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The award was accepted by Dr. Günter Karl, responsible for advanced petrol engine design in the Group Research & Advanced Engineering Powertrain. "Our DIESOTTO concept shows how, in the medium term, a petrol engine can be made just as efficient as its diesel counterpart and how the internal combustion engine will remain a key drive concept when it comes to meeting private-transport requirements," said Dr. Karl.
"Today we already use aspects such as direct petrol injection in our latest models, for example in the Mercedes-Benz E 350 CGI and in the Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 CGI. During subsequent stages of development, further DIESOTTO modules will be gradually phased into series-production development."
Dr. Karl added: "We are very pleased to receive the Autocar award. For us, it represents confirmation from an independent source, highlighting the fact that this technology is set to play an important part in ensuring mobility in tomorrow's world. It encourages us to continue working intensively in order to achieve this aim."
DIESOTTO technology - an innovative further development of the internal combustion engine - made its first appearance in the Mercedes-Benz F 700 research vehicle at this year's International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. With its new controlled auto ignition, direct injection and turbocharging system, it combines the high output of a petrol engine with the exemplary torque and low consumption of a diesel engine. The four-cylinder drive system with two-stage turbocharging in the F 700 achieves the same level of performance as the current S-Class with a 3.5-litre V6 naturally-aspirated petrol engine or the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel.