30 Jul '12, 6pm

2012 Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid

2012 Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid

The adage goes: "expensive diesel + expensive hybrid = expensive diesel hybrid." A chief challenge to creating a viable parallel diesel hybrid system has been overcoming the sheer costs to the buyer. The adage goes: "expensive diesel + expensive hybrid = expensive diesel hybrid." This may be true on some levels, but we seem to have arrived at a point where the costs of scale are finally helping now that more and more joint ventures contribute to lower pricing. The other issue has been refinement. Between the potentially rougher on-off nature of the high-compression diesel in a parallel hybrid luxury car alongside the desired start-stop function to help save even more fuel, refining drivetrain feel was simply a qualitative challenge. But from what I can tell based on my long drive of a pre-production E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid on both the European flatlands and over several mount...

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