MB Atego with Blue-Tec 5 for Europe is now even cleaner. [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/MB_Atego_-_Blutec-5_HD_Truck.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Oct. 4, 2007 The European Mercedes-Benz Atego is known for its low fuel consumption, fast service capability, long service life and high resale value. When will the US medium and heavy duty commercial trucks be known for the same is anyone’s guess? The Mercedes-Benz Atego light to medium duty truck and tractor units usually deliver into inner-city areas. The big news for the Europeans is that this truck is now available with MB famed Bluetec emissions reduction package that will be available on the upcoming 50-state compliant US spec’ed MB 320 CDI. This emissions reduction package meets Euro V emissions standards with a 43% reduction in NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions compared to the previous Euro IV specifications. Thanks to the new Bluetec diesel technology with an incorporated particulate filter, the Atego’s emissions of PM (particulate matter) has also been dramatically reduced. Further benefits of the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology include higher fuel economy, reduced toll charges and lower depreciation. In Germany, the extra charge for Bluetec 5 is being subsidized by the German government. Since 2004, about 100,000 trucks with the Bluetec emissions packages have been produced by Mercedes-Benz. To comply with the EU’s latest Euro 5 emissions standards, MB is employing Blutec in all its medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles. The use of Blutec (an exhaust gas after-treatment system) in which a fluid known as Ad-Blue (Urea) is injected into the exhaust stream prior to entering the catalytic converter, has made it possible to improve upon the combustion process even further. The result is a considerable reduction in the amount of exhaust emissions including particulates plus the added benefit of even lower fuel consumption.