FU­TURE- PROOF DIESEL EN­GINE

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STUTTGART — Mercedes- Benz has nailed its sails to the diesel mast with its ground- break­ing new OM 654 fam­ily of diesel en­gines.

The com­pany’s en­gi­neers said in a state­ment ex­em­plary ef­fi­ciency and emis­sions en­sure that the pre­mium diesel is fu­ture proof.

Pro­fes­sor Dr Thomas We­ber, mem­ber of the Daim­ler Board of Man­age­ment with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Group Re­search and Head of Mercedes- Benz Cars De­vel­op­ment said: “In our opin­ion, the diesel en­gine is in­dis­pens­able in trucks and cars if we want to fur­ther re­duce the CO2 emis­sions from traf­fic.”

The mod­u­lar fam­ily of en­gines will find broad ap­pli­ca­tion across the en­tire range of Mercedes- Benz cars and vans. There are plans for sev­eral out­put vari­ants as well as lon­gi­tu­di­nal and trans­verse in­stal­la­tion in ve­hi­cles with front-, rearand all- wheel drive. This, too, makes the new en­gine so sig­nif­i­cant, be­cause the im­prove­ments in ef­fi­ciency have a di­rect im­pact on Mercedes- Benz’s fleet con­sump­tion. The new E- Class E 220d is the first Mercedes- Benz pow­ered by the en­gine. — WR.

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The new E- Class is the first Merc pow­ered by the com­pany’s fru­gal new diesels.

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