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Mercedes-Benz Diesels Growing in Numbers

Mercedes-Benz currently offers diesel vehicles in its E-, M-, GL-, and R-class models in the U.S. and there is an S-class on the way. Powered by the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine as the company's other American diesel models, the new S350 BlueTec will be offered exclusively with 4Matic all-wheel drive; and it's expected to arrive this fall.

Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce more diesels into the U.S. market. According to recent remarks made by Phillipp Shiemer, Vice President for Product Management, Mercedes-Benz, the Stuttgart-based automaker wants to sell eight diesel-engine models in the U.S. by 2014.

Mercedes-Benz dealers are also expected to add a GLK to their current mix of U.S. diesels. A crossover that offers better highway mileage and an impressive 0-60 acceleration speed is nothing short of exciting.

In addition, Americans can expect to see a diesel Mercedes-Benz C-class enter the market in 2012. The subtly redesigned gasoline-powered C-class will be available sooner, likely this September.

The new diesel S-class, the imminent GLK and C-class, and the current E-, M-, GL-, and R-class models?that's a total of only seven vehicles. Mercedes-Benz wants eight. The folks at Car and Driver asked Mercedes-Benz about where that eighth vehicle will end up. The response: "That's a lot of calendar between now and 2014."1

Ahhh, the anticipation. I guess we'll just have to revel in it.

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