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Mercedes-Benz Environmental Protection Credentials

Mercedes-Benz has diversified its powertrain development projects to incorporate natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric-powered cars in recent years. The company even offers an electric version of its flagship supercar – the SLS AMG – for the not inconsiderable such of around €400,000. Perhaps of more relevance are the three hydrogen-powered F-Cell prototypes (based on a B-Class chassis) that circumnavigated the globe, covering more than 30,000km, in 2011.

Every Mercedes-Benz site worldwide ISO 14001 certified, as well as being heated with natural gas. Mercedes claim that one site even uses shredded waste wood to achieve nearly carbon neutral heating. Mercedes’ gearbox plant at Rastatt saves approximately 453 tons of CO2 a year by using solar power harvested from a huge photovoltaic roof.

Around 80% of materials used in current models are recyclable, and Mercedes has also tested compatibility for secondary, recycled, materials that could contribute as much as 10% of plastics in its cars. Mercedes has used banana fibres in thermoplastics for the A-Class in the past.

Manufacturer History

German-manufacturer Mercedes-Benz specialises in automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. It is currently a division of Daimler AG, after previously being owned by Daimler-Benz. The luxury car-maker has its origins in Karl Benz's creation of the first gasoline-powered automobile in January 1886, with the first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles produced in 1926.

Karl Benz made the Mercedes-Benz company officially the oldest car maker in the world. Numerous technological innovations have been introduced on Mercedes-Benz automobiles during its many years of production. The company has been instrumental in the introduction of Anti-lock brakes (ABS), pre-tensioners to seat belts, stability control, first 7-speed automatic transmission, brake assist and many others safety equipments. Mercedes-Benz is currently active in several form of motor sport. In Formula One, the company supplies engine to McLaren as well as fielding its won team. This partnership has brought success, including Drivers Championships for Mika Häkkinen in 1998 and 1999 and for Lewis Hamilton in 2008, as well as a Constructors Championship in 1998.

The collaboration with McLaren has been extended into the production of super cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Mercedes-Benz had a reputation for its quality, durability and reliability. Mercedes showed dramatic improvement by climbing from 25th to 5th place, surpassing quality leader Toyota and earning several awards for its models. On top of this accolade, it also received the Platinum Plant Quality Award. As of 2009, Consumer Reports recommended the E-Class and the S-Class.

The brand is today able to propose a very large range of vehicles to satisfy the most part of potential client’s wishes. The A class is very capable and user-friendly in town, with a very interesting level of comfort and build quality. For those who are looking for space and equipments, the E class, CLS and S class propose the latest innovations regarding to security and comfort. To finish with, Mercedes-Benz has made its proves in the production of 4-wheel-drive (as the GL, GLK and ML) roadsters, coupe and convertible as the SL, CLK and SLK.