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    Mercedes-Benz USA recalling 9000 diesel models

    Mercedes sold over twelve-thousand diesel-powered vehicles in the US last year, but a crankshaft issue is sending 9,004 units back to the dealer for repair. NHTSA says the problem lies in a crankshaft sensor that can fail, which causes the engine to lose power and makes you the "disabled vehicle" ...

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    Detroit 2008: Jeep Renegade Concept

    Click image for high-res galleryChrysler is showing three concepts that leverage the automaker's ENVI electric vehicle tech tech today in Detroit. The Chrysler ccoVoyager and Dodge ZEO concepts will be covered in separate posts, but they share their main electric drivetrains with Jeep's open-air ...

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    LA 2007: Mercedes S400 Bluetec Hybrid - it's new, we think

    Mercedes-Benz is confusing the blog out of us with its nomenclature. Sure, it's usually pretty straightforward: one letter for the class, three numbers for the (approximate) engine displacement. Tack on 4Matic for all-wheel-drive, chop off a zero and add AMG for the performance models. But they ...

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    Mercedes-Benz first in California with diesel

    click above image for more high-res pics of the MB E320 BLUETECYou may remember that despite a promise back in January of 2006 that its E320 BLUETEC would meet emissions standards in all 50 states, Mercedes-Benz announced eight months later that its new diesel sedan wouldn't be sold in California ...

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    Mercedes confirms BLUETEC diesels will be in Europe by year's end

    E-Class Bluetecs have been available for about a year, where they account for 20-percent of sales. Now Mercedes' Bluetec-engined cars will be available for purchase in Europe by the end of this year. E-Classes with Bluetec will go on sale in December in all but the UK. Right-hand drive versions are ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: Mercedes-Benz S 300 BLUETEC Hybrid

    Click image to enlargeThe F 700 concept car is primed to be the star for Mercedes-Benz at Frankfurt with its DIESOTTO hybrid drivetrain and glitzy looks, but it's certainly not going to be alone up there on the stand. We know about the AMG C-Classes (sedan and wagon) and the ML 450 Hybrid, and you ...

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    Mercedes diesel hits hurdles in three new states, temporarily

    Although Mercedes-Benz USA is still committed to diesels in all 50 states, it has had to accept the bad with the good. As the model year has rolled into 2008, they have lost three more states to the "no diesel" pack. That's because Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island joined the 5 other ...

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    VW says bye-bye to Bluetec

    Looks like the Bluetec Alliance has lost another member. Green Car Congress was able to translate an article by German publication, "Wirtschaftswoche," which says Volkswagen will abandon Bluetec."Wirtschaftswoche" reports that VW feels the Bluetec name is too closely associated with Mercedes and ...

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    Lotus consults on Mercedes S-Class Hybrid

    Following spy shots of S-Class Hybrid prototypes leaving the Lotus facilities in Norwich, England, industry insiders have concluded that Mercedes has turned to the British sportscar maker and engineering firm for input on the sedan's hybrid power system. The upcoming S-Class Hybrid's electric ...

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    Report: Bluetec hybrid Mercedes M-Class possible within 2 years

    Just -Auto reported yesterday that Mercedes-Benz could have a Bluetec diesel-electric hybrid variant of ithe M-Class on sale in the UK within the next two years. The system would probably leverage a 3.2L six-cylinder Bluetec engine in conjunction with the 2-Mode hybrid system developed jointly with ...

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    Mercedes expects diesels to account for 10-percent of US market

    Looks like Mercedes-Benz is expecting diesels to make a huge comeback in the United States over the next few years. M-B is apparently projecting that diesels will account for a whopping 10 percent of U.S. sales by 2010, up from just 3 percent last year. With the new BLUETEC-nology helping the ...

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    Follow the Leader: DaimlerChrysler to pursue hybrid power

    DaimlerChrysler is taking some of its eggs out of the diesel BLUETEC basket and placing them on the hybrid bandwagon, according to chairman Dieter Zetsche. The automotive giant had been banking on the success of its clean diesel technology to win over the green crowd, but DCX says the market ...

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    Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz Vision C 220 BLUETEC concept

    Click on the image above to view our high-resolution image gallery. Rival carmakers are in a race to develop the most efficient practical alternative powerplant solutions, with some Japanese carmakers focusing on hybrid technology, while their European rivals concentrate on developing efficient ...

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    Mercedes unveils four-cylinder Vision C220 Bluetec

    click above image to view a pair of high-resolution images of the MB Vision C220 BLUETEC ConceptDaimlerChrysler is proud of its BLUETEC diesel technology, and rightly so. The automaker is really the first to see the new diesel standards in the U.S. as an opportunity and not an obstacle, unveiling ...

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    Jeep prices the 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD

    We know for sure that in a couple of years the U.S. market will have more diesel options than it's had in a very long time. They'll be powerful, efficient and clean diesels, different in every way from the ones you remember during the Reagan era. DaimlerChrysler is poised to enjoy having the ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: Audi announces US plans for Q7 3.0L TDI

    Click image for a high-resolution photo galleryWe don't know when the Q7 V12 TDI might go on sale anywhere in the world, but Audi has stated that Americans can expect to see the Q7 with a 233 HP V6 turbodiesel sometime in mid-2008, with "other models" following afterwards. The vehicle will be legal ...

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    VW unveils next-gen TDI engine

    Part of the consortium of German auto manufacturers developing the Bluetec diesel technology, Volkswagen just announced that its new TDI will the cleanest diesel on the planet. To be used in the 2008 VW Jetta (and other smaller VWs), the new 2.0 liter common rail diesel engine differs from the urea ...

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    Mercedes shows Vision GL420 Concept

    One more NAIAS preview today. Mercedes will take the wraps off its Vision GL420 concept at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. This particular GL has a more macho grille, flared fenders, 21-inch rims and a big enough fuel tank to give this Bluetec diesel a whopping 1,000 km range. That's 621 miles, ...

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    BMW refines U.S. diesel plan

    BMW is coming stag to the U.S. diesel party, despite hinting in October that they were close to joining fellow German automakers VW, Audi and DaimlerChrysler in marketing Bluetec technology in the U.S."We are in the process of thinking of a name that is different from Bluetec," a spokesman for BMW ...

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    BMW has a plan for diesels in the U.S.

    Matt Davis, the European Editor over at Winding Road, was able to get the low down on BMW's strategy to offer diesels here in the Land of the Brave.During an event to give U.S. journos a taste of Bimmer's 335d Touring, equipped with a 3-liter bi-turbo diesel, the folks at Winding Road opined the ...


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