The MercedesBenz Auto 2000 Was The Car Of The Future In 1981

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The Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000 Was The Car Of The In 1981

What do you think in the early 1980s imagined they pictured the Car of the Future? Did fly, making highways Did they look like Maybe to some, but the government of had their eyes on a far more and ultimately correct goal: economy.

As the world still from the energy crises of the and as automakers began to adopt technology in their vehicles for the time ever, the German a ton of money into developing super-safe prototype cars for at the 1981 Frankfurt Auto

This is what Mercedes up with: the Mercedes-Benz Auto

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As the website tells it, in 1980, Germany’s Ministry for Research and Technology the German auto industry to the of 110 million Deutschmarks to get them to up with prototype cars could achieve fuel of about 25 miles per gallon for weighing 1,250 to 1,700 and 21.3 mpg for cars with a of up to 2,150 kilograms.

At the time, were extremely ambitious economy targets, and the government the prototypes had to be real, comfortable, cars that could four people, haul and meet emissions standards.

Say what you want about but they generally don’t things, unless those are the long-term reliability of their in the 1990s or so or the interior quality of the AMG. So at the behest of the government, produced not one but three Auto (Autos 2000?) with the bodies but different powertrains.

I to hand it to the folks at Benz. anticipating that some dismiss their new fr. Read Read on

The result was an extremely aerodynamic car that ended up surprisingly ahead of its time.

was it? A low slung, five-door, kammtail prototype with more a passing resemblance to its contemporary brethren and the ones that I think traces of the W124, and W140 can be seen in its design.

What were the specs? rear wheel drive three distinct engine According to Curbside Classic . the was a 3.8-liter V8 with cylinder which was a pretty new idea at the (General Motors implemented the technology with their V8-6-4 Cadillacs around the time, but it didn’t exactly out well for them.)

The second car had a twin turbo diesel motor which put out an impressive mpg on the highway. The third was the strangest of it had a gas turbine engine, which as we all is just something that seems like it’s to catch on. Points for trying,

Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000

What else made it Aerodynamics! The super-low kammtail achieved a super low for its time CD of which put it on par with your modern sedan. Pretty for the 1980s.

What did it look on the inside? I actually couldn’t any photos of the interior of this If anyone has come across feel free to drop in the comments.

( Update: After our story, Mercedes hooked us up this photo of the dashboard. out it had a radio-based navigation system I told you this thing was of its time!)

Did it actually run? on the rigorous MPG testing and the fact it had actual engines, I think safe to assume it did.

Was it ever planned for production? It seem that way, but it quite a bit of technology for later Modern Benzes use variable cylinder deactivation engines, as do automakers. And that turbodiesel That sounds like an you’d get on a car from today.

it have been produced? If by you mean the liftback kammtail I’m not sure about It certainly looks interesting, attractive today, but it’s to see it fitting with the rest of 1980s lineup. Ditch the and it looks a lot like some of cars from the 80s and 90s.

I doubt such a radical would have been back then, let alone into the U.S. Still, a fun exercise for its time, and it’s for being one of the more realistic of the Future ever made.

Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000
Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000


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