April 6, 2005

Mercedes-Benz Canada committed to Greenhouse Gas reduction agreement

Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz Canada jointly signed with Canada’s automotive OEM’s, via proxy, a voluntary agreement with the Canadian Government to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by 5.3 megatonnes by the end of 2010.

Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada said, “In the last several decades, our engineering colleagues in Germany have proffered their commitment to reducing GHG with on-going ground-breaking R&D initiatives and by introducing new products and leading-edge technologies that have already made a significant difference in this field. This global effort is by extension allowing us to make a strong contribution to decreasing GHG’s here in Canada.”

For example, the newly introduced second generation common rail diesel technology found in the smart fortwo and the Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI now
available in Canada offers increased power, improved fuel economy, lower exhaust emissions and longer engine life.

Other Mercedes-Benz technologies offered on cars today such as Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs), seven-speed gear ratios, dual ignition, variable valve timing, on-board diagnostics (OBD II), turbocharging, etc. are also already making a significant difference in reducing GHG.

Breitschwerdt added, “..I can say with assurance that new introductions like the new 3.5 litre E-Class engine launched last week and the B-Class Compact Sports Tourer which will be introduced in Canada this fall are just the tip of the iceberg.”

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