November 30, 2006

Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Jeep launch BLUETEC diesel initiative

Los Angeles, California – DaimlerChrysler, Audi and Volkswagen have announced that they intend to establish the BLUETEC brand name as the designation for clean, fuel-efficient passenger cars and SUVs with diesel engines. Under the shared concept of BLUETEC, each of the manufacturers involved will work on their own technical systems for meeting the world’s most stringent emission regulations.

The name BLUETEC, a brand of DaimlerChrysler already in use by Mercedes-Benz, covers diesel engines with exhaust emission treatment systems which meet the strictest emission regulations on the U.S. market. In particular, the BLUETEC systems reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) the only constituent part of the exhaust gas which, due to the diesel engine’s design, inherently lies above the value for gasoline engines. In future, the engines may also meet the strict limits imposed by California.

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