Future Mercedes Benz C Class to be hybrid

     According to the company sources, the next generation C Class sedans will come with hybrid technology in order to achieve fuel average of that of the compact cars.

     The next generation C Class which is due in 2013 is being developed accordingly with the fuel efficiency targets. Prototypes of the car are already being tested.

     Apart from hybrid technology, Mercedes could as well use deactivation technology in which the motors occasionally shuts of one or two cylinders depending up on the power requirement. This would enhance the fuel efficiency of the car and so do reduced wear and tear of the engine, gearbox and wheel bearings.

     Thought of lowering the weight of the car is also being considered. There will be about 10% reduction in the weight of the hybrid car even with the battery pack, electric motor and power electronics on.

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