expulsion and the blackening of skies. Not that the new diesel Benz is a polluter, but the union can't allow a "possible" infringement to take place.
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