Usually, the U.S. gets breakthrough technology or vehicles after the rest of the world has had time to play with it for awhile. Usually, Europe or Japan gets something great, we write about how good they have it and years later (if we're lucky) it comes our way. It's a rarity when we get something first and the rest of the world waits. But, such is the case with the Bluetec diesel-powered Mercedes Sprinter.

You see, the North American-market Sprinter gets Bluetec, a super clean diesel engine, standard on 2010 models, while Europe will have to make due with the dirtier diesel powerplant until 2012, when Bluetec will finally make its way over there. For once, we have the bragging rights. Yes, it's only a Sprinter van, not something we'd typically call fun and full of excitement, but you better believe that we are still going to boast about it.

The 2010 Bluetec-powered turbodiesel Sprinter puts out 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 34 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. over the less clean version of the powerplant sold in Europe. Dare we say the Europeans are jealous? Probably not. But we're still giddy, cause we've got something they don't!

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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