The following Mercedes-Benz news is a summary from the manufacturer’s UK news outlet:

Zandvoort Win Puts Paffett on Top

Gary Paffett has moved to the head of the DTM drivers’ standings after four races following his victory at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. The 2009 Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class driver added to his win on the second stop on the DTM calendar at Euro Speedway after taking over at the front on lap 27 out of 40 and going on to take the checkered flag over a second ahead of his nearest rival. He said:

“I am really happy about my second win of the year. Thank you to my team – everybody did a great job. My car and the pit stops were perfect.

“I had a flawless race and it is great to arrive at the upcoming race in Oschersleben as the overall leader.”

The victory was the 28-year-old’s 12th of his DTM career and he leads the drivers’ standings by two points with six races of the season remaining. Paffett was crowned DTM champion in 2005 after winning five out of 11 races and securing 84 championship points.

Motorists Get 72 mpg – Economical Smart Initiative
Motorists looking to be as economical as possible when behind the wheel of their smart fortwo can take advantage of a new driving initiative from the company offering valuable advice.  Entitled ’smart eco driving’, the initiative educates motorists on small steps they can take to ensure that they travel around in the most money-saving manner. Motorists will be able to book a tutorial to benefit from these tips, with courses set to be available at Mercedes-Benz World later this year.

Among the principles that a driver would do well to remember are driving in as high a gear as possible, concentrate on what is going on ahead to avoid sharp braking and save fuel by maintaining momentum. Dermot Kelly, Managing Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “smart eco driving is something that all drivers can adopt to make a real difference to the amount of CO2 they emit and the fuel they consume.

“If every driver on the road follows these simple techniques, we will together reduce emissions and fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent.”

Motorists who choose a smart fortwo coupe can expect to travel 72.4 miles on a gallon of fuel, while still hitting a top speed of 90 miles per hour.

Hamilton in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton is relishing the opportunity to tackle the Hungary Grand Prix, especially as the track’s twist and turns remind him of his younger days go karting. Hamilton witnessed improved results at the last race in Germany, as an aero-upgrade package enabled the Brit to challenge towards the head of the field. The reigning World Champion has witnessed good results in Hungary in the past having won in 2007 and started from pole position last year and he is optimistic of another strong showing. He said:

“The Hungaroring is … a bit like a kart circuit – there are lots of twists and turns and the only place to relax is along the start/finish straight, which is quite short. It’s also quite low-grip which makes overtaking particularly tricky.

“It’s a circuit that really rewards consistent, precise driving – push too hard and you tend to lose rather than gain time.”

Hamilton’s Vodafone McLaren Mercedes teammate Heikki Kovalainen won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2008, which was his first victory in Formula One.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Zero-Emission Sports Car
Motorists looking for a sports car that is low on emissions have been given the perfect solution by Mercedes-Benz. The manufacturer has created the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG electric drive, which runs off four electric motors and generates zero emissions. Meanwhile, a liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery also features and is charged through braking while the vehicle is being driven. Motorists can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from still in about 4.0 seconds, which puts it in the same bracket as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with a 6.3-litre V8 engine.

Volker Mornhinweg, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “With the SLS AMG with electric drive, we wanted to redefine the super sports car.

“For us, it is not just about responsibility. We attach just as much importance to excitement and classic AMG performance.”

The handling of the vehicle is also boosted by a number of design features, such as four motors and two transmissions being positioned low in the vehicle near the wheels. This helps to give the vehicle a low centre of gravity and an equal weight distribution.