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On the road to series Mercedes#45;Benz presents

a new interpretation of the Grand Sports Tourer

#45; With its Vision Sports Tourer concept Mercedes#45;Benz is laying the foundation for a new of car. The innovative new vehicle, is being showcased at the North International Auto Show, a new variant of a future family And series development of this model is making fast With the new Vision Grand Tourer, Mercedes#45;Benz is showing the and versatility of a new concept for a roomy, and high#45;performance family car, Professor Jürgen Hubbert, of the DaimlerChrysler Board of Management and of the Mercedes Car Group. By building vehicle, we are underlining our reputation as a and will establish our presence in a and interesting market segment at the beginning of 2005. This definitely has the potential for a new Mercedes family.

Thanks to its clever use of the concept Mercedes enables up to six to enjoy first#45;class travel The luxurious interior is equipped comfortable individual seats and features that guarantee driving pleasure. The Vision Sports Tourer also the way to the future with its power a newly developed 234 kW diesel engine.

The new high#45;performance SLR McLaren car will celebrate its U.S. at the auto show in Detroit. also will introduce a model in the United States and use the E 320 CDI, which offers performance and fuel efficiency, to a new and very promising passenger#45;car on the American market.

Grand Sports Tourer: A van, station wagon and SUV all in one

The behind the Grand Sports which Mercedes#45;Benz introduced in combines the advantages of existing types like the family the van, the station wagon and the utility vehicle (SUV) a new individual profile. The Mercedes is big, roomy and functional, high expectations for performance and handling, and offers unparalleled for long#45;distance journeys. In other it is a new interpretation of the touring car.

has transformed the dreams of today’s into reality by creating a car suitable for family use, time, travel and work all with a strikingly elegant and functions made possible by technology. The Grand Sports concept is the result of an intensive that Mercedes has conducted customers all over the world. discussions form the basis for new vehicle concepts like the Grand Sports Tourer and the introduced Vision CLS.

The perfect trio of elegance, and commanding presence

The new show car the Grand Sports Tourer’s from the concept stage to car, and its many interesting are arousing the public’s curiosity the new Mercedes#45;Benz. The car’s dynamic is created primarily by the roof’s curved line, which the A and C pillars with a stylish and consciously inspires associations the coupe. Thanks to its lines, the vehicle makes a big impression its sporty elegance, which is by the car’s large size.

characteristic features of the Grand Tourer, including its commanding and high performance, are symbolized by features as the design of the radiator with aluminum louvers, the hood and the striking bumpers a design element further by the arrow#45;shaped outline of the vehicle’s

Interior: Relaxed traveling for six

A large panorama glass that extends over the entire top of the car creates a light#45;flooded in which up to six people can enjoy a journey. Each traveler has his or her own seat, and the first and second of seats are separated by 920 millimeters, the dimensions of first#45;class seating. consoles between the individual in the back rows offer storage space and come with large, secure for drinking cups and bottles.

the separate DVD/CD players for the and third rows of seats and the rear passengers can select own individual entertainment programs, and screens are integrated into the of the front headrests and into the center console.

In typical style, the new concept vehicle sports#45; and leisure#45;oriented families who a versatile car that can quickly and be modified for different transport The four rear seats down individually, allowing the space to be increased to a maximum of liters (based on the VDA measuring #45;#45; considerably more than in conventional station The level floor and large door make the vehicle to load and unload.

Thanks to its design and elaborate features, the leaves a lasting impression to its modern design and elaborate Aluminum and exotic woods are key contributing to the interior’s rich With vertical aluminum COMAND display and air#45;conditioning device, the center console is eye#45;catcher in the Vision Grand Tourer interior.

Using transmission electronics, Mercedes were able to eliminate the center#45;console selection lever for the transmission, which has been by a lever on the steering column and buttons in the steering wheel. a Formula 1 driver, the motorist can change the gears of the automatic optimally using the engine’s performance potential in every of driving situation.

This state#45;of#45;the#45;art shift#45;by#45;wire offers one other advantage: The hands are always where should be #45;#45; on the steering

Hybrid drive: From to 100 km/h in only 6.6 seconds

its powerful diesel hybrid the Vision Grand Sports underscores its pioneering nature. For like the Grand Sports this drive technology soon be an important supplement to the engine and help to further cut consumption and exhaust emissions without sacrificing any agility, or driving pleasure.

This hybrid consists of a state#45;of#45;the#45;art V8 engine with 184 kW/250 hp the S#45;Class and an electric motor (50 As a result, the vehicle has 234 kW of total and 860 Nm of torque available #45; top levels for this drive which guarantees dynamic enjoyment. The Vision Grand Tourer, for example, has the acceleration of a car #45; it can sprint from to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250

The diesel hybrid system’s consumption is equally exemplary, 30 mpg (miles per gallon) according to the measurement method. With engine generations, the drive of the Vision Grand Sports will offer the potential for more impressive fuel at 33 mpg. In the European driving the Vision Grand Sports with a hybrid drive about 20 percent less than a comparable diesel

The electronically regulated job sharing by the engine and the electric motor maximum advantage of both concepts. The electric motor charge when a car is started, into a parking place or is in stop#45;and#45;go traffic or other traffic conditions requiring power. The result is zero#45;emission But when greater engine is needed, the eight#45;cylinder CDI engine in, providing a powerful surge of When the car’s brakes are the electric motor acts as a and produces electricity that is to recharge the drive system’s

In the Vision Grand Sports hybrid drive is combined for the time with permanent drive, illustrating once the vehicle’s pioneering potential.

technical highlights of the Grand Tourer concept that perfect long#45;distance comfort and the level of driving safety its twenty#45;one#45;inch wheels; large, brake discs; AIRMATIC system and sophisticated axle

SLR McLaren: The Gran Turismo for the century

The new Mercedes#45;Benz SLR McLaren documents the extensive experience of and its Formula 1 partner McLaren in and producing high#45;performance sports

The Gran Turismo’s 5.5#45;liter V8 plant generates 460 kW/626 hp the help of supercharging and develops a torque of 780 Nm starting at 3,250 This torque level is over a wide range of speeds, extending all the way to 5,000 That level of performance the SLR eight#45;cylinder engine among the powerful sports car engines for road use. To jump zero to 100 km/h, the high#45;powered car needs only 3.8 seconds. It the 200#45;km/h barrier at 10.6 and the SLR can reach 300 km/h only seconds after a standing Its top speed is 334 km/h.

To meet the demands on high#45;speed handling, stability and the cooling#45;air needs of a automobile, Mercedes#45;Benz and McLaren jointly developed a car with aerodynamics, which ensures contact with the road and the high level of driving typical of a car from Mercedes. extensive wind#45;tunnel tests, the SLR McLaren was equipped with an that is almost completely and it is equipped with a special diffuser beneath the rear of the Both features are proven principles used in Formula 1. ensure that the flow of air the vehicle is nearly unobstructed and downforce is generated at high

Additional downforce is provided by an spoiler at the rear of the SLR. the vehicle reaches a speed of 95 the spoiler automatically positions at a 10#45;degree angle into the increasing the contact pressure on the axle. The spoiler also as a supplemental air brake.

Safety: materials from Formula 1

The SLR is made almost entirely of laminates. This light but rigid material was originally for aerospace systems, but it has also its value in today’s Formula 1 cars. The material is about 50 lighter than steel, and fibers can absorb four to times more impact than steel or aluminum. is taking advantage of this In the front#45;end of the new SLR, it has installed two side members measuring 620 each that can absorb all of the generated by a frontal collision.

the passenger compartment is also entirely of carbon#45;fiber laminates, it offers a great deal of during side and rear and remains largely undamaged. airbags, newly developed and sidebags, and seat#45;belt tensioners out the car’s safety features.

In of the brake discs, Mercedes#45;Benz is a new materials technology as well. The are made from fiber#45;reinforced which makes them stable and gives them a long service life. The of these brake discs the electrohydraulic Sensotronic Brake (SBC™) system allows the to achieve excellent deceleration a fact that once impressively underscores the motor#45;sports of the Mercedes#45;Benz SLR McLaren.

E 320 CDI: Diesel premiere in the

Mercedes#45;Benz is introducing another model in the United States the E 320 CDI sedan with a six#45;cylinder Mercedes#45;Benz, the company with the history and greatest expertise in diesel engines for passenger expects its powerful, yet economical CDI to be a big hit on the American market #45; and not with loyal diesel

The 150 kW/204hp (U.S. 201 hp) direct#45;injection engine can reach a maximum of 500 Nm (369 lb#45;ft) at 1,800 It also combines rapid and a formidable throughput rate exemplary fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometers (total consumption) and achieved in the American procedure around 35 mpg*. In operation, it is far superior to comparable with gasoline or hybrid systems.

Wolfgang Zanker, +49 711 17#45;75847, [email protected]

Diehl, Telephone +49 711 17#45;75851, protected]

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