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Mercedes E300 Bluetec
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A Clean Turbodiesel
January 21, 2009 By Bartosz Grzybiński   
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At first glance the fuel-efficient Bluetec Clean Diesel E300 looks like any other Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and only the most observant will notice the 300 Bluetec logo on the trunk of the car. The Bluetec sign means that the car is fitted with a turbodiesel engine that conforms to the most stringent of environmental protection regulations.

In the past few years the strongest trend in the development of the motor industry has been toward protecting the environment. Today almost every car manufacturer is researching alternative methods of powering vehicles, such as the use of hydrogen fuel cells, electricity or hybrid systems that combine two different fuels. Most automakers are also working to make sure that their fueling methods are clean and ecological.

Mercedes-Benz has since 2005 been installing low-emission diesel engines into its vehicles to reduce the volume of harmful compounds released into the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and hydrocarbons.

Mercedes-Benz's Bluetec technology depends on a technically refined diesel engine to reduce pollutant emissions, carbon dioxide in particular. It also relies on an oxidizing catalytic converter and particulate filter to clean emissions. The technology was first used in trucks and delivery vans before being successfully implemented in passenger cars. The first E320 Bluetec model appeared on the U.S. market in the fall of 2006.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which has a 3-liter, six-cylinder Common Rail turbodiesel engine, was named "World Green Car" in 2007 for not only its low fuel consumption, and thus low exhaust emissions, but also for its small emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful chemical compounds.

Following the success of the E320 model on the U.S. market, Mercedes-Benz decided to introduce Bluetec technology into its M- GL- and R-Class models and to sell these in Europe. The Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec, almost identical to the model sold in the United States, with some slight engine modifications, has been available in Poland since the middle of 2008.

The 3-liter engine delivers 211 hp. With 540 Nm of torque generated at 1,400-2,400 rpm, the 1,735-kg car accelerates from standstill to 100 kph in just 7.2 seconds and achieves a top speed of 244 kph. With such an efficient engine, fuel consumption is just 7.2 l/100 km and carbon-dioxide emissions remain at a level of 189-199 grams per kilometer. The use of the Bluetec engine has put the Mercedes-Benz E300 within the category of vehicles that already conform to the European Euro 5 standard that will restrict emissions as of 2011.

The engine is not only clean, efficient and fast but also has Mercedes-Benz's 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive, and optional pneumatic suspension. Typically for a Mercedes, the car is equipped with a full range of safety features that include front, side and curtain airbags (for side impact protection), ABS/EBD/ESP systems, and the new Brake Assist System to shorten emergency stopping. Owners also enjoy the prestige of driving a car that comes with the Mercedes-Benz logo emblazoned on the hood.

Overall, the ecological version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class allows one to live in harmony with nature while enjoying a superior driving experience.
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