All Mercedes cars to be turbocharged by 2010

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, Jul 17, 2008.


    Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber says Mercedes-Benz will have turbocharged engines across its lineup by the end of 2010.
    Mercedes-Benz will introduce turbocharged engines across its entire lineup in the next two years.

    “All our vehicles will have turbocharged engines in series production by the end of 2010 at the latest,” Thomas Weber, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, told Automotive News Europe at a press event in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Thursday.

    Forthcoming legislation in Europe and the United States is forcing automakers to reduce auto emissions.

    Demand for turbochargers is growing because they offer a proven and relatively inexpensive way to reduce fuel consumption. With the addition of a turbocharger, Daimler will be able to install smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient engines without sacrificing performance.

    Under current proposals, the European Commission will ask the German automaker to cut its average fleet emissions from 178 grams per kilometer to 138 g/km by 2012. The Commission will fine automakers that fail to meet the targets.

    Improving the efficiency of its existing engines is the first part of Daimler’s strategy to reduce CO2 emission levels across its fleet. Weber said the medium-term step would be to introduce more hybrid technology. The S class--Mercedes’ flagship sedan--will be offered as a full hybrid vehicle starting in 2009.

    Weber also said that zero-emission driving is the German automaker’s long-term goal. To get there, Daimler plans to use technology such as fuel cells and electric-powered vehicles. A full-electric version of the ForTwo from Mercedes sister brand Smart goes into production in 2010.
  2. im fine with this
  3. That's pretty cool, I welcome turbochargers.
  4. me too, mostly for this
    "Daimler will be able to install smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient engines without sacrificing performance."
  5. I don't know why more car companies havn't done this sooner.
  6. im waiting for Honda to cave in to turbochargers
  8. In addition to turbocharging all of them**
  9. errr... they have done this already? T-Jet, THP, TSI... downsizing is already here.
  10. aren´t Audi/Porsche the pioneers of turbocharged serial cars?
  11. I knew it! No more Kompressor badging <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  12. SAAB?

    There are lots of reasons that this was not done before. One was turbocharged engines needed to run richer to prevent detonation, so they use more fuel then ideal and so the advantage of reducing displacement is reduced. Also they need to run lower compression ratios so that there is no detonation when on boost, but now when the engine is on low load, the compression ratio is low. This is very important because now the engine will be significantly less efficient at low loads than an equal sized NA engine (This was one of the issues addressed by SAAB variable compression ratio engine concept). Direct injection will help improve both of these issue significantly. You need to figure in the extra cost of turbo charging, this is just not initial cost but also warranty claims. In addition the weight savings are pretty marginal for a lightly turbocharged engine.
  13. the turbocharger as a unit is rather expensive also.
  14. More turbo diesel please.
  15. my dad used to have an S40 with the 1.9 turb0 engine, and it consued as much fuel as his Acura MDX. And it needed some kind of repairs afer he spent a couple of months filling it up with the regular gasoline instead of the higher octane stuff.
  16. that is so stupid!
  17. Cool but i liked the idea of superchargers
  18. Kind of like this trend with the turbochargers..Finally in Greece we've got decent small and fast cars <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
  19. Btw does anyone have any info about the Fiat 0,9lt T-Jet engine? I think it's first going to be put in the 5oo and will make somewhat 100hp
  20. Dammit, I wish Saab could pick up royalties. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

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