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Later this summer, Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming new S-Class hybrid, the S400, will arrive in the US.

The first series production hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery pack, the S400 hybrid also boasts of having an automatic stop/start system, regenerative brakes, and 45 components like wiring ducts and underbody panels that “are made from recycled, high-quality plastics.

” Daimler also added a recycling process for the li-on battery into the design of the vehicle. Daimler calls the new S 400 hybrid the “most economical luxury saloon with a petrol engine.” The German TÜV Süd agency has recognized the car for its “comprehensive environmental commitment.”

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