June 2, 2006

DaimlerChrysler to present sustainable drive concepts at Challenge Bibendum

Paris, France – DaimlerChrysler will be showcasing new drive concepts and technologies for sustainable mobility at the Challenge Bibendum 2006, a global competition for environmentally-compatible vehicles organized by French tire manufacturer Michelin in Paris this month. The Challenge is directed at automakers, suppliers, energy companies and research and development institutes; participants present advanced drive system and design concepts, as well as innovations that improve the performance, comfort and safety of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

DaimlerChrysler will present two Mercedes-Benz F-Cell vehicles, a B-Class F-Cell car, and a Citaro bus equipped with an emission-free fuel cell drive system to demonstrate fuel-cell vehicles; a bionic car equipped with a diesel engine and exhaust gas purification concept; a Smart concept car with a diesel/electric hybrid system; an E-Class and Smart Fortwo with gasoline/natural gas drive systems; and an E-Class that runs on a BtL (biomass-to-liquid) fuel known as SunDiesel.

The focus at this year’s Challenge will be on energy for tomorrow’s road transport, urban mobility and road safety; the vehicles will be demonstrated in competition, and then taken into the centre of Paris for a public showing.

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