June 9, 2006

Thirty-three Mercedes E-Class diesel models to drive from Paris to Beijing

Stuttgart, Germany – On October 21st, 33 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars with diesel powertrains start on a long-distance drive from Paris to Beijing, where the local production of the E-Class is currently starting.

The symbolic bridging between Europe and Asia follows the route of the first transcontinental car race in history which was started exactly 99 years ago on June 10th, and which led from Beijing to Paris in 62 days. With the modern E-Class cars, Mercedes-Benz aims to accomplish this journey, which in parts runs through pathless terrains, in only 26 days.

The E-Class fleet which starts from Paris on October 21st, consists of 33 series-production E-Class models with diesel engine, some with 4-MATIC, the all-wheel-drive. Alongside 30 E 320 CDI, three E 320 BLUETEC partake in the race.

The long-distance drive Paris – Beijing 2006 will start in the heart of Paris on October 21st, and spans a total distance of approximately 13,600 kilometres, crossing the borders of eight countries, to finish in Beijing where the teams are expected to arrive on November 17th.

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