Back in 2005, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W221 became the first ever vehicle to be awarded an Environmental Certificate from Germany's TÜV Süd, thus creating a tradition that is now continued by the new S-Class W222, which has just achieved a similar certification.
“The new S-Class achieves consumption and emissions values that were little more than a dream just a few years ago, even for a mid-size car,” explains Professor Dr Herbert Kohler, Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG. “In comparison with the predecessor series, consumption has been reduced by up to 20 percent, and all models lead their respective classes in terms of efficiency. The CO2 emissions of the S 400 HYBRID have been cut from 186 g CO2/km to 147 g CO2/km compared with the previous model.”
Apart from that, all engine versions of the new S-Class comply with the not-yet-mandatory euro 6 emission standards.
The German brand is analyzing the environmental compatibility of its cars across the entire life cycle of a model – from the beginning of production, through the car's life cycle on the road and to end-of-life recycling, which is far more than the legal requirements for a carmaker.