Not one, but two Mercedes Benz vehicles have been acknowledged for their environmental endeavors! Both the ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic and the B200 Natural Gas Drive have nabbed the title “Winners in Green” from Auto Test. Auto Test is a popular German auto magazine and the environmental auto ranking is published annually.
The Mercedes ML250 BlueTec and the B200 GNG were both named “Most environmentally friendly” in their class by Auto Test.
Criteria for the green award include fuel consumption, emissions, manufacturing conditions, recycling and the environmental systems of the manufacturer. This is the second year in a row that the Mercedes BlueTec has ranked high on the green scale!
The Mercedes BlueTec 4Matic
The turbocharged 4-cylinder BMW BlueTec features energy-efficient direct-injection. It is a diesel engine producing 204 horses, but the horses can hit 60 miles per hour in 9 seconds. That is not too shabby for a hybrid horse! This model is praised for its 40 miles per gallon and super low emissions, releasing just 158 g/km of CO2 combined. When fully charged, the Blue can run for over 1,000 miles and ranges from $80,000-$120,000 USD.
The Mercedes B200 Natural Gas Drive
This is a 3-gallon capacity tank with a 350-mile range! The B200 runs of natural gas, and when that runs out, it switches to regular fuel. It boasts a manual transmission or a 7G-DCT dual clutch and kicks out just 156 horses. This model is over 16 percent more fuel efficient than previous Mercedes hybrids, and will hit European dealerships early this year.
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