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Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Cars Start World Drive

Trio of B-Class start 18,600 miles journey across four continents.

Published: 31-Jan-2011

Daimler AG is sending fuel cell-powered Mercedes-Benz compacts on a 30,000-kilometer (18,600- mile) trip to show that the best days for the 125-year-old German company aren’t necessarily behind it.

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and racing colleagues Nico Rosberg and David Coulthard started the four- continent journey from Stuttgart on the weekend. Three B-Class models are heading to Lisbon before crossing North America and Australia. The trip’s final leg takes them from Shanghai to Moscow and Stockholm before returning to Stuttgart early June.

Daimler, which packed fuel cells into the back of a delivery van to create the world’s first vehicle using that technology in 1994, is showcasing B-Class F-CELL to mark the invention of the first motor vehicles by founders Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler in 1886. Now under Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche, the second-largest luxury-car maker is leaning on its past to take on Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Volkswagen AG’s Audi.

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