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Here's this week's Autoweek ML news. The new V8s are said to be 330 hp (4.6), 388 hp (5.5) and 504 hp (6.3). These are all higher than previously estimated. A luxury 4-door pickup is under consideration, based on the new G-Class platform. Here's the article:

 

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ls it just me.....or is Mercedes missing something here...Most of the other automaker's...Honda with the lnsight..Toyota with the Pruis and soon the Highlander, Lexus with the RX 400H and Ford with the Escape..are all headed towards Hybrid vehicles, whereas Mercedes is just building them faster and faster, with more horsepower...Do they know something, that the other automaker's are missing ??? That maybe oil may be in short supply??? That the days of a barrel of oil being $30.00 are over???? Am l missing something here...
 

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C-Rod - 5/5/2005 2:01 AM

ls it just me.....or is Mercedes missing something here...Most of the other automaker's...Honda with the lnsight..Toyota with the Pruis and soon the Highlander, Lexus with the RX 400H and Ford with the Escape..are all headed towards Hybrid vehicles, whereas Mercedes is just building them faster and faster, with more horsepower...Do they know something, that the other automaker's are missing ??? That maybe oil may be in short supply??? That the days of a barrel of oil being $30.00 are over???? Am l missing something here...
No, you are right that M-B seems way behind the curve on fuel-efficient larger vehicles. We know they are working on a hybrid system, but nothing too impresssive to show yet. At least BMW has done some god work with hydrogen. I suspect gas prices in the US will never again stay below the ~$2.50 level for long. Market forces will force a change in approach.
 

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We don't need another Isuzu Amigo. How about taking that same 2-door concept and make the ML350 Cabriolet and sell a matching mini-trailer?
 

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GregW / Oregon - 5/6/2005 9:29 AM


No, you are right that M-B seems way behind the curve on fuel-efficient larger vehicles. We know they are working on a hybrid system, but nothing too impresssive to show yet. At least BMW has done some god work with hydrogen. I suspect gas prices in the US will never again stay below the ~$2.50 level for long. Market forces will force a change in approach.
Hi Greg!
You might want to check this out.... In fact MB is the opposite of your assertion, the most advanced Fuel Cell vehicles/applications to date have come from MB.

Check it out:

http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/fuelcell.html

Mercedes-Benz has been producing vans with electric drives since 1988. Check this link: http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0005.html

Mercedes Benz has been employing the innovative Natural Gas Technology (NGT) for a number of years.
Check this link:
http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0004.html

LPG:
http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0006.html

In fact MB's investment in alternative propulsion systems r&d surpasses everyone you mention/imply.

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flyingdutchess - 5/6/2005 1:00 PM

GregW / Oregon - 5/6/2005 9:29 AM

No, you are right that M-B seems way behind the curve on fuel-efficient larger vehicles. We know they are working on a hybrid system, but nothing too impresssive to show yet. At least BMW has done some god work with hydrogen. I suspect gas prices in the US will never again stay below the ~$2.50 level for long. Market forces will force a change in approach.
Hi Greg!
You might want to check this out.... In fact MB is the opposite of your assertion, the most advanced Fuel Cell vehicles/applications to date have come from MB.

Check it out:

http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/fuelcell.html

Mercedes-Benz has been producing vans with electric drives since 1988. Check this link: http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0005.html

Mercedes Benz has been employing the innovative Natural Gas Technology (NGT) for a number of years.
Check this link:
http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0004.html

LPG:
http://www.mercedes-benz.com/mbcom/international/international_website/en/com/international_home/home/innovation/laboratory/resultsfromtheresearch/energyforthefuture.0006.html

In fact MB's investment in alternative propulsion systems r&d surpasses everyone you mention/imply.
:)
All fine and dandy, but what evidence of this is there in the US market? I guess I'd like to see something marketed that was as well-conceived as Toyota and Honda's offerings. Research is fine, and I'm sure it will pay off someday. But in our market there is no evidence of that yet.
 

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l have to agree with Greg......Show me something, that is selling right now...such as the Pruis and the lnsight, and the Escape...Mercedes is being left behind..and wait till the Lexus 400H comes out..more horsepower, with great fuel economy...l'm assuming the boys in Stuggart are sweating a little..[B)]
 
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