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MERCEDES-BENZ DISPLAYS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY NEW 600SEC, CONCEPT CARS INTRODUCED

 MERCEDES-BENZ DISPLAYS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY NEW 600SEC,
 CONCEPT CARS INTRODUCED
 DETROIT, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- With its first-ever world premiere of a new model in the United States, Mercedes-Benz today introduced its future flagship -- the 1993 600SEC coupe -- at the North American International Automobile Show here.
 Sharing the spotlight with the sleek two-door hardtop are the latest generation Mercedes electric car and a wide-ranging display of what the world's oldest automaker is doing to protect the environment from the potential problems accompanying the production, use and scrappage of passenger cars.
 Meanwhile, in California, two additional examples of the company's developmental work, a 300SE flexible-fuel test vehicle and the exotic C112 experimental sports car, are making their North American debut at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
 The common theme in all of these is the use of innovative technology to reach creative solutions that are even safer, more durable and efficient and ecologically sound.
 The new 600SEC coupe premiering in Detroit has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine, CFC-free air conditioning, ASR automatic slip control, ABS-equipped four-wheel disc brakes, ADS adaptive shock-damping system, dual air bags and emergency seat-belt tensioners, four-zone automatic climate control with activated charcoal filter (to remove airborne pollutants and odors) and 12-way power front seats with three-position memory (which includes memory for three rear-view mirrors and steering- wheel position).
 While the 600SEC represents the ultimate in Mercedes-Benz production automotive design, the direct-drive dual-motor electric vehicle demonstrates the latest efforts in developing a zero-emissions electric vehicle that meets all the requirements of a practical passenger car.
 In most previous attempts to replace internal combustion propulsion with electric power, luggage and passenger capacity had to be compromised to provide space for battery storage.
 In the latest Mercedes-Benz research vehicle, the compact dual electric motors replace the rear differential and directly drive the rear wheels. This allows nearly 90 percent of its energy to be transferred to the rear wheels (as opposed to the 50 to 60 percent in previous designs).
 The direct-drive design allows the batteries to go under the hood (where the conventional engine had been) and in the fuel-tank area, thus enabling this 190 sedan to retain the same five-passenger plus luggage capacity of the normal 190E.
 The cars unveiled in Los Angeles represent studies in two further areas.
 The 300SE flexible-fuel vehicle is part of a test program Mercedes- Benz will soon begin in Southern California to gain real-world experience with cars running on a combination of gasoline and methanol.
 Flexible-fuel cars perform much like conventional cars while producing significantly less tailpipe emissions and reducing the need for fossil fuels.
 To allow for the fuel combination, which can range from 100 percent gasoline to a mixture of 85 percent methanol/15 percent gasoline, the car has a special fuel system and engine management computer.
 Drivers of the flexible-fuel 300SE will receive the same benefits afforded those driving the entire range of S-Class luxury sedans. The technically innovative new models are slightly wider, taller and more roomy, yet shorter and sleeker than their highly praised predecessors. Designated 300SE, 300SD, 400SE, 500SEL and 600SEL, the new cars are also more powerful and designed for greater occupant protection in accidents.
 Using lessons learned on the race track, the C112 experimental sports car explores the limits of active driving systems to improve roadholding and safety.
 Active suspension, actively adjustable aerodynamics, cybernetic rear-wheel steering, variable brake-power distribution and cockpit tire pressure monitoring are among the unique systems combined under the skin of the gull-winged, aluminum-bodied, mid-engined C112, which was brought to reality in a two-year span by a team of Mercedes engineers and craftsmen.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Heiler of Mercedes-Benz, 201-573-2245, or 313-393-4022 (Auto Show exhibit) or 313-568-8000, Ext. 5806 (hotel)/ CO: Mercedes-Benz; North American International Auto Show ST: Michigan, New Jersey IN: AUT SU: PDT


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