The readers of the Diners Club Magazine have elected the Mercedes E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY as the "Car of the year with the best power-to-economy ratio". Thanks to its state-of-the-art diesel technology, the 150-kW/204-hp engine burns just 5.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on the combined NEDC cycle. This equates to 139 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Andreas Friedrich, chief engineer for the new Mercedes E-Class, was on hand to accept the Diners Club Magazine award at a gala ceremony held on 12 November in Munich's GOP Varieté Theatre. "The E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is the proof that ecology and driving pleasure do not have to be mutually exclusive. The engine summons up more power from a smaller displacement while achieving the sort of fuel consumption figures previously only associated with the compact class," remarked Friedrich. "The model's exemplary efficiency is further enhanced by its exceptional aerodynamics, which make the E-Class the world's most streamlined saloon."
It is not just the readers of the Diners Club Magazine who are impressed by the new E-Class: it is highly popular with customers around the world and the market leader in its segment. Following the launch of the Saloon and Coupé, the third body variant – the Estate – is just arriving in dealer showrooms. All three are available in the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY version.