2009 Detroit Auto Show – MINI Mercedes Volkswagen

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Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell

2009 Detroit Auto – MINI Mercedes Volkswagen

17th, 2009 by Steve

The 2009 NAIAS saw the introduction of the MINI convertible as well as concept vehicles from Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen.

MINI Cooper Convertible

been almost two years the second generation MINI was introduced, so it’s about for a new convertible. Practical changes the first generation include a roll bar that now rests in the position for better rearward as well as a trunk that is by almost 2 cubic feet is accessed by a new clamshell-style lid.

Another small improvement is the folding rear seat replaces the one-piece seatback of the allowing for more passenger/hauling Finally, for those of you who simply know this information, is offering, as an option, a gauge they call an Openometer) to the tach. This will your top-down engine-on and will download this to the trip computer which store the information for the lifetime of the


Mercedes-Benz Concept

Somewhat lost amidst the and glamour of the SLR McLaren Stirling (and overlooked in our last is the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO.

in the United States, we’re to seeing only the big sedans out of while over in Europe, have been cavorting in the A-Class (think Ford Ka) for and in the B-Class (think Ford since 2005.

Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell

According to some sources, the of the BlueZERO represents the direction for the B-Class, while the various (there are three) are meant to what is currently under for alternative sources of power.

The E-Cell is a plug-in electric a range of 125 miles. The E-Cell uses a smaller battery but augments this with the 1.0 67 horsepower turbocharged engine the Smart Fortwo, thus the range up to 370 miles. The F-Cell a hydrogen fuel cell to an electric motor and gives the a range of 249 miles.

Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

chose the 2009 Detroit Show to showcase the latest in diesel technology. With the reporting solid sales of the TDI sedan and TDI SportWagen. new, TDI versions of the Touareg SUV and Rabbit soon be arriving in the American

With much of the company’s allocated to clean-diesel technology, VW to unveil its latest concept – the Volkswagen BlueSport. Boasting a top of 140 mph while, at the same time, to get a claimed 42 mpg on the highway, this 2.0 liter diesel generates 180 and 258 lb.-ft. of torque at only rpm. Equipped with a double-clutch transmission, the BlueSport is of zero to 60 times of 6.2 seconds.

and other lightweight materials overall vehicle weight to pounds, while regenerative and an automatic engine start-stop further contribute to fuel

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