Safe, Comfortable, Efficient - The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sends a Positive Signal in Detroit for the 2009 Automotive Year

    DETROIT, MI, Jan. 10 /CNW/ -

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    The new star in the luxury segment made its first appearance on the eve
of the 2009 NAIAS - as part of the Mercedes-Benz New Year's Reception in
Detroit, Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche presented the latest version of the
successful luxury sedan in front of over 650 trade journalists from around the
world. With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is setting the new benchmark,
particularly in terms of safety and comfort, as well as environmental
sustainability and economy. Under the heading "fascination and
responsibility", the Stuttgart automobile manufacturer presented a further two
new models - the SLR Stirling Moss crowns the successful SLR super sports car
range with an uncompromising high performance model. And with the BlueZERO
concept, Mercedes-Benz is leading the way in environmentally sustainable
electric mobility. The intelligent, modular concept facilitates no less than
three models with different powertrain configurations on the basis of one
single vehicle architecture.


    "The new E-Class is the safest, most comfortable and cleanest E-Class
ever. It is yet further evidence that fascination and responsibility go
hand-in-hand at Mercedes," commented Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board
of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the exclusive
preview presentation. "We are certain that the new E-Class will send a
positive signal for the 2009 automotive year, and will be among the winners in
the global market."

    The new E-Class - comprehensive safety, exceptional comfort and up to 23
percent lower fuel consumption

    The new E-Class extends even further Mercedes-Benz's leading position in
the luxury class with a unique combination of driver assistance systems. These
include ATTENTION ASSIST, Adaptive Main Beam Assist (Adaptive High Beam Assist
in the U.S.) and automatic emergency braking, which is activated under
immediate threat of a collision.
    Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort of
the E-Class even further in the new sedan. Advances include intelligent
bodyshell technology with up to 30 percent greater stiffness, further improved
seats and a newly developed suspension system with shock absorbers that
automatically adjust to the driving situation. The available AIRMATIC
suspension now works together with a continuously variable electronic damping
    The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its
environmental compatibility and economy. The E-Class comes to the U.S. market
with V6 and V8 gasoline engines, as well as the groundbreaking 50-state 3.0
liter BlueTEC diesel (launching in CY 2010) - the world's cleanest diesel
engine, compliant with ULEV and Bin 5 standards. The four- and six-cylinder
gasoline engines are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23 percent less
fuel than before. The combined NEDC consumption of the new four-cylinder
diesel engines is just 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to 139
grams of CO2 per kilometer. All the engines for the new E-Cass meet the EU5
emission standard, and in the case of the E350 BlueTEC the emissions are
already below the EU6 limits planned for 2014.

    Concept BlueZERO - triple proof of the everyday usability of
zero-emissions vehicles

    With the production-ready BlueZERO concept, Mercedes-Benz is leading the
way in Detroit in the field of environmentally sustainable electric mobility,
without sacrificing interior and luggage space. The intelligent, modular
concept facilitates three models with distinct powertrain configurations on
the basis of only one single vehicle architecture - all of them able to
fulfill customer requirements for sustainable mobility:

    - the BlueZERO E-CELL with a battery electric drive and battery-powered
      range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles),

    - the Blue-ZERO F-CELL with fuel cell drive and an electric range of well
      over 400 kilometers (250 miles),

    - the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and an additional internal
      combustion engine as a range extender. This version has an overall
      range of up to 600 kilometers (375 miles) and an electric-only range of
      up to 100 kilometers (62 miles).

    The three BlueZERO variants were realized on the basis of the unique
sandwich floor architecture, which Mercedes-Benz introduced ten years ago for
the A-Class and later also the B-Class, also with a view to the integration of
alternative drivelines. The benefit of the redeveloped construction is that
the major drive components are built into the vehicle floor, which is lowers
the center of gravity, saves space and provides them with the best possible
protection. The five-seat BlueZERO concept vehicles also set the benchmark in
terms of lightweight construction, interior design and exterior styling.
    "The flexible BlueZERO concept facilitates electric mobility to suit
every requirement and demonstrates that Mercedes-Benz is already in possession
of all the key technologies for electric vehicles suitable for everyday use",
comments Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG,
responsible for Group Research and Development for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
    All three BlueZERO variants share major technical components; design and
vehicle dimensions are identical. At only 4.22 meters (1,072 inches) long, the
they combine compact exterior dimensions with generously proportioned and
variable interior and luggage space. Five full seats, around 450 kg (990 lbs)
load capacity and over 500 liters (17.7 cu. ft.) of luggage space make it a
vehicle with unrestricted everyday usability. Thanks to the sandwich-floor
construction and higher seating position, they also offer excellent crash
safety for passengers and technology, as well as outstanding all-around
    Compared with electric vehicles based on conventional vehicle platforms
and originally conceived only for internal combustion engines, the BlueZERO
concept offers convincing benefits:

    - Thanks to the integration of the energy storage device and/or energy
      generator within the spacious sandwich floor, the room available within
      the vehicle remains fully intact.

    - The drive technology built into the sandwich floor ensures a low center
      of gravity, as well as safe and agile handling characteristics.

    - The sandwich concept and the packaging of major drive components
      between the axles make for the highest crash safety levels.

    SLR Stirling Moss - fascination and driving pleasure in its purest form

    Neither roof nor windshield separate the driver and passenger of the SLR
Stirling Moss from the elements - they enjoy pure high-speed fascination with
all the attributes of a speedster. Furthermore, the new SLR Stirling Moss
distinguishes itself with the very latest technology and breathtaking design
that reinterprets the myth of the legendary 300 SLR. Its V8 supercharged
engine with 478 kW/650 hp catapults the SLR Stirling Moss in less than 3.5
seconds from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph), reaching a top speed of 350
km/h (220 mph).
    "No other car is this open and this fast at the same time," says Dr.
Klaus Maier, responsible for Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. This
extreme concept makes it the legitimate namesake for the legendary British
racing driver and Mille Miglia record holder Stirling Moss, who drove
Mercedes-Benz SLR race cars from victory to victory in 1955. The exclusive SLR
Stirling Moss represents the conclusion of the current SLR range and is
limited to 75 units. It is priced at 750,000 Euro. Production of the SLR
Stirling Moss begins June 2009, to coincide with the scheduled wind-down of
the SLR Roadster.

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For further information: Contact: Christoph Horn, Tel: +49-711-17-75841,; Norbert Giesen, Tel: +49-711-17-76422,; Eva Wiese, Tel: +49-711-17-92311,; Wolfgang Zanker, Tel: +49-711-17-75847,

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