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Old 01-11-2009, 12:50 AM
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Lightbulb Detroit 2009: Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZero previews next-gen B-Class

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At an off-site reception held tonight ahead of tomorrow's opening of the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz showed off its new Concept BlueZero. The car is both an example of clean technology and a preview of the styling for the next generation Mercedes B-Class. Like the current A and B class models, this concept uses a sandwich floor design and adds a modular powertrain system. The car is envisioned with three powertrain options depending on the range requirements. The BlueZero E-Cell uses a 35 kWh lithium ion battery pack to provide a 120-mile range, while the BlueZero F-Cell variant gets a 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell for a 240-mile range. The efficiency of the fuel cell version is rated at the equivalent of 81 mpg (US).

The third flavor is the E-Cell Plus and adds a 67-hp three-cylinder engine from the Smart ForTwo mounted in the rear between the sandwich floor layers where the spare tire would normally go. The ER-EV variant cuts the battery size in half as well as the electric-only range. The range extender, however, bumps the total range to 360 miles.

Mercedes also announced that it will begin low-volume series production of the fuel cell B-Class later this year and follow that with low volume series production of a battery electric vehicle in 2010.

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Old 01-11-2009, 04:50 AM
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The article says that this is the styling of the next gen b class, I dont think that this looks like Mercedes. It has no elegance, its to futuristic. I hope this is not what the new b class will look like.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:22 PM
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And here I thought all this time that the Mercedes fish-car concept had died.....


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Imagine what the front end paint finish will look like in 100,000 miles of highway driving?

Jeez, where did the styling go?
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The Mercedes fish reappears.....



I just had a conversation with someone about this being the ugliest car ever conceived.
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^^^ agreed!
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I would not drive that up here WV mountain's, someone would shoot that thing,
saw man last week from dc pulled in in new truck, GOAT on hood.
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