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The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec's innovative, fuel-saving hybrid drive system has earned it the 2010 German Sustainability Award. The BlueTec Hybrid model is based on the Euro 5-compliant Atego 1222 L, a vehicle that already meets the stringent EEV standards for emissions. The BlueTec combines a lithium-ion battery pack with a lightweight four-cylinder diesel engine that cranks out 218 horsepower and a water-cooled electric motor that adds another 59 hp to the mix. The complete package cuts fuel

Just -Auto reports that based information it has gleaned from one of its European sources, it appears that Mercedes-Benz could have a Bluetec hybrid version of its M-Class SUV on sale in the UK within two years. The system would likely combine a 3.2L six-cylinder Bluetec diesel with the 2-Mode hybrid system developed jointly with BMW and General Motors, with fuel economy in the neighborhood of 40 mpg and C02 emissions under 200g/km. This would help inoculate the Mercedes SUV from the ill will ge