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MERCEDES-BENZ TO BE FIRST WITH CFC-FREE LINEUP; ALTERNATIVE FUEL CAR ALSO FEATURED AT NEW YORK SHOW

 MERCEDES-BENZ TO BE FIRST WITH CFC-FREE LINEUP;
 ALTERNATIVE FUEL CAR ALSO FEATURED AT NEW YORK SHOW
 NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In keeping with the environmental theme of this year's New York International Automobile Show, Mercedes-Benz announced that it expects to be the first automaker with its entire car line free of environmentally harmful chlorofluorocarbon compounds. Eleven of the 18 Mercedes models sold in the U.S. now have CFC-free air conditioning systems.
 Mercedes became the first maker to sell CFC-free cars with the international debut of its all-new S-Class sedans in April of last year. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer recently marked another step forward when it announced that its cars no longer contain any polyurethane foams made with CFCs. It expects to have a completely CFC-free line by the fall of 1993.
 CFC compounds, once released, drift to the upper atmosphere where they cause depletion of the earth's protective ozone layer; they're also among the major "greenhouse" gases.
 Originally considered harmless to the environment, CFCs have been widely used for air conditioning refrigerants, aerosol propellants, cleaning of electrical components and in the manufacture of plastic foam products.
 Mercedes pioneered the replacement of CFC-based R 12 refrigerant with the HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) R 134a, an environmentally compatible compound which requires a redesigned air conditioning system. Supplied by U.S. manufacturer DuPont, R 134a has no effect on the ozone layer and about a tenth the global warming potential of R 12.
 Mercedes is addressing its manufacturing processes as well, using water vapor instead of CFCs to produce plastic foam products such as the interior padding used in Mercedes cars.
 Focusing on a different aspect of the quest for more environmentally friendly motor vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is displaying a "flexible-fuel" 300SE test car at the New York show.
 The Mercedes FFV is a 300SE luxury sedan with a special fuel system designed to run on virtually any mixture of methanol and gasoline. Methanol fuel produces lower emissions of smog-forming compounds and can be made from renewable natural resources.
 Using a sophisticated in-line fuel sensor, the car's electronic fuel injection can instantly adjust to any mixture from 85 percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline to 100 percent gasoline, providing the benefits of methanol and the convenience of gasoline if methanol isn't readily available.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Heiler of Mercedes-Benz of North America, 201-573-2245/ CO: Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: AUT SU:


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