Mercedes-Benz has issued a press release bragging about the fact that thirty-eight percent of their European sales are of cars that get more than 36mpg, and eighteen percent achieve better than 47 mpg. All of the high-mileage models are powered by diesel engines, but unfortunately none of these models are available for purchase in the US market. Several of the models are A and B-Class series which have never been sold here. The others are C an E-Class models with smaller four-cylinder diesel engines that can't be had here, although we may see some in a few years when the next generation Mercedes four-cylinder diesel is introduced. The Mercedes press release is after the jump.
38 percent of all Mercedes models with a fuel consumption below 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres
More than 38 percent of all new Mercedes cars sold in Europe consume fewer than 6.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. And one in five new Mercedes-Benz cars has a fuel consumption of no more than around five litres per 100 kilometres. Mercedes-Benz currently offers a total of eleven passenger-car models whose average consumption is between just 4.9 and 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
In 2006, around 34 percent of all Mercedes customers in Germany opted for a new car with a fuel consumption of below 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres. Around 18 percent of German customers chose a model which consumes no more than five litres per 100 kilometres. Mercedes-Benz is the only premium brand to offer such an extensive range of low-consumption models, including compact cars, sports tourers, saloons and coupés.
The A 160 CDI is the most fuel-efficient Mercedes model of all, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 to 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (depending on tyre size). Boasting an output of 60 kW/82 hp, the compact car has a range of up to 1100 kilometres on a single tank of fuel (54 litres). Mercedes-Benz also offers executive models that can achieve a fuel consumption of around 6 litres per 100 kilometres in the shape of the E 200 CDI and the E 220 CDI. The four-cylinder saloons (with an output of 100 kW/136 hp and 125 kW/170 hp respectively) consume a mere 6.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres and, on a full tank (65 litres), can cover in excess of 1000 kilometres. If the optional 80-litre fuel tank is ordered, the range of the CDI saloons is extended to over 1250 kilometres, equivalent to driving from Berlin to Florence.
The amount of fuel consumed by the four-cylinder CDI engines in the C-Class is reduced by a further 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the new C 200 CDI and C 220 CDI models post a fuel-consumption figure of just 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres.
C 200 CDI Saloon