The new Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC turbodiesel engine has been named one of the world's ten best engines by Ward’s Auto World magazine. The V6 BLUETEC engine is the only diesel among the winners this year.
BLUETEC is a clean diesel system that combines several technologies to minimize exhaust emissions. The engine design includes advanced technologies such as CDI electronic injection, a turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine and exhaust gas recirculation.
At the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show a few days ago, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and the Head of Mercedes Car Group, discussed the new generation of BLUETEC diesels while encouraging U.S. lawmakers to support new approaches that will reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. Since 2005, more than 40,000 BLUETEC Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses have been sold in Europe.
Ward’s editor Bill Visnic said, “The new BLUETEC engine is a powerful and frugal V6 turbodiesel that far surpasses gas-engine performance while providing 25 percent better fuel economy. The only light-duty diesel available in the U.S. for 2007, the high-tech 3.0-liter DOHC turbodiesel is coupled with new exhaust after-treatment technology that will soon make diesels as low-emitting as today’s gasoline engines.”
Ward's Auto World Magazine began the annual awards competition for the best engines back in 1994. The selection process involves two months of evaluation by six Ward’s editors. They nominated 33 engines for the competition this year. Using a number of both objective and subjective criteria in every-day driving, the magazine journalists considered power and torque output, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels, technical relevance and basic comparative numbers.
Mercedes-Benz engines have won seven times since Ward’s Ten Best Engines awards began 13 years ago.