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Old 05-08-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mercedes to Sell Super-Aerodynamic Cars in 5 Years

After Mercedes released it’s E Class sedan with an industry leading drag coefficient of .24 (above) it was no big secret that the luxury car maker was going to push the envelope of aerodynamic efficiency. Despite the association between the word “aerodynamic” and the mental image of a bug-mobile, Mercedes has proven that they can [...] Related posts:
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is great news! Hopefully they actually deliver. (So much marketing drivel, so little follow through. )

But I say, let the battle for aero supremacy between automakers begin!
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My question is, why is it going to take 5 years?!?
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They already have the Bionic (Boxfish) car at a Cd of 0.19 -- they should show this with a different color and with less glass, and they would have a great car.

Basically they now seem to be going the way that Maybach did, back in 1939?

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Old 05-12-2009, 05:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That sounds naughty,very naughty.I like it!
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I saw a C series this morning as i was going home and saw some slots in the rear lights. I am guessing they are some kind of synthetic jet or something and help reduce the wake. Here is a link to a mercedes site in Ireland. When you rotate the picture of the car you should be able to see what i'm talking about.
Mercedes-Benz Ireland - C-Class - C-Class Saloon
It's a big page so hang in there!

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Old 05-22-2009, 04:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ABG reports that the 2009 F150 will come in a new SFE trim, which stands for Super Fuel Economy. The SFE trim will boost gas mileage 1 mpg to give the trucks 15/21 mpg by the new EPA ratings.
Umm...Does any one else see a problem here?! I shudder to think they would call it if they boosted the FE up by 5 mpg instead of just 1. Super Hyper Intense Tremendous Fuel Economy maybe.


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