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Is there a diesel hybrid coming?

Last year I heard that there would be an S class diesel hybrid for sale in the states but I'm wondering if maybe the new developments in the economy have effected the production date?
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It is not being offered for sale, but has been shown as a concept vehicle during auto shows this year. Mercedes has set some deadlines for 1) turbocharging the entire line of engines it makes for passenger cars; and 2) stopping production on gasoline powered engines, including those by AMG.
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The first hybrid will be the S400 BlueHYBRID (gasser), sometime at June 2009 in Europe, I guess this could reach the US too. You should find more info from the W221 section of the forum.

Later on a diesel hybrid should come, the W212 should also come with a hybrid but I bet the current state of the economy and the huge drop in gasoline and diesel fuel price will delay the plans for these hybrids, at least some of them.
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The hybrids are one more example where advertising overcome common sense IMHO.
Since the US sold hybrids don't offer better economy than my E320 cdi, why would I want one?
Wait couple more years when the first hybrids will be due for battery pack change.
Even with prices dropping down, it is going to be several thousands.
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