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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid introduces the future of luxury to the Philippines

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Text: / Photos: courtesy of Mercedes-Benz, Brent Co | posted September 15, 2009 11:23

Mercedes-Benz introduces the first hybrid luxury car in the Philippines

CATS Motors, Inc., Philippine general distributor of Mercedes-Benz, launches the first luxury hybrid car in the Philippines: the new Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid. The S 400 Hybrid is the first passenger car model with hybrid drive to be introduced by Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid is based on the S 350, and features an extensively modified drive train. This encompasses a further development of the 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, an additional magneto-electric motor, the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission specially configured for the hybrid module, the necessary operating and control electronics, the transformer and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid's electric motor acts as a starter and a generator, adopting the functions of both these conventional ancillary units. This is a 3-phase AC external rotor magneto motor, which develops a peak output of 15 kW/20 hp and a starting torque of up to 160 Nm with an operating voltage of 120 Volts. The hybrid module also has a convenient ECO start/stop function, which switches the engine off when the vehicle is rolling to a stop at less than 15 km /h.

This complex system is managed by the modified high-performance engine control unit that incorporates extensive functions and distinguishes between operating conditions such as city traffic, rural journeys, motorway driving or slow maneuvering. The combination of the modified V6 petrol engine and the compact hybrid module makes the S 400 Hybrid the world's most fuel-efficient luxury saloon with a petrol engine.

Mercedes-Benz is emphatically underlining its claim to leadership with respect to design, comfort, innovation and environmental compatibility. The first European manufacturer to offer a hybrid passenger car proves that a flagship premium production vehicle can also be environment-friendly with the S 400 Hybrid, adding another pioneering variant to the world's most successful luxury saloon.