Mercedes-benz: Luxury Plus Fuel Economy

by : Dwyane Thomas

In the news: Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that approximately more than 38 percent of all new Mercedes cars sold in Europe consume fewer than 6.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. And that's not all, one in every five Mercedes-Benz cars offer a fuel consumption of no more than 5 liters per 100 kilometers. DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes currently offers a total of eleven passenger car models with average consumption ranging from 4.9 to 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

Last year, almost 34 percent of all Mercedes customers in Germany preferred new cars with a fuel consumption of below 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers. While an approximate of 18 percent German customers have chosen models with no more than 5 liters per 100 kilometers. Mercedes-Benz so far is the only premium brand to provide customers with such an extensive range of low-consumption models, including compact cars, saloons, sport tourers, and coupes.

From among the Mercedes range the A160 CDI is the most fuel-efficient Mercedes model of all, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 to 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers depending on the tire size. Mercedes-Benz compact car boast an output of 60kW/82 hp and capable of driving 1100 kilometers on a single tank of fuel (54 liters). The executive models of Mercedes-Benz such as the E 200 CDI and the E 220 CDI offer a fuel consumption of about 6 liters per 100 kilometers. The four-cylinder saloons with a recorded output of 100 kW/136 hp and 125 kW/170 hp consume only about 6.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers but if on a full tank meaning 65 liters it can cover an extra 1000 kilometers. Likewise, the optional 80 liter fuel tank of the CDI saloons boosts its driving range to over 1250 kilometers which is similar to driving from Berlin to Florence.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is further reduced by 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers and in the New European Driving Cycle or NEDC the new C 200 CDI and C 200 CDI models marked a fuel consumption of only 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers.

Here is the list of Mercedes-Benz cars with their corresponding output and fuel consumption:

&bullA 150- 70 kW/95hp; 6.2-6.7
&bullA 160 CDI- 60 kW/82hp; 4.9-5.2
&bullA 180 CDI- 80 kW/109 hp; 5.2-5.7
&bullA 200 CDI- 103 kW/140 hp; 5.4-5.7
&bullB 180 CDI- 80 kW/109 hp; 5.6-5.8
&bullC 200 CDI Saloon- 100 kW/136 hp; 6.1
&bullC 220 CDI Saloon 125 kW/170 hp; 6.1
&bullCLK 220 CDI Coupe- 110 kW/150 hp; 6.4-6.5
&bullE 200 CDI Saloon- 100 kW/136 hp; 6.3
&bullE 220 CDI Saloon- 125 kW/170 hp; 6.3

In the past years, Mercedes-Benz have not always made fuel consumption as their topmost priority but due to the increasing demand for fuel efficient vehicles they decided to finally joined the bandwagon. The main focus of Mercedes-Benz in the past is creating luxury vehicles that are loaded with comfort features although that policy is still employed for its new models but the fuel economy has become an important part of the whole car building equation.

One of the popular models produced by Mercedes-Benz is its SL-Class Luxury series. The SL means "Sport Light" or in German Sport Leicht. The SL-Class range is comprised of the following: 350SL, 450 SL, 280 SL, 380 SL, 500 SL, 300 SL, 300 SL-24, 420 SL and 560 SL. ---these are just some of the very first range of SL-Class model produced until 1989. Further advancement and modification were done on the SL-Class. Production of auto parts of the first generation of SL-Class like the are still continued to provide avid SL-class owners with the quality that they need.