Daimler-Chrysler to Showcase Advanced Vehicles for Challenge Bibendum

Company to debut 12 advanced technology vehicles including state-of-the-art diesel engines

Published: 25-Aug-2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 25 -- DaimlerChrysler will be showcasing twelve vehicles at the 2003 Challenge Bibendum in Sonoma and San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 23-25, 2003. The team of production and concept vehicles highlights the advancements that have been made in diesel and fuel cell technology.

"DaimlerChrysler is pleased to be a part of Challenge Bibendum again this year," said Bernard Robertson, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President, Engineering Technologies and Regulatory Affairs. "It is an excellent way to demonstrate the wide array of technologies our company is investing in and the progress being made with advanced technologies. These technologies can reduce the impact vehicles have on the environment and show the way towards sustainable mobility."

DaimlerChrysler vehicles participating in the 2003 Challenge Bibendum include:

Mercedes-Benz A Class "F-Cell": Fuel Cell compact car powered by gaseous Hydrogen. This vehicle is one of a fleet of 60 worldwide and emits only water vapor from the tailpipe.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro: Fuel Cell-powered bus that is part of the 30 bus fleet located in ten European cities.
Chrysler PT Cruiser (2): European production vehicle powered by a 2.2l turbodiesel engine. Two of these vehicles will participate.
Chrysler Voyager: European production minivan powered by a 2.5l turbodiesel engine.
Chrysler Voyager: European production minivan powered by a 2.8l turbodiesel engine.
Dodge Ram 2500 (2): Production pick-up truck powered by a Cummins 5.9l turbodiesel engine. Two of these vehicles are participating.
smart: European production car powered by a 0.8l turbodiesel engine
Mercedes-Benz E320: Production vehicle powered by a turbocharged 3.2-liter inline six cylinder CDI (combustion direct injection) engine

Safety-Environment-Technology (SET) Demonstration Vehicle. The SET Vehicle is an exhibition of numerous advanced systems designed to enhance the safety, reduce the environmental impact and increase the productivity of heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The systems are installed on a Freightliner Class 8 Century Class S/T tractor, one of the most popular heavy-duty trucks on the road today.

"This wide range of vehicles, energy sources and technologies is exactly the kind of development Challenge Bibendum is meant to showcase," said Ron Musnug, Michelin's project manager for the 2003 Challenge Bibendum. "DaimlerChrysler has been with us since the beginning of Challenge Bibendum and we're thrilled to have them field a strong team this year. They have assembled an impressive group of vehicles that will delight attendees to Challenge Bibendum and consumers alike."

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