Mercedes-Benz Unveils S 400 HybridPosted on April 22nd, 2009
Automaker stages world premier of its flagship sedan at Auto China
Dateline: Shanghai. This week, Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the 2009 S-Class at Auto China: the international auto show in Shanghai. China is now the biggest market for the automaker’s flagship sedan: sales growth exceeded thirty percent over the past year.
S-Class offerings include the new S 400 Hybrid and redesigned S 65 AMG. The new hybrid is capable of going 100 kilometers or about 62 miles on 7.9 liters of gasoline: less than two gallons. The powertrain has extremely low carbon dioxide emissions: carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming.
In addition, the S-Class will be available with several gasoline and clean diesel engines, paired up with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Enhanced safety technology includes speed limit assist, attention assist, drowsiness detection and adaptive high beam assist.
Night view assist technology that debuted on the outgoing model now features pedestrian detection. When the system recognizes pedestrians in front of the car, it highlights them in the display to make them more noticeable.
Mercedes-Benz introduced three new electric car concepts in Shanghai. They include a battery-driven electric car with a range of up to 125 miles, a fuel cell with a range of over 250 miles, and an extended-range electric car that can travel 62 miles on electric power, with an overall range of 372 miles.
Shanghai was also the site for the Asian E-Class debut. Enhanced safety features on the new E-Class include drowsiness detection, adaptive high beam assist and automatic emergency braking.
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