By Denna Bowman
The new Mercedes E-Class was wheeled out at the Geneva Motor Show this week, sporting its most environmentally friendly tyres to date.
As part of the BlueEFFICIENCY measures the world’s most aerodynamic luxury saloon includes tyres with up to 17 percent lower rolling resistance.
The improved tyres are part of a raft of new intelligent safety features, fuel efficient engines, and BlueEFFICIENCY eco-branding.
Engineers from every development department have worked together to optimise assemblies and components, to save fuel by means of reduced weight, a new form, improved functioning or efficient energy management.
The low rolling resistance tyres work alongside other BlueEFFICIENCY features, including energy-saving control of the generator, fuel pump, air conditioning compressor and power steering, and the ECO start/stop function which switches the engine of the new E 200 CGI off when idling.
Displays in the speedometer inform the driver how much fuel is being consumed (per 100 kilometres), and when he should shift to the next higher gear in the interests of an economical and environmentally conscious style of driving.