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TWO ELECTRIC MERCEDES-BENZ SEDANS SET TIME FOR NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

 TWO ELECTRIC MERCEDES-BENZ SEDANS
 SET TIME FOR NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
 NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Before Sunday's 26-mile Marathon in New York City, many runners will fuel-up by eating pasta, but the real "leaders" of the race, the two Mercedes-Benz 190 sedan timing vehicles will prepare by simply plugging into an electric outlet.
 The runners will be led and timed by a zero-emission electric Mercedes-Benz 190 sedan equipped with a digital clock. A second timer- equipped, electric Mercedes 190 will keep pace for Race Director Fred Lebow through the initial stage of the race.
 According to Jack McDonough, Mercedes-Benz North America regional vice president, "The Marathon is a celebration of athletic excellence, but its popularity is also indicative of our society's increasing concern with health, safety and environmental issues. With that in mind, the zero-emission, electric Mercedes-Benz 190 sedan is the perfect vehicle to be right in front of the Marathoners."
 The zero-emissions battery-powered timing vehicles are identical in appearance to the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 sedans which will be awarded to the male and female winners of the Marathon.
 As New York City moves closer to the year 1998 when federal and state regulations require the sale of zero-emissions vehicles, Mercedes- Benz is using events like the NYC Marathon to demonstrate the use of electric vehicles.
 The Marathon-ready Mercedes 190 sedan timing vehicles appear to be standard four-door automobile until one raises the hood and finds a DC motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The battery unit resides in the trunk. Other tell-tale signs of this vehicle's unique powertrain are the absence of tailpipes (as there is no exhaust) and its silent operation.
 The sodium/nickel chloride battery provides nearly 20 percent more power than previous versions, allowing a top speed of 68 miles per hour and, depending on driving conditions, a range of up to 112 miles between charges.
 Mercedes-Benz has been developing electric vehicles and drive concepts for both passenger car and commercial vehicles for more than two decades.
 Another attention-gatherer at the forefront of the race procession will be the just-introduced 1993 300CE Cabriolet, Mercedes' first four- seat convertible in nearly two decades.
 This year marks Mercedes-Benz's ninth as the sole automotive sponsor of the New York City Marathon. Since 1984, Mercedes vehicles have paced the race from start to finish meeting all lead, timing and photographic vehicle requirements for the Marathon.
 Other Mercedes models performing key race functions this year are a 300TE station wagon -- the official pace car -- and a 500SL coupe/roadster serving as the lead vehicle for the women runners.
 Additionally, two specially constructed trucks from MBNA's sister company Freightliner will transport race photographers.
 In terms of the runners themselves, Mercedes-Benz will again support the New York chapter of the Achilles Track Club to assist handicapped athletes. Also, nearly 30 employees of Mercedes-Benz, its parent and sister companies, will compete in this year's Marathon.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Boland of Mercedes-Benz, 301-718-3839, or Stuart Schorr of Kermish-Geylin, 212-315-4900, for Mercedes-Benz/ CO: Mercedes Benz of North America, Inc. ST: New York IN: AUT SU:


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