Mercedes-Benz Snatched the 2012 World Green Car

Apr 06, 2012 09:29 AM EDT

The Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY snatched the 2012 World Green Car award at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday.

After competing against 23 contenders from around the world, the German luxury brand’s sedan made it to the top three last month at the Geneva International Motor Show. On Thursday, the S250 CDI outran the Ford Focus Electric and the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid and took the honor.

“The highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines in the S-Class show that our customers can drive a luxury vehicle with a clear conscience,” commented Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Board of Management, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“The S250 CDI is the most impressive example: with a fuel consumption of only 5,7 l per 100 km, the S250 CDI is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in the world," Weber added.

In order to qualify for a candidate of the World Green Car award, a car had to be new or substantially revised, in production, and introduced for sale or lease to the market in quantities of at least 10 in at least one major market during Jan. 1, 2011 until May 30th, 2012.

Some of the criteria of the award are tailpipe discharges, fuel efficiency, and the use of latest technology mainly targeted for green responsibility.

“This is the first 4-cylinder S-Class in the 60-year history of the legendary model. Powered by a 204 horsepower diesel turbo producing 500Nm [369 lb-ft of torque], this S-Class develops ample power from the world’s cleanest diesel, while the incorporation of a start-stop system means that this car produces an outstanding 149g/km of CO2,” the judges at the show commented.

The previous World Green Car winners were the Chevrolet Volt, Volkswagen Blue Motion, Honda FCX Clarity, and BMW 118d in years 2011, 2010, 2009, and, 2008, respectively.

Mercedes-Benz also received the award once before in 2007 with E320 Bluetec.

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