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Mercedes Benz has a tradition of leading the luxury car market, able to set trends and influence eras. But, for as glorious as its history has been, this is not a manufacturer that has simply invested on its legacy and preserved a glorious past: many innovations have come from the Stuttgart factories and kept this company at the forefront of technology.

The latest in its series of inspirational introductions, the 4-cylinder engine installed in the new 2012 S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, has now earned this model the prestigious World Green Car award.

The award takes into account factors such as tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and the presence of a power plant technology designed to increase the environmental responsibility of the vehicle. The 2012 S 250 CDI has thus proven to be the most fuel-efficient sedan engine in the world, with a consumption of only 5.7 litres per 100km (41.2mpg) and is expected to be at the front of the sedan market for the foreseeable future.

The award conferred to the 2012 S 250 CDI is only the latest achievement for Mercedes Benz since they also created the V8 in 2005,  the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine , as well as setting three world endurance records with their W211 in the same year.

Attention to performance has been paired over the last decade with a continuous focus on safety. This translated, most notably, into the Pre-Safe system, which detects imminent crashes and prepares the car safety system to react to them, and the Attention Assist, which, by following the driving style, monitors the driver’s attention and drowsiness and emits a noise to prevent him/her from falling asleep.

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