November 26, 2002

DaimlerChrysler shows future vehicles in New York

Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell A-Class
F-Cell Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Click image to enlarge

New York, New York – At its inaugural North American Innovation Symposium yesterday, DaimlerChrysler showed some of its future vehicles under development. The F-Cell Mercedes-Benz A-Class, “the world’s first production fuel cell vehicle”, made its North American debut. It runs on compressed
hydrogen and will be ready for production in 2003.

The company also showed the Natrium minivan, a fuel cell
vehicle based on the Chrysler Town and Country. It is powered by sodium
borohydride, a chemical also used in laundry soap.

DaimlerChrysler also showcased some research vehicles at the event: the
F400 Speedster Carving, a vehicle with wheels that tilt up to 20 degrees when cornering to enhance overall handling; the Mercedes-Benz SLA, a two-seat roadster study based on the Mercedes-Benz SLR; the Chrysler 300M IT, which demonstrates technologies to improve interaction between the driver and the vehicle; the diesel powered Jeep Liberty; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Concierge which is equipped with technology to help increase customer convenience and security.

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