Mercedes-Benz and BMW are adding new plug-in hybrids as they step up their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions to meet tough EU targets.
Mercedes is expanding its low-emission offerings in its compact range with plug-in hybrid versions of its CLA coupe, CLA Shooting Brake station wagon and GLA SUV.
The cars have a 1.3-liter gasoline engine mated to a 75-kilowatt electric motor fed by a 15.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The drivetrain is already used in plug-in variants of the A class and B class.
Mercedes will also add seven plug-in hybrid versions with its revised E-class large sedan and wagon, including gasoline and diesel plug-ins.
Mercedes' parent Daimler aims to cut its CO2 emissions by 20 percent to comply with the EU’s CO2 reduction goals that came into effect this year. "We are within striking distance of meeting the target," CEO Ola Kallenius said.
"By the end of 2020, we want to double our sales of mild hybrids and quadruple the share of xEVs [plug-in vehicles]," Kallenius told reporters on a Web call in place of interviews planned for the canceled Geneva auto show.