Internal combustion engines will continue to be developed by Mercedes for at least 20 years
20 February 2010

Mercedes' F800 Style concept previews several technological revolutions, including a modular platform design that can house numerous different drivetrains.

Autocar caught up with Mercedes’ product innovations and process technologies guru, Bharat Balasubramanian, at the F800’s launch to discuss just how much of the F800’s technology could make it into future Mercedes cars, as well as how the internal combustion engine still has a big future.

See the official Mercedes F800 Style pictures

What technology from the F800 Style concept will make it into production?

We expect to see all of it in production. Most of it will take on average six years, but some features could take two and others 10.

What drivetrains is Mercedes developing for the future?

All technologies, be it fuel cells, combustion engines and hybrids, will all be relevant for at least the next 20 years. We will continue to develop all three together.

So the internal combustion engine isn’t going away?

No. We’re continuing to develop this technology. It will still be relevant for years to come and there are lots of improvements still to make.

What car will be the first to get the modular platform?

A modular platform will first feature in the next C-class in 2015. All future models will have modular platforms which can take all powertrains.

Will Mercedes sports cars have similar platforms?

Yes. Sports cars will continue to be offered with high-performance engines, but we’ll see electric sports cars too, starting with the SLS. Hybrid systems are more suited to limousines such as the S-class, however.

Where are the infrastructures to support hybrids and fuel-cell cars?

The infrastructure needs to be addressed. We’re already there with the technology. We’re working with governments and energy companies to allow us to implement this technology. We all have to work together.

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21 February 2010

Does this contain any information that a monkey couldn't easily guess at random?

Autocar must have found it hard to dress this piece up to even name a headline for it...

I'd rather see the space put to better use.

21 February 2010

[quote Autocar]Autocar caught up with Mercedes’ product innovations and process technologies guru, Bharat Balasubramanian[/quote] I bet Mr Submarine's mates all call him 'BB'

21 February 2010

Looks a good name for an Anagram generator to play with.

21 February 2010

[quote beachland2]

Does this contain any information that a monkey couldn't easily guess at random?

Autocar must have found it hard to dress this piece up to even name a headline for it...

I'd rather see the space put to better use.

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LOL!

That post made my day

21 February 2010

WELL forgetting for a moment the poor jounalism we are exposed to everyday here (and no Chas Haslett its not me singling you out, all car magazines are just as poor nothing to get to hung up about keep on doing the same as you always have)

THAT MB actually looks pretty nice and dare I say it, modern. Its like this is what the BMW 5 series should have looked like 5 years ago. MB might yet drive BMW into a Japanese sale. j

21 February 2010

[quote jl4069] MB might yet drive BMW into a Japanese sale. [/quote]

to Toyota? 'the ultimate driving machine that never stops'

back to the real world. It's Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, that's in danger at the moment, not BMW.

21 February 2010

You have to wonder why so many people keep reading the site daily if they think it is so bad.

Start your own, we'll all have a laugh at them.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

22 February 2010

[quote Zeddy]You have to wonder why so many people keep reading the site daily if they think it is so bad.[/quote]

This is very true. A question that is frequently in my mind.

An occasional impartial, fair and sometimes amusing, critique may actually be welcome by Autocar staffers. But a continual, long drawn out campaign of 'hate' certainly displays a character defect in the originator.

A defect that needs professional attention.

22 February 2010

This site contains a lot of good information and pictures and reports. I enjoy it a lot.

But i'm perfectly entitled to let my inner incredible hulk rage in fury at things i dislike.

If you can't stand people complaining then dont complain about it and go to another forum without complaints! :) lol.

22 February 2010

[quote beachland2]

But i'm perfectly entitled to let my inner incredible hulk rage in fury at things i dislike.

If you can't stand people complaining then dont complain about it and go to another forum without complaints! :) lol.

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My word is this the reaction of the guilty inner angry man coming out? (The image of the Hulk appearing, then waving his finger and stamping his foot, is now firmly entrenched in my mind!) Of course, it's your entitlement. Nobody will ever stop that.

Actually, beachland2, it wasn't complaining in general I was referring to, but those who do nothing but criticise and only come here to rebel in an act of self ingratiation and garrulousness.

Feel free to complain, but don't make it a habit........which I don't think you do, do you?

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