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Mercedes goes hybrid

Next year's arrival of hybrid versions of the Mercedes-Benz S Class luxury sedan followed by the ML SUV appear to be just the first push of a massive move to hybrids for the German brand.

Mercedes-Benz Canada's JoAnne Caza confirmed Canadians will be able to buy the S400 BlueHybrid (estimated combined fuel consumption is a mere 7.9 L/100 km) and ML 450 Hybrid (an even better 7.7 L/100 km).

She also said, "Other future products will be `hybridized,' but details are not finalized at this point."

A report from U.K. magazine Car reports hybrids of at least three more Benz model lines – including factory hot-rod AMG models – are in the works.

The new midsized E Class debuts in 2009 and Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler (Mercedes's parent), told the magazine it will get an electric motor installed into its drivetrain, along with the smaller C Class that gets a refresh in 2011.

Zetsche also expects the company to produce 12,000 to 15,000 electric Smarts per year starting in 2012.

Given the reality of fuel prices and emissions requirements, Mercedes's factory tuning arm, AMG, is also looking at new means of efficiency.

It plans on using lighter materials so smaller engines can be used.

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The read of ML450 looks like Toyota Highlander.
MB from what I know goes for diesel hybrids what make much more sense that US sold gas guzzling hybrids, but starting the concept with SUV?
IMHO SUV are not really city cars and hybrids work efficiently only in city traffic.
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The read of ML450 looks like Toyota Highlander.
MB from what I know goes for diesel hybrids what make much more sense that US sold gas guzzling hybrids, but starting the concept with SUV?
IMHO SUV are not really city cars and hybrids work efficiently only in city traffic.
Diesel hybrids are coming in 2010. Here's Mercedes current plan:

S400 BlueHYBRID (Europe June 2009, China August 2009, USA September 2009)
ML450 BlueHYBRID 2009

E300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2010
S300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2010

C300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2011
S400 BlueTEC HYBRID after 2010

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AMG will be going electric as well. Instantaneous torque will replace gas hungry V-8's. The Black Series will be going green.
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AMG will be going electric as well. Instantaneous torque will replace gas hungry V-8's. The Black Series will be going green.
I am not holding my breath. Even this forum was exacted about electric Tesla with Ferrari-like performance.
Years passed by and I don't see them on the road.
Than years ago there was lot of fuzz about floating motorhome. ...
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I am not holding my breath. Even this forum was exacted about electric Tesla with Ferrari-like performance.
Years passed by and I don't see them on the road.
Than years ago there was lot of fuzz about floating motorhome. ...
This is about 1.2 million as shown with prices starting at 850k. The sponsons are optional to provide additional stability if the slide-outs are used when on the water. LOA is about 45 feet for the production version while this is the prototype at 42' 6"
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I'm willing to bet the plug-in electric car has more of a future than the floating motorhome/barge.

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I am not holding my breath. Even this forum was exacted about electric Tesla with Ferrari-like performance.
Years passed by and I don't see them on the road.
Than years ago there was lot of fuzz about floating motorhome. ...
Just saw one the other day, parked in front of the restaurant when we came out. The owner sure knows the good places in town...


PS. The picture's pretty crappy, from a phone camera...
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Is that the floating motorhome? Can't tell from the picture.
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