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Turbocharged W204 in the pipeline?

 
Old 07-17-2008, 10:57 AM
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Turbocharged W204 in the pipeline?

Link http://www.autonews.com/article/2008...665237934/1182

DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Mercedes-Benz will introduce turbocharged engines across its entire lineup in the next 2 years.

"All our vehicles will have turbocharged engines in series production by the end of 2010 at the latest," Thomas Weber, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, told Automotive News Europe at a press event here.

Forthcoming legislation in Europe and the U.S. is forcing automakers to reduce auto emissions.

Demand for turbochargers is growing because they offer a proven and relatively inexpensive way to reduce fuel consumption. With the addition of a turbocharger, Daimler will be able to install smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient engines without sacrificing performance.

Under current proposals, the European Commission will ask the German automaker to cut its average fleet emissions from 178 grams per kilometer to 138 g/km by 2012. The Commission will fine automakers that fail to meet the targets.

Improving the efficiency of its existing engines is the first part of Daimler's strategy to reduce CO2 emission levels across its fleet. Weber said the medium-term step would be to introduce more hybrid technology. The S class -- Mercedes' flagship sedan -- will be offered as a full hybrid vehicle starting in 2009.

Weber also said that zero-emission driving is the German automaker's long-term goal. To get there, the automaker plans to use technology such as fuel cells and electric-powered vehicles. A full-electric version of the ForTwo from Mercedes sister brand Smart goes into production in 2010.

Discuss, should be interesting?

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When I read this kind of stuff, I'm reminded of how MBUSA is still reluctant to commit to 4 cyl engines in our market, whether diesel or gasoline.

The latest on the GLK is that it will get the 3.0 Diesel V6 for the 2010 model year, but NOT the twin-turbo 4 cyl. diesel, which would actually put its average fuel use in the 30-33 mpg range. It continues to be about power, not about economy and emissions. This while the EU market enjoys the usual full range of drivetrain choices.

When they stop TALKING about fuel economy in the USA market, and actually start DOING something about it, I'll sit up and notice. Until then, I take all of these announcements with a healthy dose of salt.

Less talk, more action.....
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Turbos FTWMFW. Better not be like the B200 turbo tho...

lets say I didn't have as much fun as I thought it would be to floor the $#!t out of.
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