2010 Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz F800 headlines BlueTEC HYBRID Fleet
March 02, 2010 - GENEVA Mercedes-Benz is presenting the F800 Style research vehicle at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This one-off five-seater executive sedan combines efficient drive technologies with unparalleled safety and convenience features as well as an emotive design idiom. Its all-new, flexible multi-drive platform – either for electric drive with fuel cells or for a plug-in hybrid – is a world-first for large saloons. Both variants make locally emission-free mobility possible for a premium car, while at the same time providing a dynamic driving experience. Another new development is the Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which combines a diesel powerplant and an electric motor to produce Western Europe's first diesel hybrid. Its 20 hp electric motor, suitable for driving using electric power alone, assists the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine developing 204 hp when the car accelerates (boost effect). With the diesel hybrid, Mercedes-Benz is ushering in a new era of hybrid drives. The E300 BlueTEC HYBRID consumes 4.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (CO2 109 g/km). It will be launched in Europe at the end of 2011. As of the coming model year, the new G350BlueTEC will offer state-of-the-art diesel technology with low emissions in the European market. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – the most powerful officialF1™Safety Car of all time – will be a familiar sight at racetracks during the 2010 Formula-1 season. In addition to all of this, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling a portfolio of elegantly sporty individualisation products under its MercedesSport label at the Geneva Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Efficiency paired with elegance: Pioneering premium sedan with “green” technology and avant-garde design A reinterpretation of the concept of “fascination and responsibility” Multi-drive platform enables use of two alternative drive systems — either Plug-in Hybrid or fuel cell Intelligent display concept focusing on “electric driving” HMI with cam touchpad for intuitive and precise operation Traffic Jam Assistant for increased comfort and safety Mercedes-Benz’ F800 Style research vehicle is showing the future of premium automobiles from a new perspective, as the five-seat premium sedan combines highly efficient drive technologies with unparalleled safety and convenience features and an emotive design idiom, which interprets current Mercedes-Benz styling in line with the brand’s hallmark attribute of refined performance. The F800 Style has a spacious interior full of intelligent seating, operating, and display concepts. Another unique feature of the large sedan is an all-new multi drive platform, which accommodates electric drives with fuel cells (enabling ranges of almost 375 miles) as well as the use of Plug-in Hybrids that can drive for up to 18 miles solely on electricity. Both variants of the F800 Style therefore make locally emission-free mobility possible at the level of a premium-class automobile, while at the same time being fully suited for everyday driving and providing a dynamic driving experience. “We are dedicated to reconciling our responsibility for the environment with practical customer utility in a fascinating automobile,” says Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “The new F800 Style research vehicle combines this commitment to providing the leading innovative drive concepts with our traditional Mercedes strengths in the areas of design, safety, comfort, and outstanding performance.” Press release via Mercedes-Benz
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