Always focused on efficiency. 

Developing Mercedes-Benz vehicles for a greener world.

Vehicle development


A legacy of reducing emissions.

Since 1995, Mercedes-Benz models have cut fuel consumption by 50%. By constantly optimising the combustion process, we are able to realise incredible strides in CO2 and NOx reduction.

Vehicle development


A legacy of reducing emissions.

Since 1995, Mercedes-Benz models have cut fuel consumption by 50%. By constantly optimising the combustion process, we are able to realise incredible strides in CO2 and NOx reduction.

Never compromising on safety.

Vehicle development

Never compromising on safety.

Whilst Mercedes-Benz continues to make our vehicles more efficient, our demands in terms of safety, design, product quality and performance never get put to one side.

Particulate filters for petrol engines.

S-Class Saloon

Particulate filters for petrol engines.

In 1985, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SDL became the first standard-production passenger car with a diesel particulate filter. In 2004, Mercedes-Benz becomes the first automotive brand to offer all of its diesel passenger cars as standard with a particulate filter and Euro 4 emissions standard.

Now, Mercedes-Benz will do the same for petrol engines by being the first to apply exhaust aftertreatment on a large scale to further reduce emissions and improve vehicle performance.

Improving performance, reducing emissions.

V8 engine

Improving performance, reducing emissions.

Fuel consumption and emissions are even a focus in Mercedes-Benz performance vehicles. In our V8 engine, CAMTRONIC technology shuts off 4 cylinders when the power isn’t needed to consume up to 10% less fuel than its predecessor engine, whilst providing increased horsepower.

Fuel consumption explained


What impacts fuel consumption and emissions?

Fuel consumption explained


What impacts fuel consumption and emissions?

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

For decades, Mercedes-Benz have worked to reduce the impact of Passenger Cars on the environment. The environmental impact of a vehicle is determined by it’s fuel consumption and emissions.

Fuel consumption depends on a number of factors including the engine, vehicle size, weight as well as driving styles. The higher the vehicles fuel consumption, the higher the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Optional equipment such as alloy wheels and convenience features such as a sunroof can all affect both the fuel consumption and emissions.

What is measured during emissions testing?

The almost completely smooth surface of the innovative NANOSLIDE cylinder barrel reduces friction and thus cuts consumption and emissions.

What is measured during emissions testing?

CO2 emissions are not the only emissions that are tested and measured. Pollutants, in particular nitrogen oxide (NOx) as well as soot particle emissions are also considered when testing modern, direct-injection diesel and petrol engines. As part of this process, a differentiation is made between the fuel consumption (CO2 emissions) and how cleanly the fuel is burnt (NOx emissions).

ECO equipment


Save fuel with ECO equipment.

It isn’t just the engine that contributes to fuel consumption. The shape of a vehicle, measure by it’s drag coefficient, is also important. That is why Mercedes-Benz have developed some innovative solutions to optimise the aerodynamics of our passenger cars.

ECO equipment


Save fuel with ECO equipment.

It isn’t just the engine that contributes to fuel consumption. The shape of a vehicle, measure by it’s drag coefficient, is also important. That is why Mercedes-Benz have developed some innovative solutions to optimise the aerodynamics of our passenger cars.

    • AIRPANEL

      AIRPANEL

      When the engine isn’t working as hard, AIRPANEL closes louvres in the front radiator to improved vehicle aerodynamics and stop air flowing through the engine compartment. As the engine heats up and needs help to cool down, AIRPANEL opens to allow air to flow through.

    • AERO wheels

      AERO wheels

      Even the wheels of a vehicle have an impact on fuel consumption. Mercedes-Benz have designed wheels with low-friction running characteristics to reduce consumption. With fewer gaps in the alloy rim, these wheels provide a striking design and significantly better aerodynamic performance.

    Economical driving


    How can you influence fuel consumption?

    Economical driving


    How can you influence fuel consumption?

    Keeping individual consumption in the A-Class to a minimum: an economical driving style saves fuel and minimises CO2 emissions.

    Environmentally-friendly driving style: influential factors.

    Driving more cost-efficiently: the ECO display in the multifunction display of the CLA motivates drivers to adopt a more efficient driving style.

    Efficient driving style: ECO display.