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Daimler Puts Hybrids on Production 'Fast Track'

Automaker plans on launching C- and E-Class hybrids, along with an S-Class plug-in hybrid, within the next three years.

Published: 25-Jan-2011

Automakers are scrambling to keep up with the increasing fuel economy and emissions standards around the globe, many with hybrids and electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is no exception: in fact, new reports indicate the automaker plans on launching C- and E-Class hybrids, along with an S-Class plug-in hybrid, within the next three years.

“We have a leading position in the premium segment concerning alternative propulsion systems and we will defend it,” Herbert Kohler, vice president of Diamler’s E-Drive and future mobility wing, told Automotive News at a recent press event in Abu Dhabi.

One part of defending that leading position, according to the report, is expediting the development of two new hybrid sedans. Automotive News suggests both a C-Class and E-Class hybrid are being pushed towards production. If all goes according to plan, both models are expected to launch in Europe in early 2013, and make their way to North American markets roughly six months afterwards.

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