B 200 Natural Gas Drive Gets Factory Taxi Version

Mercedes-Benz B 200 Natural Gas Drive Taxi 1 photo
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As many of you who have ever visited Germany know, Mercedes-Benz taxis outnumber any other car brand wherever you look. The Stuttgart carmaker is by far the market leader in the taxi segment and even has dedicated production lines for its own taxis.
Among all the other premieres at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz is also presenting the taxi version of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive.

With a reduction of CO2 emissions of at least 16 percent and much cleaner exhaust gasses than with petrol or diesel, you would think that that is the main reason for choosing such a type of engine. Considering this is taxi drivers we're talking about, the main reason for going for natural gas would actually be the fact that fuel costs are about 50 percent lower than those for a comparable gasoline model.

When running on natural gas, the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine of the B 200 Natural Gas Drive consumes just 4.2 km/100 km, which corresponds to 117 g of CO 2 emissions per kilometer.

The car will be available from early 2014 and feature the following standard features: Collision Prevention Assist, a radio frequency antenna with integrated GPS receiver, a hands-free system, various installation spaces for specific taxi equipment, the Seat Comfort package and integrated child seats in the rear.
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