Landmarks in engine technology: Did you know that...

...NANOSLIDE® technology has already won several awards? In 2014-2015, for example, it won the European Business Award for the Environment in the "Processes" category. In 2015, it was awarded the "Oscar of Invention" by the US publication "R&D Magazine" and, in 2013, it won the "Golden Drop of Oil" awarded by the automobile club KRAFTFAHRER-SCHUTZ e.V. (KS). The developers of NANOSLIDE®, Dr.-Ing. Patrick Izquierdo (Daimler AG), Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Michel (Daimler AG) and Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Bernd Zapf (Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH), were recently nominated for the German Future Prize.

…in 1974, the 240 D 3.0 celebrated its world premiere as the first five-cylinder diesel engine in a standard-production passenger car? The same engine (OM 617) in the predecessor of the E-Class, the Stroke Eight, was also the very first five-cylinder engine in a passenger car. Its output: 59 kW (80 hp).

…the feedback-controlled three-way cat has now been available as standard from Mercedes-Benz for 30 years? This emission control system was brought out in autumn 1986 as standard equipment in all petrol-engined models.

… ten years ago, the E 320 BlueTEC was the first diesel car to be approved for use in California? The model, which was equipped with an additional SCR catalyst, among other things, was launched in the USA in 2006 and came to Europe the following year. In 2007, the ML 320 BlueTEC, R 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC with AdBlue® injection were launched in the USA.

…three standard-production E 320 CDIs set a long-distance speed record of 224.823 km/h in 2005? On the circuit in Laredo, Texas, they covered a total of 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometres).

… in 1977, the 300 SD (W 116) was the first series-produced passenger car to be powered by a turbodiesel engine? This model, which was initially available only in North America, also ushered in the era of the diesel in the luxury class.

…in 2009, the S 400 HYBRID was the first luxury-class vehicle with a hybrid drive system and also the first standard-production passenger car with a lithium-ion battery?

…the first C-Class generation (W 202) represented a landmark in diesel technology? This was the world's first model series to feature four-valve technology in a diesel passenger car (1993, OM 604/605). It was followed in 1995 by the C 250 Turbodiesel, the first turbodiesel passenger car with four-valve technology and charge-air cooling. And, finally, in 1997 the C-Class was the first diesel engine with common-rail injection (C 220 CDI).

…the 260 D of 1936 was the world's first standard-production diesel passenger car? Based on a truck engine, the four-cylinder machine OM 138 produced 33 kW (45 hp) from a displacement of 2.6 litres.

...in 1985, Mercedes-Benz was the world's first automotive manufacturer to make diesel saloons in California optionally available with a particulate filter system?

…in 1886, independently of each other, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz developed a petrol engine based on Nikolaus Otto's four-stroke principle? Since being used in Benz's patent motor car and in Daimler's motor carriage, the four-stroke petrol engine has undergone unprecedented development as an automotive drive system.

…the era of the carburettor in Mercedes-Benz cars came to an end in 1990? The brand unveiled the 190 E 1.8 with a 1.8-litre injected engine at the Turin Motor Show in 1990. This was 36 years after petrol injection had made its debut in a four-stroke standard-production vehicle in the 300 SL.

…in 2002, with the CLK 200 CGI, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a revolutionary generation of directly injected petrol engines on the "Stratified Charged Gasoline Injection" (CGI) principle? The CGI process was taken to a new level in the CLS 350 CGI, which was presented in 2006: the four-door coupé was powered by the world's first petrol engine with piezo direct injection and spray-guided combustion.

…the supercharged engine celebrated a comeback at Mercedes-Benz in 1995? The mechanical air compressor was first used in the 2.3-litre four-cylinder engines of the C-Class, SLK and CLK. Back in 1921, DMG (Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft) unveiled the world's first supercharged passenger cars at the Berlin Motor Show.

…in 1983, the four-cylinder OM 601 in the Mercedes 190 (W 201) was nicknamed the "whispering diesel"? The machine in the 190 D (two-litre displacement, 53 kW/72 hp) was completely encapsulated, which halved the noise level.

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